Story shorts - 21/02/11

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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Charity appeal for donations

A blind charity is appealing for donations of tandems. Galloway’s Society for the Blind, Penwortham, also needs sighted cyclists to volunteer to act as pilot riders. Trustee Bob Mills said: “It would be great if we could have at least ten pairs taking part in this year’s (Lancashire Loop) Cycle Challenge, which will be held in October, so there’s plenty of time to practice.”

City shoppers love a bargain

A total of 78% of people in Preston like to boast about their canny eye for a bargain, a survey said. According to HomeSense, which has a store at the Capitol Centre in Walton-le-Dale, the past year has seen a dramatic change in people’s approach to shopping, with people demanding more in return for their hard-earned pounds. The survey interviewed 500 adults across Lancashire.

Macabre facts come to town

Mystery History Week is coming to the Judges’ Lodgings Museum in Lancaster today. Until Friday, families will have a chance to turn back time with a series of half-term events, including weaving workshops, ancient artefacts and macabre displays about Tudor dentistry and Saxon sieges.

Shower burst into flames

Firefighters were called when an electric shower set on fire at a home in Preston. Crews using one hose reel, two breathing apparatuses and a ventilation unit tackled the blaze at a home in Miller Road at around 9.50pm on Friday. Nobody was injured.

Bag a bargain at vintage fair

Fashion fans can snap up clothes from another era at a vintage fair in a Preston pub. Around 20 stalls will sell dresses, boots and accessories at the New Continental pub on South Meadow Lane, Preston. Crafts and cupcakes will also be on offer. The event takes place from 12pm to 5pm on March 6.

Car wash kids raise money

Young footballers will be washing cars to help raise cash. Members of Lostock Hall Under 14s Junior Football Club will be at the car park of the Sumpter Horse pub in Leyland Road, Penwortham, from 10am until 2pm today.Money raised will go towards the club.

Carers to put their feet up

Carers will be treated to free pampering sessions in Leyland on Tuesday. Chorley and South Ribble CVS on Towngate has organised the special session, which includes reiki, reflexology and Indian head massage from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Limited slots are available on a first come, first served basis.

Battle of the council brains

Council workers will take part in a quiz challenge pitting them against other local authority staff. The Town Hall Challenge, a general knowledge contest, will involve teams from Preston, Wyre, Fylde and Blackpool councils.It will take place at Wyre Civic Centre, Poulton-le-Fylde, tomorrow.

Green spaces to be created

A housing provider is working on projects to create more green spaces across Preston. Places for People is hoping to start work on a site at Tennyson Mill in spring after consultation with residents. A Places for People spokesman said: “We’re also introducing a gardening scheme to a number of our neighbourhoods.”

Funding boost for charities

Several charities will receive cash thanks to a national funding drive. NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) has worked alongside the Big Lottery Fund to deliver support to 17 organisations nationwide. They include Prescap, Preston FM, Blog Preston and CSV Preston.

Litter and louts on the agenda

A police and communities together (PACT) meeting will take place in Preston next month. It will be at St Wilfred’s Parish Centre, Chapel Street, at 6.30pm on March 2. Topics on the agenda include litter and anti-social behaviour.