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BONFIRE NIGHT 2017: Where to see a fantastic firework display in Preston, Chorley and South Ribble

Here is our round-up of events taking place in and around Preston, Chorley and South Ribble this Bonfire Night.

**Friday, November 3, 2017 events:

Preston Grasshoppers Annual Firework Display – Gates open 6 pm, bonfire from 7 pm and fireworks from 8 pm.

Tickets are £5.50, family ticket for two adults and two children is £16.50
There is limited parking available.

Guy Fawkes Evening at Dobbies – Clifton, Nr Preston
During the evening there will be food or supper in the restaurant, followed by a fireworks display.

Astley Bonfire and Fireworks – Astley Park, Chorley
Watch one of the country’s best fireworks display teams light up the Chorley skies.

**Saturday, November 4, 2017 events:

Red Bank Scout Group Bonfire & Firework Display – Duxbury Park, Bolton Road, Chorley – Starts 6.30pm

Free entry, donations please, no private fireworks. Refreshments on sale. Glow novelties on sale on the park only.

Thornton Hall Farm Bonfire Night & Firework Extravaganza – Thornton in Craven, nr. Skipton – Gates open 6pm, display from 7.30pm

The event includes a huge bonfire, live music and entertainment!

Garstang and District Lions Bonfire and Fireworks Night – Garstang
Bonfire from 7 pm, fireworks at 7.30pm

Leyland Round Table bonfire night event – Worden Park, Leyland

The bonfire which raises over £25,000 for local causes each year was attended by over 15,000 people last year. The event will feature a 20-minute firework display. Parking is available at Runshaw College but is not part of the entry ticket price. Tickets are £5 per person and cheaper if purchased in advance from local schools and the Leyland Town Hall reception. Under 5’s are free.

**Sunday, November 5, 2017 events:

Huntleys Bonfire and Firework Display – Huntley’s Farm, Whalley Road, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0UN – Gates open 5 pm
The bonfire will be lit at 5 pm with the fireworks display following at 6 pm. Tickets in advance adults and children £5, Under 3’s Free

Guy’s ‘Fabulous Fireworks’ – Bilsborrow, Nr Preston – from 6:30 pm
The event is set to feature a spectacular fireworks display to music, with children’s rides and attractions.

Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service Bonfire – Chorley – Gates open from 5:30 pm, bonfire 7 pm, fireworks 7:30 pm
The event is held at Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service Training Centre, off West Way in Euxton.

Bamber Bridge FC Family Firework Display – Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Brownedge Road, from 4 pm – 9 pm
Get set for a spectacular firework display as they team up with NW Fireworks supplier to ensure the display will be one of the best around.
During the event, there will be children’s rides, candy floss, and hot and cold food. Admission is free with donations on the day gratefully received.

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Harris lottery bid looks back on – as redundancies loom for staff

It’s back to the drawing board for ambitious proposals to revamp the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston city centre.

Councillors are to be asked to consider resubmitting the £15million lottery bid in November next year – after it failed this summer to land Heritage Lottery funding.

Preston City Council’s cabinet will meet to hear a new timeline and proposal for securing the lottery funding to Re-Imagine the Harris.

It includes keeping on Jon Finch, brought in for £75,000 per year, to spearhead the bid.

However, the staff at the Harris – made up of existing museum staff and current library staff – face the prospect of redundancies if the proposals are given the go ahead.

Knocking a new entrance in the front of the building could also be quietly dropped in any new plans.

The report, from council officers, outlines how £300,000 would be needed – from the city council and Lancashire County Council – to keep Jon Finch in his post until the end of the 2021/22 financial year – with the city council stumping up half of this money.

Costs of resubmitting the lottery bid would total £90,000 – with the city council meeting half of this.

Where the bid failed last time

The Heritage Lottery fund has identified five key areas where the councils must make progress before resubmitting its bid:

1) There must be a single team working in the Harris across all parts of the museum and library

2) The councils may be asked to underwrite the whole bid – which is £18.6million in total – and also seeking firmer commitments from external funders such as the University of Central Lancashire or the City Deal

3) Solve the future of the museums shut down in 2016 by Lancashire County Council such as the Museum of Lancashire

4) Show there is clearer buy into the physical changes to the outside of the building – such as the new entrances – from local stakeholders and specifically Preston residents

5) Demonstrate the transformation proposals from each council are aligned

The first point looks set to see fewer staff at the Harris, as council documents state: “any move to a single team will result in reduced staffing costs to both councils.”

Council officers point to the recent funding for the Harris from the Arts Council as a boost in the wake of the lottery bid rejection.

It landed £225,000 from the Arts Council to carry out events and raise the cultural profile of the Harris over the next four years.

The annual cost of keeping Jon Finch on as project leader looks set to rise, as the report has the total cost of the Re-Imagining the Harris Project Leader creeping above the £80,000-a-year mark.

If the bid is successful, the city council is also being asked to find another £500,000 towards the capital costs of the Harris scheme – it already had £500,000 committed.

The majority of the costs would centre on re-shaping the entrance to the building, which attracted criticism from heritage campaigners and a group called Save the Harris was set up in the wake of the Flag Market entrance being displayed.

Council officers state they would ‘identify and engage with respected, independent broker to lead consultation around the physical changes to the exterior of the building’.

They would also survey similar buildings elsewhere in the world, review original proposals for the exterior of the Harris and also undertake a wide ranging programme of public discussion and debate about the entrances.

Council documents state not seeking the funding was rejected as an option because it remains a ‘key priority for the council’.

An option to phase the Re-Imagining the Harris project and ask for a smaller amount from the lottery was considered, but it would result in the Harris being closed for two significant periods.

What the council say

Executive member of culture and leisure for the city council councillor Peter Kelly said: “I fully support the proposal to resubmit a bid to Heritage Lottery Fund for the Re-Imagining of the Harris project next year. It is a shared ambition from both Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council to secure major investment to redevelop the iconic Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library.

“Support for a resubmission would be another positive step forward in the realisation of this project. This will help to ensure the Harris continues to provide a cultural hub in the heart of Preston for generations to come and further develop the cultural offerings of the city.”

Here’s what’s due to happen and when

November 2017 – details on transfer of staff and services from LCC to PCC confirmed

November 2017 – UCLan is to lead a public consultation aroun the Harris front entrance proposals

December 2017 – A Harris Member Board is set up to oversee the project

February 2018 – the Harris library team and operations are transferred to PCC

February 2018 – both councils approve revenue funding arrangements for the Harris

April 2018 – external review of potential phasing of Harris project is completyed

April 2018 – a single Harris staff team begins operating

April 2018 – relationship between the Museum of Lancashire and the Harris is confirmed

October 2018 – draft Heritage Lottery Fund application presentation is made

October 2018 – decision made on whether councils will underwrite the HLF bid

November 2018 – at least £1million match funding is secured locally from partner organisations e.g. UCLan

30 November 2018 – final Heritage Lotter Fund application is made

Councillors on the city council’s cabinet meet from 6pm on Wednesday 8 November to hear the Harris proposals.

You can view the full report on the Harris lottery bid on the city council website.

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Pint-sized pub fever gripping Lancashire

Micropub frenzy has spread to South Ribble, with Penwortham being the latest to see plans for one down its high street.

Plans have been submitted to South Ribble Council to turn the vacant building at 69 Liverpool Road, which was previously Swinton Insurance, into a pint-sized watering hole.

Applicant Jason Colles, who has lived in Penwortham for over 20 years, said: “The property is currently to let and the owner has agreed, in principle, for me to take on the lease as she very much supports my vision for this venture.

“I endeavour to create an establishment with a strong community feel in the hub of this wonderful village.

“I have found that such businesses have been successful in many places, such as Lytham, Chorley and Leyland.”

Proposed opening hours are 11am to 11pm, Monday to Friday, 11am to midnight on Saturday, and midday to 10:30pm on Sunday. The pub would employ three staff, one full-time and two part-time.

The plans are the latest of many micropubs that have cropped up throughout Lancashire in recent times.

The Bob Inn is a family-run micropub that has operated from Chorley Market since 2014. It was recently named in the 2018 CAMRA Good Beer Guide, an annual guide to the top pubs in the country.

Toastie Tavern on Market Street, Chorley, is one of the newest in the area, now in its third week of business.

For owners Frank Smalley and Lesley Humphrys is it their first micropub. They also run The Crown on Chapel Street and a total of 27

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Motorcyclist placed in induced coma after crash in Walton-le-Dale

A motorcyclist has been placed in a medically induced coma and is fighting for his life after he crashed at a busy junction in Walton-le-Dale.

The man, who is in his early twenties, was involved in what police believe was a one-vehicle accident at the mini roundabout between Victoria Road and Chorley Road.

Emergency services were called out to the scene of the accident at around 6.40pm on Tuesday, October 17.

The man, who is believed to be from the local area, was taken to hospital suffering with head injuries and multiple fractures.

A police spokesman said: “We believe the man came off his motorbike possibly having clipped a pavement.

“At this stage we do not believe any other vehicles were involved. “The man was taken to hospital suffering with head injuries and multiple fractures.

“He has been placed in a medically induced coma.

“Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact police.”

The road was closed for several hours and re-opened at around 10.30pm.

Anyone who saw the accident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1232 of October 17.

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in road accident

A busy Preston road was closed this evening following a serious accident involving a motorcyclist.

Police closed the road at the junction of Victoria Road and Chorley Road due to the incident at a mini roundabout.

Lancashire Police said it was a one-vehicle accident involving a motorcyclist, who was thought to have suffered ‘serious’ injuries.

The accident happened shortly after 7pm.

Accident investigators were making their way to the scene where an ambulance was in attendance.

Lancashire Police said the road was completely closed and was likely to remain so for two hours.

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Happy birthday Sir Bobby!

Denis Law hailed Sir Bobby Charlton as “one of the best players ever” as the England and Manchester United great turned 80 today.

A man rightly revered by club and country, a World Cup winner, European champion and all-round gentleman, he has a brief – if unsuccessful – stint as Preston North End manager and player/manager.

Charlton scored 49 goals in 106 appearances for his country and, most pertinently, spearheaded them to World Cup glory on home soil in 1966.

It was the peak of a career in which he served with distinction for 17 years at United, with his all-time appearance and scoring records only falling to Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney in recent years.

His achievements have been recognised in a variety of ways. He was knighted in 1994, the South Stand at Old Trafford was renamed in his honour and a statue of Charlton alongside Red Devils team-mates Law and George Best is situated just outside the stadium.

The trio scored 665 goals between them for United and Law loved playing with Charlton as much as he loved the man himself.

“What a fantastic player, what a fantastic guy,” the former Scotland striker said.

“He deserves everything he has been awarded with. He is one of the best players ever.

“We’ve always had connections along the way. You never forget people like Sir Bobby. It’s just that he’s done so much for his country, done so much for United. He’s probably one of the best known around the world.

“Don’t forget, the television wasn’t about in those days like it is today so the fact that he is known all around the world just shows how great a player and person he is.”

Law especially admires how Charlton stood strong after surviving the 1958 Munich disaster in which eight of his United team-mates perished.

“The Munich disaster rebounded right around the world and, you know, you just think, ‘It’s just so close – I must go and see these guys’,” said Law, who was then playing for Huddersfield and went to United’s first match after the tragedy. “I think a ticket was about 50p but we paid about four quid for it. It was an expensive evening.

“To think a few years later I joined the club and was playing with Sir Bobby and George Best, and the team that we had – we just had a wonderful time.

“It’s not easy, but it is easier to play the game when you play alongside players like Sir Bobby and George.”

Law also credits Charlton for helping him to his own exceptional United goals tally of 237 in 404 matches, which places him third on the club’s all-time list.

“When Bobby had the ball I knew where it was going,” Law said. “He had such a strong shot, really, that when he was outside the penalty area lining up for a crack at the goal – I knew that the keeper might save it, but there was a fair chance he might drop it because it was hit so hard.

“We had a good relationship. He’s one of the nicest guys you could wish to meet.”

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Oyston Mill plans for student flats are going ahead

A proposal for a major new student development in the city has been given the green light.

Oyston Mill is to see 259 new flats created instead of the range of studios, workshops and offices which currently inhabit it.

Councillors on the Preston City Council planning committee voted overwhelmingly for the plans on Thursday (5 October), by 11 to one.

One councillor, Pauline Brown who represents Ingol, voted against the Oyston plans.

Planning consultants Cassidy + Ashton said: “The proposed use is considered to be an appropriate use within the existing building, and would bring an existing building which is largely vacant back into use. The proposed student accommodation would also be sited in a sustainable location with good transport links to Preston City Centre, would be close to existing facilities, and within walking and cycling distance of the University.”

Oyston Mill sits on the corner of West Strand and Watery Lane in Ashton-on-Ribble.

A number of previous schemes for the Oyston building have been approved in the last decade but no changes have been made.

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M6 back open at Preston after major crash at Junction 32

The M6 at Preston has reopened after Junction 32 northwards after a major crash.

Broughton roundabout the bypass were gridlocked as drivers seek alternative routes northwards.

Two cars are thought to be involved in the crash which took place shortly before 6am between Junction 32 and 33.

There are delays on the M6 northbound back to Junction 30 and the A6 and Broughton roundabout are packed with traffic as the bypass and A6 are used as a diversion route to take vehicles up to Junction 33 to join the northbound motorway.

Two lanes were reopened shortly before 8.30am on Wednesday (11 October) to release trapped traffic. The motorway itself reopened around 9.30am.

A police spokeswoman said: “We were called shortly before 6am to reports of a collision on the M6.

“It looks like two cars and four HGVs were involved.

“One person has a leg injury and another has a stomach injury.”

Firefighters sent three crews from Preston and Fulwood to the scene, along with a rescue team from Bamber Bridge.

Two people were released from vehicles using cutting equipment.

Drivers are being warned not to use the hard shoulder to cut up the inside of queues as they approach Junction 32.

A car has also broken down close to Junction 31A on the northbound carriageway, causing further delays.

Drivers heading through Preston city centre to avoid the queues are being caught up in problems on Garstang Road. The traffic lights are out on the A6 at the junction with Blackpool Road near Moor Park.

Traffic disruption is expected until around 10.30am.

Stagecoach is warning its 40, 41, 940 and 941 services are being heavily delayed due to the incident. Preston Bus is also reporting delays to services in and around the city centre.

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Someone has smashed up one of Preston’s red phone boxes

A listed structure in Preston has been left vandalised.

One of the city’s iconic red telephone boxes in Market Street has seen smashed glass left littered all over the pavement.

Running down the side of the former Post Office building the phone boxes are being offered as small business spaces.

But one reveller on Friday (6 October) night decided to smash the glass on the side of one of the grade-II listed phone boxes.

Anyone with information about the damage is asked to call Preston Police on 101.

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New deals and discounts site for Preston launches

A new deals service for the city has launched this week.

Fabgrabz fives at least 30 per cent off the standard price of various restaurants, hotels and shops in Preston.

Founded by Sam Whitear, the man behind Business Lancashire, the site has offers for travel, dining and leisure.

Mr Whitear said: “I have started FABGRABZ.co.uk because I wanted local independent retailers, restaurants, and hotels to have a dedicated channel for showcasing their outstanding products and services.

“The team is working exceedingly hard to get the best deals from Lancashire businesses and offers are updated constantly. Every deal is carefully chosen and always offer at least 30% off the normal price.”

The website was launched at the Shopfest event in St George’s Shopping Centre on Tuesday evening.

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