In case you missed it: Five stories from Preston this week March 20 to 26

Posted on - 27th March, 2021 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - In Case You Missed It, Preston News
County Hall. Pic: @LancashireCC

In a week where we marked a year since the first national lockdown and remembered those Preston and Lancashire lost to coronavirus, we’ve had a lot of news to bring to you.


From Rosemere staff spreading smiles with their knitted chicks, to a young Preston boy fundraising for Comic Relief, there’s been plenty going on.

Here are five of the stories you may have missed.

The Harris regeneration works set to be completed in 2024 as the team receive £4.5m lottery funding 

The Harris team were thrilled to receive the funding

In some great news for the city, The Harris, Museum, Library and Art Gallery are set to receive £4.5m funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the £10m #HarrisYourPlace project.

The scheme is set to make the Harris more welcoming, inclusive, and aims to boost the wider Preston economy.

The Harris will undergo structural works and layout improvements, and works are set to begin this autumn, and are set to be completed in 2024.

Read the full story here.

Prestfest set to go ahead in 2021 bigger and better than ever

Prestfest is set to go ahead in August 2021

Organisers Preston BID have confirmed that Prestfest will take place on the Flag Market on Saturday, 14 August this year.

After being unable to go ahead in 2020, Prestfest will host big-name acts and have an expanded format.

Promoting Preston’s night time economy and the city’s Purple Flag award for a safe and vibrant night out, the event will see international performers take to the stage from 6.30pm – 11.30pm at the ticket only event.

Read the full story here.

Otters spotted at Penwortham Old Bridge over the River Ribble

Otters were spotted around the River Ribble

Otters were spotted around the River Ribble and people across Preston thought they were absolutely adorable!

Otters seek clean rivers, filled with food and overgrown banks where they can raise their cubs – which is great news for the local area.

The otters were spotted at Penwortham Old Bridge over the River Ribble on Saturday 20 March.

Read the full story here.

Graduation ceremonies are set to return in September for UCLan students

Looking ahead to a good future - latest UCLan figures show positive signs Pic: Paul Melling
A graduation at UCLan Pic: Paul Melling

Great news for soon-to-be graduates as graduation ceremonies are set to return to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) this September.

Thousands of 2020 and summer 2021 graduates will finally have the chance to wear their cap and gown on the Preston campus between 6 and 17 September (subject to the government roadmap).

The University is also offering an alternative opportunity to those 2020 graduates who might not be able to attend one of the September ceremonies.

They will have the option of having their photo taken with family or friends in their cap and gown during the first two weeks in July.

Read the full story here.

Support service for women in Preston praised by Police and Crime Commissioner for their work during lockdown

The video call between Clive Grunshaw and ACAYA

A project which received funding to help women who may be isolated or need other support during the pandemic has been praised by Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.

ACAYA is a support service available for women living in Preston and surrounding areas.

They help women who may feel alone, end up isolated or be vulnerable.

During the pandemic, ACAYA has still provided vital services, utilising zoom calls, focusing on one to one support such as socially distanced walks and continued to provide skills training such as online cooking and budgeting classes.

Read the full story here.

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