In Case You Missed It: Five stories from Preston this week August 7 to 13

Posted on - 14th August, 2021 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - In Case You Missed It, People, Preston News
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The Preston skyline

This week, Preston residents have been gearing up for Saturday’s Prestfest events on The Flag Market. And, as outdoor activities continue to ramp up post-lockdown, families can attend a family-friendly picnic event on Astley Park this Sunday to keep the kids happy.


Here are five other stories you may have missed.

Punk poet Laura Taylor is coming to Preston for one-off outdoor performance – and wants local poets to join in

Laura Taylor
Laura Taylor played in Preston in 2018

Punk poet Laura Taylor is set for a unique outdoor performance in Preston – and wants local poets to get back on the stage with her.

The gig at Market Street Social is Taylor’s first live performance in over 18 months and marks the publication of her third book, Speaking in Tongues, published by Flapjack Press earlier this month.

The poet wants Preston’s vibrant poetry community to share the stage with her following a ban on performances in the UK during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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LGBTQ+ support group who met regularly in Plungington starting in-person meetings again

The inclusive LGBTQ+ group are starting in-person meetups again. Pic: Spring into Action

Spring into Action is looking forward to supporting their LGBTQ+ support group as they meet up over lunch next week in Preston.

The LGBTQ+ group used to meet regularly at Plungington Community Centre before Covid hit.

Over the past 16 months, the group have diversified and moved over to Zoom, recognising that people still need that much-valued support, chance to chat and social contact.

In March, the group organised a Virtual Pride Event to celebrate diversity and tolerance.

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Morecambe Bay trek sees over £15k raised for Preston sight loss charity 

The walkers raised over £15,500

Around 800 walkers made the epic journey across Morecambe Bay, helping to make a Lancashire sight loss charity’s first face to face fundraising event since the pandemic began a huge success.

The walkers raised over £15,500 as they made the iconic six-and-a-half-mile journey from Arnside to Kents Bank, led by Guide to the Sands Michael Wilson.

Along the way, some walkers tried on simulation glasses with various eye conditions to experience the type of vision people with sight loss may have.

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Care home resident receives Preston North End signed shirt after a lifetime of passion for football 

Pictured left to right: Jonathan Caunce (Preston North End stadium manager), John Burton (resident), Ian Watson (Home Manager) and Stephen Hoppe (Healthcare Assistant)

A lifetime fan of Preston North End Football Club, who suffered a stroke a year ago and now receives round-the-clock specialist care, was thrilled to receive a signed shirt from his favourite team’s players, presented by a club official.

77-year-old John Burton has supported the club since he was six years old, and his favourite pastime is discussing the team’s performance with friends and family – and anyone else who shares his passion for the ‘beautiful game.’

The home’s nursing director, Christine Stringfellow, contacted Jonathan Caunce, PNE stadium and facilities manager, who organised a squad shirt signing and presented the shirt to Mr Burton, a resident at Cleveland House since November 2020.

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Andy’s Man Club Festival hopes to raise awareness and funds for struggling men

Men around the country have benefitted from the talking groups Pic: Andy's Man Club
Men around the country have benefitted from the talking groups. Pic: Andy’s Man Club

Andy’s Man Club Festival is set to take place on Sunday 29 August at Penwortham Cricket Club.

The festival will include a Yorkshire Vs Lancashire Cricket match made up of members from each county, a BBQ, a fully stocked bar, kids entertainment including bouncy castles, caricaturists, face painters and a tombola, raffle and a silent auction.

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