In Case You Missed It: Five stories from Preston this week October 23 to 29

Posted on - 30th October, 2021 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Education, Health, History, In Case You Missed It, People, Preston News, Preston North End, South Ribble Locations, South Ribble News, Sport
Sunset over Preston Marina on Thursday 18 March Pic: Tony Worrall
Sunset over Preston Marina on Thursday 18 March. Pic: Tony Worrall

With Halloween fast approaching, the Christmas countdown will soon begin, with Christmas mini-markets already scheduled in a Preston city centre cafe.


But during the festive period, Preston residents may have to contend with roadworks as Lancashire County Council gears up for the Corporation Street and Ringway revamp scheme.

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Here are five other stories you may have missed.

Rosemere fundraisers ‘Amy’s Army’ walk equivalent length of China’s Great Wall 

Amy Mills with chemotherapy ward manager Rebecca and chief officer Dan Hill

A team of fundraisers have walked the same distance as the Great Wall of China to raise funds for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.


Amy’s Army helped fund new equipment that will benefit cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy at Rosemere Cancer Centre.

The centre’s Chemotherapy Unit received £23,000 from Rosemere to buy a SiteRite 8 ultrasound system.

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New history documentaries highlight Cottam Hall and Lancashire’s Haydock family 

The last will and testament of William Haydock, the last squire of Cottam. Pic: Lancashire Archives – Lancashire Archives: WCW/Supra/C312B/13)

A local history buff has covered Cottam Hall and the Haydock family in two new documentaries.

Former Preston teacher Gary Cunliffe, who has produced history films on Courtauld’s factory and Fulwood, recently discovered some interesting historical insights on Cottam Hall.

He then spent the first half of 2021 researching the site and has accumulated enough information to produce two films on Cottam Hall and the notable Lancashire Catholic family, the Haydocks.

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Preston North End opens multi-faith prayer room for fans

Mayor of Preston Javed Iqbal and Mo Patel. Pic: Ian Robinson

Preston North End has opened a multi-faith prayer room to allow supporters to pray on home match days.

The prayer room, opened by PNE Community and Education Trust, is situated between blocks E and F on the Invincibles Pavilion and was unveiled ahead of Saturday’s fixture against Derby County.

The Mayor of Preston, Javed Iqbal, was present for the unveiling as part of the club’s Kick It Out matchday activities to promote equality for fans, players and staff.

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Aspiring Preston scientists find inspiration at Lancashire Science Festival

Harry and Neil Hutchinson

UCLan’s Preston campus welcomed 5,000 science enthusiasts for the return of an award-winning festival last weekend.

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Held on Saturday 23 October, the free Lancashire Science Festival aims to teach young people about the real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine.

The popular event, returning after a two-year absence due to Covid-19, held shows, workshops, exhibits and hands-on activities.

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New life-saving defibrillators for South Ribble parks and sports facilities 

Councillor Mick Titherington with one of the new defibrillators Pic: South Ribble Borough Council
Councillor Mick Titherington with one of the new defibrillators Pic: South Ribble Borough Council

Life-saving defibrillators are being installed across South Ribble.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) will initially be located at 14 different sites – including parks, leisure centres, sports pavilions and playing fields.

South Ribble Borough Council is investing more than £25,000 to obtain and fit the units, which have the ability to make all the difference in a medical emergency.

AEDs are already installed at Worden Park, Moss Side Playing Fields, Penwortham Community Centre in Kingsfold, and the Civic Centre in Leyland.

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