In Case You Missed It: Five stories from Preston this week December 4 to 10

Posted on - 11th December, 2021 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - In Case You Missed It, Preston News
The St Catherine’s Santa Dash was a success last weekend

As we come closer and closer to Christmas, sadly the Omicron variant (and the government’s alleged parties) seem to be the main things in the headlines.


There’s been plenty of good news to bring to you from Preston though, and here are five stories you may have missed from Preston this week.

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Preston ‘one of the fastest-growing UK economies’ says new report

Looking down a busy Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall
Looking down a busy Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall

A national law firm has named Preston the fourth fasted-growing economy in the UK during 2021.

The Irwin Mitchell report said Preston saw its economy grow by 8.5 per cent during the last 12 months.


The report attributes some growth to The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), a city employer with around 38,000 staff and students.

Read the full story here.

Postponed Christmas wreath making workshop raises £1,000 for Rosemere

The Rosemere wreath making session was a success

A charity Christmas wreath making workshop in Penwortham’s St Leonard’s Church Hall raised over £1,000 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

The sell-out event was organised by Penwortham neighbours and longstanding Rosemere Cancer Foundation fundraisers Normal Blackburn and Margaret Dunn with step-by-step tuition by former local florist Gill Salisbury Wilson, assisted by her son Peter and Norma’s son Simon.

Students worked with foliage collected locally by Dave and Kate Haworth, who also posted a request on Penwortham Past and Present group’s Facebook page for donations from villagers’ gardens.

Read the full story here.

The Salvation Army Preston appeal for presents to give to babies

The Salvation Army need more gifts appropriate for babies. Pic: Pixabay/publicdomainpictures

The Salvation Army is appealing for people to add an extra gift to their shopping list this Christmas to support families in need.

They specifically need help for those with babies.  

Through its annual Christmas Present Appeal the church and charity has been collecting new and unwrapped gifts to provide vulnerable children with toys on Christmas morning, but as the appeal starts to come to an end, there is a shortage of presents for babies. 

Read the full story here.

Ashton-on-Ribble crime author lands book deal after winning Joffe Books Prize 

Christie Newport
Christie Newport

An Ashton-on-Ribble author with a rare autoimmune disease has secured a two-book deal after winning the Joffe Books Prize for Crime Writers of Colour.

In 2015, Christie Newport fundraised for life-saving treatment in America for Melkersson Rosenthal syndrome, flying to Santa Monica for stem cell replacement therapy.

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Before the treatment, Christie was housebound and suffered from severe facial and body swelling, leaving her contemplating Dignitas, a Swiss non-profit offering assisted suicide to those suffering from terminal illnesses.

Read the full story here.

Harris refurb project sees Preston City Council appoint contractors

The Harris and looking towards the Town Hall in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall
The Harris and looking towards the Town Hall in Preston city centre Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston City Council have appointed Conlon Construction Ltd as the Re-imagining the Harris Project preferred main contractor, project partner.

This is a significant milestone towards the delivery of the Harris Your Place project.

The project arms to create a cultural, civic and community hub at Preston and Lancashire’s premier art gallery, museum and library.

Read the full story here.

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