In Case You Missed It: Five stories from Preston this week January 29 to February 4

Posted on - 5th February, 2022 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - In Case You Missed It, Preston News
A choppy Preston Docks during a storm Pic: Tony Worrall
A choppy Preston Docks during a storm Pic: Tony Worrall

January has finally ended and we are into February, which we have welcomed in with a couple of storms.


It’s been a week full of news some good, some bad, but we’ve kept positive knowing we are edging out of winter.

Here are five stories you might have missed from Preston this week.

Zoo at Ribby Hall Village is saving the Partula snail from extinction

Partula snails in captive breeding Pic: Wild Discovery
Partula snails in captive breeding Pic: Wild Discovery

Wild Discovery is a small zoo located in Ribby Hall Village, which provides people with the opportunity to learn more about the animal kingdom through interactive and educational activities.

Over the last three years the zoo has grown seeing the introduction of many new animals from all around the world, some of which are very important to the survival of their wild counterparts.

One of the species that Wild Discovery hold and breed through their conservation work is the Partula snail.

Read the full story here.

Walton-le-Dale SPAR named north’s top Marie Curie fundraising store

SPAR Sandringham Road, Walton-le-Dale

A Walton-le-Dale SPAR has raised £5,302 for Marie Curie since March 2017, making it the firm’s most successful fundraising store in the north.

The celebrations at the Sandringham Road store are part of a wider £500,000 milestone achieved by Preston-based James Hall and Co. Ltd, SPAR UK’s regional wholesaler and distributor.

The shop achieved the funds through in-store initiatives, including raffles and fancy dress competitions and thanks to the generosity of customers who donate money through Marie Curie collection boxes. 

Read the full story here.

Fulwood solicitor to run 2,022km for Rosemere Cancer Foundation 

Jennie Barnes, who is determined to make the most out of 2022 for charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation

A solicitor from Fulwood is raising money throughout 2022 by completing a 2,022km running and walking challenge.

Jennie Barnes hopes to raise £2,022 over the year through the challenge for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

She plans to run an average of 5km most days, while taking on longer walks of 22km every second and fifth weekend, which she hopes friends and family will join her on.

Read the full story here.

Japan Day to be held at UCLan’s Preston campus 

The 6th Japan Day at UCLan

UCLan will welcome guests to a series of workshops during its eighth Japan Day event next Friday.

On 11 February, from 9.30am to 4.30pm, the event will celebrate Japanese culture at the Preston Campus, where guests will enjoy various free artistic activities.

On offer are hands-on taiko Japanese drumming, language sessions, Furoshiki eco wrapping and calligraphy workshops.

Read the full story here.

Penwortham youth worker impresses judges on Channel 4’s Great Pottery Throw Down

Christine Cherry. Pic: Channel 4

A Penwortham youth worker competing in The Great Pottery Throw Down has impressed judges with her skills and touching designs.

During the first episode of the Channel 4 show, which aired Sunday 2 January, 57-year-old Christine Cherry produced designs that stirred judges Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller to tears.

Facing off against 12 potters from across the UK, Christine narrowly lost the first episode to Shropshire NHS therapist Lucinda Lovesey, but she remains in the competition.

Read the full story here.

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