In Case You Missed It: Five stories from Preston this week March 12 to 18

Posted on - 19th March, 2022 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Education, Health, In Case You Missed It, Penwortham, Politics, Preston Bus Station, Preston Council, Preston News, Preston North End, South Ribble Locations, South Ribble News, Sport, UCLan
Spring flowers in Preston city centre in March Pic: Tony Worrall
Spring flowers in Preston city centre in March Pic: Tony Worrall

Sunshine has finally arrived in Preston, with springtime well on its way and residents looking ahead to the summer.


This week, residents have continued to show their support for Ukrainian refugees fleeing conflict, like this Lostock Hall girl who created ‘Stand with Ukraine’ mugs to support the relief effort.

And, in a bid to help others tackle their gambling issues, former Preston North End player Clarke Carlisle has opened up about its dangers.

Here are five other stories you may have missed.

UCLan launches scholarship to support refugees and asylum seekers

UCLan's Student Centre and University Square
UCLan’s Student Centre and University Square

UCLan has pledged to offer a place of safety to refugees and asylum seekers by signing up as a supporting organisation of the City of Sanctuary charity.

As part of its commitment to helping people fleeing violence and persecution, UCLan has launched the new Sanctuary Scholarship and will waive the three-year undergraduate fees, currently £9,250 per year, and offer a support package of up to £5,000 per annum.

They will award the scholarship to one sanctuary seeking student per year who is not eligible to access student finance and living no more than 30 miles away from one of UCLan’s three North West campuses.

Read the full story here

Preston political leaders unite in tribute to councillor John Browne

Councillor John Browne
Councillor John Browne

Preston councillors have paid their respects to Councillor John Browne, who has sadly passed away aged 71.

As the longest sitting member of Preston City Council, John worked as Chair of Planning and Chair of Licensing, serving Brookfield since 1983.

On Sunday 13 March, Preston Labour suspended campaigning and said they were ‘deeply saddened’ by the news.

Tributes have now flooded in from across the political divide.

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Preston International Women’s Day event sees local women share success stories

Jodie Marie Rigby

A local entrepreneur has this March hosted business owners and artists at an International Women’s Day event.

On Saturday 12 March, Preston entrepreneur Jodie Marie Rigby hosted women from the north who shared success stories at the healthy eating Fishergate restaurant Saladishy.

Attendees enjoyed welcome mocktails, by Calyx drinks and My Dry Ice, and an intimate two-course dinner.

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Sir Lindsay Hoyle visits Lancashire Resilience Hub to mark pandemic achievements

Group shot with service users and Sir Lindsay Hoyle – Elaine, Maria Nelligan, Prashant Kukkadapu; Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Hein Ten-Cate, Dr Gita Bhutan, Sue and Devra Malkin.

Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle has visited a local mental health hub to celebrate its achievements during the pandemic.

On Friday 11 March, the Chorley MP received a tour of Lancashire and South Cumbria’s Resilience Hub, speaking to staff, trainees and service users to recognise its achievements helping hundreds of people since July last year.

The hub launched during the pandemic to support public sector workers, including emergency services, health and social care workers, councils, care homes, and volunteers, including their families, with the psychological impact of Covid-19.

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Preston Bus Station project lands Civic Trust award 

Preston Bus Station's car park has now reopened Pic: Tony Worrall
Preston Bus Station. Pic: Tony Worrall

A Preston Bus Station project led by two architects has landed a special award from The Civic Trust.

A redevelopment that ran from 2015 to 2018 included a new public space, the relocation of the coach station and bus stands, renovations, and changes to the concourse to create new waiting areas.

The Grade-II listed building owned by Lancashire County Council was redesigned by architects, London-based John Puttick Associates and Preston-based Cassidy and Ashton.

Read the full story here

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