In case you missed it: Five stories from Preston this week from January 29 to February 4

A choppy Preston Docks during a storm Photo: Tony Worrall

January is finally over and we are in February, which we welcomed with a few storms.


It’s been a week full of news, some good, some bad, but we’ve stayed positive knowing we’re coming out of winter.

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

Ribby Hall Village Zoo saves Partula snail from extinction

Partula snails in captivity Pic: Wild Discovery
Partula snails in captivity Pic: Wild Discovery

Wild Discovery is a small zoo located in the village of Ribby Hall, which offers people the opportunity to learn about the animal kingdom through interactive and educational activities.

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

The Partula snail is one of the species that Wild Discovery owns and breeds through its conservation work.

Read the full story here.

Walton-le-Dale SPAR named best Marie Curie fundraising store in the north

SPAR Sandringham Road, Walton-le-Dale

A SPAR in Walton-le-Dale has raised £5,302 for Marie Curie since March 2017, making it the company’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 boutique has secured funds through in-store initiatives including raffles and costume contests, and through the generosity of customers who donate money through Marie Curie collection boxes.

Read the full story here.

Fulwood solicitor will travel 2,022 km for the Rosemère Cancer Foundation

Jennie Barnes, determined to make the most of 2022 for the Rosemère Cancer Foundation

A Fulwood lawyer is raising funds throughout 2022 by completing a 2,022km run and walk challenge.

Jennie Barnes hopes to raise £2,022 over the year through the Rosemère Cancer Foundation Challenge.

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

Read the full story here.

Japan Day will be held on the UCLan campus in Preston

The 6th Japan Day at UCLan

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

February 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the event will celebrate Japanese culture at the Preston campus, where guests can enjoy various free arts activities.

On the program, practical Japanese taiko percussion workshops, language sessions, Furoshiki ecological packaging and calligraphy workshops.

Read the full story here.

A Penwortham youth worker wows the judges on Channel 4’s Great Pottery Throw Down

Christine Cherry. Photo: Channel 4

A young worker from Penwortham taking part in The Great Pottery Throw Down impressed the judges with her skills and touching creations.

During the first episode of the Channel 4 show, which aired on Sunday January 2, Christine Cherry, 57, performed some creations that brought judges Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller to tears.

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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