Guys & Dolls; the Charter Theatre

Whilst many of us may have spent the summer months relaxing, Preston Musical Comedy Society were preparing for a dazzling performance in Preston’s Charter Theatre     When I was invited by Preston Musical Comedy Society (or PMCS for something less tongue-twisting) to take an exclusive sneak-peek at rehearsals of their forthcoming presentation of the…

The Beautiful Planet – Friargate

A vibrant, orange establishment stands on Friargate Brow. Its window has a colourful display of Peruvian Fairtrade knitted finger-puppets besides a gigantic rubber plant. Have you ever been inside, or stopped outside, to find out more about The Beautiful Planet?     I chatted to Brett Lund, the volunteer coordinator, to discover the story behind…

Image of Joan Behar; August's You Inspire feature for Podio Magazine (Podio PR1) Preston, Lancashire.

Joan Behar

“…reached out to many marginalised in society; gave a voice to those who might not have known how to speak, gave confidence to those who didn’t dare speak up” The first person to receive an acknowledgement is an individual who reached out to many marginalised in society; gave a voice to those who might not…

Volunteering abroad with former Newman College student

Our editor, former Cardinal Newman College student & International Citizen Service volunteer, Andy shares a key challenge faced with international development work in Central America. We enter Gabriela’s home and, without asking a single question from our survey, know that she would benefit from an eco-friendly stove & chimney. There is only the one large room, with a sheet hanging down the centre to section off sleeping…

Summer events in Preston city centre

From Armed Forces days to wrestling & Herbal Tea Parties, it has been events galore across our city this summer. (And the best part is that there is still so much more to come!) Below, our community engagement contributor, Irene reports on her personal highlight so far.   Cast your mind back to August 23rd last year. If you were…

Why I train in Aikido

On my better days I steal a glance in the mirror. I generally see a scalp that -could- make a claim for grey hairs still being a minority; teeth slowly losing a war of attrition with Diet Coke, a mono-brow that routinely sprouts no matter how well policed. Whilst I don’t have the body of…

2 BMXs, 2 brothers, 160 miles

Lancashire-based brothers, Andre & Ashley Preston, recently took on a charity bike ride in aid of Preston-based charity Heartbeat. After completing the 60 mile Manchester – Blackpool route, the pair added 20 miles cycling to Hearbeat’s Preston office. (Taking their total to 80 miles – all by BMX!)   “It’s a fantastic charity” Andre told…