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May 2009

Soak Britain Comes to Lancaster

A group of like-minded water pistol fanatics have organised an event in Williamson Park next month that should cool everyone down at the height of summer -- assuming we have a better summer than last year, that is. Soak Britain will kick off at 1.00pm until 4.00pm "or until we run out of water!" says co-organiser Walter Incan.

Children's Design Ideas Wanted for Happy Mount Park

Lancaster City Council is inviting children and their parents to Happy Mount Park on June 6 to help design an innovative ‘natural play area’. Taking place between 2pm and 5pm, the aim of the event will be to give children the chance to experiment with different natural materials and share ideas of what could be included in the play area.

Are you in the mood for dancing?

Are you a member of, or do you teach, at a dance school? If so, you may be interested in an opportunity to display your talents at the forthcoming Family Fun Weekend at Morecambe’s Festival Market, which will be held on 4th - 5th July.

University Professor advises War Tribunal

It was one of the worst acts of genocide in history. 200,000 people executed - up to two-million others dying from starvation or disease. The Khmer Rouge regime was toppled after four years of rule in Cambodia in 1979, but the remaining leaders are still being tried on charges of crimes against humanity.

What's Italian for delicious?

You didn’t need to be multi-lingual this weekend if you visited the Festival Market in Morecambe to know that the tantalising treats on offer there were truly 'delizioso'! Not only that but the weather finally came through and helped to make any visitors to the visiting Italian Market feel as they were in Naples, Sicily or Florence.

Carnival Chase Event Announced

The city spreads out before you. Rushing from point to point, lit by slow strobe lights through dark streets. Stumbling into situations for a stranger’s signature. Fleeing unknown pursuers, breathing hard, admiring the landscape and the multitude of worlds hidden in it.

Summer Afternoon Concerts at The Platform

A new series of fortnightly summer afternoon concerts starts at the Platform on Wednesday 3rd June, running until 26th August. The concerts feature Michael Conradd at the organ playing selections of music from the 1930s to the present day, including musical theatre, music from the 60s and much more. At each concert, Michael will be joined by a guest vocalist.

Get on your bike with free cycle training

Lancaster City Council is offering a variety of bike maintenance and cycle skill courses to help you make the most of our wonderful district this summer by bike.

Local Producers Event planned at Festival Market

After the success of a similar event earlier in the year, Lancaster City Council is once again organising a special event featuring local producers of food, arts and crafts at Morecambe’s Festival Market. Taking place on Sunday 21st June, the busiest trading day of the week, the special market will give local producers the chance to show off their goods.

Totally Wired at The Storey

Jo Gillot - just one of the acts at Totally Wired's multi-arts event at the Storey next month. Totally Wired, a not-for-profit group that organises regular music, performance and visual arts events throughout the North West and beyond will be hosting a Multi-Arts Event at Lancaster's newly opened Storey Creative Industries Centre on Saturday 6th June 2009.

Voters: Don't miss the post

Lancaster City Council is reminding people who have registered to vote by post that postal votes are being sent out this week. Local elections will take place for Lancashire County Council, Morecambe Parish Council and the European Parliament on 4th June. There will also be a by-election for the Castle ward on Lancaster City Council on this date.

City Centre Revamp Consultation Launched

(updated 15/5/09): A major new consultation into proposals aiming to revitalise Lancaster City Centre has been launched by the City Council, but some argue the Council is itself responsible for the poor state of the town's much-loved public spaces.

Local Events in Tourism Vote

Morecambe’s annual celebration of the seaside 'We do like to Be Beside the Sea!' and the Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular have been nominated for the major award 'Event of the Year' by Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board.

Green Light for Sainsbury's Extension

Above: What the revamped Sainsbury's store would look like from the car park. Image courtesy Sainsbury's. Lancaster City Council has granted planning permission for an extension to Sainsbury's Cable Street store, subject to confirmation by planning officers, which will bring new jobs to the store.

Poll Cards in the Post for June Elections

Local voters should be on the lookout for their poll cards for the June elections to Morecambe Parish Council, Lancashire County Council and the European Parliament will take place on Thursday, 4th June.

EDF begins nuclear land sale process at Heysham

EDF Energy has begun a sales process relating to the divestment of land potentially suitable for new nuclear build at Heysham and Dungeness in Kent. The process will result in EDF Energy selling one site, at Dungeness or Heysham, which were acquired as a result of EDF Energy's integration with British Energy in January.

Murdered Man's Wife's Appeal for Witnesses

#fullpost{display:inline;} The wife of a man who died following an incident in a Lancaster pub has made a direct appeal to those responsible to hand themselves in to police.As we reported last week, police were called to a disturbance at the Sir Richard Owen Wetherspoon pub on Spring Garden Street at about 4.15pm on Thursday, April 23, where a large group of men had been fighting.Dave Bolton, 45,...

Spotlight's Big May Moving Storey

Arlen ConnellyPhoto by John FreemanAfter 13 years at The Yorkshire House, Lancaster's live-writing cabaret, Spotlight, is moving to the newly re-modelled Storey in Meeting House Lane, which has become a centre for the local creative industries.