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June 2009

Ice Age 3 Sneek Screening Tonight?

Lancaster's Vue Cinema may be putting on an chilled-out treat perfect to take your mind off the hot weather for animation fans tonight -- because it looks like Ice Age 3 is this week's "Mystery Movie".

Council Approves Science Park Plans

Even as the Council reels from the fallout of a disastrous Inquiry into the proposed development for Lancaster's Canal Corridor, it has just approved plans for a new Science Park, which have already courted controversy and been changed to accommodate concerns from local residents.

Bradburn back at Williamson Gallery

After a successful exhibition in 2007, Lancashire artist Andrew Bradburn returns to the Ashton Memorial to hold a further exhibition of new watercolour landscapes in a contemporary style. Andrew has had a successful career in interior design, a degree in design, has been painting for over 10 years.

Exhibition inspired by Berlin Wall anniversary opens

A new exhibition inspired by the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall opens this week (Friday 3rd July) at the University of Cumbria's Lancaster campus, featuring the work of university staff and students alongside professional artists.

Vintage car rally to visit Williamson Park

Lancaster's Williamson Park will be welcoming members of the Roses Run Vintage Car Rally on Sunday 5th July.

Spotlight Writers Surgeries Announced

Lancaster's Spotlight writers organisation, best known for its regular Spotlight Club events, which recently moved to the Storey, has announced a number of Work In Progress Writing Surgeries, offering a unique opportunity to get confidential feedback on your work.

Centros savage English Heritage over Canal Corridor

Despite choosing not to attend the Inquiry itself and leaving defence of its plans for Lancaster's Canal Corridor to its partner, Lancaster City Council - at considerable cost to the local taxpayer - developers Centros say they will not withdraw their £140 million plans for the area.

Corrie Stars Back in Morecambe for Charity Footie

Soap fans will get the chance to see their favourite stars at Morecambe Football Club when a team drawn from Coronation Street and other TV shows will play in a charity football match. On Sunday July 26 the Soap Stars will be playing against the Bay Radio All Stars with local companies Hargreaves Garages and VVV supporting the game.

Centros Inquiry a "Fiasco" say Greens

Green Party City Councillors say that Lancaster City Council has wasted tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers money by withdrawing from the inquiry after two weeks (see news story).

'Cycling Shorts' Film Competition 2009

Lancaster City Council and the Dukes are working in tandem to launch a short film competition to promote and celebrate cycling and film making in the Lancaster district.

North Rises with John Robb Event

Local performance and visual arts group Totally Wired have announced a special Spoken Word Event with author John Robb at The Book Room, Lancaster on Monday 6th July 2009.

Canal Corridor Inquiry: City Council Statement

Lancaster City Council has released a full statement regarding its withdrawal from the public inquiry into plans by Centros to redevelop the Canal Corridor North site, saying it will not be taking any further part.

Council Backs Out of Centros Inquiry

Lancaster City Council has just announced its withdrawal from the Centros public inquiry. The Lancaster Guardian reports this announcement comes just days into the proceedings, apparently following damning evidence on the heritage impact of the £150 million redevelopment scheme.

Chapel Island Walk In July

The Morecambe Bay Partnership has arranged a perfect early summer evening walk on Saturday 4th July over the sands of the Leven Estuary to Chapel Island on Saturday 4th July. Apart from a small area at the north of the island the land is completely overgrown with an impenetrable mat of brambles and the island can only be accessed on foot at low tide.

Wild Writer's Talk Announced

Cannibals and deserts, polar bears and passion, songlines and shamans – the author of a book on the essential wildness of the human spirit comes to Lancaster in July. Jay Griffiths, author of Wild: An Elemental Journey, reads at the Storey Auditorium on Thursday 16th July in an event organised jointly by Litfest and the Centre for Study of Environmental Change at Lancaster University.

Women on Wheels Tours Continue

Lancaster City Council continues its programme of guided Sunday cycle rides for women this weekend (Sunday 5th July) with a seven mile ride to Morecambe Bay. Guided 'women only' rides have been taking place on the first Sunday of each month since March to encourage women who might not have the confidence they need to cycle on their own, to get out and about with other like-minded ladies.

Carnival of Culture Launches "Houses" Art Project

Lancaster's Carnival of Culture opened "Houses", its community art project created by the citizens of Lancaster this weekend. The exhibition, on displayed in the window of 12 New Street, Lancaster until 20th June, illustrates what Lancaster citizens believe to be the spirit of the community, or what they would like to see happening in their city.

Outright TT lap record for McGuinness - But no race win

Morecambe's John McGuinness set a new outright lap record during Friday's Senior TT race in the Isle of Man -- but he was cruelly denied a 16th TT win when the chain on his bike broke on the fourth lap.

Agenda Set For Centros Inquiry

The public inquiry into the Centros-proposed plan for Lancaster's Canal Corridor opens on Tuesday, with the City Council presenting its evidence as partner in the project during the first week - saving Centros the cost of doing so at the expense of local taxpayers.

XWA wrestling to take place at The Dome

The hottest night of pro wrestling in the UK this summer is coming soon to Morecambe. The Dome is bracing itself for Saturday 4th July when feuds will explode, scores will be settled and issues decided at XWA Vendetta. The biggest issue of all surrounds Morecambe’s new wrestling superstar, ‘The Psychotic Warrior’ Johnny Phere. Will Phere be reinstated into British Wrestling?