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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?

McGuinness takes 11th in second Supersport TT

Morecambe's John McGuinness finished 11th in Wednesday's heavily delayed second Supersport 600cc race at the Isle of Man TT races with the race being held in extremely damp conditions. Rain on the west part of the Island left a long section of the course with a lot of standing water and with the other parts of the course dry, conditions were extremely tricky.

Get involved and have your say!

Would you like to have a say in the way Lancaster City Council provides its services? Then why not sign up for the council’s community consultation register and help make sure its services meet the needs of the community. The council has just published its annual consultation plan – an outline of the consultations that will be taking place over the coming year.

Spotlight's June Jamboree

The Spotlight Club is back at the Lancaster's new Storey venue on Friday 19th June, complete with an impressive line up that will follow the usual "Open Mic" session. Poet Mihkel Hassan is 21, born in Salford, and is a Hip Hop street poet. He made his performance debut at Spotlight in November 2008. "My poetry is political, it challenges the government and questions society.

Vote Now on EU Membership, Says Smtih

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP Geraldine Smith has called for a referendum on whether Britian should remain part of the European Union.

Morecambe Parish Council to hold first meeting

The first meeting of Morecambe Parish Council will take place on Thursday 18th June.

Galbraith Trust offers money for local groups

Local groups in the Lancaster and Morecambe area are being invited to apply to The Galbraith Trust, which has now distributed over £250,000 to local organisations since it began. The trust, set up in 2001 from the estate of Ian Galbraith - the former city hardware store owner - offers funding for local voluntary and community groups for a variety of purposes.

Two fifths for McGuinness on TT day two

Morecambe's John McGuinnesstook a brace of fifths in the Supersport and Superstock races on Tuesday, the second day of the 2009 Isle of Man TT Races. The HM Plant Honda rider's first outing came in the four-lap Supersport race and an opening lap of over 124mph saw him slot into fifth place.

Citizens Advice Seek More Volunteers

Lancaster's Citizens Advice Bureau will be holding another information session for prospective volunteers on Thursday 18 June at 4.30, at the Bureau on KIng Street. CAB still (and probably always will..) need more advisers and support volunteers and tells us they gained at least one new volunteer who found out about us through virtual-lancaster. We're delighted to hear it!

University of Cumbria funds African water pump

University of Cumbria students have helped pay for an ingenious style of pump generating clean water for African villages. Playpumps, the brainchild of the One Foundation, are sited at schools or villages. Instead of walking long distances to find a clean water supply, children play on a special roundabout. It draws water from underground, which is then stored in a tank for the village.

Morecambe's McGuinness takes record-breaking 15th TT victory

Morecambe's John McGuinness won a record-breaking Superbike TT race today, coming home over 18 seconds clear of HM Plant Honda team-mate Steve Plater. McGuinness also set a new outright lap record of 130.442 mph on his way to claiming his 15th TT victory - the second highest total in the history of the races.

Euro Election Frustrates Sitting MEP

The North West’s Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies said that he was content but not ecstatic with his party’s performance in the European elections after the results for the North West were announced on Sunday. The Conservatives took three seats, Labour two and the UK Independence Party, Liberal Democrats and British National Party one each in the North West.

Planning Inspectorate Responds to IOC Concnerns

The Planning Inspectorate, which is conducting the Inquiry into Centros' plans for Lancaster's Canal Corridor that starts on 16th June, has responded to concerns about what campaign group Its Our City described as reduced time to present their case (see news story), saying it will consider extending their presentation period if needed.

Conservatives Take Lancashire in Election

The Conservatives have ousted Labour from power in Lancashire - and the British National Party have taken their first seat on the County Council. The Liberal Democarts have gained four councillors and the Greens one, again in Lancaster. The Consrvative Party's win ends 28 years in opposition since they lost power to Labour in 1981.

Centros Development Inquiry: Inspector Squeezing Out Protestors?

(Updated 8 June): The upcoming inquiry into developer Centros' controversial development plans for Lancaster's Canal Corridor seems to be skewing in favour of the Council and the planners, even before it opens on 16th June. Local campaign group Its Our City has been working very hard to prepare formal evidence for this Inquiry and to turn up and give it.

Promenade Drama at Lancaster Cathedral

For one week in June Lancaster Cathedral will provide the setting for St Peter's Walk, an innovative performance based on the life and times of St Peter, the Apostle and early Christian martyr to whom the Cathedral is dedicated. St Peter, who was crucified - upside down - by the Romans around 64AD, was left with the task of setting up the early Christian Church following the death of Jesus.

McGuinness sets early TT pace

Morecambe's John McGuinness set the early practice pace at the Isle of Man TT races on Monday evening, topping both the Superbike and Superstock timesheets. Held in glorious conditions, the 14-times TT winner put in a flying lap on his HM Plant Honda Superbike and with a speed of 128.067mph he was just over 11 seconds clear of second quickest rider Adrian Archibald.

LAWM's Last Night Ever!

After over three years of bringing the best of live music to Lancaster LAWM (www.lawm.co.uk) present their 50th and final ever night at the Yorkshire House on Friday 12th June! The best has been left until last with the line up a who’s who of alternative folk.

Lancaster Gets A Haunting Tribute

Local TV Presenter Jason Karl and Adele Yeomans, authors for Lancaster-based publisher Carnegie Publishing are set to spend a spooky Spring in Lancaster city for the third title in their ‘Haunted Heritage’ series of books, to be published at Hallowe'en.

‘Plus One’ Commuter Challenge 2009 Launched

Are you a regular cycle commuter who fancies winning £200 worth of cycling gift vouchers? Perhaps you're more of an occasional cyclist who wants to be in with a chance of winning a brand new bike?

Moorside opens its doors to a primary school experience

Moorside School, Lancaster is opening its doors for a day to give parents and children an insight into primary school life. The open day takes place on Friday, 12 June from 9.00am until 3.00pm when everyone is welcome to explore the corridors, classrooms and extensive grounds of the school and see for themselves the teachers and children in action during lesson time.

Summer Road Safety Campaign Launched

Lancashire Police and the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety launched their summer drink drive campaign today. Police officers were out in force as part of a national crackdown targeting those who get into the car despite having had alcohol. The Partnership will also be carrying out a number of education and awareness activities.