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July 2009

Charity Triathalon Sprints Back

It’s that time of year again: the Cockerham Triathlon in aid of CancerCare, is back!

Where will Your Privacy Go?

Over the last few years the Government has mislaid a staggering amount of our personal information. In a clever short film released today, campaign group Liberty asks whether they can be trusted with even more data. Where do they go? highlights Liberty's concerns about the security of our personal details in the National Identity Register (NIR) and ID card scheme.

Bank Holiday Humour at the Borough

Next month's Bank Holiday needs to be written into your diary if you're up for a good laugh, as Sunday 30th August sees the return of the monthly comedy night at The Borough on Lancaster's Dalton Square.

Three Ages of Elvis Bow Out

Lancaster band Three Ages of Elvis have announced the band is soon to be no more -- and will be playing its last gig in August. "On 8th August, just days before the 32nd anniversary of our namesake's own lavvie-based demise, the majesty that is the Three Ages of Elvis will perform their final gig," says spokesman Jon Carter.

New County Council, Same Old (Expensive) Road Plan...

When it comes to the proposed Heysham-M6 Lorry Link road and the new Lancashire County Council it seems it's a matter of new dogs, same old tricks.

Co-Housing Public Meeting Announced

Lancaster Cohousing, who recently bought land in Halton to develop their project, will be holding a Public Meeting in August to publicise and discuss their new eco cohousing development.

Free compost on offer at Williamson Park

Green fingered residents will be able to pick up some free compost from Williamson Park in Lancaster on Wednesday 12th August. The compost has come from the green waste recycled in Lancashire and is available free of charge to residents who wish to pop along between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

Heysham Link Now Priced at £133 Million

Although the Government outlined its support for the North West’s proposals to improve transportation in the region today, the proposed M6-Heysham Link has still not received full approval - and nestling in the fine print of a Department of Transport statement is the current estimated cost of building it.

Celebrity Football Line-Up Revealed

Sunday's upcoming charity footy match in Morecambe, organised to raise funds for the local branch of the MS Society, looks like having a very strong line-up of celebrity faces on the pitch -- and there are the rumours of others in the expected crowd, too...

Road Campaigners Remount Campaign

With Lancashire County Council spending a fortune of taxpayers money promoting the latest stage of the proposed northern bypass in local papers this week, campaigners against the plans are urging people to write to new councillors asking that the scheme be abandonned.

Birds and Bikes at Leighton Moss

What better way to travel to experience the sights and sounds of your local nature reserve at Leighton Moss than by bike. For those who fancy being at one with nature all the way, Lancaster City Council’s Cycling Demonstration Town Team are taking riders on a leisurely ride to the RSPB reserve along Lancaster Canal and quiet rural roads.

Cumbrians Set To Gather for Steam Event

For more than thirty-five years, The Cumbria Steam Vintage Vehicle Society has been bringing together vintage and steam vehicles from across the world, to Flookburgh, for one massive summer event.

Get Set To Love Your Park

A full range of activities including encounters with mini beasts, brass bands and a personal survival course has been arranged to celebrate this year’s Love Parks Week starting at the end of this month in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.

Veteran Lancaster Club Celebrates Youthful 80th Birthday!

Lancaster Boys and Girls Club are holding their 80th birthday celebrations over the weekend 24-26th July. Friday evening starts with a Talent Competition open to anyone aged 12-18 and runs from 7.00pm. Anyone interested in entering should contact Steven Naylor, the Club Leader on 01524 32020 or email stevennaylor@ceep.org.uk. All are welcome to come along and watch.

Local Friends of the Earth Get Serious about C02

North Lancashire Friends of the Earth has signed up to the environmental group's national campaign "Get Serious about CO2", which aims to get local councils to commit to an emissions reduction target of 40% by 2020 and set out a plan of action for achieving these targets.

Council backs new Litter Campaign

Lancaster City Council has joined nearly 100 other councils that are backing a new campaign to tackle motorists who use our streets as rubbish bins. Every year, the council spends hundreds of thousands of pounds cleaning litter from the district’s streets – and an increasing amount comes from car drivers and their passengers.

Tap Water Not Meeting Standards, say Inspectors

Tap water in the North has further to go to fully meet European standards according to the independent drinking water quality regulator’s report which is being presented today at a seminar hosted by the Consumer Council for Water’s Northern committee.

Spotlight at The Storey: Poetry, Comedy and More

Lancaster's Spotlight Club is back at the Storey on Friday, with an eclectic, vibrant mix of performers of both the written word and song... Poet Iain Colley is no stranger to Spotlight, having appeared at the first ever event back in December 1995 and a number of gigs since. He's a prizewinning poet and short story writer and author of monographs on US cinema.

Taxi driver fined for flouting smoking ban

A local taxi driver who was caught flouting the smoking ban has been ordered to pay a total of £489 by a court. Susan King, 50, of Chapel Lane in Overton, was found guilty in her absence at Lancaster Magistrates Court on Thursday (9th July) of breaking laws brought in on July 1 2007.

Environment Jobs A-Plenty if Council Went Green?

If Lancaster City Council insulated buildings and fitted green energy in the Lancaster area, it could create 64 jobs as well as slashing climate-changing emissions, according to independent research released by North Lancashire Friends of the Earth recently.

£250 up for grabs - just for returning a form!

Would you like the chance to win £250 to spend as you please? That’s the offer from Lancaster City Council – just for filling in and returning your electoral registration form. Each year the council is required by law to canvass every household in the district and produce a Register of Electors which is published on 1st December.

Centros Debacle: Who Is Responsible?

The public inquiry into absent-from-proceedings developer Centros plans for Lancaster's canal corridor is nearly finished, with supplementary evidence and closing submissions due to be submitted in writing over the next few weeks.

Dog Fun Day Planned for Heysham School

Lancaster City Council has teamed up with the RSPCA, the Dogs Trust and Lune Valley Training Club to offer free microchipping, identity discs and training to all dog owners at a special event to be held on Wednesday 22nd July. The Dog Fun Day will take place at Trumacar Primary School in Heysham between 10.00am to 12 noon and 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

Canal Corridor Inquiry closes

The Inquiry into the Centros plans for Lancaster's Canal Corridor closed last week with a final decision on the proposals due in the next few months. Most of the Inquiry time in the final week was taken up by personal statements from members of the public and from local councillors arguing against the plans.

Lancaster Air-Mail from the 4th Plinth!

Lancaster based-artist Rachel Baynton will join 2400 people taking their place this year on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square as part of Angel of the North creator Antony Gormley’s One & Other project which sees a different person on the plinth every hour, 24 hours a day for 100 days.

Lancaster City Council publishes its Annual Report

Lancaster City Council has published its Annual Report for 2008/09, which gives an overview of the council and the district it serves, as well as a snapshot of some of its achievements and initiatives of the last year and priorities for the next 12 months.

Pasties Are Better Than Comics

Two local comic artists have contributed to an independent comic inspired by the humble pasty.

Heysham High Wakes up and Shakes Up!

Heysham High School students gave Diversity a run for their money as they attempted to set a Guinness Book World Record for the most pupils to take part in a synchronised activity. Over 80,000 students across Lancashire took part in dancing to Lady Ga Ga and The Saturdays to celebrate National Sports Week in association with the Youth Sports Trust and Rock FM.

University opens up facilities for Local Artists

The University of Cumbria is offering the opportunity for four local artists to utilise its arts facilities in Lancaster and Carlisle for free, thanks to the Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) project.

Cockling tragedy victims to be remembered at RHS Flower Show

The tragic deaths of 23 Chinese cockle pickers in Morecambe Bay are to be remembered in Lancaster City Council’s display at this year’s RHS Flower Show. The council has teamed up with acclaimed local artist Chas Jacobs to design the display, which will go on show at Tatton Park in the National Flower Bed Competition.