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August 2009

Tyre Slashings: Arrests Made

Three youngsters have been arrested after 30 cars had their tyres slashed, causing damage which runs into thousands of pounds. Police say the vehicles, parked in Gressingham Drive and its surrounding streets in Lancaster, were targeted overnight on Wednesday. The cars had some, and in some cases all, of their tyres slashed with a sharp instrument.

Local Heritage Opened to Public - for free!

Heritage Open Days, the country’s annual celebration of its rich architectural and cultural heritage, takes place this year between 10th - 13th September. The nationwide promotion is a great opportunity to visit some of Lancaster's historic attractions that are either not normally open to the public, or which usually charge an entrance fee.

Souled Out at Last Orders

Popular soul band Souled Out are gearing up for their first ever Lancaster gig next month, appearing at the Last Orders pub on Friday 4th September. Formed back in the 1990s Souled Out have carved themselves a reputation for putting on live and lively show which is hard to top.

Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen come to Morecambe

Veteran traditional jazz player, Kenny Ball will visit Morecambe's Platform on his 50th Anniversary Tour on Saturday 5th September - one of very few dates in the North West in coming months.

Couple fined for flouting planning laws

The owners of a Galgate farm have been ordered to pay a fine and costs totalling £7,950 after pleading guilty to flouting planning laws. Charles Newhouse and Joan Telford, of Stoneybrook Farm, pleaded guilty at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court to breaching two enforcement notices issued by Lancaster City Council.

Call for 20mph Speed Limit on Lancaster Roads

Green councillors have asked that a general, system wide, enforced, 20mph speed limit be set for every residential road and roads through villages in the area covered by Lancaster City Council.

Dome Ice Rink extends opening times

Morecambe's Dome is extending the opening times of its summer indoor ice rink due to popular demand.

Billie Holiday Tribute at The Dukes

Billie Holiday fans are in for a treat on 11 and 12th September when Dukes favourite Katrina Beckford brings God Bless the Child: An Evening with Billy Holiday to the venue. Direct from a successful run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, God Bless the Child takes a glimpse into the life of one of the most extraordinary and enigmatic singers in music history.

Steam Train Visits Canforth

Lancastrians out and about on St. George's Quay or crossing Carlisle Bridge last night were rewarded with a spectacular view of the Princess Elizabeth steam train heading north for a special steam weekend. The Princess Elizabeth steam train will pull into Carnforth Railway station at 9.44am on Saturday to pick up water on its run to Carlisle.

Top Marks for Lancaster University - from Students

Students at Lancaster University are among the most satisfied in the country, according to the latest National Student Survey. Lancaster University has been ranked 11 overall in the table or joint 9th amongst more than 100 similar institutions with 89 per cent of Lancaster students saying they were satisfied with the overall student experience.

Multiculturism working in the UK, University research reveals

Watching soaps, reading tabloids and turned off by politics – the children of International Migrants in Britain show a high degree of cultural assimilation compared to their European neighbours, according to a new study by Lancaster University.

Kenny Ball, Slade and More in Morecambe

The new season at Morecambe's Platform kicks off with top traditional jazz star Kenny Ball and his band on their 50th Anniversary Tour on Saturday 5th September - just one of many acts at The Platform and the Dome this Autumn.

Lancaster Band Wins Place at UK's Only Bob Dylan Festival

Lancaster band Heroes of She, has been selected to appear in the UK’s only Bob Dylan Festival. The three day event, which takes place in Manchester over August bank holiday weekend (from Friday 28 August to Sunday 30 August) will see Heroes of She will play the final night on Sunday.

Student Prize Winners at Myerscough College

Myerscough College held their presentation of awards ceremonies over two days last month. The ceremonies saw many students presented with outstanding achievement awards, rewarding their efforts over the duration of the course. This year saw many students from around the Lancaster and Morecambe area given awards as the top students on their courses.

Storey Seeks Out New Local Talent

Are you an aspiring superstar like Flight of the Conchords, Nine Inch Nails or Bill Bailey? Maybe you’re a mover and shaker like Tony Wilson or Murray Hewitt? Or perhaps you’re developing something completely new and original that you’re just waiting to reveal to the world?

Welfare Grants for Local Voluntary Organisations

Seven voluntary groups, including an Over 60s and a history club will share more than £2,000 in awards from Lancaster City Council from its welfare grants fund.

Student places at the University of Cumbria increased

Responding to government initiatives 31 extra student places have been created at the University of Cumbria for the next academic year, 2009/10, but although welcoming the new programs the Vice Chancellor has expressed some concern at the narrow focus of the new funding.

Story Slam at The Storey in September

The Story Slam is a live storytelling competition coming to Lancaster on Friday 4th September at the aptly named The Storey Creative Industries Centre. Based around the simple formula of hearing great stories from anybody and everybody who wants to take a crack at it, the Story Slam is a live storytelling competition that's become hugely popular in major US cities such as Chicago and New York.