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October 2009

In Review: Mixed Up North

Above: Rose Leslie, Asif Khan, Lorna Stuart and Stephanie Street in Mixed up North.

Top Classical Pianist Plays Lancaster

Internationally renowned pianist and composer Costas Fotopoulos will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninov at a recital in Lancaster Cathedral early next month. London-based Costas works internationally as a composer and arranger for film, the stage and the concert hall, and as a concert, ensemble and jazz pianist.

Bins, Boxes and Fines

Local councilors have organised a public meeting to discuss how to improve waste collection and recycling activities in terraced streets with back alleys.

Suspected cocaine seized in Ryelands raids

Police have seized a quantity of suspected cocaine after carrying out drugs raids on the Ryelands estate in Lancaster. Officers swooped on the addresses in Ryelands Road, Austwick Road and Tarnsyke Road at 6.30pm on Friday to execute warrants, sexing suspected cocaine and drug dealing paraphernalia.

Herbal Medicine to be Outlawed?

New European Union regulations require all those who practice herbal medicine to be authorised persons and therefore state regulated practitioners from 2011, but Britain's the Department of Health consultation on implementing the Pitillo report is considering the rejection of state regulation of herbal practitioners, to both their dismay and the thousands who swear by their work.

Folk in November at the Robert Gillow

Here's the line up of folk music at Lancaster's Robert Gillow pub for November courtesy of local musician about town, Tony Cooke, which includes appearances by the superb Graham Robinson, pictured above. Thursday 5 November: Simon Nicholls Simon lives in Rugby and is a singer and guitarist of great repute who makes regular tours of Great Britain.

Thousands of Locals Still Not Registered to Vote

Time is running out to make sure that you are registered to vote, and the current postal strikes mean the Council is doing everything in its power to reach those who haven't registered, before it publishes its new Electoral Register on 1st December.

Hard Times Ahead for Council, Leader Warns

Lancaster City Council's leader Stuart Langhorn has warned the area faces more cuts to its services as public finances tighten. Writing on the new Council leader's blog, Langhorn notes that nationally the public finances are coming under "extensive scrutiny".

Recycle your Bicycle!

With Lancaster a designated Cycling Town and as more and more people in the Lancaster district catch the cycling bug, there's bound to be a greater demand for good quality bikes but at a low cost.

Bogus workman cons Lancaster pensioner out of £1,100

Local police are warning residents to be wary of cold callers after a bogus workman conned a pensioner out of £1,100. The 75-year-old woman was in the process of having some work done on her home in the Primrose area of Lancaster and was waiting for a genuine builder to arrive. A man then knocked at her door at around 1.30pm on Saturday 17th October and asked if she needed any jobs doing.

City Council Joins the 'Twits'!

Lancaster City Council has launched two new digital services to keep the public up to date with its latest news and information. The council has joined the ‘micro blogging’ site Twitter, on which it will be posting its latest news. People can follow the council’s ‘tweets’ at

Motorists on Mobiles fined in police crackdown

A day-long crack down on motorists using mobile phones while driving has led to eleven people being fined by police in the Lancaster area. Road policing officers carried out the clamp down on mobile phone use as part of Operation Pathway, an ongoing force wide campaign that sees high profile action days being carried out with the aim of saving lives and protecting people on the county’s roads.

Mitchells Protest: Pictures

A group of local campaigners for more community-inspired development gathered outside Mitchells Brewery to protest at its planned demolition.

Williamson Park launches new children's activities

Lancaster's Williamson Park is launching a special four week ‘junior zoo keeper’ course, giving children aged 8 to 14 hands on experience of caring for the park’s collection of animals, insects and reptiles. The course will run on Sundays between 1st - 22nd November and costs £20. Bookings are also now being taken for children’s birthday parties at the park.

New Support for Local Business Start-Ups

Aspiring entrepreneurs in the Lancaster district can now take advantage of the Intensive Start-Up Support (ISUS) Programme, a free business support service that offers a combination of start-up advice, coaching support, networking opportunities and workshops.

Could Bats Save The Brewery?

As concerns and protest mount at local company Mitchells intentions to level the old Brewery on Lancaster's Brewery Lane, perhaps in the next two weeks (see news story), it's just possible local bats could fly into rescue the building ahead of the bulldozers.

Lancashire Songs and Stories at The Platform

Norman Prince and Paul Johnston will perform another evening of Lancashire songs and stories at Morecambe's The Platform venue on Friday 30th October. Norman Prince was the front man and leader of the country’s top comedy folk group, The Houghton Weavers, for over 24 years and his humour and tales were a major part of the Weavers’ success.

Take Up Swine Flu Vaccine, urges HPA

The Health Protection Agency North West is strongly recommending that anyone who is offered vaccination against H1N1v (swine flu), available from today, should seize the opportunity to protect themselves and their families from what has the potential to be a serious illness. “Most people with swine flu have comparatively mild symptoms and recover quickly," notes Dr.

Mitchells Brewery To Be Demolished?

virtual-lancaster has learnt that local company Mitchells has given notice to Lancaster City Council that it intends to demolish the old brewery off Lancaster's Moor Lane. The company does not require planning permission to demolish the premises.

Wildlife WATCH Is Coming To Morecambe Bay

A new Wildlife WATCH group, the junior section of the Wildlife Trusts, is being set up in Morecambe Bay. Wildlife WATCH groups are aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 13 years and children’s activities will be held at the Heysham Nature Reserve, close to the harbour and ferry port on Moneyclose Lane towards the Ocean Edge Morecambe Bay Leisure Park.