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August 2010

Future plans for developing Lancaster Market

Despite its concerns about the costs of keeping Lancaster Market open, and the huge amount of research and feedback Lancaster City Council has already undertaken in their efforts to keep it going, the Council has decided it still needs to employ even more expert advisors to recommend ways in which the future of Lancaster Market can be secured.

Date set for Harbour ward council by-election

The date for a by-election to elect a new councillor for the Harbour ward of Lancaster City Council has been announced as Thursday 7th October. Anyone who is interested in standing as a candidate should telephone the elections office on 01524 582905. The closing date for nominations is noon on Friday 10th September. The vacancy has arisen following the recent sad death of Coun John Barnes.

Appeal after Lancaster clubber pulled into car

Local police are appealing for information after a young woman was pulled into a car outside a Lancaster nightclub. The 20-year-old woman, who was wearing a black top and white shorts, left Elements nightclub at around 3.30am on Monday 30th August when a small white car pulled up alongside her.

Motoerway safety goes high-tech at Galgate junction

State-of-the-art motorway message signs have been switched on by the Highways Agency along the M6 in Cumbria and are being installed near Lancaster this week, providing earlier warning of incidents and bad weather to drivers using the motorway.

County Council leader plays down evidence on CO2 emissions

Plans to reduce CO2 emissions in Lancashire appear to have disappeared into thin air, if the approach of Geoff Driver, the man charged with implementing the Climate Change Act in the County is anything to go by.

13th place for McGuinness at Cadwell

John McGuinness at the Metzeler National 1000cc Superstock Championship. Picture: Glynne LewisMorecambe motorbike star John McGuinness' run of points-scoring finishes in the Metzeler National 1000cc Superstock Championship continued on Bank Holiday Monday when the Morecambe star finished in 13th place in the latest round at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire, Phil Wain reports.

Flying with the New Hawks: an interview with local musician Dan Haywood

Last job I could walk the length of a country' - Dan Haywood on the release of Dan Haywood's New Hawks Five years in the making, Dan Haywood's New Hawks is a 32-song triple album taking folk rock and popular music in exciting new directions.

Heritage Open Days return to Lancaster

Have you ever wanted to go inside the unused offices in Lancaster Railway Station or maybe had a desire to see Lancaster city centre from the clock tower at Lancaster Town Hall? Perhaps you would like to go on a guided walk to learn all about Lancaster’s fine buildings and the city’s industrial past or take a look inside the Winter Gardens theatre, one of Morecambe’s most impressive buildings.

Competition Seeks Illustrator to Bring Cleveleys’ ‘Mythic Coastline’ to Life

Ever fancied seeing your artwork in a published book, or brought to life by a sculptor? Then grab your pens – or your computer mouse – because the hunt is on to find a talented illustrator for a brand new children’s book exploring the history, landscape and folklore of the Cleveleys coast.

Thief robs charity money for Pakistan from Lancaster nuns

The Ursuline Convent in Lancaster, which was robbed by opportunist thieves. Image: Google MapsCharity money intended for the victims of the dreadful Pakistan floods has been stolen - and if that wasn't bad enough, it was stolen from a local convent.

Park animals ‘taste the difference’

A weaver bird at Lancaster's Williamson Park. Image: Williamson ParkThe animals in Lancaster's Williamson Park will be getting their weekly food shop from Sainsbury's from now on thanks to a new partnership with Lancaster City Council.

Come Dine With Me seeks local chefs for new series

Come Dine With Me contestants from Manchester, featured on the cooking show earlier this year.

Could your voluntary group use a cash windfall?

Voluntary groups across the Lancaster district are invited to apply for funding from Lancaster City Council’s welfare grant scheme. The city council has money available now and is asking for bids to allocate the welfare grant budget. Welfare grants are for voluntary organisations whose activities include providing recreation, meals and special events for older people.

Gregson seeks old mobiles for charity

A group of people at Lancaster's Gregson Centre are trying to raise funds for the Community Bonfire in November this year, which will take place on Miss Whalley's field. One of the fund raising ideas is to collect old mobile phones and send them to one of the companies that buy them and then the Gregson can receive cash for them. All cash received can then go straight into the bonfire fund.

CCTV appeal after pensioner purse theft at ASDA

Police have released two CCTV images after a pensioner had her purse stolen from a Lancaster supermarket. The 82-year-old was in Asda on Ovangle Road between 2pm – 2.30pm on Monday 16th August when she was approached by two shoppers, one of whom began to ask about what products she should buy. Shortly after the encounter the victim realised her purse was missing from her bag.

CCTV released after £1000 of dresses stolen from Lancaster store

Police have released two CCTV images after dresses worth over £1,000 were stolen from a Lancaster high street store. 12 dresses, worth a total of £1,100, were taken from Monsoon on Penny Street between 1.30 – 1.40pm on Monday 9th August. Police would like to speak to the two women pictured in the CCTV images in order to eliminate them from their inquiries.

McGuinness motorcross bike stolen in Heysham

Police are appealing for information after a motorcross bike belonging to the family of TT champion rider John McGuinness was stolen from a locked garage in Heysham. Thieves targeted the home in Norton Grove between 12.30am – 8am on Friday 20th August. The Honda CRF 450R 449cc off-road trial bike, worth £5,000, was taken from an alarmed and locked garage, along with £1,100 worth of tools.

Ken Dodd's Morecambe gig is a sell out

Ken Dodd’s Happiness Show at the Platform in Morecambe on Wednesday 13th October has sold out -- just two weeks after the tickets went on sale. This is the second time the Liverpool comedy genius has performed at the Platform, the first time being at last year’s Sandcastle Festival. That show was also a sell out.

Man left with fractured cheek bone after Lancaster nightclub attack

Police are appealing for information after a man was left needing hospital treatment following a nightclub attack in Lancaster. The 20-year-old victim was standing with friends outside Lancaster’s Toast nightclub, on North Road, at around 3.35am on Saturday 14th August when he was approached by another man.

Milnthorpe nature artist Marianne Birkby honoured by leading conservation group

Milnthorpe-based artist Marianne Birkby has been chosen as one of this week's 'Artist of the Day' by the world-renowned Artists for Conservation group.   Based in Vancouver, Canada, the Artists for Conservation Foundation is a non-profit juried association of artists dedicated to celebrating and protecting our natural heritage.