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September 2010

1984 at The Dukes

Conrad Nelson's 1984 at Lancaster's Dukes gives the lie to the view that novels can never make great plays. In some ways, they may actually make for better theatre than plays based on scripts, since the director of a novel-to-stage adaptation (guided by the adaptor, in this case Nick Lane) has the whole world before him or her.

Council appoints experts to review Lancaster Market

Krys Zasada, who is spearheading the NCS study of Lancaster MarketLancaster City Council has appointed market experts NCS, the consultancy arm of the National Association of British Market Authorities, to produce an indepth report on the future of Lancaster Market.

Young Dukes team in line for national award

The Dukes Creative Learning Department has reached the finals of a prestigious national competition.

Transition Cafe challenges the Politics of Food

Do you know where your food comes from or how it got to your plate? The next Transition Cafe event at Lancaster's Gregson Centre next month challenges you to find out about the role food production plays in the hot issues of today: climate change, oil use and poverty. The politics of food is hidden in every mouthful we eat.

Local students advised to get their jabs

The Health Protection Agency is asking universities and further education colleges to encourage students to check that they have previously been fully vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella and Group C meningococcal infection.

Dan Haywood's New Hawks, the Ponies and more at the Yorkshire House

Dan Haywood's New Hawks, Padraig Whelan (and band), the Ponies and Mollie Baxter will be appearing at Lancaster's Yorkshire House pub on Saturday 2nd October for a special music night at one of the area's top music venues. From London, Padraig Whelan is an enigmatic and elusive purveyor of luscious pharmaceutical-grade indie-folk. His accomplished band will accompany him.

Freshers offered crime prevention advice at start of new term

Freshers at Lancaster and Morecambe’s colleges and universities are being offered crime prevention advice as they start their new term. Over 20,000 students come to the north of the county to study each year at campuses including Lancaster University, the University of Cumbria and Lancaster and Morecambe College.

Wild Mushroom warning for Autumn 'foragers'

A poisonous Destroying Angel mushroom. Photo: Daniel Butler of Fungal ForaysThe Health Protection Agency’s poisons experts have issued a wild mushroom safety message as autumn arrives, warning of the potential dangers of fungi foraging for those who don't know the good from the dangerous.

Cannabis plants found at Scorton farm

Just days after finding a drugs factory in Heysham, police have found a number of cannabis plants growing in farm buildings in Scorton after carrying out a drugs raid. The haul has an estimated street value of at least £300,000. Officers executed a drugs warrant at the farm in Cleveley Bank Lane at around 12 noon on Monday, as a result of information received from the local community.

The World is on Lancaster's Streets this Saturday

An exciting urban street game will take to Lancaster's streets on Saturday afternoon (25th September) involving teams, chasing and checkpoints -- all in an intriguing bid to raise awareness about development issues.

Operation Boat targets scrap metal thieves cashing in on crime

Police in Lancaster and Morecambe have launched Operation Boat to target criminals cashing in on crime at scrap metal dealers. As prices of scrap metal rises, the temptation increases for thieve to steal metal, including valuable lead from the roofs of churches and schools.

Make space for Christmas this October with Bulky Matters

As the run up to Christmas begins, local recycling operation Bulky Matters is encouraging anyone having a clear out to take advantage of its October special offer. Bulky Matters, a partnership between Lancaster City Council and local re-use charity Furniture Matters, collects unwanted household items from inside people’s homes, at a time to suit them, for a small fee.

Cannabis factory found in Heysham house

Police discovered a 73-plant cannabis factory at a house in Heysham after residents told officers that they suspected drugs were being sold from the address. A drugs warrant was executed at the property in Bowland Road by operational support unit officers at 6.40pm on Sunday. Two of the property’s three bedrooms had been converted into a cannabis cultivation set up.

Cone Alone: CCTV appeal after ice cream promotion stolen

Police have released CCTV stills after a £150 plastic promotional ice cream cone was stolen from a garage forecourt. The 4ft item was taken from the forecourt of Ryelands service station, Owen Road, at around 9.00pm on 4th September. Police would now like to speak to the three people shown in the CCTV images in order to eliminate them from their inquiries.

Local litter offenders pick up hefty fines

Four people who failed to pay fines for dropping litter in local streets have been ordered to pay a total of £770 by a court. All four were issued with £80 fixed penalty notices during June, July and August as part of a crackdown by Lancaster City Council. In total, 46 fixed penalty notices were issued to people caught dropping cigarette butts in Lancaster.

Solid weekend at Scarborough for McGuinness

Morecambe motorcycling champ John McGuinness made his annual trip to Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough at the weekend and the put in his usual solid performances around the woodland circuit. Armed with just his Padgetts Honda Superstock machine, he was able to finish in the top five in all three of his races and once again thoroughly enjoyed his weekend on the North Yorkshire coast.

Good news for mums-to-be at Carnforth Pool

Lancaster City Council is offering local mums-to-be with a gentle and relaxing way of exercising at its community pool in Carnforth.

"Carry on Council" ignoring Government spending warning on new road?

Is Lancashire County Council still working on its controversial M6 Link Road plan, despite being warned not to by the Government?

How Bad Are Bananas?

Kicking off an exciting new series of "Transition Cafes" at the Lancaster's Gregson Centre, author Mike Berners-Lee will talk about his new book How Bad Are Bananas:The Carbon Footprint of Everything on Tuesday 21st September.

Barrage scheme for the Wyre back on energy agenda?

The site of a proposed barrage on the River Wyre, which is a site of Special Scientific Interest.

"Roads Bring Jobs" Claims debunked as Chamber of Commerce pushes for Bypass again

Campaigners against the proposed M6 Link Road have savaged claims made by Lancaster's Chamber of Commerce that the Bypass would bring new jobs to the area - or stop jobs being lost.

Photospot: Cormorant on the River Lune

Cormorant on the River Lune Originally uploaded by JohnFreemanSpotted this morning on the River Lune: a young-looking cormorant watching for fish, just by the Millennium Bridge, Lancaster. It dived into the water soon after this was taken. They don't usually fish from here.

P-p-pick up an Edwardian postcard!

The Edwardian Postcard Project at the Literacy Research Centre at Lancaster University, and the Red Rose Postcard Club of Preston are jointly holding a Postcard Fair on Saturday 13th November 2010 featuring many dealers selling postcards, an art exhibit and a programme of illustrated lectures including "The History of the Early Postcard" - what Edwardian postcards have to tell us about everyday...

Get yourself dolled up for the Edwardian Market

After the success of last year’s event, which attracted hundreds of visitors to the city, Lancaster will once again host an Edwardian festival and market later this month. This year's event will be held over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 25th-26th September and promises to be fun for all the family.

The World on the Street: Urban Games from Lancaster's Global Link

Global Link and The Dukes DT3 are looking for volunteers and participants to be part of two days of games, theatricals and creative learning, engaging people in global issues and raising awareness of the UN's 2015 Millennium Development Goals. Bustling through streets and into wide open spaces. Searching for clues and invitations to learn more.

Morecambe arson attacks terrify car owners

Police are appealing for information after two cars in Morecambe were targeted in separate arson attacks just two days apart. A brick was hurled through the window of a couple’s Melling Court home at around 4.15pm on Thursday 9th September. Later that evening, at around 9.25pm, a fire was started underneath the couple’s Citroen car, causing £2,000 worth of damage.

Whale, We do Like to Be Beside the Seaside!

An electronic polar bear, inflatable whale, vintage cars and a Battle of Britain memorial flyover combined to provide a two day feast of seaside fun in Morecambe this weekend.

Bogus police magazine scammers come 'cold calling'

A new telephone scam to fleece the unwary of their money by asking for money for a new police magazine is being used by criminals calling people in our local area. Local police were alerted to the scam after a woman received a call at her Carnforth home on last Friday.

14-year-old girl hospitalized after traffic accident

Local police are appealing for information after a 14 –year-old girl was hospitalised following a road traffic collision. The girl had been stood preparing her horse for a show in a yard at Rye Close Farm, off the A683 Caton Green Road, Caton, at around 4.30 pm on Saturday 11th September, when the animal bolted into the nearby road.

Appeal after firework damages Morecambe caravans

Bungalow Camp Site on Heaton Road - the target of firework damage. Image via Google MapsFireworks caused damage to several caravans and a car at a Morecambe campsite - and now local police are hoping an appeal may bring new leads in the hunt for the culprit.

Halton worksite robbed - twice

Stolen: a Stihl TS400 sawPolice are appealing for information after a work site was targeted by thieves twice in the space of a month. The site on Green Lane, Halton, was first targeted between 13 – 16th August, when tools worth over £900 were taken from a container. The stolen items included an orange Stihl TS400 saw, a turquoise Makita circular saw and a turquoise cordless drill.

Graffiti vandals clean up their act in Morecambe

Two teens who daubed graffiti across Morecambe’s town centre and the West End have been made to clean up their act as part of a restorative justice project.

1984, Shakespeare and Sarah Millican just part of Dukes new season

A radical new approach to a classic story, household names in comedy, and a magical Christmas show are highlights of Lancaster's The Dukes new season, which was officially launched on Monday. The Lancaster venue played host to an entertaining evening for supporters who heard how The Dukes is constantly changing to reflect the demands of its growing audiences.

Get Fit Volunteers wanted for Williamson Park

Lancaster City Council is looking for volunteers with green fingers to take part in a new health and fitness project that is being developed for Williamson Park by the council and the University of Cumbria.

You've just Gotta love Whole Lotta Led...

One of the UK’s best Led Zeppelin tribute bands, Whole Lotta Led, will perform at the Platform in Morecambe on Friday September 24. Approved by Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin’s legendary guitarist, the band have played over 1,000 shows throughout the UK and have been recommended by Classic Rock magazine.

Heysham man sought by Lancashire Police

Wanted: Joseph Almond, in connection with several offences, including assault and a burglary.Lancashire Police are appealing for information that will help them track down Joseph Almond - a man who is wanted in connection with an assault and a burglary in Morecambe back in June, as well as in connection with a burglary in Folkestone, Kent.

Morecambe-based Comic published for iPad

Lancaster cartoonist David Hughes comic story Thomas Wogan is Dead (reviewed here on British comics news site downthetubes) is now available to read on Apple's iPad.

Space Robots and Zombie Robots take over Peter Scott Gallery

Combining the work of four artists, Eventual, a new exhibition at Lancaster University's prestigious Peter Scott Gallery, seeks to examine transient connections, the tensions between function and dysfunction and the role of technology in arts practice, through sculpture, installation, animation and performance.

Labour's Darren Clifford hoping to take Harbour Ward

Morecambe Labour Party launched its campaign to win back the Harbour Ward city council seat over the weekend, after a by-election was called following the untimely death of Councillor John Barnes of the MBI Party in July. They've chosen a pro-Bypass and pro-nuclear candidate to fight the seat: Morecambe-born Darren Clifford, who's well known for his community connections.

Man wanted on prison recall

(Updated, 6 Spetmber: Craig Wilde was arrested by officers in Morecambe on Saturday 4th September - the story below is retained for archive purposes). Police are appealing for information that will help them track down a man who is wanted on prison recall.

Police appeal as hunt for missing Lancaster man steps up

Police are appealing for information as to the whereabouts of a Lancaster man who went missing earlier this month. 43-year-old Anthony Ramos, of Ambleside Road, Lancaster, was reported missing by his family on 9th August. He was last seen in Preston in April and is known to have been in London in April – May.

Borough comedy night expands to meet demand

Lancaster seems to be experiencing a comedy boom of late, with several new nights having opened.