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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.