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December 2010

Love Morecambe Bay? Tell the Dukes why...

What do you love about Morecambe Bay? The Dukes is asking locals and visitors to share their love for the beautiful bay to coincide with the opening of Quicksand, a new play inspired by its landscape. Do you have stories about growing up on the bay or just love the inspiring landscape and Lakeland views?

Litter offenders pick up hefty fines

Three people have been fined for dropping cigarette butts in Morecambe Town Centre and ordered to pay a total of £510 by a court. As part of a crackdown in June by Lancaster City Council, 75 people were issued with £80 fixed penalty notices for dropping cigarette butts and litter in the Lancaster district. Melissa Tubbs, of Redruth Drive, Carnforth, failed to pay the fine.

Warm Up for Winter with LESS

People in Lancaster and Morecambe now have access to a new independent energy advice service to help them stay warm this winter, thanks to the Home Energy Service, a community project run by local sustainability organisation LESS.

‘Spare the hare’ and crack down on cruel sport

Police are working with farmers in Wyre to crack down on illegal hare coursing. Officers will be presenting farmers with signs to place on their land, warning potential hare coarsers that locals will be reporting them to the police. Hare coursing sees dogs pitted against each other while chasing a hare across rural land, with the winner being determined by its speed and agility.

Lancaster's Cycling Santa Treats Bike-It Schoolkids

Santa has been rounding off another successful year for 'Bike It' schools by delivering his presents by bike. Santa was spotted recently cycling to local 'Bike It' primary schools including Skerton St Luke’s, Willow Lane, Moorside, Bowerham and Silverdale to deliver gifts to children who cycle regularly. He also gave tips to all the children on how to be seen when cycling in the winter.

Local Labour Elect New Chair Ian Pattison

Morecambe and Lunesdale Constituency Labour Party have elected a new Chairman with strong local links to spearhead their campaign in the run up to the local elections in May. Ian Pattison, 24 has lived in the West End of Morecambe since birth.

Businesses urged to stay safe if closing over Christmas

Police in Wyre are urging local businesses to take some simple crime prevention steps if they are closing over Christmas. Many businesses close down for up to two weeks at the end of the year and can become vulnerable if security measures are not in place.

Nightmare before Christmas for drink drive video blogger

Losing his place in the footie team, his licence, his job and his girlfriend – this has been a bad week for video blogger Robert Lancashire. Fans of the Love My Lancashire Facebook page have been following Robert’s daily blogs since he was arrested for drink driving at the start of the month.

Scheme is key to tackling emergencies at your property

A special key holder scheme has been set up to help property owners react quickly to emergencies at their premises. Lancashire Constabulary has set up an information database – called Keypoint – through which residents and business owners can nominate people who can be contacted by the police or other emergency services if an incident occurs at the address.

Treat yourself at The Dukes

Looking for that last minute Christmas gift which will bring pleasure all year round? The Dukes, Lancaster, has the answer. Now is the time to become a Friend of The Dukes or join the scheme for a friend or relative and receive 12 months membership for the price of 6.

Motorists urged to clear all snow from vehicles before taking to the road

Local motorists are being urged to clear as much snow as possible from their vehicles before taking to the roads. Recent wintry weather conditions have led to many vehicles being covered with snow and this can create a serious risk to both the driver and other road users if it is not removed before a journey commences.

Lancastrian Beats Freeze With Free Hugs!

Cold Lancastrians dodging through the Christmas shopping crowds today came across a warming sight in Market Street where Mari Winkelman was offering free hugs to all-comers. "It's keeping me warm", she confided with a radiant smile, and gave me a lovely, gentle, soft hug. I could see what she meant. And so could the steady flow of willing huggers who all came away glowing.

North West Fund for Businesses launched

The North West Business Finance Ltd - backed by the soon-to-close Northwest Regional Development Agency, the European Regional Development Fund and the European Investment Bank - has announced it is ready to make investments from The North West Fund, which could help new local busineses create new jobs.

Cycle your way to fitness in 2011

Is your New Year resolution to get fit and shift those Christmas pounds? Celebrating Cycling is offering all ladies the chance to dust down their wheels and cycle their way to fitness in 2011 with a free off-road women only cycling course for beginners and improvers.

Be careful this Christmas – make sure Santa is the only one coming down your chimney

... or through your unlocked back door, or your open window. Local home owners are being given crime prevention tips to make sure they don’t fall victim to crime this Christmas. At this time of year, expensive presents are starting to be placed around trees – and can prove tempting to passing thieves.

Made in Lancaster announces new arts magazines, seeks contributors

Made in Lancaster, a collective of creatives sharing skills and offering peer support, has announced the launch of Back and Beyond, its flagship publication which will launch next May as part of the inaugural Made in Lancaster Festival.The MiL team are particularly keen to receive submissions from those who live in or around the Lancaster area, or have links to it, past or present.

Council backs new nuclear build as Heysham 1 gets 'extended life'

Lancaster City Council has backed the building of new nuclear power faciliities at Heysham - just as Heysham 1 power station has been granted a five-year life extension, meaning it can continue to generate electricity until 2019.

City council launches e-petition scheme

Lancaster City Council has launched a new e-petitions service which lets residents petition the council on issues of local concern, providing a simple way for people to engage with the council.

Have a Spooky Christmas: an introduction to Haunted Lancaster

Local ghosts expert and author Ian Dale-Bell has just released Walking Ghostly Gruesome Lancaster on iPad and for eBook readers. Whether you live locally or plan to visit Lancaster at some point in the future, his local guide shows you some of the more interesting spots to look out for if you're a ghost hunter.

Warning Over Winter’s Effect On Local Wildlife

A blue tit. Image courtesy Lancashire Environment Record Network.With the return of another cold snap so soon after snow and ice covered our region, local wildlife may be struggling to cope, warns the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside. Our wildlife is amazingly hardy and adaptable and can put up with a pounding from the weather.