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July 2011

Thumbs up for Youth Games 2013?

Friday, July 29, 2011 - 16:33: Labour councillors on Lancaster City Council have given a massive thumbs up to hosting the International Youth Games in Lancaster in 2013. When the Games were last due to be held in the District in 2009 the council withdrew support as a cost-cutting measure. Now councillor Eileen Blamire, leader of the council, has suggested that the cost could be spread over two financial years.

Police appeal after Lancaster road rage incident

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 15:43: Police are appealing for information to help identify the driver of a Ford Mondeo who was involved in a road rage incident in Lancaster earlier this month - who might be a local care worker.

Lancaster man in court on burglary charge

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 11:55: James Stovold, 28, of Windholme Close, Lancaster, will appear at Lancaster Magistrates Court today charged with an offence of burglary with intent to steal. This relates to a distraction burglary at the home of an elderly female at Green Lane, Lancaster on 27th July 2011.

Lancaster City Council more than ready for "armchair auditors"

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 17:46: Lancaster City Council is prepared for a potential army of 'armchair auditors' set to be unleashed on their books after recent announcements by the government. Earlier this week, the government announced the launch of a new online search engine that shows local taxpayers when they can inspect their council's detailed financial spending and ledgers as part of greater public transparency.

More than 1,000 celebrate start of Olympic countdown

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 17:33: More than 1,000 local people took part in over 40 sports, art and games events taking place across the Lancaster district as part of the 2012 Open Weekend. The Open Weekend took place from 22 to 24th July and saw over 20 clubs and community organisations join forces with Lancaster City Council to give residents access to free activities.

Summer time... and burglary is easy...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 17:20: It seems hot weather is finally upon us, so it's time for the annual reminder not to leave windows open and doors unlocked when you leave your home in a bid to beat the burglars. Police warn that the warm weather provides a temptation to leave windows open for ventilation purposes – but this can also provide an opportunity for a thief to gain easy access to your home.

Visiting Views: Morecambe Seagulls

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 15:16: Lancaster and Morecambe gets plenty of visitors -- and many of them come armed with cameras. One recent visitor is Indian photographer Mridula Dwivedi, who happened to be in Morecambe during the Kite Festival, and took this fabulous photo of seagulls in the Bay earlier this week - which she's kindly given us permission to publish here.

Winmarleigh burglary victim receives apology from offender

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 16:01: A teacher whose home was burgled while she slept has received an apology after meeting with the thief who targeted her house. Victoria Draycott lost valuable and sentimental items in the raid on her Winmarleigh (between Lancaster and Garstang) home in May 2009.

Folk at the Gillow: August line-up revealed

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 15:12: There's another great line up of folk music planned for Lancastr's Robert Gillow pub next month. Here's the rundown... Thursday 4th August: Paul Reynolds with special guest, Howard Haigh Paul Reynolds is usually listed under: “Acoustic World Music, Acoustic Percussive Guitar, Acoustic Jazz, Acoustic Blues, Contemporary” or such like.

Animals seized in Morecambe raid after dog attacks

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 14:54: Dog owners are being urged to think carefully about their choice of pet and its subsequent care after two animals were seized in a police raid.

City Council backs broadband rollout to rural communities

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 14:09: Lancaster City Council will host a workshop in Hornby on Monday 8th August so rural communities can discuss the future of superfast broadband. Lancashire County Council is leading on a new project to improve broadband provision across the county, a venture supported by the City Council on the basis that rural communities in the Lancaster area will be the first to benefit.

Views sought on local poll review

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 14:30: Voters are being asked to comment on future polling arrangements in the Lancaster City Council area. The Council is reviewing its arrangements for voters on polling day by reviewing polling districts and places.

Police appeal after Morecambe teenager killed in M6 crash

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 12:27: Middleton teenager Hayley Marie McGinn, who was killed in a road traffic accident on the M6 this weekend Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision on the M6 in the early hours of Sunday morning. The victim has now been named as 19-year-old Hayley Marie McMinn from Middleton, Morecambe.

Fresh Blood Wanted

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 18:16: During National Blood Week last month, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT ) issued a call for 10,000 people across England and North Wales to make a date to donate, after new data showed there had been a 20 per cent drop in young regular donors over the last decade raising concerns for the stability of blood stocks in the future.

Anti-social behaviour falls by 10 per cent across Lancashire

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 13:54: Anti-social behaviour has fallen by 10 per cent across the county according to national statistics released this week. This means 14,087 less victims from April 2010 – March 2011 when compared to the previous year.

Walk the Bay for Cancer Research

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 14:10: KidsCan Children’s Cancer Research Centre have a forthcoming Morecambe Bay Walk on Sunday 7th August. The organisers tell us it's an event for all the family – even the dog! There is a fee of £10 per person for the eight mile walk but this includes the coach fare to take you round to Arnside from Kents Bank. Everyone taking part must meet at Kents Bank at 9.45am for the coach.

Calling all Freemen & Freewomen to register for historic ballot.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 15:54: Lancaster City Council is attempting to contact as many Freemen as possible in order to prepare for a ballot that might make some further historic changes to the criteria for the admission of Freemen and Freewomen.

Morecambe flying high as a kite this festival weekend

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 14:25: Morecambe is looking forward to a weekend of fun and excitement with the forthcoming West End Festival at Regent Park on Saturday July 23rd and Catch the Wind, Morecambe’s fabulous annual kite festival, now in its 9th year on Sunday 24th July.

Lancaster's Novel Cafe hosts Back & Beyond fund raiser

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 12:14: Lancaster's newest cafe will be hosting an evening celebrating the prose form to raise funds for Issue 2 of Lancaster's newest arts project, BackBeyond. The Novel Cafe, in New Street, will play host to an evening of prose, long and short, performed by actors and with an informal prose forum.

Shape up for summer at Salt Ayre

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 17:51: If you've just returned from your summer holidays and the photos of you on the beach are making you think that you need to lose a few pounds then help is at hand. Salt Ayre Sport Centre is offering a special rate to get you fit and healthy by the end of summer. Join ‘Shape up in summer’ and you can enjoy 30 days of fitness for only £25.

Lancaster athletes head for Youth Games in Denmark

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 11:32: Image courtesy Lancaster City CouncilA group of young people will be jetting off to Denmark on next month to take part in an annual festival of sport and culture. The 2011 International Youth Games will be held in Aalborg from 2 – 7 August and will see a group of over 50 young people aged between 13 and 15 representing their clubs, schools, town and country at the games.

‘Aladdin’s cave’ of stolen garden items seized in Heysham

Monday, July 18, 2011 - 15:24: Police are offering victims the chance to reclaim their stolen property from an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of items recovered during a raid. The statues, ornaments, plant pots, plinths, benches and other garden items were seized following the execution of a theft warrant at Mellishaw Caravan Park in Morecambe by the police planned response team last week.

Soap Stars back at the Globe Arena for annual football challenge

Monday, July 18, 2011 - 13:49: Morecambe FC’s Globe Arena is hosting the seventh annual soap stars football match organised by Heysham power stations to raise money for a number of charities this coming Sunday (24th July).

Morecambe Council seeks views on future festivals

Friday, July 15, 2011 - 16:42: After the success of the Festival and Events programme over the past two years, Morecambe Town Council is keen to support and promote a further comprehensive programme of events next year. With this in mind, the Council is asking for members of the public to give their views regarding the 2011 programme and the type of programme to be put together and supported in 2012.

Will the train now standing at Carnforth let passengers off?

Friday, July 15, 2011 - 12:32: Morecambe MP David Morris campaign to get West Coast trains to stop at Carnforth and let passengers on and off seems to be gathering momentum - although it has yet to get government backing.

Anniversary art marks 25 years of Dukes 'Plays in the Park'

Friday, July 15, 2011 - 11:31: The cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1987 by Matt WordenSome of the most striking images from 25 years of Dukes plays in the park have provided the inspiration for a new exhibition at the Lancaster theatre. Park Shows, Past and Present commemorates the 25th anniversary of The Dukes staging outdoor walkabout theatre in Lancaster’s Williamson Park.

High Sped Rail "essential', says government

Friday, July 15, 2011 - 10:35: Theresa Villiers MPDespite what looks like mounting opposition to its plans for a High Speed Rail line that will pass through Lancaster, the government is pushing forward with its support for the project - and has the backing of Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw.

Wildlife events galore for Morecambe Bay residents

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 11:39: Local children taking part in the Morecambe Bay: A Wealth Of Wildlife project. Photo courtesy the Lancashire Wildlife TrustFor those of us living around Morecambe Bay, there's so much beautiful scenery and wildlife to see - and an exciting new project from the Wildlife Trust continues to give people a chance to learn and engage with the coastal environment around them.

Moorside School pupils help in police road safety crackdown

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 11:27: Moorside Primary School pupils helped officers deal with 28 motorists who were stopped for driving irresponsibly near their school during a road safety crackdown.

Fly your flag at Morecambe FC

Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 08:36: Morecambe FC boss Jim Bentley has told fans he wants every day to be a flag day at the Globe Arena. Bentley is offering fans the chance to put up a flag in the home terracing at the Globe Arena for the coming season to add a splash of colour and atmosphere at home games.

Statue stolen from Lancaster garden

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 11:27: (Updated 14th July, see addition at end): Local police are appealing for information after a stone statue was stolen from the garden of a house on Albion Mews, Lancaster last week.

Lancaster Freewomen are on the Roll

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 10:54: Last Saturday saw Lancaster's first six Freewomen of the City admitted onto what is now the Roll of the Freemen and Freewomen of Lancaster, at a historic session of the 2011 Court of Admissions. The Ceremony took place in the Council Chamber of Lancaster Town Hall.

Bulls stolen from Wennington farm

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 18:23: Police are appealing for information after four bulls were stolen from a farm in Lancaster. Overnight between Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th July somebody approached Bull Bank Farm in Wennington and took the cattle from the field, leaving without being seen. While the value of the bulls has not been disclosed, an adult can cost thousands to replace.

University of Cumbria launches support packages for students

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 13:58: Future University of Cumbria students will have access to additional scholarships and bursaries thanks to the university's new Access Agreement - a scheme that will especially help locals.

Appeal after Heysham HGV theft

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 11:52: Police are appealing for information and have released CCTV images following the theft of an HGV unit and a trailer in Heysham last month. At around 11.50pm on the 26th June, a man stole an HGV unit from a business premises on Heysham Business Park. The man walked into the office of Hancocks and took a key for one of their HGV units.

Mollie Baxter back at Spotlight Club

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 11:38: Ace singer-song writer Mollie Baxter makes a welcome return to Lancaster's Spotlight Club on Friday, after some last minute changes to the event's line up. Mollie is a writer, editor, musician and tutor, which she puts down to either a lack of focus or an unfettered hurrah. Her short stories have been published widely including Before the Rain (Flax, 2008) and in the NAWE journal.

The Miller's Tale re-told

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 11:11: Pete Morton. Photo: Joe Dilworth Musician and songwriter Pete Morton will present Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale with the songs of Bob Dylan on Friday 29 July, in aid of the Quaker Tapestry Appeal. This energetic one-man show has been described as a "mad medieval musical monologue of poetry, comedy, song and the occasional dance".

Youngsters to reel in prizes at fishing competition

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 10:53: A quick reminder that young anglers can reel in prizes by taking part in a police fishing competition later this month. Junior angling matches, organised by Lancashire Police, give youngsters the opportunity to receive free fishing tuition and then put it into competitive practice. The next event will take place on Saturday 30th July at Borwick Waters, Borwick, Carnforth.

Police appeal after Heysham crash

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 00:00: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a Carlisle motorcyclist was seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Heysham on Thursday (7 July 2011).   The incident happened at 3.50pm when the 29 year old man was riding his Honda CRR 1000 motorbike towards the direction of Overton along Moss Lane.

Council gets set for "Square Routes" work to improve City Centre

Friday, July 8, 2011 - 18:40: (updated 15/7/11, comment from Lancashire County Council added): Lancaster City Council is ramping up some improvements to Lancaster city centre which look sure to put a bit of shine back on its look.

Police crackdown on late night Lancaster takeaways after late night troubles

Friday, July 8, 2011 - 11:22: Police have been conducting a crack down on Lancaster city centre takeaways in a bid to reduce late night disorder - which has resulted in some having their licenses revoked. Over the past five months, officers have been carrying out high visibility inspections in the early hours to ensure that fast food outlets are operating within the conditions of their licences.

Woman dies in fatal Lancaster accident

Friday, July 8, 2011 - 09:56: An elderly woman has died after a road traffic accident in Slyne yesterday afternoon. Police says the incident happened on Arden Close at around 4.30pm, when a Ford Ka collided with a wall. The driver, an elderly woman was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary but sadly died.

Labour 'Save the NHS' Meeting in Carnforth tonight

Friday, July 8, 2011 - 07:56: Morecambe Labour Party are holding a public meeting to debate the NHS Reforms tonight (Friday 9th July) at the Royal Station Hotel, Carnforth, starting at 7.30pm The guest speakers will be Martin Rathfelder, Director of the Socialist Health Association and who edits the Association website.

Lancaster's first Freewomen of the City to be admitted this Saturday.

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 17:03: For the first time, women will be admitted as Freewomen to the Roll of Freemen of the City of Lancaster. This Saturday, 9 July, the Court of Admission sits from 10am in the Council Chamber at Lancaster Town Hall and the public are welcome to attend if they can be in their seats by 9.45am. In June, Lancaster City Council invited people who met the criteria to apply to join the roll.

Spotlight Club returns with horror, poetry and music

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 14:40: (Updated 17th July with line up changes) Spotlight Club is back next week (Friday 15th July) at the Storey Auditorium in Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, offering a night of poetry, horror, comedy and very good music.

Council to mark London 2012 Open Weekend

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 14:31: Lancaster City Council and more than 20 local sports clubs, societies and venues are joining forces to celebrate the London 2012 Open Weekend by offering a wide range of activities and taster sessions to mark one year to go until the Olympics. The weekend takes place on 22-24 July 2011 and with more than 40 activities to choose from promises to offer something that everyone can enjoy.

Responsible Journalism?

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 12:16: As the growing controversy continues about phone hacking allegations by the News of the World, we bring you this screenshot of a letter sent to NOTW staff by editor Coin Myler which we thought included some rather peculiar advertising under the circumstances... The original article is here on the

Lancashire Police consultation addresses published

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 18:01: Lancashire Police have had a number of queries about how those who do not have access to the internet can express their views on the previously reported proposals surrounding the potential closure of front counters and the sale of some police buildings.

Heroin and cannabis seized during Morecambe raids

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 16:16: Police seized 36 bags of heroin and over 40 cannabis plants during a series of drugs raids on properties in Morecambe, Heysham and Bolton-le-Sands last week - in a crack down on drug dealing activity.