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September 2011

Archbishop of York to visit Lancaster next week

Image: Archbishop of York web siteThe Archbishop of York, The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu will be visiting Lancaster on Thursday 6th October as part of a two day visit to the Diocese of Blackburn.

Lancaster police hunt would-be cash machine raiders

Spar on Willow Lane, Lancaster. Image: Google Maps Lancaster police are appealing for people to come forward with information after a cash machine was targeted on Lune Industrial Estate this week.

Rewards offered for return of stolen watch

The Lancashire Partnership Against Crime is offering a cash reward for the safe return of the Omega watch which belonged to the Morecambe woman’s late husband. The watch was stolen from a house in Sefton Road, Heysham on Tuesday 13th September, along with a Samsung television (see new story).

Election process begins after Morecambe Town Council chair resigns

Councillor Roger Plumb, who recently resignedFollowing the resignation of Morecambe Town Council's chairman, the process for filling the vacancy within the Westgate Ward of Morecambe Town Council will begin on 30th September 2011. Councillor Roger Plumb, who recently resigned citing personal reasons, had been the Chairman of the Council since April 2010.

Success for rural crime crackdown - but battle continues

Superintendent Richard Spedding with Farmer Ally Weare during Operation FirecrestA week-long operation to combat rural crime in Lancashire has been hailed a success by the police. Over £50,o00 of cash and stolen property was seized during raids on suspect addresses as part of Operation Firecrest, including power tools, trailers, quad bikes and motorcycles.

Morecambe Winter Gardens seeks restoration funds vote

Hot on the heels of an appeal from the Highfield Regeneration Project for support for their planned restoration of the Derwent Road grounds comes and appeal from the Winter Gardens Preservation Trust to back their appeal for funds from the same competition.

Wi-fi at Williamson Park

Customers of the Pavilion Café at Williamson Park can now surf the internet over a cappuccino following the installation of a new wireless access point. If you fancy getting out of the office, you can now tweet and email from the beautiful surroundings of the Park cafe, whilst tucking in to some great food using locally sourced ingredients.

Grammar School drama group boosts Highfield Tennis Courts Appeal

With the help of some very funny guys from Lancaster Royal Grammar School Drama group and their fabulous 'silent movie' style video to support their entry, Highfield Regeneration Project is through to a final round of a national competition to win a community award of £6,000 from NatWest bank, which will allow work to start the currently derelict tennis courts at the end of Derwent Road.

Woman’s late husband’s watch stolen in Morecambe

Police are appealing for information after a watch was stolen from a house in Morecambe which belonged to the owner’s late husband. Between 12.30pm and 3.45pm on Tuesday 13th September, somebody broke into a house on Sefton Road, Heysham and stole a Samsung television as well as an Omega watch. The watch belonged to the female owner’s late husband and is of huge sentimental value to her.

In Review: We are Three Sisters

Northen Broadsides' production of Blake Morrison's new play We are Three Sisters, directed by Barrie Rutter, which focusses on the lives of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte as young adults, faces a particular challenge.

Cathedral Sky

St. Peter's in Lancaster's unusual late September sun this morning. The good weather is expected to continue into the weekend.

Appeal after Carlton Street assault in Morecambe

An investigation is underway after a 21-year-old man was subjected to an unprovoked attack as he walked home in Morecambe on Saturday 24th September. The incident happened around 1am along Carlton Street when the victim was approached by a man who angrily accused him of breaking his window.

Show me the Honey: Lancaster Beekeepers gather

Image: Dave Hamilton Lancaster Beekeepers are holding their Annual Honey Show on Saturday 15th October at Hest Bank Village Memorial Hall. The show is an opportunity for people to see honey and honey products that have been produced by members of local beekeeper groups and find out more about what makes good quality honey.

CND Chair in Lancaster as local group discusses future campaigns

Given the state of the economy, is there any point in hoping that the Trident Missile system will at last be abandoned? That's the topic of discussion at the AGM of Lancaster CND tomorrow (29th) when Dave Webb, the anti-nuclear pressure group's National Chair, will be on hand to talk about prospects for Nuclear Disarmament in 2012. Non-members will be especially welcome.

The Dukes welcomes the original Stig

A great family night out is promised by The Dukes when Stig of the Dump comes to Lancaster on Tuesday 22nd October. The well-loved children’s classic has been adapted for the stage and features puppetry and performance by Mind the Gap, one of the UK’s leading disability related theatre companies.

Arcades revamp on course for Spring 2012 completion

Behind the scenes: work on re-developing St. Nicholas Arcades in progress. Photo courtesy St. Nicholas Arcades The St. Nicholas Arcades revamp is proceeding apace in Lancaster, with work well underway on re-developing the retail hub, with completion on course for early next year.

Harvison, Bartley, back for more folk at the Gillow in October

Jon Harvison plays the Robert Gillow on 6th OctoberFolk Music continues aplenty at Lancaster's Robert Gillow in October, in a line up that includes the ever brilliant Jon Harvison, back at the popular venue for another performance. Here's the line-up... Thursday 6th October: Jon Harvison From Keighley, Jon Harvison plays guitar and sings.

Students asked to ‘tag the tiger’ to support responsible drinking

Lancaster students are being urged to ‘tag the tiger’ as part of a joint project to encourage responsible drinking. Easy Tiger is a campaign run jointly by Lancaster police and the city’s universities and colleges, in conjunction with various partners, to encourage students to be sensible about the way in which they consume alcohol.

Local residents warned to beware of cold callers

Residents in the Lancaster district are being warned to be on their guard from cold callers who claim to be able to cut their council tax bills. Lancaster City Council has received reports of residents receiving unsolicited telephone calls from a business offering to investigate - in exchange for an upfront fee - if their property’s council tax banding could be lowered.

Local firm part of Tory conference 'best of British' display

Local firm Drinkwater’s Mushrooms will be exhibiting at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester next month (4th - 5th October). As a local supplier to the UK’s leading supermarkets, the Drinkwater’s team say it's a chance to showcase their product to important dignitaries including the Prime Minster, David Cameron.