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September 2011

Lancaster's Nuffield Theatre's new season line up announced

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 10:45: The Featherstonehaughs - at the Nuffield in NovemberLancaster University's Nuffield Theatre regularly attracts high-quality theatre and dance companies who regularly receive excellent reviews in the national press and its new season, which has just been announced, is no exception. One of the autumn highlights is the last ever tour of contemporary dance company The Featherstonehaughs.

Lancaster's Greenfield sites under threat from development?

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 12:00: Lancaster’s Green councillors are calling on the City Council not to support development on major Greenfield sites across the district, but to concentrate instead on regenerating brownfield sites including the canal corridor in central Lancaster.

City Council launches online housing choice scheme with drop-in sessions

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 19:22: Lancaster City Council is launching 'Ideal Choice Homes', on 19th October. Choice-based lettings is the brand new way the Council will be letting council accommodation in the Lancaster district. If you are already on the housing register you will need to re-register and you can do this online at from next Monday 12th September.

Cannabis seized in Lancaster searches

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 18:03: Cannabis with an estimated street value of £500 and hundreds of pounds in cash was seized by police in Lancaster yesterday (7th September). A man was searched on Westbourne Road and cannabis – some of which police suspect had been prepared ready for dealing – and cash were seized. A subsequent search of a flat on the same street led to the seizure of more cannabis.

Monday Full Moon brings Chinese Mooncake Festival 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 17:10: Lancaster and Morecambe Chinese Community Association and Help Direct invite you to experience Chinese culture at the Mid-Autumn Mooncake Festival next Monday; a popular traditional Chinese Harvest festival celebration, held at the full moon and dating back over 3000 years!

Heritage Open Days Festival begins - access all areas

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 16:24: Heritage Open Days is a 4-day festival running until this Sunday 11 September celebrating England’s architecture and culture. Visitors are allowed free access to interesting properties that are either not usually open, or would normally charge an entrance fee. Heritage Open Days also includes tours, events and activities that focus on local architecture and culture.

Morecambe Seaside Festival this weekend!

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 16:00: Visitors to Morecambe will be in for a special treat this weekend as the popular Morecambe Seaside Festival gets underway. This excellent Festival is the star of the local season of attractions and is a free vintage feast of flyovers, fireworks, music and much more. On Saturday the open promenade arena stage will host a showcase of live music throughout the day performed by top local talent.

Sponsor Mary Kinane's ride for a local hydrotherapy pool

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 15:48: Lancastrian Mary Kinane is planning a sponsored pillion ride to help raise money for a hydrotherapy pool to be provided locally. Pain Relief Does chronic pain affect you, a family member or a friend? If it does, Mary can honestly sympathise, having lived with chronic pain muscle spasm since contracting pollio at 13 months.

Appeal after Lancaster man assaulted in Blackpool 'road rage' incident

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 15:37: Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted during a ‘road rage’ incident in Blackpool. Around 4.45pm on Friday 26th August, a silver VW Golf had stopped at the traffic lights on Poulton Road when a Red Ford Orion stopped a few cars behind.

Dock of the Bay Festival really is Somethng for the Weekend

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 15:16: The Dock of the Bay Festival takes place this weekend at Glasson Dock (10th and 11th September), a community site festival with camping and introducing the Melodrome -- a beautiful mobile stage made by craftsmen in Somerset -- to the north.

LitFest 2011 line-up announced, Jon Ronson to headline

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 12:52: Get ready for Litfest11 - the best ten days of the year!

Lancaster's Carol Birch on Booker Shortlist

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 12:23: Our heartiest congratulations to popular Lancastrian author Carol Birch, who has had her latest novel, 'Jamrach's Menagerie' shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize (see full shortlist here) And the other good news is that Carol is booked to appear at this year's Lancaster LitFest on Wednesday 19th October at 7.30pm at the Storey, Lancaster.

Lancaster Market changes to be debated by Full Council

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 17:57: After many delays and confusion from some stall holders about its future and much-discussed changes to stop it from being closed, the future of Lancaster Market will again be debated at Full Council next week, on Wednesday 14th September. Although Council previously decided not to close the Market after a huge outcry from the public, it looks like closure could well be an option.

Tickle me pink! Heysham firm launches Mr Men merchandise range

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 14:04: Heysham-based company ThinkSkins have announced an exciting new addition to their range of high quality technology skins for laptops, iPhones and hand-held gaming devices: Mr Men and Little Miss branded skins.

Seeds for Change seek new co-op member

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 13:52: Local worker's co-op Seeds for Change is looking for a new member, so if you're an activist and an anarchist and want to facilitate workshops and create training resources for other activists, then you might be who they're looking for. The Seeds For Change Network is a non-profit training and support co-op helping people organise for action and positive social change.

Lancaster University aims for Top of the World (rankings, that is)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 18:18: Lancaster University has stormed up quality rankings of the world's universities, new figures reveal. The University is one of the biggest risers in the QS World University Rankings published on 5th September 2011, making a gain of 28 places to be ranked 153 out of 300 Universities globally and in the top one per cent in the world.

Council's vital planning consultation for area's future ends soon

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 17:12: Lancaster City Council has been consulting the local community over the summer on future planning policies and potential development sites for the Lancaster district - but now that call for views is coming to an end.

CCTV released after Morecambe pub assault

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 15:27: A CCTV image of a man police would like to speak to in connection with an assault at Morecambe's Imperial pub last month has just been released. Police were called to the pub on Regent Road after a fight broke out at around 11.15pm on Tuesday 30th August. It is believed that the fight, involving a group of men and women, began inside the pub but then spilled out on to the street outside.

The Dukes plays host to Charlie and Lola's 'Bestest Play'

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 13:02: Everyone’s favourite brother and sister off the telly – Charlie and Lola – are bringing their magical stage show to The Dukes, Lancaster. Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play is a wonderful chance for children aged three and older to experience a show designed especially for them. Charlie is seven and Lola is four. She adores her older brother and has an imaginary friend, Soren Lorenson.

By George! Quayside pub wins Real Ale award

Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:34: Kye Lloyd and partner Ian with their CAMRA award. Photo courtesy CAMRAStaff at the George and Dragon on Lancaster's Quay are celebrating after winning a coveted award from the Campaign for Real Ale from the Lunesdale Branch of CAMRA. The award is given to pubs that have demonstrated dramatic improvement in areas such as facilities, drinking environment, atmosphere and ale quality.

Red Arrows set for Morecambe show this weekend

Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:26: Image: Tim BeachThe Red Arrows have confirmed that they plan to attend the Morecambe Seaside Festival on Sunday (11th September). The visit had been put in doubt due to the recent tragic death of Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, who died following a crash last month but following a period of mourning, the Arrows have confirmed that they plan to continue the rest of the season’s public displays.

Blight puts part of Williamson Park out of bounds

Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:00: Urgent work is being carried out in The Dell in Lancaster's Williamson Park in a race to preserve woodland around the park. The Dell has been blighted with diseased Rhododendron bushes and Lancaster City Council says the area will be inaccessible to the general public until they are removed. It is necessary to remove the diseased plants to prevent further infection.

Could wanted man Graeme Jarman be in our area?

Saturday, September 3, 2011 - 08:25: Two weeks after the murder of Hexham pensioner Judith Richardson, police are widening their enquiries and have announced a nationwide hunt for suspect Graeme Jarman. Police say he could be anywhere in the country - including the North West. Miss Richardson (77) was found dead at her home on Saint Wilfrid's Road, Hexham on the evening of Friday, August 19.

Police appeal after Skerton cash machine raid

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 14:46:

Greenfingers Research Project launched at Williamson Park

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 13:50: Volunteers with green fingers and an interest in conservation are needed to take part in a research project at Williamson Park by the University of Cumbria and Lancaster City Council. The ‘Greenfingers Research Project’ aims to encourage community involvement in green projects at Williamson Park.