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November 2011

1500 March in Lancaster as N30 strike closes public services

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 18:12: Libraries, schools and government buildings closed their doors today as thousands of Public Sector workers took a day of strike action against government cuts to jobs, pensions and services.

Public Service Workers Day of Action N30

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 10:46: N30 is the name for the nationwide day of action called by Public Service unions striking for pensions justice and to defend public services. Twenty six unions have ballotted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action that day and over two million public sector workers are set to go on strike.

Thieves rob CancerCare again, steal leafblower

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 09:13: (Updated 4/12/11) Thieves have again targetted local charity CancerCare, stealing a leaf blower from its grounds on Slyne Road. Police have issued CCTV images of a man they want to speak with after the petrol-powered leaf blower was stolen from the grounds of the Lancaster hospice at around 11.15am on Tuesday 22nd November.

Christmas crafts at The Dukes

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 11:58: There’s a chance to pick up some unusual Christmas presents at The Dukes latest arts and crafts fair – Handmade - on Saturday 10th December. Locally crafted items from across the county are on sale from 12 noon-4pm in the gallery. And after browsing the stalls, why not spend a little time in The Dukes café bar where you can enjoy a drink and cake or even a light lunch.

Moorgate, John Harper on Robert Gillow's Folk Bill

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 10:24: Local ceildh band Moorgate Three more live folk events have just been announced at the Robert Gillow, a pub still in search of a new landlord. Here's the details, which include an appearances by ace local ceildh band Moorgate and the ever-wonderful John Harper...

Local Police Cadets fund raiser announced for Brain Research Trust

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 10:14: The late Detective Inspector Glen Oldham and his wife, Audrey Teenage police cadets will be running a charity market stall in Lancaster on Saturday, to raise money in memory of a Lancaster officer.

North West HIV care figure concerns

Monday, November 28, 2011 - 16:20: The number of people being treated for HIV in the North West region reached 6,332 in 2010 according to Health Protection Agency figures published today ahead of World AIDS Day on Thursday. The HPA’s annual ‘HIV in the UK’ report reveals that the North West has the second largest number of people accessing HIV care behind London with an increase of 6.4% from 5.950 people in 2009.

World Aids Day Karaoke - Sing if you're glad to be fundraising

Monday, November 28, 2011 - 15:50: On Thursday 1 December at 8pm the Dule of Lancaster is holding a Karaoke Night in aid of World Aids Day. Expect showstopping talent - and possibly a little torment - as the real muscle of the City's vocal talent takes to the stage to either knock your socks off - or sinuously unroll them.

Council prepares for Wednesday's strike

Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:18: Lancaster City Council is re-arranging waste and recycling collection services arrangements for Wednesday, when a number of public sector unions nationally are taking strike action over proposed pension reforms. The industrial action will have an impact on most Lancaster City Council services, but arrangements are in place to ensure emergency services are maintained.

Who’s taking you home tonight? Taxi safety advice at Christmas

Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:14: As the festive season approaches, Lancaster City Council is reminding revellers to consider their personal safety when using taxis. Many people will be using taxis to get home after a night out with friends or an office party – but is the vehicle you’re getting in licensed?

Lancaster lights up for Christmas

Monday, November 28, 2011 - 11:08: The old town hall building, home to the City Museum and King's Own Regimental Museum was illuminated and thecity centre's Christmas tree and festive lights were switched on last week.

Cannabis cultivators jailed for four years

Friday, November 25, 2011 - 15:36: Two Vietnamese nationals who cultivated a cannabis factory worth almost £400,000 have been jailed for a total of four years. Officers discovered the 1,000-plant factory in a property on Alexandra Road, in Morecambe's West End, on Monday 29th August following a report of a break-in at the address.

Festival of Ideas: boffins have 6 minutes to share their work

Friday, November 25, 2011 - 12:20: Tomorrow sees a Festival of Ideas hitting Lancaster that aims to give an opportunity to the public to learn about the research of PhD students and University Staff. There will be Poster Presentations in Market Square from 10am - 4pm as Doctoral students discuss their research with passers-by.

Waiting for Godiva - M6 Link protesters strip back to basics

Friday, November 25, 2011 - 10:46: Lady Godiva rode naked through the streets of Coventry to protest at the unjust taxes her husband was extorting from his people. She's coming to Halton on Sunday 4th December to protest at the unjust taxes the people of Lancashire will have to pay for the unjustified and extortionate Link Road, that will have the shirts off our backs.

Will proposed Superstore traffic appeal to City Planners?

Friday, November 25, 2011 - 10:35: A planning appeal is currently underway at Lancaster Town Hall to consider revised plans for a major development by Countryside Estates (CE), comprising a Superstore, hotel, pub, garage and 500-space carpark at Scotforth, on fields west of the A6 and south of the Boot Shoe.

Library craft fair attracts plenty of local 'makers'

Friday, November 25, 2011 - 09:52: Lancaster Library’s first arts and craft fair will be overflowing with festive treats on Saturday 3rd December. Organisers Debbie Stubbs and Kumiko Hotta say they have been inundated with requests for stalls and are happy to announce that 13 different makers will be offering a wide range of handmade Christmas goodies.

Lancaster Christmas Shelter, please pitch in and help!

Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 18:26: Lancaster District Homeless Action Services are running its 25th Christmas Shelter at St Thomas Church from the 24th - 29th December for those who are homeless or in housing poverty. The shelter offers a warm, safe environment for the homeless over the festive period. It is the only one of its kind in the area with the focus being that no one deserves to go cold, hungry and alone at Christmas.

Two chances to catch ace local band The Duo

Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 16:48: If you do pop into town to see the new Christmas lights on the Museum, then why not stay a little longer and catch The Duo (from folk to Floyd) who are playing Robert Gillow in Market Street tonight (24th). Too short notice? then there's also a chance to see them at the Golden Lion in Moor Lane on Saturday.

Lancaster's Market Square gets ready to shine

Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 16:36: Lancaster’s old town hall in Market Square - now our Museum - will be shining bright in time for Christmas following the switch on of its new lights at this year's launch of late night shopping. The event takes place this Thursday (24th November) in Market Square, Lancaster starting at 5.30pm.

In Review, Fish - this is how we roll....

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 20:40: To play as you read... "Dear Satori, hello…ok, here’s the Fish review…can I explain myself a bit? Ok so I was sent as the Marillion expert hah ha. I know for example that it’s all Peter Hammill and not at all Peter Gabriel.

Man given indeterminate sentence for sex attacks

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 19:20: A sexual predator who followed a vulnerable disabled woman home to rape her has been given an indeterminate jail sentence. Andrew Richardson, 31, of Thornton Road, Morecambe, targeted his victim – who is in her 50s and who has learning difficulties - on Morecambe promenade on June 18 this year.

Saturday: Buy Nothing Day - Shop £€$$ Live More

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 15:12: Saturday 26 November is the UK's 'Buy Nothing Day'. No, it's not about saving money, or giving to charity, though most people who participate will do one one or the other. It's about not wasting your life and planet by filling it with things you don't need. Our economy apparently requires 'growth'. For the last 15 years its 'growth' has been maintained on credit. That is, money we didn't have.

Lancaster Reclaim the Night March to mark International Stop Violence Against Women Day

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 12:45: This coming Friday (25th November) is International Stop Violence against Women Day and Lancaster women will be having a Reclaim the Night march through the town centre to mark the occasion. The plan is for a women-only march through town, through the busy night-life areas and to stop for some speeches. Women are being encouraged to bring banners, placards, candles and lights.

Police appeal after indecent assaults on Lancaster bus

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 23:13: Police are appealing for information and have released CCTV images after two indecent assaults on buses in Lancaster, both on young women believed to be students at Lancaster University. The first assault occurred on Thursday 3rd November on the 5.10pm number three bus between Common Garden Street and Lancaster University.

Cyclist seriously injured in Heysham

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 13:32: Police are appealing for witnesses after a 28-year-old cyclist suffered serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Heysham. At 11.59pm on Saturday 12th November, a pedal cyclist and a silver Citroen Saxo were involved in a collision at the junction of Kingsway and Bleasdale Grove.

Market Closure to go ahead after years of poor policy decisions

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 09:43: #fullpost { display: inline; } Although Lancaster City councillors voted in favour of the closure of Lancaster Market on Wednesday, it was a decision taken by some with the greatest reluctance, according to Green Party councillor Chris Coates.

Lancaster Cohousing project forges sustainability at Halton

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 13:59: Lancaster Cohousing's new site project is under construction at Forge Bank and will be an intergenerational cohousing community, consisting of 41 ecohomes, communal buildings and Halton Mill. The project is planned as a cutting edge example of sustainable design, for both living and work with close links to the local communities.

Luneside Studios offer space for artists to develop their work.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 12:21: Are you an artist looking for studio space locally to develop your work in? Luneside Studios at Castle Park tell us that they have space on their waiting list for artists seeking an affordable studio environment. Luneside Studios have been providing studio spaces for artists in Lancaster for nearly thirty years. Originally located on St George's Quay they moved to 26 Castle Park in 2008.

Lancaster Store manager ordered to pay back cash following theft

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 15:45: A shop manager who stole over £30,000 from his employers has been ordered to pay back some of the cash at a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing. Kenneth Meadwell pocketed £35,167.52 while working as the manager of the Spar store on Bowerham Road, Lancaster, in a bid to tackle his personal debt problems.

Galgate man gets seven years for violent attack

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 12:34: Jason MoonA man who smashed a pub customer over the back of the head with a bottle has been jailed for seven years. Jason Moon, 29, of Main Road, Galgate, carried out the attack after being asked to leave the New Inn pub, also on Main Road, on 2nd July. Moon had been drinking in the venue with his girlfriend when she became abusive to other customers and the couple were asked to leave.

Cawthorne Street stabbing: man arrested

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 12:28: A 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died in Lancaster. The 41-year-old victim was found with injuries at a property on Cawthorne Street, between Fenton and High Street, at about 9.00pm on Sunday. Police say the man, who later died in hospital, did not live at the house where he was discovered.

Lancaster Market to close as councillors give up fight to save it?

Friday, November 11, 2011 - 16:44: (Updated 12 November 2011): Lancaster Market looks set to close after group leaders for each political party and the independent groups on the city council issued a joint statement today.

University opens doors again to meet national demand

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 16:10: The University of Cumbria, which has a campus in Lancaster at St. Martins, is holding an additional open day due to large numbers of students applying to visit the campuses. The Friday 2nd December open day has been added to the calendar for students making their undergraduate course applications in January for September 2012 entry.

Autonomads, Robb Johnson at the Yorkie

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 14:40: Manchester band The Autonomads make their Lancaster debut at the Yorkshire House this weekend. Their lyrics are a mix of the personal and political and they play tight and energetic punked-up ska with a decent splash of dub, set off perfectly with some nice upfront sax and crowd-pleasing singalong choruses.

North West Seas at risk as government waters down protection plans

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 12:21: Photo: Doctor Alex Mustard (yes, that's name of the seal, apparently)Wildlife in North West England’s seas is facing a serious threat, warns The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside.

Morecambe teenager in prison after assaultng police officer

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 10:38: A Morecambe man has been jailed for four years and 10 months for a vicious attack on a police officer earlier this year. 19-year-old Jamie Joss, of Needham Avenue, Morecambe, appeared before Preston Crown Court this week after he attacked a police officer following a street brawl in the town.

£500 worth of cannabis seized following Lancaster drugs raid

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 14:47: Police seized £500 worth of cannabis after executing a drugs warrant at a house in Lancaster. Officers swooped on the property in Beaumont Place, Lancaster, shortly before 2.00pm on Wednesday 2nd November. A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class B drug. He has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Firework Spectacular a record success, say Council

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 14:24: (Updated 1633 8/11/11) Record numbers turned out to enjoy Lancaster's Firework Spectacular on Saturday, 5th November - which perhaps contributed to some considerable disappointment about the management of event, noted in our review earlier this week ("Kettled on Quay Meadow: City Fireworks spark health and safety overkill").

Clean up local bathing water, council urges

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 13:09: Lancaster City Council is calling for everything possible to be done to improve the quality of bathing water in Morecambe Bay ahead of the introduction of new water quality standards. Two of the district’s bathing beaches – Morecambe North and South – both passed the current standards for water quality.

Police appeal after fatal collision in Hambleton

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 02:30: Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on the A588 yesterday. At around 2.40pm yesterday afternoon (Sunday 6th November) police received reports of a collision between a silver Yamaha motorbike and a blue Vauxhall Corsa at the Junction of Carr Lane and Sower Carr Lane.

Kettled on Quay Meadow: City Fireworks spark health & safety overkill

Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 08:03: Hundreds of Lancastrians who came out to see the City Fireworks 'spectacular' trudged home disappointed last night after being subjected to a frenzy of health safety regulation that saw a few hundred kettled in a corner of Quay Meadow while the rest were turned away minutes before the display started.

Public Services under discussion as cuts continue to bite

Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 15:42: “The impact of the cuts on public services in this district is and will continue to be significant" -- Council leader Eileen BlamireAs government cuts in public funding continue - with more on the way over at least the next two years - how can the district’s public services work better together to ensure they are able to keep on delivering the services that matter most to people?

Quake Up Call for Lancashire

Saturday, November 5, 2011 - 11:32: (adapted from report on SchNews) On the same day that an anti-fracking protesters held a 'frack mob' outside the Shale Gas Environmental Summit in London organised by the Global Warming Foundation, two of the more intrepid anti-fra scaled a fracking shale gas rig in Lancashire, shutting it down.

Heysham Wind Farm decision delayed

Friday, November 4, 2011 - 17:08: Lancaster City Council is waiting for the developer of proposed new wind turbines in Heysham to carry out further assessments before reaching a decision on a planning application. Peel Wind Farms (Heysham) Ltd submitted a planning application in September for three wind turbines at Heysham Port.

Morecambe Bay Shellfish beds closed after sewage concerns

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 17:06: Local shellfish beds have been closed after United Utilities' outfall pipe from Morecambe’s wastewater treatment works at Middleton became inoperable due to sandbank movement. As a result an old outfall system, used as a storm overflow, is being used which means that screened, but untreated, sewage is being discharged into Morecambe Bay.

Mutliated sheep found in Gressingham

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 16:57: Police are appealing for information after four sheep were found mutilated in woodland at Gressingham near Lancaster on Tuesday 1st November. The sheep carcasses were found dumped about ten meters from the road by a member of the public in a small wooded area when going down a Rabbit Lane from the B6254 towards Gressingham. Three of the sheep were male Mules, the other a Texel ewe.

Can we do without banks?

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 14:15: Banks are discredited, say Lancaster's Green Party. They do nothing to encourage responsible attitudes to money and ignore the needs of the poorest. Is there any alternative? That's the issue that will b discussed at a public meeting on Tuesday 8th November, at 7.30pm at Friends Meeting House, Lancaster.

Morecambe Road crash prompts police appeal

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 15:21: Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision between a car and motorbike outside Lancaster and Morecambe College on Saturday 22nd October. The collision took place at around 3.30pm on Morecambe Road when a green Peugeot 106 collided with a red Suzuki motorcycle.

Comdeian Mark Steel’s In Town

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:41: Comedian Mark Steel will make Lancaster and the quirks of similar small towns and cities the butt of his jokes when he appears at The Dukes on 3rd December. Based on his award-winning Radio 4 series, Mark Steel’s In Town is a celebration of small town life in a country of cloned high streets.

Appeal for witnesses after baseball bat attack

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 12:35: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a Morecambe man was attacked outside the Spar shop on Scale Hall Lane on 30th October. The offence occurred around 12.10am on Sunday when an 18 year-old-man was knocked unconscious after being struck across the face with a baseball bat as he walked across the shop car park.