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January 2012

Pão Pão: New Coffee Shop for King Street corner

Cafe chainPão Pão will be opening its new Lancaster coffee shop on Thursday in the ground floor units of the new Travelodge development on the corner of King Street and Spring Gardens.

Hawk returned after Morecambe drugs raid

Police have returned a stolen Harris Hawk to its owner after finding the bird during a drugs raid in Morecambe. Officers became aware that a stolen bird may have been brought into North Lancashire after a car was stopped in Lancaster last week and a bird of prey hood, reported stolen from a falconry centre in Settle, Yorkshire, was found inside.

Join the Big Bird Watch at Williamson Park

Blackbird image courtesy gallery.nen.gov.uk There's an opportunity for Lancaster bird lovers to join the world’s biggest wildlife survey alongside local volunteers who are participating in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch in Williamson Park.

I LIke It! Gerry and the Pacemakers come to Morecambe

A unique journey of music, song and chat reliving the Swinging Sixties comes to the Platform in Morecambe on Saturday 18th February, with Gerry Marsden and the Pacemakers. Gerry The Pacemakers topped the UK and US charts for much of the 1960s. This show will hear Gerry talk about his early beginnings in Liverpool, those heady days of that decade and up to the present.

Popular Lancaster Greengrocers to close

(via Transtion City Lancaster): There's more bad news on Lancaster's independent retail front with word that The Greengrocers in Common Garden Street is closing on 4th February. Workers for the business reportedly got 11 days notice of the shock closure, which came after the building went up for sale for £250,000 - and staff have lost their jobs, even though some have worked there for years.

Students turn Superstars to help bring sport to all

Andrew Ashworth teaching young childrenUniversity of Cumbria students have been given valuable employment experience through a sports company set up by a former graduate. Steven Watson, a former sports studies student at the university’s Lancaster St. Martins campus, graduated more than seven years ago and set up Superstars Coaching soon afterwards.

Shhh! There's a new play on at Lancaster Library!

Amy Jo Clough, who plays Penny in Ssh! at Lancaster LibraryToday sees Shhh! opening in Lancaster - "a play about a library, performed at the library". Tom Bramhall reports... Put together by The Dukes’ Senior Youth Theatre, Shhh!

Council joins Post Office pilot that could make it a ‘Front Office for Government’

Lancaster City Council has joined a national pilot to identify opportunities for Post Offices to deliver a wider range of public sector services - and hopefully prevent any further rounds of unpopular post office closures.

Monster Fun for Half Term at The Dukes

Young people wil be able to enjoy a monster half-term treat at The Dukes next month, with its cinema and creative learning department hosting an exciting monster moviemaking workshop inspired by classic b-movies like Godzilla. How to Make a Monster Movie in Five Days is a crash course in filmmaking for 11 to 14-year-olds which takes place from 13-17th February.

Arson attack endangers Lancaster family

Police are appealing for information following an arson attack on a house inLancaster which could have ended badly for the family living there - but smoke alarms probably saved their lives.The incident happened on High Street at around 3.00am on Saturday 21stJanuary, when a wheelie bin was set on fire,very close to the front door of a house.A family of six managed to escape the blaze which was put...

Scotforth superstore: new plan for March Public Inquiry

New layout masterplan for the amended superstore proposalCommercial Estates Projects (CEP), who in 2011 were refused planning permission for a giant supermarket, petrol station and hotel / restaurant complex on a greenfield site in Scotforth, adjacent to the site where Booths already have planning permission to build a new supermarket, have told Virtual Lancaster that they will be offering an...

Rise in shopliftng prompts police crackdown

Prolific shoplifters in Lancaster and Morecambe are being targeted by police in a clamp down, following a recent rise in offences - perhaps in part due to shops reducing staffing numbers in the face of the economic downturn.

Count the stars to help map light pollution in Lancaster

Organisers of Star Count are asking people to count stars within the constellation of Orion in the south-western night sky. More: www.cpre.org.uk/starcount Campaigners and scientists are looking to recruit Lancaster's amateur stargazers to help them map light pollution during national Star Count Week starting today, Friday 20th January.

Freeman's Wood under development threat?

Lancastrians have reacted angrily to the news that Freeman's Wood - long open to the public and popular with walkers, bikers and bird watchers - is being fenced off by landowners The Property Trust, a Bermuda-based company headed by a Hong Kong businessman.

Remembering the Holocaust

The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2012 is 'Speak Up, Speak Out'. We are asked to consider what we see and hear around us, and to use our voices to speak up against hatred and discrimination.HMD 2012 falls on Friday 27 January and in Lancaster it will be marked by a series of events at Lancaster Priory Church and Lancaster Town Hall.

'The Owl who’s afraid of the Dark’ flies in at the Platform

Classic children’s story The Owl who’s afraid of the Dark will be flying in at the Platform on Wednesday 15th February. Join Plop, the baby barn owl as he journeys into the night-time world of camp fires, fireworks, starry nights and moonlit adventures. It’s going to be a hoot!

Man sought after Swank bar assault

Lancaster police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 31 year old man was assaulted in a town centre bar. The offence took place at Swank bar on Penny Street on 4th December 2011 when the victim was verbally abused on the dance floor by an unknown man. A short time later he visited the toilet where he was assaulted from behind and knocked unconscious.

Drink driving continues to fall in Lancashire

Thenumber of people caught drink driving inLancashirehas fallen again according to the results of the Constabulary’s Christmas drink drive campaign. Between 1st December and 1st January, 13,249 tests were administered with just 168 – or 1.3 per cent – of people testing positive or refusing to provide a specimen.

A New Broom for the Lune: sewer work plans announced

United Utilities engineers will be carrying out exploratory work in Lancaster city centre from next week, as part of a major scheme to clean up the River Lune. United Utilities is increasing the size of the local sewer network, to protect the river from sewer spillages. The £9 million project will protect local wildlife, and ensure cleaner bathing waters at nearby Heysham and Morecambe.

Not in my Frack Yard: Cuadrilla lambasted by protestors

(via SchNews): Executives ofCaudrilla Resources, the company engaged in 'fracking' in Lancashire to extract resources, a tecnhnology causing plenty of controversy, were left quaking in their boots after angry fracking meetings in the US and the UK last week. Campaigners have called for a moratorium on fracking in the UK in the face of theearthquakes and amid fears it...

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