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February 2012

Kids in Cumbria magazine launched

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 07:41: A new free magazine for kids is to be launched later this year which will be distributed via schools, libraries, Doctors surgeries and various other outlets across Cumbria, as well as electronically via a growing mailing list.Founded by Kerry Newham, owner of KGN Admin and Event Services and Teresa McCall, founder of, Kids in Cumbria magazine is aimed at parents and carers of...

Oscar winners at The Dukes

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 18:00: The Artist - on its way to The Dukes. Image © The Weinstein CompanyFilms which swept the board at The Oscars will be screened at The Dukes this spring. The silent film that everyone is talking about - The Artist – will be shown at the Lancaster cinema from 16th-20th March and will return on 7th and 10th April. It won five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin.

Thesps promise Prizes for Dukes fund raisers

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 14:55: Dukes patron Cherylee Houston is offering a tour of the Street A Coronation Street tour by one of its stars, luxury mini-breaks, a private cinema screening and a day as a racehorse owner could be yours, courtesy of The Dukes. The Lancaster theatre, which is a registered charity, is putting the fun into fundraising this spring with its first Auction of Promises on 30th March.

Halton celebrates Diamond Jubilee with a "Happening"

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 10:00: To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, there will be a major event on the weekend of 2nd - 3rd June - the Halton Happening - at The Centre @ Halton. There will be a varied programme of events and activities suitable for all ages and everyone is welcome on both days, taking full advantage of the Centre’s top quality skate park and MUGA.

Morecambe MP explains why he voted against NHS risk register publication

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 11:40: Morecambe MP David Morris has explained why he voted against the publication of the NHS risk register, a document the Opposition said could show the real national impact of the government's health reform plans in its controversial Health and Social Care Bill.

Police appeal after Heysham fight

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 10:19: Lancaster detectives are appealing for information following a disturbance in Heysham earlier this month. At around 6.00pm on Friday 10th February, a fight broke out between around 20 people outside a house on Sycamore Gardens.

WebFinds: Find Me A Milkman!

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 15:08: At the heart of your community... come rain or shine, your local milkman will keep you topped up with fresh milk, dairy products and lots lots more.

Lancaster burglary - police hunt offenders

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 14:58: Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Lancaster earlier this month. Although nothing was stolen, the act has left the house owners shaken. The incident happened on Lyth Road on Friday 3rd February between 1.30 and 5.20pm. The offenders approached the semi detached house and entered via the front door.

Farming community invited to rural vehicle crime conference

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 16:54: Members of Lancashire's farming community have been invited to a special conference aimed at combating rural vehicle crime. Lancashire Constabulary is holding the event at its Hutton headquarters on Thursday 22nd March, from 9.45am – 3.00pm, in order to provide farmers and other agricultural workers with the advice and expertise to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime.

Dukes calls out for Musical Youth

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 16:00: Calling all young bands, singers, djs and mcs – The Dukes needs you! Opportunities for young people aged 13-19 to perform at a new series of live music nights in Lancaster are available now.

Appeal after air ambulance has window smashed

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 13:19: Police are appealing for information after the air ambulance was damaged in Lancaster on Monday morning. At some time between 7am and 7.30am on Monday morning, someone smashed the side window of the air ambulance while it was grounded temporarily at the Vale of Lune Rugby Club. Police are appealing for anyone who may have any information to come forward and contact them.

Maximo Park, Dizzee Rascal and James head for Kendal Calling

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 12:42: Maximo Park. Image via WikimediaGearing up to the most anticipated Kendal Calling to date, the team behind the Lake District’s wild weekender have, as we hinted earlier this week, now announced the initial line-up. Friday night’s bill will be headed up by the mighty Maximo Park, a tour de force of talent hailing from the North and bringing their blend of quality lyricism and arresting music.

David Dickinson returns to Lancaster with 'Real Deal'

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 08:30: Flamboyant antiques expert David Dickinson is set to return to Lancaster in April with ITV's Real Deal, hosting the show where you can turn up with unwanted antiques and leave at the end of the day with cash in your pocket.

Lancaster bike thieves sought

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 16:00: Police are appealing for information following a violent robbery of a specialist bike from a flat in Lancaster. The incident happened at around 11:50pm on Saturday 18th February 2012 at a flat on Heaton Road. Three men forced their way into a top floor flat and once inside threatened a man, hit him over the head with a chair and have stole an expensive bike.

Classic Greek tragedy gets a comic twist at The Dukes

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 14:30: A comic no-holds-barred subversion of a Greek tragedy will have audiences crying with laughter at The Dukes next month. Following on from its acclaimed production of Moby Dick which played at the Lancaster theatre in 2009, Spymonkey return with Oedipussy, their eagerly-awaited collaboration with artists from the forefront of British theatre.

Heysham drug dealer ordered to pay back over £8,000 at POCA hearing

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 11:46: A local drug dealer has been ordered to pay back over £8,000 – or face further time in jail – at a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing. 42-year-old Adam Wilson, of Heysham Mossgate Road, Heysham, was jailed in January last year for 30 months for possession with intent to supply cocaine.

Seaton Parish Council says No to Nuclear Dump

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 19:00: Seaton Parish Council - the council of “One of the largest villages in England” voted to reject continuing on any further steps to a geological nuclear dump 1000 metres deep by 26 kiometres square last night. Seaton joins Cockermouth Town Council and Above Derwent Parish Council in emphatically rejecting the government’s orchestrated campaign to turn Cumbria into a nuclear sacrifice zone.

Morecambe Bay Open Mile Swim announced for August

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 13:19: Sports events organiser Epic Events has announced their Morecambe Bay Open Water Swim will take place on Sunday 5th August 2012 and entrants are now being sought. Starting from Morecambe Yacht Club, the one mile swim (and a 500m event for less experienced swimmers) looks set to be a great spectacle for those watching from the promenade.

Morecambe groups promote "The Good Childhood Conversation"

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 13:00: Morecambe's More Music and Signposts in partnership with The Children’s Society will be hosting a “Good Childhood Conversation” at More Music’s venue, The Hothouse on Devonshire Road, Morecambe at 6pm -8pm on 6th March. The Good Childhood Conversations are local, community events that bring people together to discuss the issues and pressures facing children and young people today.

New CCTV released over Christmas Eve assault

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:31: Police have issued CCTV images of two men they want to trace after a man was assaulted as he walked home in Lancaster on Christmas Eve. The incident took place around 5.00am on 24th December 2011 when the 21-year-old victim was walking home along St Leonards Gate talking on his mobile phone after a night out with friends.

Kendal Calling tickets on sale this week

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 08:30: The most anticipated festival in the Lake District, Kendal Calling are set to make a big announcement this week about this year's line-up and open the flood gates once more as tickets go on sale.

Diversity FM to close down in March

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 12:56: Lancaster District YMCA, who hold the broadcast license for Lancaster Morecambe’s community radio station Diversity 103.5 FM has announced the station will close at the end of March. The decision has been made on financial grounds. Diversity 103.5FM began its full-time 24 hour broadcast service in September 2007 and as a community station has engaged with over 300 volunteers in that time.

Love's Labour: Lancaster Shakespeare Festival

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 11:26: The Dukes is playing a lead role in Lancaster’s first Season of Shakespeare which opens today. Shakespeare is England's best known playwriter and if you have not seen any of his plays it is well worth a go. Drama, film, talks, workshops and an exhibition will take place during February and March.

In review: The Vagina Monologues

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 02:01: So, done with hearing bishops on the radio wittering on about just exactly how much bigotry against women Jesus would have wanted, I finally went, with some trepidition, to see the annual Valentine's Day production of The Vagina Monologues put on by Lancaster University students at the Nuffield Theatre. And laughed my socks off. It's not all laughs of course.

Supermarket seige threatens council budget

Friday, February 17, 2012 - 00:58: Last month we reported that Commercial Estates Projects (CEP) had resubmitted a modified application for a superstore in Scotforth for the Public Inquiry to consider in March. We noted that Booths, who already have planning permission to build a supermarket on an adjacent site, had objected to their application.

Over £16,000 drugs cash confiscated from criminals

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 22:59: Two criminals who made money through illegal drugs have had a total of over £16,000 cash confiscated from them. The money was taken from the men during two separate Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearings. 27-year-old Lewis Arnfield, of Park Lane, Preesall, was convicted of producing cannabis and money laundering in August 2011.

Appeal following Lancaster pharmacy burglary

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 22:57: Police are appealing for information after a pharmacy in Lancaster was burgled last week. The offence took place between 8.10pm on Thursday the 9th February 2012 and 8.15am on Friday 10th February 2012 when the offenders smashed a window of Bowerham Road Pharmacy on Gordon Terrace.

Freeman's Wood - Public Meeting to save an old friend

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 21:35: A public meeting will be held this Sunday 19 February at 6pm at the Marsh Community Centre about the Freeman's Wood area which has been fenced off preparatory to re-development. The aim of the meeting is for people who want to help to save the area to come together, organise and get cracking.

Queen Elizabeth I set for Lancaster walkabout this Saturday

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 18:00: A stilt-walking Queen Elizabeth I will be out and about in Lancaster city centre from 12-4pm on Saturday, interacting with people and distributing leaflets for The Dukes Lancaster Season of Shakespeare. The Dukes tells us the ‘Queen’ will be in various parts of the town centre during the afternoon.

Smart Gel set to scupper scrap metal thieves

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 14:33: Vulnerable premises in the Wyre are being provided with special property marking kits to help thwart scrap metal thieves. The kits, funded by the Wyre Community Safety Partnership, contain a DNA-based gel which is used to coat items that may prove tempting to thieves. The gel fluoresces under ultra violet lighting, either on the property itself or the person that has handled it.

Greaves Hotel retirement home plans raise resident hackles

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 18:00: Residents in Greaves, Lancaster, have rounded on developers McCarthy Stone’s plans for new retirement flats, describing their consultation as a "sham" - and are campaigning for major changes to the four-storey proposal.

Police appeal after birds are shot in Morecambe

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 15:43: A Red Breasted Merganser. Picture: WikimediaMorecambe Police are appealing for information from the public following reports that birds have been illegally shot on Glasson Marsh. The offence is took place on 31st January 2012 when a group of three men were seen on Glasson Marsh shooting indiscriminately at birds.

Lock up to lock thieves out – warning following car break-ins

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 08:30: Local motorists are being warned to ensure their vehicles are left locked with no property on display following a series of thefts in North Lancashire. Over the last month, thieves targeted 64 vehicles in the Lancaster, Morecambe and Wyre areas. Of those, 33 were committed in the Wyre area and many occurred as a result of people leaving property on display including sat navs, laptops and cash.

Giving Lancaster the Cosmic Finger!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 19:00: Nick Maudsley and Stef Holden, The Cosmic Fingers. Pic: Andy Theobald.The Cosmic Fingers, an X-rated acoustic comedy punk duo, kick off a night of punk at The Bobbin on Thursday 8th March, supporting Elmo The Syx and The Vermin Suicides.

Morecambe memories film a hit on YouTube

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 18:00: A film from a Morecambe resident is gathering a following on online video service YouTube. Beauty Surrounds Health abounds - a Memoir of Seaside Entertainment is an abstract musical portrait by Sonja Campbell of a town whose industry and unique importance have dwindled over the years.

Lancaster carpet retailer prosecuted after worker's roof fall

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 12:00: Lancaster carpet retailer A Cut Above has been prosecuted for breaches of the Health and Safety Legislation after a worker was seriously injured when he plunged from a roof onto the ground below.

Man jailed for four months following charity box thefts

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 10:51: A man who stole charity boxes from premises in Lancashire, Cumbria and North Yorkshire has been jailed for four months. Alexander Hewitt, 55, of no fixed abode, appeared at Lancaster Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two counts of theft.

Lancaster's Homebirth Support Group continues to grow

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 09:52: The Lancaster Homebirth Support Group will be meeting on Tuesday 21st February at 6.30pm at the meeting room at the Gregson Centre, Moor Lane, Lancaster. The group is self-organised and open to all women (and their partners). If you are expecting your first, second, third...

A tornado of talent hits Lancaster

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 09:15: Phil Campbell, a Scottish singer-songwriter who's had a truly whirlwind career, plays at the Gregson Centre on Saturday 25th February. One of Britain’s most talented songwriters, Phil Campbell has shared a producer with Ryan Adams and Rufus Wainwright, toured with David Gray, and appeared several times on Later with Jools Holland.

Gerry and the Pacemakers at the Platform cancelled

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 14:41: An evening with Gerry and the Pacemakers which was due to take place at the Platform on Saturday 18th February has been cancelled due to ill health. The event has been rescheduled to take place on Friday 8th June.

Fuel Bills Blues: Big Switch turns up the heat.

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 13:27: Many hands make lights work. Which? 38 Degrees Big Switch Two new schemes are underway to help with keeping warm and paying fuel bills. Both areaimed at the increasing numbers of people now living in fuel poverty and struggling to pay rising fuel bills. Mr Cameron tells us to 'shop around' and free Utility Bills Clinics should help us do that, but could there be an easier way?

Lancaster woman's plea for return of treasured photo

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 12:43: Lancaster Police are appealing for the public’s help to reunite a woman with her purse containg the photograph of her toddler son who has passed away, after it was stolen from a till point at a shop in Lancaster last week.

The Really Heavy Greatcoat: Murdoch

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 10:46: The Really Heavy Greactcoat is a long-running cartoon strip which ace artist Nick Miller and I created years ago and published in alternative Lancaster magazine On The Beat and Off the Beat and, later, on virtual-lancaster. Just occasionally, Nick (who's constantly busy on numerous projects) teases us all with a new and topical episode.

Lancaster set to join 'No Second Night Out' project to tackle homelessness

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 17:10: Lancaster City Council looks set to join other Lancashire councils in a county-wide partnership to tackle homelessness, part of an ongoing roll out of the No Second Night Out campaign started in London across the country.

Proposed charges for replacement bins look set to be thrown out

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 15:43: Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet will be recommended not to introduce new charges for the replacement of bins and boxes at their meeting next week - even though the cost of doing so has escalated at an alarming rate. Next Tuesday, Cabinet members will consider a report on the possible introduction of charges due to the increasing costs of providing new bins and boxes to residents.

Motorway Work news for Lancaster area

Friday, February 10, 2012 - 15:32: Works on the M6 motorways will travel plans for some time, the Highways Agency has warned. Locally, daytime investigation work is being carried out on the A683 Caton Road between the M6 north and southbound slip roads at junction 34. Work will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm from Monday 13th to Friday 17th February.

Could Morecambe be set for a cash windfall?

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 13:43: A new fund to help support much loved seaside towns like Morecambe create new jobs and prosperity was launched today by Government Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Chief Secretary Danny Alexander.

"Ice Network" hits M6 traffic, drivers warned to slow down

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 13:04: Drivers using the M6 in Lancashire and Cumbria between junction 33 and 39 are being advised to stick to lane one as the Highways Agency works to clear the network of ice caused by freezing rain.

Lancaster Police issue motorway weather warning

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 10:45: Lancaster Police are warning motorists to slow down and drive to the conditions as freezing weather has caused a number of accidents on the M6 motorway. "We are experiencing difficulties on the M6 between Junction 33 and junction 36 on both carriageways," they say. "This morning we have attended 10 damage only road traffic collisions. This is because of the weather conditions.

Icy pavements - just what is the Council's strategy?

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 09:55: (Updated 13:30): Local pedestrians are furious about what's perceived as a confused strategy from Lancaster City Council about the gritting of pavements, after overnight rain and freezing conditions turned some local streets, Lancaster-Morecambe Cycle Path and the Millennium Bridge into dangerous ice rinks.