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April 2012

Enjoy a moonlight serenade at the Platform

The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK will be swinging into action at the Platform in Morecambe on Saturday 12th May. Founded by trumpeter, Kevin Cunningham,the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK has wowed audiences in concert halls and theatres all over Great Britain with their skill and passion for swing music since they formed in 2003.

Police appeal after Willow Lane assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted and had a mobile phone stolen during a street robbery in Lancaster earlier this month. The incident took place around 8.00pm on 10th April 2012 when a 20-year-old victim was walking along Willow Lane on the Marsh Estate with two female friends when they were approached by a group of young men.

All Write Jack: creating The Unsociables

Writer Jack HathawayA Lancaster sixth former has helped to write a play about last summer’s riots which is now performing at The Dukes. Jack Hathaway is just 18 but he’s already been appointed The Dukes young writer in residence and has been working with a team, including an awardwinning writer, to create one of the most energetic shows ever presented on the Lancaster theatre’s main stage.

Lancaster Jobs for Climate Change Week

The Dukes will be showing the film One Million Climate Jobs Now! (plus shorts) at 7:30pm on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd May in the Gallery. On the Wednesday Shaun Dey, the filmmaker will be in attendance. The films each night are: One Million Climate Jobs Now! – a film made to start the major campaign of the same name of which the Climate Jobs Caravan is a part.

In Review: The Unsociables

The UnsociablesCongratulations to Director Louise Ingham, writers Steve Fairclough, Jack Hathaway, Ann Wilson and Lawrence Wilson and the entire Dukes Young Company and Dukes Young Actors (all 30 of them) for their first night of The Unsociables.

Wray Scarecrow Festival starts this weekend

Houseproud scarecrow The villagers of Wray will be entertaining the multitudes again this year with their legendary week-long Wray Village Scarecrow Festivalfrom Saturday 28 to April Monday 7 May, which will see clever and quirky scarecrow tableaux on topical themes populating the village lanes and gardens all week.

Nuclear waste - tarnishing the Lake District 'brand'?

The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) has issued a consultation response that indicates that its sole concern about proposals for a dump for high-level nuclear waste to be built under the Lake District is bad publicity to the Lakeland 'brand'.

Dog seized by Lancaster Police under Dangerous Dog Act

Police have seized a dog from a Lancaster house following the execution of a dangerous dogs warrant. Officers attended an address on the Ryelands Estate after learning that the dog could be the puppy of another animal that had already been seized and found to be a dangerous type.

Amphetamine seized during Lancaster drugs raid

Police have seized suspected amphetamine, heroin and cash following a raid at a home in Lancaster. Officers executed a drugs warrant at an address in Harcourt Road at shortly after 1.00pm on Tuesday. A number of ounces of a substance, believed to be amphetamine, were found inside the premises and were seized by police.

Everything's coming up Roses at Williamson Park

Everything will be coming up 'Roses' at Lancaster's Williamson Park this summer when the 2012 Roses Historic Vehicle Run heads to the park. The 12th Historic Vehicle Run will leave Bradford on Sunday 1st July and make its way via Halifax, Todmordon, Burnley, Clitheroe and through the Trough of Bowland before ending its journey at the park.

Improving your improv - new courses

Improvisation is fast becoming very popular in the UK with it already being in great demand in America. If you want to get better at thinking and speaking on your feet it's a fun and friendly way to go about it. We Are Improv is a new improvisation group based in Lancaster.

'Childhood Memories' Art Competition promotes dementia awareness

Remember the person To promote Dementia Awareness Week, 20th – 26th May 2012, Alzheimer’s Society Lancaster and Morecambe have launched an art competition for those living in the Lancaster and Morecambe area only. They would like to invite budding artists to take part and submit pictures no later than 14th May, on an A4 sheet, with the theme 'Childhood Memories'.

Steiner School: 'Nature Deficit Disorder' the modern childhood disease

Add caption Recent research commissioned by the National Trust highlights that British children are exhibiting signs of a modern phenomenon called ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’.

Volunteer Achievement Awards 2012 Announced

CVS Awards 2011. Image courtesy Lancaster District CVS Do you know someone who gives their time for free and takes pride in their local community? Volunteers in the Lancaster district will have their hard work recognised at an awards ceremony in June. And organisers of the event are asking for nominations of the people who volunteer their time to support others.

Police appeal following indecent assault in Lancaster

Police are appealing for witnesses following an indecent assault on two young girls earlier this month. The incident happened at around 7.15pm on Monday 16th April on the Millennium Bridge in the city centre. A man approached two 13-year-old girls on the bridge and put his arm around them both before sexually touching them and laughing.

Freeman's Wood - TPO upheld at Appeal Hearing

The Freeman's Wood site. Photo: March 2012Lancaster City Council's Appeals Committee confirmed the Tree Preservation Order (TPO) on Freeman's Wood at their hearing on Monday at Lancaster Town Hall. Their decision opens the way for a possible prosecution for alleged recent breaches of the Order.

Comic costume call for Kendal Calling Music Festival

Image via Happy Slap BoutiqueThe massive music event Kendal Calling has just announced its the fancy dress theme for 2012 will be Fairy Tales and Comic Books, a magical all encompassing theme that will see the site transform on Saturday, with the entire congregation encouraged to get involved.

Rock Solid Expo set to challenge nuclear waste plans for Cumbria

Director of GeneWatch Dr Helen Wallace will be in Kendal next month to give a free lecture at Kendal Museum, part of the Rock Solid? Expo art and events exploring the government plan to try to contain nuclear wastes in Cumbrian geology.

Sponsor a flower bed and watch your business grow

Lancaster City Council has launched a new flower bed sponsorship scheme which will appeal to local businesses who want to get noticed and take pride in the district at the same time. The council plants and maintains a large number of public flower beds across the district, most of which are in prominent locations.

Freeman's Wood: Tree Appeal Hearing on Monday

Old landfill waste unearthed on the Freeman's Wood site. Photo: 11 March 2012The City Council Appeals Committee will hear the appeal against the Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) at Freeman's Wood at 2pm on Monday 23 April at Lancaster Town Hall.