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April 2012

Enjoy a moonlight serenade at the Platform

Monday, April 30, 2012 - 10:40: 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

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 14:31: 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

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 14:18: 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

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 13:19: 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

Friday, April 27, 2012 - 08:37: 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

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 19:51: 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'?

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 18:06: 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

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 14:18: 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

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 13:46: 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

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 13:43: 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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 20:05: 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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 19:26: 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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 19:08: 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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 13:05: 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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 17:43: 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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 04:12: 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

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 10:57: 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

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 10:40: 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

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 15:32: 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

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 14:58: 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.

Appeal after quad bike theft in Galgate

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 09:13: Police are appealing for information after a quad bike was stolen from a house in Galgate, Lancaster. It is believed the bike was taken sometime between 2.00pm on 4th April and 11.00am on 11th April from a property on Chapel Lane.

Police continue search for night club attacker

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 12:33: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a student was hit in the face by a bottle in a Lancaster nightclub. The incident took place on the dance floor at Elements Nightclub around 1.45am on Saturday 28th January when the 18 year old victim was standing with friends within the top floor bar area of the nightclub.

Appeal after jogger is assaulted in Lancaster

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 12:28: Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was attacked in an unprovoked assault as he jogged to a friend’s house in Lancaster last month. The 19 year old victim was jogging along Wingate Saul Road at 9.30pm on Saturday 31st March when he has approached by three teenage boys from the opposite direction.

Spotlight shines again at The Storey

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 09:05: The Literary and Musical Line-Up at this week's Spotlight Club at the Storey is as diverse as ever - so why not put £4 aside for entry and head up there on Friday night?

In review: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 23:26: The question that must most often come to the mind of any Sherlock Holmes fan about to see this as a stage production is surely 'But how will they do the hound?' Oldham Coliseum's production, with Director Kevin Shaw in conjunction with 'Imitating the Dog', a company which takes video projection way beyond an atmospheric backdrop, does far more than that.

Local celebrations for St George’s Day

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 13:44: Saint George Killing the Dragon, 1434/35, by Bernat MartorellOne of England’s most renowned heroes will be celebrated at Lancaster City Council’s Visitor Information Centres on Monday 23rd April. The date marks St George’s Day, the Patron Saint of England and the centres at Lancaster and Morecambe will be dressed for this special occasion with traditional flags and banners.

Suspected crime cash forfeited to the courts

Monday, April 16, 2012 - 12:08: Cash seized during a raid on a Ryelands house has been forfeited to the courts following a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing. Officers raided an address on the Ryelands estate in March and April 2011 and seized over £2,800 in cash from residents at the property.

Million Jobs for Climate Change Caravan - a liveable future

Friday, April 13, 2012 - 09:56: Climate Jobs Campaign LeafletThe One Million Jobs for Climate Change Caravan (seehttp://www.climate-change-jobs.org)is coming to Lancaster on Thursday 24 May with a festival of events to explain its plan to persuade the government to invest £18 billion a year in sustainable electricity, transport and heating jobs. You can watch their short campaign video here.

Freeman's Wood TPO Appeal - Asbestos questions?

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 19:31: Disturbed landfill strewn outside the site fenceThe 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. The appeal is being brought by the Property Trust Group, who own the land and have a potential proposal before the Council for a residential development there.

Appeal after Lancaster schoolgirl is punched on a bus

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 16:24: Lancaster police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a schoolgirl was assaulted on a bus. The incident happened around 4.00pm on Monday 5th March on the number 40 bus between Forton and Galgate when a young girl approached a 16-year-old schoolgirl, dressed in her uniform, and punched her to the back after a brief verbal altercation.

The Dukes Plays It Again as 'Casablanca' celebates 70th anniversary

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 13:16: The Dukes will be screening one of cinema’s most iconic romances on its 70th anniversary. Casablanca (U) starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman will be screened at the Lancaster cinema on 30th April. Casablanca is set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War Two.

Local school takes natural approach

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 11:00: Lancaster Steiner School is to run an open day at the end of this month, intended to what's seen as a growing lack of awareness of the natural world, which may damage children. Recent research commissioned by the National Trust (PDF link) highlights that British children are exhibiting signs of a modern phenomenon called ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’.

Police Launch Motorcycle Safety Campaign

Monday, April 9, 2012 - 11:00: Lancashire Police have joined forces with the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety and RideSafe BackSafe to launch a campaign aimed at reducing the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads.

Council warns on dogs, considers new controls

Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 17:00: Lancaster City Council is having no messing in its bid to rid the district of dog fouling having launched an enforcement exercise to catch irresponsible dog owners failing to pick up after their dogs. The local council is also consulting on proposals to increase dog control measures, replacing and extending powers under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

The Really Heavy Greatcoat: Jubilee

Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 17:13: The Really Heavy Greatcoat is a cartoon strip I created for On the Beat, Lancaster's old listings magazine, over 20 years ago with Nick Miller -- which either both or one of us occasionally get chance to re-visit. This is one of those occasions. Thanks, Nick!

It's Our City plans public meeting to discuss new Centros development plan

Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 15:45: Lancaster development campaign group It's Our City held a meeting at the Gregson earlier this week to discuss the latest Centros proposal for Lancaster Canal Corridor - and are now planning a public meeting on Tuesday 15 May at 7.30pm at Lancaster Town Hall to discuss the new plans.

Morecambe metereological mentions the result of long-running campaign

Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 14:42: Late into Maundy Thursday evening, BBC national news bulletins were repeating the fact that Morecambe had been the sunniest place in England, recording a breathtaking 12.7 hours of sunshine. This remarkable fact is of immense importance in re-establishing Morecambe as one of our leading holiday resorts.

Become a trader in 2012 with a special offer at Morecambe's Festival Market

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 14:57: The future of Lancaster Market is up in the air again this week, but when it comes to Morecambe's Festival Market the Council seem much more on the ball - and have just announced special introductory trader rates for new businesses interested in trading there.

Council considers options on Lancaster Indoor Market - again

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 11:54: (Updated 4/4/12: 1610): Lancaster City Council will consider a progress report on Lancaster Indoor Market at next week's full Council meeting and consider options available on its future - which now might not see it close after all.

Lancaster armed robbery - Police seek second man

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 17:05: Police investigating the robbery at the Marsden Building Society on Church Street, Lancaster last Thursday have released further CCTV images. Detectives believe that a second man may have been involved in the incident and it is thought that the two men were together in the city centre prior to the robbery taking place.

Green light for Morecambe FC concert plans

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 15:38: Lancaster City Council has given the green light to plans for Morecambe Football Club to stage pop concerts at the Globe Arena. The football club had submitted a planning application to allow the use of its Westgate stadium for outdoor music events up to three days per year, which the council’s Planning and Highways Regulatory Committee approved the plans at its meeting on Monday.

Police hunt for Lancaster deer poachers

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 15:09: Police are appealing for witnesses after a Roe deer was found hung in a tree dead in Lancaster. The grisly discovery was made by a local woman who was walking her dog in woodland off Aldrens Lane in Skerton, Lancaster this morning at around 8.50am. The deer was found hanging from a tree with its head, front legs and stomach removed.