This site is easier to read in landscape format on mobiles.

May 2012

Share your memories of the Olympic torch relay

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 17:06: After months of preparation and anticipation, the Olympic Torch is set to arrive in Lancashire on 1st June as it continues its 70 day journey around the UK. The Torch will make its first appearance in Chorley and West Lancashire on Friday 1st June, returning to the county on Friday 22nd June and Saturday 23rd June 2012.

On-line safety is the subject of Police web chat

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 08:06: Lancashire Constabulary is to hold two special interactive web chats to discuss the importance of staying safe online. The web chats will take place on 12th June – one during school time, one after school.

Police alert for forged bank notes in Lancaster

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 13:05: Police have released CCTV images of two suspects they want to trace following the use of fake bank notes in a shop in Lancaster. The two men entered a small retail store in Market Street, Lancaster, under the guise of prospective customers on two occasions between 3.00 and 5.00pm on Tuesday 22nd May.

Council makes statement on Lancaster Market

Monday, May 28, 2012 - 13:23: Lancaster City Council has just issued a full statement on the future for the Lancaster Market building and its remaining traders, which is as follows: Council agrees on a way forward for future of Lancaster Market On Thursday 24th May Council considered a progress report on the future of Lancaster Indoor Market.

Get your dog chipped for free

Monday, May 28, 2012 - 12:49: Local dog owners are being offered the chance to have their animals chipped for free as part of a push to get people to be more responsible with their pets. Officers from local neighbourhood police teams will be providing the service in Lancaster city centre on Friday June 1 with the assistance of the Dogs Trust.

Dales Bus launches summer Sunday service from Lancaster

Monday, May 28, 2012 - 10:50: A new bus service to the Yorkshire Dales from Lancaster is now running every Sunday and Bank Holiday (including Jubilee Tuesday) until 21st October 2012.

Heysham cabbie Dave turns author

Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 07:42: One thing cabbies the world over aren't short of are stories -- usually about us, the fare-paying public. And while most of us simply want to get from A to B, some of us do it in such a way that it makes for even more of those stories -- and very funny a lot of them are, too.

National Family Week - fun in the Parks

Friday, May 25, 2012 - 17:52: Lancaster City Council is encouraging families to get together to celebrate National Family Week. There are lots of things to do for all the family from 30 May until 5 June at council parks and facilities in Lancaster and Morecambe. Williamson Park, Lancaster is already running lots of additional sessions as part of the ‘Love your Zoo’ campaign.

City Council Bites £17m Bullet over Market Closure?

Friday, May 25, 2012 - 15:08: (Updated 26/5/12): Yesterday's meeting of Lancaster City Council agreed to compensate Lancaster Market traders in order to empty and close Lancaster's Indoor Market. Whether the Council will continue its lease on the building or surrender it will depend on the terms.

Admission of Freemen and Freewomen of the City: Invitation

Friday, May 25, 2012 - 08:48: The Court of Admission 2011Lancaster City Council is delighted that 2012 will introduce a major change to one of its most long standing traditions, when women can be admitted as Freewomen in all four categories of application. Each year Lancaster City Council continues the longstanding custom of admitting new Freemen of the city.

It's Our City call for council veto on Centros 'sweetheart' deal

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 18:33: The Centros 'Arc' development in Bury St EdmundsFirst published: 18/5/12 updated 23/5/12 A packed meeting at Lancaster Town Hall last Tuesday learnt about the new Centros proposals for the development of the Canal Corridor North site east of Lancaster's City Centre, which now propose: scrapping the previously 'essential' connecting footlink to the existing town centremoving the Marks Spencers...

Do you have the mettle to become a Special?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 14:03: Northern Special Officers: left to right, Special Inspector Ruth Gardner, Special Sgt Simon Tracey, Special Sgt Jonathon Wilkin, Special Sgt Nick Harding, Special Constable Phillip Metcalfe and Special Constable Stephanie Holmes People looking for an exciting challenge that will give them new skills are being invited to become a Special Constable in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.

County visitors warned on possible - if rare - danger of snake bites

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 12:16: Photo: Marek Szczepanek, via WikimediaPoisons experts at the Health Protection Agency’s specialist commissioned National Poisons Information Service -- the poisons advisory body for frontline medics -- are advising people planning country and woodland walks this summer how to reduce their risk of a snake bite.

Morecambe woman assaulted and robbed at knifepoint - in her own home

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 10:32: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 64-year-old woman was terrorized and robbed in her home in Loweswater Drive, Morecambe on Thursday afternoon (17th May 2012). At around 2.35pm a man entered the woman's home when she was alone through an open door and threatened her with a knife, demanding money.

Teens invited to join latest police cadet course

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 00:01: Teenagers who want to do something proactive with their spare time are being urged to sign up for the next voluntary police cadets course.

Fun times ahead thanks to Transform Your Patch Campaign

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 21:00: A new recreation area in Morecambe and a play area in Lancaster are set to benefit from funding from 'Transform Your Patch' - a community-led regeneration scheme supported by some of Britain's favourite soft drinks.

Council voices concerns over Lancaster street litter

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 17:19: Lancaster City Council is reminding residents and businesses in the city centre that they are encouraged to leave waste out in bags to coincide with collections.

M6 Link Plans under scrutiny as never before

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 16:58: As the Infrastructure Planning Commission begins its examination of the case for and against the proposed Heysham to the M6 Link Road, the opposition has assembled a strong and what it hopes will be a persuasive case against the road.

2012 Morecambe Sandcastle Festival goes for gold

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 16:31: The tradition of building sandcastles will take on an Olympic theme this summer at Morecambe’s 6th annual Sandcastle Festival in June. The London Olympics will provide the inspiration for entrants to the Super Sandcastle Competition when the beach will be full of families letting their imaginations fly to produce sandcastle creations of Olympic proportions.

Residents invited to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with Mayor 'At Home'

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 15:59: The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor Sheila Denwood, is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with an At Home in the heart of the Duchy of Lancaster. On the theme of the Diamond Jubilee, 60 residents of the district who apply for a ticket from the mayor’s office will be able to attend along with a guest to the At Home which starts at 11.00am on Saturday 21st July.

Local energy co-op MORE Renewables launches share offer

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 15:51: Renewable energy co-operative, Morecambe Bay Community Renewables (or MORE Renewables, for short), has just launched its first share offer. MORE Renewables was set up last year to raise local finance for small scale renewable energy installations in the Morecambe Bay area and its first project is a £105,000 solar PV system on the Lancaster Cohousing development at Forge Bank, Halton.

Woodlands Silverdale plans Health and Wellbeing Day

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 13:18: Silverdale's Woodlands Rural Centre is hosting a health and well being event next Sunday (27th June 2012) to raise awareness of the project.

Morecambe Council offers grants to local organisations

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 12:51: Morecambe Town Council has announced the availability of funds from its Miscellaneous Grants budget for Organisations and individuals whose activities are of direct benefit to the residents of Morecambe and who wish to be considered for a grant.

Superbike success for McGuinness at North West 200

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 09:23: Picture by Stephen Davison - Pacemaker Press InternationalMorecambe's John McGuinness enjoyed another successful trip to the International North West 200 road races this week when he swept to victory in Saturday's Superbike race.

Climate Jobs Caravan comes to Lancaster

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 10:07: The National Climate Jobs Caravan will be coming to Lancaster City Centre on 24th May. It is part of a tour of Britain that is taking in 25 towns and cities across the country to promote zero carbon climate jobs. The ambitious tour, organized by the trade union arm of the Campaign against Climate Change starts in London and Edinburgh on 12th May.

Free vacancy adverts offered by University of Cumbria job shop

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 14:46: The University of Cumbria is inviting local employers in Cumbria and North Lancashire to post vacancies for students and graduates on its online job shop absolutely free of charge. After completing a simple onsite registration system, employers can provide details of their vacancies online or copy and paste them from existing job adverts.

Sainsbury's seeks new Local Charity to support

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 11:21: Local supermarket Sainsbury’s Local Charity Partner Scheme is back for its fourth year and both Sainsbury’s in Morecambe and Lancaster are on the lookout for a new Local Charity Partner who they can provide help and support to from 20th June 2012. Customers can vote in-store for their favourite local charity between 9th and 23rd May.

New Refuse and Recycling Calendars

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 11:17: Lancaster City Council has begun delivering new refuse and recycling calendars to households throughout May and June. For some residents the calendars include important changes to which bin is collected on which week, so it is wise to keep hold of your new calendar as these changes may affect you.

Appeal after muggers rob man at knife point in Lancaster

Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 10:22: Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery near Sainsbury's, Lancaster, last month. The incident took place on the evening of Wednesday 4th April on the cycle track at the back of Sainsbury’s. The victim, a 35-year-old local man, was approached by three men, one of whom asked him for some change. Whilst this was happening, another man grabbed him and held a knife to his throat.

Olympic torch's arrival sparks local countdown

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 15:26: The Olympic Torch will arrive in the UK on Friday 18th May – sparking the countdown to when it will travel through the Lancaster district. Five towns and villages in the district are on the official route of the Torch as it makes its 70 day journey around the UK to the Olympic Park in London. The local leg will mark the half way point – day 35 – and take place on Friday 22nd June.

Lancaster City Council establishes "Champion for Young People" role

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 13:19: Councillors at Monday’s full Lancaster City Council meeting approved a motion to establish a new position of "Champion for Young People" to reflect its commitment to engaging with children and young people in the district. The Champion is expected to promote and raise the issues relating to young people with other councillors and the public.

Hammer-wielding thieves sought by police

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 09:30: (Updated 16/5/12 with evofit): A robbery in Stanhope Venue, Morecambe last week has prompted a police appeal after the intruders threatened a resdent with a hammer. At approximately 10.00pm last Wednesday night (9th May), two men wearing full face balaclavas and dark clothing forced their way into a house on Stanhope Avenue, threatening the occupant with a hammer.

Quay warehouse fire: arson suspected

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 07:42: A fire which broke out in a disused warehouse in Lancaster is believed to have been started deliberately. Around 60 firefighters fought to tackle the fire at the five-storey facility on St George's Quay on 11th May, which affected the third and fourth floors of the building.

Students reassured after sex attacks

Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 17:10: Local students are being reassured that reports of sexual assaults will be taken seriously by police after a man appeared at court for sentence. In two separate incidents on 6th December last year, 38-year-old Shaukat Khattack approached female students from behind as they were walking alone in dimly lit areas close to Lancaster University’s campus.

Follow the Queen's Lancashire visits on Twitter

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 12:54: Lancashire residents hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen when she visits Lancashire next week are being encouraged to follow the police on Twitter @LancsPolice.

Thieves target Happy Mount Park

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 17:11: Police are appealing for information after a special bike that pedals a waterfall at Happy Mount Park in Morecambe was damaged last week. Between 8.30pm on Thursday 3rd May and 3.30pm on Friday 4th May the bearings on a child’s bicycle were removed at the Happy Mount Park, necessitating the whole of the pedal system to be replaced.

Where have all our bus time tables gone?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 12:19: Green councillors are urging Lancashire County Council must re-think their apparent decision to remove bus timetable information from many of the bus stops across the district - replacing them with an advertisement for a mobile phone service costing 25p for each enquiry.

Dog Control Orders consultation ends on Friday

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 11:39: The City Council's consultation on its plans to extend Dog Control Orders ends on Friday - and local dog owners are trying to put a stop to some of the proposals. As we previously reported, the Council is looking to increase dog control measures, replacing and extending powers under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

Do we have too many councillors? (Or not enough?)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 11:13: Views sought on councillor numbers Lancaster City Council is urging local people to have their say on the number of councillors they think should represent the district from 2015. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has started an ‘electoral review’ to determine the number of councillors who should sit on the council in the future.

Storyteller Ben Hegarty in Lancaster

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 21:16: Internationally renowned storyteller Ben Haggarty, writer of The DFC's Mezolith strip, returns to Lancaster on Thursday 10th May with the epic tale of Gilgamesh. Possibly the oldest story in the world, this ancient masterpiece will be presented by Ben in a powerful performance at the Litfest Auditorium in The Storey.

Free Lancaster Food and Drink Festival this weekend

Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 12:05: The free Lancaster Food and Drink Festival is taking place today (Sunday 6th May) and tomorrow Monday at Lancaster Leisure Park.

Future of Ryelands Park Consultation Events

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 12:43: Ryelands Park Local residents are invited to enjoy a number of events at Ryelands Park this month which aim to bring everyone together to look at ways in which the park could be improved.

Police appeal after collision in Morecambe

Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 00:15: Police are appealing for information after a collision in Morecambe earlier today(Friday 4th May). At around 7.45 this morning, police were called to a report that a pedestrian had been hit by a Silver BMW outside Hest Bank Kennels on Coastal Road in Bolton-le-Sands. The 18-year-old man was taken through to Royal Lancaster Infirmary with serious leg and arm injuries.

Railway Children and Midsummer Fairies set to entertain in the Park

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 14:57: Lancaster's Williamson Park is providing the backdrop this summer for a packed programme of outdoor theatre productions. Throughout August there will be adaptations of Shakespeare’s Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Roald Dahl’s The Twits, Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and E. Nesbitt’s The Railway Children.

Lancaster May Day events - all week

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 01:02: Lancaster May Day celebrations last all week with gigs, a March and Rally on Saturday 5 May, a community picnic on Bank Holiday Monday and all week there is a photographic exhibition in Lancaster Library depicting - 'A history of local political action'.

West Lancashire Vegan Fair coming to Lancaster

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 00:41: This year the West Lancashire Vegan Fair will be held in Lancaster on Saturday 12 May from11am - 5pm, at the Friends Meeting House next door to Lancaster train station. It is set to be an even bigger success this year, because there are a lot of vegans and vegetarians in Lancaster.

Morecambe's Catch the Wind Kite Festival Sunday 13 May

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 23:36: Morecambe's Catch the Wind Kite FestivalOnce again, there will be fantastic seaside fun for all the family at Morecambe's famous 'Catch the Wind' Kite Festival on Sunday 13 May from 12 noon - 4pm.Join hundreds of people of all ages Kite flying on Morecambe beach - a magical experience. Absolute beginners are welcome!

Spotlight announces One-to-One Writing Surgeries

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 19:28: Whether you are just starting outor have been writing for some time...Whether you write for performance or the page...Would you like feedback on your writing? Lancaster's Spotlight - the same team that run the Spotlight events at the Storey- are running another of their One-To-One Writing Surgeries on Sunday 13th May, from 2pm - 4.00pm at The Gregson Centre on Moor Lane.

Lancaster Police hunt tow path robbers

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 10:20: Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery that occurred near to the canal towpath in Lancaster on Monday afternoon (30th April). The incident took place around 1.45pm on the grassy area adjacent to the canal towpath at the rear of the Riverview Day Centre on Langdale Road.

Freeman's Woods - Council's response to waste concerns

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 20:12: Lancaster City Council has responded to concerns Virtual Lancaster raised about possible exposure ofmaterial contaminated by asbestos at the Freeman's Wood site, an historic landfill site owned by Bermuda-registered company The Property Trust Group and recently part-excavated by a private company.