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June 2012

Bike owners - lock up your property

Local cyclists are being urged to lock their bicycles away when finished with them after thieves targeted bike racks on vehicles. Protective chains are often no preventative to determined criminals, who have been targeting cars even when bikes appear to be securely fastened to racks.

Morecambe store denied alcohol licence

Police, councillors and residents have worked together to prevent a shop in a former anti-social behaviour hot spot from getting a licence to sell alcohol. An application had been submitted to Lancaster City Council which, if granted, would have allowed Poulton Express, on Poulton Road, Morecambe, to sell alcohol to its customers.

Last Few Days of 'Light and Colour' at City Museum

With all the misearbale weather we've been having lately, now ais as good as time as any to ctach the current exhibition at Lancaster City Museum, which might well lighten a dismal and dreary day.

Sainsbury's Morecambe chooses St John's Hospice as new Local Charity partner

St. John's Hospice is set to benefit from a year's fundraising, thanks to Sainsbury's Morecambe customers and colleagues. The hospice has been chosen as Sainsbury's new Local Charity partner for 2012/2013, after the store asked Morecambe customers which local charity they should provide a year's support to back in May.

Local Tennis Club plans Open Day

Local Wimbledon fans enthused by the annual tennis extravaganza might want tto check out Bowerham Lawn Tennis Club's Open Day on Saturday 7th July. There'll be plenty of friendly tennis and mini-coaching sessions and members of the club will be on hand to talk about what the club has to offer. Tennis players of all standards are welcome to attend.

Fairfield Fun Day returns

Fairfield Fun Day is back after a year’s break and this time there’s even more exciting stuff to appeal to all tastes and ages, including a mini music festival, Olympics-inspired children’s obstacle course and a Jubilee inspired Crown Jewels display.

Have your say on proposal for new Scotforth allotments

Lancaster City Council is inviting you to have your say on proposals for a new allotment site in Lancaster. The field adjacent to the existing Scotforth Allotments has been identified as suitable for use to provide additional allotment plots for residents of the Lancaster district. The site is owned by Lancaster City Council and the council is keen to support new allotment provision.

Share your views on council parks

Visitors to lancaster's Williamson Park and Happy Mount Park in Morecambe are being asked for their opinions of the parks and their facilities to develop a better service for the future. Lancaster City Council has ambitions to develop the visitor economy by improving services and provision in parks, ensuring that customers are involved in the process.

Primrose Street assault: three men sought

Police are appealing for information following an assault on a man as he walked home from work in Lancaster earlier this month. The 21-year-old man was walking home from work along Primrose Street at around 4.55pm on Sunday 10th June when he was approached by three men.

It's time for Brit(annia) Awards!

Lancaster's Britannia pub will shortly be holding Lancaster's very own 'Brit Awards', beginning with a series of themed open mic nights and culminating with a competition for budding musicians to win paid gigs at the Britannia. The open mic nights will run every Thursday evening from 8.00pm in July and performers can claim free drinks if they sing three songs adhering to each evenings theme.

Lancaster Farms prisoners given extra sentences for attack on officer

Two men who held a prison officer at knife point at Lancaster Farms back in February, while trying to steal her cell keys, have been given additional jail sentences. 19-year-olds Josh Corey and Jake Burns attacked the female officer at Lancaster Farms young offenders institute on 2nd February.

Plan ahead to make the most of the Olympic Torch Relay

There's not long to go before the Olympic Torch is due to pass through the Lancaster district – and local people are being urged to plan ahead to make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity. The Torch will be passing through the Lancaster district on 22nd June, starting from Carnforth at approximately 9.47am. It then moves on the Bolton-le-Sands, Hest Bank, Morecambe and Lancaster.

Local business look set to back BID for city centre improvements

A plan with local businesses support to introduce a Business Improvement District in Lancaster City Centre to commence in April 2013 seems to be gathering steam, with a vote on the scheme set to take place later this year.

Storey Centre in crisis as rent rises hit home

Tenants are quitting Lancaster's Storey Creative Industries Centre because of a rise in service charges. The Lancaster Guardian reports bosses at the Centre are grappling with a financial crisis, after companies occupying the building on Meeting House Lane were hit with a bill for £99,651 in additional charges late last year.

Sunset Screenings In The Park

The Dukes will be presenting cinema under the stars this summer. After decades of taking theatre outdoors, The Dukes returns to Lancaster’s Williamson Park in July for an exciting new venture – Sunset Screenings - a season of outdoor films.

'Sneak in' burglary at Garstang home

Police have released an Evofit image and are appealing for information after a 97-year-old woman was robbed in a sneak in burglary in Garstang At around 3.10pm on the afternoon of the 29th May, a man entered the kitchen of a house on Windsor Road through an unlocked back door.

Learn how to be a good birth partner

Bring your birth partner along to the next meeting of Lancaster Birth Support Group on Tuesday 3rd July – 6.30pm at the Gregson Centre in Lancaster. All birth partners are welcome – experienced partners to share their stories, and inexperienced ones to find out how it’s done (or not!) Our meetings are always informal and fun.

McGuinness denied Senior TT race opportunity

Picture by Steve Corlett - Morecambe's John McGuinness was denied the chance to race for his 20th Isle of TTvictory last Saturday when the Blue Riband Senior race was cancelled.

Don’t lose your vote in 2012

Voter registration forms will soon be dropping through letterboxes across the Lancaster district and people are being urged to return them as soon as possible. Lancaster City Council staff will be sending forms to households over the coming months to compile the electoral register. Daphne Snelson, Lancaster City Council’s elections manager, said: “Registering to vote is very simple.

Exports from North West businesses reach all time high

The value of exports from North West businesses has reached its highest ever level, according to the latest statistics. Figures released by HM Revenue Customs show exports from the region were valued at more than £6.8 billion for the first three months of 2012 – an increase of £461 million on the same period last year.