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July 2012

Top folk act J’ache Accused returns to Lancaster

There's a change of line up to previously announced dates at Lancaster's Robert Gillow folk nights this month. Sadly, Pete Morton is unable to perform at The Robert Gillow on Thursday 9th August as arranged. He sends his apologies to everyone. Happily, the excellent J’ache Accused is stepping up to fill the date - only his third Lancaster gig in four years.

Sustainability on the agenda at Ambleside

Renowned writer and broadcaster Jonathon Porritt delivered a sustainability masterclass at the University of Cumbria at Ambleside on Friday 20 July.

Spotlight Club moves to the Park Hotel

Lancaster's Spotlight Club - the monthly writers, musicians and poets performance event - is moving venues from The Storey to the Park Hotel for its next event in September, due to the uncertainties regarding the future of the Meeting House Lane-based arts centre. The Next Spotlight will be on Friday 21st September.

Greens warn on dangers of Centros deal; developer absorbed by 'Sovereign Land'

Lancaster's Green Party have hit out at the City Council's continued support for developer Centros, who have recently re-submitted new plans for Lancaster's Canal Corridor area. The Greens voted against accepting an extension to a development agreement with Centros at Full Council last week, which the City Council has described as offering a "renaissance" in Lancaster's fortunes.

Opinion: How to tell if a development deal is dodgy?

There are two advantages for a development company registered in an offshore tax haven when securing a development deal. The first obviously, is that theycontribute little in the way of tax to the society that enables them to trade safely and make profit.

Heysham power station backs new access to engineering apprenticeship

An innovative scheme backed by Heysham power stations to help youngsters land prestigious engineering apprenticeships is being trialled at Lancaster and Morecambe College. The new access to engineering course starts at the college in September and is partnership between EDF Energy and the college.

Robbers sought after Heysham Post Office scam

Police are appealing for information after two men stole £250 from Heysham Post Office last month. The offence took place around 11.50am on Friday 15th June when the men entered McColl’s store on Oxcliffe Road and headed straight to the Post Office section.

CCTV appeal after security guard is spat at in Morecambe

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak with in connection with a common assault in Morecambe. The offence took place at 3.00pm on Thursday 19th July when a man has been asked to leave the Arndale Shopping Arcade following reports of nuisance behaviour. The man has then become verbally aggressive and has spat directly into the face of a security guard before running off.

B4RN project speeds ahead

The B4RN at work laying cables earlier this month. Photo: B4RN(with thanks to Martyn Dews): Matters are moving apace at B4RN, the community-based rural fibre optic project connecting up Lancaster's nearby villages to superfast broadband. Digging of the phase one ducting has reached the outskirts of Quernmore and is heading over to Abbeystead.

Morecambe gains 'Portas Pilot' Funding for new cafe

Morecambe is to receive £100,000 in government funding to set up a new community café in the town centre and help support local businesses. The town is one of 15 new areas that have been selected to take part in Portas Pilots, taking the total across the country to 27.

Police appeal after woman is assaulted in Morecambe

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Morecambe. The incident happened on Saturday 21st July between 12.30am and 1.00am on Balmoral Road opposite the school. The victim, a 21-year-old local woman, was approached by a man who assaulted her by grabbing and kicking her. She did not receive serious injuries but was left shocked following the incident.

Damage, Gore and More at the Lancaster Comedy Club

Damage and Gore are heading for Lancaster in August! But have no fear, the apocalypse is some way away -- and Damage and Gore are merely the latest line up at the Lancaster Comedy Club. In a rare Northern appearance, Brian Damage and Krysstal pop up from that London to close the show.

Heysham man charged with robbery

28-year-old John O’Neill of Redwing Close, Heysham has been charged with two counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery and three counts of possession of an offensive weapon. O’Neill appeared before Lancaster Magistrates court this morning where he was remanded in custody to appear before Preston Crown court on Monday 20th August 2012.

Council says Canal Corridor plans are key to Lancaster renaissance

Lancaster City Council is describing new plans for Lancaster's Canal Corridor development as essential to the city's future.

Play Day comes to Williamson Park

Lancaster City Council is inviting you to celebrate national Play Day nest week, with an action packed day of activities and adventure at Lancaster's Williamson Park. The event is part of the Get out and play! campaign, which is calling on everyone to help make sure that children and young people across the UK have the time, freedom and space to play outdoors.

Police warnings to dog owners after sheep attacks

Police are asking dog owners to take responsibility for their pets after a number of sheep attacks in Silverdale and Warton - to the dismay of local farmers. Several farmers in the area have reported dogs running lose in the countryside and attacking their sheep and lambs.

More points on the board for McGuinness

Picture by Glynne LewisMorecambe's John McGuinness continued his run of points-scoring finishes on Sunday when he finished in 13th place at the ninth round of the Metzeler National Superstock 1000cc Championship.

Victoria Hume, Pete Morton at the Gillow in August

Victoria Hume, described as "Really beautiful stuff" by BBC6 presenter Lauren LaverneThere's more folk a-plenty at the Robert Gillow in Lancaster through August, including the highly acclaimed Victoria Hume, Pete Morton and many more. Here's the rundown...

Silverdale St John’s C of E Primary School wins Home Safety Quiz Final

A team of year 5 and 6 pupils from Silverdale St John’s C of E Primary School has won the final of the 2012 Home Safety Quiz. Competing against teams representing Thurnham Glasson, Heysham St Peter’s and Bolton-Le-Sands primary schools, Silverdale scooped the award after proving they know lots about home safety and accident prevention. More than 31 local schools took part in this year’s heats.

In Review: Dark Corners of the Land Exhibition - Dukes

Pendle Hill 'Through the Pinhole' by Darren Andrews The Dark Corners of the Landexhibition at the Dukes Gallery runs from15 July - 13 August 2012. Photographs by Darren Andrews, Sound Installation by Victor Noir(collaboration) Reviewed for Virtual Lancaster by Ella July.