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November 2012

British Land in Lancaster with Centros

The UK’s largest listed retail landlord British Land has acquired the Canal Corridor North site in Lancaster city centre. The land includes the former Mitchell’s brewery. British Land has appointed Centros as development manager (so it's not 'Goodbye Centros' after all, I got that wrong, sorry).

Take time out to volunteer for sport

Local people are being invited to take time out for sport as part of a new scheme introduced by Lancaster City Council. The 'Your Sport, Your Community' scheme has been set up to support and reward sports volunteers across the district and to recognise the valuable work they do within the community.

Police hunt Morecambe garage thieves

Morecambe are appealing for information after four bikes were stolen from a garage in Morecambe. At some point between midnight and 8.00am on the 24th November, the garage of a house on West End Road was broken into and two motocross bikes and two mountain bikes were stolen from inside. Police have issued a description of the items and are asking anyone with any information to come forward.

Massive cannabis find at Heysham port

Criminals looking to smuggle drugs via Heysham port are being warned that they are being watched following the seizure of £60,000 worth of cannabis. Officers from Lancashire Constabulary’s port unit were carrying out routine checks on vehicles bound for the Isle of Man on Friday when a sniffer dog alerted them to the class B drugs.

New Lancaster community project aims to go "Beyond Radio"

After consultation with the public following the announcement recently that a local group were applying to Ofcom to license a new community radio station for the district, a name has been chosen for the station. Over 100 names were put forward by local people following press coverage and via facebook and twitter.

United Utilities generator stolen in Lancaster

Police are appealing for information after a generator was stolen from a United Utilities storage unit in Lancaster. It is believed the storage unit on Moorside Road was broken into sometime between the 7th and the 12th of November and the three phase Honda generator worth £1,000 was taken.

First Friday brings young to the fore in December

Ludus Dance get set for the next First FridayYoung people will be to the fore at the next First Friday arts event in Lancaster on 7th December – and for the first time since First Fridays were launched in October, events will run throughout the district as well as in Lancaster city centre.

Local Businesses warned after websites hacked

Businesses across Lancashire are being urged to ensure their online security is up to date after hackers tried to steal thousands of pounds of goods. The two businesses discovered hackers had changed the online value of their goods to 1p before trying to buy the items – which included £2000 of furniture - with a stolen credit card.

Morecambe Town Council community group grant offer

Morecambe Town Council has announced the availability of funds from its Miscellaneous Grants budget for Community Organisations and individuals whose activities are of direct benefit to the residents of Morecambe and who wish to be considered for a grant. Applicants can apply for up to £500 to help towards the cost of their project.

Rare Ashton Hall painting on display for Museum event

The Friends of Lancaster City Museum are holding an event at Ashton Hall Golf Club at 7.30 next Monday evening (26th November), at which a rare painting of Ashton Hall will be on display. As well as being able to view the painting, people who attend the event will be able to listen to an illustrated talk by local historian Mike Derbyshire about the history of Ashton Hall.

Rent rises ahead for White Cross tennants?

Businesses and voluntary organisations based at Lancaster's huge White Cross Industrial Estate could see hikes in their rent after the site's landlord, Lancashire County Council, ordered a review of its premises charging policy.

Author Gillian Slovo reading in Lancaster

Litfest is presenting an event with South African-born novelist, playwright, memoirist and current President of English PEN, Gillian Slovo on Thursday, who will be reading from her work.

Police seek witnesses after Morecambe gang attack

Police are appealing for information after a 27-year-old man was assaulted by a large gang of youths during a night out in Morecambe last month. Around 11.20pm on Saturday 20th October 2012, the man was attacked by the group outside the Carleton nightclub just off Marine Road West.

Cyclist injured in Morecambe

Morecambe Police are appealing for information after a cyclist was injured after coming off his bike on Heysham Road, Morecambe. Around 7.50pm on Monday 12th November, a 53-year-old man was cycling along Heysham Road in the direction of Marine Road West, near to the Battery Hotel, when he came off his bike.

Find your voice with 'We Are Improv'

Katy BatesonLancaster's very own We Are Improv are going to be kicking the new year off with some great new courses to help you start the new year as you mean to go on. The courses they are running in early 2013 are all focused on using improvisation to help you to achieve goals.

New dementia rehab service for Lancaster and Morecambe

A new dementia care service is now open and is offering support to people in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.The new dementia rehabilitation service is a joint venture led by Lancashire County Council and North Lancashire Primary Care Trust.

Morecambe Comedy Club opens its doors for a laugh

Mike Wilkinson Tickets for this month's Morecambe Comedy Club at the Platform are still available. November's comedy night will see two great comedians line up to perform on Thursday, 29th November with the fantastic Mike Wilkinson headlining the show.

Review: 'A Taste of Dickens' at the Black Box

Review: A Taste of Dickens An Evening of Readings devised, written and directed by Michael Nunn Performed by Lancaster Theatre Productions At The Black Box Studio Theatre, University of Cumbria Bowerham Road, Lancaster Wednesday 14 November 2012 at 7.30p Pay What You Can Night Reviewed byLéonie and David Sugarman Although no more than coffee and biscuits actually passed our lips, we enjoyed a...

Gregson announces Christmas Craft Fair

A Craft Fair featuring a host of amazing local creators will be held in the Gregson Centre, Lancaster on Saturday 1st December. As well as Santa in his Grotto, there will be 30+ stalls selling a variety of wares.

Official welcome for Lancashire's new Police and Crime Commissioner

Lancashire Police Authority and Lancashire Constabulary have officially welcomed the County's first-ever Police and Crime Commissioner. As we reported earlier, Clive Grunshaw was elected to be the PCC for Lancashire following the election yesterday. The PCC will officially replace Lancashire Police Authority on 22nd November, becoming accountable for how crime is tackled in the area.