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November 2012

British Land in Lancaster with Centros

Friday, November 30, 2012 - 17:46: 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

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 04:10: 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

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 04:08: 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

Monday, November 26, 2012 - 16:33: 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"

Monday, November 26, 2012 - 07:50: 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

Friday, November 23, 2012 - 15:36: 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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 17:19: 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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 13:45: 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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:42: 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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:39: 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?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 18:30: 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

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 11:24: 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

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 09:43: 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

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 06:46: 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'

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 15:51: 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

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 14:44: 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

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 11:03: 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

Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 13:27: 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

Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 07:58: 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

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 23:23: 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.

Labour's Clive Grunshaw elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 15:48: Labour's Clive Grunshaw – the only candidate for the post who was a serving member of the existing Lancashire Police Authority – has been elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire following a County-wide election.

Police warning after spate of sneak thief robberies in Lancaster

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 14:21: Ullswater Road, Lancaster. Photo via Google MapsLancaster Police are urging home owners to make their properties secure following a spate of opportunist burglaries. Police say there have been five burglaries since the beginning of the month where entry has been gained through insecure doors or open upstairs windows and a variety of items have then been stolen.

Lancaster man dies after assault

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 23:26: Following on from the assault outside the Joiners Arms in Queen Street, Morecambe on the 5th November, sadly, the victim who was left in a critical condition, passed away overnight last night (14th – 15th November). He can be named as Paul Ormerod who was 55 and from Lancaster.

Opinion: Did somebody mention an election?

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 12:22: Today, for the first time, in a blizzard of media indifference, Lancashire will elect its first Police Crime Commissioner. We didn't receive any questions to ask them. We apologise for suggesting in an earlier article that anybody could stand.

The Search is on to Find Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 08:30: Nominations are being sought for a county-wide award that recognizes the special achievements of young people.

Ever thought of becoming a County Councillor?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 13:00: Have you ever wanted to really get involved with the way services are provided in your community? Becoming a County Councillor would allow you to have a major influence in your community, and a special event organised by Lancashire County Council will help you to find out more.

Jewellery and gold stolen in Carnforth

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 12:30: Detectives are appealing for information after thousands of pounds worth of jewellery, gold bullion and platinum was stolen from a jewellery shop in Carnforth. Macmillan-Clare Designer Goldsmiths at Greenlands Farm Village, Tewitfield was targeted around 8.30pm on Wednesday 7th November 2012. At this stage, it is not known whether one person was involved or whether it was a group of people.

Fugitive Ivan Leach may have travelled to London

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 08:43: Police hunting fugitive Ivan Leach believe he may have travelled by coach to London. Officers now have information that Leach caught a bus at Nottingham on October 20th and got off in London. Officers from Lancashire are travelling to the capital to investigate and to distribute wanted posters.

Update: 'Taxi!' Chief Exec's YouTube Comments

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 19:30: Mark Cullinan Chief Executive Lancaster City CouncilEarlier reports on the following incidents posted in June 2011 were removed from the internet by both Virtual Lancaster(“'Taxi’ called for Chief Exec over YouTube Comments”)and the Lancaster Guardian ("Council chief in taxi driver argument" ) in July 2011 pending the outcome of correspondence initiated by Mr Cullinan’s private solicitors.

County Council: "We See No Otters"

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 11:58: Otters at Halton by Stan Parrott. More pictures: County Council seems to be getting itself into a spin over the proposed Heysham M6 Link Road, now claiming that otters seen on the Lune near its planned river crossing do not exist – despite photographs taken by locals and reports about their reappearance in the local press.

Reindeer return for Lancaster Christmas Lights switch on

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 09:13: After a couple of years without their crowd-pulling attraction, Lancaster's retailers have decided to bring back Santa's reindeer as part of their Christmas Lights switch on later this month. On Thursday 22nd November Santa's reindeer will be on view in Market Square, once again arriving courtesy of The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd (who of course work with Santa on a regular basis).

Lancaster Steiner School announces Winter Fair

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 18:00: On Sunday, November 18th, Lancaster Steiner School will be holding its annual Winter Fair. The magical Christmas Fairy will be in attendance, as well as gift stalls, craft-making, activities for children and a cafe serving delicious home-cooked food and cakes.

Positive response to Duchy plans for Lancaster Castle

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 15:45: An overwhelming response to the Duchy of Lancaster’s invitation to the city’s residents saw more than 2,200 people turn out to give their views on the future of Lancaster Castle. The great John O’Gaunt Gate was thrown open for the four-day public consultation event held last week in the former prison visitor’s centre, where concepts for the castle’s future use were unveiled.

Free parking for Lancaster and Morecambe's Christmas shoppers

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 08:30: Shoppers will be able to enjoy free parking at selected times in Lancaster and Morecambe in the run up to Christmas. From 22nd November until 20th December, all the city council's car parks will again be free to use after 6.00pm for late night Thursday shopping. You can also park for free at council car parks in Lancaster and Morecambe on Sundays between 25th November and 23rd December.

Queen Street assault: man charged

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 07:19: A 40 year old man who was arrested following an incident outside the Joiners Arms in Queen Street, Morecambe, has now been charged in connection with the offence.

Thousands enjoy Lancaster Firework Spectacular

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 18:00: Thousands of people made their way into Lancaster this Saturday to enjoy what proved to be the most magnificent Lancaster Firework Spectacular ever.

Light Up Lancaster wows the crowds

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 17:30: The Bell Tower - one of many spectacular Light Up Lancaster events last Friday Dem Bones exhibit Amazing lanterns in Market Square stun onloookers Ludus dancers in Sun Square The Northern Lights OrchestraThere were many surprises to delight, amuse and amaze at the first ever Light Up Lancaster event on Friday, the second major event highlighting the Lancaster Arts City campaign.

Assaulted man in critical condition after Queen Street attack

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 14:11: (Updated): Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious assault outside the Joiners Arm in Morecambe in the early hours of this morning, who is now in a critical condition. At around 1.15am, a 55-year-old man was the victim of an unprovoked attack outside the Queen Street pub, when an unidentified man approached him and punched him in the face before fleeing the scene.

Gillow lines up Kilcawley Family and more for November Folk Nights

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 13:55: The Kilcawley Family - at the Robert Gillow on Thursday Image: The Kilcawley Family web site There's good news for folk music fans this week, with Lancaster Robert Gillow's announced line up of acts for November which includes appearances by the Kilcawley Family and the welcome return of John Harper.

Penny Street assualt: CCTV released

Monday, November 5, 2012 - 13:50: Police have issued CCTV images of a man they would like to speak with after a Carnforth couple were assaulted in Lancaster city centre on Friday 12th October. The offence took place around 1.00am on Penny Street when a 20-year-old man was enjoying a night out with his 19 year old girlfriend.

Mobile phone robberies: Blackpool man charged

Monday, November 5, 2012 - 10:26: A Blackpool man will appear before Lancaster Magistrates Court today charged with five counts of theft and one of robbery.

Half Revealed, Half Concealed - new exhibition from Wendy Stuart at The Dukes

Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 12:00: A keen interest in travelling, exploration and sailing has inspired the latest exhibition at The Dukes gallery in Lancaster, which opens on Monday 5th November. Wendy Stuart has been an artist for many years and her latest exhibition – Half Revealed, Half Concealed – runs until the 21st November.

Ash dieback: public urged to act now to help stop its spread to Lancashire

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 17:24: Over the last few days, news reports have revealed that British ash trees are threatened by Chalara fraxinea or ash dieback. The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback and can lead to tree death, and was first found at sites in East Anglia and could devastate the 80 million ash trees across Britain.

Councillors query Storey accounts discrepancies

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 17:00: See update 6/11/12 below; Council Comments In October this year, the city council forfeited the lease of the Storey Creative Industries Centre Ltd (SCIC), and took possession of the Storey Institute as a result of the company going into liquidation. Clouds lurk over the doings of SCIC however, which are currently being investigated by liquidators.

Morecambe Musican plans towering music marathon

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 15:55: A Morecambe musician will be spending 24 hours in a tower broadcasting live to the world, thousands of miles from home. Pete Moser, artistic director of More Music, will spend a 24-hour residency at the top of the Arts Faculty Tower at Hong Kong University on 12th November.

Hunt for Lancaster underpass attackers continues, photos released

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 15:03: Police are again are appealing for information after a young woman was attacked and robbed by two men at knifepoint as she walked home in Lancaster last month. An EvoFit of one of the attackers has been published and police have now released pictures of the items stolen.

Hunt continues for fugitive Ivan Leach

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 14:37: A senior Lancashire detective has today reassured the public that the police are doing all that they can to catch fugitive Ivan Leach. Police forces across England and Scotland are working together in an effort to track down the 47-year-old absconder.

Affordable Warmth Project reaches out to vulnerable tenants

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 13:43: Lancaster City Council, with funding from North Lancashire PCT, is helping landlords to maintain their properties this winter to ensure vulnerable tenants aren’t left out in the cold. The Affordable Warmth Project aims to improve the health of some of its most vulnerable residents with the view to reducing hospital admissions due to the cold weather.

"Picture This" exhibition to put Lancaster Castle ideas under the spotlight

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 12:31: More than 500 people have put forward their ideas about how to transform one of Lancaster’s most historic public spaces as part of the 'Beyond the Castle' project. Their suggestions will be featured in a new interactive exhibition called Picture This, which will be held at The Storey CIC in Lancaster, from Thursday 15 to Tuesday 20 November.

Corrie writer re-imagines Treasure Island for The Dukes

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 20:00: A Coronation Street scriptwriter has embarked on a journey with The Dukes this Christmas - destination Treasure Island. Debbie, who has written more than 100 episodes of the popular soap, has adapted Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure for the Lancaster theatre’s Christmas production.