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June 2013

July's Arts First Friday Line-Up: Art, Arts - And More Arts!

The Dukes Walkabout Theatre present 'Robin Hood' in Williamson ParkYou'll be spoilt for choice with Music, Art and Theatre in the range of First Friday events across Lancaster and Morecambe on July 5. July 5 sees the first night of The Dukes' return to Williamson Park after a year’s break with their outdoor walkabout version of Robin Hood from 7.15pm.

Call to arms for Castle's re-enactment weekend

David Noblett of Croix du Nord in full Norman warrior gear. Ancient and modern armed forces will be out in force at a weekend of activities at Lancaster Castle.

Carrots among the cuts: government plans to improve North West infrastructure

Although critics of the Coalition government and its latest Spending Review-inspired cuts, announced yesterday, have plenty to raise concern at, today saw news of a number of infrastructure projects that could boost the North West economy. Some salve, at least, to an otherwise otherwise appalling vision for the future public services and local government.

Up with the Jolly Roger! Success for school's pirate themed canal trip

Sailing under the Jolly Roger, a coach party of 55 children from Heron Hill School, Kendal, enjoyed trips on Lancaster canal in the narrow boat ‘Waterwitch’ from Crooklands Bridge landing stage this week. The trips were well organised by the school and split into groups of 11 children and one Teacher/minder to accommodate all would be buccaneers.

Free 'Drive Safely for Longer' course for over-65s

Places are available on a popular course which helps older people to keep driving safely for longer. The course has been developed by Lancashire County Council to boost confidence and improve safety for people aged 65 and over.

Have your say on Morecambe’s Happy Mount Park

Two consultation events will be taking place at Morecambe’s Happy Mount Park as part of the first stage in creating a masterplan for the park. The events will take place on Tuesday 9th July from 3.30pm to 6.30pm and Saturday July 13 from 11am to 3pm and will ask park users for their views on its future. There will also be a chance to sign up to a new Friends of Happy Mount Park group.

Police Commissioner on latest proposed budget cuts: "Enough is Enough"

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has hit out at the Government after the scale of potential cuts facing Lancashire Constabulary was revealed earlier today by Chancellor George Osborne.

Roll up roll up for another family fun weekend at Morecambe’s Festival Market

Roll up, roll up - for this year's Festival Market Family Fun Weekend taking place in Morecambe on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July. There will be family friendly entertainment all weekend at the Festival Market, including the Astral Circus, Punch and Judy shows, gladiator jousting and other inflatable fun as well as trials bike displays and live entertainment from local dance troupes.

Police hunt attackers of 16-year-old boy

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 16-year-old boy was assaulted in an unprovoked attack Morecambe. At 9.30pm on Tuesday 18th June, the teenager was walking along Out Moss Lane, near to the Trimpell Club when he was approached by another male, possibly in his late teens, who punched him.

Uncovering Hiddden Lancaster - new film released

Heritage Video have just released of Hidden Lancaster, the latest work from award-winning heritage film director Chris Abram, taking viewers behind the scenes of some of Lancaster’s landmarks and historical events. "Lancaster is a hidden gem and is not on the main Japanese or American tourist route," says Chris.

On Target: Robin Hood takes a flight...

Noel White practices archery for his role as Robin Hood. Photo courtesy The Dukes Robin Hood has been honing his archery skills to ensure he’s right on target for a fantastic summer in Lancaster’s Williamson Park. Noel White, who plays the great outlaw in this year's Dukes outdoor walkabout theatre production, has been learning from the local masters - John O’Gaunt’s Bowmen.

Pao Pao Lancaster closes its doors, lease up for sale

The Pao Pao coffee shop on King Street, part of the complex that includes Tesco Metro and the Travelodge hotel in Lancaster, has closed and the company's web site is currently a blank slate. A notice on the door reads "Closed due to unforseen circumstances".

Crook O'Lune bridge birds fly their nests, restoration work resumes

Restoration work on the old rail bridge over the Crook O'Lune has resumed this week, after nesting birds moved on. Lancashire County Council engineers began work on the East cycleway bridge in April, but it had to be halted earlier this month after engineers found blue tits and jackdaws underneath it. Now the birds have moved, demolition work resumed yesterday (Monday 24th June).

Lancashire is 'Up for Arts'

Lancashire's stitchers, knitters and crochet enthusiasts are being challenged to create a unique textile artwork as a patchwork representation of the county. The artwork is the latest in a series of activities that form Up for Arts, a year-long project between Lancashire County Council, Voluntary Arts England, and BBC Radio Lancashire.

Luneside Studios art on show - in Settle

Carry On - work on glass by Sid Barlow © Sid BarlowSettle's Gavagan Art Gallery is currently hosting an exhibtion of work from artists working from Lancaster's Luneside Studios. The Studios, which provide space for visual artists working in various media, are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year.

Creative Lancashire aims to boost digtal jobs with networking event

A special event in Lancaster to help digital businesses understand how to find, attract and retain talent takes place tomorrow. Lancashire Digital Network: Growing Pains - Skills and Talent Development, has been organised by Creative Lancashire, in collaboration with Manchester Digital and will take place at the Storey Creative Industries Centre.

Police Commissioner prepares to face the public

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw is hitting the road this summer – and he wants residents' to give their views on everything from local policing to volunteering. From Blackpool to Burnley and Pendle to Preston, Mr Grunshaw will be touring the county throughout July.

Police appeal for missing Lancaster man

UPDATE - Mark Mullen was found in Preston on 24th June. This story is retained for archive purposes only Police are becoming increasingly concerned for a Lancaster man who has gone missing from home. Mark Mullen, 19 years old, has not been seen since he left his address on Quernmore Road at around 12:40pm this afternoon.

Vintage by the Sea Festival seeks local creative, business help

Are you involved in a creative or food business in the Lancaster and Morecambe area? Vintage by the Sea is a one-day festival in Morecambe on 14th September 2013 to help celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Midland Hotel.

Soap Stars back in Morecambe for charity football match

Ralf Little and Ryan Thomas may be leading out the All Stars football team at the Globe Arena on Sunday 14th July in the eighth annual soap stars charity football match. Coronation Street’s Alan Halsall, Hollyoaks’ Ricky Whittle and Emmerdale’s Danny Miller are also regular members of the team which will be confirmed nearer kick off.