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June 2013

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

Friday, June 28, 2013 - 14:19: 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

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 18:08: 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

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 15:49: 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

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 13:42: 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

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 12:16: 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

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 11:28: 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"

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 18:09: 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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 16:07: 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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 15:41: 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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 10:44: 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...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 08:08: 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

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 19:30: 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

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 16:58: 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'

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 16:50: 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

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 16:14: 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

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 11:59: 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

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 11:03: 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

Monday, June 24, 2013 - 21:06: 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

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 08:48: 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

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 08:52: 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.

Appeal for women wanted on prison recall

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 18:48: Police are appealing for information about two women who are wanted on prison recall. Linda McIntyre, 40, who is previously of Skerton House, Mainway, Lancaster was jailed for two years in June 2012 at Preston Crown Court for affray which happened on Kent Road in Blackpool on 24th April 2011.

Bus Fare rises next month

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 11:09: New bus fares will be introduced from Saturday 7th July 2013 on all services which are subsidised by Lancashire County Council as part of an annual fares review. Lancashire County Council provides 103 local bus service contracts throughout the county.

Art stolen from Heysham library

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 09:04: Police are appealing for information after two paintings by local artist Bogie were stolen from an art exhibition at Heysham Library last week. The artist who created the two pieces, had been holding a small exhibition in the library when they were stolen, it is believed, sometime between 3.15pm and 3.45pm on Tuesday the 11th June.

Police in Heysham give out shed alarms to crack down on burglaries

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 08:00: A neighbourhood police officer in Heysham has given out shed alarms to allotment owners following a spate of burglaries. Two sheds at the Greenfingers allotment site on Smithy Lane were broken into back in March despite them being secured with padlocks. The thieves got away with small pieces of equipment.

Road safety campaign launched in Lancashire

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 17:30: “What do I have to do to get you to notice me?” That’s the question Lancashire Constabulary are asking motorists on behalf of bikers as they launch a campaign aimed at making road users more aware of motorcyclists. Over the last five years, motorcyclists have accounted for eight per cent of all casualties and 22 per cent of those killed and seriously injured on the roads.

Councillors view Canal restoration progress

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 14:30: The canal narrow boat Waterwitch was the venue for a delightful trip by Kendal, Lancaster, District and County Councillors to see the excavations and restoration of Lancaster Canal at Stainton on Friday.

Morecambe man jailed for seven years for making homemade bomb

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 17:43: A Morecambe man has been jailed for 7 years after he made a homemade bomb to try and harm a work colleague. 37 year old Stephen Kay of Mardale Avenue in Morecambe was found guilty during a trial of offences against the person relating to explosives.

Lancaster Bus Station gets its notice board back at last

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 17:38: Campaigners welcome the arrival of the new Bus Station sign earlier today. Photo courtesy Lancaster City Council A new bus information board has been unveiled at Lancaster Bus Station today to signpost travellers in the right direction, finally replacing the departure board switched off by Lancashire County Council in 2011 as a cost-saving measure.

Showtime! New Guide on Filming Council Meetings Published

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 17:06: A new government guide has been published online for local people explaining how they can film and report their local council and cabinet meetings. It is called 'Your council's cabinet – going to its meetings, seeing how it works: A guide for local people'.

Living dangerously in Lancashire - premature death central.

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 16:27: Longer Lives, a new Public Health England (PHE) website which shows how local authority areas rate on premature deaths (under the age of 75) from each of England’s four biggest killers – cancer, heart disease and stroke, lung disease and liver disease.

Nesting chicks cause short delay to bridge works

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 14:56: Restoration work to the Crook O' Lune bridge has been temporarily halted due to nesting birds. Work to the east cycleway bridge has been underway since April but was stopped last week when engineers reached the stage of demolishing the old bridge deck and found Blue Tits and Jackdaws nesting beneath it.

Lancaster pupils crack down on speeding drivers

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 11:26: School children in Lancaster have teamed up with police officers to crack down on motorists who drive too fast. The pupils from Lancaster Royal Grammar school took part in the Roadwatch scheme at a check point on Quernmore Road in Lancaster. Over a two hour period 165 vehicles passed through the check point with 11 drivers being spoken to by pupils regarding their speed.

Get creative at the Platform in Morecambe this summer

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 17:44: Tender is the Night by Colette BainA Lancaster based artist is inviting you to sharpen your drawing skills and unlock your imagination with new creative writing and drawing classes at the Platform in Morecambe. Colette Bain has exhibited her art internationally and undertaken work for the Wildlife Trust. She exhibits her work in Arteria in Lancaster and galleries further afield.

Missing Animal? Here's Some Useful Information

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 11:34: Prompted by the sad discovery of a dead black and white cat on Owen Road, Skerton this morning, we're publishing some useful advice on what to do if you find a domestic animal (living or passed) that might be useful. In the event of finding a dead animal, Lancaster City Council says it should be left in situ, as they will collect it (Customer Services: 01524 582000).

West Coast Main Line works in July

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 08:43: Network Rail's high output Track Renewal System 4 in action.

Morecambe Brass Band performs to raise money for good cause

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 08:31: Morecambe Brass Band will be raising the roof of the Ashton Hall in Lancaster as well as funds for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital when they perform this Friday evening (14th June) at Lancaster Town Hall. Featuring principal horn player of the famous Black Dyke Mills Band, Sheona White as well as an exciting programme of music to suit all tastes, the concert will start at 7.30pm.

Heysham Community Sports centre opens its doors to the public

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 16:16: Heysham Mossgate Community Sports Facility will throw open its doors on Saturday 22nd June and again on the evening of Monday 24th June inviting members of the public to visit and have a look around the centre.

Mice day for it: children's author Krystina Kellingley at Lancaster Library

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 16:11: Krystina KellingleyLocal author Krystina Kellingley, author of Our Street Books new children's title Mistflower the Loneliest Mouse, and illustrator Sarah Nash will be in Lancaster library on Saturday 22nd June. Krystina will be reading extracts from the book and Sarah will be drawing animal characters from the story.

Boldly go to The Dukes - for a Star Trek double bill

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 15:54: The Dukes cinema will not only be screening the latest big screen instalment of the Star Trek series but also a classic from more than 30 years ago. With rumours circulating about the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in Star Trek: Into Darkness there’s no better time to revisit one of the most beloved Star Trek films – Wrath of Khan.

Skerton store is first test bed for new DVD rental kiosk

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 15:38: A Skerton shop is one of the first locations in Britain to test a new DVD rental service called MovieQoob. Ryelands Spar on Owen Road now features a brand new "robotic kiosk" which holds over 450 new and recent release movies – and is ready 24 hours' a day to dispense entertainment. The machine is as quick and simple to operate as an ATM, with rentals starting at £1.99 each.

Police cadets break out of jail - for charity

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 09:31: Lancaster and Morecambe police cadets have raised more than £1,000 for charity by taking part in a sponsored jail break. The group of 16-19 year olds had to get as far as they could from Lancaster Castle and back in eight hours – without spending money.

Euer not taking it easy! Fund raiser gets to walk the Cistercian Way for Gregson

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 13:07: Gregson Community Association trustee John Euers is to walk the historic Cistercian Way to help raise money for Lancaster's Gregson Centre.

That's 20! Superb TT Senior race victory for McGuinness

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 11:36: Photo: Mark Walters Morecambe’s John McGuinness ended his 2013 Isle of Man TT campaign with a superb win in Friday’s Senior race, taking his 20th TT win and 41st podium in total, the latter the highest total ever achieved in the history of the event.

Kriss Foster, the man from T.I.G.E.R.!

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 08:57: Local musician and comedian Kriss Foster has a show at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, but help him make it really good he's putting on a preview show at the Gregson, Lancaster this Saturday (15th June) Here's the Festival write-up about his show: "A man from Lancaster in a homemade leopard suit performs songs about Vimto, trains, service stations and the seaside.

CCTV appeal after man is assaulted in Morecambe shop

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 19:19: Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they need to speak with after a shopkeeper was assaulted in Morecambe. The incident took place around 7.00pm on Tuesday 21st May at Body 'n Soul on Regent Road in Morecambe when the shopkeeper was involved in an altercation with a man who has hit him in the face. Fortunately the victim, who is 34, was uninjured.

Police still hunting Queen Street thug

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 19:14: Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in broad daylight in Lancaster. At 2pm on Tuesday 21st May, a 69-year-old man was walking along Queen Street when he was he was confronted by another man who was aggressive towards him, before punching him in the middle of his back.

Morecambe Festival Soars To New Heights

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 13:13: One of Morecambe’s most popular summer festivals will be hitting a new high this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of More Music in the resort. The Catch the Wind Kite Festival, organised by More Music, will be extended to a full weekend from June 29-30 to mark 20 years since the community and education charity was founded.

Lancaster's Kashish restaurant backs "Help for Heroes"

Friday, June 7, 2013 - 13:05: Lancaster's Kashish Indian restaurant is to host a special charity evening later this month in support of Help for Heroes - and it has the backing of both local MP Eric Ollerenshaw and the Prime Minister, who has donated a prize.

Top singer-songwriter Gwyneth Herbert comes to Morecambe

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 08:08: Gwyneth HerbertMorecambe-based More Music are hosting nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Gwyneth Herbert at the Hothouse on Saturday 22nd June, supported by the Millennium Choir and Tom Metcalfe. Gwyneth is a singer-songwriter with one foot in the jazz world and one somewhere in the future.

Motorway accident victim named

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 17:57: Following the fatal road traffic collision on the M6 last week, the man who died has now been named as 34-year-old Mark Wilson from Kendal. "Mark was an amazing, genuine man," said his family in a statement, "and anyone who knew him would speak kindly of him.