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July 2013

Lancaster NEETs 'Activ8' their employment prospects

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 12:45: A group of nine young people from Lancaster who are not in employment, education or training have successfully completed a course that has helped them to improve their chances of finding a job. Activ8 is a three-day per week, six-week training program.

Warmer summers ahead a worry for overheated workers

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 10:54: Hot enough for you this summer? Although there's rain predicted for later today, the forecast for the rest of the week is looking promising for sun lovers locally. While that's great news for sun lovers, spare a thought for workers in local bakeries and other places, as.

Labour chooses Lancaster candidate for next General Election

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 17:47: Cat Smith: Photo: Lancaster and Fleetwood Labour PartyLancaster resident Cat Smith has been selected to stand for the Lancaster and Fleetwood Labour Party at the 2015 General Election. Local campaigner Cat Smith has lived in Lancaster for over a decade.

Witness appeal after man hit by car on Bulk Road

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 15:39: Police are appealing for information after a man was hit by a car at around 10.00pm on Wednesday 24th July on Bulk Road. The 21-year-old man was with his mother when the car came screeching down the road and performed a U-turn and stopped. A short conversation took place before the vehicle drove knocking the man over.

Recumbent Trike stolen from Lancaster yard

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 15:35: The stolen trike is similar to the one attached but is blue in colour.Lancaster Police are appealing for information about a distinctive blue Recumbent Trike stolen from a yard in Lancaster town centre. The theft took place sometime between 5.00pm on Thursday 25th July and 8.00am on Friday 26th July at a rear yard at a house on Queen Street.

Tips to keep kids safe online this summer

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 12:20: Lancashire police are offering tips to help keep children safe on line this summer. Officers are hoping the advice will remind young people to put their personal safety first when connecting with others online whilst encouraging parents to make sure their children and teenagers are protected online.

Youth Games hailed a success, 2014 venue anounced

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 11:32: Photo: Lancaster City CouncilThe Lancaster International Youth Games - a week long festival of sport - came to a close on Friday with a glittering ceremony at Salt Ayre Sports Centre and the home team topping the medal table.

Drink driving falls in Lancashire

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 10:57: Results from the police's annual summer drink drive crackdown show that the number of people caught drink driving in Lancashire is down. A total of 11,398 tests were administered throughout the month of June and 144 of the people who took the test – or 1.26 per cent – failed.

Fylde Anti-Fracking Groups call public meetings

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 18:56: Cuadrilla drilling rig at Banks in Lancashire As hundreds of West Sussex residents today blockade roads preventing Cuadrilla trucks from entering their shale gas extraction ('fracking') site at Balcombe (see reports here), the anti-fracking campaign is gathering momentum in Lancashire with a series of local meetings in August (see details below) which will also be attended by campaigners from...

Go Whale Watching - in Heysham

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 09:10: Photo: Living SeasIf you're interested in whales or dolphins then you might want to pop along to Heysham Harbour on Saturday afternoon to find out more about them, for an event organised by wildlife organisation Living Seas.

City Council asks Government for Robin Hood Tax to ease cuts

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 19:01: On 17th July Lancaster City's full council voted in favour of asking the coalition government to join with 11 European countries - including Germany, France, Italy and Spain - that have pledged to introduce a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).

Another cyclist knocked down on Cable Street, driver fails to stop

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 11:20: Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was hit by a car in Lancaster and the car failed to stop at the scene last week. The collision occurred at just before 2.00pm on the 16th of July on Cable Street in Lancaster when the 17 year old cyclist was hit by what has been described as a maroon coloured car.

Level 3 ‘Heatwave’ alert issued for North West

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 16:35: Following up on our earlier post from Lancashire County Council about the heatwave, the Met Office has just announced a Level 3 ‘Heatwave’ alert for the North West, warning we may experience ‘heatwave’ conditions over the next few days. People are being urged to take action to protect themselves from the possible health effects of hot weather.

Lancashire's Police Commissioner urges residents to have their say on Stop and Search

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 14:58: Residents across Lancashire are being urged to have their say on the use of police stop and search powers. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has already conducted an investigation into how police forces are using the powers – and now the Home Office wants to get the views of the public.

Council calls a halt to conversion work on former Duke of Lancaster pub

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 14:34: Lancaster City Council has called a halt to conversion work on the former Duke of Lancaster public house after the Lancaster-based company involved failed to secure planning permission before it began its refit. The Council began a planning enforcement investigation after it became clear that Mister Capital Holdings, based in St.

Lancaster City Council steps up action on empty homes

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 14:06: Coun Karen Leytham, cabinet member for housing, welcoming Andrew Dent, Lancaster City Council's new Empty Homes Officer.Lancaster City Council is stepping up action on tackling empty homes and bringing them back into use.

Heatwave: don't go into meltdown

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 12:54: It's a scorcher! And Lancashire County Council's new public health chief is urging residents to look after themselves during the hottest summer weather for years. Temperatures in Lancashire have been soaring into the high twenties, and the county's parks and green spaces are crowded with people enjoying the unaccustomed sun.

In Review: 'Macbeth' presented by Bingo Dragon at Lancaster Brewery

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 01:02: 'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare Performed by Bingo Dragon Theatre Company Directed by Sammi Searle At Lancaster Brewery Sunday 15 + Monday 16 July 2013 at 7.30pm. £6. Bingo Dragon Theatre Company is one of Lancaster’s newest theatre groups, and has now performed four of Shakespeare plays over the last two years.

County council backs minimum price for alcohol

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 17:21: County councillors in Lancashire are calling on the government to introduce a minimum price for alcohol. Lancashire County Council – in partnership with other councils – is to lobby local MPs and the government to enforce a price of at least 50p per unit. The aim is to improve public health and at the same time reduce the burden on the NHS and other public services.

Calling All Foodies: sign up for Best of Bay Food Fayre

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 11:35: Morecambe Bay is calling on all quality food producers, traders and kitchens to join in the ‘Best of Bay Food Fayre’ taking place at Morecambe Seaside Festival this year, entirely free of charge. Taking place on 31st August and 1st September, the Food Fayre will feature as one of the many free attractions for the Seaside Festival.

Lancaster's city charter set to go on display for new exhibition

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 11:30: A new exhibition of historic charters at Lancaster's City Museum will include the 1193 document which granted borough status to the city. The charter gave Lancaster the freedom to develop as a trading centre, while setting out its right to local government. 'Seal of Approval: Lancaster's Historic Charters' begins this Saturday (20th July) at the Museum and runs until Saturday 5th October.

Police hunt would-be Slyne supermarket burglars

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 08:09: Police are appealing for information after the Londis Supermarket on Manor Road, Slyne, was targeted by would-be burglars. Just before midnight on Wednesday 10th July, two men attempted to break into the store - but thanks the vigilance of local residents they were disturbed and fled the scene.

A passion for pageantry on display in Lancaster

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 17:13: A new exhibition at Lancaster City Museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of a colourful pageant which involved more than one thousand volunteers. The Pageant of 1913: Acting out Lancaster's History marks the anniversary of this remarkable event, which involved re-enactments of scenes from local history. The exhibition opens this Saturday (20 July) and runs until Saturday 5 October.

Polar Bear sighting on Lune!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 14:48: Residents living by the River Lune at Halton were amazed earlier this month to see a polar bear sitting on a rock by the water's edge. Several people living at Forgebank, whose homes over look the river, had sightings of the solitary bear. “She seemed distressed, as though she wanted to get away from here,” according to resident Alison Cahn.

Lune Street attacker sought by police

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 11:20: Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted on Lune Street in Lancaster last week. The victim was walking along Lune Street at around 6.30pm on Monday 8th July when he passed another man who was with a young boy. There was a brief altercation between the two men before the victim was punched in the nose by the other man.

Appeal after trophies stolen from Silverdale Golf Club

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 09:16: The Coronation Cup, one of a number of trophies stolen from Silverdale Golf Club Police are appealing for information after a number of trophies were stolen during a burglary at Silverdale Golf Club last week. The club on Red Bridge Lane in Silverdale, is thought to have been broken into at some point overnight between the 8th and 9th of July.

Council wins Luneside East appeal, awarded costs

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 17:41: Luneside East Lancaster City Council has won an appeal against a Lands Tribunal decision over Luneside East – and been awarded costs in the dispute with Thomas Newall Ltd, who have been seeking higher compensation monies for land on St. George's Quay. The council acquired the land at Luneside East using compulsory purchase powers, in order to regenerate it.

Museum talk spotlights Lancaster's Historical Pageants

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 12:49: Mike Winstanley (centre) with co-author Rob David (left) and Sam Riches (General Editor of the CNWRS Occasional Paper Series) at the launch of The West Indies and the Arctic in the age of sail: the voyages of Abram at Lancaster Maritime Museum last month.Photo: Lancaster University Centre for North West StudiesLancaster City Museum has two fascinating talks coming up next week, including one from...

Local Green Councillor elected President of International Communal Studies Association

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 10:33: Scotforth West Green county councillor Chris Coates has been elected president of the International Communal Studies Association at the associations recent conference held in Scotland.

Crafty Kids' Summer Workshops at Morecambe's Festival Market

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 18:52: Crafty traders at Morecambe’s Festival Market will be sharing their skills this summer with a series of craft workshops for children. From July 23, the workshops will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at the market and include garden ornament painting, card making, knitting and jewellery making.

Port in tax avoidance row as Link Road challenge goes to court

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 17:02: Otters at Halton on the proposed Link Road route Photo by Stan Parrott. More Transport Solutions for Lancaster Morecambe (TSLM) legal challenge to the Heysham-M6 Link is due to commence in court on 22 July.

UC graduate Jane delivers Outstanding Performance

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 12:14: Jane MarinovichThe University of Cumbria has acknowledged the dedication of new graduate Jane Marinovich by presenting Jane with an Outstanding Performance Award. In addition she will enjoy a double celebration on 18 July when her graduation ceremony as a qualified teacher coincides with her 38th birthday.

Vascular Services cuts at RLI go ahead, users will have to travel to Preston for care

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 10:38: Tim Farron and team: vascular services decision "ludicrous"Despite a major campaign to keep them, campaigners have lost the battle to keep vascular health services in Morecambe Bay.

West End Festival returns to Regent Park

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 10:07: The festival spirit will arrive in Morecambe’s Regent Park on Saturday 20th July for the West End Festival, featuring live music, entertainment plus fun and games for all ages. The West End Festival, an annual event organised by community music charity More Music, will take place from 12noon until 5.00pm.

Lancashire County Council to tackle £300m budget challenge

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 18:17: County Council leader Jennifer Mein: "challenging" times ahead as more cuts demanded by governmentLancashire County Council is to develop a four-year budget strategy to find savings worth around £300m, in response to further cuts in funding from government and increasing costs.

Halton eco-housing development wins top building award

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 12:46: Pedestrian street at Forgebank A group of Lancashire residents are celebrating after their homes won a prestigious national building award last week. Lancaster Cohousing’s Forgebank development at Halton beat off competition from shortlisted schemes in Norfolk and Sunderland to receive the UK 2013 Passivhaus Awardfor a social housing project.

Morecambe Police hunt Chatsworth Road muggers

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 08:47: Police are appealing for information after a man was the victim of a robbery in Morecambe last month. On Friday 21st June at around 4.00pm, a 36-year-old man was standing outside a friend’s house on Chatsworth Road when he was approached from behind and hit over the head with a bottle.

Nominations sought for prestigious volunteering award

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 17:15: Lancaster City Council is encouraging the community to nominate the district’s unsung heroes for a special award. Nominations are being sought for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, a prestigious National Honour equivalent to the MBE.

International Youth Games comes to Lancaster

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 14:21: The Lancaster district will be hosting the 2013 International Youth Games, a unique festival of sport and culture later this month Young people fromHolland, Germany, Denmark and Polandwillbetaking part in the event, which runs from 22nd-26th July.

Lancashire police back new NSPCC national campaign to protect children

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 11:39: Lancashire police are backing a national campaign aimed at helping parents to protect children from sexual abuse. Officers are urging parents to contact the police if they suspect their child or someone they know is being targeted. The message comes as part of the NSPCC’s Underwear Rule campaign which was launched today (Monday 8th July).

Snapped: Croix du Nord occupy Lancaster Castle

Saturday, July 6, 2013 - 10:05: Ancient and modern armed forces were out in force at a weekend of activities at Lancaster Castle 29th - 30th June - and Alan Phillips was there to snap Lancaster-based Saxon and Norman re-enactment group Croix du Nord occupying the castle courtyard for a Medieval village recreation with displays of weapons, cookery, medicines and even a mock slave auction!

Police issue ecstasy warning

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 19:11: Police are issuing a warning about a type of ecstasy tablet after two men from South Ribble were taken to hospital. It is believed that they had taken a green tablet, thought to be a type of ecstasy. The incident took place on Friday 28th June when both men were out socialising and they were taken to the Royal Preston Hospital. Both have since been released.

"Scribble Orchestra" Pays Tribute To Lakes Holocaust Survivors

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 08:11: A newly developed Holocaust Survivor exhibition centre in Windermere launches with an afternoon of songs and music on 12 July 2013 in the gardens of Windermere Library. The afternoon is dedicated to "The Boys" - the child Holocaust Survivors who came to the Lakes in 1945. All are welcome to attend this free gathering tha tstarts at 12.45pm and ends at 3.00pm.

Time to take in the Merry Men!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 20:00: Here's some fab production pictures from The Dukes' latest outdoor show Robin Hood, which opens on Friday in Williamson Park and runs until 10th August!

Lancaster University puts FAITH in new smartphone apps

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 19:45: Members of the public are being asked to use their smart phones to comment on roadworks and flooding in a pilot project created at Lancaster University, to improve feedback to local councils. The aim is to improve trust between the public, contractors and local authorities and so reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Youngsters encouraged to clean up Ryelands

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 18:37: Lancaster's youth are being urged to get involved in a litter pick tomorrow, (4th July) when it's hoped they'lljoin the neighbourhood policing team to help clean up their community in the Ryelands area.

Bring Your Wellies for an Open Day at an Apiary

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 19:00: Have you ever wondered about the lives of bees and what goes on inside a beehive? Accompanied by experienced beekeepers, Lancaster's Beekepers are offering a free, unique opportunity to visit their Apiary next month, to learn about the life and work of honey bees, look at their environment, the kinds of plants they need and explore inside their world.

Help your community and volunteer

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 18:07: Do you have an hour to spare which could be used to help others? Three special events taking place in July will help anyone looking to find out more about the wide range of volunteering opportunities available in the Lancaster district. Volunteering is a great way to not only help the community but also to meet new people.

Dine in - at Lancaster Castle

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 19:28: You can take an enthralling peek into Lancaster Castle’s fascinating history - and enjoy a delicious meal - at a special tour and dinner package on Friday 5th July. The castle’s popular tours, run by Lancashire County Council Museums Service, offer an intriguing insight into the significant role the castle has played in the country’s crime and punishment heritage.

Police warn students again as thieves target their accommodation

Monday, July 1, 2013 - 17:34: Lancaster police are again warning students in the City to be vigilant and extra cautious following a spate of thieves targeting student accommodation. Over the weekend there have been four incidents reported, in two of those incidents the offenders made their way in via insecure doors.