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August 2013

Walks on Lancaster Wildlife corridor

Lancaster Canal walkers last weekend, led by Reverend Hullah. Photo: Frank SandersonWalking the Lancaster Canal Wildlife corridor is becoming more and more popular.

Police extend search for missing schoolgirl

Police are appealing for information to help trace a teenager who has been reported missing from the Manningham area of Bradford. Sixteen year old Maaryha Akhtar who was last seen at a family wedding on the afternoon of Sunday 25th August and could now be in the Greater Manchester area or in Lancashire.

Splurge Guns at the ready for 'Bugsy Malone'

Morecambe's Platform will step back into the era of prohibition, Speakeasies and gang rivalry when Morecambe Warblers Amateur Operatic Society (Youth Productions) present Bugsy Malone this September.

Juice Cafe to run "Juice Fasting" event

Juice fasting (also known as "juice cleansing") is a controversial fasting method and a detox diet in which a person consumes only fruit and vegetable juices to obtain nutrition while otherwise abstaining from food consumption.

Online applications for Lancashire school places go live 2nd September

Fire up those laptops – online applications for Lancashire school places go live on 2nd September 2013. Last year, a massive 85 per cent of parents found applying online was the easiest way to request a primary school place, and 65% of those applying for a secondary place. The all-important form can be found at and search 'school admissions'.

Robin Hood Helps The Homeless

Generous Dukes theatregoers were inspired by Robin Hood to give to the poor this summer. Thousands of people saw The Dukes new version of Robin Hood in Lancaster’s Williamson Park during its five-week run and at the end of each performance, they were invited to make donations to local homeless charities.

McGuinness denied Classic TT glory

John McGuinnes takes Ginger Hall during the 500cc Classic TT. Photo: Stephen Davison - Pacemaker Press International John McGuinness was denied a potential race win in the inaugural 500cc Classic TT on Saturday when he was thwarted by electrical problems.

Local charity volunteers go fishing for rubbish in the Lune

Maritime Volunteer Service's Nick at Halton Army Camp with the rubbish collected on the day from the River Lune Volunteers from the local Morecambe Bay unit of national charity the Maritime Volunteer Service, conducted a litter pick with a difference on Bank Holiday Monday - on the River Lune, using a boat!

Local sunbed users warned: Four out of five sunbeds fail safety checks

Lancashire County Council Trading Standards is warning tanning salons after high numbers of sunbeds were found to fail safety checks. Officers tested the UV radiation levels of 37 sunbeds which were available to the public in 14 businesses across Lancaster and Morecambe.

Vale of Lune Rugby Club

Powderhouse Lane, Lancaster, LA1 2TT. Tel. 01524 235 322

John O' Gaunt's Bowmen (Archery)

This is a a long established Target Archery Club based in the Lancaster / Morecambe area, shooting a wide range of bows ranging from the traditional Longbow to the modern Compound.

Hornby's Gilbert & Sullivan press-gang seek crew for 'HMS Pinafore'

Poster illustration from original 1878 production Ahoy there! The Hornby Occasionals (HOs) invite you to spend this coming Autumn and Winter with them on board Gilbert Sullivan'sHMS Pinafore and in the court room of Trial By Jury.

County Council offers help with the workers' commute

Lancashire County Council Sustainable Travel Team offers FREE support to businesses in delivering sustainable travel initiatives ie. activities based around car share, walking, cycling and using public transport. They hope to help local businesses meet corporate social responsibility targets and improve staff health wellbeing - as well as reducing traffic congestion.

First Fridays - Fun in this world, in Lancaster Arts City

Lancaster is the place to be on September 6 if you want to start your weekend with an eclectic mix of theatre, dance, art, music and storytelling. For these are all on the menu this First Friday thanks to the Lancaster Arts Partners initiative which is rapidly growing momentum. The fun begins with Wonderlore’s Travelling Story Shop calling into Lancaster Library from 4-6pm.

Make your mark on plans for Morecambe's Happy Mount Park

Lancaster City Council is inviting everyone to share their views on the future design and development of Happy Mount Park with a drop-in session at the park on Thursday 29th August. Earlier this year, as part of the first stage in creating a masterplan for the park, the council held a number of events in the park gather the views of park users on how the park could look in ten years time.

Concern grows over government's Anti-Social Behaviour Bill

Parliament is considering new laws that would allow police to disperse people taking part in a lawful assembly and arrest those that did not comply.

Family Fun Day to make a difference to animals

This Saturday 24th August come along to a Family Fun Day at St Paul's Parish Hall (opposite the Church) on Scotforth Road, Lancaster, LA1 4SA. It will be hosted by the youth group Make A Difference.The fun starts at 11am and goes on 'til 3pm, and all proceeds will be donated to the local charity Animal Care in Lancaster.

Councillors fight to stop Skerton High School closure gathers pace

Skerton Councillors Karen Leytham and Janet Hall dispute the claims made by Lancashire County Council in last week's Lancaster Guardian that the closure of Skerton Community High School is not linked to the £330m the Council has to save by 2015.

Witches get set to cast up some treats at Lancaster Castle!

A quick reminder that there's witchery afoot at Lancaster Castle this weekend to mark the 401st anniversary of the Lancashire Witch Trials, during which 19 people went on trial for their lives at Lancaster Castle. The event will commemorate the 10 men and women who were hanged in the summer of 1612.

Transport expert warns against 'localisation' of railways

John WhiteleggLocal transport expert Professor John Whitelegg has warned against proposals from Lancashire County Council to get the government to press ahead with plans to hand powers to manage rail franchises to local councils in the north of England, arguing it would make provatised rail even worse than it is now.