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August 2013

Walks on Lancaster Wildlife corridor

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 10:11: 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

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 19:03: 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'

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 17:40: 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

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 17:34: 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

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 14:59: 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

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 14:56: 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

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 14:13: 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

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 13:10: 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

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 12:44: 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'

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 19:41: 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

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 17:45: 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

Friday, August 23, 2013 - 16:16: 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

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 14:14: 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

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 18:32: 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

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 09:30: 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

Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 09:41: 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!

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 13:02: 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

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 09:36: 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.

Morecambe's David Morris MP Announces Summer Tour Events

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 19:30: David Morris MP will again be touring the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency over the Summer and he's encouraging as many constituents as possible to visit one of his events.

Labour's candidate for Morecambe gets set to challenge David Morris

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 15:02: Amina Lone, recently selected by the members of the Labour Party in Morecambe and Lunesdale to contest the General Election for Labour in 2015, is getting up to speed on the issues facing the seaside town and the rest of her constituency, which includes Skerton where the High School faces possible closure by the County Council.

Skerton High School: Local MP David Morris opposes closure

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 14:48: (Updated 21st August to correct information about Hornby High): Sitting MP David Morris has announced he will campaign against the closure of the Skerton High Community School, joining oppostion from parents, local councillors and Labour's candidate for the Morecambe and Lunesdale who have also raised concerns at the possibility.

Seven arrested in Galgate drugs raids

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 23:52: Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences after a number of warrants were executed in Galgate. Police searched four addresses in Galgate on Wednesday morning (14 August): two on Main Road, one on Chapel Lane and one on Chapel Street.

University of Cumbria Clearing hotline opens tomorrow

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 12:51: The University of Cumbria opens its Clearing hotline tomorrow (Thursday 15 August) to support students receiving their A Level results. The call centre opens at 7.00am and will be manned by trained university staff and current students who can offer advice to students on their options.

Carr House Lane attack on cyclist

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 09:52: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forwards after a 38-year old-woman was assaulted by a man as she cycled along a path in Lancaster. The assault took place between 6pm and 6.15pm on Thursday 8th August on Carr House Lane, near to the Piccadilly garage, when an unknown man has grabbed at the woman’s arm and pulled her off her bike before starting to kick her bike.

Fairhurst Stone fined for planning permission breach

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 14:59: A local businessman has been ordered to pay a fine and costs totalling £11,204.60 after pleading guilty to breaching planning controls. Edward Fairhurst, 31, of Kirby Lonsdale-based Fairhurst Stone, was served with an Enforcement Notice by Lancaster City Council in 2012 for erecting a large external saw in the business' yard without the benefit of planning permission.

60 years on, Mechanical Elephant marvel returns to Halton Mill

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 13:11: On 31st August 2013, Halton Mill will open as a low carbon enterprise hub and the guest of honour will be Rajah, a seven foot high mechanical elephant who was created there more than 60 years ago. When Halton Mill was owned by Luneside Engineering, many high specification components were produced within the Mill’s old walls.

Police appeal for missing Fife man last seen in Morecambe

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 12:46: Officers from the Fife Division of Police Scotland have renewed their appeal for information about a High Valleyfield man who has been missing since 16th July.

Local Maritime Volunteer Service ask - Have You got a New Motor?

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 12:30: The local Lancashire unit of the national Maritime Volunteer Service charity is urgently seeking help to continue its vital work training people in nautical skills and assisting emergency service in Morecambe Bay. Morecambe Bay MVS use their skills and equipment to assist our local community, but now they're looking to see if anyone out there might be able to help them.

Fill a gap in the market for free

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 11:09: Ever fancied having a go at running your own small business but don’t know where to start? Lancaster City Council is inviting budding local entrepreneurs to give running your own business a try with the offer of free pitches on Lancaster’s historic Charter Market.

Police appeal for witnesses after woman's body found on Morecambe beach

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 08:29: Detectives are appealing for witnesses after the body of a 51 year old woman was found on the beach at Morecambe at 5.30am on Saturday morning (10th August 2013) The woman was discovered by a passer by just beneath the high tide line on the beach near to the Clock Tower.

The Robert Gillow

64 Market Street, Lancaster, LA1 1HP. Tel:01524 36092 

LESS: Promoting sustainable living

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The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH. Tel: 01524 66100. Community Interest Company delivering practical projects supporting local people to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. We have lots of volunteering opportunities and work mainly in the areas of food growing and energy. 

Local services count the cost of ATOS / DWP failings

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 18:49: Local charities and advisory services have told Virtual-Lancaster that they have been swamped with work resulting from the damage being repeatedly and routinely done to local sick and disabled people in need of state welfare benefits by Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) contractor Atos Healthcare.

University of Cumbria offers Clearing Tips video for would-be students

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 11:32: Help is at hand for students who don’t get the A-level grades they expect as results day draws nearer. The University of Cumbria, which as a campus in Lancaster, has recorded a video offering helpful tips and advice for students who will go through Clearing as they look to secure a place at university.

Pop, rock, comedy - and Paul Daniels at the Platform this autumn

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 11:21: Lee Mead is just one major act at Morecambe's Platform this autumnThe autumn winter brochure for Morecambe' Platform is out now and packed with famous faces from stage and screen - and to celebrate the launch, the venue is offering an ‘early bird’ discount of 10% off pantomime tickets purchased before 1st September.

Man who robbed same Heysham house twice jailed for two years

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 09:37: A man has been jailed at Preston Crown Court yesterday for over two years for burgling a house in Heysham - twice. On the morning of 19th June 2013 Gary Nelson, 23, of no fixed address forced entry to the rear of a semi-detached house on Redshank Drive. Once inside he stole jewellery, a games console, i-pod and mobile phone.

Robin Hood Bows Out

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 18:04: Robin Hood will be heading out of Lancaster in just a few days after spending his summer entertaining thousands of people in Williamson Park. The Dukes new version of Robin Hood proved so popular that its run was extended for a week but on 17th August, the famous outlaw will fire his final arrow in the park.

North West Labour Party lines up their Euro candidates for 2014

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 12:00: Sitting MEP Arlene McCarthy topped the list of selected Labour candidates for the 2014 European Elections The Labour Party has unveiled its candidates to fight the 2014 European Elections in the North West.

Appeal for Morecambe man wanted on prison recall

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 10:15: Police are appealing for information about a Morecambe man who is wanted on prison recall. William John Morrison, 30, previously of Westminster Road, Morecambe was sentenced to 30 months in prison for a burglary he committed in May 2012 at a house on Warren Grove in Heysham.

Consultation in autumn on future of Skerton High School

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 18:21: Lancashire County Council has confirmed it is to consult on the possible closure of Skerton High Community School, citing low pupil numbers and teaching standards. The possible closure comes three years after the County Council closed Skerton Primary School amid protest from local residents citing falling rolls and poor Year 6 test results.

Kendal's International Comic Art Festival plans outlined

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 17:11: Lancaster-based comic writer Andy Diggle will be just one of the guests at Kendal's comic festival in OctoberThe programme's in place, the venues booked. Now, comic creators from across the North West - including Lancaster and Morecambe - are getting ready for one of the biggest comic events of the year in October - the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

Lancashire County Council suspends Chief Executive

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 09:24: The Chief Executive of Lancashire County Council Phil Halsall has been suspended from work pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation. The council's Urgency Committee made the decision in a meeting held at County Hall earlier today. It follows an independent review of the tender process for a contract to run the council's fleet services.

"Thankful Villages" Run reaches Arkholme and Nether Kellet befiore finale

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:41: David Morris MP with "Thankful Villages" rider Dougie Bancroft and John Tamlin of Docker Park Farm.

Lancaster Castle gets set to host a Lancashire Witches Weekend

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:27: A weekend of events at Lancaster Castle will mark the 401st anniversary of the Lancashire Witch Trials, during which 19 people went on trial for their lives at Lancaster Castle. The events, which take place over the weekend of 16 - 18th August, will commemorate the 10 men and women who were hanged in the summer of 1612.

District set to benefit from affordable housing funding

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:24: Lancaster district is set to benefit from new funding from the Homes and Communities Agency to bring forward new affordable housing developments in the area.

Appeal for missing 70 year old Morecambe man

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 15:23: Police are appealing for information about a 70 year old man missing from his home in Morecambe. Carl Foster, known as Keith, was last seen at his home address on Brunswick Road in Heysham around 10.00pm on Wednesday 31st July and police are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Free Health Checks To Help Lancashire Live Longer

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 13:20: Public Health bosses at Lancashire County Council are urging people in Lancashire to live longer by getting themselves checked out by their GP. Free NHS Health Checks are available to anyone aged between 40 and 74, who has not been diagnosed with an existing vascular disease and is not being treated for certain risk factors.

Frack the North West, not the North East, says Lord Howell

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 11:13: (Updated 18:10, added Gordon Marsden, Labour MP's response): Tory Lord David Howell - Chancellor George Osborne's father-in-law - has apologized for confusing the North East for the North West when he suggested fracking should take place in the "desolate North" rather than the South of England.