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September 2013

Lancaster Beekeepers buzz back with Annual Show

Image: Dave Hamilton Lancaster Beekeepers will be holding their Annual Honey Show on Saturday 12th October from 2.00 to 4.00pm in Hest Bank Memorial Hall. The event includes free honey tasting and local honey for sale. Other delights include hand crafted honey, the sale beeswax products and tombola. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes are available.

Christchurch Halls

Broadway, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5BJ. Tel: 0782 564 8227. We have two halls for hire, and rental of either (or both) can be for a morning; afternoon; evening or just by the hour. A letting includes the use of both toilet and kitchen facilities. Click link for more info.

Lancaster & Morecambe Diabetes Group

A friendly support group for diabetics; meets on the last Saturday of each month all ages welcome.

Appeal after foiled cash in transit robbery in Lancaster

Police are appealing for witnesses after a foiled robbery on a cash delivery van in Lancaster city centre on Friday 27th September 2013, which saw a police officer injured. At 10.30am security guards alerted police of two vehicles following their Mercedes delivery van in the city centre. Both of the cars were quickly intercepted but made off at speed through the city.

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Local Doctor Who fans pen new tribute novel

This November, Obverse Books will be publishing a Doctor Who related novel for the show's 50th Anniversary from two local fans of the show. Behind the Sofa, by Chris Newton and Mark Charlesworth is the sequel to last year's excellent and critically praised Life Begins at 40.

Council tax support consultation begins

Under Government-implemented welfare reform changes Council Tax Benefit was abolished from April 2013 and councils had to develop a Council Tax Support scheme. Lancaster City Council chose to maintain the same level of support that customers had been receiving for the financial year 2013/14, but this could be for one year only.

Appeal after cyclist dies in Garstang road traffic collision

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 25 year old cyclist died after being involved in a collision with a car on the A6 at Garstang last night, Thursday 26th September.

Walk on the Wild Side of Lancaster!

With a bumper crop of wild fruit for the picking thanks to our fab summer, what better time to try a Wild Food and Herbal Foraging Walk? Join Julia Russell on a guided foraging walk from the Lancaster Castle Precinct via Vicarage Fields down to the historic St George's Quay to discover the edible and medicinal plants that grow in our area.

One Planet Festival Returns to Lancaster

A Celebration of All Things Sustainable, Lancaster's One Planet Festival returns on 13th October to 3rd November with three weeks of events, workshops and films aimed at celebrating sustainable living and inspiring action on climate change.

Cuadrilla planning application: Register your views online

Cuadrilla drilling rig at Banks in LancashireControversial fracking company Cuadrilla currently have an application lodged with Lancashire County Council to extend the time allowed for their exploratory testing in the borehole they have drilled in the heart of agricultural land near Singleton from 18 months to 3 years.

More roads being planned behind closed doors?

Not content with the white elephant that is the increasingly costly-looking Heysham Link, local councils could be looking to build even more roads in Lancashire, rather than invest in more sustainable transport schemes. The Campaign for Better Transport has just completed research into how new ‘Local Transport Bodies’ are distributing funding and the results are really worrying.

Lancaster City Council warns: Serious Service Cuts ahead

Council leader Eileen Blamire says Council on "cliff edge" as it faces further budget cutsLancaster City Council is facing a bleak financial future with £3.5million in savings needing to be found over the next two years to balance its books, new figures show.

BBC Jazz Award winners featuring Portishead members to play Morecambe

One of the heavyweights of the contemporary jazz world, Get The Blessing, will be playing at More Music’s Morecambe venue the Hothouse on Saturday 12th October from 8.30pm. The band feature the drummer and bass player from acclaimed trip hop group Portishead, who won the Mercury Music Prize in 1995.

Lancashire Police launches student safety pages

Lancashire Police have launched social media pages on both Facebook and Twitter to help improve the safety of the local universities’ students. The social media work is part of Lancashire Police’s 2013 Freshers campaign, which aims to educate students on how to take responsible steps so that they are not the victims of crime.

Furious Faerie captured for new Dukes exhibition

Faerie Tail, one of the photographs currently on exhibition at The Dukes. Image © Adrian JonesA faerie with attitude is captured on camera at The Dukes gallery in Lancaster this autumn.