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September 2013

Lancaster Beekeepers buzz back with Annual Show

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 18:07: 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

Christchurch small hall
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.  

Appeal after foiled cash in transit robbery in Lancaster

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 09:12: 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

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 07:56: 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

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 17:36: 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

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 15:58: 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!

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 14:39: 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

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 13:34: 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

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 12:21: 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?

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 18:31: 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

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 17:18: 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

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 17:00: 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

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 16:17: 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

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 12:03: 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.

Dukes and Age UK Lancashire 'Journeying Together' project gets new funding

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:53: A pioneering project to help people with dementia and their families enjoy films, theatre and the arts in Lancaster has received a funding boost. Journeying Together is a unique collaboration between Age UK Lancashire and The Dukes which was launched last year.

Lancaster Police partners with Blades St Mosque for community footie match

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 20:11: Moghuls FC and Lancaster Police Teams before the gameLancaster Police and the city’s Blade Street Mosque came together last night to play a community football game. A team of police officers and staff and players from local team Moghuls F.C. representing the mosque played a seven-a-side game against each other at the University of Cumbria’s Lancaster campus, with the Moghuls F.C.

DECC online survey - high-level nuclear waste dump under Lake District?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 17:32: Nuclear waste flasks bound for SellafieldLast week's news of a derailment on the Manchester - Barrow line of a train carrying flasks contaminated by radioactive waste (but not full, we are told), has come at a bad time for the Department of Energy Climate Change (DECC) who had just launched their online survey for your views on their proposed nuclear waste dump under the Lake District.

Lancaster publisher documents history of Blackburn Orphanage

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 12:28: Lancaster-based Fleetfoot Books has just published James Dixon's Children by Melanie Warren, offering an insight into the origins of Blackburn Orphanage. James Dixon, born in 1855, was the founder of the Orphanage.

Pedestrian found injured on Morecambe Road

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 08:47: Police are appealing for information after a 23 year old man was found injured on the side of the road in Lancaster. The man was found on the pavement close to Carlisle Bridge on Morecambe Road at around 4.00am yesterday (24th September). It would appear that he had various injuries, including leg injuries, but the circumstances surrounding how he came by them are unclear.

Police appeal following Moorgate assault

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 08:38: Detectives are appealing for information after an assault in Lancaster earlier this month on Moorgate. The incident happened at around 6.30pm on Thursday 19th September, at the junction of Moorgate and Ullswater Road, outside Cutting Corners hairdressers.

Lancaster man sentenced for burglary

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 18:06: Dominic Blaney, 26, of Sycamore Gardens, Heysham, was sentenced to four years and four months’ imprisonment at Preston Crown Court yesterday, having previously been found guilty of a dwelling burglary.

A Chance To Find Out About Special Constables

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 14:33: Lancashire residents can find out all about the roles of Special Constables in a question and answer session on Twitter on Friday 27 September. Hosted by Special Constabulary Chief Officer Nigel Walters between 3pm – 4pm, people can tweet @LancsSCCOTeam their questions on everything on how to get involved, what work they do, what commitment is required and application testing.

Police warning over ‘advance fee frauds’

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 10:53: Officers from Lancashire’s Economic Crime Unit are trying to raise awareness of an emerging fraud involving the offer of loans which require “up- front fees” Victims who may have been searching the internet for loans, have been contacted by telephone from people purporting to be from a loan company advising the victim that their request for a loan was successful.

Lancashire County Council commended for Making Runaways Safer

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 10:42: Lancashire County Council has been commended by The Children’s Society today in a new report – Making Runaways Safer – for its commitment to improving services for young people who go missing.

Police appeal following Lancaster assault

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 08:59: Police have released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to following an assault in Lancaster. The incident happened in the early hours of Friday 23rd August at around 4 .25am outside the Lounge on Penny Street in Lancaster. The offender, a man, approached the victim and punched them on the left cheek twice causing swelling. Damage was also caused to a Peugeot 406.

Lancaster Police partners with local mosque for community football event

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 12:24: Lancaster Police and the city’s Blade Street Mosque have come together to organise a community football match tomorrow evening. A team of police officers and staff and players from local team Moghuls F.C. representing the mosque will play a seven-a-side game against each other at the University of Cumbria’s Lancaster campus on Tuesday 24 September at 7.00pm.

Winning Waves for Morecambe Bay

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 10:18: Morecambe Bay water sports clubs are celebrating after being awarded major funding from Morecambe Town Council to host a Bay Watersports Festival.

Respect us at Skerton High, say governors

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 12:38: The governing body of Skerton High School recently issued the following statement on the consultation on the school's proposed closure initiated by Lancashire County Council, which we reproduce in full below. Campaigners are urging local residents to protest the plans.

The Grand Theatre, Lancaster

Interior of the Grand Theatre, Lancaster
The Grand offers an extensive range of theatre, film and live entertainment. Tours of the exuberant Edwardian interior may include a glimpse of actress Mrs Sarah Siddons, the Ghost-in-Residence. 

Bolton-le-Sands deaths: guilty plea filed

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 18:17: Lisa Clay and Joseph Chadwick34-year-old Paul Chadwick admitted killing his partner Lisa Clay, 40, and six year old son Joseph Chadwick at the family home on April 9th 2013 when he appeared at Preston Crown Court earlier today.

Bridge and carriageway work to begin on M6 at Garstang

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 17:10: Improvements to the southbound carriageway and motorway bridge on the M6 near Garstang in Lancashire will begin on Monday 23rd September. The £100,000 project involves installing new bridge joints onto the bridge which crosses the motorway between junctions 33 and 32, followed by repairs to the southbound carriageway, and will be completed by Thursday 10th October.

Appeal after motorcyclist is seriously injured in Morecambe collision

Friday, September 20, 2013 - 17:08: Police are appealing for information after a motorcyclist was seriously injured when he was involved in a collision with a car in Morecambe on Wednesday (18th September 2013) The collision took place around 6.30am when the 37 year old motorcyclist from Carnforth was riding down Broadway in the direction of Lancaster when he was involved in a collision with a Honda Civic car at the junction with...

The Lancashire Witches

The Witches' Tower, Lancaster Castle
In 1612, in the area that is now playing fields across the road from Williamson Park, 9 people were hanged for witchcraft. They are known as the Lancashire or Pendle Witches.  

The Cross Bay Walk

The Cross Bay Walk. Image courtesy of Cancer Care
The Morecambe Bay Cross Bay Walk is a popular activity by which many local charities raise funds. Each summer hundreds of adults and children safely complete these walks — but the Bay is treacherous and no Cross-Bay activity should be undertaken without the direct supervision of a qualified Guide. 

Lancaster Music Festival - 142 acts confirmed in 3 October days!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 20:48: The full line up for the Lancaster Music Festival has been confirmed. From Friday 11 October to Sunday 13 October there will be 142 acts (a staggering 100 from Lancaster and Morecambe) performing 199 events at 35 venues including 33 city centre venues all within easy walking distance and two Lancaster University bars (County and Bowland). Most of the events are free too.

New Local Councils encouraged by new measures

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 20:09: Communities Minister Don Foster has announced new measures to bring parish powers back to the towns and cities of England so more people can run local services and take decisions that affect their area. Although there are almost 10,000 parish councils in England, only a handful are to be found in urban areas.

Ian McNabb of 'The Icicle Works' to revisit the Yorkie

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 11:55: Legendary Liverpool singer-songwriter and former frontman of The Icicle Works Ian McNabb will be bringing his electric – acoustic tour to the Yorkshire House in Lancaster at 8:30pm on Saturday 19 October 2013, performing tracks from his latest release ‘Eclectic Warrior’ in addition to songs from his solo career and Icicle Works days.

Local residents help put pride back into their streets

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 12:30: Nominations from the public have helped to set Lancaster City Council's new Street Pride programme for 2013/14. More than 20 areas around the district will benefit from Street Pride, which kicks off on Monday, 21st October on Pinewood Close in Lancaster. 13 nominations from the public have successfully helped to set the programme, with the remainder coming from local councillors.

Royal Mail sell-off good for taxpayers, argues Morecambe MP

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 16:16: David Morris MPMorecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris has been reassuring constituents the Royal Mail privatisation is not being rushed as campaigners claim – and that there will be no closure programme of local post offices. "As one of Britain's biggest companies it is relied upon by businesses and communities throughout the UK," he says of the privatisation plans.

Campaigners push to save Altham Meadows Dementia Centre. Board Meeting venue change

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 14:18: Members of the Lancaster District Pensioners Campaign Group (LDPCG) will be presenting a petition of over 1200 signatures at the next meeting of the Lancashire Care trust demanding that Morecambe's Altham Meadows Dementia Centre remains open, with all 16 beds and the protection of all existing services and staff. They would like as many people as possible to join them.

Vampires stalk Lancaster in new book from A.S. Chambers... Oh my!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 09:04: Sam Spallucci is a whiskey drinking, chain-smoking, trumpet playing, sci-fi watching investigator of the paranormal. When we start a new job all we normally encounter is overbearing managers, jealous co-workers and a dodgy toilet that needs that certain wiggle to make it flush.

Police ask kids to ‘Trust Ed’

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 12:05: Young people in Lancashire can now get information on drugs, alcohol, bullying and e-safety from 'Trust Ed', a new website launched by Lancashire Constabulary. ‘Trust Ed’ is a one-stop shop for facts, advice and support on a wide range of crime-related issues for youngsters aged ten to fourteen.

Gregson@Highfield opens today

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 07:36: After six years hard work, raising £190,000 to restore the site, reinstate tennis courts and create a multi-use games area "The Gregson@Highfield" will formally open today on Saturday 14th September. From 11.00am until 3.00pm there will be stalls, food, a bar, bouncy castle, taster sessions on tennis courts, bowling greens and games area and a chance to try out croquet. Entry is free.

Whole Lotta Led bring anniversary tour to the Platform

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 19:30: Rock fans are in for a treat when tribute band Whole Lotta Led celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Houses of the Holy at the Platform in Morecambe later this month. Whole Lotta Led will be performing the album in its entirety as the second half of this show which takes place on Saturday 21st September.

Governments announces investigation into Morecambe Bay Trust management

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 12:19: Health Minister Jeremy Hunt: "The families of those who were harmed or died under the care of the trust have persistently and courageously sought a full and independent investigation."The government has announced that the management of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust is to be the subject of an indpendent investigation, following a number of concerns and incidents relating to...