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October 2013

Remembrance Sunday services announced

This year's Remembrance Sunday falls on 10th November and a number of services have been arranged in the Lancaster district. Everyone is welcome to go along to remember all who died for their country in the two World Wars and also those injured or traumatised by more recent operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq.

Safety Warning after illegal fireworks found on sale in North West

Lancashire County Council has issued a warning that illegal and potentially dangerous fireworks may be on sale in the county. The Lancashire Trading Standards Service warning follows reports from Merseyside Police that bangers, sometimes boxed with the brand name "Tapirki", have been found on sale in areas of the north west.

Paul Chadwick sentenced for Bolton-le-Sands manslaughter

Lisa Clay and Joseph ChadwickA man has today (Wednesday 30th October) been sentenced after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of his partner and son on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Try your hand at setting the Lancashire County Council budget

In an effort to shed light on the problems it faces from reduced government funding, Lancashire County Council has launched a new online budget calculator where people can create their own council budget, to help them understand the challenges involved.

The Eyes Have it for Hallowe'en in Lancaster!

Ulverston artist Amanda Godden was in Lancaster's Market Gate Shopping Centre yesterday for the Hallowe'en Half Term, to get kids painting scary eyeballs and min-pumpkins! There are plenty of scary Hallowe'en displays around Lancaster and Morecambe this year – what's you favourite? Why not submit it to the virtual-lancaster tumblr?

Remember Remember Hedgehogs on 5th of November...

Every year, hundreds of hedgehogs die unnecessarily in garden bonfires... Please help prevent these deaths by checking your own fireworks night bonfire before you set it, and sharing this film by Mark Sharman, narrated by BBC One Show presenter Mike Dilger, which features Queen's Brian May, an advocate of British wildlife. Mark's film is sponsored by Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue.

Police offer advice on Cutting "Clock Back Crime"

Lancashire's police officer are urging residents to lock up to keep burglars out in line with clocks going back on Sunday 27th October. The advice comes as part of Operation Julius, the countywide burglary crackdown and due to nights going darker sooner in the run up to Christmas.

Government moves ahead with new rights to film Council meetings

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has announced that a new law will be put before Parliament to give the press and public new rights to film and report council meetings, including those conducted by Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council.

Inner State Theatre Co.

Andy Andrews and Christine Bissell are a splendidly versatile two person theatre company of national repute.

Heysham firm fined £91,000 after worker engulfed in fireball

A Heysham firm which manufactures airport fuel tanks has been ordered to pay £91,000 in fines and costs after a father-of-three suffered horrific injuries in an explosion. Karol Robaczewski was cleaning the inside of a 20,000 litre fuel tank, known as a bowser, when he was engulfed by a fireball that caused severe burns and left him almost completely paralysed.

In Review: Pascal Rogé at Live at LICA

Pascal RogéPascal Rogé - Celebrity Recital Live at LICA Thursday, 24 October 2013 in the Great Hall, Lancaster University. Reviewed by Sally Ryde From the outset, we knew Monsieur Rogé’s concert was going to be different. The lights over the stage dimmed noticeably and before playing a single note, the artiste turned to the audience to speak. He asked us for a favour.

Lancashire's Police specials in awareness-raising week

Lancashire’s Special Constabulary is allowing the public to get an insight into the work that they do as they launch an awareness-raising week. Volunteer officers from Lancashire Constabulary will be taking part in a range of operations across the county from Wednesday 30th October until Tuesday 5th November.

Grub's up at Lancashire's biggest-ever school lunch

Thousands of pupils and their guests will be tucking in to what might be the country's largest-ever school dinner on 7th November.

Lancaster Canal Trust reports positive year, new faces join team

The WaterwitchThe Lancaster Canal Trust held its annual Boatman’s Dinner at the Crooklands Hotel near Kendal last Friday, attracting 35 supporters attending from a large area, including Darwen, Bolton, Lancaster Morecambe Penrith and beyond.

Gagging Law backed by local MPs reaches House of Lords

The House of Lords have started to debate the controversial "gagging law" we reported on earlier this year, which in its current form will put a stranglehold on campaign groups in the run up to a General Election.

Assembly Rooms: Council outlines past promotion, clarifies 'tea room' option

The Council is considering changes to Lancaster's Assembly Rooms which might see a change of use from a Collectors' Market to a tea rooms, despite the number of existing commercial cafes in town and the precarious nature of the services sector, evidenced by recent restaurant and other closures (see news story).

Appeal after cables are cut in Lancaster

Police are appealing for information after a number of telephone and satellite cables were cut outside homes in Lancaster. The most recent offence took place in the early hours of Monday 21st October when someone has approached the front of terraced property on Ford Street and cut through the wire from the satellite dish causing a disruption to the television service.

Countdown begins to Light Up Lancaster

Lancaster’s skies and streets are set to light up with fireworks and an animated arts event like no other. The four day Light Up Lancaster festival will feature Light Up The Streets on 1st November 1 – and culminate with the city’s fireworks spectacular, Light Up The Skies on 2nd November.

Council's bright idea for Lancaster's Assembly Rooms - a tea room

(Updated): The future of the trading area in Lancaster’s historic Assembly Rooms will be discussed by the city council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 5th November, with plans on the table to turn it into a tea room and ditch its unique but poorly managed "Collectors' Market" identity.