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October 2013

Remembrance Sunday services announced

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 16:27: 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

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 16:18: 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

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 15:52: 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

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 14:46: 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!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 13:31: 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...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 09:47: 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"

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 08:30: 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

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 16:34: 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.

Boats With Legs
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

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 11:08: 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

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 18:58: 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

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 11:06: 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

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 06:18: 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

Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 06:10: 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

Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 08:17: 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

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 18:20: 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

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 15:34: 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

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 14:38: 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

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 13:44: (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.

Silverdale Hoard exhibition opens at Lancaster City Museum

Friday, October 25, 2013 - 12:20: Part of the Silverdale Hoard A major collection of Viking silver that was buried for over 1,000 years goes on display at Lancaster City Museum from today. The exhibition, called 'The Silverdale Hoard – The Story so Far', runs from Friday 25th October until Saturday 21st December.

Salt Ayre Sports Centre services under review, Butterfly House future uncertain as cuts bite

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 16:54: Uncertain future ahead for Council services. Photo: Lancaster City Council Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet is to receive proposals for reviewing a number of the council’s services as it looks to tackle its bleak financial future, including Salt Ayre Sports Centre and facilities in Williamson Park.

Appeal after cyclist injured in Morecambe

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 13:10: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a cyclist suffered extensive injuries after being involved in a collision with a car in Morecambe on Wednesday night (23rd October 2013). The 44 year old pedal cyclist from Heysham was travelling along Fairfield Road toward the junction with Oxcliffe Road when she has been involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Insignia.

Phil Halsall leaves role as chief executive of Lancashire County Council

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 13:05: The employment of Lancashire County Council's chief executive, Phil Halsall, has been terminated by mutual consent following an investigation into possible large-scale corruption at the heart of the County Council. The outcome of the investigation is not yet known.

10 tips for a warmer winter in Lancashire

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 21:00: As if it wasn't obvious from the pouring rain, leaves on the pavements (cleared up more slowly these days - have the Council cut back on street cleaning?) winter is on its way. Even though it is still relatively warm, a snap of bad weather could be just around the corner and it's a worrying fact that in Lancashire alone last year, over 500 people died because of winter-related illnesses.

Imran Yusuf, Raymond Mearns headline Lancaster Comedy Club

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 16:44: Imran YusufThis Sunday sees Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow's Imran Yusuf open the latest Lancaster Comedy Club show with a long overdue return of the venue's favourite Raymond Mearns to close the show If you were a fan of Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights then we have both Archie Kelly and Steve Royle here in November and other acts to look out for include Channel 4's Rob Rouse and 'Borscht belt'...

Appeal after collision in Garstang supermarket car park

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 10:37: (Updated): Police are appealing for information after a collision on a supermarket car park in Garstang yesterday. The male driver of a Toyota Avensis, who was from Cabus, has sadly passed away at Royal Preston Hospital earlier today. The collision happened at around 12.10pm in the afternoon (22nd October) when a Honda Civic and the Toyota collided on Booths car park on Park Hill Road.

Pet shop boy has money snatched in Lancaster

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 10:35: Police are appealing for information after a young boy had money stolen from him as he was about to enter a shop in Lancaster. At around 3.30pm on Thursday 17th October, the 13-year-old boy was about to walk into ‘The Animal Zone’ on Ullswater Road in Lancaster carrying a £5 note when a young man approached him snatched the money out of his hand and ran away.

First Age Comics Hallowe'en Comicfest!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 20:30: Lancaster's very own comic shop, First Age Comics, will be celebrating Hallowe'en on Saturday (yes - they know they're slightly early!). The annual First Age Comics Halloween Comicfest celebration starts at 10.00am in the Assembly Rooms on King Street. There are plenty of free comics up for grabs, a selection of candy treats and many, many costumed characters coming along for the fun.

Local Mums Do Know What’s Best when it comes to MENDing kids' diets

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 14:19: Dee, Sam and ZoeLocal teenagers Sam and Zoe Heron, age 14 and 11, Ryan Cooke age 12 and Lewis Ellison age 14 are pupils with a lot in common. They all started high school with a much healthier future, thanks to the tough (and unpopular at times) decisions made by their mums – Dee, Gemma and Diane.

Fracking films screening set to stir campaigners

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 11:30: Two films being shown at Lancaster's The Borough on Thursday night offer insights into the issues of fracking – and action against the technology which campaigners fear will not only damage the local water table but is also an inefficient energy source whose actual costs are being covered up by big businesses and government.

Police issue fresh appeal in Sugarhouse rape investigation

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 10:12: The detective leading the investigation into a rape in Lancaster has issued a fresh appeal for information – three weeks after it happened. At around 12.30am on Tuesday 1st October, an 18-year-old student was confronted by a man as she left a toilet cubicle in The Sugar House and was pushed back inside where she was raped.

CCTV appeal after men are assaulted in Morecambe

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 10:07: Police have issued CCTV images of a man they need to speak with after two men were subjected to a racially aggravated assault and robbery in Morecambe.

Silverdale to stage new Art & Craft Fair

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 10:03: The Silverdale Art Trail and Leeds Children's Centre have combined to present a very special fair to promote local art and craft in the village on Sunday 10th November, and raise funds for this worthwhile charity. Get along and and see original work for special gifts - jewellery, paintings,books, glass, mosaics, ceramics, textiles, cards, and much more.

Trading Standards warn: don't drink Zam Zam water

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 09:54: Lancashire County Council Trading Standards is advising against drinking bottled water described or labelled as Zam Zam water amid concerns it may contain high levels of the poison arsenic. Zam Zam water is sacred to Muslims and comes from a specific source in Saudi Arabia. Under Saudi law, it cannot be exported from Saudi Arabia for sale.

Skerton's Vale View Day Centre opens Lunch Club for over 50s

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 09:38: Vale View, Skerton. Image: GoogleA new lunch club has started at Vale View Day Centre in Lancaster, aimed at the over-50s. The lunch club costs just £4.60. Regular dishes on the menu include fish and chips, roast dinners, homemade fruit crumbles and custard.

Health service funding changes causing concern

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 07:07: Health experts met to discuss a range of measures to help make Lancashire a healthier county this week - and discuss concerns at government funding changes that could have a major impact on services.

Getting the Buzz About Bees!

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 06:59: As part of the Buzz About Bees project, Incredible Edible Lancaster are working with the County Council to make Lancaster's Pointer Roundabout a fabulous place for pollinators on Friday 25th October. The first stage is to plant early crocus bulbs to provide nectar for bees next spring and the Incredible Edible team would love you to join in.

Lancaster ranked as one of England's most vibrant cities

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 23:45: Do you feel it? Are Lancaster's streets tingling for you? Because, apparently, they should be - as the town has been named one of the most exciting places in the country to live and work.

Over 4,000 fewer victims of crime in Lancashire

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 13:39: Crime is continuing to fall in Lancashire, with the latest statistics showing there were 4,088 fewer victims of crime in the county last year. The final end of year statistics for July 2012 to June 2013 showed reductions across the majority of crime categories. Overall, reports of crime fell by 4.3 per cent from 95,692 to 91,604 in comparison to the previous year.

Student sentenced to 15 month's for University sex assault

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 15:53: Xiaoqi WangXiaoqi Wang, 22, of Furness College, Lancaster University, Lancaster, was today sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment at Preston Crown Court having been found guilty of three counts of sexual assault last month. At some point, the Home Office will also be starting deportation proceedings to transport Xiaoqi back to his home country of China.

Help for Heroes charity box stolen in Morecambe

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 12:51: Police are appealing for information following the theft of a Help for Heroes charity box in Morecambe. Between 11.00am and 3.00pm on Wednesday 2nd October, somebody stole the charity box from the sand sculpture area near to the Clock Tower on Marine Road Central. The box contained £130 which was destined for the UK military charity Help for Heroes.

Appeal after woman is sexually assaulted by taxi driver in Lancaster

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:53: Police are appealing for a man to come forward who came to the assistance of a woman after she was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver in Lancaster. The incident took place between 215 and 3.15am on the 28th September when a 19-year-old female caught a taxi from outside Elements nightclub. During the journey, the driver is alleged to have touched her leg and her breasts.

Appeal after unprovoked assault in Lancaster

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 16:59: Police are appealing for information after a girl was the victim of what appears to be an unprovoked assault as she walked through Lancaster. The 15 year old girl was walking along Millennium Bridge at around 8:45pm on the 2nd September when another teenage girl ran up behind her, shouted at her, jumped on her back and pushed her to the floor.


Netmums is a family of local sites that cover the UK, each site offering information to mothers on everything from where to find playgroups and how to eat healthily to where to meet other mothers. 

The Baby Maze

The Baby Maze is a useful locally-run online guide for parents-to-be and families with young children in Lancaster and Morecambe and the South Lakes. Featuring everything you need from local antenatal classes to baby and toddler groups plus lots of other essential information. 

Graffiti Classics, comedy cabaret string quartet visit Arnside

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 08:24: Sixteen strings, eight dancing feet and four voices with one aim: to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating. That's the aim of Graffiti Classics, who bursts the elitist boundaries of the traditional String Quartet with its hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show now touring to Arnside in partnership with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.


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Ofsted inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Every week, they carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England, and publish the results on their website. 

Schools Finder (UK Gov Online)

Search the official database for primary, secondary and special needs schools near you or anywhere in the UK. You can also access Ofsted reports and get information on school performance and admissions. 

Peace of Mind 4 Carers

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Peace of Mind 4 Carers is a support service funded by Lancashire County Council. Once you have registered on the scheme it will provide 72 hours free support, in an emergency, for the people that you care for.