Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Planned closure of Torrisholme Road this weekend cancelled

The planned closure of Torrisholme Road (B5321) from Russell Drive to Barley Cop Lane as part of M6 Link works, from Saturday 10th October (6.00am) to Monday 12th (5.00am) has been cancelled.

The series of weekend closures of Torrisholme Road for bridge deck works was advertised on the 18th September.

The next full closure of Torrisholme Road will now be executed on Saturday 17th October from 6.00am to Monday 19th October at 5.00am.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Chamber of Commerce to launch inTheBay Business News Service

Lancaster & District Chamber of Commerce has announced a brand new free local business news service to the area.

Backed by an award winning local sales team and news staff, inTheBay is to be a new online home connecting all things business across Morecambe Bay. The initiative aims to become the 'business hub' for business across North Lancashire and South Cumbria. It will be heavily promoted by The Bay Radio Station in Lancaster where the inTheBay team are based.

A major part of inTheBay will be the daily newsletter sent to subscribers every morning with all the latest news. Subscription is free.

inTheBay will also be home to a new local business networking directory, providing a listing for local businesses of all shapes and sizes and a basic entry is free.

Managing Director of inTheBay Bill Johnston is also encouraging local companies to get in touch with their business news “across Lancaster & Morecambe, Barrow, Ulverston, Millom, Windermere, Kendal, Carnforth, Heysham - and everything in-between.

"his is a great place to do business," he enthuses. "Whatever industry you’re in there are great human interest stories to tell, and great business success stories to share with the inTheBay team.”

As well as their constantly updated breaking news website, the inTheBay journalists will be focusing on the people, products and diverse communities which make The Bay area the ideal base to do business. 

This will all backed up by daily email alerts, text alerts, social media, weekly news letters, 'meet the experts', 'guest editors', 'workplace of the week', videos, podcasts and lots lots more.

Lead journalist at inTheBay, Joshua Hammond, joins the Lancaster based team from sister company, in-Cumbria, which has built up a regular audience of 30,000+ business people. You can contact Joshua directly on 01524 541764 or email Joshua.hammond@inthebay.co.uk.

There are also many commercial opportunities for the local business community to exploit including:

For all advertising and promotional enquiries contact Tony Johnson, Sales Director, on 01524 848747 or email tony.johnson@inthebay.co.uk.

Police Appeal after cyclist injured in Quay crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision in Lancaster last week.

At around 1.40pm on Monday 5th October 2015, a cyclist was involved in a collision with a light blue car, possibly a Citroen, on St Georges Quay. The car failed to stop at the scene.

The cyclist, a 46 year old woman, was left with serious upper body injuries which required treatment at Royal Lancaster Hospital.

PC 3133 Mark Howson from the Lancaster Road Policing Unit said: “I am urging anyone who may have witnessed this incident or the driver involved to get in contact with us so that we can determine exactly how this collision has occurred.”

• Anyone with information can contact PC 3133 Mark Howson on 3133@lancashire.pnn.police.uk or alternatively call 101 quoting log number LC-20151005-0669

Town Hall event raises awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation

Almost one hundred front line workers operating in the Lancaster district attended an awareness raising event on Child Sexual Exploitation.

The event, which took place at Lancaster Town Hall, was attended by estate managers, licensing officers, home improvement and environmental service workers and councillors.

The scene was set by County Analyst Scott Keay and was followed by Andy Ellis and health worker Pauline Lucas from Lancashire Constabulary’s ‘Awaken Team’- a multi-agency initiative led by the police, social services and health services.

Between them they covered what CSE is; a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.  Children and young people may be tricked into believing they're in a loving, consensual relationship, invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol.

Cyber awareness was also covered as children may be groomed online and various social media platforms were explained including Snapchat, What’s App and Sexting.

It is anticipated that with awareness raised of CSE, those working in the district will be encouraged to report to the Awaken Team any suspicious activity or concerns that may be experienced.

The session finished with a presentation from Lindsay Dalton of PACE – Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation, which provides online advice and support for parents and guardians.

More information on CSE along with details of how to can be found on the Lancashire Constabulary website at www.lancashire.police.uk/cse.

Anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation can contact police on 101.  In an emergency always dial 999.

• Lancashire Constabulary has a team dedicated to CSE named ‘Operation Awaken’ the Lancaster District Team can be contacted directly on  01253 477261  or email awaken@lancashire.pnn.police.uk.

The Duo Back in Town for Lancaster Music Festival

Ello, ello, ello, what do we 'ave 'ere? Another Duo gig? Yes it is! Hooray and hooray again! Cheers and whoops of joy resound along the Lune Valley...

The Duo - From Folk to Floyd comprise singers and guitarists Dave Emptage and Tony Cooke, offering an evening of varied music and songs on Saturday 10 October 2015 at The George and Dragon, St George's Quay, Lancaster from 9.00pm onwards.

"We plan to perform some songs that we haven't performed for years'n'years, and some that we've never performed before," singer and guitarist Tony Cooke - a veritable veteran of the Lancaster music scene, who was instrumental (geddit?) in bring live music to lancaster's pub scene way back in the 1970s.

"Why not come along and see how we fare? You'll like it, you really will.

As you may know, Saturday 10th October is right in the middle of the seventh Lancaster Music Festival. There's live music in over 40 venues around the town from Thursday 8th to Monday 12th - have a look at the official website and be boggled.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, of course, that The Duo gig is the most important of the Festival," Tony tells us (and we just know he's grinning as he says that), "but here is a list of some friends who are also contributing to the festival: Section will be playing rock'n'roll at the George and Dragon, Bootstraps doing some 50's R'nB at the Stonewell and Clever Trevor (Dave's other band) performing Madness and Ian Dury songs at the Golden Lion - all these on Friday evening, so that's my pub-crawl sorted out!

"Mick Taylor will be playing classical guitar at the Assembly Rooms on Saturday afternoon; and on Sunday afternoon you can catch the mighty Batala (samba drum band) and the incomparable Five In A Bar (women's accapella choir) performing at open air venues."

• Check out the full Lancaster Music Festival line-up at www.lancastermusicfestival.com - and check out a very small clip of The Duo below!