Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Borrowdale Johnny

12th October 2007
Borrowdale Johnny
7.30pm Arnside Educational Institute, Arnside. Ticket prices: £6 adults, £4 children, £15 family (2+2). Contact: 01524 762254

Highlights Rural Touring Scheme continues its autumn season in the South Lakeland area with a visit from Striding Edge who are performing their show ‘Borrowdale Johnny’ at Arnside Educational Institute, Church Hill, Arnside on Friday, 12th October at 7.30pm.

Rooted in the rugged music of Cumbria and the Lake District, Striding Edge’s music also takes in earthy rhythm & blues, rock n’ roll and world music grooves which always engages their audiences. Material from their latest album, Borrowdale Johnny, will be played during the first half of the evening as a seated concert, followed by a Ceilidh. The title was inspired by the ballad “Borrowdale Johnny” composed by Robert Anderson, the bard of Cumberland, in the 19th century. It tells the tale of Johnny, who leaves Borrowdale amidst gossip, to seek his fortune in ‘the Big City’, eventually returning home again. An eternal and familiar theme in any century...

XWA Wrestling at The Dome

A bumper weekend of wrestling is coming to Morecambe - with two exciting shows featuring the cream of British grappling, a huge eight-man tournament, a 70 stone tag team and a wrestler who recently won £10,000 on a hit Channel 4 game show. The XWA - Morecambe’s very own professional wrestling extravaganza - will hold its Battle of Britain Weekend on September 29 and 30, when two live pro wrestling events will be held in the district over two days, including wrestling’s debut at the Hexagon, Lancaster and Morecambe College. This means local fight fans have the chance to enjoy double the devastation as the larger-than-life stars of the wrestling ring brawl for it all!

The Battle of Britain Weekend starts at the XWA’s usual home of The Dome in Morecambe on the Saturday night, when the first round matches of the knockout tournament will take place.
Then the semi-finals and finals will be at the Hexagon on the Sunday afternoon - with the overall winner set to receive a British Heavyweight Title match on a future show. The Dome event will also feature Europe’s largest tag team, the combined 70 stone bulk of the UK Pitbulls, who will appear on the Saturday leg of the weekend only.

Regular fans can also expect to see the villainous Stevie Knight boasting about his recent victory in the Channel 4 show ‘Deal Or No Deal’, hosted by Noel Edmonds. The loudmouthed grappler walked away with £10,000 in his pocket and will now try to win another prize as he attempts to outlast the field in the eight-man tournament. Heavyweight superhero Sam Slam will also be part of the Battle of Britain Weekend after making a huge impression on Morecambe fans last time out.
Also fighting it out in this double-header of grunt and groan will be The Manchester Massive, Mexican masked sensation El Ligero, ‘The Pukka 1’ Darren Burridge, ‘Rowdy’ Ricky Knight, ‘The Bombay Dream’ Ross Jordan and some of the best new wrestling talent from right here in the north west.

As always your host with the most, trying desperately to maintain order between the lords of the ring, will be Morecambe’s own Greg Lambert.
The XWA Battle of Britain Weekend part one is at The Dome in Morecambe, bell time 7.30pm on Saturday September 29. Part two is at the Hexagon, Lancaster and Morecambe College, bell time 3pm on Sunday, September 30.

Tickets for one show cost £15 ringside, £10 adults, £8 children and £32 for a family. Weekend discounts are available for fans wishing to attend both shows. Please enquire at the box office on 01524 582803 or at local tourist information centres.
Student discounts are also available for L&M College students only - please enquire at the college travel shop.

• Keep up to date with the XWA by visiting www.xwawrestling.com or www.myspace.com/xwamorecambewrestling

Get fired up at a Charity Ball

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are organising a Charity Ball on Saturday 6 October 2007 at Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster to raise money for the Operation Florian (Fire Service Humanitarian Charity) , and the Fire Service Benevolent Fund. Tickets are available at £35.00 per head and include a three-course meal, complementary drink with live entertainment, disco and raffle. Tables of 8 can be booked for groups or corporate businesses.
For further information and to purchase tickets please contact Wendy in Community Fire Safety on 07920 291854 before Saturday 22 September 2007.

Don’t miss the Party

About Theatre - a group of local actors/friends - have teamed up to stage the first ever performance in the Lancaster district of Stephen Sondheim’s Putting it Together musical review as a tribute to their good friend Roger Bradley – with all proceeds to Melanoma Charities and the Grand Theatre project.

The show features a series of clever, comic and poignant songs taken from a wide variety of Sondheim’s musicals weaved together against the setting of a cocktail party where the audience witness the relationships (good and bad) and diverse personalities of a host of different characters. The concept was ‘put together’ by Stephen Sondheim and Julia McKenzie as a request to follow up the previous review ‘Side by Side by Sondheim’

Roger Bradley died earlier this year from a melanoma aged 42 having devoted much of his spare time to amateur theatre, both acting and directing. One of his great passions was Sondheim musicals and we welcome the opportunity to stage this particular production (which he had hoped to direct himself) to raise money for two very worthy causes.

You are invited to join us at the party on either Friday 23rd or Saturday 24th November at the Grand Theatre, Lancaster. Tickets are £10 (including programme) and are available from the box office Tel. 64695 - open from 10am to 3pm Monday to Saturday.

Tickets are limited, so pick up the phone and order yours now!

Draft Air Quality Action Plan launched

Draft Air Quality Action Plan launched
(Press Release, Lancaster City Council): Lancaster City Council has taken another step towards cleaning up air quality in Lancaster.

On Tuesday the council’s cabinet approved an interim Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP).
The plan identifies 19 actions which could help towards reducing the amount of nitrogen dioxide, caused mainly by traffic fumes, in the city centre.

These short-term actions will be developed by Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council over the next 15 months.

They will allow longer-term actions for reducing exhaust emissions and encouraging alternative transport measures to be found.

However, no actions have been identified which could solve the air quality problem in central Lancaster in one fell swoop.

But it is expected that an in-depth transport study by the Lancaster and Morecambe Vision Board will identify the medium and long-term potential solutions that would ultimately help to improve air quality in the city centre.

The Board is expected to report the findings of the study later this year.
Coun David Kerr, cabinet member with responsibility for environmental health, said: “Lancaster City Council is committed to improving the poor air quality currently suffered by a small number of its residents in central Lancaster.

“The approval of the draft Air Quality Action Plan is a good start towards developing solutions whilst we await the findings of the Vision Board’s transport study.”

The approval of the Air Quality Action Plan follows the formal declaration of an Air Quality Management Area in 2004. The AQMA contains approximately 200 to 250 households within the one way system, some of which are located one footpath width from heavily trafficked road sections.

Due to the complex nature of Lancaster’s road traffic congestion and air quality issues progress on the issue has been difficult.

But the formal adoption of the interim draft AQAP offers the prospect of a concrete solution being found.

The city council is also currently consulting residents, businesses and organisations in Carnforth following the declaration of an AQMA in the town earlier this year.