Saturday, 22 June 2013

Vintage by the Sea Festival seeks local creative, business help

Are you involved in a creative or food business in the Lancaster and Morecambe area?

Vintage by the Sea is a one-day festival in Morecambe on 14th September 2013 to help celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Midland Hotel. Nationally acclaimed designer Wayne Hemingway, a huge supporter of Morecambe and all it has to offer is bringing his Vintage Festival to Morecambe and is looking for local people, including Lancaster University graduates who live in the area, to provide additional creative or food businesses to take part in the following areas:

The Vintage Marketplace

This consists of stalls which bring together couture labels with street style from the 1920s through to the 1980s. Items will be sold for anything between £5 and £500.

Vintage Serendipity

This element of the festival will include classic vehicles, vintage street theatre, classic ice cream vans, evocative rare film footage and pop-up performances.

Vintage Street Food

The Midland Hotel car park will be transformed into an inspired food extravaganza. Do you run a food business and if so, would you like to add your own vintage flavour to the mix?


Can you help to teach a new skill or revive an old one? From sewing vintage style fashion accessories, knitting, up-cycling, quilting and designing to generally getting creative.

• If you would like to be involved and book a space, contact Lauren on the organising team - who will supply further details. Or if you can't take part, why not just get along and enjoy the event! More info:

Friday, 21 June 2013

Soap Stars back in Morecambe for charity football match

Ralf Little and Ryan Thomas may be leading out the All Stars football team at the Globe Arena on Sunday 14th July in the eighth annual soap stars charity football match.

Coronation Street’s Alan Halsall, Hollyoaks’ Ricky Whittle and Emmerdale’s Danny Miller are also regular members of the team which will be confirmed nearer kick off.

Morecambe FC’s superb Globe Arena is bracing itself for thousands of soap fans determined to see their favourites at the match organised by Heysham power stations which raise money for a number of charities.

The All Stars have clocked up seven consecutive victories against the power station’s finest.

The event which is being supported by Morecambe FC, Bay Radio and Black Zest Marketing is put together by EDF Energy's Heysham Power Stations' Mike Grimmitt..

Mike said: “The interest we have already had via the stations and Morecambe FC has been phenomenal.

“So we are hoping for a record-breaking crowd to come and support these guys who play for free and then spend time with their fans.

“The biggest winner will be the charities with money going to Marie Curie, CancerCare and the Twins Appeal.”

• The gates open at The Globe at 1.00pm, with the game kicking off at 2.00pm. Car parking is available at The Globe at £3 on a first come basis, again with all profits going to CancerCare. Tickets for the match will be £6 per adult, £3 per child and £15 family pass (two adults and two children)

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Appeal for women wanted on prison recall

Police are appealing for information about two women who are wanted on prison recall.

Linda McIntyre, 40, who is previously of Skerton House, Mainway, Lancaster was jailed for two years in June 2012 at Preston Crown Court for affray which happened on Kent Road in Blackpool on 24th April 2011.

She was later released from prison on licence to a Leeds address but has since breached the terms of that licence and has therefore been recalled to prison. She has connections to the Lancaster and Wyre and Blackpool areas but her current whereabouts are unknown.

Linda is described as being white, around 5ft 6 inches tall, medium build, with brown eyes and short brown hair.

The second woman is Kirsty Yvonne Eloise Gaskell, 20, previously of Acre Court, Mainway, Lancaster. She was jailed for four years in June 2011 at Preston Crown Court for an attempted robbery which happened on the canal tow path Bolton Le Sands in October 2010.

Again, Gaskell was released from prison on licence but has since breached the terms of that licence and has therefore been recalled. Gaskell is described as being white, around 5ft 5 inches tall, medium build, with blue eyes and long dark brown hair. She has connections to the Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth areas but her current whereabouts are unknown.

Detective Inspector Bev Foster said, “We would ask the public, particularly in the relevant areas to be vigilant and to report any sightings to the police - any details could be crucial.”

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101. People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Bus Fare rises next month

New bus fares will be introduced from Saturday 7th July 2013 on all services which are subsidised by Lancashire County Council as part of an annual fares review.

Lancashire County Council provides 103 local bus service contracts throughout the county. These are a mixture of subsidised daytime rural and urban services, together with evening and weekend services which compliment the overall commercial bus network.

Whilst the county council is responsible for setting the fares on these bus services, the 1985 Transport Act states that fares on subsidised services should not be lower than those fares offered commercially.

Fares charged on those bus services which directly operate alongside commercial routes, for example those services that are provided commercially during the day and are subsidised in the evening or where they overlap commercial routes, will be revised to match exactly the Adult Single fares charged on commercial bus services.

Those local bus service fares not linked to commercial bus service fares will be increased on average by 3.3% in line with the Retail Price Index (RPI).

Art stolen from Heysham library


Police are appealing for information after two paintings by local artist Bogie were stolen from an art exhibition at Heysham Library last week.

The artist who created the two pieces, had been holding a small exhibition in the library when they were stolen, it is believed, sometime between 3.15pm and 3.45pm on Tuesday the 11th June.

PC Jo Clement said, “These paintings are originals and there are no photographs or prints of them so they are all unique and easily identifiable.

“We have issued a picture of one of the artists other creations in the same style as the ones stolen in the hope that it might help jog someone’s memory, perhaps if they have been offered any similar pieces for sale, for example.

“We are very keen to re-unite the artist with his paintings and so, if anyone does have any information that they think might help, then I would urge them to contact us as soon as possible.”


Police in Heysham give out shed alarms to crack down on burglaries

A neighbourhood police officer in Heysham has given out shed alarms to allotment owners following a spate of burglaries.

Two sheds at the Greenfingers allotment site on Smithy Lane were broken into back in March despite them being secured with padlocks. The thieves got away with small pieces of equipment.

The alarms have been provided thanks to part-funding from LANPAC (Lancashire Partnership Against Crime) the shed owners have had to pay just 2 pounds towards the cost of the alarms.

PCSO Dennis Nelson said: “I really wanted to do something to help the allotment owners, who were left feeling vulnerable after the break ins. They tried to protect their possessions by using padlocks but unfortunately that didn’t stop the thieves.

"These shed alarms make a loud noise if disturbed and I’m hoping they will help get people’s attention if any more break ins happen. Thanks to the funding from Lanpac I have given out 20 alarms which means every shed will have one, I hope this helps warn off thieves and helps to reassure allotment owners.”

If you want to report a burglary please contact Lancashire Police on 101 or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Road safety campaign launched in Lancashire

“What do I have to do to get you to notice me?”

That’s the question Lancashire Constabulary are asking motorists on behalf of bikers as they launch a campaign aimed at making road users more aware of motorcyclists.

Over the last five years, motorcyclists have accounted for eight per cent of all casualties and 22 per cent of those killed and seriously injured on the roads. Many of these collisions occur because a driver doesn’t take the time to look out for a biker and just doesn’t notice them.

Billboards and posters have been produced showing a road policing officer naked on a bike and an officer on a bike dressed as a clown. The thinking behind the campaign is that people would notice a biker if they were riding naked or dressed as a clown but you should look out for them at all times.

The billboards will be on display at locations across the county and posters will be placed in petrol stations, car parks and motoring shops. Banners have also been produced and these will be on display on road bridges.

There has been an increase in the numbers of motorcycle casualties and during 2012/13 thirty two people were killed on our roads seven of which were motorcyclists. Many of the collisions could have been avoided if only the motorists had been aware of bikers.

Chief Inspector Debbie Howard, Head of Road Policing said, “This campaign has been developed to educate other road users on the importance of being aware of motorcyclists. The concept for this campaign is ‘What do I have to do to get you to notice me?’ It aims to increase awareness amongst road users of the need to be aware bikers when driving.

“The posters are something different to what we have done in the past but we felt that this was a good way to get our message across.

“We work closely with motorcyclists and biking organisations to offer them safety advice and help keep them safe on our roads. Other road users have a huge role to play too – you must make sure you are mindful of the increase in motorbikes on our roads at this time of year, be aware of their vulnerability and take extra time to make your observations."

County Councillor John Fillis, Lancashire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: "Working together with the police through The Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety we have been successful in reducing casualties on Lancashire's roads across the board, but deaths and serious injuries amongst motorcyclists remain a concern.

"The evidence suggests a substantial proportion of accidents involving motorcyclists happen because another driver has made a manoeuvre without seeing them.

"As a motorcyclist I have been involved in some very close misses with cars especially when they have been distracted by mobile phones or appear to be in a hurry and jump out of side roads. I always wear high visibility clothing which I believe has saved me a number of times from being in an accident.

"This campaign is vital to remind drivers to 'think bike' and to ask motorcyclists to consider whether there's more they could do to make themselves visible and therefore safer."

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Councillors view Canal restoration progress

The canal narrow boat Waterwitch was the venue for a delightful trip by Kendal, Lancaster, District and County Councillors to see the excavations and restoration of Lancaster Canal at Stainton on Friday.

Waterwitch, owned by the Lancaster Canal Trust, sailed under new livery featuring Nether Bridge, Kendal and Lancaster Castles and the coat of Arms of Lancaster and Kendal, painted by a group of artist members.

They were met at Crooklands landing stage by LCT President Hal Bagot and Richard Trevitt, the chairman of the organisation that has been dedicated to restoring and re-opening the length of the canal from Tewitfield, just north of Carnforth, to Kendal since 1963. The Trust also aims to increase awareness and promote interest amongst all users of this historic and beautiful waterway, be they boaters, walkers, cyclists, or anglers.

Disembarking at Stainton landing stage, where work continues in earnest on this long term engineering project, the party were impressed with the work already completed, mostly by volunteers, and looked forward to seeing the project complete and in water. The wildlife, flora and fauna of this beautiful stretch of canal was also appreciated.

The party were presented with information packs detailing work so far, as the Trust continues to seek support and backing for its restiration activities, which would do much to encourage more tourism, benefitting Lancaster, Carnforth and beyond.

"It's impossible for me to find adequate words to express my overwhelming admiration for all the Trust members and volunteers who have done such outstanding regeneration work," commented Lancaster City Councillor Ron Sands, who was so enthused by the trip he promptly joined the Trust to support what he calls their "exceptional work".

The 25 kilometre Northern Reaches of the Lancaster Canal were effectively blocked in the 1960s by the construction of the M6, which severed the waterway in three places. The restoration work, co-ordinated by the Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership, seeks to tackle the reintegration of the waterway with three motorway and four trunk road crossings and work includes the enhancement and conservation of 52 historically important and listed structures.

Recently, the LCRP revived its attempts at canal restoration and is now looking at breaking down the long term programme into smaller projects that have more chance of finding grant funding, which can build on the volunteer work already in progress by Canal Trust, and possibly reverse the direction of restoration activity to proceed from south to north.

This means that the two miles of canal from Tewitfield to the Lancashire county boundary near Burton-in-Kendal are now critical to the restoration programme and the Trust has already begun discussions with Lancashire County Council and South Lakeland District Council.

The LRCP's work is one of a number of important projects across the UK to restore the canal network across the UK getting attention at the moment, considered vital for tourism and business alike.

As well as working towards full restoration, the Trust is committed to the ongoing maintenance of our existing heritage. As a result of the efforts of the Trust many of the Canal's original structures have been protected, further losses of cruising waterway have been successfully resisted, notably in Preston, and improvements have been made to the towpath by erecting interpretative panels at various sites along the canal.

The Canal Trust is one of the members of Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership, which aims to restore the Lancaster Canal to Canal Head, Kendal. It includes South Lakeland District Council, Cumbria County Council, Kendal Town Council, Canal & River Trust, Lancaster Canal Trust, The Inland Waterways Association, Lancashire County Council, Lancaster City Council and other interested groups.

• Lancaster Canal Trust web site:

Read an article about work on the 'First Furlong' of work on the Canal at Stainton last year, which includes pictures of some of the canal still awaiting restoration on the Epiphany narrow boat web site