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Lancaster's Draft Local Housing Plans based on 2015 forecast of big increases in international immigration. Consultation ends tomorrow

Lancaster City Council's consultation period for the Local Plan on land allocation for development ends tomorrow, Friday 24 March. The Plan is based on a 2015 Turley report that doubled housing need to 14,000 new homes because it predicted 'higher rates of international immigration' every year.
Cem Bora, 11, was tragically found dead in a fatal Lancaster house fire

Tragic Death of Boy, 11, in Fatal House Fire in Lancaster

An 11-year-old boy was sadly found dead by firefighters attending a house fire in Coniston Road, Lancaster, on Sunday. The boy, who has now been named as Cem Bora (pictured), also lived in Coniston Road, and was reported to be staying over at a friend's house, which became the scene of the blaze.
Sailing Boats, Venice by John Ruskin

Lancaster Area Arts Round-Up from Saturday 25th March 2017

Round up of literature and visual arts events and exhibitions for Lancaster and the surrounding area from 25th March 2017

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Recent news

The Dukes Seeks New Board Members

Poster of a Dukes Production

Lancaster's award-winning Dukes theatre needs new trustees to help plan its future. The Dukes is managed by a voluntary, unpaid Board of Directors and there are currently three vacancies.

Be your own boss: free and discounted pitches at your local markets

Traders at the Assembly Rooms Market

Ever fancied running your own business but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you have a small business and want to bring it to your local high street. Lancaster & Morecambe Markets and the Assembly Rooms are offering free and discounted rates for pitches and stalls.

OMG! Jeremy Corbyn's at the Front Door!

Jeremy Corbyn and Cat Smith MP

I just nearly had a heart attack. I answered the doorbell and Jeremy Corbyn and Cat Smith were standing there asking me if I was going to vote Labour at the County Council election.

Stranger Illegally Mishandles Schoolboy on Lancaster Canal Towpath

Lancaster Police are appealing for information after a man approached a schoolboy (11) and mishandled him in an illegally invasive manner in Hest Bank on Tuesday afternoon, 14 March. The boy was cycling along the Lancaster Canal towpath when he was approached by man who stopped him to talk.

Shared Lives Carers - 'Family' Homes for Adults Needing Social Care

Lancashire Shared Lives Family

Lancashire County Council is asking people if they could offer a ‘family’ home to an adult living with a disability, who isn't able to live independently. Shared Lives carers work from home to provide short term respite or long term live in arrangements for adults who have social care needs.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 15th to 23rd March 2017

Beauty and the Beast

Our final Local Cinema Round-up by Peter Clarke, for 20 - 23 March 2017, has reviews of three new films coming to Lancaster this week. Plus; a round-up of other films still screening, to help you plan that date. Thank you, Peter, you star! Coming Soon: News about the Lancaster Arts Scene...

Events Calendar

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26/03/2017 -

02:00 to 03:00
at UK

City Museum Exhibition: 'Behind the Wall' - The history of the Standfast & Barracks site

26/03/2017 -

10:00 to 17:00
at Lancaster City Museum, Market Square, Lancaster, LA1 1HT

Jazz, Dogs & Sausages! The Sun St Stompers

26/03/2017 -

12:30 to 15:00
at Ye Olde John O'Gaunt, Lancaster, LA1 1JG

Lancaster and Morecambe Boardgamers at The Apothecary

26/03/2017 -

13:00 to 18:00
at The Apothecary, 87 Penny St, Lancaster LA1 1XN

The Apothecary Bar: Max's Blues Sessions

26/03/2017 -

17:00 to 20:00
at The Apothecary Bar, 87 Penny St, Lancaster LA1 1XN

Lancaster Comedy Club at The Borough

26/03/2017 - 20:00 at The Borough, 3-5 Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PP

Give Blood In Lancaster

27/03/2017 -

08:50 to 19:50
at NHS Blood & Transplant, Ashton Road, Lancaster LA1 4RP

FIG Tree Fair Trade / Slave Trade Exhibition

27/03/2017 -

09:00 to 21:00
at The Thomas Storey Gallery, Lancaster LA1 1TH

The Faces Behind Our Food Exhibition

27/03/2017 -

10:00 to 17:00
at The Hothouse, Morecambe LA3 1QT

Lunch Club at Barton Road Centre

27/03/2017 -

12:00 to 13:30
at Barton Road Centre, Barton Road, Scotforth, Lancaster, LA1 4ER

Gathered Voices Community Choir meets.

27/03/2017 -

13:00 to 15:15
at 131 Balmoral Road, Morecambe LA3 1HJ

Learn To Play Guitar - Positive Futures at Morecambe Library

27/03/2017 -

13:00 to 16:30
at Morecambe Library, Central Drive, Morecambe, LA4 5JX

Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Class. Gregson

27/03/2017 -

16:30 to 18:30
at Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 3PY

Lune Valley Voices - singing session. Halton

27/03/2017 -

18:45 to 20:45
at Halton Centre, Low Road, Halton, LA2 6NB

Duplicate Bridge with Lancaster Bridge Club

27/03/2017 -

19:00 to 22:00
at Lancaster Bridge Club

Lune Valley Ocean Wavers Square Dancing. Halton.

27/03/2017 -

19:30 to 22:00
at Halton Centre, Low Road, Halton, LA2 6NB

Weekly Fitness Pilates Class with Laura Daglish. Scotforth

27/03/2017 -

19:30 to 20:30
at Lancaster Methodist Church, Scotforth Road, Lancaster, LA1 4TE

Purl - Knit one, sip one group at the Gregson Centre

27/03/2017 -

20:00 to 22:00
at Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 3PY

FIG Tree Fair Trade / Slave Trade Exhibition

28/03/2017 -

09:00 to 21:00
at The Thomas Storey Gallery, Lancaster LA1 1TH

Tip Tap Toe - Tap dancing at Barton Road Centre

28/03/2017 -

10:00 to 12:00
at Barton Road Centre, Barton Road, Scotforth, Lancaster, LA1 4ER

English Conversation Group. Lancaster Library

28/03/2017 -

10:00 to 12:00
at Lancaster Library, Market Square, Lancaster, LA1 1HY

Arts & Crafts with Positive Futures at Morecambe Library

28/03/2017 -

10:00 to 12:00
at Morecambe Library, Central Drive, Morecambe, LA4 5JX

Recent Reviews

Fred A.

Review of: Knight Time Creations: Illustration and Graphic Design Services