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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.
Northern Broadsides presents 'Cyrano'

Northern Broadsides present: 'Cyrano'

on: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 19:30

at: The Dukes, Lancaster LA1 1QE

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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

FIG Tree Fair Trade / Slave Trade Exhibition

24/03/2017 -

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

The Faces Behind Our Food Exhibition

24/03/2017 -

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

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

24/03/2017 -

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

Nature Tots at Heysham Nature Reserve - Spinning Spiders!

24/03/2017 -

10:00 to 11:45
at Heysham Nature Reserve, Moneyclose Lane, Heysham, LA3 2UW

Stress release and relaxation class. Scotforth

24/03/2017 -

11:30 to 12:30
at St Paul's Parish Hall (opp church), Scotforth Road, Lancaster, LA1 4ST

Community Choir meets. Barton Road CC

24/03/2017 -

19:00 to 20:30
at Barton Road Centre, Barton Road, Scotforth, Lancaster, LA1 4ER

Community Choir meets. Barton Road CC

24/03/2017 -

19:00 to 20:30
at Barton Road Centre, Barton Road, Scotforth, Lancaster, LA1 4ER

38th Lancaster LITFEST 2017. Storey

24/03/2017 - 19:00 at The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

Duplicate Bridge with Lancaster Bridge Club

24/03/2017 -

19:00 to 22:00
at Lancaster Bridge Club

Stargazing in Williamson Park, Lancaster

24/03/2017 - 19:30 at Williamson Park, Lancaster LA1 1UX

Lune Valley Ocean Wavers Square Dancing. Plus level. Caton

24/03/2017 -

19:30 to 22:00
at Victoria Institute, Brookhouse Road, Caton, LA2 9QT

Folk duo Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham in Concert

24/03/2017 - 19:30 at The Platform, Morecambe LA4 4DB

Lancaster Charter Market. Lancaster City Centre

25/03/2017 -

09:00 to 16:00
at Market Square, Lancaster, LA1 1HY

Lancaster Community Music Centre.

25/03/2017 -

09:00 to 13:30
at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, East Road, Lancaster LA1 3EF

Lancaster Ramblers daffodil walk from Stavely to Windermere, Lake District

25/03/2017 -

09:00 to 16:00
at Riverside Car Park, opposite PC World , Lancaster, LA1 1BS

FIG Tree Fair Trade / Slave Trade Exhibition

25/03/2017 -

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

Children's Nearly New Sale at Halton Centre

25/03/2017 -

10:00 to 12:00
at The Centre @Halton, Low Road, Halton, LA2 6NB

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

25/03/2017 -

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

Accordion Workshop with Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar's Feast)

25/03/2017 -

10:15 to 16:00
at The Reading Room, Sunderland Point, LA3 3HT

Bonker*s & Clutterbucks Drop-In Family Art Workshop

25/03/2017 -

11:00 to 15:00
at City Museum, Lancaster LA1 1HT

38th Lancaster LITFEST 2017. Storey

25/03/2017 - 19:00 at The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

The Peatbog Faeries Live in Concert

25/03/2017 - 19:30 at The Platform, Morecambe LA4 4DB

Recent Reviews

Fred A.

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