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November 2007

Clive Grunshaw chosen as the Labour candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 14:19: Local county councillor Clive Grunshaw has been selected by Labour Party members to fight the new seat of Lancaster and Fleetwood at the next General Election. But despite some impressive credentials, his selection may irk some local residents with long memories after his involvement in plans to end some local services such as Greaves Nursery and Bowerham Long Stay Children's Unit.

Eileen gets back in the saddle

Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 09:34: A Lancaster councillor has got back on her bike thanks to Lancaster City Council’s ‘Bike Buddy’ scheme. Councillor Eileen Blamire stopped cycling three years ago due to a lack of time and the ever increasing traffic on the district’s roads. Keen to start cycling again, Eileen turned to the Bike Buddy scheme for help.

Highways Agency warns drivers to take care in fog

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 16:45: The Highways Agency is advising drivers to take extra care on the roads, with the Met Office forecasting patches of dense freezing fog on some routes in northern England and the Midlands on Thursday morning. The fog could be slow to clear and may linger into the afternoon on some roads on Thursday and Friday. Roadusers should be extra cautious as visibility could change without warning.

Animal Care Appeal

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 17:22: Lancaster-based charity Animal Care have their Christmas Fairs soon and are appealing for Tombola items, Toys and Games, DVD's and good quality Bric a Brac to sell to help raise money to look after the stray and unwanted animals in its care.

School closure plans prompt meetings

Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 13:03: Parents, teachers and other interested parties have been invited to attend special meetings being organised by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Lancaster City Council to discuss proposals by Lancashire County Council to close two Lancaster schools.

Cabinet accepts request from Overview and Scrutiny

Monday, November 12, 2007 - 23:40: Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet has accepted an offer of support in drawing up a tender brief for the Lawson’s Bridge site in Scotforth, a sell off which has prompted furious reaction from local residents as it could well mean a supermarket will be built on the Scotforth site.

LitFest Week in Lancaster

Monday, November 12, 2007 - 23:09: It's finally here - Lancaster's litfest starts on Wednesday. If you haven't planned what events you want to see then now is definitely the time - all the information is on the litfest website. This year's headline guest, Linton Kwesi Johnson, is a must-see - a fantastic performer and one of the most influential poets in the country. Don't miss this chance to catch his performance.

More Money for Local Groups

Monday, November 12, 2007 - 23:07: The Galbraith Trust is once again inviting applications from local voluntary and community groups for grants from the charity. The Trust was set up in 2001 from the estate of Ian Galbraith, the former city hardware store owner. Forms and guidelines are available from the CVS (see below) and the next closing date is Friday 25th January 2008 for decisions in February.