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October 2008

Lancaster University's new "Early Years" Programme Uneviled

Early years workers from throughout the North West will have the chance to learn more about a pioneering new programme, being offered by CETAD, Lancaster University next Tuesday, 4 November.

Job Insecurity Bad for Everyone

The on-going misery caused by the global financial crisis, and current widespread fears over job security, is likely to affect those still in employment as much as those who ultimately lose their jobs, according to a leading Lancaster-based academic.

Vegan Feast at the Gregson

There's to be a Vegan Feast on Friday 7th November 2008 at 8.00pm upstairs at the Gregson in Lancaster.

West End Gardens in the 'Oscars' of the North West tourism industry

Morecambe's West End Gardens competed with the best public spaces in the North West on Wednesday night at the England’s North West Tourism Awards. The West End Gardens entered under the ‘Public Space’ category and unfortunately missed out on the winner’s trophy.

Appalachian Roots in Morecambe

An American old time music and dance variety show full of humour and skill comes to The Platform in Morecambe on Friday November 7. Appalachian Roots is a dynamic mix of traditional dance, song and instrumental music from the Southern Appalachian region of the United States, with a few international twists thrown in.

Animals at the Platform

The Animals and Friends team up with legendary guitarist Spencer Davis to perform a concert packed with well loved hits from the sixties and seventies at The Platform, Morecambe on Saturday 8th November 2008.

More Government Action as Recession Bites in North West

Regional Minister Beverly Hughes is to bring together key players from the public and private sectors to fight the North West's corner during the economic downturn.

An evening of terror in the Ashton Memorial

Join the staff of Williamson Park (if you dare!) for a terrifying evening full of shocks and scares, ghost stories and local scary tales on Friday 31st October with a performance of the play “The Ghost Writer.” Staged inside the evocative main hall of the Ashton Memorial, the play, in which two characters meet up before a funeral to reminisce about an old friend, promises to be a petrifying...

Halloween Spooktacular cancelled

Due to the weather forecast for Saturday 25th October, the Halloween Spooktacular event which was due to take place at Happy Mount Park has been cancelled. The Met Office predicts high winds and heavy rain for Saturday. This, combined with the amount of electrical equipment that was planned to be used, means the event has had to be cancelled for health and safety reasons.

Centros Decision Dismays Lancaster Residents

Residents development campaign group It's Our City, which has proposed several different uses for the land that forms Lancaster's massive and controversial Centros urban development plan, says it is "disappointed" that Lancaster City Council Planning Committee has voted to grant Centros outline planning permission for their proposed Canal Corridor North development.

Council Votes for Centros

After months of debate, public protest, planning objections from all manner of organisations including existing retailers large and small, Lancaster City Council's Planing Committee did what it was expected to do earlier today -- and approved the outline planning permission for the controversial Centros shopping development that will hand a huge chunk of our city over to private hands for 250...

In Review: The Bomb

The Bomb is inspired by the first meeting between Jo Berry, whose father Anthony Berry was killed (with four others) in the 1984 IRA bomb-blast in the Grand Hotel, Brighton, at the Tory Party Conference, and Patrick Magee, the man who planted the bomb. Yet this play is not the direct testimony of Jo or Patrick, or taken from transcripts of their meetings (if such exist).

Fashion Parade for Animals!

Pick your dress for the coming party season at a special fashion show in aid of Animal Care at Lancaster and Morecambe College at 7pm on Wednesday, 22nd October. Gorgeous designer dresses by Monsoon, Phase Eight, Karen Millen and many more will be presented on the cat walk at the college’s Roeburn Suite.

Spotlight Shines on Local Writers

There’s a powerful line-up of poetry and music on offer at next week's Spotlight Club, with some of the area’s top-notch writer’s and performers. This month’s Writing Line-up at Lancaster's Yorkshire House next Friday night (17th October) includes poetry from Mark Mace Smith, poetry and puppetry from Sarah Hymas and music from Paddy Garrigan and Harvey Lord.

Councils' Iceland Investments Threatened?

Both Lancaster City and Lancashire County Council had investments in crisis-hit Icelandic banks - along with Lancashire Police. Lancaster Council has moved swiftly to reassure the public that in the short term, the council does not face any financial difficulties from the investments.

Iconic Roman tombstone unveiled at Lancaster City Museum

An iconic Roman cavalry tombstone will be returned to Lancaster and officially unveiled by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Museums Service at Lancaster City Museum on Wednesday 15 October 2008. The long awaited unveiling will be attended by a number of county councillors and partner agencies to witness this special event in celebration of its return to Lancaster.

Go Aerial in the Half Term!

Lancaster City Council is offering a variety of sports and arts activities during the October half term holidays (Monday, October 27 - Friday, October 31) for children aged between 4 and 16 years old. But you’ll have to be quick - places fill up very quickly for these popular activities.

Doctor Who Stand-Up Returns to the Dukes

Top comedian and actor Toby Hadoke returns to the Dukes this month with his hilarious hit show, Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf. This razor sharp comic odyssey, at The Dukes on Saturday 18 October, charts the rise, fall and rise again of the TV legend. A must for anyone who has ever had a passion for anything, this critically acclaimed show has delighted even those who've never seen Doctor Who.

Midland Hotel Development Celebrated

English Heritage has championed The Midland Hotel in Morecambe as one of England's 20 best development schemes in historic places. A new English Heritage book, Constructive Conservation in Practice, available for free, reveals the excellent schemes that demonstrate "Constructive Conservation": a new way of rescuing heritage as part of regeneration.

Lancaster Under Surveillance

In recent months, many people have been shocked to discover that Local Authorities including Lancaster City and Lancashire County Council have spy powers. But for years now, hundreds of bodies have been able to authorise themselves to examine any of your phone, e-mail, text and web-browsing histories that have been held by phone and internet companies.