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November 2008

John Kierdie Watson: A Tribute

Many people in Lancaster have been shocked and saddened to hear of the death of John Kierdie Watson, who was for many years a Trades Unionist in the NHS who fought to defend public services and workers' rights.

Local Publisher Seeks Submissions

Local publisher Flax, which is back by Lancaster Litfest, is gearing up for new series of digital anthologies to be published throughout 2009, and they're hoping they'll build on the success of past anthologies and cement our recent experiments.

Bringing the House Down - Literally!

Going, going, gone! Workers this week demolished a house on the corner of Torrisholme and Oxford Roads in Skerton to make way for a larger BP garage. Planning permission was granted some time ago. Demolition and construction work is expected to take a month.

Government, Business Brace for North West Downturn

Minister for the North West Beverley Hughes has met business leaders from across the North West to spell out the measures being taken by the Government to ensure that the region emerges from the economic downturn stronger than before and to listen to their concerns.

Looking Back on Poulton's Past

Take a glimpse of Morecambe’s past with the ‘Looking back on Poulton-le-Sands Calendar 2009’. Poulton Neighbourhood Management, a Lancaster City Council regeneration scheme, has produced a calendar for 2009 with a collection of photographs from Poulton’s past.

Train Strain: Smith Challenges Hoon

The Secretary of State for the Department for Transport Geoff Hoon has agreed to meet with Morecambe and Lunesdale MP Geraldine Smith to discuss changes to local train times which could see commuters forced back onto Lancaster's already congested network.

Tod's Talk on Art at the Storey

The Storey Institute has been a bit of a Lancaster gem for a long time, providing the people of Lancaster with creative inspiration in one way or another for over a hundred years. For the past 12 months however, this colossal Victorian monument to art, learning, and all things which generally make us much more interesting people, has been clad in a skeleton of scaffolding.

Strictly Eleveneses with Ludus at The Borough!

Ludus Dance and The Borough in Dalton Square have teamed up to offer three brand new exciting Wednesday dance classes in Lancaster from early next year. All of the new classes - Ludus Elevenses, Active Lunch and Boogie Nights - will take place in The Borough's function room every Wednesday from 14th January 2009 onwards.

Putting the Spotlight on North West Food

Home Grown: Food Champions of England's Northwest, a new book highlighting the renaissance of English provincial food and featuring stories and recipes from local chefs and producers, is published this month. The 400-page coffee table publication tells the story of how some of the region’s chefs, who are passionate about local and regional food, have led a Northwest ‘food revolution’.

Free Reed Band at the Gregson

Top Lancaster folk group The Free Reed Band has announced that its former caller, Mark Davies, latterly of Hungary and now of Libya, will call at a ceilidh with the band at the Gregson Centre next month. The ceildh will take place on Monday 29 December 2008 from 8.00pm to 11.00pm and the night of dancing will only cost you £5.00.

New university campaign to tackle obesity

The University of Cumbria is representing the UK in a pan-European campaign to tackle child and adolescent obesity. The project, “In Form: campaign against child and adolescent obesity”, will take place over the next three years and has received funding from the European Union’s Public Health Programme.

Free Teaching Taster courses at the University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria is holding a free three-day introduction to teaching course from the 25 to 27 November at the Lancaster Campus. The course will focus on three areas which are under represented in the teaching profession including black and minority ethnic recruitment into teaching, secondary (STEM) shortage subjects and attracting men into primary teaching.

Talking Birds at the Nuffield

Pioneering theatre company Talking Birds come to the Nuffield, Lancaster this December with a funny, musical, slightly chaotic Christmas show for those who like their seasonal fare skewed and a little bit heartbreaking Trevor Goose and his Dark Night of Lights attempts to tell the story of The Little Matchgirl, but internal difficulties with the band - Hans Christian and the Andersons – as well...

'Christmas Collection' Exhibition in Kirkby Lonsdale

Some of the region's most excellent artists are exhibiting at Finestra Gallery in Kirkby Lonsdale this Christmas, as the gallery celebrates its fifth year. William H Jones has completed new paintings exclusively for this exhibition comprising Kirkby Lonsdale winter scenes, including one of the Town Square (right).

In Pictures: Sleeping Beauty at The Dukes

Here are some images from the The Dukes new show, Sleeping Beauty, which opens tonight, 21st November, and runs until 3rd January.

Green Fair Date Ste

This year's Green Fair will take place on Saturday 29th November from 10-4.00pm at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster. There will be the usual selection of stalls, food and Father Chrismas in his grotto. Music will be provided by a number of local artists - including vocals and guitar from Pat Simmons and Rashid Winter on Spanish guitar.

Learn to Cycle' Courses for Youngsters

Parents who are thinking of buying their youngsters a new bike for Christmas might want to take advantage of the Lancaster City Council's 'Learn to Cycle' sessions taking place in January.

Guardian Readers Caught in Traffic

The national Guardian published a piece on moving to Lancaster last weekend, claiming one local described the town as the "Brighton of the north" (a claim usually reserved for Morecambe, so I imagine Councillor Sands will be having words). "Lancaster has that right combo of heritage and heresy," wrote Tom Dyckhoff.

Celebrate Lancashire Day

Lancaster City Council's Visitor Information Centres will celebrate all things Lancashire later this month by giving away free key rings and pens.

Unmasking the region’s Green Heroes

The search is on for environmentally conscious companies from across Lancashire as the Northwest Business Environment Awards (NWBEA) 2009 sets out to unmask our green heroes from industry that are putting the environment at the heart of their company’s success.

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