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December 2008

Fight the Christmas flab!

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 20:41: Did you overindulge this Christmas? Are you thinking of a way to shed those festive pounds?

West Coast Upgrade Claims Challenged

Friday, December 19, 2008 - 14:43: Lancaster's local Rail User Group has challenged the claims made in recent announcements about completion of the West Coast mainline, as line closures continue in the area at weekends and changes to local train services which are causing problems for local commuters.

Flu Warning issued

Friday, December 19, 2008 - 14:19: var iamInit = function() {try{initIamServingHandler(320,481,360819,"")}catch(ex){}}()With flu rates increasing across the region the Health Protection Agency (HPA) North West is advising people on what they can do to protect themselves and others from infection on the run up to Christmas.

Christmas Concert at Morecambe Parish Church

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 00:09: The Morecambe District Philharmonic Choir Christmas Concert takes place on Saturday 20th December at Morecambe Parish Church. The programme includes Schubert’s Mass in G and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, with traditional carols for choir and audience. Conducted by Stephen Boyd, with organist Andy Plowman and accompanist Jocelyn Hipple.

Christmas Classic at The Dukes

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 11:55: If you’re still trying to find the spirit of Christmas, head down to The Dukes this week and have your heart warmed by the greatest festive film of all time, It’s A Wonderful Life. Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a screening of this classic film and the Lancaster cinema is offering mince pies and mulled wine to add an extra dose of seasonal cheer.

Citizen Binned

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 10:43: (Updated 17/12/08): The closure of the Lancaster Citizen office in November has sadly proved to be the first stage in a slow death for the City's once most read free newspaper.

Student Drama at the Dukes

Monday, December 15, 2008 - 15:29: University of Cumbria third year Drama students will be producing and performing two popular family based comedies at The Dukes, Lancaster in January. Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall's Billy Liar runs from 14 to 17 January and Laura Wade's Colder Than Here runs from 21 to 24 January.

Festive fun at West End children’s party

Monday, December 15, 2008 - 13:11: Winning Back Morecambe’s West End held a Christmas party for more than 150 local children last weekend. The party took place at The Carleton on Sunday and was free to children and their families living in Morecambe’s West End. A fantastic time was had by all the children with dancing, magic shows, competitions and a visit from a very special guest – Father Christmas.

Atkins Demands Better Food Labelling

Friday, December 12, 2008 - 17:47: Local MEP Sir Robert Atkins has called for a better labelling regime for processed foods after it emerged that food packaged as "Made in Britain" could contain Irish pork caught up in the diocin alert in the Republic.

Putting an End to University Research?

Friday, December 12, 2008 - 17:20: An article in subtext ( notes that Lancaster University Vice-Chancellor Paul Wellings has been advising the government to close down research funding to Lancaster and have it as primarily just a teaching establishment, if one can read clearly between the lines of his recent report to John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

Happy Birthday, Spotlight!

Friday, December 12, 2008 - 13:57: Lancaster's regular poets, writers and other performers event The Spotlight Club celebrates its 13th birthday on Friday 19 December at the Yorkshire House.

New Credit Crunch Initiatives Announced for Local Business

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 12:38: The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) has just hosted an event with senior regional representatives from the major banks operating in the North West in an effort to co-ordinate support for local and regional businesses affected by the ongoing economic downturn.

Council to launch new sustainable communities strategy

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 12:26: The Lancaster District Local Strategic Partnership will be launching its new Sustainable Community Strategy on Friday (12th December) at The Platform in Morecambe. The strategy sets out the long term vision for the district and highlights how the partnership will deliver improvements for the quality of life for everyone in the Lancaster district.

In Review: Philip Fawcett’s Piano Recital at St. Peter’s Cathedral

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 12:10: A Review by Humble Sam When our forefathers erected the first churches of Europe to worship God, they were certainly unaware that one day exceptional musicians would perform profound pieces of music in these houses of worship – musicians such as the distinguished pianist Philip Fawcett who appeared live last Friday, 5th December, at St. Peters Cathedral in Lancaster.

Powering Up New Video Art...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 15:00: Heysham Power Stations are playing an integral part in Liverpool’s Year of Culture, with the sites featuring in a new video installation by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark frontman Andy McCluskey. The sites’ management team was approached by Andy two years ago about filming the stations for the video, which also includes other forms of electricity generation from the across the north west.

Ghost stories and ghastly tales at the Ashton Memorial

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 14:57: Join the staff of Williamson Park (if you dare!) for a spine-chilling evening full of shocks and scares, ghost stories and local scary tales on Saturday 20th December, with a performance of the play The Ghost Writer.

Citizen to Close?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 22:39: Hot on the heels of the closure of the Lancaster offices of the Lancaster Citizen last month (see "When is a Local paper no longer Local?") comes the news that the free paper itself may also soon close.

Centros Campaigners To Plead Not Guilty

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 15:56: Four Lancastrians will plead not guilty to the charge of Aggravated Trespass on Thursday after being arrested following a protest at the offices of Centros, the development company behind the plans for the Lancaster canal corridor shopping centre (see news story).

Othello (Lancaster University Drama Group)

Friday, December 5, 2008 - 23:15: If you've never seen it before, Othello is a great play, all about identity, ethnicity, gender relations - and, of course, misplaced trust and consequent jealousy.

Protesters Take Fight to Centros Office

Friday, December 5, 2008 - 16:24: On Monday 1st December, nine campaigners from Lancaster travelled to London to protest at the offices of Centros, the development company behind the plans for the Lancaster canal corridor shopping centre.

Protesters' Statement to Centros

Friday, December 5, 2008 - 16:06: Centros... at the heart of urban degeneration... Why are we here? We've come to the offices of Centros today to peacefully demonstrate against the planned invasion of our town and our community by this development company.