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March 2011

UNISON Hail Funding Decisions on Police Community Support Officers

Friday, March 4, 2011 - 15:47: UNISON has welcomed news that the majority of the external funding partners for some 170 plus Police Community Support Officers have found the funding within their severely and savagely cut budgets to continue with the provision of Police Community Support Officers within their communities to enable the greatly valued and appreciated work that they do jointly with the Constabulary to continue.

Hala Estate to get a makeover, Open Day announced

Friday, March 4, 2011 - 15:20: A possible design for a new play area which Hala Community Group will be on hand to tell residents more about at a planned Open Day. More designs on the group's Facebook pageLancaster City Council and its partner contractor Forrest will be carrying out major improvement work on Lancaster's Hala Estate, and will be holding an open day for residents to find out more.

Star Wars R2D2, comics creator and more at the Storey

Friday, March 4, 2011 - 14:57: Lancaster's Storey Creative Industries Centre will host a comic and science fiction fair on Saturday 19th March.

Spending Cuts Crisis: Get To London for 26 March

Friday, March 4, 2011 - 11:11: Lancastrians packed into Lancaster Town Hall to hear RMT leader Bob Crow, Right to Work speaker Chris Banbury and Green Party member Gina Dowding speaking about the spending cuts on Wednesday 23 February at a meeting chaired by Lancaster Morecambe Against the Cuts’ Audrey Glover.

Police appeal after attempted bag snatch

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 23:02: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after an attempted bag snatch in Carnforth on Monday (28th February). The incident happened around 10.30am on Market Street outside the post office. The 45 year old victim was approached from behind by a man who took hold of the rucksack he was carrying and tried to pull it from his possession.

International Women's Day Celebrations in Lancaster

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 22:33: It’s International Women’s Day (IWD) on Tuesday 8 March and the Lancaster Women @ The Gregson (WAGs) have again initiated a series of events to mark it. At 8pm will be the grand opening of ‘Women Like Us’, an exhibition celebrating women in Lancaster and beyond.

Dog is bound by its own lead and left to drown in Lune

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 16:01: The body of a dog has been found with its legs bound by its own lead, on the banks of the Lune Estuary. The grim discovery was made by a member of the public close to the Snatchems area of Morecambe on Saturday 19th February. Lancaster City Council was notified of the findings and the body was removed and taken to White Lund Depot for further examination by the council’s dog wardens.

Councillor Mace "gagged" trying to challenge Market move plan

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 15:54: Councillor Roger MaceFormer Council Leader and Conservative Councillor Roger Mace is wondering if the City Cabinet and Council staff have something to hide after being "gagged" at this week's Full Council during discussion the future of Lancaster Market.

Could you be a City Councillor?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 15:47: If you've ever ranted about the City Council or declared you could do a better job than those currently elected, now's your chance to prove yourself. Despite the inevitable brickbats from voters and local press when things go wrong (Mr Blobby, Lancaster Market, to name but a few debacles down the years), becoming a local councillor can be a very rewarding experience.

Flax to launch new books from three authors

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 12:29: Flax, the publishing inprint of Lancaster LitFest, will be launching chapbooks by Dinesh Allirajah, Sarah Dobbs and Ian Seed on Friday. With live readings, good company and all the trimmings that make Flax launches a good night out, these latest books offer a triangle creating an uneasy tension and sharp illumination on how we communicate and why we don’t.

In Review: Children of Killers

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 10:53: While many of those of us in Europe may think of genocide in Rwanda as something that was over and done with 16 years ago, put to rest with the assistance of 'Truth and Reconciliation' commissions, this was never to be true for Rwandan survivors. Everyone knew people who had died; many people knew who the killers were. Many survivors were maimed.

Show off your label - it's Fairtrade Fortnight!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 07:57: Lancaster City Council is supporting Fairtrade Fortnight and asking shops and other organisations to “Show off your label” from 28th February until 13th March 2011. Lancaster district is a Fairtrade District and this year, the Fairtrade Foundation is asking everyone to shout about the Fairtrade products you buy and which offer 7.5 million people in the developing world a more secure future.

Beaumont Dance Company show to debut at Dukes DT3

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 14:23: A dance company formed by students at the Skerton-based Beaumont College for young people with physical and learning disabilities will perform independently for the first time at the Duke’s DT3 Theatre in Lancaster on the 3rd March 2011 at 1.30pm.

£16 billion should not be spent on high speed rail, says local Green

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 14:17: Image: Birmingham Chamber of CommerceWhen the Green Party conference came out overwhelmingly against the HS2 proposal for a Birmingham-London 250 mph train earlier this week, Lancaster Green Councillor John Whitelegg was at the centre of the debate.

Energy Minister to open Lancaster University's new research centre

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 11:47: Charles Hendry MPThe Rt Hon Charles Hendry MP, Minister of State for Energy Climate Change, will officially open Lancaster University’s new energy research centre, Energy Lancaster, on Thursday 10th March. The launch will involve a presentation outlining Energy Lancaster’s activities by its Director, Professor Colin Boxall, and a presentation by the Minister on the UK’s energy agenda.

Register to vote - before it's too late

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 10:41: Time is running out to make sure that you are registered to vote in time for the local elections, which take place on 5th May, when new city councillors will be elected to represent Lancaster and Morecambe taxpayers until 2015.