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November 2011

1500 March in Lancaster as N30 strike closes public services

Libraries, schools and government buildings closed their doors today as thousands of Public Sector workers took a day of strike action against government cuts to jobs, pensions and services.

Public Service Workers Day of Action N30

N30 is the name for the nationwide day of action called by Public Service unions striking for pensions justice and to defend public services. Twenty six unions have ballotted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action that day and over two million public sector workers are set to go on strike.

Thieves rob CancerCare again, steal leafblower

(Updated 4/12/11) Thieves have again targetted local charity CancerCare, stealing a leaf blower from its grounds on Slyne Road. Police have issued CCTV images of a man they want to speak with after the petrol-powered leaf blower was stolen from the grounds of the Lancaster hospice at around 11.15am on Tuesday 22nd November.

In Review: The BFG

Robert Pickavance is The BFG at The Dukes While Roald Dahl's children's novel The Big Friendly Giant is full of witty wordplay and dialogue which transfers well to the stage, it would also seem to pose a range of theatrical challenges: how will they do the giants? how will the dreams be shown? how is little Sophie transported? will she really ride in the BFG's ear?

Christmas crafts at The Dukes

There’s a chance to pick up some unusual Christmas presents at The Dukes latest arts and crafts fair – Handmade - on Saturday 10th December. Locally crafted items from across the county are on sale from 12 noon-4pm in the gallery. And after browsing the stalls, why not spend a little time in The Dukes café bar where you can enjoy a drink and cake or even a light lunch.

Moorgate, John Harper on Robert Gillow's Folk Bill

Local ceildh band Moorgate Three more live folk events have just been announced at the Robert Gillow, a pub still in search of a new landlord. Here's the details, which include an appearances by ace local ceildh band Moorgate and the ever-wonderful John Harper...

Local Police Cadets fund raiser announced for Brain Research Trust

The late Detective Inspector Glen Oldham and his wife, Audrey Teenage police cadets will be running a charity market stall in Lancaster on Saturday, to raise money in memory of a Lancaster officer.

North West HIV care figure concerns

The number of people being treated for HIV in the North West region reached 6,332 in 2010 according to Health Protection Agency figures published today ahead of World AIDS Day on Thursday. The HPA’s annual ‘HIV in the UK’ report reveals that the North West has the second largest number of people accessing HIV care behind London with an increase of 6.4% from 5.950 people in 2009.

World Aids Day Karaoke - Sing if you're glad to be fundraising

On Thursday 1 December at 8pm the Dule of Lancaster is holding a Karaoke Night in aid of World Aids Day. Expect showstopping talent - and possibly a little torment - as the real muscle of the City's vocal talent takes to the stage to either knock your socks off - or sinuously unroll them.

Council prepares for Wednesday's strike

Lancaster City Council is re-arranging waste and recycling collection services arrangements for Wednesday, when a number of public sector unions nationally are taking strike action over proposed pension reforms. The industrial action will have an impact on most Lancaster City Council services, but arrangements are in place to ensure emergency services are maintained.

Who’s taking you home tonight? Taxi safety advice at Christmas

As the festive season approaches, Lancaster City Council is reminding revellers to consider their personal safety when using taxis. Many people will be using taxis to get home after a night out with friends or an office party – but is the vehicle you’re getting in licensed?

Lancaster lights up for Christmas

The old town hall building, home to the City Museum and King's Own Regimental Museum was illuminated and thecity centre's Christmas tree and festive lights were switched on last week.

Cannabis cultivators jailed for four years

Two Vietnamese nationals who cultivated a cannabis factory worth almost £400,000 have been jailed for a total of four years. Officers discovered the 1,000-plant factory in a property on Alexandra Road, in Morecambe's West End, on Monday 29th August following a report of a break-in at the address.

Festival of Ideas: boffins have 6 minutes to share their work

Tomorrow sees a Festival of Ideas hitting Lancaster that aims to give an opportunity to the public to learn about the research of PhD students and University Staff. There will be Poster Presentations in Market Square from 10am - 4pm as Doctoral students discuss their research with passers-by.

Waiting for Godiva - M6 Link protesters strip back to basics

Lady Godiva rode naked through the streets of Coventry to protest at the unjust taxes her husband was extorting from his people. She's coming to Halton on Sunday 4th December to protest at the unjust taxes the people of Lancashire will have to pay for the unjustified and extortionate Link Road, that will have the shirts off our backs.

Will proposed Superstore traffic appeal to City Planners?

A planning appeal is currently underway at Lancaster Town Hall to consider revised plans for a major development by Countryside Estates (CE), comprising a Superstore, hotel, pub, garage and 500-space carpark at Scotforth, on fields west of the A6 and south of the Boot Shoe.

Library craft fair attracts plenty of local 'makers'

Lancaster Library’s first arts and craft fair will be overflowing with festive treats on Saturday 3rd December. Organisers Debbie Stubbs and Kumiko Hotta say they have been inundated with requests for stalls and are happy to announce that 13 different makers will be offering a wide range of handmade Christmas goodies.

Lancaster Christmas Shelter, please pitch in and help!

Lancaster District Homeless Action Services are running its 25th Christmas Shelter at St Thomas Church from the 24th - 29th December for those who are homeless or in housing poverty. The shelter offers a warm, safe environment for the homeless over the festive period. It is the only one of its kind in the area with the focus being that no one deserves to go cold, hungry and alone at Christmas.

Two chances to catch ace local band The Duo

If you do pop into town to see the new Christmas lights on the Museum, then why not stay a little longer and catch The Duo (from folk to Floyd) who are playing Robert Gillow in Market Street tonight (24th). Too short notice? then there's also a chance to see them at the Golden Lion in Moor Lane on Saturday.

Lancaster's Market Square gets ready to shine

Lancaster’s old town hall in Market Square - now our Museum - will be shining bright in time for Christmas following the switch on of its new lights at this year's launch of late night shopping. The event takes place this Thursday (24th November) in Market Square, Lancaster starting at 5.30pm.