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November 2015

Review: Haffner Orchestra

Haffner Orchestra Saturday, 28 November 2015 In the Great Hall, Lancaster University Reviewed by Henry Prince In its new musical director, the orchestra has found someone who, himself standing on the shoulders of giants, has already begun to lift the orchestra to even greater heights. As a long-standing patron, I have witnessed the development of these players over many years.

Fury as Cuts in Council Funding Stepped up by Government

Cat Smith speaking at a recent meeting at Lancaster Priory. Photo: Ben SoffaCuts to local government funding in the latest government Spending Review will spell misery for Lancaster and Morecambe residents as both the City and County Councils are forced to make savings by cutting vital services, warns Lancaster's MP and City Council leader.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 25th November to 3rd December 2015

For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit theVirtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews. This period sees four new releases in the local cinemas.

Williamson Park

You can see the Ashton Memorial, which is in Williamson Park, from the M6 motorway and from miles around. This is the story I was told about it, which is probably a tissue of untruths. Feel free to get in touch and put us right!

Lancashire County Council's Latest Cuts Proposals Appal Local Residents

Lancaster and Morecambe residents have been left reeling after Lancashire County Council announced it latest cuts proposals last week. They include proposals to slash funding for cultural sites across the county by 90 per cent and other cuts that will impact public transport users, libraries and see the loss of another 367 jobs.

Morecambe Christmas Festival will raise funds for several causes

Proceeds from an upcoming three-day long Christmas Festival will be shared between Morecambe Parish Church, the War Memorial Hall Trust and Cancer Care, the latter busy fund raising in earnest at present with its Santa Dash later today (details on their web site).

"Safety Last" film screening at The Gregson

Next month's screening by Lancaster Silent Movie Classic Film Club is the nail-biting "Safety Last" starring Harold Lloyd. Everyone is welcome to this not for profit event. "One of the most nail biting sequences in film history that leaves you continually catching your breath," says organiser Ray Turner.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 18th to 26th November 2015

For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit theVirtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews. Four new releases make it to the cinema during this period. The big release, providing fantasy adventure, is the final instalment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (12A).

Lancaster's Poorest Could Lose Out in Rushed Voting Changes, pressure groups warn

Campaign groups such as 38 Degreesthe Electoral Reform Society and Hope Not Hate are highlighting concerns which could mean over 4,000 people could be wiped off the Lancaster electoral register under new government rules on Friday. Not being registered can affect your credit rating and mean that you miss out on voting. The worst part? Many people have no idea it’s happening to them.

Local MP, Cat Smith, Pushes BT for better broadband for Lancaster's Highgrove Estate

Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, met with senior BT staff to pursue residents’ concerns about the lack of high-speed broadband at the Highgrove Estate in Lancaster earlier this week. The company's cabinet serving the estate connect some 170 households around Caspian Way in Scotforth, who experience slow connection speeds and problems with downloads.

Lancaster Cyclists to Brave the Cold for Climate Change

Seven keen Lancaster cyclists will be joining a mass five day cycle ride from London to Paris this December for the UN COP21 summit.

A Beastly Tale, Beautifully Told: The Dukes festive show is a classic fairy tale

Photo: Darren AndrewsA beastly tale beautifully told by local writer Eddie Robson will entertain audiences at The Dukes in Lancaster this festive season. Beauty and the Beast, which runs opens on Friday (20th November) and runs until 2nd January 2016, is a classic fairytale full of adventure, fun, wonderful characters and drama.

Lancaster Creative Writers Group Assembles!

The next meeting of the Lancaster Creative Writers Group is tonight, Tuesday 17th November from 7.00pm upstairs at the Royal Kings Arms Hotel. This week the Group will be discussing story structure and narrative arc, courtesy of one Dr. George Green of Lancaster University Creative Writing Department. They will not be mentioning apostrophes. New members more than welcome.

Missing girl, 15, could be in Lancaster or Morecambe

Police are appealing for help to find a 15-year-old girl from Manchester who may be in Lancashire. Kelis Ann Nicholson was last seen at an address on Northampton Road in Middleton, Manchester at around 6pm on Sunday 15 November, however it is believed she may be in the Morecambe or Lancaster areas as she has links to those places.

‘Phoenix’ dance into Lancaster in December

Phoenix Dance Theatre cross the Pennines to Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University this December premièring two new dance works by female choreographers Sharon Watson and Caroline Finn alongside a double bill by Christopher Bruce CBE. The works are presented as part of their ‘Mixed Programme 2015’ at 8.00pm on the 1st and 2nd December at the Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster.

Park for free for your shopping spree

Shoppers will be able to enjoy free parking at selected times in Lancaster and Morecambe in the run up to Christmas. From Sunday November 22nd until Sunday December 20th, all of the city council's pay and display car parks in Lancaster and Morecambe will be free to use for Sunday shopping.

New publication tells Holocaust stories of Lancaster families

A new publication being launched this month in Lancaster and distributed to schools throughout Lancashire will provide a chance for young people to find out the extent of the involvement of people from this district with the Holocaust.

Celebrate Lancashire Day!

Enjoy all things Lancashire at Lancaster City Council’s Visitor Information Centres, when both centres have their own celebrations of this special day.

Green Party's Chris Coates runs for Carnforth city councillor post

Long standing member of the Green Party and former city and county councillor Chris Coates is standing for the Party in the Carnforth and Millhead by-election on 26th November 2015.

Lancaster University winner of the UK ICT Pioneers contest 2015

A Lancaster student has won a national competition for the excellence and commercial potential of his ICT related research. Jonathan Roberts is the overall winner of the 2015 UK ICT Pioneers competition for his research Nano-Identification: Fingerprints of the Future.