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Arts Council savaged on cuts

18/1/08: The Financial Times reported earlier this week that Nicholas Hytner, the director of the National Theatre, has launched a scathing attack on Arts Council England for its handling of this year’s grant allocation, which saw almost 200 institutions have their funding withdrawn, including local arts org

Hamlet Takes Over the Castle

18/1/08: Lancaster’s ancient working castle is to make a perfect stand in for the palace of Elsinore as one of the country’s most exciting site-specific professional theatre companies prepares to present its indoor promenade production of the Bard’s famous (and most quoted) drama, Hamlet, next month.

Field of Dreams?

18/1/08: (Republished from the main VL site and this week's newsletter): The Tender Brief for the sale of the land at Lawson's Field in Scotforth was considered by the Council’s Overview Scrutiny Committee on Thursday 17 January.

Food Guide seeks local input

17/1/08: A Climate Change project is seeking food producers and businesses in North Lancashire and South Cumbria to appear in a new free guide to local food.

Stepping Stones' petition call

17/1/08: A locally-based organisation helping children in Africa is urging people to try to protect them from abuse and cruelty by signing an international petition for action to stop a monstrous modern day witch hunt.

Holocaust Remembered

16/1/08: Various events will take place in Lancaster to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, the annual commemoration of the Holocaust - the mass murder of Jews, gays, gypsies trade unionists and Communists by the Nazis in the last century - on 27 January.

Tourism numbers increase

16/1/08: Lancaster continues to prove appealing to overseas visitors, with the Tourist Information Centre's visitors book indicating that the historic city remains ever popular with visitors from all four corners of the globe.

Midge Ure returns to the Platform

16/1/08: One of the UK’s finest vocalists, Midge Ure, will make a welcome return to Morecambe next month. Midge will be playing at the Platform in Morecambe, on Thursday 7 February as part of his European tour, performing a solo acoustic show.

Top of the class with new gift packs

16/1/08: School children and teachers in Lancaster can now buy visiting students the ideal gift pack to remember their time in the district.

Basil of the Caribbean!

15/1/08: Everyone's favourite fox, Basil Brush will be taking to the high seas when he returns to Lancaster City Council`s Morecambe Dome on Friday 22nd February.

Morecambe's new antiques market

15/1/08: The old Alhambra building on Marine Road West Morecambe is to re open as an indoor antiques market on the 2nd of February. Morecambe Antiques is a new venture which offers individual stalls and cabinets for rent.

Dukes under pressure as funding cuts bite

15/1/08: Concerns are growing for the future of small arts organisations facing savage cut backs in funding as the government diverts funding to the 2012 Olympics. The Dukes is just one organisation under threat but many local arts groups are having a hard time.

Lancaster Library is a Lottery Winner!

15/1/08: As part of its desire to develop libraries as modern cultural hubs, Lancashire County Libraries has won a Big Lottery bid of £1.43 million - and £640,000 of this will be spent on Lancaster Library.

Secret Nuclear Talks Revealed

15/1/08: The Independent on Sunday reported this week that the British Government held at least nine secret meetings at Downing Street with the bosses of nuclear energy companies while it formulated controversial plans for a new generation of the power plants.

Monday Night Jazz at the John O Gaunt, Lancaster for January 2008

28/12/07: Lancaster's John O'Gaunt pub continues to be the place for jazz fans on Monday nights with a variety of swinging sounds lined up for January. On 7th January 2008 guitar maestro Mark Townson takes the stand, followed on 14th January by trumpeter Melvyn Dod.

Should Have Been Christmas Number One...

14/12/07: Well this, or Shaun the Sheep... definitely a good one for Lancaster's many cat lovers. Happy Christmas!

Clive Grunshaw chosen as the Labour candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood

15/11/07: Local county councillor Clive Grunshaw has been selected by Labour Party members to fight the new seat of Lancaster and Fleetwood at the next General Election.

Eileen gets back in the saddle

15/11/07: A Lancaster councillor has got back on her bike thanks to Lancaster City Council’s ‘Bike Buddy’ scheme. Councillor Eileen Blamire stopped cycling three years ago due to a lack of time and the ever increasing traffic on the district’s roads.

Highways Agency warns drivers to take care in fog

14/11/07: The Highways Agency is advising drivers to take extra care on the roads, with the Met Office forecasting patches of dense freezing fog on some routes in northern England and the Midlands on Thursday morning.

Animal Care Appeal

13/11/07: Lancaster-based charity Animal Care have their Christmas Fairs soon and are appealing for Tombola items, Toys and Games, DVD's and good quality Bric a Brac to sell to help raise money to look after the stray and unwanted animals in its care.

School closure plans prompt meetings

13/11/07: Parents, teachers and other interested parties have been invited to attend special meetings being organised by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of Lancaster City Council to discuss proposals by Lancashire County Council to close two Lancaster schools.

Cabinet accepts request from Overview and Scrutiny

12/11/07: Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet has accepted an offer of support in drawing up a tender brief for the Lawson’s Bridge site in Scotforth, a sell off which has prompted furious reaction from local residents as it could well mean a supermarket will be built on the Scotforth site.

LitFest Week in Lancaster

12/11/07: It's finally here - Lancaster's litfest starts on Wednesday. If you haven't planned what events you want to see then now is definitely the time - all the information is on the litfest website.

More Money for Local Groups

12/11/07: The Galbraith Trust is once again inviting applications from local voluntary and community groups for grants from the charity. The Trust was set up in 2001 from the estate of Ian Galbraith, the former city hardware store owner.

Borrowdale Johnny

5/9/07: 12th October 2007 Borrowdale Johnny 7.30pm Arnside Educational Institute, Arnside. Ticket prices: £6 adults, £4 children, £15 family (2+2).

XWA Wrestling at The Dome

5/9/07: A bumper weekend of wrestling is coming to Morecambe - with two exciting shows featuring the cream of British grappling, a huge eight-man tournament, a 70 stone tag team and a wrestler who recently won £10,000 on a hit Channel 4 game show.

Get fired up at a Charity Ball

5/9/07: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are organising a Charity Ball on Saturday 6 October 2007 at Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster to raise money for the Operation Florian (Fire Service Humanitarian Charity) , and the Fire Service Benevolent Fund.

Don’t miss the Party

5/9/07: About Theatre - a group of local actors/friends - have teamed up to stage the first ever performance in the Lancaster district of Stephen Sondheim’s Putting it Together musical review as a tribute to their good friend Roger Bradley – with all proceeds to Melanoma Charities and the Grand Theatre p

Draft Air Quality Action Plan launched

5/9/07: Draft Air Quality Action Plan launched (Press Release, Lancaster City Council): Lancaster City Council has taken another step towards cleaning up air quality in Lancaster. On Tuesday the council’s cabinet approved an interim Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP).

Highway Code cracked: more than 40 rules changed!

6/6/07: Following a high-profile campaign from the Cyclists Touring Club, the Government has agreed to amend the Highway Code to improve cyclists' safety and to encourage drivers to take more care around vulnerable road users. In total over 40 rules have been changed to the benefit of cyclists.

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