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Creating A Life More Ordinary

Dance sessions are a popular A Life More Ordinary event
18/4/17: People with dementia are invited to get creative at some special events at The Dukes in Lancaster this month, and in May.

Dying Arts: The Etiquette of Grief

17/4/17: Lancaster Arts are hosting a number of art and performance events in May which explore our attitudes to death during the national ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week’ 8-14 May 2017.

Lancaster and Environs Arts Round-Up

Poster showing a girl with balloons, advertising the Imagine Heaven exhibition
12/4/17: A round-up of arts events and reviews in Lancaster and the surrounding region.

Lancaster confirmed as member of renewed School for Public Health Research

10/4/17: The National Institute for Health Research has announced that a collaboration between Liverpool and Lancaster Universities will be a member of a renewed School for Public Health Research. The LiLaC initiative is a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Lancaster University.

Celebrate a century of jazz with the Chris Barber Big Band

Chris Barber's Big Band
6/4/17: One of the biggest names in international jazz, Chris Barber, comes to the Platform in Morecambe on Friday 21st April...

Freeman's Wood to be sold to new developer if outline planning permission granted

Not the actual plan. Just 'a suggestion'
5/4/17: Outline planning permission is being sought for the Freeman's Wood area. The owners, Bermuda-based Property Trust, don't plan to develop the site themselves, but to obtain outline planning permission and then sell it to a developer at a substantial profit.

Lancashire County Council election candidates revealed

Lancashire County Council logo
5/4/17: The list of candidates for the Lancashire County Council elections on Thursday 4th May 2017 has been announced and we have the full list of candidates campaigning for your vote in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.

Andre Vincent makes Lancaster Comedy Club debut this Sunday

Andre Vincent
5/4/17: This April's line-up for Lancaster Comedy Club includes Andre Vincent, making his Borough debut - and Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side star Stephen Bailey

Wanted Morecambe man, 81, believed to be in Blackpool

John Gilbert Blacktop
5/4/17: Police are continuing to appeal for help to trace missing man John Gilbert Blacktop. Blacktop, 81, of Marine Road West, Morecambe was on trial at Bradford Crown Court but failed to turn up for court last week. He was convicted in his absence and sentenced to 21 years in prison and is now wanted.

Police Appeal after Lancaster City Centre Assault

5/4/17: Lancaster Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Lancaster, reporting the offender appeared to be a young teenager.

The Duo Spring Back into Action!

The Duo - David Emptage and Tony Cooke. Photo: John Freeman
4/4/17: Someone has awoken The Duo from its slumbers and said “go to a pub and play some music” and they have agreed to comply.

Make your mark - don't forget to register to vote

4/4/17: Time is running out for anyone who has not yet registered to vote if they want to make their mark in this year’s Lancashire County Council elections.

Morecambe's Great War Heritage Exhibition Opens on Easter Saturday.

Life in the trenches, The Great War Heritage Project, Morecambe
3/4/17: A fascinating exhibition of World War I memorabilia will open on Saturday 15 April at the Morecambe Heritage Centre. The collection ranges from the Home Front to the Western Front and beyond and includes many items used as props in the making of the film ‘War Horse’.

Four Abstract Artists Review

Poster for the four abstract artists exhibition
31/3/17: A review of the Four Abstact Artists (4AA) exhibition being held in the Storey from 27th March to 7th April 2017

Freeman's Wood: Consultation on Satnam Plan to Build 250 Homes

Proposed development plan for the Freeman's Wood area
31/3/17: The Property Development Trust's planning consultants, Satnam, are drafting a proposal to build 250 new homes on the land now occupied by Freeman's Wood. They will be holding a consultation display about it at the Storey, this Wednesday 5 April, from 12 noon - 6.45pm.

Atticus 2017 Minilogue Competition wants a quick word from you

Atticus Minilogue Competition 2017
30/3/17: Atticus Books are pleased to announce the start of their 2017 one-minute monologue competition. Please tell all your friends! Like last year there are two prizes of £50. One for best written monologue, chosen by a panel of learned judges; one for monologue in performance, chosen by the audience.

Dukes Musical Comedy: Jonny & the Baptists' 'Eat the Poor'

Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gerveers
29/3/17: Jonny & the Baptists return to The Dukes on April 12 with their Edinburgh Fringe hit - Eat The Poor - a riotous, heartfelt musical comedy for our times. Many of the UK’s MPs are millionaires yet a third of the country lives below the poverty line.

Protesters swing on ropes to blockade Cuadrilla suppliers' Carnforth quarry

Protesters hung on swings at the entrances to the Carnforth quarry
27/3/17: Two people were arrested today after protesters from Bristol Rising Tide blockaded the entrance to the Aggregate Industries quarry at Leapers Wood in Carnforth. The protesters were suspended on swings which were rigged onto height restriction bars at the quarry entrance.

Make Lancashire cycling & walking better & safer - Have your say

Dynamo's A6 Safety Campaign Map
26/3/17: Figures from 2014 show that South Lancaster's A6 has the highest number of fatal and serious crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists in the UK. Now you can have your say on the draft 10-year Cycling and Walking Strategy being developed by Lancashire County Council and partners.

Lancaster's Draft Local Housing Plans based on 2015 forecast of big increases in international immigration. Consultation ends tomorrow

Lancaster Local Plan Land Allocations Map from March 2017. Click to enlarge
22/3/17: Lancaster City Council's consultation period for the Local Plan on land allocation for development ends tomorrow, Friday 24 March.

Tragic Death of Boy, 11, in Fatal House Fire in Lancaster

Cem Bora, 11, was tragically found dead in a fatal Lancaster house fire
21/3/17: An 11-year-old boy was sadly found dead by firefighters attending a house fire in Coniston Road, Lancaster, on Sunday.

Lancaster Area Arts Round-Up from Saturday 25th March 2017

Sailing Boats, Venice by John Ruskin
19/3/17: Round up of literature and visual arts events and exhibitions for Lancaster and the surrounding area from 25th March 2017

The Dukes Seeks New Board Members

Poster of a Dukes Production
18/3/17: Lancaster's award-winning Dukes theatre needs new trustees to help plan its future. The Dukes is managed by a voluntary, unpaid Board of Directors and there are currently three vacancies.

Be your own boss: free and discounted pitches at your local markets

Traders at the Assembly Rooms Market
17/3/17: Ever fancied running your own business but don’t know where to start? Perhaps you have a small business and want to bring it to your local high street. Lancaster & Morecambe Markets and the Assembly Rooms are offering free and discounted rates for pitches and stalls.

OMG! Jeremy Corbyn's at the Front Door!

Jeremy Corbyn and Cat Smith MP
16/3/17: I just nearly had a heart attack. I answered the doorbell and Jeremy Corbyn and Cat Smith were standing there asking me if I was going to vote Labour at the County Council election.

Stranger Illegally Mishandles Schoolboy on Lancaster Canal Towpath

16/3/17: Lancaster Police are appealing for information after a man approached a schoolboy (11) and mishandled him in an illegally invasive manner in Hest Bank on Tuesday afternoon, 14 March. The boy was cycling along the Lancaster Canal towpath when he was approached by man who stopped him to talk.

Shared Lives Carers - 'Family' Homes for Adults Needing Social Care

Lancashire Shared Lives Family
16/3/17: Lancashire County Council is asking people if they could offer a ‘family’ home to an adult living with a disability, who isn't able to live independently. Shared Lives carers work from home to provide short term respite or long term live in arrangements for adults who have social care needs.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 15th to 23rd March 2017

Beauty and the Beast
15/3/17: Our final Local Cinema Round-up by Peter Clarke, for 20 - 23 March 2017, has reviews of three new films coming to Lancaster this week. Plus; a round-up of other films still screening, to help you plan that date. Thank you, Peter, you star! Coming Soon: News about the Lancaster Arts Scene...

Lancaster Music Festival: 'Help us pick the best performance applicants!'

Lancaster Music Festival - 2017 Venues
15/3/17: Lancaster Music Festival are opening up to the public their sessions reviewing the hundreds of acts who have recorded applications to perform at this year's festival in mid-October. The next one will be on Monday 20 March at 7pm in the Gregson upstairs cinema.

Ordeal for Boy, 15, Trapped in Morecambe Bay Mud

Coastguard teams rescuing boy, 15, trapped in Morecambe Bay mud
15/3/17: A 15 year old boy out walking with relatives on Morecambe Bay sands became trapped in mud and quicksand just a few hundred yards from the shore at about 2pm on Saturday afternoon. Unable to free him, a relative summoned the Coastguard Rescue Agency and their teams sped by hovercraft to save him.


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