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Atkins Demands Better Food Labelling

12/12/08: Local MEP Sir Robert Atkins has called for a better labelling regime for processed foods after it emerged that food packaged as "Made in Britain" could contain Irish pork caught up in the diocin alert in the Republic.

Putting an End to University Research?

12/12/08: An article in subtext (http://www.lancs.ac.uk/subtext/) notes that Lancaster University Vice-Chancellor Paul Wellings has been advising the government to close down research funding to Lancaster and have it as primarily just a teaching establishment, if one can read clearly between the lines of his

Happy Birthday, Spotlight!

12/12/08: Lancaster's regular poets, writers and other performers event The Spotlight Club celebrates its 13th birthday on Friday 19 December at the Yorkshire House.

New Credit Crunch Initiatives Announced for Local Business

11/12/08: The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) has just hosted an event with senior regional representatives from the major banks operating in the North West in an effort to co-ordinate support for local and regional businesses affected by the ongoing economic downturn.

Council to launch new sustainable communities strategy

11/12/08: The Lancaster District Local Strategic Partnership will be launching its new Sustainable Community Strategy on Friday (12th December) at The Platform in Morecambe.

In Review: Philip Fawcett’s Piano Recital at St. Peter’s Cathedral

11/12/08: A Review by Humble Sam When our forefathers erected the first churches of Europe to worship God, they were certainly unaware that one day exceptional musicians would perform profound pieces of music in these houses of worship – musicians such as the distinguished pianist Philip Fawcett who appeared

Powering Up New Video Art...

10/12/08: Heysham Power Stations are playing an integral part in Liverpool’s Year of Culture, with the sites featuring in a new video installation by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark frontman Andy McCluskey.

Ghost stories and ghastly tales at the Ashton Memorial

10/12/08: Join the staff of Williamson Park (if you dare!) for a spine-chilling evening full of shocks and scares, ghost stories and local scary tales on Saturday 20th December, with a performance of the play The Ghost Writer.

Citizen to Close?

9/12/08: Hot on the heels of the closure of the Lancaster offices of the Lancaster Citizen last month (see "When is a Local paper no longer Local?") comes the news that the free paper itself may also soon close.

Centros Campaigners To Plead Not Guilty

9/12/08: Four Lancastrians will plead not guilty to the charge of Aggravated Trespass on Thursday after being arrested following a protest at the offices of Centros, the development company behind the plans for the Lancaster canal corridor shopping centre (see news story).

Protesters Take Fight to Centros Office

5/12/08: On Monday 1st December, nine campaigners from Lancaster travelled to London to protest at the offices of Centros, the development company behind the plans for the Lancaster canal corridor shopping centre.

Protesters' Statement to Centros

5/12/08: Centros... at the heart of urban degeneration... Why are we here? We've come to the offices of Centros today to peacefully demonstrate against the planned invasion of our town and our community by this development company.

John Kierdie Watson: A Tribute

29/11/08: Many people in Lancaster have been shocked and saddened to hear of the death of John Kierdie Watson, who was for many years a Trades Unionist in the NHS who fought to defend public services and workers' rights.

Local Publisher Seeks Submissions

29/11/08: Local publisher Flax, which is back by Lancaster Litfest, is gearing up for new series of digital anthologies to be published throughout 2009, and they're hoping they'll build on the success of past anthologies and cement our recent experiments.

Bringing the House Down - Literally!

27/11/08: Going, going, gone! Workers this week demolished a house on the corner of Torrisholme and Oxford Roads in Skerton to make way for a larger BP garage. Planning permission was granted some time ago. Demolition and construction work is expected to take a month.

Government, Business Brace for North West Downturn

27/11/08: Minister for the North West Beverley Hughes has met business leaders from across the North West to spell out the measures being taken by the Government to ensure that the region emerges from the economic downturn stronger than before and to listen to their concerns.

Looking Back on Poulton's Past

27/11/08: Take a glimpse of Morecambe’s past with the ‘Looking back on Poulton-le-Sands Calendar 2009’. Poulton Neighbourhood Management, a Lancaster City Council regeneration scheme, has produced a calendar for 2009 with a collection of photographs from Poulton’s past.

Train Strain: Smith Challenges Hoon

26/11/08: The Secretary of State for the Department for Transport Geoff Hoon has agreed to meet with Morecambe and Lunesdale MP Geraldine Smith to discuss changes to local train times which could see commuters forced back onto Lancaster's already congested network.

Tod's Talk on Art at the Storey

24/11/08: The Storey Institute has been a bit of a Lancaster gem for a long time, providing the people of Lancaster with creative inspiration in one way or another for over a hundred years.

Strictly Eleveneses with Ludus at The Borough!

24/11/08: Ludus Dance and The Borough in Dalton Square have teamed up to offer three brand new exciting Wednesday dance classes in Lancaster from early next year.

Putting the Spotlight on North West Food

24/11/08: Home Grown: Food Champions of England's Northwest, a new book highlighting the renaissance of English provincial food and featuring stories and recipes from local chefs and producers, is published this month.

Free Reed Band at the Gregson

24/11/08: Top Lancaster folk group The Free Reed Band has announced that its former caller, Mark Davies, latterly of Hungary and now of Libya, will call at a ceilidh with the band at the Gregson Centre next month.

New university campaign to tackle obesity

24/11/08: The University of Cumbria is representing the UK in a pan-European campaign to tackle child and adolescent obesity.

Free Teaching Taster courses at the University of Cumbria

24/11/08: The University of Cumbria is holding a free three-day introduction to teaching course from the 25 to 27 November at the Lancaster Campus.

Talking Birds at the Nuffield

24/11/08: Pioneering theatre company Talking Birds come to the Nuffield, Lancaster this December with a funny, musical, slightly chaotic Christmas show for those who like their seasonal fare skewed and a little bit heartbreaking Trevor Goose and his Dark Night of Lights attempts to tell the story of The Litt

'Christmas Collection' Exhibition in Kirkby Lonsdale

21/11/08: Some of the region's most excellent artists are exhibiting at Finestra Gallery in Kirkby Lonsdale this Christmas, as the gallery celebrates its fifth year.

In Pictures: Sleeping Beauty at The Dukes

21/11/08: Here are some images from the The Dukes new show, Sleeping Beauty, which opens tonight, 21st November, and runs until 3rd January.

Green Fair Date Ste

21/11/08: This year's Green Fair will take place on Saturday 29th November from 10-4.00pm at the Friends Meeting House in Lancaster. There will be the usual selection of stalls, food and Father Chrismas in his grotto.

Learn to Cycle' Courses for Youngsters

21/11/08: Parents who are thinking of buying their youngsters a new bike for Christmas might want to take advantage of the Lancaster City Council's 'Learn to Cycle' sessions taking place in January.

Guardian Readers Caught in Traffic

20/11/08: The national Guardian published a piece on moving to Lancaster last weekend, claiming one local described the town as the "Brighton of the north" (a claim usually reserved for Morecambe, so I imagine Councillor Sands will be having words).

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