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An evening of terror in the Ashton Memorial

22/10/08: Join the staff of Williamson Park (if you dare!) for a terrifying evening full of shocks and scares, ghost stories and local scary tales on Friday 31st October with a performance of the play “The Ghost Writer.” Staged inside the evocative main hall of the Ashton Memorial, the play, in which two cha

Halloween Spooktacular cancelled

22/10/08: Due to the weather forecast for Saturday 25th October, the Halloween Spooktacular event which was due to take place at Happy Mount Park has been cancelled. The Met Office predicts high winds and heavy rain for Saturday.

Centros Decision Dismays Lancaster Residents

15/10/08: Residents development campaign group It's Our City, which has proposed several different uses for the land that forms Lancaster's massive and controversial Centros urban development plan, says it is "disappointed" that Lancaster City Council Planning Committee has voted to grant

Council Votes for Centros

15/10/08: After months of debate, public protest, planning objections from all manner of organisations including existing retailers large and small, Lancaster City Council's Planing Committee did what it was expected to do earlier today -- and approved the outline planning permission for the controversia

Fashion Parade for Animals!

14/10/08: Pick your dress for the coming party season at a special fashion show in aid of Animal Care at Lancaster and Morecambe College at 7pm on Wednesday, 22nd October.

Spotlight Shines on Local Writers

10/10/08: There’s a powerful line-up of poetry and music on offer at next week's Spotlight Club, with some of the area’s top-notch writer’s and performers.

Councils' Iceland Investments Threatened?

10/10/08: Both Lancaster City and Lancashire County Council had investments in crisis-hit Icelandic banks - along with Lancashire Police. Lancaster Council has moved swiftly to reassure the public that in the short term, the council does not face any financial difficulties from the investments.

Iconic Roman tombstone unveiled at Lancaster City Museum

10/10/08: An iconic Roman cavalry tombstone will be returned to Lancaster and officially unveiled by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Museums Service at Lancaster City Museum on Wednesday 15 October 2008.

Go Aerial in the Half Term!

7/10/08: Lancaster City Council is offering a variety of sports and arts activities during the October half term holidays (Monday, October 27 - Friday, October 31) for children aged between 4 and 16 years old. But you’ll have to be quick - places fill up very quickly for these popular activities.

Doctor Who Stand-Up Returns to the Dukes

7/10/08: Top comedian and actor Toby Hadoke returns to the Dukes this month with his hilarious hit show, Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf. This razor sharp comic odyssey, at The Dukes on Saturday 18 October, charts the rise, fall and rise again of the TV legend.

Midland Hotel Development Celebrated

7/10/08: English Heritage has championed The Midland Hotel in Morecambe as one of England's 20 best development schemes in historic places.

Lancaster Under Surveillance

7/10/08: In recent months, many people have been shocked to discover that Local Authorities including Lancaster City and Lancashire County Council have spy powers.

The Sacred Thread at The Dukes

6/10/08: Celebrity TV actress Shobna Gulati, well known for her role in Coronation Street, stars in a bold new theatre work, The Sacred Thread at The Dukes this month (21 October).

LitFest Line Up Announced

6/10/08: Lancaster's LitFest celebrates its 30th year this festival with a jam-packed four days of poetry, novels and short fiction. The festival, at The Dukes from 29 October to 1st November, features a wide range of work, from British novels to international poetry.

Register to speak on Centros applications

6/10/08: A special meeting of Lancaster City Council's planning committee will take place on Monday and Tuesday of next week (October 13 and 14) to discuss the plans for the redevelopment of the Canal Corridor site in Lancaster by Centros.

Centros Development Plans Savaged Again

4/10/08: As decision day approaches for the Centros planning applications for the canal corridor, two more prestigious national organisations have added their voices to the many already condemning the scheme.

Only A Game?

3/10/08: This exhibition may be outside the Lancaster area, but it's bound to appeal to football fans acorss lancaster and Morecambe, which is why we've included it...

Peace Campaigner to Speak in Lancaster

2/10/08: When the “Free Gaza” ship recently broke through Israel’s blockade of Gaza to deliver much needed medical aid, the passengers included committed activists of all ages, nationalities and professions.

Overspend Fears Over Bypass Plans

1/10/08: North Lancashire based transport campaign group Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe (TSLM) has written to County Councillors across Lancashire this week, advising them of the increased liability of Lancashire's taxpayers, and the hold on the county's transport budget for many

Traffic Management Cheaper than Bypass, says expert

26/9/08: Concerned that vital Department for Transport appraisal guidance has not been followed in planning for the planned Heysham M6 Link road, and the fact that there is no clear statement as to what the costs really are, local campaign group Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe (TSLM) engaged

City Council Rejects Fluoridation of Water Supplies - Again

26/9/08: Lancaster City Council has voted to tell North Lancahire Primary Care Trust that they do not want artificial fluoride added to the drinking water of residents in this district. A full report Can be found here on the Council web site (PDF). .

Call for Mental Health Unit Plans to be Scrapped

26/9/08: Green Party County Councillor Chris Coates has called for Lancashire Care Trust (LCT) to scrap their plans for new mental health unit at Royal Albert fields, off Ashton Road in Lancaster, and to start the site selection process again.

Five Stars for The Ashton

26/9/08: Lancaster's new Ashton Hotel, which opened back in July, has just received its official rating from Visit Britain and achieved the highest star rating, making it the only five star accommodation in the city.

Autumn exhibition at Williamson Park

26/9/08: Williamson Park has announced the return of Andrew Stafford to the Williamson Gallery with his exhibition of new paintings. The exhibition, which runs from September 28 to November 16, contains 32 paintings, mainly landscapes, but also portraits and still-lifes.

Help bring about change an hour at a time

26/9/08: Do you have an hour to spare and skills that can be used to help others? If so, why not share your time and talents with members of your own community by becoming a member of a Time Bank.

Howden Jones at The Platform

26/9/08: Local musicians Kate Howden and Paul Jones will be playing at The Platform, Morecambe on Friday 17th October. Doors open 8pm tickets £10 from The Box Office 01524 582803. "We’re now working on our sixth Album which is due for release that night," the pair told virtual-lancaster.

Lancaster's Litter Problem not helped by Planning Laws

26/9/08: Yet another late night fast food outlet looks set to get retrospective planning permission next month from Lancaster City Council, even though concerns have been raised about the possibility that granting the license will add to noise and litter problems in the area.

Girls should seize the opportunity of HPV protection

26/9/08: Justin McCracken, the Health Protection Agency’s Chief Executive, today urged parents to encourage their daughters to take up the offer of vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) Types 16 and 18, the strains of HPV that cause 70% of cervical cancers.

Alternative Lancaster Map Online

25/9/08: Whether you're newly arrived in Lancaster or already a resident of our thriving metropolis, the newest, latest and greatest Blue Map v4 of Lancaster is a brilliant resource for anyone looking for some of its hidden gems of alternative culture.

One Planet Festival Planned

23/9/08: Lancaster's Town Hall will host the One Planet Festival between Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th October 2008, an event designed to highlight the issues surrounding climate change and to offer advice about practical action that people and communities can take to reduce their environmental footprint.


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