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Free Book of NorthWest Short Stories

9/9/08: Author Stuart Maconie is currently writing a series of short stories about England's Northwest, from the breathtaking scenery of the Lake District and the cosmopolitan cities of Liverpool and Manchester to historic Chester and the cultural charms of Lancaster.

Heroes of She Single Launch at The Dukes

9/9/08: Lancaster band Heroes of She, the winners of the BT competition for the best band in the North West and whose fans include the CEO of one of the world's leading creative organisations, launch their debut single at a special gig at The Dukes, Lancaster, on 20 September.

Ridge Lea Petiton - Last Day to Sign

9/9/08: Local author Andy Diggle has been in contact, noting Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust proposal to try to sell off Ridge Lea Mental Hospital to property developers and then build a whole new facility on a wholly inappropriate greenfield site, instead of properly redeveloping the existing locatio

Brian Kennedy returns to The Platform

28/8/08: Brian Kennedy, one of Ireland's most successful ambassadors of music, will make a welcome return to The Platform in Morecambe on Friday 19 September.

High Tea on St. Leonard's gate!

28/8/08: Lancaster' Carnival of Culture grroup is inviting locals to High Tea on the "lawns of St.

A Brief Encounter with Doctor Who

28/8/08: 200 science fiction fans enjoyed a "Brief Encounter" with Doctor Who star Colin Baker on Bank Holiday Monday (25 August 2008) on Carnforth railway station.

On Yer Bike (For Free!)

26/8/08: Fancy taking up cycling but don't have a bike? Then Lancaster City Council's Cycling Demonstration Town Project Team might just have the solution for you.

Compensate Residents for Traffic Chaos, says Councillor

20/8/08: As thousands of commuters have been left fuming in traffic with the closure of of Back Caton Road as part of the work on the Kingsway development, local residents haven't had it easy, either.

Carnforth Swimming Pool Coses for Improvements

20/8/08: Carnforth Community Swimming Pool is to undergo improvement works and as a result the swimming pool will close on Monday 25th August 25 for two weeks, reopening at 6.30am on 8th September.

Folk at the Gillow: September Dates

20/8/08: ((with thanks to Tony Cooke): Here's the line up for folk events at the Robert Gillow on Upper Market Street, Lancaster, for September: Thursday 4 September: Hard Times Hard Times comprises Andrew Service (bass), Gordon Johnston (banjo, mandolin, guitar) and Laurie Johnston (everything) – all

Doctor Who's Brief Encounter in Carnforth

8/8/08: Colin Baker, who played the Sixth Doctor Who in the 1980s, is visiting Carnforth, Lancashire for a special bank holiday event. Colin will meet and greet fans of the series at Carnforth Station's Doctor Who-themed shop 'The Tardis' on Monday, 25th August.

Corrie comes to Morecambe for Charity event

19/7/08: Famous faces from the world of TV soaps are ready to show off their soccer skills in Morecambe later this month.

Conservatory earns prosecution for Carnforth couple

19/7/08: Lancaster City Council has successfully prosecuted a couple from Carnforth for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice.

Folk Music at the Robert Gillow: June 2008

28/5/08: Here's the Robert Gillow folk listings for June 2008 Thursday 5 June: Hard Times Hard Times comprises Andrew Service (bass), Gordon Johnston (banjo, mandolin, guitar) and Laurie Johnston (everything) – al

Bypass Gets Go Ahead

8/2/08: The Secretary of State has decided to give planning permission for the Heysham-M6 link road. A decision on funding the road (estimated to cost around 160 million) will be made separately by the Government.

Smith Fury on Post Office 'Consultation"

1/2/08: Morecambe and Lunesdale MP has savaged the post office and the government for their handling of the latest round of unwelcome Post Office closures and called for a parliamentary debate on the plans.

Balfour Beatty Prosecuted

23/1/08: Big business is not immune from local planning enforcement. Lancaster City Council has successfully prosecuted one of the country’s largest companies for failing to comply with a planning enforcement notice during work in Halton.

Lancashire Post Offices Closure Plans Announced

22/1/08: This is the full list of Lancashire Post Offices that may face closure in the latest round of cuts announced today by the so-called "People's Post Office".

John Otway back at the Platform

21/1/08: John Otway and his band will be performing at The Platform in Morecambe on Friday 8 February. John became notorious back in 1977, after an appearance on the the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test with his former partner, Wild Willy Barrett.

Council Could do More for Cycling

21/1/08: Welcoming news of new government funding for cycling, local transport expert and local councillor John Whitelegg says there are things that could easily be done to encourage more cycling in what is already a Cycling Town – but local politicians lack the will to implement them.

Speed limits unchanged one year on

21/1/08: Despite supporting the introduction of a district-wide speed limit on residential roads early last year, little seems to have been done to implement it by local politicians.

Lancaster in (Tourist) Demand

21/1/08: Lancaster City Council is preparing to launch its tourism brochures for 2008 and judging by requests made for them via its tourism website, they’re already in great demand.

Lawson's Field Update

21/1/08: The City Council’s cabinet will be voting on whether to go ahead with selling off fields at Lawson’s Bridge (view a PDF map; view an aerial photo) on Tuesday 22 January at 10.00am in Morecambe Town Hall.

Heysham Nukes Still Out of Action, Repair Costs Escalate

18/1/08: Two of of Heysham's four nuclear reactors are still out of action - and are likely to remain that way until the end of the year.

Post Office Plans Srutinised

18/1/08: The future of the district’s Post Offices will be discussed at the next meeting of Lancaster City Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee at 6.00pm in Morecambe Town Hall on 30 January, and locals are invited to attend.

Ever Wanted to Keep Bees?

18/1/08: Lancaster Beekeepers are running a one day course on bee keeping next month, so if you have ever thought of owning a colony of honey bees but have been deterred by not knowing exactly what is involved, or are simply curious, then this one day course is for you!

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.


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