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Working Class Oral History Archive seeks participants for new film

Wesleyan Sunday School Centenary 1906 - Market Square Lancaster
2/3/18: People from Lancaster are invited to be part of a documentary film comparing life now with that of their ancestors 100 years ago.

New Social Justice book includes 'LANDED (Freeman's Wood) Project

They hang the man and flog the woman that steals the goose from off the common, but let the greater villain loose, that steals the common from the goose.
2/3/18: A new book includes a chapter on StoreyG2’s “LANDED (Freeman's Wood)” project. The book, entitled "Contested Property Claims : What Disagreement Tell Us about Ownership", is part of a series on Social Justice.

Climate change expert speaks out against fracking at PNR

Climate Change expert John Ashton speaks out against fracking
2/3/18: During this week's ‘Green Monday’ event at Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking site, local residents and campaigners opposed to fracking were joined by John Ashton CBE, the former Special Representative for Climate Change at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Lancaster City Council approves its 2018/19 budget

Lancaster City Council logo
1/3/18: Lancaster City Council has set its budget for 2018/19, with a focus on a wide-ranging programme of investment to ensure the district thrives as a vibrant regional centre, while battling continued central government funding cuts.

County Council battling severe weather to keep vital services running

Snow covered branch
1/3/18: Lancashire County Council is working hard to keep traffic moving, and ensure vital support is delivered to the most vulnerable, in spite of the severe weather which is particularly affecting the east of the county.

Check on vulnerable and plan your travel during big freeze

Snow covered branch
26/2/18: Lancashire County Council is asking people to check on vulnerable members of their community as the county prepares to deal with a spell of freezing temperatures and severe weather.

Remembering a little-known wartime story in a new way

The Troth - Usne Kaha Tha
25/2/18: Evocative music, powerful dance and new silent film footage combine at The Dukes on 16 March, marking the centenary of World War 1. The Troth reveals the contribution and human cost of Indian soldiers in the allied war effort. It is based on the iconic Hindi short story - Usne Kaha Tha.

Campus in the City is back this week!

Campus in the City shop in St Nicholas Arcades
23/2/18: Lancaster University's Campus in the City (CITC) initiative will be back with a bang on 24 February to 31 March, with an exciting launch event planned.

Police appeal after stabbing in house in Lancaster

23/2/18: Police are appealing for information after two young people were stabbed last Monday morning at a house in Sycamore Grove, Lancaster

Sixties rock and rollers The Pretty Things to perform in Morecambe

The Pretty Things
23/2/18: After more than 50 years of continuous service, The Pretty Things — still featuring original members Phil May and Dick Taylor and performing at the Platform in Morecambe next month — remain a significant, challenging force in Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Charity boss walks the walk for people facing cancer

Neil Townsend and Alan Disley
23/2/18: The chief executive of a cancer charity is calling on people to join him and his partner for an epic 21-mile sponsored walk between Coniston and Barrow on 12 May.

Police appeal for witnesses after pedestrian hit by car

23/2/18: Police are appearing for information and witnesses to an incident on Tuesday 20 February on Slyne Road, Lancaster, in which a Toyota Yaris car collided with an elderly lady pedestrian, who suffered serious injuries.

Only rain should go down outdoor drains please

Only rain down the drain
22/2/18: LOVEmyBEACH are campaigning to remind people that outdoor drains operate very differently from those connected to inside people’s homes, with outdoor drains usually running directly to the nearest river or stream - and NOT to the local water treatment works.

Help keep the Lancaster district clean this spring

Great British Spring Clean
22/2/18: As part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean campaign, Lancaster City Council is holding a series of community spring-cleaning sessions at local parks next weekend 2 - 4 March, all equipment provided. And if you'd like to organise a litter pick of your own they'll help you!

Plan to transform Lancaster’s food culture wins funding

Lancaster's Seasonal Markets 2018
22/2/18: The Sustainable Food Cities Network has awarded Sustainable Food City Lancaster a £10,000 grant to support their efforts to make local, healthy and sustainable food available to everyone in Lancaster. LESS, a Lancaster based community organisation is matching this with £10,000 of its own money too.

Lancaster premieres new show from the dark heart of the internet

666 Comments
22/2/18: Aliki Chapple's new show, premiering on 10 March at the Storey, takes a brilliant and unusual form: the staging of a viral online comment thread. In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, '666 Comments' could not be more timely and makes a vivid contribution to the ongoing conversation

Wildlife Trust sets out Urban Planning Guidelines for sustainable development

Connecting with nature
19/2/18: Is short-sighted urban planning driving us to extinction? As the government makes plans for the building of 300,000 new homes a year in the UK — with 12,000 new homes planned for the Lancaster area — the Wildlife Trust has published new guidelines for urban development that we ignore at our peril.

Lancaster's fracking protesters fined. Please give generously!

Police attempting to cut through car lock-on on 27 July 2018
16/2/18: Both the Lancaster defendents from the 27 July two-car lock-on blockade at Cuadrilla's Preston new Road fracking site were found guilty of Obstruction of the Highway in Blackpool Magistrates' Court on Wednesday. They have £1,124 to pay and there is a fund-raising campaign to help them

University staff to strike over pension cuts plan

Lancaster University: Strike Posters & a Pint
16/2/18: As part of a national dispute over a staff pension scheme, the University and College Union (UCU) will call on its members to take strike action on 14 days between 22 February and 16 March. The impact of the strike is likely to vary in different parts of the University and picket lines are expected.

Williamson Park welcomes two new furry friends

Marmosets in Williamson Park
15/2/18: Two common marmosets have joined the small animal zoo family at Williamson Park.

Council asks for comments on Local Plan

Lancaster Plan Key Diagram. Click to enlarge
13/2/18: Lancaster City Council has formally published its new Local Plan and is seeking public opinion on whether it is ‘legally compliant and sound’. The deadline for responses is 5pm on Friday April 6.

Social enterprise launches to grow local electric car charging points

Charging a car
9/2/18: Lancaster residents aiming to switch to electric vehicles are being hampered by a lack of local charging points. On Saturday 24 Feb at the Ashton Memorial, there will be a lunchtime launch of Charge my Street's new, volunteer-led project to install chargepoints around Lancaster and Cumbria

LitFest 2018 Programme - Wizards at the Castle and a Bedroom in Arles

Welcome to Litfest 2018
9/2/18: Lancaster Litfest has published its exciting new programme of events for LitFest 2018. Running through March with a storytelling warm-up on 19 Feb, they bring you novelists, poets, short story writers, spoken word artists, illustrators, nature writers, vloggers, podcasters and storytellers

A heart-warming play with a serving of Northern sole and chips

Josh Moran, Julie Edwards, Jessica Forrest & Mark Newsome
9/2/18: Box of Tricks will bring their acclaimed production of Chip Shop Chips to the Dukes & the Platform on 23 + 24 Feb, featuring Josh Moran (Gunpowder and Peter Kay’s Car Share), Jessica Forrest (Hollyoaks and Coronation Street) and Mark Newsome (Early Doors).

County celebrates caring Lancaster couple who fostered over 100 children

Foster carers make a difference
9/2/18: Foster carers from across Lancashire who have looked after children for many years have been honoured with a lunch at County Hall. The carers included Marie and Ken West from Lancaster, who have been foster carers for 40 years and have looked after 101 children. Respect!

Kabantu release the music 'Of the People'

Kabantu in Concert
9/2/18: Kabantu return to Lancaster Arts with a music performance celebrating the release of their debut album ‘Of The People’ at 7.30pm on Saturday 17 February 2018. They'll also be offering their unique children's musical adventure workshops in the morning of the concert.

Chief Regeneration & Planning Officer announces retirement

Andrew Dobson
2/2/18: Andrew Dobson, Lancaster City Council’s Chief Officer (Regeneration and Planning), has announced his retirement and will leave the authority next Friday February 9 2018.

Shadow Health Secretary in Lancaster to address the NHS crisis

Jon Ashworth, Shadow Secretary for Health
2/2/18: Shadow Secretary for Health Jon Ashworth spoke at Lancaster Town Hall last Friday. He gave a damning critique of the current government's handling of the crisis it had created in public healthcare and outlined Labour's plans for a sustainable NHS.

Private Morecambe 'Trust' Ambulance Service company liquidates without warning

Trust Medical Services Ltd, Morecambe (Image from Google Streetview)
2/2/18: Up to 250 staff employed by Morecambe-based Trust Medical Service Ltd were told on Monday that they wouldn't be paid for the month as the company was shutting down without warning.

Man charged after disabled pensioner mugged in street

26/1/18: A man has been charged with the robbery of an elderly man in Lancaster on Wednesday morning (January 24th). The incident happened at around 11am after the victim, 80, left the Nationwide Building Society on Market Street after withdrawing cash.

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