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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

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.

Shakespeare Returns to Lancaster Castle

The Taming of the Shrew
25/1/18: Shakespeare returns to Lancaster Castle from 16th - 28th April 2018 in an all new promenade production of The Taming of the Shrew.

Pensioner seriously injured in Bay Horse collision

24/1/18: Police are appealing for information after a woman was seriously injured following a collision close to Bay Horse.

Documenting Dissent Celebrates centuries of local dissidence

The Farmers Arms, Lancaster ca 1975
22/1/18: Global Link invites you on Tuesday to the culmination of their 'Documenting Dissent' project, charting movements for peace, internationalism and citizenship in the years after WW1.

Oil & gas industry expert Mike Hill to give talk on fracking in Lancaster

Preston New Road in Fylde, where Cuadrilla are building an industrial-scale 'test-fracking' site
22/1/18: Gas & oil industry expert Mike Hill is holding a public talk at Lancaster Town Hall on Tuesday 6 February.

Lancaster University announces "Gay Rights in Everyday Life: Then and Now" lecture

20/1/18: Lancaster University has announced an additional free public lecture on Gay Rights, on 15 February, as part of its celebrations for LGBT History Month.

Lancaster Canal Restoration Company formed

Colin Ogden showing the way
19/1/18: Work on restoring the Lancaster Canal at Tewitfield locks, near Carnforth, continues at a smart pace thanks to the Northern Reaches Restoration CIC, a group formed by local volunteer Colin Ogden, and substantially supported by the Canal & River Trust

Damning Ofsted SEND report criticises County Council Leadership

Children playing
19/1/18: A damning Special Educational Needs and Disability inspection report by Ofsted cited 'significant turbulence and unrest in Lancs County Council leadership arrangements in past years' that had 'diverted Leaders' attention'. The Council promises improvements to its service.

County agrees increase to library fees and to step up Friends' Groups

19/1/18: Lancashire County Council's cabinet has agreed to increase charges in libraries, museums and archives, and also to change the Friends of Lancashire Libraries Constitution and Guidance to emphasise the role of Friends groups in supporting the service.

Special Offers at the Dukes provide opportunities for all

Become a Dukes Champion
19/1/18: The Dukes is offering great ticket deals and treats for people who sign up as Friends, Champions, Patrons and Guardians. Thanks to Dukes' Supporters in 2017 more than 6,700 people joined The Dukes community programmes and 4,680 people participated in dementia-friendly activities.

Work to prepare for repairs to Lancaster's Greyhound Bridge gathers pace

17/1/18: Lancashire County Council is alerting people to changes being made to roads in Lancaster to get ready for major repairs to the Greyhound Bridge, which will be closed from Monday 29 January for 6 months. See new traffic routes

Lost and Found: Police appeal to reunite medals with their owners

Lost and Found Medals
17/1/18: Police are appealing for the public’s help in reuniting a number of WW1 medals of great sentimental value with their owners.

Cat Smith announces labour challenge

12/1/18: Our congratulations to Lancaster & Fleetwood MP Cat Smith and her husband Ben Soffa who have delightedly announced they are expecting their first child this summer.

Anti-frackers gear up for April Public Inquiry. 'The Bentley Effect' at Dukes next week

The three routes proposed by Cuadrilla. Click to enlarge
12/1/18: Fracking company Cuadrilla's new Roseacre Wood traffic management plan for April's Public Inquiry will be assessed by the Fylde planning committee next Thursday. On Tuesday and Wednesday Lancaster Fights Fracking will be screening 'The Bentley Effect' in the Dukes Gallery


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