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City gets ready for Lancaster Music Festival 2017!

Horse drawn & bicycle powered - the Horse Show Corner Stage at LMF 2016.
25/9/17: Lancaster is gearing up for the the ninth incarnation of the award-winning Lancaster Music Festival, running from Thursday 12 - Monday 16 October with the largest ever line-up of over 500 acts at more than 40 venues. New in are vintage shuttle buses, musical barges and a 3-day Party in the Park.

Lancaster City Museum to get a new roof

Lancaster City Museum
22/9/17: The City Museum in Lancaster’s Market Square is getting a new roof as part of the council’s programme of works to preserve some of its oldest and finest public buildings. Scaffolding is due to be erected around the building from Tuesday October 3. Completion is scheduled in May 2018.

Council launches Bailrigg Garden Village consultation

Bailrigg Garden Village proposed sites (click to enlarge)
21/9/17: In January 2017 the Bailrigg area of Lancaster was chosen by the Government as the proposed location of a new Garden Village. Over the next month Lancaster City Council will be holding a series of drop-in events to give people the opportunity to share their views on these plans.

Lancaster University Ghana holds its first degree ceremony

Some of the Class of 2017, Lancaster University Ghana
21/9/17: Congratulations to almost 90 students from Lancaster University Ghana, who have graduated in the first ever degree ceremony at the West African campus. Lancaster is the first UK university to have established its own campus in sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, in a partnership with Transnational Education

Police witness appeal following fatal collision in Lancaster

19/9/17: Police are appealing for information following a fatal collision in Lancaster at around 10.00am yesterday (Sunday) on Caton Road, when a Volkswagen Scirocco collided with a lamp post.

World-renowned acoustic guitarist Ari Eisinger to perform in Lancaster

Ari Eisinger acoustic guitarist
16/9/17: World-renowned acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Ari Eisinger is heading to Lancaster on Friday, October 6.

Film Makers Unleash Dinosaurs in Lancaster

Still from LuneTube's 'Terrible Lizards'
15/9/17: A group of film-makers have let dinosaurs loose in Lancaster city centre – but they say there’s no need to panic - it’s all part of LuneTube - a new online video channel to showcase their passion for North Lancashire and its heritage. A new short film is released every Friday evening!

Exhibition of Paintings To Stop Distress goes on show

The Merry-Go-Round of Life - David Jewkes
15/9/17: An artist who uses painting to cope with the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder he suffered following the Falklands War is currently exhibiting in Lancaster at the Dukes Gallery until 6 October.

Cat Smith MP backs campaign to scrap public sector pay cap for nurses

Cat Smith MP with RCN nurse Tracey Budding
12/9/17: Lancaster and Fleetwood MP, Cat Smith has backed the growing campaign for the Government to scrap the 1 per cent cap on public sector pay in the upcoming Budget. 451 nurses are affected by the pay cap in Lancaster and Fleetwood.

County to decide on another £45m in cuts

Money
10/9/17: Lancashire County Council's cabinet will consider further savings of more than £45m when it meets next Thursday. Roads, libraries and buses will all receive increased budgets but Adult Social Care faces an additional £5.5m cut - despite a council tax increase of 2% ring-fenced for the sector.

Review: Diverse Art Exhibition - Valerie Hall & Carol Gaston

10/9/17: Peter Clarke reviews The 'Diverse', an exhibition at the Storey Gallery comprising a varied selection of works from two experienced and well known local artists and teachers from our region, Valerie Hall and Carol Gaston.

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas to speak in Lancaster public meeting

Caroline Lucas MP at the People's Climate March 2014
10/9/17: Caroline Lucas MP, co-leader of the Green Party, and Danielle Paffard from 350.org will be speaking about fracking, energy security and climate breakdown, from political, economic and activist perspectives, at a public meeting on Monday 18 September at 7pm in Lancaster Town Hall.

Lancaster Arts helps local sisters turnaround magical performances

TurnAround Dance Theatre: The Thief, the Fox & the Phoenix
8/9/17: During August, Lancaster Arts has supported local dance company TurnAround Dance Theatre in developing their family-friendly production of ‘The Thief, the Fox and the Phoenix.’ You're invited to a free preview of this show at Lancaster University's Peter Scott Gallery next Thursday 14 Sept

Free childcare hours for working parents

30 hours free childcare poster
8/9/17: Some working parents of 3-4yr-olds are now entitled to receive double the amount of free childcare. Parents can apply to use the hours at participating nurseries, playgroups, childminders and some schools. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply.

Skerton West By-election Result: Labour holds

Jean Parr - elected to represent Skerton West on Lancaster City Council
8/9/17: Jean Parr has won the Skerton West by-election, polling 512 of the 833 votes cast and making the seat a Labour hold.

On Wednesdays, Women in White silently protest fracking at Cuadrilla's gate.

Women Wearing White on Wednesdays
8/9/17: On Wednesday morning, dressed in white, Lancaster women joined with locals in a silent procession and vigil at the gates of Cuadrilla's fracking site at Preston New Road, where Women's Wednesdays have become a regular event.

Therapy study seeks over-60s living with Bipolar

6/9/17: The Spectrum Centre for Mental Health at Lancaster University is looking for volunteers to take part in a study which has adapted a therapy for older people living with Bipolar Disorder.

Art a la Carte - 6th September 2017

A Short Story by Bryn Trescatheric
6/9/17: Listings of some of the finest art events in Lancaster and round-about

The Dukes Premieres Storm Desmond's Blackout: A Play

Blackout poster
6/9/17: A power cut of unprecedented proportions and duration sparked a new play at Lancaster’s Dukes theatre. Blackout, which runs from October 13-November 3 at The Dukes, is an original play inspired by testimony from residents, community organisations, emergency responders, sociologists and journalists.

Dinosaur headlining at this month's Lancaster Jazz Festival!

Dinosaur
1/9/17: Lancaster Jazz Festival are delighted to announce that British Jazz supergroup 'Dinosaur' will be headlining on festival Saturday at the Dukes.

Your help is needed to make Aldcliffe Hall Drive a Public Right of Way!

Google aerial image of Aldcliffe Hall Drive, Lancaster (with additional labelling)
1/9/17: Do you ever walk or cycle on Aldcliffe Hall Drive - the little road that cuts off Aldcliffe Road by the canal at the Gatehouse, passes over the hill shoulder and comes out on Aldcliffe Hall Lane, leading down to the River Lune? You can help to preserve it as a Public Right of Way for the future.

Osprey raises hopes of a Brockholes nest

Osprey flying over Brockholes. Photo: Emma Sharples
31/8/17: One of Britain’s most spectacular birds of prey has been exciting visitors to a Lancashire nature reserve.

Art a la carte

Adam Z. Robinson and  Ben Styles
30/8/17: Listings of some of the finest art events in Lancaster and round-about

Lancaster's new outdoor gym - it's really working out!

Trying out the new gym at Coronation Field
29/8/17: The Friends of Coronation Field & Freeman’s Wood raised £10,000 to create a new outdoor gym at Coronation Field, off Willow Lane in Lancaster. The gym has nine pieces of equipment to give users a full fitness workout, and it's free for everyone to use.

Heritage Open Days 2017 reveal architectural and historic gems

Lancaster Royal Grammar School
29/8/17: Lancaster district will be throwing open its doors again this year when local buildings of every age, style and function take part in the biggest free celebration of England's history, heritage and culture, Heritage Open Days 2017, from Thursday 7 - Sunday 10 September.

County Council Leader Geoff Driver's bail extended to November

Geoff Driver
25/8/17: The Leader of Lancashire County Council, Conservative Councillor Geoff Driver, has had his bail extended for a further 3 months, until November 22. Lancashire police are investigating allegations of conspiring to pervert the course of justice and intimidating witnesses.

Smokers - No Butts on the Beach Please

Butts on the Beach
25/8/17: The LOVEmyBEACH campaign is calling for visitors and residents to reconsider their disposal of cigarette butts on the beach this summer as part of their ‘Make Your Memories, Take Your Litter’ campaign.

Vintage by the Sea 2017 arriving in style!

Vintage by the Sea Festival, 2-3 September, Morecambe
25/8/17: Vintage By The Sea returns to Morecambe in the first weekend of September for a fourth season of this free family festival, to celebrate the brilliance of 20th century design, fashion, vehicles and entertainment with a special focus on the British seaside.

Lancashire's schools boss praises pupils for GCSE results

24/8/17: Pupils in Lancashire have once again performed well and chalked up some impressive GCSE results.

Cat Smith joins calls for tougher penalties for animal abusers

Cat Smith joins calls for tougher penalties for animal abusers
21/8/17: Cat Smith MP has joined growing calls for tougher penalties for animal abuse and action to be taken to enforce bans on offenders from keeping animals.

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