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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!

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.

Lancaster group condemns Council for 'lack of basic planning' in 'Garden Village' super-estate proposals

Bailrigg Garden Village proposed sites (click to enlarge)
18/8/17: New local campaign group CLOUD hosted a packed public meeting at the Boot & Shoe on Wednesday to discuss Lancaster City Council's 'Bailrigg Garden Village' proposals - a plan to build a super-estate of 3,500 - 5,000 new homes on greenfield sites from Scotforth and Hala to Galgate.

Lancashire awards new Digital Post Mortem Service Contract at RPH

Digital post mortem screen array, by iGene
18/8/17: A new digital post-mortem service has been agreed for Lancashire, which is the first of its kind in the north west. The new service contract between Lancs County Council, the Lancs Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust and iGene Ltd will lead to less invasive autopsies than the traditional method.

'Morecambe by Air' - Morecambe BID launches new aerial video

Aerial View of Morecambe Promenade July 2017 - Colin Aldred
16/8/17: Morecambe Business Improvement District (BID) recently commissioned Colin Aldred, of Aerial Artwork, to overfly Morecambe and shoot aerial video and photography. The results, to say the least, are stunning as it shows Morecambe in a brilliant new light.

Art a la Carte - 13th August 2017

Creative writers giving an interview
13/8/17: An Interview with Naomi Kruger and Yvonne Battle-Felton, creators of 'Stories at the Storey' and a listing of some of the exciting art events taking place within our vibrant region.

4 Free new courses for women preparing to set up their own business

Sowing Club poster
11/8/17: The Growing Club has received funding to run 4 pre-start-up business courses for women in Lancaster and Morecambe who are at a social disadvantage and who would like to consider the option of becoming self-employed. The first will start at Cornerstone in Lancaster on September 15.

Dukes exhibition Connecting Dementia And Art

One of the artworks on show at Making Connections Through Contemporary Art
11/8/17: A showcase of artworks by people living with dementia is on exhibition from Monday 14 August until Saturday 9 September at The Dukes gallery in Lancaster. It coincides with The Dukes pioneering three-year programme to improve access to the arts for people with dementia – A Life More Ordinary.

Memorial appeal after Lancaster schoolboy, 12, dies after fatal fall in disused building

Leon Hoyle, 12, suffered a fatal fall at a disused building in Lancaster
9/8/17: Marsh Community Centre is organising an appeal following the tragic death of 12-year-old schoolboy Leon Hoyle, who suffered a fatal fall at the Lune industrial estate on Monday. They are aiming to fundraise £2,000. £1,000 for a memorial bench and £1,000 to go towards funeral costs for the family.

County Council offers funding to support work in local communities

7/8/17: Lancashire County Council is encouraging groups from the voluntary, community and faith sector to apply for a grant to support their work.

Conservative Councillor blames Labour for lack of flood assistance measures

Flooding on Caton Road, Lancaster UK. 19 July 2017
5/8/17: City By-election news: Conservative Cllr Charlie Edwards has called Lancaster's Labour-run City Council's efforts to assist businesses & residents in recent floods 'a complete failure'.

Dallas Road Closures Postponed until 14 August

Temporary Road Closure
4/8/17: Dallas Road roadworks have been postponed due to heavy rainfall and flooding. Minor works are to recommence early next week but the road closure will not start until Monday 14 August whilst planing and resurfacing work are carried out.

Powderhouse Lane housebuilding proposal withdrawn after public opposition

The controversial plot of land
3/8/17: Controversial plans for 51 new homes on recreational land next to the Vale of Lune Rugby Club have been withdrawn in the face of widespread opposition. The plans for a piece of land also bordered by the Torrisholme, Westgate and Bare cricket grounds had sparked scores of objections from residents.

Lancaster's Greyhound Bridge Refurb Gets Go Ahead

Greyhound Bridge, Lancaster. Photo by Humphrey Bolton
2/8/17: Lancashire County Council has secured £3.7m from the Department for Transport to refurbish Lancaster's Greyhound Bridge. The bridge repair work will begin in January 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in June, taking around 23 weeks.

Make My Day Festival Coming to Morecambe

Make My Day! Festival poster
28/7/17: Make My Day! is a FREE festival jam-packed with creative activities in the West End Gardens on Morecambe’s beautiful promenade, on Sunday 6 August from 12noon ’til 5pm.


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