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'Local' Lancaster Writers Wanted: Words Aloud at Lancaster Fun Palace

5/7/17: Exciting opportunity for Lancaster writers. Lancaster Fun Palace are seeking written pieces of up to 15 minutes long to be performed at The Dukes in October.

Storey G2 launches new ownership-mapping LANDED project

Storey G2 is exploring landownership
30/6/17: Storey G2 is launching a pilot for a project to produce artists’ cadastral maps (maps of landownership) showing current and historical landownership of a rural area of north Lancashire, and revealing change over time.It follows on from their previous work on "Landed (Freeman's Wood)".

Dukes celebrates 30 years Of Park Theatre with Treasure Island

The Dukes production of Treasure Island in Williamson Park
29/6/17: The Dukes will celebrate three decades of promenading in the park with a visit to Treasure Island that begins next Tuesday 4 July and runs until 12 August.

Ludus Dance is looking for a Finance Officer

29/6/17: Have you got what it take to be Ludus' next Finance Officer? Always wanted to work in arts/dance?

Successful funding bid for Lancaster Arts

Lancaster Arts
29/6/17: Lancaster Arts, Lancaster University’s award winning arts organisation, is proud to announce continued Arts Council England funding for the next four years.

Art : a la Carte - 28 June 2017

Marion Kuit, Yellow Wallpaper
28/6/17: 28.07.17 Here's a list of some of the exciting art events taking place within our vibrant region.

The Dukes welcomes Arts Council Funding

Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
27/6/17: Lancaster's The Dukes arts venue - popular for its theatre, film and more - has secured another four years of funding from Arts Council England(ACE).

It's all getting creative down the West End

One of the many West End creative projects
26/6/17: There's a lot happening in Morecambe's West End this Summer, with some novel free festivals coming up to celebrate the creative culture of the local area. From street art and street markets to one man bands, there is something for everyone!

Armed Forces Day this weekend in Lancaster & Morecambe

Armed forces day poster
23/6/17: Armed Forces Day will be celebrated this weekend, in Lancaster on Saturday and in Morecambe on Sunday.

Dukes Offers Free Theatrical Directing Course

Nuffield Theatre Intro to Directing Course
23/6/17: The Dukes is offering people from all walks of life a chance to learn about theatre directing this summer. The Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme takes place at the Lancaster theatre from August 12 – and it’s free. They'e keen to attract a diverse range of participants aged 18 plus.

Book Seats on Lancaster Coach to London 'Not One Day More' March

People's March Against Austerity, 14 June 2014
20/6/17: A coach is being organised for Lancastrians wishing to travel to London on Saturday 1 July to join the 'Not One Day More' March. Seats are £20 full price, with concessionary seats for people on low incomes.

Free Pitches for Summer Traders at Lancaster Charter Market

Lancaster Charter Market
20/6/17: Lancaster City Council is offering a number of pitches for free this summer to anyone introducing something new and exciting to Lancaster's popular street market, and continue a trading tradition that dates back to 1193.

Council makes statement on fire prevention measures

Main Street and Captains Row, Skerton
16/6/17: Lancaster City Council has released a statement explaining its fire prevention policies.

Lancaster Supports Grenfell Tower Survivors. We can help.

Emergency shelter for Grenfell Tower survivors
16/6/17: Marsh Community Centre is teaming up with London community centres and churches to provide longer term support for the survivors of the terrible fire that took place in Grenfell Tower on the Lancaster West Estate in London on the 14th June. Here's how you can help.

Art: a la Carte

Poster advertising a film on American Expressionism
14/6/17: A round-up of arts events and reviews in Lancaster and the surrounding region.

Lancaster's Great Get Together community picnic

The Great Get Together  - Lancaster
10/6/17: Lancaster will celebrate our first 'Great Get Together' at Giant Axe field next Saturday 17 June. It's a day for everyone to get together for a picnic and lots of family-friendly fun.

Morris holds Morecambe & Lunesdale against 9.7% Labour rise

David 'Empty Chair' Morris
9/6/17: 09.06.17 David Morris has held Morecambe & Lunesdale for the Conservatives with 21,773 votes; his majority reduced to 1,399, down from 4,590 in 2015. Vikki Singleton saw Labour's share of the vote increase by 9.7%.

Cat Smith holds Lancaster & Fleetwood for Labour with 6,661 majority

Cat Smith MP, Lancaster & Fleetwood Labour
9/6/17: 09.06.17 Congratulations to Cat Smith MP, who has held Lancaster & Fleetwood for Labour, with 25,342 votes (55.1% of the turnout) increasing her majority from 1,265 in 2015 to 6,661.

Grab a Kite and come to Morecambe!

Morecambe's Catch The Wind Kite Festival
8/6/17: More Music’s hugely popular annual free kite festival on the weekend of 24 & 25 June is one of the best family weekend events this summer, with fabulous kites and wind-borne creations and free live music and entertainment across the two days. So come along and bring your friends!

Lancs anti-fracking group granted leave to appeal State Secretary's decision

Preston New Road in Fylde, where Cuadrilla are building an industrial-scale 'test-fracking' site
8/6/17: Anti-fracking campaigners Preston New Road Action Group (PNRAG) have been granted permission to appeal against Secretary of State Sajid Javid's decision to allow fracking in Lancashire.

Art - a la Carte

Lydia Towsey, author of 'the venus papers'
7/6/17: A round-up of arts events and reviews in Lancaster and the surrounding region.

Roy of the Rovers artist David Sque visits Lancaster for rare UK appearance

Cartoon advertising the Lancaster Comics Day
7/6/17: This weekend David Sque, former Roy of the Rovers artist and illustrator of the Rise of the Invincibles graphic novel, arrives in Lancaster from his home in Spain for two events.

Anti-fracking legal appeal planned as Cuadrilla set first rig in Lancashire

Cuadrilla's fracking site at Preston New Road
1/6/17: Anti fracking campaigners plan new appeal against decision to re-open public inquiry into Cuadrilla's plans to frack at Roseacre Wood in Fylde.

Discover local food & crafts scene at Lancaster's Midsummer Market

Midsummer Market poster
1/6/17: Taste seasonally-inspired recipes, meet local food producers, and discover Lancaster’s bubbling local food and crafts scene at Lancaster’s Midsummer Market in Market Square on Friday 16 June.

Stolen jewellery was dumped in Lancaster canal

Jewellery stolen by Hunt, found in Lancaster Canal
1/6/17: Lancaster Police report that a cache of stolen jewellery dumped in the Lancaster canal has been reunited with its owners. Last Friday Lancaster man Gareth Hunt was sentenced to 6 years in prison in relation to a series of local burglaries.

Body of missing Lancaster man found in Lune Estuary off Sunderland Point

Ben Heron
1/6/17: The body of missing Lancastrian Ben Heron has sadly been found in the River Lune. Ben, 39, was reported missing on April 26th. His body was discovered at around 10.30am on May 25th in the water close to Sunderland Point.

Lancaster and Environs Arts Round-up

Photograph of one of the Dukes art shows
31/5/17: A round-up of arts events and reviews in Lancaster and the surrounding region.

Education, education, education. Smith opposes school budgets cuts

Lancaster's 'Save Our Schools' March on 13 May 2017Lancaster's 'Save Our Schools' March on 13 May 2017
30/5/17: Labour Parliamentary candidate for Lancaster & Fleetwood Cat Smith has promised to oppose cuts to local school budgets if re-elected. Planned Government changes to school budgets will result in a loss of £76m to Lancashire schools, with Lancaster's losses higher than the national average.

Dementia friendly? Local Police awarded, communities unite, but dementia tax looms

Clive Grunshaw and Insp Christina Shorrock (front) DS Andy Doran and Sgt Andy Willis (back)
26/5/17: Lancashire Constabulary praised for its commitment to supporting people living with dementia, with an action plan approved by Alzheimer’s Society. Labour's Cat Smith pledges support for a dementia-friendly community, but Tories promise a dementia tax and more cuts.

Sunset for Ryelands Park band stand as demolition date announced

Ryelands Park Bandstand
26/5/17: Work to remove the bandstand on Ryelands Park will begin on Thursday 1st June, its condition now in such a poor state that it is beyond saving.


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