Fields and Finds (at The Dukes)

Doran’s love for the area she now calls home is reflected in Fields and Finds which depicts many local places including the Crook o’Lune at Caton and Freeman’s Wood in Lancaster. Pamela said: “When I go out with my dog, I tend to take my sketchbook or camera. I am particularly fascinated with light and pattern which I explore in this exhibition.”
About 12 etchings by Pamela will be on exhibition in The Dukes gallery from March 17-30.
Pamela has returned to exhibiting her work after a break to raise a family. She uses printmaking facilities at the University of Cumbria and thinks Lancaster’s proximity to the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Scottish borders make it an ideal base for an artist.
Edinburgh-born Pamela was brought up in Newcastle and studied at Falmouth School of Art and Design and De Montfort University in Leicester.
For many years she worked as a freelance illustrator and designer and completed projects for More Music, Lancaster’s Nuffield Theatre and the launch of the Tern Project in Morecambe.
The Dukes gallery is open from 10am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday. Please call the box office on 01524 598500 to check opening times if you’re making a special journey as occasionally the space is closed to the public.

Posted by: jonbarry145 | March 13, 2012

Lyrical graffiti

There are clearly some very well-read people on the Marsh. The picture below is a version of an English folk poem from around 1764. Have a look here for some other versions.

First verse of 1764 poem that has appeared (as if by magic) on the Freeman's Wood site.

This poem was penned around the time that many commons, which everyone could use, were being ‘confiscated’ into private ownership. Laws such as those about the registering of village greens and rights of way are, sadly, some of the few remaining rights of ownership of land ‘by the people’.

A less subtle though, in my opinion, equally valid piece of graffiti has also appeared.

Straight to the point

Straight to the point!

Posted by: jonbarry145 | March 10, 2012

VMC caught violating Tree Preservation Order!

White Lund firm VMC developments has been pictured by local resident Martin Cuffe cutting trees down in Freeman’s Wood – even though all trees on site have a Tree Preservation Order served on them by Lancaster City Council. It is believed that the firm were cutting trees down as they ‘mined’ valuable stone from the site. The firm, and the site’s owners, The Property Trust, have been reported to the City Council by ward councillor Jon Barry. The Council is currently investigating the matter. The Property Trust has appealed against the granting of the Tree Preservation Order – the appeal will be held on April 23rd at Lancaster Town Hall.

Posted by: jonbarry145 | March 10, 2012

SATNAM’s development proposal to the City Council

SATNAM is the name of the planning consultants acting for The Property Trust, the owners of the Freeman’s Wood site. In September 2011, SATNAM produced a document (see bottom of the post) outlining their plans for the site. This has been sitting in an obscure corner of the City Council’s website since then (as a ward councillor, I am none too pleased with not having this pointed out to me until I specifically asked if such a document existed).

One of two proposals by SATNAM (the other one has reduced new 'playing fields' - see the document at the bottom)

As you will see, SATNAM is proposing a massive development, which includes building houses all over Coronation Field, off Willow Lane. They propose ‘relocating’ the existing playing fields to the far corner of the site. This would be too far away for most people to use them and the club-house for Marsh United would be completely open to vandalism. As you can guess, this proposal is completely unacceptable to me and, I’m sure, most local people.

Apart from anything else, Coronation Field is an incredibly important space for people on the Marsh. The area was given to the people of the Marsh by Lord Ashton (Williamson) and was formerly used as a tip for the lino factory. A huge project took place in the early 1950s where the site was levelled by volunteer labour (if you know the size of the field, that is an awful lot of wheelbarrows!). The field was named after the 1953 coronation of the present queen.

Jon Barry

SATNAM proposal sept 2011

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