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April 2009

Don't Lose Your Vote: Reminder To Register

Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 14:48: Lancaster City Council is reminding people who have not yet registered to vote that time is running out if they want to make their mark in this year’s local elections. The deadline for applications to be included on the Register of Electors in time for the local elections on 4th June is 5.00pm on Tuesday 19th May.

M6:50 Exhibition Arrives at City Museum

Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 14:25: The 50th anniversary of the motorway exhibition sponsored by the Highways Agency opens in Lancaster City Museum on Saturday 2 May. The exhibition, titled M6:50, created by Lancashire County Council with funding from the Agency to mark the opening of the country's first motorway - the M6 Preston bypass on 5 December 1959 - also features the Lancaster bypass.

Earhtquake Hits Lancaster

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 13:34: Lancaster and Morecambe residents were rocked by an earthquake this morning, but it was Ulverston that took the brunt of the tremors. The earthquake hit at about 11.20am, prompting phone calls to local police. The British Geological Society said the earthquake originated at Ulverston in Cumbria and recorded 3.7 magnitude on the Richter Scale.

Potts Pies Pip Premiere Rivals

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 10:57: Potts Pies have beaten nearly all the opposition in one man's solo survey of football ground pies, with Morecambe's half time fare proving a better meal than anything Manchester United or Chelsea could serve up.

Morecambe Artist Opens Studio to Public

Monday, April 27, 2009 - 14:35: Morecambe artist Joseph Cowell will opens his studio space to the public this weekend. Situated at the Qsand Art Centre, Joseph will be opening his studio to the public on Saturday 2nd May from 10-00am to 4-00pm where he will be showing a small exhibit of his work including both drawing and media exploring the body image. Refreshments and nibbles will be available.

Exploring Live Literature with LitFest

Friday, April 24, 2009 - 22:48: What might you create with five days access to Lancaster LitFest's new auditorium space at the Storey, critical friendships with Litfest's Artistic Director Andy Darby and Flax editor Sarah Hymas, and a materials/expenses budget of up £500? LitFest is interested in receiving a written expression of interest that answers that question and inspires them to work with you on your project.

Lancaster pub brawl leaves man in critical condition

Friday, April 24, 2009 - 20:50: Community support officers were still posted outside Wetherspoons in Spring Garden Street today after a large fight on Thursday left one man in hospital in critical condition with serious head injuries. Police are now appealing for anyone who was in the Sir Richard Owen Wetherspoons pub yesterday afternoon to come forward with information.

Green Councillor Resigns

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 13:18: Green Councillor Catriona Stamp, who has represented the Castle Ward since her election in 2007 and previously represented Scotforth West Ward from 2003 to 2007, has resigned from Lancaster City Council. "Over the last year I have struggled to fulfil my duties as a councillor, due to ill health and an increase in other commitments," she explained.

St. George's Day Music

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 11:03: In amongst the other things that are happening on St George’s Quay today to mark St. George's Day and over the weekend, singer and guitarist Martin Stimson will be performing at the Three Mariners pub tonight.

County Council "Misled" over Bypass

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 17:28: (Updated 24 April 2009 with Council response): It seems our local councils may have been a trifle slapdash -- to say the least - when it came to full disclosure over its application for funding for the controversial Lancaster Northern Link Road.

Library Closes for Refurb

Monday, April 20, 2009 - 18:05: Lancaster Central Library will be closed for oen week from Monday 27 April, re-opening on 5 May, offering a reduced service from the Junior Library on New Street. The work is the initial stage of major re-development for the Library now in progress, the result of it securing Lottery funding. The work means that upcoming Get it Loud in Libraries gigs will take place elsewhere in the District.

Coates Picked as Green candidate for Morecambe

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 19:00: Green County and City councillor Chris Coates has been selected as the prospective Green parliamentary candidate for the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency at the next general election. He now has the unenviable job of trying to bite into sitting Labour MP Geraldine Smith's majority. Coates leads the 12-strong Green group on the City Council, having served as a local councillor for six years.

Official Opening of Quay Flood Defences Announced

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 17:06: River Lune from St. George's Quay Originally uploaded by JohnFreemanLancaster's Flood defence wall and new quayside pathway on St Georges Quay will be opened by the Mayor of Lancaster on Thursday April 23rd at 2.00pm. Everyone is welcome.

Centros Campaigners 'Not Guilty'

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 13:02: Four protesters, charged with Aggravated Trespass after they held a 'sit-in' at Centros' London offices in December 2008 (see news story), were found Not Guilty last week at Westminster Magistrate's Court.

Heysham Nominated for Third Nuclear Station

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 08:52: Heysham is one of nine sites around the country under consideration for a new nuclear power station even though a geological fault line has in the past been cited as just one reason for no new building. If built, the new station would join the existing eight reactors at Heysham.

Spotlight's Final Gig at The YoHo

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 11:57: After 13 years, Lancaster's Spotlight Club plays its final gig at The Yorkshire House this Friday, 17th April combining its usual mix of Open Mic, Performance and Music for one last outing at the brilliant pub venue in North Road. From May the event moves to its new home at the purpose built litfest auditorium at The Storey.

Council Seeks Scrutiny

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 11:52: Since 2001, Lancaster City Council has had a system has been in place to consider issues of concern to local people, known as the Overview and Scrutiny process. Now, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee wants your ideas and thoughts on areas that you think should be looked at.

Don't Dump Unwanted Pets, Pleads Local Shop Owner

Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 23:06: A local shop owner has told virtual-lancaster she was heart broken to read recent news stories about pets being dumped into bottle banks. Last month, the Morecambe Visitor recently reported how pet rabbits, kittens and a guinea pig were all been dumped in local bottle banks, which then ate their own fur and skin in a desperate bid to survive. Only one kitten survived.

Potential Housing Sites Report Published

Friday, April 3, 2009 - 14:23: Lancaster City Council has published its most comprehensive assessment of housing opportunities ever undertaken across the district, initially identifying over 500 potential sites but narrowing those to just over 100.

Music and Me

Friday, April 3, 2009 - 14:07: A music session for under fives and their parents/carers run in partnership by Lune Park Children's Centre and More Music, a community music organisation based in Morecambe's West End, has been launched.

Local Comics Creators Bid for Stardom!

Friday, April 3, 2009 - 11:41: Two Lancaster-based comic creators are pitching for a regular spot in a top selling British comic in a competition that will be decided by reader votes.

Citizens Advice Seeks New Volunteers

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 13:14: With the economic downturn biting, Lancaster Citizens Advice Bureau tells virtual-Lancaster seen a dramatic rise in the number of clients approaching them for advice. "We've increased our opening hours and urgently need to train extra advisers and admin support volunteers," says a spokesperson.