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April 2011

Every little hurts? Tesco's tactics to get their way revealed

As Lancaster City Council prepares to consider not one but two supermarket proposals next week, campaigners are again reminding us of how the 'system' works in the favour of some projects getting the green light.

Open house at Melling sheltered housing

Lancaster City Council is holding an open day at Melling House Sheltered Housing Scheme for people to have a good look round before applying for a place.

Fake DVDs seized from Morecambe Market stall

PC Rob Brookbanks and PCSO Philip Meeks with some of the counterfeit DVDs seized from a Morecambe Market stall at the weekend. Police seized over 800 counterfeit DVDs from a stall on Morecambe market on Sunday, including copies of recent blockbuster movies, some of which are still only on show in cinemas.

Gillow lands top folk act Gren Bartley for May line-up

Gren BartleyLancaster's Robert Gillow has lined up more fine folk music for May, and we have the full details. Included in the line up is top act Gren Bartley, a well known musician on both sides of the Atlantic, and the superb Hard Times.

Morecambe Council condemns Heysham Link as "completely inappropriate"

Geoff Marsland says the proposed M6 Link is "completely inappropriate"Morecambe Town Council has voiced its opposition to the planned Heysham M6 Link, passing a strongly-worded resolution against the proposed road last week. The Council supported a strongly-worded resolution againt the road proposed by Morecambe Bay Independent Geoff Marsland, who is also a City Councillor.

Counting the Cost of 'Big Oil'

Oil'd from Chris Harmon on Vimeo. Last year's Gulf Oil Spill released 205 million gallons of oil — such a huge amount, it's hard to get your mind around. To help conceptualize it, animator Chris Harmon created this amazing animated infographic - and it's such a salutory lesson in the need for more careful use of resources that we have no qualms about re-posting it here on virtual-lancaster.

People's Picnic Party Planned for Priory Green

A People's Picnic Party is planned on the Priory Green (by the Headless Woman statue) for egalitarian fun and frolics this Friday afternoon.

Stone the Crows - It's Wray Festival

Yet again the famous Wray Scarecrow Festival takes over the picturesque village with scarecrows of all sizes, scary, comical and satirical populating the streets, gardens and greens. And during the day you can find delicious refreshments served by enthusiastic volunteers at the Village Institute, as well as at the hospitable pubs and tea rooms.

Remembering Chernobyl: 25 years on

25 years ago this week I and thousands of others got caught out in the Chernobyl rain that fell on Lancaster and much of Northern Europe and came home with our hair and clothes full of gungy nuclear disaster fallout to a contaminated water supply.

Adult College July Craft Fair - Book stalls now!

A Craft Fair will be held at the Adult College on Saturday 2 July (10am - 3pm) and if local craftspeople would like a stall there they need to get weaving as the closing date for bookings is this Friday 29 April. As well as Arts and Crafts Stalls, Taster courses and free family art sessions will be taking place on the day.

Enter your produce in the Incredible Edibles Awards 2011

The Incredible Edibles Awards aim to champion local food growing and local produce by showcasing the best food growing projects in Lancaster district. Keen on growing your own? Want to show off?

Williamson Park seeks friends

Lancaster City Council is inviting you to become a Friend of Williamson Park. Does Williamson Park hold a special place in your heart? If so, perhaps you’d like to be involved in making it a memorable place to be for others too!

Local ME Group needs friends!

Imagine that you have absolutely no energy, your muscles hurt, your head aches, your vision is blurred, you get dizzy spells and you can’t think straight or remember things properly. Then imagine that, unlike the winter colds and viruses that have been doing the rounds recently, you don’t get to feel any better.

Legal challenge to proposed Heysham Reactor: studies link to doubled cancer rates

Following on from German government studies showing more than doubled risks of infant leukaemia around every nuclear power station studied, Heysham Anti-Nuclear Alliance (HANA) has launched a legal challenge against Chris Huhne, the Secretary of State for The Department of Energy and Climate Change, for his Justification of new nuclear power stations.

Police appeal after fires on Heysham Barrows

Police are appealing for information after a number of small fires were started on Heysham Barrows on Monday. It is believed there were around seven or eight separate small fires which were started at around 7.20pm on Monday evening and police are asking for anyone with any information to come forward and contact them.

LitFest brings new storytelling to Lancaster

Lancaster LitFest is bringing some of the country's most spellbinding storytellers to Litfest in a partnership with London's Crick Crack Club. On offer is the chance of a literary trip around the world, a journey with the Queen of Sheba, and a strange fairytale adventure. LitFest's last storytelling night, Metamorphoses, was a complete sell-out - so don't miss these new events!

Scotforth supermarket plans set for inspection

A design for Commercial Estates Projects proposed supermarket and hotel complex on the A6, south of Lancaster.Lancaster City Council's Planning and Highways Regulatory Committee will consider separate proposals by Booths and Commercial Estates Properties to build supermarkets on land at Lawsons Bridge, Scotforth at its meeting on Tuesday 3rd May.

Morecambe man convicted of child sex offences

Peter Barber was convicted for child abuse last year - but media coverage resulted in more victims coming forwardPeter Barber, a man who groomed four youngsters over a period of 10 years, has been convicted of 19 child sex offences. Barber was found guilty of the charges today after appearing before a jury at Preston Crown Court during an eight-day trial.

Butchers burgled in Morecambe, sausage making equipment taken

Police are appealing for witnesses after a J Hunters Butchers was broken into in Morecambe. The incident happened between last weekend at the butchers shop on Glenworth Road West in Morecambe. The offenders have approached the shop and forced open a wooden door to access the premises.

Police appeal after cyclepath robbery

Morecambe police are appealing for information after two brothers with learning difficulties had a digital camera and two mobile phones stolen from them on a day trip to the town.