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November 2013

Pri-Market one step closer?

Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 07:49: Allied Lancaster Ltd, owner of Marketgate Shopping Centre, are seeking permission redevelop and partly demolish Lancaster Market to create what would be the city’s biggest single retail unit, unless or until the Canal Corridor scheme goes ahead.

Lancashire calls on MPs to rethink local NHS funding

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 17:11: Health chiefs from Lancashire visited MPs in London this week to encourage the government to reconsider how it plans to provide funding to local NHS organisations. NHS England is currently consulting on plans which would see funding for Lancashire's hospitals and other NHS organisations cut by more than £29m per year.

Meet artist Chas Jacobs this weekend at Ashton Memorial

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 13:08: Lancaster artist Chas Jacobs has an exhibition at the Ashton Memorial this weekend (Saturday 30th November - 1st December) and will be on hand to talk about his work and sign the back of any works sold. Original paintings, canvases, limited edition prints and cards will be available.

Lancaster's MP challenges Prime Minister on pancreatic cancer care

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 11:19: Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw challenged Prime Minister David Cameron on pancreatic cancer care in the House of Parliament, earlier this week, drawing attention to the slow speed of improving survival rates in the UK.

Lancashire charter says no to bullying

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 07:17: All children and young people who live, go to school, work or socialise in Lancashire have the right to go about their daily lives without the fear of being bullied. This is the clear Message behind Lancashire's anti-bullying charter.

Care workers found guilty of neglect

Friday, November 29, 2013 - 06:29: Three local care workers have been found guilty of neglecting and ill-treating elderly residents at Hillcroft's nursing home in Slyne-with-Hest.

Case Against M6 Link remains strong, legal system has failed local community say campaigners

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 16:43: Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe have issued a statement after Lord Justice Sullivan refused TSLM permission to appeal against the decision to allow the Heysham M6 Link Road to go ahead.

MORE Renewables announces new share offer to help Horton Women’s Holiday Centre

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 13:56: MORE Renewables, a local company established to to establish sustainable renewable technologies and enhance the sustainability and resilience of local communities in the Morecambe Bay area has just opened a new share offer.

M6 Link clears last legal hurdle, County Council's favourite white elephant finally goes ahead

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 13:25: Pictured at the construction depot for the M6 link - the County Council's Heysham to M6 Link Road project director Steve McCreesh, Costain project manager Andrew Langley, County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and tran! sport, Phil Barrett, LCC director of Lancashire Highway Services.

North West England report warns "We Don't Talk Any More" (to neighbours, anyway)

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 10:15: A Public Health England report published today on mental wellbeing in the North West (PDF) has found that although there has been an increase in people within the region reporting to be in ‘very good’ health (an increase of 18.2%), and more people with greater life satisfaction (increase of 10.5%), people with long-term conditions had a significantly lower level of mental wellbeing than average.

Local Cinema Round-up for 27 Nov to 5th Dec

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 17:15: For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day listings every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up and reviews. It's a good period for family treats with new animation releases Free Birds (U) and Saving Santa (U). Comedy/drama is represented with The Best Man Holiday (15) and Saving Mr Brooks.

Divorce Care group offers free "Surviving the Holidays" session

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 09:28: A social evening for people who are separated or divorced or a single parent will run in Carnforth in the run up to Christmas. The ‘Surviving the Holidays’ session, which is free, will be run by Carnforth and Lunesdale Divorce Care, a friendly, caring group of people who walk alongside each other through one of life’s most difficult experiences.

Ghostly Goings-On At The Dukes

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 17:06: The Signalman – which will be screened as part of Ghost Stories at Christmas at The Dukes Christmas comes with a bit of a bump in the night at The Dukes on 15th December. While the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future take a night off from the theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol, there’s an advent evening of chilling tales in store.

Chickens killed at Ryelands School, children distraught

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 12:28: Lancaster Police are appealing for information after nine chickens had their necks snapped during a break in at a Lancaster school. The incident took place sometime between 5.00pm on Friday 8th November and 9.00am on Saturday 9th November at Ryelands School on Torrisholme Road.

Review: Julian Joseph Trio at Live at LICA

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 17:48: Julian Joseph Trio Thursday, 21 November 2013 in the Great Hall, Lancaster University Reviewed by Henry Prince It was a real treat to have the opportunity to share an evening with the man whose voice is so familiar to listeners of Radio 3’s ‘Jazz Line-up’.

Lancaster Mad Hatters' Week of Mental Health Awareness Events

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 23:11: Next week is Mad Hatters Week - a mental health awareness week happening in Lancaster from Monday 25th to Friday 29th November 2013. The week is being organised by a coalition of local groups and individuals -and is particularly noteable in that it is user- and survivor-led, (which means they can call it what they like.) All the events are for adults aged 18+.

Borough a winner in LESS Energy Awards

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 15:33: The Borough Pub An old post office, a pub, a converted Mill, a park home, an apartment block and a Victorian family home all featured in the first LESS Energy Awards announced this week.

Review: Haffner Orchestra at the Great Hall

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 14:01: Haffner Orchestra Concert Saturday 16 November 2013 in the Great Hall, Lancaster University Reviewed by Henry Prince Concert Programme: Bizet: Carmen Suite Stravinsky: The Firebird Dvořák: Symphony no. 9 (from the New World) I used to play a game of judging which Haffner programme item had received the most rehearsal time. Years ago it was an easy game to win but now I can no longer tell.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 20 - 28 November by Peter Clarke

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 12:14: For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day listings every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up and reviews. New films during this period include the JFK assassination with Parkland and science fiction with much awaited The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who with Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor.

Appeal after hawk stolen from Morecambe

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 07:44: Police are appealing for the public’s help after a hawk was stolen from the rear yard of a house in Morecambe. The theft took place sometime between 7am and 6.30pm on Monday 18th November on Euston Road after the victim fed his Harris hawk before going to work. The hawk, named Tilly, is nine years old and was stolen from the bolted aviary in the yard.

Lancaster Co-Housing wins national self build award

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 13:27: Lancaster Co-housing at HaltonA 41 home highly sustainable cohousing project near Lancaster has won the self build sector's top award for 2013. The Lancaster Cohousing scheme provides private homes with communal space and sits on the bank of the River Lune at Halton. It has taken seven years to deliver - with the initial group first coming together in 2004.

Police launch 'Operation Jingle Bells' to tackle Christmas shopping street crime

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 10:00: Lancaster Police are urging people to remain vigilant as they launch a new operation in the city centre in the run-up to Christmas. Operation Jingle Bells will see officers in the city giving away tiny bells, festively named 'Jingle Bells’, for shoppers to attach to their purses, handbags and wallets at the Christmas Lights switch-on in the city centre on Sunday 24th November.

Police continue to tackle burglary and stolen goods in the run up to Christmas

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 09:00: Police are reminding the public to remain vigilant to keep their homes secure from burglars. The advice comes as part of Lancashire Constabulary’s Operation Julius campaign and the national In Focus: Burglary and Stolen Good initiative that runs from today (Monday 18th November) to Friday.

Plans to Boost Nature Tourism after Autumn Watch puts area in the spotlight

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 12:30: Swans on Lancaster Canal. Photo: John FreemanHot on the heels of the district’s brush with fame on the BBC’s Autumn Watch, a series of free workshops have been organised for local tourism businesses in early December.

Award-winning folk band Lau announce Lancaster show

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 10:30: Photo: Louise BichanLau, who have won the BBC Folk Awards Best Group no less than four times in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013 are playing what promises to be a very special and atmospheric show at St John the Evangelist's Church, Lancaster on Sunday 24th November.

Appeal for wanted man sighted in Lancaster

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 05:47: Police are appealing for information about a man named as wanted by the National Crime Agency who they believe has been sighted in Lancashire. 37 year old Brian Thexton, who is wanted by the NCA and by Durham Constabulary, was sighted in a vehicle in Lancaster at around 9am this morning and was asked to pull over on Aberdeen Road by an officer.

Lancaster man convicted of sex offences

Friday, November 15, 2013 - 16:21: Stephen Shield, 53, of Balmoral Road, Lancaster, has been found guilty of three counts of indecent assault following a trial at Preston Crown Court. The three historic allegations related to one male victim aged between 17-24 years, the committed between 1985 and 1992. Sentence was adjourned until December 13th.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 14 - 21 November by Peter Clarke

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 22:51: Poster: The Hunger Games: Catching FireFor up to date local cinema links and day-by-day listings every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up and reviews. New films during this period include crime drama with The Counsellor (18) and action / fantasy with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (12A).

Review: Company Chameleon dancing Live at LICA

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 14:51: 'Eden' and ‘Pictures We Make’ Double Bill presented by Company Chameleon at Live at LICA, The Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster University 8:00pm, Thursday 6 November 2013 Reviewed by Hannah Dial.

Join your local markets to celebrate Small Business Saturday UK

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 13:10: Lancaster City Council is celebrating the biggest day of the year for small businesses with the offer of free pitches at its markets in Lancaster and Morecambe on Small Business Saturday UK.

Witness appeal after man dies on the M6 motorway

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 16:08: Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died on the M6 motorway. At shortly after 9.00pm on Sunday 10th November police began to pursue a grey Ford Focus Sport on Preston New Road in Blackpool following an incident in Montague Street, South Shore where a man had deliberately driven his car at a woman resulting in minor injuries.

County Council gets ready for winter

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 13:26: Lancashire County Council is urging everyone to be ready to keep themselves warm and healthy at home, and safe when making journeys this winter. Gritters left the depot for the first time earlier this week to treat roads in some parts of the county ahead of forecast frosts, with almost 32,000 tonnes of salt in stock for the season and 1,800 grit bins filled to the brim.

Appeal after £70,000 of alcohol stolen from Carnforth haulage firm

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 13:16: Police are appealing for information following a burglary at a haulage firm in Carnforth where £70,000 worth of alcohol was stolen. The burglary took place sometime between 6.30pm on Friday 1st November and 9am on Sunday 3rd November at the small family run haulage company in Tewitfield.

James Court murder - man charged

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 10:59: A man is due to appear in court this morning (Friday, November 8th) charged with the murder of a man in Lancaster. Bernard McSorley, 52, of no fixed address, is charged with the murder of Paul McDonagh in the town between October 27th and 30th this year. Mr McDonagh, 30, was found deceased at the rear of St James Court, Lancaster at shortly after 1.30pm on October 29th.

Samaritans to hold volunteer information evening

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 22:04: Lancaster District Samaritans are looking for volunteers for their listening and support service and also for backroom tasks and in their shop. They will be holding an information evening next Thursday at Lancaster Library for people to find out more about becoming a Samaritans volunteer.

Cinema screenings in Lancaster & Morecambe this week

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 18:17: Poster for 'Philomena' reviewed belowRound-Up for6th to 14th November 2013 by Peter Clarke For up to date cinema listings every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page A poor time for new releases as there are none to report this week.

Free parking for Christmas shoppers

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 13:47: Shoppers will be able to enjoy free parking at selected times in Lancaster and Morecambe in the run up to Christmas. From Sunday 24th November until Sunday 22nd December, all the city council's car parks in Lancaster and Morecambe will be free to use for Sunday shopping.

Morecambe Poppy Box Thief sought

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 11:09: Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they need to speak with after a poppy charity box was stolen from a hotel on Morecambe promenade. The theft took place around 6.30pm on Sunday 27th October 2013 at the Pier Hotel on Marine Road Central when the charity box, which was thought to contain around £30, was stolen from the bar.

Barton Road Community Centre shows its enterprise.

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 10:07: Linda Taylor Denise Nardone with the new Barton Road Monday Lunch ClubBarton Road Community Centre is set to turn itself into a Social Enterprise, introducing new courses and drop-in sessions for the local community. The centre, in south Lancaster, will also be hosting its second Community Ceilidh on Saturday 23 November and a Christmas Craft Fair is being organised for Sunday 8 December.

Heysham Link another step closer despite long-running opposition

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 09:44: The Lancaster Guardian reports another judge has thrown out an appeal against the Heysham M6 Link Road concluding “enough is enough”. Court of Appeal judge Lord Justice Davis has refused Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe’s application for permission to appeal against a High Court judgement supporting the project.

Assembly Rooms future under review but continued Collector's Market now an option

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 09:29: As part of the Council's in-depth look at its costs as government spending cuts hit what it can afford hard, the future of the trading area in Lancaster’s historic Assembly Rooms was discussed by the city council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 5th November, with plans on the table to turn it into a tea room and ditch its unique "Collectors' Market" identity.

Barton Road Community Centre

Barton Road Community Centre
Barton Road, Lancaster, LA1 4ER. Barton Road Centre sits on the edge of Barton Road Fields in South Lancaster. It's a lively centre offering a range of activities to local people. Come and see for yourself! 

Morecambe police hunt handbag thief who targeted elderly couple

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 14:28: Police are appealing for information after a man targeted the home of an elderly couple and stole a woman’s handbag in Morecambe. The burglary took place around 12.15pm on Monday 4th November when a man knocked at an address on Carleton Street and asked the occupants if they require any odd jobs being completed.

Council's cost cutting plans announced as funding slashed by government

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 14:21: Council leader Eileen Blamire: "The scale of these funding reductions is unprecedented and there are tough decisions ahead."Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet has approved a series of service reviews which will seek to cut costs and increase income as the council looks to fill a budget black hole.

Hest Bank Dental Practice

Providing professional advanced and cosmetic dentistry in a friendly atmosphere. Private patients only 

South Lakes Wild Animal Park opens its gate for free this winter

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 15:49: Picture: South Lakes Wild Animal ParkWe don't often mention happenings outside our immediate area but the news that South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton in Furness has announced free entry for everyone until 14th February 2014, and for children to the 9th April, is well worth mentioning.

JS Cleaning Solutions

We clean residential, commercial, caravans, shop fronts, conservatories, solar panels and more.  

Lancaster Counselling Services

Quality, professional and affordable individual, couples and group counselling in the heart of Lancaster. 

Lancaster Kofukan Karate Club

Kofukan red rose logo
A well-established Karate club with venues in Skerton, LMC, Morecambe and Milnthorpe.  

Lancaster Lights Up in Spectacular Style!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 10:41: Photo courtesy Lancaster City CouncilThe skies, streets and waterways of Lancaster were lit up in spectacular style during a four-day festival in the city that has earned plenty of praise for local arts organisations, Lancaster Castle and the Council.