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November 2013

Pri-Market one step closer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.