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March 2014

Dynamo launches campaign for new Heysham-Lancaster off-road cycle route

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:16: Dynamo - The Lancaster and District Cycle Campaign have launched a campaigning for a direct off road cycle route between Heysham and Lancaster, which will be along existing footpaths and bridleways. The campaign group argues the current routes, via Oxcliffe Road and the Bypass, are simply not safe enough, with the only alternative cycle path route being through Morecambe.

County Councillors hear other side of the Fracking argument

Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 09:25: Councillors from across Lancashire representing both County and district councils were offered a different view about Shale Gas than previously heard in County Hall, with a presentation by John Ashton, CBE last Wednesday.

North West theatres targeted in tax relief consultation - but will The Dukes really benefit?

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 16:46: Lancaster's Dukes theatre and other theatres in the North West are being encouraged to have their say on plans to introduce tax relief for the industry, announced in last week’s Budget.

Torrisholme Road to be closed for three days for Link Road work

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 16:35: Lancashire County Council has announced Torrisholme Road and Lancaster Road will be closed completely to vehicle traffic from 8.00am Monday 7th April to 6.00am Thursday 10th April, between Russell Drive and 179 Torrisholme Road (by Lancaster Morecambe College entrance).

ATOS exits Work Capability Assessment contract

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 15:48: Thousands of white carnations were laid out in Parliament Square last September, representing the alleged 10,000 dead as a result of benefits cuts after Work Capabilty Assessments carried out on contract by ATOS.

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School team wins Science Challenge

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 15:00: Winning Team from Lancaster Girls' Grammar School As part of National Science Engineering Week, and to celebrate Lancaster University’s 50th anniversary, 160 students from across the region came to the Bailrigg campus to compete in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Schools Challenge.

Lancashire Police praised for domestic abuse work

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 12:42: In a report released today, Lancashire Constabulary has been praised for the work it does to tackle domestic abuse following a visit by government inspectors. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) visited the force in November 2013 after being commissioned to conduct a domestic abuse inspection of all forces.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 26th March to 3rd April 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:45: 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. A rather quiet period for movies with a single new release Rio 2 (U). Meanwhile we have lost the following 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Non-Stop and Ride Along.

Appeal after jogger grabbed by naked man in Lancaster

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 14:37: Lancaster police are appealing for information after a woman who was out jogging was grabbed by a naked man on the cycle track on New Quay Road. Between 5.30pm and 6.10pm on Wednesday 19th March, a 52 year old woman was running along the cycle track on New Quay Road towards the junction with Aldcliffe Lane, Lancaster.

Morecambe Bagsnatcher: Witness appeal

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 18:00: Police are appealing for information after a 61 year old woman was robbed of her handbag in Morecambe. Between 2.20pm and 2.30pm on Sunday 16th March, the woman and her friend were walking along the promenade, by the lifeboat station close to Green Street, when a man walked towards them.

Canal Trust Team explore historic Aldcliffe Waterways Buildings

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 09:30: The British Waterways Board has been replaced by the Canal River Trust The Lancaster Canal Trust recently obtained access from the Canal River Trust,to record the ex British Waterways site at Aldcliffe Road, Lancaster. It was a 200 year lesson in history. They did it well and they did it big in those days.

Labour candidate calls for Action on Domestic Violence

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 15:38: Cat Smith, prospective Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Lancaster FleetwoodCalls for new league tables to be published to help victims of domestic abuse to avoid a 'postcode lottery' when it comes to getting justice have been backed by Labour's parliamentary candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood.

Take pride in your parks this Spring

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 14:40: Children from Bowerham Primary School join Friends of Williamson Park and staff for early Spring bulb planting Lancaster City Council wants to encourage people to use and take pride in their local park. The Take Pride in Your Park campaign aims to encourage people to visit their local park, take pride in its appearance and use its facilities.

Review: 'Your Country Needs You..' - Dukes Young Actors & Young Company

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 11:55: Photo by Darren AndrewsYour country needs you (but I don’t need my country …) presented by The Dukes Young Actors and Young Company directed by Louie Ingham and The Company in The Round at The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 March 2014 at 7.30pm.

Nature captured in photographs at the Pavilion Café

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 10:00: The Pavilion Café in Williamson Park, Lancaster will host the beautiful photographic work of local artist Grace Rawsthorne with an exhibition throughout April. The exhibition contains images capturing nature and wildlife as well as landscapes. Grace is a Fine Art graduate and currently works at PhotoBaby / Elle Jones Photography in Lancaster.

Primark signs up to move units in Marketgate

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 19:01: Fashion retailer Primark has signed an agreement with the owners of Lancaster'sMarketgateshopping centre,Allied (Lancaster) Ltd, for a 50,000 sq ft store - which will make it the biggest retail occupier in the city of Lancaster.

'The Winders of Wyresdale' music symposium and ceilidh

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 14:00: The Winders of Wyresdale by Andy HornbyThe music of the Winders of Wyresdale, which spans three centuries, will come under the spotlight at a Lancaster University symposium on Thursday 27 March when historians will examine the relationships between regional musical composition and performance and international trends in folk music.

Florence Nightingale Day celebrates women in maths and statistics.

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 01:14: Florence Nightingale, nurse and statistician 1820 - 1910The Florence Nightingale Day, showcasing women in maths ans statistics will take place on Thursday 3 April 2014, 9:30am - 3:30pm, at Lancaster University Management School.

Missing cat, Aldcliffe: Have you seen Andy?

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 18:30: Update 20/3/14 - Andy has been found and is safe and well Update 20/3/14- Andy has been found and is safe and well Have you seen Andy? He is a cat who has been missing from his home in Aldcliffe Road, Lancaster for a week now and his human housemates are asking if people would check their outbuildings to make sure he is not trapped anywhere.

Unpaid carers to qualify for leisure center passport

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:30: Unpaid carers across Lancashire are being helped to get fit and healthy. Lancashire County Council, in partnership with district councils and local leisure trusts, has produced a 'Passport to Leisure' card specifically for carers.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 19th to 27th March 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 16:09: 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. A great deal of churn this period with a good helping of new releases. Latest comedy releases include Muppets Most Wanted (U); A Long Way Down (15) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (15).

Lancaster Student awarded for malaria mapping methodology

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 14:00: Emanuele in MalawiResearch to help fight malaria in sub-Saharan Africa has won Lancaster University PhD student Emanuele Giorgi a $3000 prize at the International Biometric Society's world conference. He is the European winner of the “Young Statistician’s Showcase” prize for his work for his work on malaria prevalence mapping.

Williamson Park Woodland Walk leaflet opens up Fenham Carr

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 10:00: If you go down to the woods today.. take the new Williamson Park Woodland Walk leaflet! Everyone is invited to come along to Williamson Park in Lancaster and explore its woodland with the help of a new Woodland Walk leaflet. The free leaflet provides a fun way of exploring the Fenham Carr area of the park and spotting the variety of trees, wild flowers and creatures that live there.

Dukes Young Actors present war drama with a difference

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 14:00: A century after the outbreak of World War One, what does war and conflict mean to young people today? Find out at The Dukes from this Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd March when the Lancaster theatre stages a bold and thrilling new production – Your Country Needs You! (But I don’t need my country…).

Bowling buggies included at Regent Park

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 10:00: Paul James of EDF (front) presents the buggies to Alan Tizard, Ian Thompson, Brian Cooke and Graham Buckley, representing Regent Park Crown Greeen Bowling Tuition Centre.

New Community Roadwatch group launches

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Lancashire introduces ‘Clare’s Law’

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 10:00: A Scheme which allows the public to formally enquire about someone that they are in an intimate relationship with, or who is in a relationship with someone they know, has been rolled out across Lancashire from Saturday 8 March 2014.

Dare you take the BBC2 Allotment Challenge?

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 14:00: A soft southern allotment, as depicted by the BBC There is just one week left to apply to compete in aBBC2 primetime gardening show 'The Big Allotment Challenge', produced in association with Silver River Productions, a TV company based in London. looking for contestants!

Lancaster Singers to perform University Anniversary Concert

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 10:00: The Lancaster SingersThe Lancaster Singers are performing at Lancaster University on Saturday 22 March to help celebrate the University's 50th anniversary as one of a series of 2014 events highlighting the university's rich legacy.

Hunt continues for missing Heysham man

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 09:11: Police are continuing the search fora 47 year old man missing from his home in Heysham. Philip Browning was last seen around 7.30am on Thursday 13thMarch, when he left his home address on St Johns Road to go to the shop. He failed to return home and police are concerned for his welfare.

Canal Trust Work Party gets digging

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 10:30: Digger on pontoon The Lancaster Canal Trust tell us that their winter programme of work maintaining and restoring the Lancaster Canal has been very wet and windy, but very interesting.Recent help in maintaining the far side of the canal, often badly neglected and not easy to manage, came from Northern Pontoon Hire, Carnforth.

EDF: Questions over flood risk to Heysham reactors

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 18:34: EDF brings continental fashion to HeyshamOver 60 people from Lancaster District and around the UK held a vigil at Heysham Nuclear Power station last Saturday 8 March to mark the 3rd anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Fukishima and to call on EDF to publicly answer questions relating to safety of the reactors in the face of climate change, and the ongoing problem of nuclear waste storage.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 12th to 20th March 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 15:21: 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. Not a great period for new releases, there are only two. We have comedy with The Stag (15) and music with Peter Gabriel - Back to Front.

Cyclist dies following collision with bus in Lancaster

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 12:21: A 67-year-old woman has died after being involved in a collision with a bus on Lancaster's North Road last week.Joan Behar from Lancaster sadly passed away around 6.15pm on Friday 7th March at Royal Preston Hospital.

The Writing Life: three Lancaster-based authors to reveal the secrets of their craft

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 07:56: Local author Carys Davies. Author photo © Emily Atherton. Via Salt PublishingThree professional authors, including BBC Radio 4 script writer Carys Davies, will be in Lancaster for a free event to talk about their craft in St. Nicholas Arcades on Saturday 22nd March.

Appeal for information after robbery in Morecambe

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 13:12: Detectives are appealing for information after a woman was the victim of a robbery in Morecambe.At around 11.40am on Monday 24th February, the victim left the Smugglers Den pub on Poulton Road to go to the bank with the weekend's takings, when she was approached from behind by a man who snatched her bag from her shoulder and ran off.Fortunately she was not injured but she was clearly left shaken...

New Creative Apprenticeships for two Lancaster arts companies announced

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 11:24: More than 30 creative apprenticeships and internships will be created for young people across Lancashire - including two in Lancaster – thanks to a successful bid for £90,000 of National Lottery funding from Arts Council England. The news comes during National Apprenticeships Week, co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service, designed to celebrate Apprenticeships and the positive impact...

Local Cinema Round-Up for 5th to 13th March 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 17:49: 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. During this period we have two new action/adventure movies. There is a follow-up to the ground-breaking film 300 with 300: Rise of an Empire (15). Also on offer is Need for Speed (12A) a movie based on the best selling video racing game.

Lancaster University projects aims to help local business, charities, get to grips with social media

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:05: Lancaster University'sSocial Media Project Team Enactus are holding social media workshops for local business and charities. Unfortunately, we missed their posting on our own social media for today's event (but if you hurry, you might just make it!), but there are more planned through the year.

Lessons of the miners' strike - weekend of events

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 15:15: Wales 1984: A coachload of police attempting to break a blockade by miners' familiesThis weekend – Saturday 8th Sunday 9th March – Lancaster Morecambe TUC is hosting a series of free public events looking at the lessonslearnt (and not learnt) since the Miners' Strike of 1984/5, with contributions from trade unionists currently in dispute, a former striking miner, Lancashire Women Against Pit...