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March 2014

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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?

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

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.

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