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April 2014

Animal Rights Group (Lancaster & S. Lakes)

c/o Larc, The Basement, 78a Penny Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1XN Tel.: 07504551891 LARG are a group of concerned people who are campaigning towards a better world for animals.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 30th April to 8th May 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. There are two new releases during this period. Action/Adventure with Sabotage (15) and comedy with Bad Neighbours (15).

Animal Care

Blea Tarn Road, Scotforth, Lancaster, LA2 0RD Tel.: 01524 65495 Animal Care takes in, cares for, and finds new homes for a large number of dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals, large and small, as well as undertaking a conservation programme with their land involving tree planting and care.

Donations to aid vital mountain rescue work

Mountain Rescue Teams work "invaluable", says Lancashire's Crime CommissionerThevital work of Lancashire's life-saving Mountain Rescue Teamshas been praised by the county's Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, after Lancashire police donated £1,500 to the charities.

It's a Dog Hair Day for Ethical Pet Owners

Katie Jenkins of Ethical Pets Online with her Dog Hair Day shampoos. Photo: Steve Pendrill PhotographyA Lancaster businesswoman will launch a bespoke, herbal shampoo especially for dogs at Wray’s famous Scarecrow Festival on 5th May 2014. Dog Hair Day, a flynnthedog product, has been developed especially for Ethical Pets Online which is run by Katie Jenkins.

Easter Hope Festival brought plenty of cheer

Last week's Easter Hope Festival in Dalton Square certainly brought plenty of smiles to many Lancastrian faces. Here's some pictures of the event, courtesy of local photographer Alan Phillips.

Free Comic Book Day comes to Lancaster

First Age Comics co-owner Mark Braithwaite in the new Moor Lane store The annual, international Free Comic Book Day arrives in Lancaster this Saturday (3rd may)... but at an all-new location.

Costain open Heysham M6 Link Road Visitors Centre

Costain's Heysham-M6 Link Road Visitor Centre Road builders Costain have now opened a Visitors Centre for the Heysham to M6 Link Road project.

European Parliamentary Elections: North West candidates confirmed

The full list of candidates for the forthcoming European Parliamentary Elections has been published and the candidates are listed below. Eleven political parties will contest the elections on Thursday 22nd May to choose the North West of England’s eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Man indecently exposes himself to teenage girl in Morecambe

Police are appealing for information after a man on a bicycle indecently exposed himself to a 15-year-old girl as she walked home in Morecambe. The incident took place around 10pm on Wednesday 2 April when a man riding his bicycle rode past the girl on Balmoral Road, Morecambe, and exposed his penis to her before also using sexually offensive language.

Society’s fixation with children’s weight can be counterproductive, Lancaster University researcher warns

Dr Garrath WilliamsA preoccupation with obesity could harm children’s overall health and wellbeing, claim researchers. Childhood Obesity: Ethical and Policy Issues argues that the stigmatisation of childhood obesity may worsen health problems and that increasing obesity rates are far from the only social concern.

Appeal for information after man wounded in glass attack, Morecambe

Bottle Attack Suspect CCTV image Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked and stabbed in the face with a broken beer bottle at a taxi rank in Morecambe. At approximately 4:10am on Saturday 5 April, a 26-year-old man was standing at a taxi rank on Queen Street, Morecambe, with a group of other people.

Public Meeting Monday on plans to share our GP records.

Care about sharing your medical records? A Public Meeting, organised by Lancaster University, will be held at Lancaster Town Hall next Monday 28 April at 6.45pm to find out more about government proposals to upload your GP records for wider access.

Luneside East housing plans set back pending review. Public meeting called

St George's Walk at Luneside East: The draft planning layout Lancaster City Council have told us today that they have postponed consideration of the application by Persimmon Homes for a 170-house residential development at Luneside East, pending 'significant amendments'.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 23rd April to 1st May 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. This period sees a couple of new releases: animation with a retelling of the story of Tarzan (PG) and action-adventure with Pompeii (12A).

Police hunt Scale Hall burglar who robbed elderly woman

Police are appealing for information after an elderly woman had her purse snatched from her home in Scale Hall, Lancaster. Around 3.00pm on Wednesday 16th April, a man approached the house on Cleveleys Avenue, and has knocked on the front door. The 81-year-old female victim, did not answer the door, but did try to get a view of the man through the window of her front room.

Lancaster 's Past recalled in new Dukes exhibition

St. Annes Church, Moor Lane, circa 1950 - now The Dukes.Take a stroll down Memory Lane on your next visit to The Dukes gallery in Lancaster. To coincide with its latest homegrown play – The Life And Times Of Mitchell Kenyon – The Dukes is also hosting an exhibition of photographs of Lancaster and Morecambe from yesteryear.

Canal Trust Boat Waterwitch launches season of free trips

All aboard the Waterwitch The Lancaster Canal Trust's boat Waterwitch has begun a new season of free canal boat trips from Crooklands Bridge, which is about 5 miles south of Kendal off the A65 (see map). The first boat trip of the season, with a full compliment of passengers, got underway at 11am on Easter Sunday morning in warm sunshine.

Disability Online support group helps hundreds - on a shoestring

Disability Online Disability Online, the local voluntary organisation which receives no government funding or grants for the work they do, have managed to survive their second year running entirely on small donations from individuals.

Friends of Greaves Park campaigner to fight Scotforth by-election for Greens

Abi Mills and Natalie Bennett. Image: Lancaster Green PartyThe Green Party has selected Scotforth resident Abi Mills as its candidate in the upcoming Scotforth West local council by-election. Abi was a main force behind getting funding for the Play Area in Greaves Park and has lived in Scotforth West since 1996. “I am delighted to be standing for the Greens," she said.

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