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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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 15:35: 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

Animal Care
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. Volunteering opportunities in the cafe, sanctuary and fundraising.  

Donations to aid vital mountain rescue work

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 23:53: 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

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 23:41: 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

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 13:10: 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

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 12:13: 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

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 11:54: 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

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 18:40: 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

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 14:30: 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

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 13:12: 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

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 08:30: 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.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 21:00: 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

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 15:30: 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

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 13:35: 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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:16: 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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 13:58: 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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 09:30: 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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 17:00: 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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 14:34: 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.

Register to vote by 6 May or miss elections

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:30: Time is running out to make sure that you are registered to vote in time for the European elections on Thursday 22 May. In Lancaster there will also be City Council by-elections for two seats that have come vacant, in the University Ward and Scotforth West (see previous news: ('Councillors quit, by elections announced'). Morecambe Town Council will be holding a by-election in Westgate ward.

Lancaster librarian's account of journey from couch to triathlon ironman wins award

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 17:09: Lancaster University Librarian and author Andy Holgate has won the Best Book award at the 2014 Running Awards for his book “Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride, Can’t Run.” Andy’s book about his journey from – as he says - overweight couch potato to competing in Ironman triathlons beat off stiff competition from eleven other finalists to take the award which was voted for by the public.

The PC Support Group (Lancaster)

The PC Support Group, Lancaster
White Cross Business Park, Lancaster, LA1 4XQ. Tel: 0845 2233116. A complete IT support service to small-medium businesses and home users throughout Lancaster, North Lancashire and the South Lakes – including Lancaster, Morecambe, Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale, Windermere, Barrow-in-Furness and Ulverston. 

The Barber Shop

The Barber Shop, Lancaster
72 Penny Street, Lancaster, LA1 1XF. Tel: 0796 979 6100. Claire offers a traditional, professional and hygienic barber shop.  

Qwerky Graphics

Qwerky Graphics, Morecambe
Kirsty Myers offers a local and friendly freelance graphic design business, focused on achieving all of your graphic design needs at affordable costs. 

Jane's Social Media

Jane's Social Media
Jane Binnion - Ethical Sales and Social Media Trainer, Consultant and Coach 

North West MEP Chris Davies leads vote to end Farage expenses loophole

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 19:30: Chris Davies MEPThe European Parliament has backed a call by Liberal Democrat MEP for the North West Chris Davies to close an expenses regime that has allowed some MEPs to divert money intended to pay for office costs into their private income.

Dukes steps back to the turn of the 20th Century for "The Life and Times of Mitchell & Kenyon"

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 18:34: Here are a selection of production shots for The Life And Times Of Mitchell Kenyon which runs at The Dukes in Lancaster from 19th April until 10th May and at Oldham Coliseum Theatre from 15th - 31st May. Blackburn, 1995. In a dusty old shop two workmen make a startling discovery when they unearth a treasure trove of film reels once thought lost to the ages. Blackburn, 1897.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 16th to 24th April 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 17:44: 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 releases during this period include comedy with The Love Punch (12A) and The Other Woman (12A); science fiction with Transcendence (12A) and action/adventure with The Raid 2 (18).

Green Party leader to visit Lancaster tomorrow to host public meeting on women in politics

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:36: Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party. Image: Green PartyGreen Party leader Natalie Bennett and European election candidate for the region, councillor Gina Dowding, will host a public meeting in Lancaster tomorrow, Wednesday 16th April, to discuss the role of women in politics. Earlier in the day they will meet with local businesses and visit the Lancaster co-housing and hydro project.

Man exposes naked to woman in Lancaster

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 14:25: Officers in Lancaster are appealing for information after a woman encountered a naked man. Sometime between 7:30pm and 7:45pm on Monday 7 April, a 21-year-old woman was walking along the cycle track between Vicarage Field and Long Marsh Lane. Having heard a noise behind her, she has turned around to see a completely naked man jogging toward her.

South Lakeland Leisure Village

South Lakeland Leisure Park
Borwick, Near Carnforth, LA6 1BH. Tel: 01524 730823. Luxurious holiday lodges set around a picturesque lake in 43 acres of beautifully maintained grounds. It is accredited as a Visit Britain 5 Star Park and is the ideal base for you and your family. 

Crook O'Lune Holiday Park

Crook O'Lune Holiday Park
Caton Road, Caton, Nr Lancaster, LA2 9HP. Tel:01524 770216. Set in a beautiful location beside the River Lune within the grounds of a manor house, Crook O’Lune Holiday Park provides the perfect location for a relaxing holiday. 

Nip Hill Self-Catering - Castle Hill

Nip Hill Self-Catering, Lancaster
Nip Hill, Lancaster, LA1 1WF. Tel: 01524 382447. Self-contained and fully modernised, our (top floor) flat in Lancaster's historic Castle district sleeps 2-3 and is cosy, quirky and comfortable. 

The Wagon & Horses

The Wagon & Horses, Lancaster
27 St. Georges Quay, Lancaster, LA1 1RD. Tel: 01524 846094. Overlooking the River Lune on the quayside below Lancaster Castle, this traditional pub and B&B serves serves home-cooked food made from local ingredients. Our six lovely, cosy rooms are the perfect place to stay. 

The Old Station House Bed & Breakfast

The Old Station House Bed & Breakfast, Lancaster
25 Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TX. Tel: 01524 381060. In the centre of Lancaster, just 3 minutes walk of the castle and the Priory. We are 1 minute from the train station. We have been awarded four stars by the British Tourist Board. 

The Greaves House Bed & Breakfast

The Greaves House B&B
66 Greaves Rd, Lancaster, LA1 4UR. Tel: 01524 39344 or 07799 148775. We are approximately two miles from Lancaster University on the A6 and are in close proximity to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, St Martins College, Bus and Train Services. The city centre is a ten minute walk. 

The Shakespeare

The Shakespeare, Lancaster
96 St. Leonards Gate, Lancaster, LA1 1NN. Tel: 07855 245061. Close to the heart of Lancaster's City Centre, the historic Shakespeare offers 2 single, 2 twin and 4 double rooms at prices from £35 per person per night. All rooms are ensuite.  

An Elegant And Entertaining Edwardian Evening At The Dukes

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 14:11: Edwardian elegance and entertainment are promised when The Dukes stages a Northern night like no other on 25th April. The Lancaster theatre will take on a distinct music hall feel for a Charity Gala Performance of The Life And Times Of Mitchell Kenyon when guests will be encouraged to dress to impress.

Luneside East Developer responds to local complaints. Council issues TPOs

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 14:26: Persimmon Homes have responded to local residents' complaints about their recent planning application for Luneside East (see previous news:Luneside East Planning Application breaks promises, residents claim).

Live at LICA Art & Community Day on 10 May invites your ideas for a Fair

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 15:30: Live at LICA (Lancaster University's public arts programme) are hoping to hold a contemporary arts and crafts fair in the near future. Does this sound of interest to you?

Local Cinema Round-Up for 9th to 17th April 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 14:01: 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. We have three new releases during this period. Horror with The Quiet Ones (15); adventure with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (12A) and cartoon adventure with Khumba (U).

Pointer Roundabout is Bee-Friended

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 09:00: We are informed that 'The level of muckiness is down to the method used for shifting the turf (using arms/hands or the fork)." Work has started to create a bee-friendly 'meadow' on a Lancaster roundabout. Hard-working volunteers from Incredible Edible Lancaster(pictured) have stripped the turf on Lancaster's Pointer Roundabout to prepare for seeding.

Obesity data: Large figures for Lancs

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 19:00: Excess weight data published earlier this year by Public Health England shows the percentage of adults in Cumbria Lancashire who are overweight or obese, by local authority.

Luneside East Planning Application breaks promises, residents claim

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 16:33: Aerial view of the site as shown in the application documents Residents in the Long Marsh Lane areas of Lancaster are campaigning to hold the City Council to keeping a long-standing promise to the local community - and reject a planning application submitted recently by Luneside East developers Persimmon Homes.

Council asked to approve Freedom of the City for Cedric Robinson

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 11:09: Lancaster City councillors will be asked to approve granting the Queen’s Guide to the Sands, Cedric Robinson MBE, the Freedom of the City at a special meeting of Lancaster City Council later this month. The Queen’s Guide to the Sands is a Royally appointed guide to assist the safe crossing of the sands of Morecambe Bay.

Travelodge Lancaster M6

Travelodge Lancaster M6
Moto Service Area M6 Motorway, Northbound J32/33, White Carr Lane, Bay Horse, Lancaster, LA2 9DU. Tel: 0871 984 6154. Situated on a motorway service station just 6 miles from the town centre and Lancaster train station. 

Travelodge Lancaster Central Hotel

Lancaster Central Travelodge
King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1RE. Tel: 0871 984 6453. This city centre hotel is the ideal place to stay in this popular university town, just a 10 minute walk from the train station and Lancaster Castle, and on the main bus route.  

Easter Celebrations at St Patrick's

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 17:26: Easter is extra special this year for staff and pupils at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School in Heysham. They've just had the results of their latest Ofsted inspection – and the school is officially 'Good'. This means the Littledale Avenue primary has leapfrogged two grades from its previous rating – a rare achievement.

The Sun Hotel

The Sun Hotel & Bar
63 Church Street, Lancaster, LA1 1ET. Tel: 01524 66006. This major refurbishment of a 17th Century coaching inn has resulted in the offering of 15 contemporary, luxury en-suite hotel rooms. Award winning bar / restaurant with locally sourced food and a tremendous array of beers and wines.