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May 2014

Opinion: Caging the Morecambe 'Bird Man'

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 02:53: The shock news that 65 year old Morecambe man John Wilkinson was given a six week prison sentence on 23 May for feeding birds in breach of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) has led to local people planning a 'mass bird feed' on Morecambe Prom tomorrow (Saturday) at 1.30pm in protest.

Luneside residents win embankment victory

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 19:24: Persimmon Homes have now submitted an amended planning application for Luneside East. Their revised plan for 149 dwellings off Lancaster's St George's Quay now retains the embankment, which the developer originally proposed removing and has also withdrawn the proposal for direct vehicular access to Long Marsh Lane, keeping a pedestrian and cycle path instead.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 28th May to 5th June by Peter Clarke

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 00:15: For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews.

Let Us Entertain You - Street Music for Bank Holiday Monday

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 09:48: Martha, Beatrice and Miriam from Brownedge St Mary's High School, Bamber Bridge, entertain the crowds at Lancaster's Horseshoe Corner on Bank Holiday Monday with a classical trio. Photos: Alan Phillips.

Charmaine Childs , the Human Carousel raises smiles on Bank Holiday Saturday

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 09:29: Australian strong lady Charmaine Childs as "Betty Brawn" thrilled the crowd in Lancaster's Marketgate on Bank Holiday Saturday by showing her unique talent for picking up men.

Meet Your New North West MEPs 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014 - 09:02: Three Labour, three UKIP and two Conservatives were elected as MEPS for the North West last night (full results here). The North West vote share was Labour, 34%, UKIP 27%,Conservatives 20%, Green 7%,Liberal Democrat 6% and Others5%. The Liberal Democrats long-term MEP Chris Davies lost his set, as did the BNP's Nick Griffin.

Local Council By Election Results May 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 18:34: Two by-elections for vacant seats on Lancaster City Council took place yesterday (Thursday May 22). Green Party Candidates Abi Mills (Scotforth West) and Jack Filmore (University) both took seats previously held by Labour. Lancaster City Council's seats are now held as follows: 22 Labour, 15 Conservative, 10 Independent Group, 10 Green, 2 Free Independent, 1 Non-Aligned Independent.

12,000 new homes locally? Council launches major planning consultation

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 12:55: Forecast Methodology. Turley The Lancaster district should make plans for an additional 12,000 new homes over the next 20 years to meet housing needs fuelled by an increasing population and a growing economy. This would represent a 20% increase in the number of local homes.

Looking Back on Market Square: A 'Sneak Peek" at Lancaster Library's Exhibition

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 11:30: A post-war image of Market Street leading to Market Square circa 1946. The centre of the square is still accessible to cars. The Square was pedestrianised in the 1970s Lancashire's Museum Service has given us a sneak peek at the fascinating photographs of Lancaster's Market Square, which will be on display in Lancaster Library from Saturday 24th May as part of an ongoing display.

Ban old tyres on public vehicles, urges county council

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 16:30: Vehicles which provide a service to the public such as coaches and taxis should not be allowed to use tyres which are more than 10 years old, according to Lancashire County Council. Councillors unanimously supported a Notice of Motion proposed by County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, at a recent meeting of the Full Council.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 21st to 29th May by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, May 21, 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. This is a good period for new family films. We have animation with Postman Pat: The Movie (U) and Legends of OZ: Dorothy's Return (U). Also making an appearance is the impressive Disney fantasy adventure Maleficent (PG).

Lancaster University in traditional Chinese Dragon boat race

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 13:26: A team of 20 Lancaster University students, staff and community members braved the heavy rain and wind to take home 2nd place at the North West Confucius Institute Dragon Boat Competition was held at Preston Docks on 10th May. The annual set of races are held to celebrate the traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival and included teams from five universities in the region.

Lancaster city centre improvements take shape, famous Horseshoe set to return to rightful place

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 13:10: Resurfacing works partly funded by European Union finance to revive the heart of Lancaster city centre are well underway as part of a £1 million investment to reinvigorate Market Square and the surrounding streets that will include the return of the famous horseshoe to "Horsehoe Corner" on the corner of Penny Street and Market Street.

Memories of Market Square opens at Lancaster Library this weekend

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 12:51: Lancaster Market Square with outdoor market, circa 1900. Image courtesy Lancashire County Museum Service An ongoing exhibition of photographs showing the changing face of Lancaster’s Market Square will open at Lancaster Library this Saturday - 24th May 2014.

City Council under Scrutiny: Is it Up to Scratch?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 12:30: Is there an issue affecting you and your community that you would like to see Lancaster City Council look into? If so, Lancaster City Council wants to hear from you. Scrutiny is important to local democracy and exists to hold decision-makers to account and ensure that issues of concern to local residents and visitors are addressed.

Morecambe Carnival 2015 opens applications for floats

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 11:25: Float Entries for Morecambe Carnival 2015 (MC15) are now open. The application form is here on the event's official site. Morecambe Carnival 2014 had a fantastic turnout, with an estimated 30,000 people turning out to watch it, and while the date of next year's event has yet to be confirmed, the Carnival's organisers are now planning for a bigger and better carnival experience in 2015.

Dukes New Patron Sarah Lancashire scoops a BAFTA

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 09:07: Dukes patron Sarah LancashireJust weeks after The Dukes revealed that popular actress Sarah Lancashire had been appointed its first Honorary Patron she has added a touch of lustre to her new role by scooping a BAFTA.

Lancashire County Council calls for Robin Hood Tax to rebalance economy

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 08:45: County Councillor Gina DowdingLancashire County Council has become the 50thBritish local authority to agree to lobby Governmentto sign up to the Financial Transaction Tax.

Seaside Awards for Morecambe's beaches

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 08:27: Lancaster City Council has again scooped a top award that places two of Morecambe’s beaches among the best in the UK. Seaside Awards recognise and award beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management.

Lancashire supports Dementia Friends campaign

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 08:20: Lancashire County Council is supporting a national campaign to encourage people to become 'Dementia Friends'. This week is National Dementia Week and with more than 7,600 people registered as having dementia in the county, people are being urged to help those living with the condition. More than 0.65% of Lancashire's population are registered as having dementia compared to 0.57% nationally.

The Rainbow Centre

Clarence St, Morecambe, LA4 5EX. Tel.: 01524 415502. Community centre for the over 55's providing fun, leisure and educational activities. 

Don't forget to vote

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 15:51: Lancaster City Council is reminding people to go out and vote in this week’s European elections. The city council is administering the poll for the European elections in the Lancaster district. There will also be by-elections in the University and Scotforth West wards following the resignation of two city councillors and a by-election for Morecambe Town Council in the Westgate ward.

New website makes it even easier to share car journeys

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 15:14: A revamp to the website for Lancashire's car-sharing service has made it easier than ever to find someone to share your journey, petrol and parking costs. boasts almost 4,500 members with regular users typically saving around £1,000 a year.

Storyteller Ben Heggarty conjures new dreams for "First Friday" in June

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 12:35: Internationally renowned storytellerBen Haggarty, writer ofThe DFC‘sMezolithandWill Scoggins Skullstrips, returns to Lancaster on Friday6thJune andslips behind the lights into the dark side of fairground, where you risk getting more than you bargained for.

Friends of the Triangle conjures idyllic England

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 09:34: The Friends of the Triangle-a group dedicated to transforming the once derelict Triangle site at Aldcliffe Road into a pleasant area in Lancaster -organised a get together with a barbecue on the site on Saturday 17thMay. It was a tremendous success, with musicians mingling with the crowd, almost as though we had gone back in time to a more leisurely England.

The Friendship Centre

The Friendship Centre is a social centre for people aged 55 and over in Lancaster district. We are open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9.30 to noon and provide a wide and changing range of activities and classes, with the opportunity to meet people and benefit from peer support and company 

Hua Xian Chinese Society - Lancaster & Morecambe

Lancaster Chinese School: Class of 2016!
Hua Xian Society, 58 Queen Street, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5EP. Tel: 01524 833793 / 07745 873200. The Hua Xian Chinese Society is a not-for-profit volunteer led community association. 

The Morecambe Winter Gardens

Morecambe Winter Gardens, 209 Marine Road Central, Morecambe LA4 4BU. Tel. 01524 422180. The Morecambe Winter Gardens opened as The Victoria Pavilion theatre in 1897 and is situated on the resort’s central promenade, overlooking Morecambe Bay. 

Laugh Out Lancaster - Bank Holiday Weekend Comedy Festival

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 19:09: Laugh out Lancaster (LOL) is Lancaster's weekend of comedy street theatre taking place this May Bank Holiday weekend, 23rd - 26th May, with fascinating street theatre for all the family during the day, and hilarious comedy acts in the city's venues as night falls. Convent Garden Street Theatre Performers will be in various locations throughout the city from Saturday til Monday.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 14th to 22nd May by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 14:41: 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 comprise two science fiction films: Godzilla (12A) and the long awaited X-Men Days of Future Past (12A). We have lost the films Transcendence and Frozen.

Central Lancaster High School students complete Sports Leaders Award

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 13:02: More than 20 students from Central Lancaster High School have recently completed the Sports Leaders UK Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership course. The 30 hour course delivered by Lancaster City Council was completed over 12 weeks. The course is designed for students aged 13 to 16 years old and provides them with their first experience of becoming a PE teacher.

Lancaster University is the best in the north west

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 12:57: Image courtesy Lancaster UniversityImage courtesy Lancaster University Lancaster University is the leading university in the North West according to The Complete University Guide 2015. Lancaster is ranked 11th in the ranking of 123 UK universities, ahead of all other universities in the North West.

Police appeal after 61-year-old woman hit by bus in Lancaster

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 12:48: Policeare appealing for information after a serious collision in Lancaster on Monday. As we previously reported, the accident happened at shortly after 3.30pm on Monday 12th May on Great John Street near to its junction with Gage Street, when a 61-year-old local woman was struck by a single decker bus as she crossed the road on a pelican crossing.

Morecambe Bay Amateur Radio Society

Morecambe Bay Amateur Radio Society, c/o Trimpell Sports & Social Club, Morecambe, Lancashire LA4 4UP. Tel.: 01524 412984. Morecambe Bay Amateur Radio Society (MBARS) meet for our clubnights on alternate Tuesdays at the Trimpell Sports & Social Club. 

LuneLab Makerspace

Lunelab Makerspace
LuneLab Makerspace, Halton Mill, Mill Lane, Halton, Lancaster LA2 6ND. Tel.: 07980 000 682. LuneLab Makerspace is a community workshop based at Halton where makers of all descriptions can meet, learn, swap skills, and work both individually and collaboratively. 

City Council seeks new Freemen and Freewomen for Lancaster

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 13:44: Applications are being invited for one of Lancaster’s most historic traditions. Each year Lancaster City Council continues the longstanding custom of admitting new Freemen and Freewomen of the city.

Lancaster District Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)

Lancaster District Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)
Based in Lancaster Tel.: 01524 33991 We work together across the area campaigning for a nuclear-free Lancaster and for British nuclear disarmament.  

City Centre A6 closed due to accident

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 19:15: The A6 Lancaster City Centre ring road is currently closed at Dalton Square (Southbound) following an accident involving a bus and a pedestrian, during the afternoon rush hour. There is a great deal of congestion backed up in the system and drivers are advised to avoid the City Centre and warned to expect delays and diversions.

When is a a Tory not a Tory? When they want students to vote for them?

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 15:04: The Labour List has drawn our attention to some odd posters that have been popping up around Lancaster University’s campus recently, in support of Daniel Aldred, a candidate in the upcoming Lancaster City Council by-election.

Steampunk set to take over Morecambe!

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 13:01: The League of Splendid are inviting everyone to enjoy 'A Splendid Day Out' in Morecambe - "The Naples of the North" on Saturday31st May. From noon until 4.30pm, everyone is invited along to the Steampunk Festival at the Platform in Morecambe to enjoy numerous attractions including stalls, music, dancing and magic as well as a tea shop.

M6 Closure postponed

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 11:06: Update 9/5/14 - 14:41. Due to a late forecast of poor weather over the weekend, this weekend's planned overnight closures of the northbound M6 between junctions 32 and 33 have been postponed. The Highways Agency doesn't yet have a new date.

Lancaster Archaeological & Historical Society

Lancaster Priory
The LAHS is over 40 years old. During the winter the society runs a lecture programme at St. Paul's Hala Hall in Scotforth, Lancaster. Field trips to sites of historical and archaeological interest are made during the summer. The Society's official journal Contrebis is published annually.  

Summer Playschemes - it's time to book

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 16:25: Parents who are bracing themselves for May half-term school holidays (24 - 30 May) can find lots of affordable local activities for children and young people on the Lancaster City Council's website. And there's more planned for the Summer holidays too. Marsh Community Centre (MCC), in partnership with Lancaster City Council will once again be running a summer play scheme for children aged 8-11.

38 Degrees to hold Public Meeting on threats to NHS Emergency Services

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 14:59: The Lancashire North 38 Degrees NHS Group will be holding a public meeting on the future of NHS Emergency Services on Wednesday 21 May 2014 from 7pm - 9pm upstairs in Lancaster Library in Market Square.

Museum of Water - open for your donations

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 00:40: Choose some water that is precious to you. Find a bottle to put it in. Tell us why you chose this water. We will keep it for you. Curated by Amy Sharrocks, Museum of Water is a collection of publicly donated water and accompanying stories, an encouragement to consider the many ways we access and enjoy water: Do you swim in pools? Do you splash in puddles? Do you drink from a tap?

Lancaster & Morecambe Bay Chinese Community Association

The Dragon Dance - Lancaster 2016
Kim Leong, Chairman, Moorside Primary School, Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 4HT Tel.: 07737958804 (vice-chair) LMBCCA helps to promote and advance the education of Chinese history, art, culture and traditions to the community. 

NW Green Party election report plans a future in Renewable Energy jobs

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 19:27: NW Green Party Euro-candidate Peter CranieThe North West Green Party launched its European and local election campaign this week with the release a new report on the region’s renewable energy capacity and its potential for the region's future – “Energy in the North West - Bringing about a low-carbon, affordable energy future”.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 7th to 15th May by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 15:09: 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 poor period for new releases - we have but one, the science fiction/adventure film Godzilla (12A) being shown on the 15th May. Also we have lost the following films: Muppets Most Wanted, Noah and The Love Punch.

Government set to force unemployed to accept "Zero Hours Contract" jobs

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 12:03: Local job seekers in Lancaster and Morecambe could be facing further misery in their hunt for a living wage after it was revealed that the government is planning to force people who are out of work to take zero hours contract jobs, or face losing their benefit.