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June 2014

Lancaster Cohousing Company Limited

Registered at: 9 Forgebank Walk, Halton, Lancaster LA2 6FD. Tel.: (general enquiries and Heron Bank) 01524 812843. Cohousing is a housing development that balances the advantages of home ownership with the benefits of shared common facilities and connections with your neighbours. 

Whirlwind Theatre Productions

54 High Road, Halton, Lancaster, LA2 6PS. Tel. 01524 811794. We are more than a Youth Theatre and work on an ensemble basis where the strongest is only as strong as the weakest; therefore all are suported in a caring, structured environment. 

Morecambe Bay campaigners launch new alliance to fight NHS sell-off

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 13:59: Community campaigners from across Morecambe Bay are joining forces to build a new alliance to oppose the sell-off of NHS services at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, the Westmorland General Hospital and Furness General Hospital , under the heading of ‘No Health Sell off at Morecambe Bay’.

Morecambe Bay Hospital Trust under Special Measures after 'Inadequate' rating.

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 01:53: Royal Lancaster Infirmary The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) has been placed under 'Special Measures' following an inspection report made public today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The report has rated the UHMB Trust 'Inadequate', mainly due to poor staffing levels.

Lancaster Footlights Club

Lancaster Footlights Club
Most performances at The Grand Theatre, St Leonardgate, Lancaster LA1 1NL. Tel. 01524 846329. Footlights is a thriving amateur drama group which takes a professional approach to its work.  

Inner State Theatre Co.

Inner State Theatre Co
INNER STATE, 15 Denmark Street, Lancaster LA1 5LY. Tel. 01524 37838 or 07939 412629 (Christine). Andy Andrews and Christine Bissell are a splendidly versatile two-person theatre company of national repute. 

Local Cinema Round-Up for 25th June to 3rd July by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 14:27: 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. New releases this period include comedy with Mrs.

Tour de France fever spills into Lancashire from across the Pennines

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 08:35: "Le Tour" licks off in Yorkshire next month. Image: Yorkshire County CouncilThe "Grand Depart" for the 2014 Tour de France might be starting in Yorkshire, but Lancashire is getting in on the act, if only to offer support. Lancashire County Council advising people to plan ahead if they want to watch it, or travel nearby, when the race begins in under two weeks' time.

Anniversary abseil for Lancaster University Chancellor

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 07:48: Sir Chris Bonington. Photo courtesy Lancaster UniversityFrom Everest to Lancaster University’s Bowland Tower, Sir Chris Bonington knows no bounds. As part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations, the Chancellor and pioneering mountaineer abseiled down the 150-foot tower for charity.

And Now For Something Completely Different... at The Dukes

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 07:29: The new, live sell-out show at London's O2 by comedy legends Monty Python is to be screened at Lancaster’s Dukes cinema next month. The sell-out show will be beamed live from the capital on 20th July, with further opportunities to see it on the big screen on 23rd and 24th July.

Drama Factory

8 Shireshead Crescent, Lancaster, LA1 4LD. Tel.: 01524 62819 (Ginny). Started in 1990 by Ginny Scott & David Ash as an after school class for young people. 

Demi-Paradise Productions

Stephen Tomlin, demi-paradise productions via Shire Hall, Lancaster Castle, Lancaster LA1 1YJ. Tel.: 01524 64998. Founded by Stephen Tomlin in 2000 to perform indoor promenade productions of classical plays at Lancaster Castle — one of Britain’s last great working castles. 

Police Commissioners criticise government's taxi reform plans

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 18:52: Plans to cut red tape for taxi and private hire drivers have been slammed by Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales. Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner, has joined forces with a cross-party group of PCCs to highlight the risks associated with the new Deregulation Bill – which they believe could put people in danger of being raped and sexually assaulted.

Lancaster Boys & Girls Club

Dallas Rd, Lancaster, LA1 1TP. Tel.: 01524 32020. Lancaster Boys and Girls Club is a charitable organisation that aims to cater for young people, between the ages of 8 to 18 years, to provide a positive safe environment for their development and learning. 

Galloway's (Sight Impairment)

We are a local charity based in the North West of England that supports people living with blindness or a visual impairment. 

New Cuadrilla fracking applications: Lancashire now the front line in National Defense against fracking

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 08:14: Map showing locations, extent and approximate direction of horizontal wells for the proposed Preston New Road and Roseacre test sites Fracking company Cuadrilla Resources have submitted new planning applications for exploration fracking drillpads at Preston New Road (LCC/2014/0096) near Little Plumpton and at Roseacre (plans not yet public),about 5 miles to the northwest....

Lancaster University tuition-outsourcing proposal deferred

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 21:58: Lancaster University's Senate yesterday considered a proposal to allow external bodies to set up a 'Pathway to Part II' for 1st year studentswho failed to meet first year (Part I) entry requirements. Following a number of objections, the proposal has been withdrawn / deferred, pending further consultation.

Lancaster Eurodance

We meet at The Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, Lancaster LA1 3PY. Tel.: 01524 61108 (Penny Derbyshire). Lancaster Eurodance is a friendly music and dance group, specialising in the folk dances of Europe. 

Local bereavement charity needs your vote

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 09:00: Tigerlily Trust, a local charity that provides support for grieving families is in the running for a windfall from the initiative Big Break for Charities and is asking for your votes. Tigerlily Trust ( is one of several charities seeking support through the competition. Tigerlily helps parents that have lost their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neo-natal death.

The Townswomen's Guild

Sociable and general activities for a wide age group of women. The Lancaster & Morecambe Federation is comprised of three local Guilds which meet regularly across the district, which includes Heysham & Carnforth.  

Lancaster University to outsource first year degree teaching?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 20:04: See update: 19.06.2014: Lancaster University tuition-outsourcing proposal deferred Lancaster University's Senate will be breaking very new ground today as it debates a proposal to privatise the teaching of a range of first year course modules by outsourcing them to a private company on campus.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 18th to 26th June by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 15:58: 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. A good period for new releases. There is comedy with Chef (15); comedy/romance with The Fault in our Stars (12A); an action mystery with 3 Days to Kill (12A) and the musical Jersey Boys (15).

Government talks up future of the high street as new competition to find nation's best is launched

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 09:30: Is retail on the up? The government says so Shoppers in the North West are being asked to celebrate their high streets after a new report revealed increasing optimism and the growing popularity of ‘click-and-collect’ services.

Lancaster & Morecambe University of the 3rd Age (L&M U3A)

Group meetings at Lancaster Friends Meeting House. Monthly Meetings at The Dukes Playhouse. Tel.: 01524 771511. If you are retired or semi-retired, keen to learn new things and live within a reasonable distance of Lancaster, then Lancaster and Morecambe U3A has a lot to offer you. 

Police crack down on domestic violence offenders during World Cup

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 11:55: Domestic abuse offenders are being advised to seek help to change or risk paying the penalty as police work to protect victims during the World Cup. Lancashire Police and partner agencies have promised to protect victims by focussing on those who abuse their partners and families during Brazil 2014.

CCTV released after man assaulted in Lancaster

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 11:29: Lancaster detectives have released CCTV images of two men that they want to speak to in connection with an assault in the city centre last month. At shortly after midnight on Saturday 24th May 2014, the victim, a 30-year-old man from Morecambe, was sat on a bench sharing food with another man when they were approached by two men.

City Council 12,000 new homes target based on obsolete figures

Turley Popgroup image
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 20:42: Turley report image: 'Forecasts have been developed using POPGROUP technology' Population growth forecasts used by Lancaster City Council to justify building 12,000 new homes in this area are based on old figures that have now been revised downwards (by half) by the Office of National Statistics (ON

Putting a "value" on Lancaster's buses more important than trains to London, says transport expert

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 16:17: Ever since Lancashire County Council was forced to back down on plans to savage bus services earlier this year after huge public outcry it's been looking at new ways to put a "value" on these vital service – but its latest consultation has gotten short shrift from transport expert Professor John Whitelegg.

Alarm bells ring as "Infrastructure Bill" sneaks easier loss of protection for public rights of way into law

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 09:10: More power stations? Simplez, thanks to new legislation on its way Local people already concerned at how flawed the planning process is - especially as new housing schemes in Lancaster come under investigation and with plans in the works for a third nuclear power station at Heysham may be alarmed to hear that, in future, there will be little that can be done to stop some of them.

Lancaster & Morecambe Fuchsia Society

The Society meets at the Lansil Sports & Social Club Caton Road, Lancaster. Tel.: 01524 417710 (Secretary — Glenys Dennison). The Society's aim is to encourage and promote the cultivation of the fuchsia, with guest speakers giving talks, demonstrations and slide shows on fuchsia growing. 

Lancaster Chess Club

The club meets at Reform Club, 1 Great John Street, Lancaster, LA1 1NQ. Tel.: 01524 60242 (Club Secretary). We hold a variety of club tournaments. There are also tournaments run by the local league. Players of all standards are welcome including those who just want to play friendly games. 

Police broaden hunt for 'Parklife' suspect

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 00:24: A man who was seriously assaulted at the Parklife Festival in Mancester has sadly died and police have broadened their search for a man they would like to question. At around 9.15pm on Saturday 7th June 2014, 26-year-old Robert Hart and his girlfriend were in front of the Festival's main stage when he was attacked by an unknown man.

Lancaster & Morecambe Computer Club

Lansil Sports and Social Club, Caton Road, Lancaster. Tel.: 01524 903604. Started in 2000. Meets first and third Wednesdays of the month, 7.30pm at the Lansil Social Club. Small friendly club with a good mix of experience. 

Campaign for Real Ale — Lunesdale branch

Martin Sherlock, 22 Cumberland View, Lancaster LA1 4AB. Tel.: 01524 66131. We are the only group in this area trying to speak up for the beer-drinker and pub-goer (and not just campaigning for real ale, despite the name). 

Butterfly on a wheel: Benjamin Oliver brings 'Oxyopia' Exhibition to the Aston Memorial

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 17:00: 'The Death of Butterbrain' part of the 'Oxyopia' Exhibitionby Benjamin Oliver Running until the 26th July, Lancaster based artist and filmmaker Benjamin Oliver brings you a collection of his latest works under the OXYOPIA banner at the landmark Ashton Memorial Gallery, in Lancaster's Williamson Park.

Chris Bonington takes on Bowland Tower Charity Abseil

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 15:12: As part of Lancaster University’s 50th anniversary celebrations its Chancellor, the pioneering mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington, will step off the top of landmark Bowland Tower on campus to raise money for five very different charities on Sunday 22 June between 10am and 4pm.

Lancaster & District YMCA

Lancaster YMCA
Fleet Square, Lancaster LA1 1HA. Tel.: 01524 32737. Lancaster and District YMCA (now part of Fylde Coast YMCA) was founded in 1879 and has a proud history of providing both centre-based and community outreach services. 

Local Cinema Round-Up for 11th to 19th June by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 19:53: 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. We find four films on release this period.

Electoral registration system is changing this summer

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 13:25: The biggest shake-up to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years will take place over the summer– and Lancaster City Council is urging everyone to take action when they receive a letter about the change. All residents in the Lancaster district will receive a letter through the post telling them about the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration (IER).

Double Joy

Eric Roseden, 24 Knowe Hill Crescent, Lancaster LA1 4JY. Tel.: 0757 615 2680. Double Joy is a home and school for children orphaned by Aids in Kenya. It is supported by a UK charity, Friends of Double Joy, which has strong connections to Lancaster, and holds regular events in the city. 

Lancashire Sinfonietta closes its doors after 17 years after funding slashed

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 15:49: Orchestra image: Tim Cross( Sinfonietta, the county'sonly professional chamber orchestra,has announced the closure of the company after seventeen successfulyears of performance for the people of Lancashire.

Lancaster City Council joins fight against Campylobacter for Food Safety Week

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 14:47: A quarter of a million people in the UK could be struck down by Campylobacter this year, three times the capacity of the London 2012 Olympic stadium. The fight against Campylobacter will be at the centre of this year’s Food Safety Week (16-22 June), an annual campaign run by the Food Standard’s Agency in conjunction with local authorities.

Eric Morecambe Statue honoured by TripAdvisor

Monday, June 9, 2014 - 14:34: One of the UK’s most photographed statues has been honoured with a prestigious award from the world’s largest travel website. The Eric Morecambe Statue in Morecambe has been awarded a 2014 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor signifying that it has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travellers.

Lancaster Castle

Lancaster Castle - aerial view
Be prepared, this is no ruin. Owned by the Queen, until 2011 Lancaster Castle was a fully functioning seat of judgement and retribution, and still contains the local County Court. It's free to enter and offers festivals, tours, theatre, re-enactment, music, children's activities, souvenirs and cafe. 

Lancaster and Morecambe Trades Union Council

David Barnes (Secretary), Lancaster & Morecambe TUC, 178A Lancaster Road, Morecambe LA4 5QP. Tel.: 07985 762573. Umbrella group for trade union branches to discuss and campaign on political and employment issues. Also operates resource centre for trade unions and public groups. 

Mourholme Local History Society

Empire Day 1912, Silverdale
The society for the Old Parish of Warton, Lancashire. We look at all aspects of local history - agricultural, manorial, social, industrial - as well as an examination of some of its prominent families. 

Lancaster Islamic Society

7 Dallas Road, Lancaster, LA1 1TN. Tel.: 01524 64131. Lancaster Islamic Society was established in 1972 by a small group of Muslims residing in the Lancaster area and is used for prayers, recitals and educational purposes.  

Horse Shoe finally returns to Horse Shoe Corner

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 14:08: The Horseshoe Corner Horse shoe is back where it should be. Photo courtesy Lancaster City Council.Lancaster's famous Horse Shoe is back in its rightful place on "Horse Show Corner", as part of the improvements to Penny Street and Market Streetco-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Programme 2007-2013 and both Lancaster City and Lancashire County councils.

Year of Link roundabout roadworks on Morecambe Road to begin Monday

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 19:57: Traffic changes planned from Monday for 2014 Costain, the company contracted to build the contoversial new Heysham-M6 Bypass, have posted the June issue of their newsletter 'The Link' today, explaining that major roadworks are due to start this coming Monday 9 June on the roundabout at the junction of Morecambe Road and the A683 (end of Heysham Bypass), requiring traffic diversions.

Great North West Vegan Festival comes to Lancaster this Saturday

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 17:59: This Saturday Lancaster will host the huge annual North West Vegan Festival across two venues, Lancaster Town Hall (LA1 1PJ) and the Gregson Centre (LA1 3PY), with 115 stalls selling a wide variety of vegan products and promoting critical animal welfare issues. The festival will have 90 stalls at the Town Hall, and 25 at the Gregson Centre.