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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

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.

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

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, 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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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.