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July 2014

North Lancashire Friends of the Earth

Paul Martyn, 4 Sylvester Street, Lancaster LA1 5DG. Tel.: Paul Martyn 01524 62146. Friends of the Earth local volunteer groups work to improve the environment locally, nationally and internationally.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 30th July to 7th August 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. We have a good selection of new releases this period. Comedy is represented with the family animation The Nut Job (U), and there is more adult humour with The Inbetweeners 2 (15).

Lancaster and Morecambe Fairtrade District

Global Link DEC, YMCA, New Road, Lancaster, LANCS, LA1 1EZ. Tel. (typetalk): +44 (0)1524 36201. Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding areas are officially recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation as a Fairtrade District.

Protesters call on Morecambe Bay Trust board to halt Pharmacy sell-off

Photo: No Health Sell-Off at Morecambe Bay Community campaigners from across Morecambe Bay will hold a lobby outside the Royal Lancaster Infirmary tomorrow (Wednesday 30th July) to call on the Morecambe Bay Trust Board to halt the sell-off of pharmacy services and hold an inquiry and public consultation over the sale.

Lancaster & District Conservation Volunteers

Project Organisers: David & Liz Alexander: Tel.: 01524 412938 (7–9 pm). Tree planting and maintenance…hedgerow restoration and management…drystone walling…ponds and school nature reserves…orchard management…footpath management…fencing. These are just some of the jobs the group undertakes each year.

Details of car park closures for cycling event

A number of car parks in Lancaster will be closed for this year’s city centre cycle race on Wednesday 6th August, organised by Lancaster Cycling Club. LC3 (Lancaster City Centre Crits) will be taking place in the residential area adjacent to Dalton Square.

Lancashire Bus Fares set to rise

The government might be crowing about having turned the corner on the global recession they'd rather entirely blame on Labour than the City of London and international market speculators, but the cost of living for those of us without mansions and MP's salaries just keeps rising.

CPRE Lancashire — Campaign to Protect Rural England

CPRE Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, Springfield House, Office No. 2, 41-45 Chapel Brow, Leyland, Lancashire PR25 3NH. Tel.: 01772 378 831. We campaign for a beautiful and living countryside.

Morecambe Bay health campaigners furious over NHS privatisation VAT dodge

Health campaigners in Morecambe Bay are furious over revelations about a tax loophole which stacks the cards against NHS pharmacy providers. The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMB) is currently proposing to sell off pharmacy services in Morecambe Bay (see previous reports).

Accident on M6 - overnight lane closure

On the M6 southbound between junctions J35 (Carnforth) and J34 (Lancaster North), there are currently delays of 1 hour caused by congestion due to carriageway resurfacing work closing the road between junctions J34 and J33 following an earlier multi-vehicle accident. The road is expected to re-open from 6am on Friday 25 July 2014.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 23rd to 31st 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. We have four new releases during the coming week, animation with The House of Magic (U) and action/adventure with Hercules (12A), The Purge: Anarchy (15) and Guardians of the Galaxy (12A).

Friends of City Museum race to buy rare medal for Lancaster

The Friends of Lancaster City Museum are supporting Lancaster City Museum's bid at auction on Thursday 24th July for the rare Silver Edward Medal Awarded to Police Sergeant Thomas Coppard.

Lancaster District CVS

The Cornerstone, Sulyard Street, Lancaster LA1 1PX. Tel.: 01524 555900 ext. 27. We provide support and development services for a wide range of voluntary and community organisations in the Lancaster District local government area.

Lancaster & Morecambe Lions Club

Andrew Dodgson (Secretary), 11 Lawnswood Avenue, Scotforth, Lancaster, LA1 4NZ. Tel.: 01524 383375. Lions are just ordinary folk who get together and do some extraordinary things.

Lancaster and Fleetwood Conservatives

Lancaster and Fleetwood is a constituency created for the 2010 General Election and is represented by the Conservative Member of Parliament Eric Ollerenshaw.

Frack-Off UK campaign schedules local resistance training sessions

Frack Free Lancashire 4" Stickers Frack-Off UKtell us that a series of anti-fracking resistance training opportunities are coming up in Lancashire in response to the Cuadrilla licensing applications.Frack-Off Ukis a nationwide co-ordination of many local groups, includingFrack Free Lancashire. You can click here to see the invitation on their facebook page.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 16th to 24th 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. The big event of the week is the release of the science fiction adventure Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (12A).

New £1 parking charges at Condor Green picnic site

Lancashire County Council will be charging a £1 daily fee for parking at Condor Green picnic site. In 2011a £1 charge was brought in for parking at the visitors' centre at Beacon Fell Country Park, near Preston, and the Crook O' Lune picnic site at Caton, near Lancaster.

Lancaster's first Ukelele Malarkey Day celebrates craze for of 4-stringed strumming

Sue Parish and her Ukelele Team Lancaster celebrates the ukulele craze with a day of four-stringed strumming this Saturday 19 July. The first ever Lancaster 'Ukulele Malarkey' includes a try-out session for absolute beginners, group performances, solo spots and pub sessions, as well as a performance by ukulele and violin duo Lou Armer and Alice Brockman.

NHS hospital services privatisation to go under spotlight at public meeting

No Health Selloff petition campaign at Horseshoe Corner Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust's privatisation plans will be under the spotlight at a public meeting at Lancaster Town Hall at 7pm on Wednesday 23 July. The meeting is open and everyone is welcome to attend. County Councillor Gina Dowding N.