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August 2014

Local Cinema Round-Up for 27th August to 4th September 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. There are four new movie releases this period. We have horror with As Above, So Below. There is family animation with Barbie and the Secret Door Matt Hatter Chronicles.

Hacienda DJ heading to Morecambe as part of Vintage Festival

Mike PickeringA DJ from the legendary Hacienda nightclub in Manchester will be appearing at a special QA session in Morecambe, followed by a one-off party in the town's Winter Gardens. Mike Pickering, who signed James and the Happy Mondays to Factory Records, is the latest industry figure to take part in one of Creative Lancashire's Conversations in Creativity.

Harry Potter artist to visit Lancaster Castle

Harry Potter fans of all ages will not want to miss a special free event in the atmospheric setting of Lancaster Castle's Shire Hall - an appearance by writer and award-winning illustrator Jonny Duddle on Wednesday 3rd September, organised by Lancashire County Council's library service and SilverDell Bookstore, Kirkham.

Sounds of Summer 2-day Music Fest opens the new Square Stage

By now you will have noticed a new structure in Market Square. You may even have sat on it. Some would call it a 'plinth' (gah). But in fact, like all the world, it's a stage. The Square Stage. 'Lancaster Sounds of Summer' is a two day musical extravaganza, this Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, to celebrate our new Stage in the newly refurbished Market Square.

Campus invites community for 50th Anniversary day of free activities

Tune into a musical workshop for babies, brand your own smoothie, take a look round the labs, interact with a scarecrow robot or catch one of the mini public lectures. These are just a handful of the exciting activities taking place on Saturday 13 September when Lancaster University stages a Community Activities Day on campus.

Wildfowl welcome restored canal stretch

A swan family explores the restored and newly-watered canal section near Sellet Hall Bridge Over the last four years a great deal of work has been done on our canal by the Lancaster Canal Trust volunteers, local people and contractors. Much of the work remained unseen and in the background. Permissions to dredge, risk assessments, planning, all taking their toll of time.

Creative anti-fracking campaigners take the protests to the next level

Cuadrilla's planning applications for shale gas drilling (fracking) test sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood have received over 14,000 objections (the deadline is 5 September). But despite the overwhelming public opposition to fracking, the Coalition Government is reliant on party donations from energy companies - with whom 125 ministers have financial links.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 20th to 28th 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. There is quite a churn of movies this week with five new releases being screened. There is romance with Arthur and Mike and family animation with Thomas Friends: Tale of the Brave.

We Are Improv to celebrate Enid Blyton at the Storey

I say! On Thursday 28 August local improvised theatre company, We Are Improv invite the public to the Storey to celebrate Enid Blyton's 117th birthday in style with an evening of performance games and a chance to sit back and be swept into a nostalgic adventure worthy of Blyton herself.

Myerscough College

Myerscough Hall, St Michael's Road, Bilsborrow, Preston, Lancashire. PR3 0RY. Tel.: 01995 642222 (general enquiries). Myerscough specialises in education and training for the land-based and sports industries.

Naming Gaza's Dead Vigil and Medical Aid Fundraiser

A fundraising night of live music will be held on 6 September at the Gregson toraise money for Medical Aid for Palestinians. You can also donate online Over the last few Saturdays visitors to Lancaster's Market Square will have seen local residents maintaining a protest against the mass bombings by Israel of Palestinian civilians trapped under years of siege in Gaza.

Lancaster and Morecambe College

Lancaster & Morecambe College, Morecambe Road, Lancaster, LA1 2TY. Telephone: 01524 66215 (reception); 0800 306306 (enquiries). Whether you are looking to go to university, gain practical skills for use in the workplace, or simply further your knowledge, LMC can help you achieve your full potential.

Police appeal for help to trace missing 46 year old Morecambe man

Missing: Jonny Heap from Morecambe Updated, 15th August - Jonny has been found. Item retained for reporting reference. Morecambe Police are growing increasingly concerned about the welfare of a 46 year old man who has gone missing from his home address. Jonny Heap was last seen by his wife at Walton Avenue, Torrisholme, at around 6am on Tuesday 12 August.

Lancaster University team probes how words like “woof” help children learn language

Photo: Cindy Cornett-Seigle(NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) Words in the English language are structured to help children learn according to research led by Lancaster University.

Beaumont College

Slyne Road, Lancaster, LA2 6AP. Tel.: 01524 541400. Further education for learners with physical and learning disabilities.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 13th to 21st 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. There are four new releases being screened during this period.

Milnthorpe comic artist Sean Phillips gets new Kendal art exhibition

A new exhibition of art by Milnthorpe-based comic artistSean Phillipshas just opened in a Kendal café, to help raise local awareness of this year's upcomingLakes International Comic Art Festival (17th - 19th October).

University Of Cumbria

Lancaster campus, Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 3JD. Telephone: 01524 590800 (reception); 01524 384384 (switchboard). We are one of Britain's newest universities, but we have a history of educating professionals going back over 150 years.

Temporary closure of Lancaster car parks

A number of city council pay and display car parks in Lancaster are scheduled to be closed temporarily to allow for resurfacing works to take place. The Auction Mart Car Park (access via Thurnham Street) will be closed from Monday 1st September and is due to be re-opened on Saturday 6th September .

Lancaster University

Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4YW, United Kingdom. +44 (0)1524 65201. Now in its 50th year, Lancaster University is a world-class centre for teaching and research and is located on a beautiful campus in the North West of England.