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September 2014

Charter Market consultation continues amid concern about its future look

Lancaster Charter Market. Image: Lancaster City Council Furtherpublic consultation on the future layout of Lancaster’s Charter Market is due to take place afterrecent consultation with Charter Market traders and the business community showed that there are a range of different views about how the market should be set out.

Lancaster Climate Picnic calls for 100% fossil fuel-free energy

Lancastrians enjoyed a very pleasant picnic in Market Square last Sunday - and called for action on Climate Change at the same time. Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated worldwide last Sunday to demand that world leaders take positive steps to combat climate change.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 24th September to 2nd October 2014 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. This is a good period for new film releases. We have drama and suspense with The Equalizer (15) and Gone Girl.

Police appeal after attempted murder at Heysham's Ocean Edge caravan park

Police are appealing for information after a woman was seriously injured when she was assaulted at Ocean Edge caravan park in Heysham. Three other people, including one man who is fighting for his life in Royal Preston Hospital, were also hurt in a series of road accidents which followed. A man has been arrested in connection with the incidents.

Celebrate the harvest with Lancaster's Local Food Month

Click image for the Food Month programmeOctober is the season of fruitfulness and harvests and this year it will also be Lancaster's first Local Food Month, featuring a month of free events, talks and tours, held in venues throughout Lancaster and celebrating Lancaster's local food movement.

Bands at the Brewery rock up for charity

On Saturday 4 October from 7.30pm, local charity Thumbprint is hosting Bands at the Brewery at Lancaster Brewery, raising funds to cover essential overhead costs at their base at Cornerstonein Lancaster. On the bill are four up-and-coming northern bands: The Alleys, The Hymek, mylittlebrother and The Unsung. With a variety of rock,indie, funk and acoustic music it'll be a great night out!

Sunday Assembly Lancaster relaunches - Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More

On September 28 the Sunday Assembly Lancaster will become one of 100 Sunday Assemblies across the globe meeting simultaneously. They'll be getting together at 11am at the Gregson Centre and the month's theme will be ‘Gathering’. In particular they'll be gathering donations and useful items for Lancaster Women’s Shelter [see list of useful items below].

Dock of the Bay Music Festival 2014 at Glasson this Saturday

This Saturday 20 September sees the Dock of the Bay Festival 2014 bring 12+ hours of music to Glasson Dock.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 17th to 25th 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. We have three new releases during this period. There is drama with The Riot Club (15), action/adventure with A Walk Among the Tombstones (15), and science fiction with The Giver (12A).

More Fool Me: Stephen Fry By Satellite at The Dukes

Enjoy an evening in the company of Stephen Fry live by satellite at Lancaster’s Dukes cinema this autumn.This national treasure famous for his prolific television and radio work, celebrates the release of his latest autobiography with an event broadcast live into cinemas from London’s Royal Festival Hall on 1st October.The celebrated actor, presenter, writer and polymath will be reading...

Appeal after 22 year old man assaulted in Lancaster town centre

Police are appealing for information after a 22-year-old man was assaulted in Lancaster town centre. The incident happened at around 2.30am on the morning of Sunday 7th September. The victim was at the Halifax cash machine on Penny Street talking to three women who had been on a night out.

Police launch "Week of Action" to highlight dangers of irresponsible drinking

Police across Lancashire are highlighting the dangers of irresponsible drinking as part of a week of action calling for residents to drink sensibly and consider the impact of excessive drinking on police resources. Drink related anti-social behaviour is the most common form that people experience and 72% of assaults requiring treatment are alcohol related.

Temporary closure of Lancaster car park

The Nelson Street pay and display car park in Lancaster is scheduled to be closed temporarily from Monday 29th September until approximately Friday 3rd October for resurfacing works.It is the latest car park to be resurfaced as part of Lancaster City Council’s ongoing Car Parks Improvement Programme.

Lancaster People's Climate Picnic this Sunday joins global call for climate action

This Sunday 21 September, people will take to the streets in towns and cities all over the planet to demand real action to tackle climate change. It's set to be a momentous day, one not to be missed.

Lancaster Jazz Festival this weekend!

Warming us up for the Lancaster Music Festival next month, from this Thursday 18 September through 'til Sunday 21 September Lancaster Jazz Festival will be treating us to four days of live music, sessions and workshops. From breakfast til bedtime (whenever that is) there will be live jazz performances at various venues in the City, many of them free and the rest of them with hefty discounts.

Chaotic City Centre road closure to last for two months

(Updated 16/9/14): As local drivers may have noticed, United Utilities have today moved into Phase 4 of their upgrade of the local sewer system, which involves closing part of North Road from the car park facing Marco's Restaurant to the Friary pub in the north-east corner of the one-way system, and diverting traffic along Bulk Road and St Leonardgate.

Lancaster Music Festival 2014 - our unofficial Bank Holiday!

With 44 locations (including Lancaster Castle), over 160 acts and 200 music performances over five days, Lancaster Music Festival is preparing for what might be Lancaster’s busiest weekend ever (last year's was). Festival organisers have declared it an 'unofficial Bank Holiday weekend' ("Just take Monday off!"),starting early on Thursday 9 October and finishing at 1am on Tuesday 14 October.

Police appeal after city centre collision

Policeare appealing for informationafter a 63-year-old man received serious injuries when involved in a collision with a motorcycle last night. The incident happened at around 6.55pm on Friday 12thSeptember when the man was crossing the road outside the Ring o' Bells Public House, King Street, Lancaster City Centre.

Users invited to advise Mental Health Service research

Do you have a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder? Do you support or care for someone who does? Get involved in new research on mental health services. Payment, training and support will be available. Many people diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder only use GP services for their mental health support.

'Making it as an author' - industry event to reveal the path to celebrity

Lancaster author Carol Birch and her Booker shortlisted novel Would-be writers are invited to hear authors, a publisher, a national newspaper editor, a translator and a literary festival organiser share their experiences at a Lancaster-based event.

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