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September 2014

Charter Market consultation continues amid concern about its future look

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 17:15: 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

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 19:50: 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

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 17:13: 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

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 09:18: 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

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:53: 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

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 08:30: 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

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 16:24: 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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 18:40: 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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 18:07: 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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 16:20: 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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 16:07: 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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 16:05: 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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 15:58: 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

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 13:21: 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!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 08:30: 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

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 20:26: (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!

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 18:32: 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

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:31: 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

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 19:44: 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

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 18:40: 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.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 10th to 18th September by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 21:09: 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. Only one new release during this period with the spy thriller A Most Wanted Man (15). However we see the return of three films with Earth to Echo, House of Magic and Walking on Sunshine.

Lancashire residents urged to get free health checks

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 16:43: Lancashire residents are being urged to go for free NHS health checks at their local GP surgery. Lancashire County Council is launching a campaign to encourage more people aged between 40 and 74 to take up the free checks, which can help identify and prevent the most common causes of early death.

Celebrating 50 years of Higher Education in Lancaster - Behind the scenes art tour

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 10:10: Image courtesy University of Cumbria Lancaster’s University of Cumbria campus is celebrating its 50th anniversary year with a host of fun activities and events. Originally established as St Martin’s College, a teacher training facility, the Bowerham Road campus first opened its doors to its first intake of students 50 years ago this month.

Lancaster & Morecambe have bland — sorry, 'brand' — makeover

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 03:00: In July the City Council Cabinet resolved unanimously to 'Cease funding the distribution of printed Visitor Guides for the district, using alternative ways to make up to date visitor information more widely available as part of destination marketing.' Virtual Lancaster has had a look at how this is

Local Cinema Round-Up for 3rd to 11th September by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 18:30: 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 churn of movies during this period with five new releases.

Community Radio Project Seeks Volunteers

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 16:32: Now that Lancaster Morecambe’s community radio project Beyond Radio ( been awarded a 5 year broadcast licence (see previous report), the station is looking for volunteers for a very wide assortment of roles. There will also be an information / recruitment evening at the Borough in Dalton Square on Thursday 25 September.

Lancashire Constabulary rolls out force wide use of body cameras

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 16:13: Hampshire Police have been using Body Worn Video since 2008 and began extending its use at the end of July. Lancashire is now rolling out its own BWV.

More cuts ahead for Lancashire County Council

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 13:57: Lancashire County Hall. Photo: Johnny English (Creative Commons) Lancashire County Council's Cabinet is to propose a budget to steer the council through the next three years, including a further £160m of savings.

Morecambe Bay Health Campaigners astonished by MP’s claim group is 'fictitious'

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 11:43: Clearly not cardboard cuts outs! Campaigners protesting outside the Royal Lancaster Infirmary last month.

Lancashire people to have their say on 'living well'

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 17:00: People across Lancashire are being invited to share their views on how or whether they have been affected by the country's recent economic problems. The survey is being run by Lancashire Fairness Commission, an independent body which aims to make recommendations for a fairer Lancashire by a critical examination of the inequalities across the county.

Go "Behind the Badge" with Lancashire Police

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 15:30: Have you ever wanted to know how the police respond to major incidents in the county, or been interested to see what training the police dogs receive? Would you like to learn some of the secrets behind Crime Scene Investigations? Well now's your chance.

Heritage Open Days offer free admission to key local tourist attractions

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 15:07: Lancaster Maritime Museum. Image: Lancaster City Council The Lancaster district will be throwing open its doors again this year when local buildings of every age, style and function take part in the biggest free celebration of England's history, heritage and culture.

POWWOW: A creative social in Lancaster

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 14:02: A new social event for professionals from the creative sector is coming to Lancaster. Created by Lancashire County Council's Creative Lancashireservice,POWWOW is a unique networking event bringing together businesses, freelancers and students.

Lancaster and Morecambe set to benefit from just--announced road safety improvements

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 12:51: Lancashire County Council is to invest £1m in a raft of new schemes to improve road safety over the next two years, with both Lancaster and Morecambe set to benefit.

Vintage by the Sea returns to Morecambe

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 12:30: Following the amazing success of the Vintage Day last year, attended by over 7000 visitors, a re-vamped and extended Vintage by the Sea festival brings more than sunshine to Morecambe this weekend (5 - 7th September 2014).

Knives flood in after Lancashire-wide amnesty launched

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 12:23: Swords, machetes and commando knives are among the weapons which have been handed in after Lancashire Constabulary launched its knife amnesty. In the first week of the amnesty, a total of 145 knives have been dropped into the designated amnesty bins across Lancashire, including one in Lancaster.