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October 2014

Chryssie Burgess

99 Sibsey Street, Lancaster LA1 5DQ (correspondence address). Tel: 07815 466006. A straight-forward, common sense approach to the real story of the body, health and you.  

Dukes S. African festival will vibe you to the Township

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:53: Singing sensations 'The Soil' in concert next Thursday Twenty years of democracy in South Africa will be celebrated when Afrovibes, a biennial festival of theatre, music, dance and film, takes over The Dukes next week from 3 - 9 November. The Dukes Café Bar will become a Township Café during the festival, serving African food and drinks and hosting free events and activities.

Local Food Assembly Taster & Launch Party next Wednesday

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 01:10: Lancaster's new Food Assembly will be holding its official Taster Launch Party next Wednesday 5 November 2014 from 6.30pm - 8.30pm at the White Cross Pub on Lancaster's canalside.

Dacrelands Clinic

Aldrens Lane, Skerton, Lancaster, LA1 2DU. Tel: (01524) 69864. Dacrelands Clinic houses a range of therapies, providing broad based, holistic therapy within a single centre.  

Pinochet's Nemesis, Dr Juan E. Garcés, to speak at Lancaster University

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 15:06: Dr Juan E. GarcésDr Juan E. Garcés is the Spanish lawyer who master-minded the arrest and detention of General Pinochet (Chile’s former dictator) in 1998, for massive violations of human rights. He will speak about the struggle to bring dictators to justice in Spain and Latin America at Lancaster University on 6th November at 5pm in the Cavendish Colloquium Room (Faraday Building).

Cats shot on Marsh Estate, Police investigating

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:03: Lancaster Police have received two reports of three cats being harmed or shot from residents of the Marsh Estate, Lancaster. "This is a cruel and completely unacceptable crime which has left pet owners feeling unsettled," said a spokesperson, who also pointed out that this is an unusual offence which will likely surprise and disgust local residents.

Students protest BAE's 'careers in killing'

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 05:24: Students protest against BAE Systems on campus (Image from 2007 protest)The Lancaster University Careers Fair was again the venue for a protest against the inclusion of BAE Systems. A Group of Lancaster University Students and activists staged a "die-in" at the careers fair in the university's Great Hall this afternoon.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 29th October to 6th November 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 17:01: 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 two new releases during this period, the thriller Nightcrawler (15) and the horror film Ouija (15).

Health campaigners to lobby NHS Trust today over pharmacy sell-Off

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 00:19: Photo updated 29.10.14 at 15:30. No Health Sell Off Campaigners lobby the UHMB Trust Board Meeeting No Health Sell-off campaigners will lobby today's (Wednesday 29 October) meeting of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), calling for transparency over the planned sell-off of the trust’s pharmacy services.

A Woman’s Place is in the lab

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 14:01: Dr Valerie Bevanfrom Lancaster UniversityA Woman’s Place is in the lab, according to a Lancaster University event focussing on the careers of women in science, technology and engineering Hurdles still exist for women who wish to further their careers in science, both in industry and academia.

Remembrance Sunday Service Details

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 13:41: This year's Remembrance Sunday marks the centenary of World War One and falls on 9th November 2014, with a number of services being arranged in the Lancaster district. Everyone is welcome to go along to remember all who died for their country in the two World Wars and also those injured or traumatised by more recent operations in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Iraq.

Eric Morecambe statue - opportunity in adversity?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 00:06: Public Meeting at the Midland with presenters from The Bay radio (standing) Danny Mathews andNick Margerrison. On the panel were Coun Ron Sands, LLC Chief Officer for the Environment Mark Davies, sculptor Graham Ibbeson and his associate Jim Cadman.

Bashful Alley Centre

Bashful Alley Centre
Healing & Self-Renewal with the Alexander Technique. This therapy and well-being centre with three harmonious session rooms for group and individual practitioner use has been situated in the heart of Lancaster since 1989. Its founder, John Woodward, also heads the Natural Running team.  

Review: 'Horizontal Collaboration' at the Dukes

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 23:46: Horizontal Collaboration written and produced by David Leddy Presented by Live at Lica: In the City on Friday 24 October 2014 at The Dukes Reviewed by Lesley O'Hare The Dukes’ Round theatre was the perfect setting for this intimate and intense piece. A piece about power. A piece about womanhood. A piece about good, bad, and the muddy waters in between.

Physiofusion Ltd

150a Greaves Road, Lancaster, LA1 4UW. Tel: 01524 874 649. With highly trained, experienced and specialist therapists, Physiofusion is able to provide you with a comprehensive treatment service. 

County planners postpone decision deadline for fracking applications

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 18:09: A commercially viable shale gas extraction field requires 50+ wells Lancashire County Council has agreed with Cuadrilla to defer the deadline for a decision on planning applications for shale gas development.

Lakeland, Bay & Pennine (LBP) Physiotherapy and Soft-tissue Injury Clinic

University of Cumbria Sports Complex, Lancaster Campus, Lancaster LA1 3JD. Sue Shields’ Face & Body Spa, 60 Lancaster Road, Carnforth LA5 9LE. Tel: 01524 590999 / 07801 424115. We specialise in examination, prevention and treatment of a wide range of soft-tissue, joint and musculoskeletal problems. 

Local Cinema Round-Up for 22nd to 30th October 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 17:06: 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 an excellent period for movies with seven new releases. Also we have a particularly full programme showing at the Vue.

Castle View Clinic

7 Rydal Road, Lancaster, LA1 3HA. Tel: 01524 67707. Castle View Clinic is a friendly, family-run health centre specialising in the treatment of illness using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 

Physio-4u Preston – Lancaster – Blackpool

Pure Leisure, Lakeland Leisure Village, Borwick, Carnforth, Lancaster LA6 1BH. Ashtrees Surgery, Market St, Carnforth, Lancaster LA5 9JU. Tel: 07947 727533. Professional Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinics in Preston, Lancaster and Blackpool by Physio-4u. 

Morecambe Bay Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic

Highfield Crescent, Morecambe LA4 4DH. Tel: 01524 426964. Improve your movement and function for life with our team.  

TalkTalk tells Council: "Our landlines don't support Lifeline services"

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 17:48: TalkTalk: "TalkTalk landlines don't support these devices."Update 20 October 2014: Virtual-Lancaster has been contacted by TalkTalk who have sent us the following statement: "We take issues like this very seriously and are conducting an urgent investigation into this." Temporary changes made by TalkTalk to their landline service over the weekend meant that Lancaster City Council has had to warn...

LGBT readers invited to online survey - 21st Century LGB&T Life in Lancashire

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 16:55: The Lancashire Lesbian, Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) organisation would like to research some aspects of what life is like for LGB and / or T people in Lancashire at the moment, and so have put a survey together. The survey is for people who identify themselves as LGBand / orT only.

Light Up The Streets calls for volunteers to help the show

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 16:24: Volunteers are being sought to help out with one of Lancaster’s most spectacular events – Light Up The Streets. Organised by Lancaster Arts Partners, the much-praised event will take place on 7th November, a family friendly event where Lancaster’s buildings and squares are animated with music, dance, theatre and film for the evening.

The Adult College, Lancaster

White Cross Education Centre, Quarry Road, Lancaster LA1 3SE. General Enquiries: Tel.: 0300 123 6711. We offer a broad range of courses catering for a diverse range of needs and interests across the region from Wyre, Preston and Fylde to Lancaster and Morecambe.  

Light Up Lancaster Festival - Magical Street Installations and a Fireworks Spectacular!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 17:39: The spectacular Light Up Lancaster festival ( is on its way in less than a month now - a thrilling, magical two day festival on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 November for all the family which will culminate in the city's popular annual Fireworks Spectacular. Friday 7 November seesLight Up The Streets happening in the heart of the Lancaster city centre.

Eric "Back by End of Year"?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 16:44: Although still reeling from a bizarre attempt to steal Eric Morecambe's statue from the Morecambe's sea front in broad daylight last weekend, Lancaster City Council hope to have the much-loved tourist attraction back in its rightful place before the end of the year.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 15th to 23rd October 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 15:41: 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 three new releases during this period. We have comedy romance with Love, Rosie (15); music with Northern Soul and WWII action with Fury (15).

Writing project explores World War One

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 15:04: A powerful new writing project focusing on World War Onewill be launched at Lancaster Library at 4.30pm on Monday 20th October. The project, called Time and Tide, is mainly aimed at people aged from 16 to 25. It will use records of coroners’ inquests from 1914 to 1918, held by Lancashire Archives, to explore the connections between our lives now and those a hundred years ago.

Icicle Works frontman Ian McNabb returns to the Yorkshire House this Saturday

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 12:53: Following his sold out 2013 concert, former Icicle Works frontman Ian Mcnabb returns to the Yorkshire House in Lancaster this Saturday as part of his ‘Eclectic Warrior’ UK tour. The legendary Liverpool singer-songwriter will be performing tracks from his latest release ‘Eclectic Warrior’ in addition to songs from his solo career and Icicle Works days.

CERN Particle Accelerator Director launches Storey Public Lecture Series, Thursday

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 13:06: Prof Steve Myers OBE (Image:Anna Pantelia/CERN)This Thursday 16 October at the Storey in Lancaster, Professor Steve Myers OBE will join Professor Malcolm Joyce, of Lancaster University, to examine the world’s use of particle accelerators.

Literary creatives spread the word at Litfest 2014 this week

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 00:20: Thursday's session 'The Book of Gaza' features the work of Nayrouz Qarmout and Mona Abu SharekhLitfest 2014 is almost upon us - it runs from this Thursday 16th until next Monday 20th October - and Lancaster is getting ready to welcome writers, poets and performers to this prestigious literary festival, now in its 36th year!

Eric Morecambe statue damaged and removed, Morecambe man arrested

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 12:33: The famous 'Eric' statue before it was damaged Update 13th October 2014: A man is detained under the Mental Health Act in connection with the offence. News that the iconic Eric Morecambe statue on Morecambe Promenade has been so seriously damaged that it has had to be removed has shocked and distressed residents throughout the area.

Yarn Caster 2014 draws to a close

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 13:22: It's the last weekend to enjoy Yarn_Caster 2014 and explore the project's Yarn_Caster Trail around Lancaster's historic sites, including Lancaster City Museum, Maritime Museum and the Judges Lodgings.

Say Hello To 'A Farewell To Arms' at the Dukes

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 20:04: The Dukes will present romance against a wartime backdrop when the very first UK stage adaptation of Hemmingway's masterpiece 'A Farewell To Arms' is performed in Lancaster from tomorrow, Friday 10 October until Saturday 25 October.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 8th to 16th October 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 16:52: 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 mix of new releases this period. There is a welcome horror with Annabelle (15), romantic drama with The Best of Me (12A) and fantasy adventure with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (12A).

Appeal after Morecambe collision sees five year old girl injured

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 10:37: Police are appealing for information after a collision in Morecambe in which a five-year-old girl was seriously injured. The incident happened at around 5.45pm yesterday, Monday 6th October, on Euston Road in Morecambe. A Citroen Xsara car is believed to have been travelling in the direction of Morecambe Town Centre when it was involved in a collision with afive-year-old girl.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 1st to 9th October 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 22:12: 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 period sees quite a change in the program of our local cinemas with five films being lost and six new releases.