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November 2014

Breathe Easy Morecambe

Group Meetings: Church of the Ascension Vestry, 63 Michaelson Avenue, Torrisholme, Morecambe, LA4 6SF. Telephone: 01524 852835. The local voluntary help and support group for anyone who suffers from, or cares for someone with, breathing problems.

Lancashire County Council’s Library Closure Denial, spends fortune on County Hall canteen

Photo: Alexandrr P. Kapp As government cuts to public services continue to bite, the Labour-led Lancashire County Council is considering all manner of service reductions - and the spectre of library closures is again on the cards. The Council's consultation on proposed cuts to its services ends on 15th December.

National Tree Week begins

National Tree Week has begun and if you're interested in supporting it, then the Woodland Trust has plenty of information on its web site - National Tree Week is a UK celebration of trees and the launch of the winter planting season. Hundreds of communities will be rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty planting trees.

Alan J Hedges BSc, D,Hyp, PDCHyp, MBSCH Clinical Hypnotherapist

Lancaster Clinic within Dacrelands Clinic, Aldrens Lane, Skerton, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 2DU. Tel: 0800 865 4971 / 01524 69864 (Clinic). As well as being trained in advanced hypnotherapy techniques I have been trained to use Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Appeal for witnesses after man dies in Morecambe

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died following a night out in Morecambe.Terence Westbury, 52, collapsed at the junction of Lancaster Road and James Street at about 2.13 a.m.

County's fracking decision deadlines postponed to 31 January

Farmers objecting to Cuadrilla's fracking applications hold mass tractor rally through Preston in October Lancashire County Council has now agreed with Cuadrilla that decisions on two planning applications for shale gas development (fracking) will both be made by 31 January 2015 to allow time for consultation on further details provided as part of the planning process (More about this below).

Lancaster Uni student rents rise by 2.5%

Lancaster University’s Finance and General Purposes Committee has approved a 2.5%increase in campus rent, and a five per cent increase in tuition fees for postgraduates and overseas students.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 26th November to 4th December 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. There are three new releases during this period. We have family comedy with Paddington (PG); adult comedy with Horrible Bosses 2 (15) and Action/Adventure with the military drama Kajaki.

The Mad Hatters return for another Tea Party

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party - Lancaster's user-led alternative to Mental Health Week - is back with a series of events which are actually worth going to. The week is put together by the SHARP (Self Help Art and Recovery) Project andLancaster District Peer Supportdue to popular demand.

Lancaster South A6 'most dangerous UK road for cyclists and pedestrians'. CM Rally Friday

The A6 between the south Lancaster motorway junction and Lancaster is now officially the most dangerous road in the whole country for cyclists and pedestrians, according to the recent Road Safety Foundation report.

Two Lancashire Volunteer Police Cadets become #iwill ambassadors as part of the national ‘Step Up To Serve’ campaign

The Patron of Step Up To Serve and the #iwill campaign, HRH The Prince of Wales and the Prime Minister David Cameron addressed young people involved in social action yesterday at an event in London to celebrate thefirst anniversary of the campaign.Step Up To Serve aims to engage young people in social action through uniform youth groups such as the Volunteer Police Cadets.The aim is that all...

Nearly half North West’s construction sites fail spot checks

The construction industry is being urged to ensure basic health and safety measures are in place after a month long inspection initiative found nearly half of sites are failing to properly protect workers.

Red Rose County to become first White Ribbon county

Jennifer Mein (centre) with White Ribbon Ambassadors from participating organisations. Participating councils are: Hyndburn Borough Council, Rossendale Borough Council, Lancaster City Council, Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council, Borough Council, Ribble Valley Borough Council and Fylde Borough Council.

Storey to host Handmade and Vintage Festive Market

A Handmade and Vintage Festive Market will take place at The Storey in Lancaster on Saturday 6th December. The beautiful Victorian rooms will burst open with artists, makers and vintage traders between 11.00am and 5.00pm, selling an eclectic array of handmade, pop and vintage influenced gifts, beautifully crafted goodies and curiosities.

Council's Cabinet to discuss Charter Market layout, consider 'radical' options next month

The results of a recent consultation into the future of Lancaster’s Charter Market will be presented to the city council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 2nd December. Cabinet members will be asked to consider the results and the options for the layout of the market following the completion of the city centre improvement works. Two potential layouts will be presented for consideration.

LitFest announces First Friday "Pass On A Poem" event

A LitFest-organised event next nonth will offer Lancastrians the chance to share a poem that means something to them in a friendly and relaxed environment... Pass on a Poem, a national initiative, aims to entertain and to create enthusiasm for poetry. It brings people together to read out loud poems which have a special personal significance and to explain, briefly, why.

Bridge sections delivered safely to site as work continues on the newLink Road to the M6

Bridge sections that will form the new bridge structure known as Folly Railway Bridge, part of the £123 milkion M6 Link scheme to Heysham, have been delivered to the Costain construction site off Barley Cop Lane. Eight deliveries, each 21 metres long, were delivered to the site last week over two nights after 11.00pm with little fuss and avoiding peak traffic.

Review: Haffner Orchestra and Lancaster Singers

Haffner Orchestra and Lancaster Singers Saturday, 15 November 2014 In the Great Hall, Lancaster University Reviewed by Henry Prince Was it a case of ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ or was the opposite the problem? Did, in fact, the soup need more stirring and the chefs were a little too reluctant to risk stepping on each other’s toes?

Lancaster city centre traffic changes to start soon

Vehicles displaying precinct permits parked in New Street at the second entrance to Lancaster Library. Photo courtesy of Robert Wade Traffic regulations are to be changed in Lancaster city centre to try to create a better and safer environment in the pedestrian zone for the benefit of people and trading.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 19th to 27th November 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 proving to be a quiet period for films with the Reel and the Vue both showing a rather limited programme.