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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

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 09:03: 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

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 07:10: 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

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 14:19: 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

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:48: 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%

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 11:19: 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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 15:43: 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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 18:55: 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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 18:27: 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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 15:17: 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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 10:30: 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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 07:00: 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

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 22:06: 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

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:41: 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

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 09:27: 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

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 08:27: 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

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:26: 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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 14:04: 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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 13:56: 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.

Morecambe Train Station - Spruce Up Ahead?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 13:39: Can you spare some time to help with an exciting new project to “Spruce Up” Morecambe Train Station? Morecambe Council says over 200, 000 people use the station every year and now they're looking forvolunteers who are motivated to help make a difference in the community, in an effortmake the station a more inviting gateway to the town.

Richard Wyatt, Person-Centred Counsellor, DipHE. MBACP

28 Wolseley Street, Lancaster LA1 3PH. Tel: 07896122496. My name is Richard Wyatt and I am a qualified, Person-Centred Counsellor. I am based in Central Lancaster and I offer one-to-one therapy for people living in the North Lancashire and South Cumbria region. 

Lancaster man, 58, missing from home

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 15:41: Missing: Lancaster man John Pearson Police are appealing for information about a 58-year-old man who is missing from home in Lancaster. John Pearson was last seen at his home address on Crossdale Square on Tuesday 9th September. He is described as white, around 5ft 7ins tall, slim build, with short wavy grey hair. He wears glasses and was last seen wearing a tweed jacket and trousers.

Graham Spavin, Scotforth Counselling and Psychotherapy

81 Scotforth Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 4SD. Phone: 01524 69684. I am a qualified and regulated professional providing therapeutic services. I have been offering professional and personal development for individuals, couples, families and groups since 2003. 

Julia Russell, Herbalist, Iridologist, Reflexologist and Massage Therapist

The Herbal Dispensary, 30 Long Marsh Lane, Lancaster, LA1 5QX. Telephone: 01524 33389. Julia Russell is qualified as a Herbalist, Iridologist, Reflexologist and Massage Therapist. She is a highly-experienced practitioner who has been in practice since 1993. 

There's a wind brewing - literally - at Lancaster Uni

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 15:16: The perfect time for a cuppa… when the wind blows. From left: Dr Pete Newman, Dr Maria Angela Ferrario and Dr Will Simm Researchers at Lancaster University have just designed a new piece of kit which determines the optimum time to brew up a cuppa in terms of impact on the environment. Windy Brew, as it is affectionately known, does what it says on the tin.

Wake up, David Morris! Heysham displays house to house opposition to NHS sell-off

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 19:24: When Morecambe Lunesdale MP David Morris scoffed that the 'No Health Selloff at Morecambe Bay' campaign didn't exist - and so didn't count - he really, seriously insulted its hundreds of local supporters. With hundreds of signs now going up outside houses in his constituency, he's going to have some difficulty pretending they don't exist now.

Cherry Trees Practice

Cherry Trees, Sunnyside Lane, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 5ED. Tel: 01524 64258. We provide Shiatsu, Acupressure, and Acupuncture in beautiful and peaceful surroundings, very close to Lancaster city centre.  

Dukes seeks new Board Members

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 15:31: Robin Hood, just one of many successful Dukes shows in recent years. Photo: The Dukes The Dukes, Lancaster is seeking new independent directors to help plan the next phase of its development. The Dukes is a producing theatre, independent cinema and creativity centre and an essential part of Lancashire and Lancaster life.

Eric Morecambe Madness planned for March 2015

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 15:23: Photo courtesy Lancaster City Council Eric Morecambe’s family have been officially invited to oversee reinstatement of his home town’s famous tribute following repair work.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 12th to 20th November 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 15:14: 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 five new releases during this period. There is biographical drama with Mr Turner (15) and an examination of the life of computer genius Alan Turing in The Imitation Game (12A).

Beatlemania celebrates the Fab Four at The Platform

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 14:55: A mesmerising and inspirational show for all fans of the Fab Four comes to The Platform this weekend, with an authentic performance that celebrates possibly the most successful and endearing act in the history of popular music.

The Duo to play George and Dragon for Lancaster PubFest

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 14:29: The Duo – from folk to Floyd will be playing at The George and Dragon (St George’s Quay, Lancaster) this Saturday, 15th November 2014. They’ll start, as usual, at about 9.00pm and perform two sets of songs and tunes, ending at some little time after 11.00pm. The pub is under new management and serves some very fine ale.

Local visitor information centres nominated for national tourism award

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 14:07: Morecambe and Lancaster Visitor Information Centres (VICs) have been nominated for a prestigious national tourism award in the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2015.

Frontierland developer approved - gold rush stampede invited!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:34: How Opus North see the new Frontierland development On Monday Lancaster City Council approved Opus North’s planning application for Frontierland, the 10 acre 'Polo Tower' site, formerly an amusement park, on Morecambe's Marine Drive. The proposed scheme will deliver around 7,870 sq.m of retail area plus 3,935 sq.m of retail mezzanine area.

Fracking poses risk to public health says County Council assessment

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 18:05: 11.11.14 Toxic seepage: Cuadrilla's original drilling site at Preece Hall Farm (photo taken before site was shut down) Last Thursday Lancashire County Council considered the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on Lancashire’s two fracking site applications

Woman, 22, missing from home in Lancaster

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 15:27: Updated at 6.14pm: Lancashire Police report that Ms Wilson has been found in Glasgow and they have cancelled their appeal. Police are appealing for information about a young woman who is missing from her home in Lancaster.

Police appeal following fail to stop road collision in Lancaster

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 15:23: Police are appealing for information after a car was damaged following a fail to stop collision in Lancaster on Monday 3rd November. The collision happened at around 5.30pm on Aldcliffe Road and involved a silver Mercedes. The other vehicle failed to stop at the scene and officers are appealing to trace it.

Judy Mellor Consultant Clinical Psychologist

c/o BMI Lancaster Hospital, Meadowside, Lancaster, LA1 3RH. Tel: 01524 770351. Psychological assessment, consultation and treatment of adults presenting with a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties, using a number of therapeutic approaches. 

Martin Knowles, Shiatsu Therapist

The Orchard, Caton Green, Lancaster, LA2 9JG. Tel: 01524 771598 / 07770 875 042. My main therapy is Shiatsu, with a scattering of postural correction, energy techniques and a range of other therapy tools that I can use to help you feel more like yourself again. 

Dawn Keyse — Complete Homeopathy

Dacrelands Clinic of Natural Health, Owen Road/Aldrens Lane, Lancaster LA1 2DU. Mobile: 07515 426 670. Are you looking to take charge? Are you looking to embark on a course of homeopathic treatment? Are you curious about homeopathy and how it can help you? 

Dr Charlotte Holmes Clinical Psychologist

Dr Charlotte Holmes MA(Hons) CPsychol Clinical Psychologist, Dacrelands Clinic, Aldrens Lane, Skerton, Lancaster, LA1 2DU. Tel: 07551546485. I am a Clinical Psychologist with in excess of 10 years’ clinical experience.  

County Council Reveals Plans for £176 million in budget cuts

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 16:46: Lancashire County Council's cabinet was today presented with a series of options that could help deliver £176 million in savings by April 2018. Senior council officers presented a report detailing how services could be delivered in future and how this could enable savings to be made.

Lancashire prepares for winter

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 16:54: Image: Lancashire County Council With temperatures expected to plummet tonight, Lancashire County Council is ready for the winter weather and is urging residents to prepare for the cold. Lancashire's fleet of 49 gritters will be out tonight for the first time this winter. They will treat the roads whenever a freeze is expected.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 5th to 13th November 2014 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 14:33: 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 brings two new releases, science fiction spectacular with Interstellar (12A) and motor-racing drama with Journey to Le Mans (12A).

Comic Artist Oliver East talks “The Homesick Truant’s Cumbrian Yarn”

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 10:58: Oliver East: Photo: Yorick de Munnik Comic creatorOliver East will be at theBeach Hut Galleryat Kents Bank Station, Cumbria on Saturday 8th November 2014 from 11.30am onwards to talk about his railway-inspired drawings that formed hisLakes International Comic Art Festival-supported exhibition “The Homesick Truant’s Cumbrian Yarn” which was part of this year’s events.

Buy Nothing Day Returns

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 05:38: Buy Nothing Day is back later this month and it's time to lock up your wallets and purses, cut up your credit cards and dump the love of your life - shopping. Saturday November 29th 2014 is Buy Nothing Day (UK). It's a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life.

Mary Dowson, Remedial Massage

The Treatment Room, 1 Hindburn Cottage, Wray, Lancashire, LA2 8QB. Tel: 015242 21147. In one form or another, massage may be the most ancient and intuitive of all the healing arts. It offers touch, movement and energy and all these qualities are associated with the well-being of the whole person.  

Conscientious Objection in World War One in Lancashire talk announced

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 17:49: Lancaster will host a free public talkbyBarry Millsexploring the history of conscientious objection and theNorthern Friends Peace Boardduring World War One next week.

Eric Statue Back in December

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 13:35: Lancaster City Council has officially announced that the Eric Morecambe statue will return to its rightful home on Morecambe's sea front on Thursday 11th December. Following the recent damage to the statue, the city council has been working closely with its creator, sculptor Graham Ibbeson, to make the necessary repairs.