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December 2014

Local Cinema Round-Up for 31st December 2014 to 8th January 2015 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 15:15: 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. The New Year commences with three new releases.

New Bike Marking Scheme crime prevention scheme launched

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 14:09: Police have launched a bicycle crime prevention initiative, aimed at promoting the importance of taking proper bicycle security measures after a rise in bicycle thefts in the area.

Police appeal after Christmas Day assault in Morecambe

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 13:51: Police are appealing for information after a man was beaten unconscious and robbed of his mobile phone in Morecambe. The incident happened at about 7.00pm on Christmas Day (Thursday) when the victim left the Cavern pub on Springfield Street in Morecambe. As he walked down Albert Road he was attacked by a group of four or five teenagers and knocked to the floor and beaten unconscious.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 24th December 2014 to 1st January 2015 by Peter Clarke

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 14:40: 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. With Christmas almost upon us, family entertainment dominates the local cinemas.

'No Health Sell-Off' signs raised as Scotforth households step up

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 02:12: Households across Hala make their point Rows of houses in streets across Scotforth East have taken a collective stand against the irreversible sell-off of their health services to America by raising Cameron Hunt Estate Agency boards with the clear message to veto the NHS from the EU-US trade deal called TTIP.


Slynedales, Slyne Road, Lancaster LA2 6ST. Tel. 01524 381820. CancerCare was established in 1983 to provide support to cancer patients and those around them in an informal, relaxed manner. 

City Council faces even more cuts as Tories savage public spending again

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 11:35: Lancaster City Council is facing further cuts to its funding next year, after the government announced further funding reductions to the money it gives our area by 6.4% - which could push it to breaking point. Yesterday, the communities and local government minister Kris Hopkins announced what he called a fair financial settlement for councils in 2015-16.

Can a huge e-protest stop a cut to far to Council funding by the Coalition Government?

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:22: In a new round of spending cuts by the Coalition Government, it's been revealed that Chancellor George Osborne is trying to cut crucial funding designed to help people in crisis as part of his anticipated cuts of around £3 billion to the work of local councils.

Police appeal after 14-year-old boy attacked on Millennium Bridge

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:22: Lancaster detectives are appealing for information after a 14-year-old boy was struck in an unprovoked attack at around 9.30pm on Saturday (13th December) on Lancaster's Millennium Bridge.The victim was walking home over the bridge when he was engaged in conversation by two youths of a similar age.

Witness appeal after man dies following Caton Road collision

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 13:19: Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died following a collision in Caton yesterday.

Over 100 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition surrendered across Lancashire

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:28: A Colt .45 and three magazines, Cap and ball revolver and a British Second World War service revolver handed into Lancashire Police during 'Op Holster' 103 prohibited guns and 3,419 rounds of ammunition were handed into Lancashire Police during a two week ‘Op Holster’ amnesty last month. Officers collected a haul of 46 shotguns, 41 various air guns, pistols and five rifles.

County Council sets January dates for decisions on shale gas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 13:58: Lancashire County Council has scheduled two days in January 2015 for its Development Control Committee to make decisions on planning applications for shale gas development at two sites in the county.

Solstice celebrations at Atticus

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 17:41: We reported that last week that Atticus on King Street are giving Lancastrians a traditional pagan Christmas this year, to celebrate the midwinter solstice this Saturday, 21st December - and now we have more details.

Appeal for missing 43 year old man from Lancaster

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 16:44:   UPDATE 17th December: Mr McCandish has been found safe and well Police are appealing for information about a 43 year old man who was last seen on Saturday. Andrew McCandlish from Morecambe was last seen in the A and E department at Royal Lancaster Infirmary on Saturday 13 December.

Oscar's Wine Bar - court date set after investigation concludes into 'Nitro Cocktail' accident

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 13:39: Court proceedings have been started under health and safety legislation against a wine bar, one of its directors and an employee, following the conclusion of an investigation by Lancaster City Council into an incident involving an 18-year-old girl and a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen.

Crook O' Lune bridge restoration wins heritage award

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 13:21: Image: Lancashire County CouncilLancashire County Council has won a prestigious national award for giving a new lease of life to a historic the Crook O' Lune East Viaduct bridge near Lancaster. The council received the Restoration Award at the National Railway Heritage Awards for its work on Viaduct, which forms part of the footpath using the now closed line from Lancaster to Wennington.

City Council Warns: Be Flood Ready

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 13:16: A battered Morecambe seafront earlier this year. Photo: Lancaster City Council Homes and businesses in the Lancaster district are being encouraged to plan ahead and prepare for the potential of flooding in the future.

Heart Concern

The Secretary, Mrs C. Nightingale, 17, Parkfield Drive, Bowerham, Lancaster LA1 4BT. Tel: 01524 67859. A Lancaster-based Support Group whose interests and activities are ‘concerned’ with people in Lancaster Morecambe and District who have coronary heart disease or other heart conditions. 

Virtual-Lancaster.Net Newsletter: Friday 12 December 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 15:31: The Virtual-Lancaster newsletter email comes out fortnightly to subscribers and contains the past fortnight's news headlines and all the next fortnight's events, as HTML links. It's quite long - the event listings are at the end - but it's the best and easiest way to keep up to date and ahead of what's happening in the Lancaster Morecambe area. Subscribe here.

Appeal after attempted robbery at bookmakers in Morecambe

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 14:59: Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery at BetFred bookmakers in Morecambe yesterday morning (Thursday 11 December). The incident happened at around 9.00am at the shop on Lancaster Road, Torrisholme. A man entered the shop armed with a knife and demanded money from the lone cashier, but she refused to hand over any money and he fled the scene empty handed.

New EU food rules welcomed by allergy sufferers

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 14:49: Lancashire Trading Standards Service is reminding food businesses they will be required to provide detailed information on 14 allergens they use in their ingredients from this Saturday, 13th December. The European Union Food Information for Consumers Regulations will apply to pre-packed or loose food.

12 online scams of Christmas

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 14:19: Online shoppers are being encouraged to look out for a potential online shopping delivery scam. The warning has been issued by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau who have received a large number of reports from victims who have lost out in similar circumstances.

Cumbria U wins sustainablity award for vehicle fleet

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 12:56: The University of Cumbria has won an Energy Saving Trust ‘Fleet Heroes’ Award for sustainable management of its fleet of business-use vehicles. The university was nominated in the ‘Grey Fleet’ category and was highly commended for cutting its business mileage by 32%, resulting in a 16% reduction in carbon emissions.

Festival Improv hits bring new twists to Xmas tales at the Storey

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 18:34: We Are Improv perform in Dublin Lancaster’s improvised theatre company, We Are Improvrecently returned from a run of sell out performances at the Irish Improv Festival to discover their star has risen. They have a flurry of invitations and bookings for other festivals and events over the next twelve months.

New housing development at Lancaster Leisure Park gets the go ahead

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 17:47: Lancaster Leisure Park Lancaster Chamber of Commerce reports that exactly 12 years ago to the day, Lancaster Leisure Park revealed proposals for a new housing development on the site.

Free After Three Parking in Lancaster City Centre until Xmas

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 17:22: Parking in Lancaster City Centre will now be free from 3pm every weekday from Wednesday 11 December and run through until Christmas Day 2014. Sunday parking will remain free throughout the entire day for the same period.

Eric - Home At Last!

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 15:46: Photo courtesy Lancaster City Council Morecambe's tribute to its most famous son has returned home today, following repair work. The statue, which was vandalised in October, has been undergoing intensive repair work at a London foundry overseen by its creator, Graham Ibbeson. The statue was returned to its rightful place watched over by the late comedian’s wife, Joan, son Gary and daughter Gail.

Occupying Lancaster students win negotiation rights

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:33: Lancaster University House Occupation issued a public statement on 5 December and you can read it in full on theirfacebook page here.It begins: "We, the occupiers of University House at Lancaster University, December 2014, have suspended our actions as the University Management have consented to enter into negotiations with LUSU and other independent members of the student body.

Neuro Drop-In Centre

Based at Lancaster Farms, Stone Row Head, Lancaster LA1 3QZ. Tel: 01524 840762. Our Centre offers a one stop Drop-in for everyone affected by a neurological condition: multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, ME, stroke, epilepsy, motor neurone’s, MG, Acquired Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, MSA etc. 

A proper Winter Wonderland of festive frolics at SaltAyre

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 16:30: Salt Ayre Sports Centre will be opening its doors and embracing the festive spirit this Christmas by hosting its first ever Winter Wonderland event. We've all heard stories of 'Winter Wonderland Parks that charge the earth and present crushing disappointments.

Hundreds of local disabled people hit by 'disgraceful' government delays in payments scheme

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 14:59: According toCat Smith, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Lancaster and Fleetwood, hundreds of disabled people in Lancaster could face hardship or be left without essential support due to delays in being assessed for help with the extra costs they face.

10,000 meals generously donated to foodbank to help local people in need

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 14:21: Moreambe Bay Foodbank Christmas in a Box Appeal Generous shoppers in Morecambe, Lancaster and Carnforth have donated an incredible 10,000 meals for people in need this winter, following the Neighbourhood Food Collection in aid of Trussell Trust foodbanks and FareShare, which took place in local supermarkets, Tesco, Asda, and Sainsbury's.

Re-opened Atticus Book Shop offers a "Pagan Christmas" event in aid of Indonesian animal charity

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 16:35: On Sunday 21st December the recently re-opened Atticus Bookshop on King Street will be transformed into a Pagan Christmas Grotto, and owner Tom Flemons tells us he's confident it will provean extraordinary and unforgettable even to start the holiday week.

Funding boost for Lancashire food banks

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 15:38: County Councillor Azhar AliLancashire County Council has handed out £150,000 to help people who cannot afford to eat, with some £6000 made directly to local organisations. The money has been given to 22 groups across the county as Food Poverty Grants, to help them ensure they have everything they need to continue supplying food to people who need it most.

Severe Weather Alert issued for North West’s roads

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 15:27: Lancashire County Council Gritters. Image courtesy Lancashire County Council Drivers are advised to take extra care on the North West’s road network from Wednesday morning, with wind speeds expected to reach 70mph. The Highways Agency has issued a severe weather alert for gales from 8.00am on Wednesday 10th December until 9am on Thursday 11th December.

Couples can convert civil partnerships into marriages

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 15:07: Lancashire couples in a civil partnership now have the choice to convert it into a marriage.From this Wednesday (10th December 2014), couples across the UK will have the option of a simple conversion from a civil partnership to a marriage.

Curious Tales set to chill at Lancaster Castle this Christmas

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 14:43: Lancaster Castle’s ancient walls will echo to the sounds of ghostly goings on when a haunting festive event comes to the city on Friday 19th December to mark the launch of Poor Souls’ Light: Seven Curious Tales, a limited edition, locally printed book featuring seven ghostly talesfor Christmas, with illustrations by Beth Ward.

Lancashire Police launch ‘Special’ recruitment campaign

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 14:14: Lancashire Police has launched a video campaign to recruit more volunteer police officers into the force. The video features four different ‘specials’, all of different ages and backgrounds and showcases what it is like to work as a special constable in Lancashire.

Scrap the car to save the planet? Lancaster University lecture on sustainable transport announced

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 13:49: Professor Roger Kemp Scrap the car to save the planet? That's the title of a free public lecture by engineer Roger Kemp at Lancaster University in February which looks set to challenge many cosy preconceptions about Britain's love affair with the car.

Changes to Lancaster City Council services and Christmas opening times

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 11:25: There will be a number of changes to the availability of Lancaster City Council services and facilities this Christmas. Lancaster and Morecambe town halls and the council's housing office on Cable Street, Lancaster will close for Christmas at 3.00pm on Christmas Eve and re-open at 9am on Monday December 29.

Alisdair Denholm (Sports Therapist)

Revive Sports Therapy & Massage Injury Clinic
Revive Sports Therapy & Massage, 11 Elgin Street, Lancaster LA1 3DG, UK. Phone: 01524 33663. Mobile: 07580 382 943. Sports Therapy is a branch of Sports Medicine which focuses on the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of an injured patient back to full functional sports-specific fitness. 

County Council Invites Views On Further Savings Options

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 13:54: Lancashire County Council's cabinet was presented with a revised set of budget optionsyesterday,setting out how the council could achieve its savings target by April 2018. Senior council officers presented a report to the November Cabinet meeting, detailing how services could be delivered in future and how this could enable savings to be made.

A Breath for Life

The Holistic Centre, Borrans Lane. Morecambe LA3 3JJ, UK. Telephone: (+44) (0)1524 855422. A Breath for Life is dedicated to providing affordable hyperbaric oxygen treatment for all. 

Lancaster - Small City, Big Story

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 15:49: The 'Lancaster - Small City Big Story' brand was launched recently by Lancaster City Council who have been working with a number of organisations, including Marketing Lancashire and Lancaster Unlimited to bring a vibrant new look to the branding.

Scotforth West Residents invited to local "Liveable Cities" Focus Group

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 15:19: Do you live in Scotforth West? Are youinterested in discussing quality of life and travel in Lancaster? Researchers from Lancaster University are holding a focus group at St Paul's Hala Worship and Community Centre on 10th December to discuss travel patterns and quality of life in Lancaster.

A Victorian Christmas Festival at The Judges’ Lodgings Museum this weekend

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 14:48: Photo: John FreemanLancaster's Judges' Lodgings Museumwill be open for "A Victorian Christmas Festival" this coming weekend(6th - 7th December 2014). The Lodgings - home to the town's Toy Museum on its upper floor - will be decked with holly and filled with cheerso visitors cansoak in the sights and smells of a Victorian Christmas. There will be activities for the whole family to join in with.

Pensioners' lobby targets election candidates

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 22:41: The Lancaster District Pensioners' Campaign Group (LDPCG) intends to lobby candidates in the Morecambe and Lunesdale and the Lancaster and Wyre constituencies to support the policies outlined in The Pensioners' Manifesto 2015. The Pensioner's Manifesto was launched at the Pensioners' Parliament in Blackpool earlier this year.

Lancashire schools archives now available online

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 18:14: Image courtesy Lancashire County Council Detailed records of Lancashire schools from between 1870 and 1914 are now available online in a major project to digitise history. Lancashire's archives join over 2.5 million new records in the National School Admission Registers. They can now be viewed on the Lancashire County Library area of the Find My Past website at

Future layout agreed for Lancaster’s Charter Market

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 18:06: Image courtesy Lancaster City Council Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet has agreed the future layout of the city’s historic Charter Market which will hopefully meet with approval from both town centre businesses and Charter Market stall holders.