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January 2015

Lancaster Brewery

Lancaster Brewery, Lancaster Leisure Park, Wyresdale Road, Lancaster LA1 3LA. Tel: +44 (0)1524 848537 Lancaster Brewery is one of the largest micro breweries in the North West of England.

Divers to search Lancaster Canal for wreck of 1920s diphtheria barge

Sunken wreck site? Lancaster Canal at Field End Bridge winding hole Divers from the Kendal and Lakes Sub Aqua Club are making plans to search the Lancaster Canal for a sunken wreck that might have been used as an infirmary barge during the 1920 diphtheria epidemic.

J Atkinson & Co, Tea & Coffee Merchants

China St, Lancaster LA1 1EX. Tel: 01524 65470. A traditional tea and coffee specialist shop founded in 1837 — the year of Queen Victoria’s accession. Atkinson’s supply many of Lancaster’s cafes with their tea and coffee.

City's Housing need projections fall apart as Enterprise Zone job expectations 'flop'

Image used by HM Gov. to publicise Lancashire Enterprise Zone Unfortunately the Lancashire Enterprise Zone near Preston, created in 2011 and anchored by two BAE sites at Samlesbury and Warton, was slated by government ministers last month (read BBC report) as the UK's 'worst-performing', as it had not yet created any jobs.

Spotlight Writing Surgeries back next month

Art: Nick MillerLancaster's writer's group Spotlight is to host more of its Writing Surgeries next month. Whether you are just starting outor have been writing for some time, whether you write for performance or the page -- would you like feedback on your writing?

Lancs County Council defers fracking decision 8 weeks

Tractor procession of farmers against fracking arriving at County Hall today At the same time that a moratorium on fracking was being announced in Scotland, Lancashire County Council's (LCC) Development Control Committee today resolved to defer their decisions on the planning applications relating to sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood in light of the submission of further information by...

Local Cinema Round-Up for 28th January to 5th February 2015 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. Unlike last week, there is rather a sparsity of new releases during this period - specifically we have two.

Fracking battle heats up: leaked Osborne letter shows plan to force permits through

Conservative Chancellor George OsborneCuadrilla will be seeking a deferment to the decision on their Fylde fracking applications at tomorrow's meeting of Lancashire County Council's (LCC) Development Control Committee. The committee will initially decide whether to defer or whether to take the decisions this week.

Missing Glasson wind surfer's body found

Police officers searching for missing 61-year-old wind surfer Giles Stothertrecovered a body on Middleton Sands this morning.Police were called at around 4.45pm on Sunday 25 January to Glasson Dock, Lancaster, following reports of concern for the safety of Mr Stothert, who lived in Saltcote.

Catch the Northern Lights with your iPhone, thanks to Lancaster University project

Updates on the best opportunities to spot the Northern Lights in the UK are now available on a mobile phone app developed in association with scientists at Lancaster University.It is notoriously difficult to predict the best time to catch the displays of colourful lights, usually seen high above the Arctic Circle.

Mateusz Otfinowski sentenced to life

Mateusz Otfinowski Mateusz Otfinowski, 23, of Lord Street, Morecambehas today been sentenced at Preston Crown Court to life imprisonment for the rape of two women and for trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence. Otfinowskipleaded guilty in October 2014 to the rape of a woman in Lancaster on 3 March 2014 and the rape of a woman in Morecambe on 26 July 2014.

Head in the Sands - MP Morris calls again for a Bay Tunnel

Morecambe Bay BAE Systems announced in December that Costain, who won the County Council construction contract for the Heysham-M6 Link road, have won a further contract in a £300m+ scheme to upgrade its Barrow-in-Furness shipyard in preparation to build a replacement for the Royal Navy's Vanguard class Trident nuclear submarines.

Big Garden Birdwatch in Williamson Park This Weekend

Everyone can help with the 2015 Big Garden Birdwatch at Williamson Park on Sunday 25thJanuary 2015. If you are an early riser, why not get along along between 8.00 and 9.00 am for bird spotting with the experts.

Witnesses sought after dogs kill pet chihuahua in Morecambe

(Updated 22:15): Virtual-Lancaster received reports earlier today of an 85-year-old woman who was walking her tiny chihuahua yesterday morning on Hampsfell Drive, Westgate, when she and her dog were approached from behind by a young lad on a bike with his two dogs - one on a lead, one off.

Eric Morecambe Day gets 23rd July date

The triumphant return of the Eric Morecambe statue to the Morecambe sea front is being followed up with work on the fundraising plans for the 'Eric and Ernie' Wall Art to be created by sculpture Graham Ibbeson to be sited in The Sunshine Garden of Fame adjacent to the Midland Hotel.

Golden Arches on their way for Lune McAqueduct?

Site of proposed McDonald's Planning permission has been granted for a McDonald's drive-thru takeaway and two-storey restaurant with parking on Caton Road adjacent to the A6 Canal Aqueduct and just east of the grade 1 listed Lune Aqueduct.

County Council planning report recommends refusal of fracking applications

Jerusalem builded here: An artist's impression of a proposed Lancashire fracking site Lancashire County Council's Development Control Committee will spend Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 January, from 10am at County Hall in Preston, deciding on Cuadrilla's two fracking (shale gas drilling) exploration applications at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 21st to 29th January 2015 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 a good week for new releases. We have action, drama and suspense with Mortdecai (12A); Kingsman: The Secret Service (15) and The Gambler (15). Also there is the amazing dark comedy Birdman (15).

Snow expected in Lancashire tonight

Photo courtesy Lancashire County CouncilLancashire County Council is advising people to be prepared for snow following a Met Office yellow warning across the north west this afternoon (Tuesday 20 January).

Greens choose Quaker chaplain Phil Chandler as Prospective Member of Parliament for Morecambe and Lunesdale

Phil Chandler with Clare Long Summers, the local Green Party's 200th member. Photo: The Green Party IT Manager and Morecambe residentPhil Chandler has been selected by North Lancashire Green Party as the Green Party Prospective Member of Parliament for Morecambe and Lunesdale.