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February 2015

Labour candidate promises additional free childcare

Parents at Appletree Children's Centre with Alison McGovern MP and Cat SmithCat Smith, Labour's candidate for parliament in Lancaster, has been campaigning across the city on childcare, joined by Labour MPs visiting the city.

Lancaster Cemetery

Quernmore Road, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 3JT. T. 01524 582635. Lancaster Cemetery is one of 7 cemeteries operated by Lancaster City Council. It has 3 (currently unused) cemetery chapels, all designed by the prominent local architect Edward Paley in c 1855. Tours in Summer

Morecambe Bay Credit Union seeks volunteers. AGM tonight

Morecambe Bay Credit Union (MBCU) ( be holding its Annual General Meeting at 7.30 pm tonight, Thursday 26 February, at Poulton Children's Centre, Clark St, Morecambe, LA4 5HR. MBCU is also calling for volunteers to help with various aspects of running and supporting the organisation.ACredit Union is an alternative way to save and borrow.

County Councillors call for government to release DEFRA fracking report

Today Lancashire County Council have rejected a planning application by Cuadrilla for a further prospective fracking site at Singleton. The ruling is separate to the Cuadrilla applications for two fracking sites at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood which the council deferred last month following legal advice, pending additional public consultation.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 25th February to 5th March 2015 by

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 is something of a churn among the films on display in our region during this period.

Virtual Tour

An insider's tour of local places of interest. (Series)

Parliamentary candidates fail to respond to pensioners' group letter

Lancaster District Pensioners’ Campaign Group (LDPCG) have written to prospective Parliamentary candidates from the Conservative, Labour, Lib-Dem, Green and TUSC parties in the Morecambe and Lunesdale Constituency and in the Lancaster and Fleetwood Constituency calling on them to promote the National Pensioners' Manifesto 2015.

Photography competition: Lancaster's hidden treasures

Local photography enthusiasts who love Lancaster will know that thereare many great aspects to the city that maybe aren't photographed as often as others; architectural mysteries or hidden views from unique vantage points. Independent Lancaster are looking for all of the possibly unseen or unappreciated treasures of Lancaster in their photo competitionon facebook.

The Butterfly House

Williamson Park, Quernmore Road, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1UX. Telephone: 01524 33318. Butterfly House — the original Edwardian Palm House now houses an ever-changing display of tropical butterflies.

Lancaster's 'Hear Me Roar!' weekend festival to celebrate women's achievements

In the weekend leading up to International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March, Lancaster Arts City will be hosting its first Hear Me Roar! weekender as part of March 2015's First Friday programme and in collaboration with the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies at Lancaster University. The festival will celebrate the achievements of women past, present and future.

Spotlight Club back at The Storey tonight with prose, poetry and music

Rosa Francesca will provide music at tonight's Spotlight, along with Cartoon Food.Spotlight returns to the Storey for its monthly gathering of writing and music performance, starting at 8.15pm its usual "Open Mic" session which offers the floor to newcomer creatives for a five-minute slot each.

Lancaster Comedy Club

Held every Sunday at The Borough, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PP. Tel : 01524 64170. Week on week we deliver a fantastic show and over many years have featured acts from from ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’, ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ and ‘Mock The Week’.

Appeal after car failed to stop following collision with cyclist in Morecambe

Police are appealing for information after a cyclist was injured in a fail to stop collision. The incident happened at around 5.10pm on Monday 9th February close to the junction where Northgate meets Middlegate in Morecambe. The 24-year-old cyclist was travelling along Northgate when it is thought that a vehicle has collided with the rear of his bike.

Lancaster Castle

Castle Parade, Lancaster, LA1 1YJ. Tel: 01524 64998. England's dark history, with tales of persecution, incarceration, punishment and execution, has been lived out over the centuries within the confines of Lancaster Castle.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 18th to 26th February 2015 by

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 is something of a sparsity of new releases during this period. Comedy is represented by The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG).

No More Page 3 Team to run feminist campaigning training day next week

A 'Kick-Ass Campaigning' Day for feminists of all genders will be held by Team No More Page 3 at Lancaster University's Centre for Gender and Women's Studies next Thursday 26 February. The event is free but if you wish to attend you will need to register to be sure of place. You can do that here. The organisers say: 'We’ll stoke your activism fire and show you the ropes of campaigning!

Free work clubs to help jobseekers throughout Lancashire

Jobseekers can now attend free, weekly 'work clubs'with Lancashire Adult Learning, at Lancaster Library, Morecambe Library, and / or White Cross Education Centre (see details). The work clubs offer advice and support on finding work and training opportunities.

Approx 2,300 children in Lancaster & Fleetwood affected by energy debt

New figures showing that an estimated 2,300 children in the Lancaster Fleetwood parliamentary constituency live in a household in energy debt have sparked calls for the Government to do more to help.

Appeal for sightings after missing man’s body found in Caton

Neil ConnellyLancaster Police officers are appealing for information about the last movements of a Morecambe man who had been reported missing and his body subsequently found in Caton last month. Neil Connelly, 38, had gone missing from his home in Morecambe on Wednesday 28 January.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 11th to 19th 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. Lancaster sees a good selection of new movies over this valentine period. There is romance, of a sort, with Fifty Shades of Grey (18) and a more light hearted take on love with The Wedding Ringer (15).