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March 2015

Costain: Caton Road to close at M6 weekend 10 - 12 April. Big Crane lifts scheduled to follow.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 19:33: Drivers using junction 34 of the M6 in Lancaster are being advised of changes to the road layout and traffic light signals sequencing as part of ongoing works for the Heysham to M6 Link Road. From 8pm on Friday 10 April to 8pm on Sunday 12 April a section of Caton Road (A683)engineers will close the road between the M6 sliproads north and south, located either side of the M6.

Police warn to look out for dangerous murderer on the run

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 18:09: Police are urgently appealing for assistance in locating a convicted murderer who is wanted for emergency recall to prison, after he breached his release licence. If they see him, people are asked not to approach him, as he is considered dangerous. but instead to call the police immediately on 999.

Stalls from just £16pw at the Assembly Rooms Market

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 16:04: The Assembly Rooms Market in Lancaster is on the look-out for new stallholders who can introduce something exclusive to the mix of interesting and unique items on sale in this beautiful 18th Century building.

Roman Bath-House

Roman Bath House, Lancaster UK
Roman Bath-House, Vicarage Field, Lancaster. Telephone: 01524 64637. Discovered and excavated in 1973-4, the Roman bath-house in Vicarage Field, Lancaster, formed one end of a large courtyard house, probably the home of a Roman official. 

Dock of the Bay 2015 Festival rolls into Glasson Dock this Easter Saturday

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 14:40: This Saturday 4 April sees the fabulous 6th annual Dock of the Bay Festival roll its way into Shabby Meadow, Glasson Dock and Glasson Dock Village Hall from noon 'til midnight.

Lancaster astronomer works with NASA

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 18:08: Observations of Jupiter made by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are being analysed by Dr Sarah Badman at Lancaster University. Dr Badman, from the Department of Physics, is a Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellow and led the observations made by Hubble.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 25th March to 2nd April 2015 by

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 18:02: 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. Five new films make it to the local cinemas this week. The first of these, Get Hard (15) is an adult comedy. The remaining four are dramas.

Cottage Museum

Lancaster Cottage Museum
Cottage Museum, 15 Castle Hill, Lancaster LA1 1YS. Tel. 01524 64637. The museum provides an intimate glimpse of early Victorian life in a tiny and intriguing 18th-century cottage spread over 5 floors. You may even get to meet the Victorian housekeeper! 

Police hunt man after local dog walker attacked

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:28: Lancaster Police are trying to find a man who punched a dog walker in the face as he was walking his dogs up past Skerton Bridge and onto the grassed area behind Bridge House, Lancaster at around 6.00pm on Wednesday 11th March. As the dog walker, who is in his 50s, walked toward a bin to dispose of his dog’s waste, a man approached him, shouting that the victim needed to pick up his dog waste.

Police Appeal After Morecambe Stabbing

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:13: Detectives are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in Morecambe. The incident happened at around 12.00pm on Tuesday 17th March 2015, when a 29-year-old man was pursued along Clarendon Road in Morecambe. When he was at the junction of Devonshire Road, the man was assaulted and stabbed a number of times.

Virtual Tour — Williamson Park

Ashton Memorial, Williamson Park
54 acres of beautiful parkland in Lancaster with enchanting woodland walks and play areas, natural amphitheatres and breathtaking views to the Fylde Coast, Morecambe Bay and the Lake District. Based on the Taj Mahal, the park's Ashton Memorial is host to Art Exhibitions and private functions.  

Fracking: Lancs County Council launches consultation on changes to Cuadrilla applications

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 18:01: A former Cuadrilla test drilling operation at Westby in Lancashire Consultation begins today on extra information submitted to Lancashire County Council (LCC) as part of Cuadrilla's planning applications for shale gas development at Preston New Roadat Little Plumpton (Application numberLCC/2014/0096), andRoseacre Woodat Roseacre (Application numberLCC/2014/0101).

Friendship Centre 15th Anniversary Open Day next Wednesday

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 08:30: Lancaster’s Friendship Centre for the over 55’s is holding an open day to celebrate its 15th anniversary. The Centre, which uses facilities at Lancaster Baptist Church, next to the Town Hall. will be open to all on Wednesday 25 March from 10am to 1pm.

Joint bid brings funding to help victims of domestic abuse

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 07:00: Victims of domestic abuse in Lancashire will be better protected following a successful partnership funding bid led by Lancashire County Council. Funding cuts over the past 5 years have hit women's refuge services particularly hard. In 2010 there were a total of 149 specialist services providing 187 refuge services throughout England.

Northbound M6 Closure Junction 33-34 on Saturday night

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 22:14: Drivers using the M6 around Lancaster are being advised of an overnight carriageway closure as part of ongoing works for the Heysham to M6 Link Road. A full overnight closure of the northbound carriageway between junction 33 at Galgate and junction 34 for Lancaster will take place this Saturday 21 March between 10pm and 6am.

Pensioners' Manifesto: Eric Ollerenshaw MP on the NHS

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 18:47: Eric Ollerenshaw MP Conservative Lancaster FleetwoodLancaster Fleetwood Conservative MP Eric Ollerenshaw has emailed Virtual-Lancaster to clarify his position on the National Pensioners' Convention Manifesto policy on health and care services. Lancaster District Pensioners Campaign Group (LDPCG) had asked prospective parliamentary candidates to support the Manifesto's five core policies.

Consultation on future of transport in Lancaster includes alternatives suggested by M6 Link opponents

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 17:21: An ambitious new transport plan for Lancaster could see the city transformed over coming decades, with much less traffic, no city centre one-way system, and much greater use of sustainable transport such as park-and-ride buses and cycling.

Schoolgirl Grace makes a big splash for charity

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 16:30: Grace Wilding Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School student, 13 year-old Grace Wilding recently undertook the Aspire Swim Challenge in order to raise money for people with spinal cord injuries. The challenge consisted of swimming the length of the English Channel (22 miles in total), over the course of twelve weeks from September to December 2014.

Council asks you to nominate important local green spaces for protection from development

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 13:54: Part of the area administered by Lancaster City Council Lancaster City Council is asking local residents to nominate areas of green and open space within the district which are most important to them by Friday 24 April 2015. With plans in the pipeline for an unprecedented level of housebuilding in the area, it's important to identify those green spaces that people most want to see preserved.

Dukes' Kick Start scheme showcases works in progress

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 08:00: They say 'Everyone's a critic' and now here's your chance. The Dukes Kick Start initiative, which begins this April, allows audiences to offer feedback on plays in development. I Was A Wife is a work in progress by first time writer Polly Lister, an actress who appeared as the witch in The Dukes production of Hansel Gretel in Williamson Park last summer.

Sizergh Castle & Garden

Sizergh Castle & Garden
Sizergh Castle, near Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8AE Sat Nav: LA8 8DZ. Tel: 015395 60951. National Trust. Beautiful medieval house, gardens and estate, at the gateway to the Lake District. It features a pond, lake, wildlife, national collection of ferns and superb limestone rock garden. Café, shop, events. 

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 16:54: 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. Four new films are released during this period. Two of these are fantasy adventure namely The Avengers: Age of Ultron (12A) and The Divergent Series: Insurgent (12A).

Cumbria University offers care leavers a helping hand into higher education

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 14:27: Hannah Pears, Tamsin Rogers and Melanie Bakey all of the University of Cumbria at the NEON awards ceremony at Westminster Palace The University of Cumbria has won a National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) Award for supporting young people who have been placed in the care of their local authority to go to university.

Review: Warton Drama Group's 'Educating Rita'

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 13:35: Educating Ritawritten by Willy Russell Presented by Warton Drama Group at Warton Village Hall 7.30pm, Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 March 2015 All tickets £8. Available from Warton Post Office 01524 73285 Reviewed by Moira Hallam Warton Drama Group has done it again.

Pensioners' Manifesto: three more candidates give their views

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 00:11: We are happy to report that theLancaster District Pensioners' Campaign Group (LDPCG) has received 3 further replies from prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) to letters sent to them by Eric Jones on behalf of LDPCG on 12 February, asking for support for the National Pensioners' Manifesto.

Police hunt after McDonalds assault

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 17:27: Lancaster Police have released CCTV images of two men who they would like to speak to in connection with an assault at McDonald’s on Cheapside, Lancaster. The incident happened at around 1.30am on Sunday 8th March. It is believed that two men entered the restaurant but soon after one of the men was asked to leave by a member of the door staff.

Leighton Hall

Leighton Hall, Carnforth, Lancs LA5 9ST. 01524 734474. A stunning location for wedding ceremonies, corporate events and hosted group activities for schools and societies; attractive gardens, rolling parkland and the hall itself; great for family visits and a dramatic setting for film and TV shoots. 

'Still Alice' - special Dementia Friends night at The Dukes with Oscar-winning film & Discussion

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 17:01: Julianne Moore gives an Oscar-winning performance in 'Still Alice'To celebrate Dementia Friends, The Dukes is hosting a a post-film discussion on Tuesday 31 March, to coincide with the screening of an Oscar-winning film about the condition, starting at 6.20pm.

Appeal to Back Your Favourite local Green Spaces

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 14:42: Ryelands Park. Photo: John FreemanLancaster City Council is asking local residents to nominate areas of green and open space within the district which are most important to them. Green spaces could be valuable to the community because of the wildlife they are home to, their beauty, their cultural or heritage significance, the tranquility they provide or their recreational value.

Police appeal after Carnforth crash sees cyclist airlifted to hospital

Monday, March 16, 2015 - 14:14: Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was seriously injured following a collision in Carnforth. The accident happened at around 1.00pm on Sunday 15th March when a cyclist was involved in a collision with an Audi A3 on Kirby Lonsdale Road, at its junction with the B6254.

Heysham Heritage Centre

Main Street, Heysham, Morecambe, Lancashire LA3 2RW. Tel: 01524 853465. The Centre was opened in 2000, and has been visited by over 100,000 people, exceeding all initial expectations. It is run entirely by dedicated volunteers from Heysham Heritage Association. 

Review: Royal Northern College of Music Strings at Live at LICA

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 19:22: Royal Northern College of Music Strings at Live at LICA Thursday, 12 March 2015 in the Great Hall, Lancaster University Reviewed by Henry Prince Watching later as these 70-80 kids meandered across the empty stage in their street clothes with instruments in hand, on their backs or in tow, heading for the transport back to Manchester, it occurred to me that none of them was really old enough to...

Costain: Further lane closure with traffic lights on Morecambe Road next week

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 18:04: New traffic and pedestrian management layout Costain, the BAE partners who coincidentally won the Heysham- M6 Link construction contract, tell us today that, similar to this week, traffic light signals and a lane closure will be needed on Morecambe Road near Lancaster and Morecambe College entrance from next Monday 16 - Wednesday 18 March.

‘Leg it with Eric’ to raise cash for charity this Saturday

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 15:45: Lancaster City Council has joined forces with Lancaster and Morecambe Athletics Club to organise a very special Eric Morecambe themed charity event this Saturday (14th March) as part of this year's "Red Nose" fund raising in the area..To celebrate the swift return of the Eric Morecambe statue to its rightful place on the prom after it was vandalised, an ‘Eric’ inspired 3k fun run will be taking...

Morecambe Library Wilde/Ransome talk to lift lid on scandal and scholarship

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 13:33: Oscar Wilde and Arthur Ransome A lecture and film atMorecambe Libraryon Friday 20 March 2015 at 2pm are set to shed new light on how Arthur Ransome, world-famous author of Swallows and Amazons, restored Oscar Wilde’s reputation for genius – but embroiled himself in a notorious libel suit in the process.

Police Warn on Phone Fraud that has cost elderly victims thousands

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 11:46: Lancashire Policehave issued an urgent fraud warning as residents in across the county continue to fall victim to a telephone fraud. Since December last year, there have been 65 reported incidents across Lancashire with around £115k stolen from the victims. In each instance, the victim has been contacted via phone by someone purporting to be a police officer.

The Forest of Bowland AONB

Kettledrum, 6 Root Hill Estate Yard, Whitewell Road, Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire BB7 3AY. T. 01200 448000. The Forest of Bowland is situated in North West England, and was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964. 

Comic artist Oliver East back in Millom for Live Draw and Talk this Saturday

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 16:02: Oliver East: Photo: Yorick de MunnikOliver East, creator of theLakes International Comic Arts Festival-funded projectThe Homesick Truant’s Cumbrian Yarnwill be giving a talk andLive Draw atHardknott on Track, the new real ale pub, Station Building, Millom this Saturday, 14th March between 1.00 - 4.00pm.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 11th to 19th March 2015 by

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 16:37: 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. A good week for new releases. Family animation comes with Home (U) and drama is represented by Love is Strange (15) and Run All Night (15).

Appeal following collision in Pilling

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 11:49: Police are appealing for information following a collision in Pilling yesterday afternoon in which a motorcyclist was seriously injured. The incident happened at around 12.25pm on Tuesday 10th March on the A588, Head Dyke Lane in Pilling. It is thought that a Honda motorcycle travelling towards Lancaster has been in collision with the rear end of a Fiat Stilo car.

Lancashire Folk Tales: Dildrum, The King of Cats

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 11:17: Following up on news that the King of Cats touring exhibition is coming to Lancaster (see news story), we thought Lancaster's many cat lovers might like to read the Lancashire legend in full... One evening, an old gentleman who lived in the middle of Lancashire sat reading in his parlour.

Lancashire Folk Tales brought to Life in new City Museum exhibition

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 10:46: Come and meet Boggarts, Haunted Hares, and Talking Cats, and be immersed in windswept moorland, snow capped hills and icy becks at Lancaster City Museum later this month, when a touring exhibition of contemporary art based on Lancashire folklore, King of Cats, arrives on Saturday 21st March.

Morecambe Festival Market

Morecambe Festival Market
Excellently located by Morecambe’s Promenade, with its unbeatable views towards the Lakeland hills, the Festival Market is one of the highlights the town has to offer. With over a hundred stalls selling an enormous selection of products, you are sure to find what you are looking for! 

Review: 'Halton Mill LECH series' - Dukes Art Exhibition

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 18:21: Halton Mill LECH series Industrial Decline and Abstract Art, an exhibition at The Dukes Gallery, Moor Lane, Lancaster,LA1 1QE Runs Monday 2 - Sunday 29 March 2015. Free admission Review by Peter Clark Halton Mill LECH series is a selection of twelve canvases by the artist Catriona Stamp on display in the gallery at the Dukes.

County heralds golden age of rail now approaching

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 18:01: Lancashire County Council has welcomed the announcement that new franchises for rail services across the north will see significant investment, resulting in better connections, faster journeys and more room for passengers on peak-time trains.

Witness appeal after cyclist dies in Bolton-le-Sands

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 17:43: Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist died following a collision in Bolton le Sands last Friday. The accident happened at around 4.30pm on Friday 6 March on the A6. Local man Alexander William Clark (87) was cycling on the pavement towards the direction of Carnforth when he fell into oncoming path of a blue Volvo XC70.

Morecambe Superbowl

Central Drive, Morecambe, LA4 4DW UK. Phone: 01524 400 974. If it’s tenpin bowling you are looking for, this is the place for you. Our centre contains 20 lanes, open 364 days of the year from 10am – late. With diner, bar, games arcade, pool tables, kids’ disco party room and a function suite. 

Tory Councillor suggests funding cuts for Dukes, Platform and Salt Ayre Sports Centre

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 07:26: Councillor Peter Williamson: "Are we entertainment or sports promoters?" Photo: Lancaster City CouncilAs elections loom, local Tories seem to have set out their stall early in terms of how they view the future of publicly-funded services in Lancaster and Morecambe.

Cumbria Uni celebrates 50 years with 'scrapbook' exhibition

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 13:50: 1983 - student bedroom at S. Martin's College (aka Smarties) now the University of Cumbria'sLancaster campus As part of the University of Cumbria 50th anniversary celebrations (, staff from the UC will be taking up residence at the Lancaster University-hosted 'Campus in the City' shop on Cheapside on Thursday 19 March from 10am - 4pm.

An invitation to experience Sensory Art - blindfolded

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 07:30: Local Sensory Art Makers present the art exhibition “Sense and Memory” opening on Saturday 14 March from 1 - 3.30pm until Friday 20 March at Morecambe Library. The exhibition is a collection of artworks produced by 16 visually impaired members of Galloway’s Society for the Blind. These artworks will form a truly unique exhibition exploring the themes of ‘sense and memory’.