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March 2015

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

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

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

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, 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

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

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 peter@virtual-lancaster.net

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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