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April 2015

New 'Sing Your Heart Out Cancer Choir' starts in May

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 23:00: A new singing group is being launched in Lancaster for people who have cancer or who have had experience of the disease. The ‘Sing Your Heart Out Cancer Choir’ aims to give people a break from the stresses of cancer and have fun in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Consultation on Lancaster transport plan extended to 22 May

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 18:34: Lancashire County Council is giving people more time to have their say on a new transport plan for Lancaster which could see travel in the district transformed over coming decades. Consultation on the draft document was due to close on Thursday 7 May but has now been extended to Friday 22 May.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 29th April to 7th May 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 17:49: 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 time of change at the cinema screen with four films lost and five new releases.

Wanted sex offender last seen in Morecambe

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 17:24: Updated 28/4/15: The police tell us that Mr Fosterhas been found and arrested on suspicion of breaching a sex offenders order and is currently in police custody. ************************************ Police are appealing for help to trace a missing sex offenderfrom West Yorkshire, most recently seen in Morecambe.

Labour Shadow Health Minister pledges support for local hospital trust

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 01:29: Shadow Secretary for Health Andy Burnham outside the RLI with local Labour candidates Cat Smith and Amina Lone and supporters Less than a week after local parliamentary candidates received the local 38 Degrees petition to stop NHS privatisation and to allow the NHS adequate funding, Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Health, Andy Burnham, visited Lancaster and Morecambe today on a General Election...

David Morris email alleges local groups lied about NHS policy impacts and forged petition signatures

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 15:27: Morecambe Lunsedale candidates Steve Ogden (UKIP) and Phil Chandler (Green) receiving the 38 Degrees NHS petition signed by 1,695 residents of the constituency Lancaster Fleetwood candidates Chris Coates (Green), Cat Smith (Labour), Matthew Atkins (UKIP), Robin Long (Lib Dem) and Eric Ollerenshaw (Conservative) receiving the 38 Degrees NHS petition signed by 1,781 residents of the constituency...

Black Bear Computers

2 Norfolk Street, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 2BW. Tel: 01524 389300. Black Bear Computers is the new name for Black Box Computers and has an unrivalled reputation for being the No. 1 Computer Supply and Support Store in Lancaster. 

Lancaster Silent Movie & Classic Film Club Seeks Support

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 08:35: The original Cecil B. DeMille silent version of The Ten Commandmentsis being shown on Tuesday 28th April at 8.00pm by Lancaster Silent Movie Classic Film Clubat the Gregson. They'll also showing a short film beforehand. Everybody welcome. The Club really need support if they are to continue to show a classic movie every month.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 22nd to 30th April 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 16:39: 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. Only a single release of a mainstream movie this period, the latest in the Avengers franchise with Avengers: Age of Ultron (12A).

Just 1100 Lancaster University students registered to vote as final deadline looms

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 18:23: Lancaster University magazine subtext reports on the large Lancaster University Students Union stall in Alexandra Square today, complete with model of Big Ben, encouraging Lancaster students to register to vote.

All aboard for a model railway exhibition at the Platform

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 16:38: The Platform in Morecambe will be transporting visitors to a bygone era this May. On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May, a model railway exhibition visits the venue - itself a converted train station - as part ofMorecambe Carnival Weekend.

Celebrate St George’s Day with Lancaster City Council

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 16:07: One ofEngland’s most renowned heroes will be celebrated by staff at Lancaster City Council’s two Visitor Information Centres on Thursday 23rd April. The date marks St George’s Day, the patron saint of England. His emblem, a red cross on a white background, is the flag of England, and part of the Union flag.

Don't forget to register to vote!

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 07:19: Monday is your last chance to register to vote in both general and local elections. Changes instituted by Labour and completed by the Tories mean you are not automatically registered to vote. This particularly affects groups like students. You should also check that you are registered if you have done so recently.

County Council continues Fracking Consultation for two more weeks

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 19:13: Fracking tanker at Barton Moss Although today is officially the final day for members of the public to 'have their say' in Lancashire County Council's (LCC) consultation on two controversial fracking applications, County yesterday confirmed that, as they have not yet set a date for the hearings, they will continue to accept submissions from the public for "at least another two weeks", which would...

Eddie Izzard visits to back Labour candidates

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 12:53: Comedian Eddie Izzard was on the campaign trail in Lancaster and Morecambe yesterday with Labour party candidate for Morecambe and Lunesdale Amina Lone by the Eric Morecambe statue on Morecambe Promenade, and with Labour's candidate for Lancaster Fleetwood Cat Smith in Lancaster City Centre.

Review: Community Rail - The Bentham Line (Morecambe to Leeds)

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 12:13: The Bentham Line Click hereto see a larger version Carnforth railway station on a cold wet Saturday morning held little attraction. The only ‘brief encounter’ was the aproned lady from refreshments kissing her other half goodbye on the opposite platform. We were going to Leeds to collect a new (to us) vehicle. My other half was irritatingly excited.

Cox Motor Parts

Mellishaw Lane, Morecambe, LA3 3FB. 01524 68071. Part of Cox Motor Group, Cox Motor Parts offers an extensive range of genuine Honda car parts at discounted prices. 

Missing Cat? Here's Some Useful Contacts...

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 17:58: Missing: Have you seen microchipped Ted, who's gone walkabout from Myndon Street, Skerton, to the dismay of his owners? If you have, contact his owners via the Bring Ted Home Facebook page. Every Spring, local cats - male cats in particular - seem determined to drive their owners to distraction by going on a walkabout, sometimes, unfortunately, for good.

M6 Junction 34 southbound sliproad overnight closures

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 17:19: Drivers using the southbound sliproads of Junction 34 of the M6 in Lancaster next week are being advised of five consecutive overnight closures as part of ongoing works for the Heysham to M6 Link Road.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 15th to 23rd April 2015 by peter@virtual-lancaster.net

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 19:22: 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 are four new releases in our region this period.

Graphic Design

The Old Station, Coastal Road, Hest Bank, Lancaster LA2 6HN. Tel: 01524 825600. Graphic Design provide contract publishing, design & print, PR & marketing, website design, online marketing and social media promotional services. 

Black Zest Solutions

Info Lab 21, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4WA. T: 01524 771 726. We are idea generation specialists. Through creative design and integrated marketing strategy, we can make an impact! 

Local Cinema Round-Up for 8th to 16th April 2015 by peter@virtual-lancaster.net

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 17:18: 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 week seems to be something of a slow period in the cinemas, perhaps whilst we wait for the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and Spy. However this week does see two new releases.

First Choice Blinds

We cover the Morecambe Bay area extending to Kendal, Preston & IngeIton. All types of blind - for one window or a whole house can be supplied & fitted. Verticals, Rollers, Venetians, Romans & Pleateds. All types of carpet, vinyl & laminates supplied & fitted. All measured and fitted free. 

Strange worlds of David Lynch film season at Dukes

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 20:07: Still from 'Wild at Heart' The Dukes cinema is celebrating 25 years since the premieres of Twin Peaks and Wild At Heart with a special season of films directed by David Lynch.

Studio Arts

50 North Road, Lancaster, England, LA1 1LT, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1524 68014. We are a retailer and an online ecommerce website of art, watercolour, oil, acrylic, craft and graphic materials from the world's leading suppliers. 

Election Forecast poll suggests Labour's Amina Lone is front runner in Morecambe's MP race

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 17:47: Amina Lone and supporters - but does she have enough to swing the Morecambe and Lunesdale seat? Research available through a new site by campaign group 38 Degrees offering voters an insight into which party best suits their views suggests Labour's Amina Lone has a good chance of beating sitting Tory MP David Morris in next month's General Election battle.

A2A Advertising Ltd

A2A Advertising Ltd, 2 Beetham Road, Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7QR. Tel: 015395 64486. A2A is a small business based in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, and we have clients nationally, and our clients stay with us for years — because we give advice based on experience, we are established, and our prices are fair. 

McCulloch Accountants Lancaster, Lancashire

Office Address: 2, Strands Farm Court, Hornby, Lancaster, LA2 8JF. Tel: 015242 22377. We are an established accountancy practice based in the Lancaster / Preston area. 

Storey G2 'LANDED - Freeman's Wood' ownership arts project goes on display

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 13:56: Storey G2 invite the public to view a display of artworks commissioned for their project 'LANDED' (Freeman's Wood) which explores the concept of land ownershipand its effects on people and places, taking the locally disputed territory of Freeman's Wood at the end of St George's Quay as an illustrative example.

Cyanide metal rods stolen in Morecambe

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 23:20: Police are appealing for information after 52 copper anodes stored in cyanide soaked cotton bags were stolen fromVickers Industrial Estate.The rods, each weighing 30kg, measuring one metre long and eight centimetres across, were stolen during a burglary at an industrial premises on Vickers Industrial Estate, Morecambe overnight on Monday 30th March.The items appear to have been through a rinsing...

Local Cinema Round-Up for 1st to 9th April 2015 by peter@virtual-lancaster.net

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 18:17: 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 films, recently released, make it to our region this week. There is action and suspense with the latest in the fast and furious franchise with Fast and Furious 7 (12A).

Safe Child Africa 10k Charity Canal Walk Challenge 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 17:13: The Safe Child Africa charity is holding its annual Canal Charity Challenge on Saturday 18th April, starting at 10:15am. You're invited to join them in a 10km walk along the canal towpath from Carnforth to Lancaster. You can raise funds through sponsorship, or donation, and join the Safe Child Africa team. Click here to register for the event and to receive more information.

New permit needed to dispose of household construction waste at Salt Ayre

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 07:00: Lancashire residents who want to dispose of non-commercial construction and demolition waste for free at Lancashire County Council's recycling centres from 1 June are being reminded they need to apply in advance for a permit. Residents can apply for a free permit allowing them to dispose of up to ten 25kg bags of construction and demolition waste a year without charge.