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May 2015

Popular "Duo" Back at The Golden Lion - and strum their way onto YouTube

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 07:55: On Saturday 6th June - just around the corner - The Duo – from folk to Floyd will be playing at the Golden Lion, Moor Lane, Lancaster. 9.00pm-ish kick-off, as usual, ending at 11.20pm or thereabouts. Hoo-bloody-ray you cry, and rightly so for the news is not confined to that anouncement, oh no......

National Trailboat Festival on Lancaster Canal this weekend

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 07:37: Image: The Inland Waterways Association The Inland Waterways Association's 2015 National Trailboat Festivaltakes place this weekend (30th May - 1st June)at the Westmorland Show Ground, Crooklands, Cumbria, on the northern reaches of the Lancaster Canal.

M6 Link Works - New Road Closure for Works announced

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 07:16: Drivers using Lancaster Road (A6) in Slyne are being advised of a weekend closure to facilitate works for the Heysham to M6 Link Road; these include several service and drainage crossings of the existing carriageway.

Lancashire Police launch National Volunteers's Week

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 12:47: Clive Grunsahw: “Volunteers are an absolutely vital part of Lancashire Police - they help make the Constabulary the outstanding Force it is."Lancashire Police are celebrating National Volunteers’ Week with a week of activities around the region. National Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place between 1-7th June.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 27th May to 4th June 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 19:08: 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 modest two new films have been released during this period. These are the action adventure San Andreas (12A) and the comedy drama Danny Collins (15).

Lancaster Comics Day Launch Event on Saturday

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 16:39: A small event to launchLancaster Comics Daywill take placeat First Age Comics, Lancasteron Saturday 30th May 2015 from 11.00am.

Eileen Blamire Back as Lancaster City Council Leader, Labour firmly "in charge"

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 14:02: Labour Councillor Eileen Blamire has been re-elected as the council’s leader for the next four years, elected by full Council at a meeting held last night (Tuesday) for a four year period.

Dean Marshall Consultancy

Tel: 01524 63492. Dean Marshall Consultancy Limited provide a wide range of services including Web Design, SEO Joomla CMS Support and Project Consultancy Services for the Joomla Content Management System which is used throughout the world. 

Lancaster CityBlock properties sold

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 17:28: CityBlock 3 on Penny Street Family-owned CityBlock has sold its Lancaster student properties in a £26.5m deal with investment group Empiric Student Propertythat also includes accommodation blocks in Leicester. The Lancaster portfolio comprises three blocks on Penny Street. CityBlock 1 has 30 beds, CityBlock 2 has 77 beds and CityBlock 3 has 100 beds.

Norman Trewhitt exhibition at The Storey

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 17:51: Local artist Norman Trewhitt has an exhibition in the Thomas Storey room next to the NICE restaurant until 2nd July, and his work features in the collective exhibition by members of Luneside Artists' Studios at The Dukes until 22nd June. Much of Norman's work explores the realms of myth and fairytale.

Honeycomb Company

Stoney Lane, Galgate, Lancaster LA2 0QY. Telephone: 01524 751347. Honeycomb Company Limited Incorporating Pennine Bee Farms is an independent 4th generation family run business established in 1947, intially producing and packing English and Heather honey from our own hives. 

Queen's Lancaster Visit this week set to Disrupt Traffic

Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 10:40: Her Majesty the Queen will be visiting Lancaster Castle on Friday 29th May, paying a private visit on Friday 29th May. As is customary, the visit will add to Lancaster's regular traffic woes with road closures from an early hour and the discovery of funds to pay for repainting and cleaning of anything our monarch might see on her visit, despite the financial cutbacks.

Plans for Morecambe BID ramp up

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 13:56: The old Morecambe Visitor building Morecambe businesses and the Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce both recognise that central Morecambe is in need of improvement.

Psychology research team studies meat-eaters

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 20:15: Dieticians and nutritionists issue repeated warnings about the very common effects of overeating meat on health. Climatologists warn that animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of all human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, including 37 percent of methane emissions and 65 percent of nitrous oxide emissions.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 20th to 28th May 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 16:58: 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 time for new movies. This week sees nine new releases making it to the Lancaster screens. There are four new family oriented films.

Police investigating boy-pack sexual assault on 14-year-old girls in Morecambe

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 14:30: Police are investigating a sexual assault against two 14-year old girls in Morecambe. The incident happened at around 3.15pm on Saturday afternoon, May 16th on a cycle path between Trimpell Sports and Social Club in Morecambe and the Frankie and Benny’s restaurant on Central Drive It is alleged that the girls were approached by a group of boys and then subjected to a sexual assault.

Lancaster University-developed Alzheimer’s drug to enter clinical trials

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 13:35: Professor David AllsopA new drug developed at Lancaster University that may help to prevent the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease is to enter clinical trials.The number of people with dementia is steadily increasing. Currently there are about 850,000 cases in the UK, with numbers expected to reach over a million by 2021.

Viva Dental

29 Market Street, Carnforth, LA5 9JX. Telephone: 01524 735 431. If you are looking for high-quality, affordable dentistry provided by people who really care, Viva Dental is for you. 

Alfred Street Recycling Site to close, branded eyesore by locals

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 15:55: Lancaster City Council is to close Alfred Street recycling site in Lancaster after local residents said it had become an eyesore. In November last year, the council asked residents in the area for their views on the site and the vast majority felt that the site had become a hotspot for flytipping and that they would be happy to recycle using their kerbside recycling boxes.

Rocking Horse set to return to New Street - and Wibbly Wobbly burgers to Lancaster city centre, too!

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 16:02: Photo © James Mackie. Used with permission With the great news that a much-loved takeaway, Wibbly Wobbly, is about to expand into new premises, the old toy shop in New Street, Lancaster, we're also pleased to report that restoration work has finally begun on the listed building's iconic rocking horse.

Your Dentist

Church Street, Lancaster LA1 1ET. Tel: 01524 841196. Our promise to you is that we will do everything we can to provide you with the best care and treatment we are capable of, in order to help you acquire and maintain an attractive, comfortable and trouble-free mouth for the whole of your life. 

Lancashire Libraries, Musuems, support Dementia Awareness Week

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 18:05: A week-long schedule of events has been organised in libraries and museums across Lancashire to support Dementia Awareness Week and the support services available. The events at libraries from Sunday 17th May to Saturday 23rd May will promote the use of books to help people living with dementia, their families, friends and the carers who support them.

"Evita" comes to Lancaster in June

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 13:48: The Morecambe Amateur Operatic and Drama Society is bringing the highly acclaimed musical, Evita, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to Lancaster for the first time in June, at the Lancaster Grand Theatre. Told entirely in song, the story charts the rise of the First Lady of Argentina, who won the love of the nation after marrying the miltary turned president, Juan Peron.

Call for Greater Powers for Lancashire

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 18:29: The Leader of Lancashire County Council has welcomed the announcement by the Chancellor, George Osborne, of more powers for cities but stressed the importance of devolving similar powers and funding to the country's county regions.

M6 Link: High Winds Hit Torrisholme Road Closure Plan

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 16:43: Costain's plan to close Torrisholme Road for the bridge sections of the M6 Link to be lifted in place (see news story) has been postponed to the weekend of Friday 29th May 2015, due to the high levels of wind experienced this week. The wind has affected our crane operations for the removal of sheet piling which is required prior to the bridge sections being lifted in.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 13th to 21st May 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 17:37: 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. There are three new releases this week to enjoy. Mad Max: Fury Road (15) provides post apocalyptic action and adventure.

New Dates Set For Lancashire Shale Gas Decisions

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 17:37: Lancashire County Council has scheduled new dates in June for its Development Control Committee to make decisions on planning applications for shale gas development at two sites in the county.

Morecambe Bay Credit Union

Credit Union Centre, 75 Queen Street, Morecambe LA4 5EN. Telephone: 01524 411240. An alternative way to save and borrow. Christmas and school uniform loans — Savings account — Low-cost loans — Low-cost family funeral plan — Free life insurance and loan protection, at no extra cost. 

Police Appeal in Hunt for Horse Trailer Thieves

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 16:18: Police are appealing for help to identify a vehicle used to steal a horse trailer form Lancaster last month – which was then apparently offered for sale on Gumtree, the classified advertising site. The incident happened at around 12.30am on Tuesday 21 April on an industrial estate on Chapel Lane, Galgate, Lancaster.

Road Closure announced as part of M6 Link drainage upgrade work

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 15:06: Drivers will be diverted away from Hest Bank Lane while vital work takes place to upgrade the drainage culvert and help prevent flooding to many properties and businesses within the Slyne-with-Hest area.

Lancaster Comics Day Children's Comic Competition Launched

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 11:31: Art: Nick Miller.Buy T-Shirts Here! Are there aliens in your dustbin? Is a gorilla living in your ginnel?

Marketgate Dental Practice

1–7 Marketgate, Lancaster, Lancashire, UK LA1 1JF. Telephone: 01524 32630. Marketgate Dental Practice is one of the longest established dentists in Lancaster dating back to 1844. We have a strong basis on continuing dental care for all members of the family. 

Labour set to retain control of Lancaster City Council

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 21:05: Lancaster City Council remains under No Overall Control after the ballot on Thursday. The results of the local elections were perhaps a little overshadowed by the General Election, which saw Labour's Cat Smith take Lancaster and Fleetwood. The Tories retained Morecambe and Lunesdale with an increased majority for incumbent David Morris.

Hest Bank Dental and Facial Centre

Hest Bank Dental Centre, 3 Marine Drive, Hest Bank, Lancaster, LA2 6DZ. Telephone: 01524 825218. Dental treatment is always an unnerving experience but acting in an ethical, honest and open way we are pleased to go that extra mile to always find a solution to your individual requirements. 

Labour's Cat Smith takes Lancaster & Fleetwood seat

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 15:12: 08.05.15 Cat Smith Labour's Cat Smith has snatched the Lancaster Fleetwood seat away from previous incumbent Eric Ollerenshaw (Conservative) with a margin of 1,265 votes.

Brock Street Dental Practice

8 Brock Street, Lancaster, Lancs. LA1 1UU. Tel: 01524 37324. We are a friendly, modern city centre practice (ground and first floor, with wheelchair access and facilities) offering a full range of NHS treatments. 

Torrisholme Road weekend closure for bridge installation: 15th - 18th May

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 12:27: Drivers using Torrisholme Road (B5321) near the new M6 Link Road construction site are being advised of a weekend closure to facilitate the installation of bridge sections over Torrisholme Road.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 6th to 14th May 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 16:38: 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 releases make it to Lancaster film screens during this period. We have action and adventure in Mad Max: Fury Road (15) and the cinematic debut of a TV series with Spooks: The Greater Good (15).

Robinson's Computer Repair

28a Main Road, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth LA5 8DL (Next door to the post office). Telephone: 01524 903 364. Robinson's Computer Repair offers a range of services to help you with your desktop pc's, laptops, mobile phones and tablets. 

Get a free taste of fitness at Salt Ayre Sports Centre

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 17:02: On Monday 11th May, Salt Ayre Sports Centre, will be throwing open its doors for the day for everyone to enjoy a whole host of free activities and taster sessions as part of a Health and Wellbeing Open Day. From 12 noon until7.00pm, visitors can choose from a variety of fitness classes including gentle circuits, Aqua Fit, Zumba, kettle bells and more.

Grow Your Own at Dorrington Road!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 11:00: Photo: Dorrington Road Allotments Association The waiting list at Dorrington Road allotments - situated in Scotforth - is open if anyone would like to join it for a chance of growing their own.

Millennium Computer Solutions

127 Main Street, Warton, Carnforth, LA5 9PN. Phone: 01524 733970. Millennium Computers is a computer company based in Warton, Carnforth, established since 1998. We offer a comprehensive and professional computer support service to home, businesses and schools. 

Post Office investigates suspected Morecambe election mail tampering

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 13:54: One of the leaflets found in Newlands area of Lancaster The Royal Mail is investigating a complaint that some leaflets sent to them from the national Green Party election campaign office, to be delivered by Freepost in the Morecambe Lunesdale Constituency on behalf of Green Party candidate Phil Chandler, have been found dumped in the Newlands area of Lancaster.

M&M Computers

Bulk Road, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1DF, UK. Tel: 01524 845335. We have been providing expert Desktop PC repair services to the Lancashire area since 2000. Our experienced technicians are well versed in all the latest methods of diagnosing and repairing both hardware and software faults. 

Lancaster's First Age Comics gets set to celebrate Free Comic Book Day

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 16:55: Lancaster's very own comics shop, First Age Comics, will be celebrating Free Comic Book Day tomorrow (Saturday 2nd May, 10.00am - 5.00pm) by getting free comics! With 50 titles available to choose from, there’s a story for everyone to enjoy!

The Fix Is In: Lancaster Guardian Backs Tories in General Election

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 12:32: (Updated 3/5/2015): The Lancaster Guardian's apparent backing for the Conservatives on their front page lead this week (which, we imagine, may be repeated in some form in the Visitor next week) mightdismay other local political parties, but it should come as no surprise.

TUC invite Lancaster to May Day March and Rally tomorrow

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 11:20: Lancastrians will be celebrating International Workers Day with our traditional May Day Parade and Rally tomorrow, Saturday 2 May 2015. Organised by Lancaster and Morecambe TUC this annual event is inclusive and attracts participants from all walks of life, across political parties and campaigns, to walk side by side in solidarity.