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November 2015

Review: Haffner Orchestra

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 16:58: Haffner Orchestra Saturday, 28 November 2015 In the Great Hall, Lancaster University Reviewed by Henry Prince In its new musical director, the orchestra has found someone who, himself standing on the shoulders of giants, has already begun to lift the orchestra to even greater heights. As a long-standing patron, I have witnessed the development of these players over many years.

Fury as Cuts in Council Funding Stepped up by Government

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:29: Cat Smith speaking at a recent meeting at Lancaster Priory. Photo: Ben SoffaCuts to local government funding in the latest government Spending Review will spell misery for Lancaster and Morecambe residents as both the City and County Councils are forced to make savings by cutting vital services, warns Lancaster's MP and City Council leader.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 25th November to 3rd December 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 18:07: For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit theVirtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews. This period sees four new releases in the local cinemas.

Williamson Park

Ashton Memorial, Williamson Park, Lancaster
You can see the Ashton Memorial, which is in Williamson Park, from the M6 motorway and from miles around. This is the story I was told about it, which is probably a tissue of untruths. Feel free to get in touch and put us right! 

Lancashire County Council's Latest Cuts Proposals Appal Local Residents

Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 09:02: Lancaster and Morecambe residents have been left reeling after Lancashire County Council announced it latest cuts proposals last week. They include proposals to slash funding for cultural sites across the county by 90 per cent and other cuts that will impact public transport users, libraries and see the loss of another 367 jobs.

Morecambe Christmas Festival will raise funds for several causes

Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 07:08: Proceeds from an upcoming three-day long Christmas Festival will be shared between Morecambe Parish Church, the War Memorial Hall Trust and Cancer Care, the latter busy fund raising in earnest at present with its Santa Dash later today (details on their web site).

"Safety Last" film screening at The Gregson

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 06:50: Next month's screening by Lancaster Silent Movie Classic Film Club is the nail-biting "Safety Last" starring Harold Lloyd. Everyone is welcome to this not for profit event. "One of the most nail biting sequences in film history that leaves you continually catching your breath," says organiser Ray Turner.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 18th to 26th November 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 15:53: For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit theVirtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews. Four new releases make it to the cinema during this period. The big release, providing fantasy adventure, is the final instalment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (12A).

Lancaster's Poorest Could Lose Out in Rushed Voting Changes, pressure groups warn

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 11:10: Campaign groups such as 38 Degreesthe Electoral Reform Society and Hope Not Hate are highlighting concerns which could mean over 4,000 people could be wiped off the Lancaster electoral register under new government rules on Friday. Not being registered can affect your credit rating and mean that you miss out on voting. The worst part? Many people have no idea it’s happening to them.

Local MP, Cat Smith, Pushes BT for better broadband for Lancaster's Highgrove Estate

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 10:27: Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, met with senior BT staff to pursue residents’ concerns about the lack of high-speed broadband at the Highgrove Estate in Lancaster earlier this week. The company's cabinet serving the estate connect some 170 households around Caspian Way in Scotforth, who experience slow connection speeds and problems with downloads.

Lancaster Cyclists to Brave the Cold for Climate Change

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 16:01: Seven keen Lancaster cyclists will be joining a mass five day cycle ride from London to Paris this December for the UN COP21 summit.

A Beastly Tale, Beautifully Told: The Dukes festive show is a classic fairy tale

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 15:42: Photo: Darren AndrewsA beastly tale beautifully told by local writer Eddie Robson will entertain audiences at The Dukes in Lancaster this festive season. Beauty and the Beast, which runs opens on Friday (20th November) and runs until 2nd January 2016, is a classic fairytale full of adventure, fun, wonderful characters and drama.

Lancaster Creative Writers Group Assembles!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 14:59: The next meeting of the Lancaster Creative Writers Group is tonight, Tuesday 17th November from 7.00pm upstairs at the Royal Kings Arms Hotel. This week the Group will be discussing story structure and narrative arc, courtesy of one Dr. George Green of Lancaster University Creative Writing Department. They will not be mentioning apostrophes. New members more than welcome.

Missing girl, 15, could be in Lancaster or Morecambe

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 14:50: Police are appealing for help to find a 15-year-old girl from Manchester who may be in Lancashire. Kelis Ann Nicholson was last seen at an address on Northampton Road in Middleton, Manchester at around 6pm on Sunday 15 November, however it is believed she may be in the Morecambe or Lancaster areas as she has links to those places.

‘Phoenix’ dance into Lancaster in December

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 11:00: Phoenix Dance Theatre cross the Pennines to Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University this December premièring two new dance works by female choreographers Sharon Watson and Caroline Finn alongside a double bill by Christopher Bruce CBE. The works are presented as part of their ‘Mixed Programme 2015’ at 8.00pm on the 1st and 2nd December at the Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster.

Park for free for your shopping spree

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 10:21: Shoppers will be able to enjoy free parking at selected times in Lancaster and Morecambe in the run up to Christmas. From Sunday November 22nd until Sunday December 20th, all of the city council's pay and display car parks in Lancaster and Morecambe will be free to use for Sunday shopping.

New publication tells Holocaust stories of Lancaster families

Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 11:00: A new publication being launched this month in Lancaster and distributed to schools throughout Lancashire will provide a chance for young people to find out the extent of the involvement of people from this district with the Holocaust.

Celebrate Lancashire Day!

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 09:17: Enjoy all things Lancashire at Lancaster City Council’s Visitor Information Centres, when both centres have their own celebrations of this special day.

Green Party's Chris Coates runs for Carnforth city councillor post

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 09:16: Long standing member of the Green Party and former city and county councillor Chris Coates is standing for the Party in the Carnforth and Millhead by-election on 26th November 2015.

Lancaster University winner of the UK ICT Pioneers contest 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 09:10: A Lancaster student has won a national competition for the excellence and commercial potential of his ICT related research. Jonathan Roberts is the overall winner of the 2015 UK ICT Pioneers competition for his research Nano-Identification: Fingerprints of the Future.

County Council floats Community Buses Proposal

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 09:05: Lancashire County Council is offering communities the opportunity to run their own bus services through parish, town and borough councils to improve existing services and develop new routes.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 11th to 19th November 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 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 theVirtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews. This period sees quite a churn, with six films lost and eight new releases making it to the local cinemas. Christmas comes early with A Christmas Star (U).

Year of Light free public lecture series starts at the Storey

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 23:20: Today saw the start of The Year of Light series of free Science and Technology talks in Lancaster this winter, delivered by academics from across science and technology at Lancaster University. The weekly lecture series, at The Storey in Lancaster, runs every Tuesday at 7pm until 15 December. The talks are completely free, though you will need to book online or call 01524 594011 (office hours).

Community Radio Station Seeks Support Through Crowdfunding

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 20:00: Beyond Radio, Lancaster Morecambe's Community Radio Station, is seeking crowdfunding support from local people ahead of its launch on FM radio early in 2016. The station, which is the community run and led replacement service for the very popular Diversity FM, is currently broadcasting a music only service via its website in the run up to its full launch on FM.

Police seek info on sexual assault by man on Langley Road

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 17:43: Detectives are appealing for information after a man committed a sexual assault on a woman in Lancaster. Around 3am on Sunday, November 8, a 28-year-old woman was walking home on Langley Road when she was approached by a man. This man grabbed the woman, forcing her to the ground before sexually assaulting her. The man then ran away from the scene.

Jeremy Corbyn's Lancaster visit offers his ‘New Politics’ - Politics with People in mind

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 11:23: Jeremy Corbyn speaking at Lancaster Priory. Photo © Ben SoffaCheryl Hale was one of hundreds who attended a meeting organised by Lancaster Labour with Jeremy Corbyn at Lancaster Priory last week. Here's her report... Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t really do Facebook.

Silverdale Library Set to Remember World War One at special talk

Monday, November 9, 2015 - 17:08: British trenches during World War One Lancashire County Council's community heritage team is helping people to discover the importance of newspapers of the time as a way of finding out about World War One. Staff will hold an informative talk at 11.00am on Thursday 12th November at Silverdale Library, Lancaster, exploring how both national and local press reported World War One.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 4th to 12th November 2015

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 16:55: For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit theVirtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews. There are three new releases in the local cinemas during this period.

Council Launches Consultation on visitor parking in residents’ parking zones

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 12:28: Lancaster City Council is asking people for their views on proposals for improved visitor parking arrangements in residents’ parking zones. The existing arrangements and charges have not changed for many years and require residents to visit Lancaster or Morecambe Town Hall on a regular basis to purchase and renew visitor cards.

Countdown to Light Up Lancaster Kicks In

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 12:15: The countdown has well and truly begun to this year’s 'Light Up Lancaster' Festival – a weekend of light, art and fireworks across the city. The two-night festival, now in its third year, takes place on Friday 6th November with the annual spectacular firework display on 7th November.

Witness appeal after Ridge Estate arson attacks

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 11:41: Police are appealing for information after two arson attacks on the Ridge Estate in Lancaster. At around 9.25pm on 23rd October, a lit firework was pushed through the letterbox of a property on the Estate. The firework exploded in the hallway causing some minor damage to the doorway. At around 10.30pm on Sunday (1st November), a firework was set off inside an address on Patterdale Road.

Pensioner seriously injured in Barton collision

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 11:04: Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured following a collision in Barton. Around 3.00pm on 2nd November, a 73-year-old man was involved in a collision with a blue Skoda Fabia close to the Green Man canal bridge on the A6 Lancaster Road. He suffered a broken leg, punctured lung and head injury and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment.

Have your dog micro chipped for free before you’re breaking the law

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 11:00: Lancaster City Council is working in partnership with the Dogs Trust this year to help dog owners avoid breaking the law. In April 2016, the Government is introducing a law making it compulsory for all dogs to be micro chipped, meaning it will be an offence if they are not.

Could your street benefit from a spring clean?

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 14:14: Lancaster City Council is calling for people to nominate areas to take part in the next round of Street Pride events across the district. The aim of Street Pride is to give communities an initial boost to smarten up their neighbourhood and put pride back into our communities. Services provided include street cleaning, gully emptying, minor highway repairs and weeding.

Help yourself to stay well this winter

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 13:00: Getting a flu jab could help vulnerable people stay healthy over the winter months and Lancashire County Council is urging people to get vaccinated and is offering advice to help people to stay well. In particular, they're targeting people with long-term health conditions, people aged over 65, pregnant women and parents of children under seven.

Local art showcased at Lancaster City Museum

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 10:12: Sunderland Point by Norman ShadwellThere's a great exhibition of the work of talented local artists at Lancaster City Museum at the moment, showing off the art of many local artists.

Warm Up With The Winter’s Tale at The Dukes

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 09:51: There’ll be a warm welcome for Northern Broadsides when they return to The Dukes later this month with their well-timed version of The Winter’s Tale. Among the cast of this updated version of the Shakespeare play, which runs from 10th - 14th November, will be two faces familiar to Dukes audiences.

Light Up Lancaster Back This Weekend

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 09:45: This year's Light up Lancaster event is set to return this weekend, with plenty of cultural events across the city. The two-night arts festival, now in its third year, takes place on Friday 6th November with the annual spectacular firework display on Saturday 7th November.

Costumes With A Light Touch: Light Up Lancaster in style with help from The Dukes

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 09:38: Light Up Lancaster in style this autumn. Just turn up at The Dukes on Tuesday 3rd November from 6.30-8pm and create a light reflective costume to wear at the Light Up Lancaster weekend. The session is free and all materials are provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Public consultation on Arkholme’s Conservation Area Appraisal

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 09:34: The Bay Horse Hotel, ArkholmeA consultation on a draft conservation area appraisal for Arkholme ends on 16th November. Lancaster City Council's consultation offers members of the public the opportunity to comment on the content of the draft conservation appraisal to ensure it represents the area’s special architectural and historic interest.

Magic Lantern Tales of World War One at the Platform

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 09:14: Using a genuine magic lantern projector, poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan and documentary photographer Ian Beesley will be telling a story of World War One from the point of view of men who survived it and lived on to old age and a changing world at the Platform on Thursday 26th November. Also revealed are the tales of women who worked in the factories that oiled the wheels of war.

M6 junction 34 southbound exit sliproad closed 7 - 8 November

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 08:57: Drivers exiting the M6 from the north at junction 34 in Lancaster are being advised of an important phase of Lancashire County Council's £124.5 million Heysham Link project. A weekend closure of the junction 34 southbound exit off the M6 is required from 6.00am on Saturday 7th November up to 8.00pm on Sunday 8th November to aid construction of the newly reconfigured Bulk Green junction.