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January 2016

Festival of Questions Come to Lancaster Next Month

Next month sees the Festival of Questionsacross Lancaster - a three-week programme of special events, panel discussions and cultural projects, at venues across Lancaster in February 2016 with some speakers proving so popular their events have already sold out.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 27th January to 4th February 2016

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 make it to the cinema screens during this period. There is adult comedy with Dirty Grandpa (15) and adult drama/suspense in Room (15).

Marsh Residents Rally To Save Community Centre

A heartfelt appeal for support for the Marsh Community Cente from a young userThe future of the popular Marsh Community Centre is under threat - to the dismay of its users and supporters across the city.

Residents Rally Against Denny Beck Development Threat

Under threat from potential development. Photo courtesy Janet TaylorTheDenny Beck Residents Action Groupis gaining support in its campaign to protect a huge area of nearby Lancaster countryside that could be earmarked for housing and industrial development if the Local Plan goes ahead as outlined in the near future.

Flood-hit Lancaster charity shop opens at church

The Venerable Michael Everitt, the Archdeacon of Lancaster (right), cuts the ribbon to declare the shop open assisted by shop manager Faye Smyth and the Vicar of Lancaster, The Revd Chris Newlands.A charity shop which lost goods donated to help vulnerable children has re-opened at a local church.

Man, 38, injured in Morecambe incident

Police are appealing for information after a man suffered serious facial injuries following an incident in Morecambe. Police were called around 11.00pm on Saturday 23rd January, following reports a man had been assaulted outside New Pound Plus in Westminster Road, Morecambe. A 38-year-old man was found at the scene with damage to his teeth and cuts and bruises to his face.

Hunt Still On for Christmas Attacker

Lancaster Police are trying to trace this man (pictured) after a reveller was left needing stitches following an assault in Lancaster before Christmas. The incident happened outside McDonalds on Cheapside at around 5.00am on Friday 18th December when the victim, 26, was out with two friends and he was punched from behind. The victim fell to the ground and the offender then stamped on his head.

Police appeal for witnesses to Carnforth collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car collided with a pedestrian in Carnforth. Officers attended at around 7.40pm on Sunday 24th January, following reports a black Range Rover had collided with a pedestrian on Market Street, close to the Station Inn Hotel. The pedestrian suffered minor leg injuries.

Marketing boost for Lancashire's arts organisations announced by Marketing Lancashire

The Dukes Oliver Twist in Lancaster's Williamson ParkWith councils and arts organisations facing huge cuts to central government funding, there's a bit of good news this week from Marketing Lancashire, which has has been awarded £50,000 from Arts Council England National Lottery Funded Grants For the Arts programme to commence work on a new initiative to help raise Lancashire’s profile as a...

Lancaster Castle to host Shakespeare anniversary celebration show, Measures for Mesure

Lancaster Castle is raising the curtain on a brand new production of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measurein February. The show is being performed from Thursday 25th February until Saturday 19th March. Tickets are available from 9.30am on Monday 25th January.

Potato Day returns to Lancaster

Lancaster's annual Potato Day festival, organised byTransition City Lancaster, will be on Saturday 30th January from 11.00am to 3.00pm. To celebrate local food growing there will be 22 varieties of organic seed potatoes to choose from as well as local apple trees to buy. As always, the potato themed cafe will have delicious home made cakes as well as hot food, teas and coffees.

Find out more about Lancaster City Council's 2016/17 budget

Members of the public are invited to attend a presentation of Lancaster City Council’s budget and proposed priorities and for the coming year. The presentation will form part of the next meeting of the council’s Budget and Performance Panel on Tuesday 26th January 2016. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting which takes place at Morecambe Town Hall from 6pm.

Lancaster City Council Chief Executive Wanted, salary: £107.000

Lancaster Town Hall. Photo: John Freeman There are tough times ahead for Lancaster City Council, facing extraordinary cuts to its central government funding, with many local services under threat.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 20th to 28th January 2016

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 is a good input of fresh material this period with six new movies making it to the local cinemas.

Salt Ayre plans pass the first stage

There's a new look for Salt Ayre Sports Centre ahead. Image supplied for illustrative purposes only. Image ©CreateabilityProposals for a multi-million pound redevelopment of Salt Ayre Sports Centre have passed the first stage. On Tuesday (19th January) Lancaster City Council’s cabinet unanimously supported the plans, which will now go to Full Council on Wednesday 2nd March for final approval.

Swingeing Cuts to Council Services Ahead as Tory Cuts to Funding Bite

Councillor Richard Newman-Thompson says that in the face of more funding cuts, the City Council is "in an almost impossible position"Lancaster City Council's Cabinet has proposed plans to save £2.8 million annually over the next few years, as part of action plan to tackle a £5.6million funding gap by 2020.

Market Square Limes Fate to Be Discussed by Full Council

Lancaster Market Square. Photo: John Freeman After a determined campaign by local people opposed to their removal, we're pleased to report the proposal to chop down Lancaster Market Square's lime trees has been deferred until the next Full Council meeting.

New scheme launched to help "flood proof" properties in Lancashire

Photo: Cat SmithThe Government has announced details of aFlood Resilience Grant Schemeto help householders and businesses make their properties more resistant to future floods. Under the scheme, householders and businesses affected by Storms Desmond and Eva can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to help make their homes more resilient to flooding in the future.

City Council Tries to Defend its plan to remove Market Square trees

Councillor Hanson: "I want to see trees in our urban areas and Market Square in particular"Battling to defend its proposal to cut down Market Square lime trees in the face of mounting opposition, Lancaster City Council has issued a statement saying it would quickly move to plant new trees if a decision is taken to remove those in Lancaster’s Market Square.

Save The Market Square Limes: Residents Speak Out

Next Tuesday, 19th January 2016, Lancaster City Council's Cabinet will vote on whether to cut down all the lime trees in Lancaster's Market Square (see our latest news story on this proposal). Watch the video to find out produced by Ray Turner to find out what the residents of Lancaster think of this: Lancaster Market Square.