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March 2016

Bus Service Cuts Kick In This Weekend

Original image via Stagecoach (Mash-Up via Internet)Lancashire County Council is reminding bus users to check for any changes to services due to start from Sunday 3 April as service cuts kick, the result of swingeing Tory government funding cuts A number of changes are due to come in from Sunday, many as a result of a savings being made to Lancashire County Council's budget to support buses which...

Gym Building Potentially Unsafe After Major Fire

Photo: John FreemanFirefighters have cautioned that the facade of the building that housed the Inspire Gym on Penny Street is potentially unsound, after the business was consumed by fire yesterday, bringing chaos to Lancaster City Centre.

New Lancaster CC Chief Exec appointed: Susan Parsonage

A new Chief Executive has been selected to run Lancaster City Council. Susan Parsonage was appointed by full council on Wednesday evening following a recommendation from the cross-party Chief Executive Recruitment Committee. She will take up the role in July following the retirement of the Council’s current Chief Executive, Mark Cullinan.

Penny Street Assault: CCTV Released after man assaulted outside Lancaster pub

Lancaster police have released CCTV images of a man they are trying to trace in connection with an assault outside a pub in Lancaster. Officers were called at around 7.30pm on Thursday 17th March to reports of a fight outside the Penny Bank pub on Penny Street. A 36 year old man was found unconscious on the floor, who had sustained a deep cut to his head.

Assembly Rooms Emporium hosts Ukulele Cabaret this Easter

The Assembly Rooms Emporium on King Street in Lancaster will be putting a spring in the step of all its customers this Easter by hosting a special Ukulele Cabaret. Having been a popular attraction at the emporium during this year’s Lancaster Music Festival, the group of local ukulele enthusiasts will be returning to perform at the emporium on Saturday 26th March from 2.00 to 5.00pm.

Aldcliffe Photographic Competition 2016 Opens

The 2016 Aldcliffe Photographic Competition is now open and is free and open to all - whether you're young or old, ammateur or experienced. Themes are either Landscape or Nature, but all photographs entered must be be taken from within the proposed Aldcliffe-with-Stodday Parish boundaries. Entries must be printed on A4 sized photo paper and submitted at Wilkinson Camera, Lancaster.

Free Dog MicroChipping Event announced as Deadline Looms

Dog owners are being reminded there are only days left to go before their dog must by law be microchipped - and Lancaster City Council has lined up another free "chipping" event to help owners who have yet to get it done. On 6th April 2016, new government legislation will come into force making it compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped.

University of Cumbria unveils new Ultrasound Skills Hub in Lancaster

Sonography student Emma TimperleyThe University of Cumbria in Lancaster has officially opened its new high-tech ultrasound simulator laboratory, one of the largest installation of its kind in the world.

County Council invites bids to run Museums and Libraries

Lancashire County Council has begun inviting bids to run Lancashire's museums and libraries - even though they've yet to identify which libraries they plan to close. Community groups and volunteers are being invited to run services in Lancashire the county council says it can no longer afford.

Heysham to M6 link road will be named The Bay Gateway

County Councillor Jennifer Mein with a Bay Gateway sign The official name for the new Heysham to M6 Link Road is The Bay Gateway, chosen by the public. More than 9,000 votes were cast, with The Bay Gateway taking almost half of all votes. The official name for the new route, also known as the A683, will be used to describe the road and will feature on signposts, maps, and Sat Navs.

Lancaster and District Samaritans welcome initiative to offer armed forces and their families specialist support

Samaritans will be offering armed forces staff and their families tailor-made confidential support services round the clock, wherever they are in the world, Chancellor George Osborne announced in this week’s Budget.

Extra Time for Lancashire's Threatened Museums, will Culture Inquiry Save Them Yet?

The five Lancashire County Council museums threatened with closure will now stay open until the end of September, to allow more time for discussions to continue with organisations keen to take them over, and for other interested parties to come forward.

Local Cinema Round-up for the 9th to 17th March 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. Following the excess of new releases last week, this period is a desert with no new films making it to our region.

Morecambe MP David Morris Had Official "Credit Card" Suspended

14 MPs - including Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris - have had their taxpayer-funded credit cards blocked after running up debts worth £27,000. The news breaks just one month after David Morris called on the Labour leader of Lancaster City Council to resign after "mismanaging" the council's finances.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 2nd to 10th March 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. This is a great period for new releases as we have nine fresh films making their way to local cinemas.