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April 2016

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 27th April to 5th May 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. New films to our region include superhero action with Captain America: Civil War (12A); comedy drama with Florence Foster Jenkins (PG) and family animation with Robinson Crusoe (PG) Norm of the North.

Beyond The Castle Dig on Vicarage Fields Announced

Work investigating Quay Meadow in 2015 by the Beyond the Castle team unearthed some surprises. Photo: Beyond the Castle A fortnight long archaeological excavation on Lancaster’s Castle Hill will seek to uncover more about the city’s Roman past - and Beyond The Castle are hoping some locals will be keen to take part as volunteer diggers, alongside the professional archaeologists.

Iron Press Printmaking Exhibition at The Dukes

Work by artists from Lancaster’s new Iron Press Printmaking Studio will be on exhibition in The Dukes gallery from next week. The exhibition, which runs until 5th June 2016, is the first by IPP, a fine art printmaking facility which opened at The Storey in September.

Heysham Man jailed for online grooming and indecent images

Philip Montford, 54, of Stanley Road, Heysham has been jailed for grooming children online and possessing indecent images. Montford was sentenced to nine years imprisonment on Thursday 22 April after he was found guilty of possessing and distributing indecent images of children. He was also found guilty of three counts of inciting a child to perform a sexual act.

Green Party Councillor Exposes developer British Land's Tax Haven Dealings

A Green Party councillor is challenging Lancaster City Council on its dealing with Canal Corridor developer British Land, after discovering its links with an offshore tax haven. Green PartyCouncillor Tim Hamilton-Coxt has researched developer British Land and found it is holding its Canal Corridor property in the offshore tax haven of Jersey.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 20th to 28th April 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. Three new films make it to the local screens during this period.

April Showers bring May Stories from the North West Literary Salon

The North West Literary Salon will be celebrating both its one year anniversary and the close of Spring with a special edition salon on Friday 6th May 2016 at Waterstones on King Street.

Global Link secures Lottery Funding for World War One project, ‘Women, War & Peace’

A British soldier helping a woman farmhand to gather in the crops on the Home Front. Credit: Horace Nicholls © IWM (Q 31134) Locally-based charity Global Link has received £9900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project called ‘Women, War Peace’ in Lancashire.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 13th to 21st April 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. Only two new releases make it to the local cinemas during this period. There is family adventure with the re-release of The Jungle Book (PG) and modern day horror with Friend Request (15).

Fund Raiser Launched for shop dog Dottie after vicious attack

Friends of the owners of popular Lancaster shop dog Dottie are raising funds to pay her vet bills, after she and her walker were repeatedly attacked by a dangerous dog last Thursday afternoon (7th April) on Quay Meadow - but was saved by a brave group of teenagers who rushed to help.

Morecambe Businesses urged to be a Good Sport this May for Window Dressing Competition

Could you create a view for Eric? Image: Lancaster City CouncilThis May, shop owners and businesses in central Morecambe are being asked to celebrate what promises to be a packed summer of sport with the town’s annual window dressing competition, as part of Lancaster City Council's View For Ericregeneration project.

Chamber of Commerce Announces Women in Business Conference

Lancaster and DistrictChamber of Commerce has announced the details of its annualWomen in Business Conference, which will take place on Wednesday 18th May 2016 (9.30am – 2.30pm) at The Globe Arena, Morecambe FC. The event is for "aspiring and ambitious business women" and will be packed with refreshing ideas, business advice and networking opportunities.

Police Appeal After Man Stabbed in Lancaster

Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident in Lancaster, during which a man was stabbed in the arm. Officers attended an address on Tarbet Street at around 1.45pm yesterday (Sunday, April 3rd) following reports of an assault.

New worries over North West's Willow Tits

Photo: Peter Smith - NW Wild ImagesOne of Britain’s most endangered birds has suffered another dramatic plunge in numbers according to a new report - but work by theLancashire Wildlife Trustaims to halt the decline using creation and restoration of habitats and raising awareness of the bird in the North West.