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May 2016

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 25th May to 2nd June 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 15:54: 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 an excellent period for new movies with eight new releases making it to the local screens.

Cat Smith MP hits back at "inappropriate" election expenses claims, David Morris also facing investigation

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 12:17: 25.05.16 Lancaster and Morecambe MP Cat Smith. Photo: Gus Campbell Photography/The Labour Party Lancaster and Fleetwood MP Cat Smith has hit back at claims raised on a political blog that she filed improper expenses for last year's General Election campaign.

New Home for Morecambe’s Mosaic created by Leslie Cant

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 17:58: Photo: Lancaster City CouncilA Morecambe landmark created by the lateLeslie Cant is set to be preserved in a new location as preparations get underway for improvements to the town centre. The Morecambe Mosaic, sited outside the Arndale Centre on Euston Road, will be moved in the next few weeks and given a new prominent setting on the seafront near to the RNLI lifeboat station.

Appeal for information after woman, 21, found in distressed state in Lancaster

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 16:49: Police are appealing for information after a student was found in a distressed state in Lancaster in the early hours of Saturday morning. The 21-year-old woman was found by residents on Coulston Road near the University of Cumbria and was later taken home by police, where she disclosed that she may have had her drink spiked while she was on a night out in the city centre.

Take a tour of Hidden Lancaster

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 15:29: A walking tour of Lancaster is planned in June for anyone interested in finding out about the darker secrets of Lancaster's criminal history. The 'Lawless Lancaster' walking tour will take place on Thursday 2nd June. This tour will start at 10.30am at Lancaster Castle, and will finish at approximately 4.30pm at Lancaster Town Hall.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 18th to 26th May 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 18:59: 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. We see few changes in our cinemas during this period as there are just three new releases. There is drama with A Hologram for the King (12A) and family animation with Thomas Friends: The Great Race (U).

Overnight closures required on M6 between Junctions 34 and 35 Next Week

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 11:22: Drivers using the M6 in Lancaster are being advised of two overnight closures as part of ongoing works for the Heysham to M6 Link Road. On Monday 23rd May, the motorway will close at 8.00pm and re-open by 6.00am the following morning. A second provisional closure is booked for Tuesday 24th May 8.00pm to 6.00am.

Midsummer Marquee Comes to St. John's Hospice

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 00:43: For ten days in June, the front garden at St John’s Hospice, which provides free palliative care to patients with life shortening conditions, will be transformed into The Midsummer Marquee - hosting a series of fabulous events as part of the charity's 30th Anniversary celebrations.

Volunteers Urgently Needed for Lancaster and District Samaritans Shop in Lancaster

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 17:47: The Lancaster and District branch of Samaritans is urgently looking for new volunteers.

Plans for Lune Bank Gardens On Show This Week

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 14:37: Lune Bank Gardens, 1905 Skerton-based Friends of Lune Bank Gardens group want to know what local people think about their ideas for bring the Gardens back into use after years of neglect. The group are holding a consultation exercise during May and are holding an Open Day at the John O’Gaunt Rowing Club boathouse on Halton Road in Skerton on Saturday 21st May from 11.00am to 3.00pm.

Delight from bee keepers and campaigners as Government rejects renewal of neonics use

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 16:41: There's good news for local beekeepers today, as the Government has just rejected plans to allow bee-harming pesticides back into our fields - to the delight of numerous campaign groups. There are as many as 20,000 amateur beekeepers across the UK - and Lancaster has its own activeLancaster Beekeepersgroup.

County Council Cut Plans Revealed: local libraries, children's centres face the chop

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 14:34: Photo: Alexandrr P. Kapp(Updated 14th May 2016): Lancashire County Council's Cabinet has agreed to seek people's views on plans to change the way frontline services are delivered and save millions of pounds by reducing the number of buildings the council owns and rents - and a full list of buildings and services potentially under threat has been released.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition cat food pouches recalled over vomiting and diarrhoea risk

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 13:06: Hill’s Pet Nutrition is conducting a voluntary recall of limited production lots of certain Hill’s cat food pouches. The earliest these products were available for sale in the UK and the Republic of Ireland is December 2015. Due to an error by an ingredient supplier, the products being recalled contain high levels of iron.

Prize-Winning Poet Kim Moore back at Spotlight Next Week, with Ron Sowcroft, comedian Kriss Foster and more

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 18:25: Kim MooreLancaster's popular Spotlight Club is back at The Storey on Friday 20th May, offering a heady mix of music, poetry and comedy. Come along at 7.00pm to grab your five minutes of fame. Read a poem, sing a song, tell a story - Be experimental - Do your own thing! Spotlight encourages diversity. Every genre of writing is welcomed from the comic to the cosmic.

Lancaster Comics Day Challenges Comic Creators to Create Local Heroes

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 12:50: Art by Nick Miller Are there aliens in your dustbin? Is a gorilla living in your ginnel? As part ofLancaster Comics Dayon Sunday 5th June 2016 at Lancaster Library,organisers are again looking for comic strips that tell stories of life as it might be in Lancaster.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 11th to the 19th May 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 15:45: 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 period sees three new releases making it to the local screens.

New county councillor elected in Lancaster East

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 17:37: Lizzi Collinge, local Labour Party members and some of her election team. Photo via Facebook A new county councillor has been announced for Lancaster East, following the by-election held on Thursday 5 May. Lizzi Collinge (Labour) was elected with a majority of 350, with only the Green Party giving her any serious opposition in the poll.

Clive Grunshaw re-elected as Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 17:20: Following the Police and Crime Commissioner elections carried out across Lancashire last Thursday , Clive Grunshaw has been re-elected to the post of Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire.

Lancaster's First Age Comics Celebrate 10th Birthday on Free Comic Book Day today

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 08:41: Lucy and Mark Braithwaite of First Age Comics, Lancaster Lancaster comic shop First Age Comics will be celebrating today - not just because it's Free Comic Book Day, which helps boost visitors to the shop - but also the fact it's the company's Tenth Anniversary.

Williamson Park Set to Stage Classic Roald Dahl Play

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 11:30: Lancaster's Williamson Park will host an outdoor theatre production later this month. Roald Dahl favourite Danny the Champion of the World has been adapted by theatre company Illyria for a performance in the park on Monday 30th May at 3.00pm. The story follows Danny and his devoted father who live in a caravan and operate the village’s local petrol station and garage.

New "Walking App" Explores Lancaster's World War One History

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 09:18: Battery-powered buses in Market Square which took the munitions workers to the Caton Road Munitions Works in 1917 An exciting, new, mobile phone application, which brings to life a step-by-step history of Lancaster's World War One history, will be put through its paces this weekend.

"Vindictive" Trade Union Bill Gets Go Ahead

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 11:00: A vindictive trade union bill gets Royal Assent after last night the House of Lords agreed to the final changes made by MPs last week - a bill seen as a direct political attack on rivals to the Tories, a party are largely backed by uncountable big business investors and secretive individuals, many of whom have had their shady dealings exposed in the Panama Papers leak.

Tory Cuts Continue with over 100 more local Civil Service staff jobs at risk

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 07:42: Analysis of a plan for cuts to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, leaked earlier this month, has revealed that 77 per cent of staff in line for potential redundancy are based in the regions, with more than 10,000 staff across the country in the potential redundancy pool – including 101 in Lancaster.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 4th to 12th May 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 19:11: 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 five new films arriving to local cinemas during this period. There is adult comedy with Bad Neighbours 2 (15) and family comedy with Florence Foster Jenkins (PG).

Lancaster Comics Day Back in June

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 09:04: Poster art and design by Nick MillerLancaster Comics Day is back next month, taking place in Lancaster Library on Sunday 5th June. Plenty of local comic creators will be on hand to talk about their work, including Marvel Comics writer Andy Diggle, author and playwright Eddie Robson - along with locally-based games publisher Ken Walton and SF and fantasy authors AS Chambers and JS Collyer.

Green Ayre Rises Exhibition Celebrates Lancaster's Railway History

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 07:52: Today and tomorrow (1st-2nd May 2016), Lancaster Library will host "Green Ayre Rises"; an event to mark 50 years since the closure of Lancaster Green Ayre station and the Green Ayre railway line.