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October 2016

New Bay Gateway Road opens to traffic

The Bay Gateway has opened to traffic this afternoon (Monday 31 October 2016), linking the Heysham peninsula to the M6 at junction 34. This £140m project is the biggest new road to be built in Lancashire for decades, and it is hoped it will boost economic growth by providing better access to the peninsula.

Musicians set to gather to celebrate the life of local music legend, Chas Ambler

Photo: Barrie Marshall A great line-up of bands will come together at More Music this November to celebrate and remember the life of Chas Ambler, a well-known local musician who passed away over a year ago. 'A Night For Chas' will take place at the Hothouse in Morecambe on Saturday 12th November 2016 at 7.00pm and all proceeds from the gig will go to St John’s Hospice in Lancaster.

House of Lords votes today on pupil data sharing plans

The House of Lords is voting on new country of birth and nationality data collection today, 31st October 2016, a feature of school administration for some time across the UK, including Lancaster and Morecambe. It was recently revealed the Department for Education has been secretly sharing children's data with the Home Office - and it seems it doesn’t plan to stop, despite widespread protest.

Light Up Lancaster event at Lancaster Library

Lancaster Library will host an event as part of the annual Light Up Lancasterarts festival this month. 'One Dark Night' will be held on Friday 4th November from 5.00 until 9.00pm and is free to attend. Anyone attending the event will be able to create light art with torches, glow sticks and finger lights.

Creative Dallas Road children light up canal for festival

Sixty schoolchildren and other young people have created a floating sculpture and lantern installation that will be on display at the Aldcliffe Triangle and canal towpath (near the Waterwitch Pub) for this year’s Light Up Lancaster festival this Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November.

Light Up Lancaster! Only 6 days to go!!

This year’s Light Up Lancaster festival is just a few days away now - a weekend of cultural events across the city taking place on November 4 - 5. Don't even read this article, just go now and check out the website + brochure with all the events and wonders you can expect - it's amazing.

Lancaster's Christmas Shelter Appeal is launched

Lancaster District Homeless Action Service (LDHAS) are busy organising our City's Annual Christmas Shelter for Lancaster's homeless people. The hope is that they will be able to offer a warm, safe place to sleep for 5 nights - with cooked breakfast and supper, hot drinks, Christmas Day lunch and small Christmas gifts.

Closure of Lancaster's White Cross Adult College confirmed

Not for much longerVirtual Lancaster can now confirm that from December 2016 courses will no longer be delivered at White Cross Education Centre, as Lancashire Country Council is redeveloping the building for a change of usage, due to government budget cuts.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 26th October to 3rd November 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. With halloween soon upon us, there is a excellent selection of horror movies being screened.

Motorcyclist, 53, hurt in Lancaster collision

A 53-year-old man has suffered a serious foot injury following a collision in Lancaster. Police were called by the Ambulance Service around 5.30pm yesterday (24th October) following reports of an accident on Little Fell Lane. A Volkswagen Polo travelling towards Lancaster was involved in a collision with a Honda motorbike.

Protests over Barclay's ownership of fracking company

Lancaster anti-fracking campaigners are so angry that Barclay's Bank is financing fracking in Yorkshire through its subsidiary company Third Energy that they joined with visiting activist groupReclaim the Poweron Friday lunchtime to protest peacefully (if somewhat noisily) outside Barclay's Lancaster branch with banners, leaflets and a mobile sound system to draw attention to the bank's...

13-yearold boy assaulted on Lancaster bridge

Police are appealing for information after a teenager was attacked by a man in Lancaster. Sometime between 1.30pm and 1.40pm on Sunday (16th October 2016), the victim, a 13-year-old boy, was cycling on Lune Street towards the Millennium Bridge. As he continued across the bridge he fell from his bike and shouted an expletive.

Sanctuary: Yoga Festival planned to raise money for refugees

Sara Bailey Rebecca Ellis A wide-ranging yoga festival aiming to raise cash for refugees will take place at Halton Mill on Saturday 19th November from 9.30am until 4.30pm. Leading yoga, tai chi and meditation teachers from the area have got together to offer alternative and therapeutic sessions throughout the day long festival which has been called Sanctuary.

HS2 Route threatens ancient woodlands

Photo: WTMLAs if the much-despised plans to frack Lancashire weren't bad enough in the government's bid to industrialise our countryside, the ridiculously-expensive HS2 train line looks to threaten the future of some of the North West's ancient and much-loved woodlands, quite apart from the disruption it threatens to communities along the planned, contested route.

Quay Meadow discoveries to go on display in Lancaster

The Lancaster and District Heritage Group will be on display in Lancaster's St Nicholas Arcades Shopping Centre from tomorrow, Friday 14th October, to the 28th November 2016. The display will be focusing on the very successful archaeological dig the group planned, funded (via a grant from The Duchy of Lancaster) and completed on Quay Meadow in September 2015.

Bus Users' Group Meets as service cuts bite and doubts are raised about Lancaster's new Park & Ride scheme

Original image via Stagecoach (Mash-Up via Internet) The next Lancaster District Bus Users' Group meeting is at 2.00 pm in Lancaster Library, on 20th October, announced as local press report on the disastrous impact service cuts are having, with one local pensioner resorting to hitch-hiking to get about.

'Cuadrilla men followed us and filmed our children', parents claim

Tina RotheryAt a well-attended meeting at Lancaster Friends Meeting House yesterday, Lancaster residents started organising the local response to Secretary of State Said Javid's recent decision to allow Cuadrilla to frack at Little Plumpton, near Blackpool. Lancashire County Council had previously refused planning permission.

Police forces unite in country’s largest rural policing operation

Dozens of police officers and volunteers took part in a major clampdown on rural criminals last week. Operation Checkpoint is the largest rural policing operation of its kind in the country, and saw Lancashire, Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, North Yorkshire and Northumbria join forces to target cross-border criminals.

2015 Winter Flood Stories inspire powerful new Lakes Festival Comics Exhibition, "Five Bridges"

Art by Mike Medaglia for the "Five Bridges" floods exhibitionAhead of Kendal'sLakes International Comic Art Festivalthis weekend(14th - 16th October), some of the event'sExhibitionsare now open, with others to follow on 12th October.

Tuesday Night Jazz Finale at Lancaster's Robert Gillow

Local jazz couple Sue Parish and Jon Moore (pictured) will be closing their popular and long running series of Tuesday night jazz sessions at the Robert Gillow Pub by bringing together two top ensembles. Tomorrow night, Tuesday 11th October, Jon will lead the Hotcha Quartet, featuring violinist Heath Lavery, guitarist Alan Pill and superb Manchester bassist Frank Grime.