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December 2016

Let the Dukes add a touch of drama to your 2017

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 17:58: From new versions of classic stories to a no-holds-barred production of Trainspotting, there’s a varied year of visiting drama ahead at The Dukes.

The Duo back in musical action at the George and Dragon

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 10:43: Popular combo The Duo – from folk to Floyd will be back in Lancaster at the end of this month, on Saturday 28th January 2017 commencing at 9.00pm in the George and Dragon on St George's Quay. As we've previously mentioned, The Duo have taken the 21st Centruy by the horns by publishing a taste of some of their performances on YouTube thanks to Gorgeous Media.

Lancaster Silent Movie & Classic Film Cub 2017 Film Screenings Announced

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 10:34: The Blot, a 1921 film, launches the 2017 screenings from Lancaster Silent Movie Classic Film Club The Lancaster Silent Movie Classic Film Cub has announced its screenings for 2017, which will all take place at the Gregson Centre on Moorgate.

Need a GP, nurse or pharmacist over the holiday?

Friday, December 23, 2016 - 20:30: Morecambe Bay NHS services tell us they have been working hard alongside local and national NHS colleagues to ensure that patients who really need urgent care over the Christmas and New Year period receive the quickest possible treatment they need, and that people who can be cared for elsewhere don't have to resort to waiting in Accident and Emergency departments.

Lancashire is ready for stormy weather predicted over Christmas

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 15:38: Art: Nick MillerLancashire County Council says it is is fully prepared to respond to any severe weather which could hit the county over the festive period. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for high winds from Friday morning through to Saturday morning, with the medium-term forecast predicting further stormy conditions in the days to follow.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 21st to 29th December 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 17:45: 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. Three new releases make it to the cinema this week. There is drama with Collateral Beauty (12A); comedy animation in Monster Trucks (PG) and the adult comedy Why Him (15).

County Council announces £500k extra funding to ease Winter pressures on Lancs Hospitals

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 13:50: Lancashire County Council has announced that it will make up to £500,000 available to ease winter pressure pressures on Lancashire's hospitals. A social care team will survey Lancashire's hospitals on a regular basis to identify immediate actions that can speed up the discharges of patients from hospital.

Morecambe's West-End feels lighter after clean-up shifts 18 tons of waste

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 17:10: Eighteen tonnes of waste – equivalent in weight to two T.Rexes – was collected in a cleanup in the West End of Morecambe over the last weekend in November. West End Millionjoined forces with Adactus Housing Group, who have properties in the area, to tidy up the streets and alleyways in and around Clarendon, Westminster, Marlborough and West End Roads over two days.

Lancaster Canal Restoration work steams ahead

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 14:32: Work on Lancaster Canal's disused Northern Reaches, back in September (Updated 2nd February 2017): Volunteers for Friends of Lancaster Canal continued work on the disused section of its Northern Reaches over the weekend, which began back in September.

Time to have your say on Lancaster University’s future

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 18:21: Plans for the development of Lancaster University to 2020 and beyond, including exciting key projects such as the Health Innovation Campus, will be shared with the community in January. Lancaster University Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E.

Monuments of the North West light up for Samaritans this festive season

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 17:11: Three local landmarks are being lit up in green this December as part of a North West scheme to remind people that Samaritans are there to support people 24/7 throughout the festive period.

County Council winds up social care training company

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 19:30: Lancashire Workforce Development Partnership Limited (LWDP), a company owned by Lancashire County Council, has ceased trading, 11 years after it was set up to support workforce development activities in the social care sector. LWDP formally ceased to trade on 7 December.

'Lancaster Sings Leonard' homage night at the Yorkie this Wednesday

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 16:04: Players, singers and writers from all over the North-West will be at the Yorkshire House this Wednesday December 21 to celebrate the work of Leonard Cohen, in a night for Lancaster to Sing Leonard. The Yorkshire House has a long and glorious tradition of, very occasionally, hosting homage nights to great and influential singer / songwriters, in aid of charity.

The Cycle Mechanic

The Cycle Mechanic
Tel: 01524 932032. The Cycle Mechanic (est. 2008) is a City & Guilds Qualified Bicycle Mechanic. We have the capability to work on any type of bike and also specialise in working on mid to top end road bikes. If you're serious about triathlon, road racing, sportives or touring then we can help.  

New Xmas hamper food donation point at SearchQuest, Church St

Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 08:30: Anyone who wants to contribute to this year's Christmas hamper collection can drop their items off at SearchQuest's headquarters at 80 Church Street before Thursday, December 22. Award-winning Lancaster Digital Marketing Experts SearchQuest, have launched their annual Christmas appeal and are reaching out to other Lancaster businesses to get involved.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 14th to 22nd December 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 18:28: 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. Things are fairly static in the run up to Christmas, with only two new releases. There is musical animation Ballerina (U) and science fiction adventure/romance Passengers (12A).

Labour City Council "out of its depth" on community pool closures, say Tories

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 11:29: Lancaster City Council's Conservative Party Group have accused Labour of failing to keep their promises to engage with the community to find solutions to keep the swimming pools in Carnforth, Hornby and Heysham. The concerns come as the Council meets tonight and discusses the issue of the community pools today and theConservativeswill be asking for action at the meeting.

Lancashire County Council's fund to support rural life in Lancashire - details announced

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 11:01: Old School Brewery, a microbrewery based near Warton Crag, has benefitted from the LEADER fund. Photo: Lancahsire County CouncilRural companies in Lancashire are being encouraged to apply for a share of £3.8m to grow their business, funding that is the next stage of the Lancashire LEADER programme 2015-2020.

Lancaster Pub Watch "Home Safe" Scheme Launched

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 19:37: Lancaster Pub Watch has launched a scheme called Home Safe this December to try to ensure everyone who heads into town this Christmas is also able to get themselves home safely. A great initiative supported by local licencees, it's being run in conjunction with the Police, Lancaster Royal Infirmary AE, local security company FGH and Lancaster Street Pastors.

Man identified following Lancaster sexual assault CCTV appeal

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 18:09: Following the release of CCTV images detectives investigating the sexual assault of a woman in Lancaster have identified the man in the pictures. A man is now helping police with their inquiries.

Advice available for Lancashire young people who need help

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 12:07: A Lancashire County Council service for young people is gearing up to cope with demand over the festive period. Talkzone, provided by the Council'sWellbeing, Prevention and Early Help Service, offers advice, guidance, support and information for young people by phone, email, text, Facebook, Twitter and webtalk.

Don't forget to apply for a primary school place for your child

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 12:32: If your child is starting primary school in 2017, don't forget to put applying for their school place on your Christmas list. The closing date for applications is 15th January 2017, and online via the county council's website is the quickest and easiest way to apply.

Police appeal after Carnforth crash

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 15:36: Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision in Carnforth on Thursday (8th December 2016). At around 1.15pm an 18-year-old learner driver in a Citroen C1 was waiting to turn right from the A6 at the junction of Tarn Lane and Nineteen Acre Lane when a Mercedes C180 saloon car collided with the back of it.

Life Sentence for Lancaster Rapist

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 15:16: A man has been given a life sentence for raping a student after a night out in Lancaster. David Watters, 32, of no fixed address was found guilty of the offence following a trial at Preston Crown Court last month and was sentenced on Friday. He was jailed for life and must serve a minimum term of five years before he can apply for parole.

Local Cinema Round-up for the 7th to 15th December, 2016

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 15:18: 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 have only two new releases making it to the local screens during this period.

Pedalling and paddling: two climate stories from Lancaster

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 14:10: Pedalling and Paddlingis a new film that documents the escape of seven cyclists from Lancaster as the flood waters rose in December 2015. Created by Lauren Walker, the film, which will be shown at The Storey on Thursday 15th December, pulls together local flood stories with the cyclists' journey to Paris for the Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP21).

Lancaster's new Park and Ride opens on Friday with free parking

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 13:53: People will be able to park for free at Lancaster's new Park and Ride service when it first opens to encourage drivers to give it a try - and appeal to Christmas shoppers who want to avoid potential city centre congestion. The new facility at junction 34 of the M6 has been delivered as part of the Bay Gateway project, which provides a direct link from the motorway to the Heysham peninsula.


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