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December 2017

Forest Friends Project - Lancaster District

Forest Friends logo
Forest Friends Project - a new volunteering opportunity to help manage urban woodlands in the Lancaster District, for wildlife and people.  

Forest Friends Woodland Activity Day - Carnforth

Forest Friends logo
at Carnforth Cemetary Woods, Highfield Road, Carnforth LA5 9AJ

Forest Friends Woodland Activity Day

Forest Friends logo
at Levens Drive Wood, Levens Drive, Morecambe LA3 1JW

Forest Friends Woodland Activity Day - The Ridge

Forest Friends logo
at Newton Beck Woods, Ambleside Rd, Lancaster LA1 3ND

An Evening of Narrow Gauge Railways

Miniature Train, Palace Grounds, Sutton Coldfield
at Carnforth Station Heritage Centre, Warton Road, Carnforth LA5 9TR

Police witness appeal after serious Caton Road crash

Friday, December 29, 2017 - 08:08: Police are appealing for information after a man was seriously injured in a collision on Caton Road, Lancaster on Wednesday (27th December 2017), an accident which has led to part of the road being closed until the New Year.

Lancaster Organ Day

at Lancaster Priory & Ashton Hall

Santa's Christmas Float at Freehold & Ridge

Santa Claus
at 2 Ullswater Road Lancaster LA1 3PP

Exhibition: Temporary States - Joe Connolly

Joe Connolly - Temporary States
at The Dukes Gallery, Lancaster LA1 1QE

Aldcliffe Hall Drive: PC to apply for 'restricted byway' status

Google aerial image of Aldcliffe Hall Drive, Lancaster (with additional labelling)
Friday, December 22, 2017 - 14:59: Aldcliffe-with-Stodday PC has resolved to apply to Lancs County Council to have Aldcliffe Hall Drive identified as a 'restricted byway' on the definitive map under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. They received 105 submissions of the 11-page evidence form from the public in support.

Lancaster City Council approves its Local Plan for publication

Lancaster Local Plan Land Allocations Map from March 2017. Click to enlarge
Friday, December 22, 2017 - 13:49: Lancaster City Council has agreed a six-week formal publication period of its new Local Plan, from early February, to allow for final representations on whether the proposed plan is ‘legally compliant and sound’ before it is submitted for independent examination by a government appointed inspector

Season's Greetings from Virtual-Lancaster!

Friday, December 22, 2017 - 13:16: Virtual-Lancaster wishes all our readers a very merry festive season and a happy and peaceful New Year. Live long and prosper!

Lancaster University launches new Health Innovation Campus

Site of the new Health Innovations Campus at Bailrigg
Friday, December 22, 2017 - 12:54: Lancaster University has announced a major investment that they are hoping will help improve advances in health care and significantly contribute to the regional economy.

Dusk: Lancaster

Dusk Lancaster Event
at The Storey, Print Room Cafe & Bar

Get A Taste For Great Drama At The Dukes

Private Lives at The Dukes
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 14:32: From the sophistication of a Noel Coward comedy to a play served with a fish and chip supper, The Dukes new visiting drama season for early 2018 has it all.

Fury as Morecambe’s MP questions TV reports highlighting poverty in his constituency, blocks critics online

David Morris. Official Parliamentary photograph by Chris McAndrew
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:06: Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris is coming under increasing fire for his treatment of his own constituents affected by poverty - and mass blocking concerned voters who contacted him on social media, after two TV news reports highlighted the issue in Morecambe

Green Party spills the beans on risky Canal Corridor leases

Current layout of the Canal Corridor North site (from the BL website)
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 21:32: The Green Party have published a damning exposé of the financial risks to the City Council from British Land's Canal Corridor plans, claiming the Labour Council is negotiating a lease on the same upward-only terms that cost Lancaster its £500kpa-losing Indoor Market - and £13m+ to get out of.

Lancaster and Morecambe Board Games club

at 75 Church Street (a pub), Lancaster

Lancaster & Morecambe Board Games Club

at 75 Church Street (a pub), Lancaster

Lancaster Library CodeClub

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 15:45 to 16:45 at Lancaster Library, Market Square, Lancaster

Witness appeal launched after fatal collision

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 17:22: Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after a 46-year-old man from Milnthorpe died following a road traffic collision close to Burton-in-Kendal.

Article XI / Favourite Animals in concert

at The Hothouse, Morecambe LA3 1QT

Green Gartside & Alexis Taylor in concert

at The Hothouse, Morecambe LA3 1QT

Can you volunteer for a 4-hour shift helping at the Christmas Shelter?

LDHAS Christmas Shelter group photo
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 15:01: Fancy doing something a bit different this Christmas? Want to get in touch with that real Christmas spirit? Lancaster & District Homeless Action Service are looking for volunteers to help with 4 hour shifts during the Christmas Shelter at St Thomas' from 24 - 29 December. Induction is on the 16th.

Support PNR Anti-Fracking Protesters on trial in Lancaster

at Lancaster Magistrates Court, George St, Lancaster LA1 1XZ

£18,000 fund for Community Groups in Lancaster and Morecambe cut by Tory-run County Council

County Councillor Erica Lewis
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 10:41: Lancashire County Council has now stopped funding directly to community groups in Lancashire through the Local Members Grant, including groups in Lancaster and Morecambe, to the dismay of opposition groups.

Lancashire County Council Cabinet agrees proposals for community libraries, community centres, and Heysham swimming pool

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 10:22: Lancashire County Council's cabinet has agreed to transfer ownership of five buildings to local groups, which will see two independent community-run libraries being established, as well as a range of other services.

Gritting crews in action as snow expected to hit Lancashire

Photo courtesy Lancashire County Council
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 17:29: Lancashire's gritting crews are ready for action over the coming days following forecasts for sleet, snow and icy conditions to hit the county.

Angry flood victim meetings explain causes - and plan opposition to Local Plan's Garden Village

Flood Meeting at Bowerham
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 11:39: Multi-agency meetings about the recent floods heard residents' accounts of what happened - and why. Angry residents launch objections to the Local Plan's Bailrigg Garden Village scheme for 5000 new homes right in the middle of it all, to be debated by Council on 20th December.

Singing workshop with Bruce Ncube

Bruce Ncube
at The Sanctuary, Lancaster Central Library, Market Square, Lancaster

Borough Brewery's Rory Walker earns CAMRA Award

Rory Walker of Borough Brewery is presented with his CAMRA Award
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 11:45: The Lunesdale Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale has presented Rory Walker of Borough Brewery with a special award for “Outstanding Services to Real Ale”.

The Dukes' Christmas Show - Aladdin - Review

Aladdin and the Princess take a magic carpet ride
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 00:09: Aladdin is the Dukes' Christmas Show for 2017. It's a ripping fairytale of magic and love, betrayal and loyalty, rags to riches, with exuberant musical numbers, staged in the friendly intimacy of The Round. Chris Satori borrowed some children and went to see it for Virtual Lancaster last Friday.

The Ceremony of Tea

at Tara Centre, The Storey, Lancaster LA1 1HT

Space in the City weekly drop-in

at Tara Centre, The Storey, Lancaster LA1 1HT

LuneTube Preview & Talk

at Barton Road Centre, Barton Road, Lancaster LA1 4ER

Over 100 guns handed in to Police Amnesty

Police Sup. Julian Platt & Police & Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 15:02: 115 firearms and several hundred rounds of ammunition were handed into Lancashire Constabulary during a two-week surrender, where police forces across the country urged people to ‘give up the gun’. A WW1 machine gun and 41 pin fire rounds were also amongst the haul handed in by members of the public

Greyhound Bridge Closure Information Session - Lancaster

The Greyhound Bridge, Lancaster
at St Nicholas Arcade, Lancaster LA1 1NB

Greyhound Bridge Closure Information Session - Morecambe

The Greyhound Bridge, Lancaster
at Arndale Shopping Centre, Morecambe LA4 5DH

Greyhound Bridge Closure Information Session - Lancaster

The Greyhound Bridge, Lancaster
at Lancaster Town Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1PJ

Greyhound Bridge Closure Information Session - Morecambe

The Greyhound Bridge, Lancaster
at Morecambe Town Hall, Marine Rd, Morecambe, LA4 5AF

Greyhound Bridge Closure Info Meetings Announced.

The Greyhound Bridge, Lancaster
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 14:07: Lancashire County Council is holding a number of drop-in sessions in the Lancaster area next week for people to find out more about major repairs planned for Greyhound Bridge.

5 Rhythms Dance

at Ludus Dance, Lancaster LA1 1RE. Note venue change

5 Rhythms Dance

at St Paul's Parish Hall, Scotforth, Lancaster LA1 4ST

5 Rhythms Dance

at St Paul's Parish Hall, Scotforth, Lancaster LA1 4ST

Faith Groups Carol Singing in Market Square

Christmas Tree
at Market Square, Lancaster LA1 1HY

Starting a 'Friends Of Poulton Park' Meeting

at Morecambe Library LA4 5JX