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Sainsbury's Showcases New Store Plans

13/2/09: Sainsbury’s will be holding a public exhibition to showcase its plans for a new store at Christie Park, Morecambe and ask for feedback from the community before submitting a planning application.

Virtual-Lancaster Down but Not Out

12/2/09: The main is currently offline. Our hard working and fab technical team is busy shifting the sites to a better server and we fully expect to be back up and running later today, Thursday 12 February .

MP Savages Government Plans for Post Office

12/2/09: Morecambe and Lunesdale MP Geraldine Smith joined other MPs in a heated debate on the future of the Royal Mail in Parliament yesterday, roundly condemning the Government's handling of the Post Office and continuing her strident opposition to its part privatisation.

Virtual-Lancaster Plugged on Diversity FM

11/2/09: virtual-lancaster contributor John Freeman was interviewed on Lancaster's Diversity FM this morning, the show repeated at 6.00pm tonight (Wednesday 11 February).

Four Stars for the Midland

11/2/09: Morecambe's art-deco Midland Hotel has just been accredited as a four star hotel, following a review by Visit Britain, who award four star statuses to hotels which have an 'excellent standard throughout'.

Carnival of Culture Returns

10/2/09: The Carnival of Culture is to return, with a meeting this Wednesday (10 February) at 7.30 pm in The Park Hotel pub, to discuss ideas about organising events to raise awareness about the public inquiry and explore alternatives to Centros' proposed development for Lancaster in a fun and creative

Questions Continue Over Centros Development

10/2/09: (Updated 18/2/09): Local development campaign group It's Our City has urged caution over to reports that the future of the £150 million Canal Corridor development for Lancaster proposed by developers Centros may be in doubt (see news story) "The headline in last week's Lancaster Guar

One Show Spot for Lancaster Library

10/2/09: Lancaster Library, which has been challenging the traditional image of libraries for some time with its innovative outreach work such as music events, was featured on the BBC's The One Show last night.

Uni Seeks Marketing Partner

9/2/09: Lancaster University has begun a search for a creative agency to to market its Management School, setting aside a budget of £300,000 to appoint an agency partner.Duties for the successful firm will revolve around developing and executing “an integrated marketing communications and brand strategy” th

Centros Canal Corridor Plans In doubt?

6/2/09: (Updated18/2/09): The Lancaster Guardian reports that the future of the £150 million scheme to transform Lancaster's shopping centre has been thrown into doubt after developers Centros would not confirm whether it would be represented at a planning inquiry - but campaigners against the scheme a

Have You Found Our Cat?

6/2/09: Mysterious 'lost cat' posters are appearing round Lancaster town centre as part of a unique storytelling project organised by Lancaster LitFest.

Sabbat Run Extended at Dukes after Sell Out Success

6/2/09: Lancaster's Dukes Theatre has added an extra week of performances to the run of its Lancashire Witch play, Sabbat. This unprecedented step has been taken due to more people booking tickets for the production than any other in recent memory.

Opposite of Robot Gig at the YoHo

6/2/09: There's a great line-up to Opposite of Robot #10, which takes place at Lancaster's Yorkshire House later this month.

Leader Gone but Council Budget Woes Remain

6/2/09: Following the resignation of Roger Mace, the Conservative leader of Lancaster City Council after failing to come up with a budget (see news story and statement), other political groups on the cabinet now have to come up with a budget before the cabinet meeting on 17th February.

North West firms urged to sign up for government contracts

6/2/09: Small companies in the Lancaster and Morecambe area are being encouraged to sign up to the government's business website to take advantage of thousands of public sector contracts -- and a meeting in Manchester has been set up to help develop business tendering skills in March.

Council Tax Rise Set at 4%

6/2/09: Lancaster City Council has set its increase in Council Tax for 2009/10 at 4% -- but there are warnings of more service cuts ahead to achieve it.

Job Cuts at Guardian, Visitor?

5/2/09: Johnston Press is to move the Lancaster Guardian and Morecambe Visitor's sub-editing and picture desk to Blackpool, after halving the numbers needed. We also understand there is a freeze on replacing reporters who have left in the last 12 months at both papers.

Singing out "Over the Sands"

5/2/09: Tomorrow, Friday 6 February, sees the third annual “Over the Sands” event at the Central Methodist Church, Morecambe.

Roger Mace: Full Statement

5/2/09: Councillor Roger Mace, who resigned as Leader of Lancaster City Council yesterday, has issued the following statement regarding his reasons and his view of the state of the Council's Cabinet body, and warning of the potential of both more cuts to Council services and a large rise in council tax

Bryning new Council Leader after Mace Quits

4/2/09: (Updated with corrections, comment from Jon Barry, 5/2/09): Labour councillor Abbott Bryning is the new leader of Lancaster City Council after Councillor Roger Mace resigned the position during today's full Council Meeting.

Masters of the House Event cancelled

4/2/09: Lancaster City Council has announced the Masters of the House Sing the Musicals show which was due to take place at The Platform in Morecambe on 7th March has unfortunately been cancelled.

Drink Can Spoil Romance, Health Chiefs Warn

4/2/09: Don’t let drink spoil the romance of Valentines Day. That's the urgent message the Health Protection Agency (HPA) North West wants to get across in the run up to 14th February, urging young people not to let drink spoil the romance of the day.

In Review: Sabbat

3/2/09: The Story of the Trials of the Pendle Witches The Dukes, Lancaster Writer: Richard Shannon Director: Amy Leach Designer: Miriam Nabarro With its root in historical fact, together with much that is sensitively imagined to allow an early 21st century take, Sabbat is a great little play which does not

Help Gaza Relief Efforts

1/2/09: Do you want to do something practical and concrete in response to recent events in Gaza? Then help fill a van that will be leaving Lancaster on 12th February to travel overland to Egypt!

The Cartoon History of Arnside...

30/1/09: Arnside Educational Institute will be one stop on a tour of The Cartoon History of Here in April, a live-action cartoon created by Yorkshire poet, broadcaster and comedian, Ian McMillan and several times Cartoonist of the Year, Tony Husband.

Taxi driver's licensing appeal rejected

30/1/09: Magistrates have upheld a decision by Lancaster City Council’s Licensing Regulatory Committee to revoke a taxi driver’s licence after he letting down the tyres of a policeman’s fast response vehicle.

Lancaster MEP Brands Cannabis Law Change "Ludicrous"

29/1/09: The government's decision to upgrade cannabis to 'Class B' status has been branded as ludicrous by a Liberal Democrat MEP.

Link Road Funding Agreed but Bypass Still Not Definite

28/1/09: Last Updated 29 January 2009 The Government this week granted the controversial Heysham M6 Link Road “Programme Entry” status in its bid to secure funding -- but no money has been earmarked for congestion relief in Lancaster and Morecambe and the scheme may still not get the go ahead if its costs r

Happy Birthday, Juicafe!

28/1/09: This weekend sees Juicafe, Lancaster’s smoothie and Milkshake cafe on Lower Damside Street, celebrate its second birthday. The cafe will be running special offers all weekend... and look out for the escaped banana in the city centre!

Campaign Group Delight at Canal Corridor Plan Inquiry

27/1/09: News that plans for the development of Lancaster's Canal Corridor will go to public inquiry have been met with delight by campaign group It's Our City .