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Put your Best Paw Forward For Bark In The Park!

Collie dog leaps hurdle in Agility Course
6/3/17: Dog lovers are being invited to sign up to a very special charity even in Williamson Park on Sunday 23 April in aid of local families affected by cancer & life limiting conditions.

County Council hosts LGBT fostering and adoption week March 2017

LGBT adopters at Pride
3/3/17: LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week takes place from Monday 6 March until Sunday 12 March, and is run by New Family Social, the network for LGBT adoptive and foster families.

Hallelujah! Platform to host Leonard Cohen Tribute

Keith James
3/3/17: A musical tribute by Keith James to esteemed late songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen will be coming to the Platform in Morecambe on Friday March 17.

Marsh Community Centre celebrates funding reprieve

Marsh Community Centre
3/3/17: Fears that Marsh Community Centre would lose its City Council funding were relieved by a last minute turnaround at last Wednesday's annual budget meeting. It seems that the whole problem boiled down to some missing paperwork.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 1st to 9th March 2017

Labyrinth
1/3/17: Virtual-Lancaster's weekly round up of local cinema screenings with day-by-day listings of what's showing on our local screens.

Improving Eric's view: Council offers free training sessions in heritage construction trades

A view for Eric
28/2/17: Lancaster City Council is holding a series of free workshops for people to improve heritage skills including stone carving, decorative plasterwork and lime plastering, as part of the THI 2: A View for Eric project.

Michael Nunn - An Obituary

John Burkinshaw & Michael Nunn. Civil partnership ceremony in June 2006
27/2/17: It was with deepest regret that we heard this week of the death of Lancaster 'boulevardier' Michael Nunn, (pictured above at his Civil Partnership ceremony with John Burkinshaw).

Unite Against Fracking National Day of Action at Preston New Road

Cat Smith MP and Lancs County Councillor Gina Dowding speaking at Preston New Road
25/2/17: Cat Smith MP and Lancs County Councillor Gina Dowding address anti-fracking campaigners holding a National Day of Action centred on Preston New Road today, where Cuadrilla are attempting to set up drilling pads. The rally was part of a national day of action against fracking.

Our new Virtual-Lancaster website is live!

24/2/17: Virtual Lancaster has finally achieved the goal we've been aiming for for 15 years; an interactive website with a content management system that the whole community can access and edit — that is flexible enough to reflect and respond to the diverse interests and needs of local people.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 22nd February to 2nd March 2017

A Cure for Wellness poster
23/2/17: Peter Clarke's weekly round up of local cinema screenings with day-by-day listings of what's showing on our local screens.

Shakespeare Returns to Lancaster Castle, call goes out for actors from Attic Door Productions

22/2/17: When Demi Paradise retired from performing Shakespeare after 16 years and 10 phenomenal performances at Lancaster Castle, it looked like the Bard would no longer be leading audiences around the historic courts and keeps of Lancaster’s historic Castle. Enter Stage Right!

Lancaster Litfest 2017 makes March bigger on the inside

21/2/17: Lancaster LitFest 2017 celebrates its 38th year throughout March with a fabulously varied programme of events celebrating writers and writing - and you can download the programme here. The first weekend (March 4 + 5)starts off bigger on the inside with a fantastic Doctor Who-flavoured event (cosp

'One Day Without Us' Lunch Celebrates Migrants' Contribution to Lancaster

20/2/17: Lancastrians enjoyed a special lunch at the Dukes today as part of a national celebration of the contribution migrants make to the UK.

Morecambe Comic-Con announced for Easter

19/2/17: Morecambe will play host to a Comic Con this Easter, with Sixth Doctor Who Colin Baker, leading a (so far) TV and film guest-focused line-up. Other announced guests are Paul Blake, who played Greedo in Star Wars and James Mackenzie, who presents children’s game show Raven. The event is bein

Cat Smith MP backs breathing space for families in problem debt

17/2/17: Cat Smith MP Lancaster FleetwoodCat Smith MP has backed calls for a new scheme to help thousands of families regain control of their finances as data from the Bank of England shows unsecured household debt rising at its fastest rate since the financial crisis.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 15th to 23rd February 2017

15/2/17: 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 local screens this period.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 8th to 16th February 2017

8/2/17: 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 releases in local cinemas during this period.

Modest Council Tax rise ahead despite continuing funding cuts

6/2/17: Lancaster City Council will increase its portion of Council Tax by around 10p a week to help to protect services in the short term, as cuts in central government funding continue to bite. From April 2017 households in a Band D property will pay an additional £5 a year to the city council.

Rise in service veterans on our streets prompts questions from Morecambe MP David Morris

2/2/17: Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris has challenged the government on the number of homeless military service veterans on the streets in the UK - and the response led us to figures that depict a shocking rise in homeless numbers in the North West - and veterans suffering mental health issues.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 1st to 9th February 2017

1/2/17: 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 gained three new movies this period but six films vanished from the local screens.

New partnership aspires to support excellence in social work education and practice in Cumbria

1/2/17: Members of the new Cumbria-Lancaster Social Work Teaching Partnership: Front row from left to right: Jane Pye (Lancaster University), Sonyia Curran (Cumbria County Council).

Robbery at Heysham petrol station

1/2/17: BP Garage, Oxcliffe Road. Image: GoogleLocal police are appealing for information following a robbery at a petrol station in Heysham. The incident happened shortly before midnight last night (Tuesday 31st January 2017) when two men wearing balaclavas entered the BP petrol station on Oxcliffe Road.

2017 Moonlight Walk in aid of St. John's Hospice has a superhero theme

26/1/17: The day before this year'sLancaster Comics Day(11th June 2017) in Lancaster Library, local cancer care charitySt.

Local Cinema Round-up for the 25th January to 2nd February 2017

25/1/17: 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 is a good selection of new and recent movies appearing in local cinemas during this period.

Final Days for This Year's Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year Search

24/1/17: The search to find Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year 2017 as part of a countywide competition is drawing to a close soon. This year, High Sheriff John Barnett MBE DL is welcoming applications involving young people who have put others first.

Community Alcohol Partnership Launches in Lancaster

24/1/17: A Community Alcohol Partnership - the first in Lancashire - is tobe launched in Lancaster this month in the Bulk Ward area to tackle underage drinking and anti-social behaviour.

Local Cinema - Films from Friday 20th January 2017 in Lancaster and Morecambe

17/1/17: For day to day screening start times, visit the cinema web sites. Vue Cinema LancasterChurch Street, Lancaster LA1 1LP To book online click here.

Lancaster Vision group welcome Bailrigg Garden Village plan, calls for design competition

17/1/17: 17/01/17 The concept plan for Bailrigg Garden Village Lancaster Vision, a group attached to Lancaster Civic Society, has welcomed the go ahead for a new Garden Village centred on Bailrigg - and has suggested a competition for architects and designers to come up with a Masterplan for its look.

Gritters gear Up for Winter Weather in Lancashire

11/1/17: Lancashire's gritters are gearing up to keep the county moving over the next couple of days.

Start planning your 2017 butterfly garden now

7/1/17: The Small Copper butterfly Last year was a pretty miserable one for garden butterflies. How many butterflies did you see fluttering around? The Big Butterfly Count results revealed the Gatekeeper, Comma and Small Copper were down 40%, 46% and 30% respectively compared to 2015.

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