Tuesday, 17 January 2017

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

For day to day screening start times, visit the cinema web sites.

Vue Cinema Lancaster

Church Street, Lancaster LA1 1LP
To book online click here. There is a booking fee
Telephone Bookings: 08712 240 240

• See website for details of audio described / subtitled films: myvue.com/cinema/lancaster/whats-on

• Ticket prices vary depending on performance time and day, see cinema web site for details

Assassin's Creed

A man relives the events of his ancestor in 15th century Spain, a member of a secret, global assassin’s society.

Starring Michael Fassbender,Marion Cotillard
Running time 1hr 55mins


Orphaned Félicie strives to reach her dream of performing ballet at the Grand Opera House, with the help of mentor Odette.

Voices of Dane DeHaan, Elle Fanning, Maddie Ziegler

Bridget's Jones's Baby - Monday 23rd January only

Bridget s back, and pregnant, either by handsome American Jack or Mark, the ex she never got over. Cue babymaking shenanigans.

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey
Running time: 123 minutes

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (until Sunday)

1920’s New York and a peculiar wizard by the name of Newt Scamander has just arrived to meet with an important official at the Magical Congress of the USA, carrying with him a suitcase filled with magical creatures.

Starring Eddie Redmayne,Dan Fogler
Running time 2hrs 13mins

La La Land

An aspiring actress and dedicated jazz musician fall in love in LA in this Golden Globe winning film.

Starring Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling
Running time 2hrs 8mins

Live By Night (until Saturday 21st)

It’s prohibition era America and Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck) is a bootlegger, rum-runner and gangster who pushes things too far and risks losing it all.

Starring Ben Affleck, Sienna Miller
Running time 2hrs 9mins

Moana (until 22nd January)

Moana is a plucky Polynesian girl who revives the voyaging tradition of her island tribe, with the help of buffoonish demigod Maui.

Cast: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Temuera Morrison, Nicole Scherzinger, Rachel House, Jemaine Clement, Alan Tudyk
Running Time: 103 minutes

A Monster Calls  (until 23rd January)

Twelve-year-old Conor has a mother who's battling cancer and a father who's walked out; then a yew-tree-shaped monster with Neeson's voice comes into his life. Coming-of-age tearjerker

Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson
Running Time: 108 minutes


When two passengers wake up 90 years too early on their space expedition, it doesn’t take long for love to blossom. But what is behind their rude awakening?

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt
Running time 1hr 56mins

Rogue One: AStar Wars Story

Troublemaker Jyn Erso and Rebel intelligence officer Cassian Andor lead a rag crew across the galaxy to make contact with Death Star chief engineer Galen (Mikkelsen), Jyn's dad.

Cast: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jonathan Aris
Running Time: 133 minutes


A koala named Buster Moon hosts the world's greatest singing competition in the hope of restoring his theatre to its former glory.

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Tori Kelly, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, Scarlett Johansson
Running Time: 108 Minutes


Trolls are cute creatures who love EDM and warm hugs, but they're preyed on by Bergens, toothy monsters who think eating Trolls will bring happiness.

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden, Gwen Stefani
Running Time: 92 minutes

Why Him? (until 21st January)

Ned’s daughter’s boyfriend is kind, rich, handsome and completely inappropriate – and he’s about to propose. Can Ned stop him before it’s too late?

Starring James Franco, Bryan Cranston
Running time 1hr 51mins

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Reboot of the extreme sports action movie franchise.

Cast: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone
Running Time: 107 minutes

Reel Cinemas

Reel Morecambe, Central Drive, Morecambe, LA4 4DW
0871 220 6000 (24hr bookings and Information)
(All telephone bookings are subject to a booking fee)
Web: https://reelcinemas.co.uk

• Ticket prices vary depending on performance time and day, see cinema web site for details

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years ago...

La La Land

See synopsis, above

Live By Night

Ben Affleck writes, produces, and stars in this adaptation of Dennis Lehane's sprawling crime novel


See synopsis, above

Pete's Dragon

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham has delighted local children with his tales of a fierce dragon...


See synopsis, above


James McAvoy excels as a crazed kidnapper with multiple personalities is this nerve-shredding horror film...

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

See synopsis, above

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

See synopsis, above

The Dukes

The Dukes Cinema
Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
Email: tickets@dukes-lancaster.org Box office 10am-8pm Mon-Sat Tel:01524 598500
24 hour info line: 01524 598501
Hearing impaired (textphone) line: 01524 380062
Web; http://dukes-lancaster.org/events/cinema

Or book online. There is a booking fee

La La Land

Friday | 20th January 2017,  6:00 pm
Saturday | 21st January 2017,  8:30 pm
Sunday | 22nd January 2017,  8:20 pm
Monday | 23rd January 2017,  11:00 am
Monday | 23rd January 2017,  11:00 am
Monday | 23rd January 2017,  6:00 pm
Tuesday | 24th January 2017,  3:30 pm
Tuesday | 24th January 2017,  8:30 pm
Wednesday | 25th January 2017,  6:10 pm
Wednesday | 25th January 2017,  8:45 pm
Thursday | 26th January 2017,  11:00 am
Thursday | 26th January 2017,  6:00 pm
Friday | 27th January 2017,  8:30 pm

A Monster Calls

Friday | 20th January 2017,  8:35 pm
Saturday | 21st January 2017,  1:25 pm
Saturday | 21st January 2017,  6:10 pm
Monday | 23rd January 2017,  8:35 pm
Tuesday | 24th January 2017,  6:10 pm
Wednesday | 25th January 2017,  11:00 am
Thursday | 26th January 2017,  8:35 pm

Your Name

Saturday | 21st January 2017,  3:45 pm

Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town and for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?

Bolshoi Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Sunday | 22nd January 2017,  3:00 pm

On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince could awaken her…

In this resplendent and magical classic, the Bolshoi dancers take us on a dream-like journey through this classic fairytale complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince in this purest style of classical ballet. The Bolshoi’s sumptuous staging with its luxurious sets and costumes gives life to Perrault’s fairy tale unlike any other. A must-see!

The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch

Sunday | 22nd January 2017,  6:30 pm

Delve into the vivid imagination of a true visionary. Who was Hieronymus Bosch? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with art lovers now more than ever? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds? Where did his unconventional and timeless creations come from? With his fascinating life revealed plus the details and stories within his works seen like never before, don’t miss this cinematic exploration of a great creative genius.

Ghost in the Shell

Wednesday | 25th January 8:45pm

Catch the original anime before the Hollywood remake hits screens later this year. 2029 – A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of ‘The Puppet Master’, a mysterious and menacing computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together with her fellow agents from Section 9, they embark on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity. A movie that questions human existence in the fast-paced information age, this award-winning cyber thriller is one of the bestselling Japanese animation films of all time.

Manchester by the Sea

Friday | 27th January 2017,  5:45 pm

A remarkably powerful drama featuring a stunning performance from Casey Affleck. Lee, an isolated Boston janitor, is forced to return to his hometown Manchester-by-the-Sea to look after his brother’s child following a family tragedy. Whilst home Lee must come to terms with caring for his nephew, being near his ex-wife Randi and being faced with reminders of his past. A rich, emotional film from acclaimed writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.

The Gregson Cinema
33 Moorgate, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 3PY

The Gregson is a community and arts centre with a 26 seater cinema available to hire for your planned screening / presentation: £25!

If enough of your group eat at the Gregson beforehand the booking fee may be waived / discounted
Info & booking tel: 01524 849959

Check out the Gregson events page for public screenings coming up

Other Local Cinemas

The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Box Office: 01539 725133
Box Office E-mail: boxoffice@breweryarts.co.uk
Web: www.breweryarts.co.uk
Try the Brewery's 'Warehouse Films' page as well as their Cinema page

The Royalty
Lake Road, Bowness-On-Windermere, LA23 3JB. Tel: 015394 43364
Web: http://windermere.nm-cinemas.co.uk

Odeon, Preston
Web: www.odeon.co.uk
Riversway, Portway, Ashton-On-Ribble, Preston, PR2 2YQ
Bookings & Info: 0871 22 44 007

Zefirellis, Ambleside
Compston Road, Ambleside. Tel 015394 33845
Web: www.zeffirellis.co.uk

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

The concept plan for Bailrigg Garden Village

Lancaster Vision, a group attached to Lancaster Civic Society, has welcomed news of the go ahead for a new Garden Village centred on Bailrigg - and has suggested a competition for arhitects and designers to come up with a Masterplan for its look.

Earlier this month, the Government, working with local councils, announced four new garden villages, settlements of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes, will be built in the North West, with backing from a £6m Government fund.

The four North West locations - Bailrigg in Lancaster, St Cuthberts near Carlisle, Cumbria, Halsnead in Knowsley, Merseyside and Handforth in Cheshire East - form part of the first wave of 14 garden villages announced by the Government, totalling 48,000 homes

The villages are an expansion of the existing garden towns programme, and will have access to a £6m fund over the next two financial years.

The next stage is for the council to work with local communities and land owners in a sophisticated master planning exercise to shape proposals and design the key infrastructure needed to make it work and manage land drainage.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to extend Lancaster’s housing supply in a manner which respects and reflects the ethical beliefs of the local community," commented Councillor Janice Hanson, Cabinet Member responsible for Regeneration and Planning earlier this month. "In last year’s consultation into developing a new Local Plan for the district, local people told us that the Bailrigg area was the preferred area for growth.

“Designing it as a garden village gives us the chance to deliver this growth in a carefully considered approach, with the university campus and sustainable transport networks.”  

Lancaster University, which has its own expansion plans including the Lancaster Innovation Campus, will be a key partner in delivery of the plans. The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Mark E. Smith said:  “The University is pleased to be working in close partnership with Lancaster City Council to develop a Masterplan for this exciting garden village opportunity for the Lancaster community.”

"One of the key strengths of the bid is that it brings together Lancaster University and Lancashire County Council with Lancaster City Council in a joint enterprise which should continue in operation for at least ten and quite probably twenty years," notes Lancaster Vision spokesperson Martin Widden.

"This will be of great benefit to Lancaster District throughout this period, and beyond.

"We strongly support the ideas set out in the bid document that the new Garden Village should be a best practice exemplar,: he continues, "bringing design quality to volume house building and accommodating innovative new forms of pre-constructed housing.  Lancaster is a distinctive place: housing built here should recognise the special features of the City and District, in design and choice of materials, and respecting the local land form."
Lancaster Vision hope the project will feature modern designs of housing, aiming for high levels of sustainability and low energy consumption.

"We emphasise that the design of the new housing should be original, based on the needs of the locality and on the materials available; although respecting its neighbours, it should not be a pastiche of older forms of housing in the District, nor of housing elsewhere," says Martin.

"As the bid states, the key to success will be a robust masterplan, with very firm design objectives and standards, and the new Garden Village should ‘create a step change in the return to high standards and local distinctiveness.’ It is vital to get this right at the outset.

"We strongly recommend that a competition be held among architects and designers for the Masterplan for the new Garden Village.  This will be a major contract: a number of firms should be invited to submit proposals, and the decision as to which firm to employ should be taken by a panel comprising the City, the County, Lancaster University, and local interests.

"It would be a mistake to decide which firm to work with before viewing their proposals in competition with others."

Lancaster Vision was formed in December 2012 with the aim of bringing together people and groups with an interest in securing the best outcome and increased prosperity for the Lancaster District with the opening up of Lancaster Castle.The group has been formed under the umbrella of the Lancaster Civic Society but membership is open to all.

• Anyone interested in joining should contact Martin Widden (email: martin.widden@gmail.com). New members are always welcome

• View the Bailrigg Garden Village plan - objectives, scale and planning status - on the Lancaster City Council web site (PDF)

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Gritters gear Up for Winter Weather in Lancashire

Lancashire's gritters are gearing up to keep the county moving over the next couple of days.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for snow on Thursday and Friday this week, with snow showers possible throughout the county on Thursday and possible snow, sleet and hail showers on Friday, bringing the possibility of some travel disruption.

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "This change in the weather seems likely to keep our gritting teams very busy and we're well prepared to deal with whatever the weather brings over the next few days.

"Our highway teams will be out gritting but drivers should take extra care as when a road has been gritted, it can remain icy until the movement of traffic has worked the salt in and made it take effect, so it's vital to drive according to the conditions and consider that there could be icy patches."

Lancashire County Council has a fleet of 58 frontline gritters which can treat the approximately 1,800 miles of the county council's priority road network within around four hours, but may take longer in severe conditions.

• For more information about travelling this winter visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/winter, follow us on Twitter for news and updates at @lancashirecc or Facebook www.facebook.com/lancashirecc

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Start planning your 2017 butterfly garden now

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. This is a devastating reduction in numbers. It is tragic that the next generation of children might never have the healing experience of butterflies and Summer days that we once took for granted. We need to give it back.

These common species will all visit gardens to feed on nectar. Some species are declining in the South and are attempting to spread North. You can help them recover this year by making sure your garden offers sustenance throughout the butterfly season.

Winter is a great time to draw up planting plans for your flowerbeds but even adding a pot of pollinator-friendly flowers can make a difference. The Butterfly Conservation Society's Secret Gardener blog publishes monthly tips and for January suggests some of the following easy ways to start turning over a new leaf in your garden in 2017.

Add some more nectar plants
Aim to provide a food source for butterflies and moths from at least spring to autumn. It can be a simple as planting the evergreen Perennial Wallflower Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ which can have purple flowers all year round and is attractive to the Small Tortoiseshell and Large and Small Whites.

Having plants in flower during the winter is useful for any butterflies coming out of hibernation early on warm days.  Witch Hazel, Hamamelis,  provides both colour and nectar in January.

For moths chose something scented or white or with tubular flowers. Honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum 'Scentsation' is a climber which flowers from mid-summer to mid-autumn.

Add some more foodplants
Encourage butterflies and moths to breed by leaving a small patch of grass to grow unchecked. A wild patch provides vital foodplants for caterpillars.

If you don’t have much room you can still cater for the Mint Moth Pyrausta aurata with a pot of Mint.  Bowles (Apple) Mint Mentha x villosa alopecuroides grows to 75cm with pretty flowers and can also be used for your mint sauce. A container of Nasturtiums will attract white butterflies, providing a useful distraction from your Brassica vegetables.

The Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) –  The cone shaped flowers have a rich fragrance that attracts butterflies and bees.  If you don’t have room for one of the older varieties such as “Black Knight” or “Royal Red” there are new dwarf variants such as the “Nanho” or “Pixie” types.

Potentilla fruticosa – There are a range of varieties with different coloured flowers through summer. ‘Lovely Pink’ and ‘Goldfinger’ are examples of small shrubs that will attract butterflies and bees.

Creeping Thistle
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust tell us that Buddleia and Nettles (!) are ideal plants for Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral butterflies, while Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense) supports Painted Lady butterflies. Jack-by-the-hedge and Cuckooflower attract breeding Orange Tip butterflies, whose caterpillars feed on these plants. A sheltered garden or an enclosed suntrap will help to create the best conditions.

Watch out for the wildlife
Keep an eye on the butterflies and moths in your garden and see which plants are popular nectar or food sources, so you can grow more of them if you have space.

Plan to take part in Butterfly surveys. Make a note in your diary of the dates of the Big Butterfly Count (14 July to 6 August) and aim to have some plants in flower providing nectar during this period.

Moth Night this year runs from 12 to 14 October with the main theme of Ivy so you could plant one now in readiness.

If you have more time available then why not keep a record of the butterflies you find in your garden all year round with the Garden Butterfly Survey. 

Friday, 6 January 2017

Appeal to trace two youths following burglaries in Lancaster

Local police have released an image of two people they would like to speak to in connection with two burglaries in Lancaster.

Officers attended Cowdrey Mews at around 2.00 am on Tuesday 3rd January following reports two youths were seen putting a television into a red Citroen Berlingo. The pair decamped from the car further down the road and fled the scene.

Further enquiries revealed that the car had been stolen following a burglary on Westbourne Road which took place between 11.00 pm on 2nd January and 2.00 am on 3rd January. A second car, a silver convertible Mercedes E200, which had been stolen following a burglary at an address on Nairn Road on the same night was also found abandoned nearby.

The television that was recovered from the Citroen Berlingo is thought to have been stolen from the property on Nairn Road.

DC Jill Neil of Lancaster CID said: “We are keen to speak to the two pictured in connection with these car thefts and would urge anyone who knows who they are, or who has any information about the two incidents to contact us.”

• Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 80 of 3rd January. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org