Friday, 12 December 2014

Virtual-Lancaster.Net Newsletter: Friday 12 December 2014

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Virtual-Lancaster.Net Newsletter: Friday 12 December 2014

This issue wishes all our readers a very merry passage through the festive season.   
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Smokefree play areas plan agreed for Lancaster and Moreambe
Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet has agreed to bring in a new voluntary code to make outdoor children’s play areas smoke-free zones. Read more...

County Council Invites Views On Further Savings Options
The County Council is searching for the next round of cuts it must bring to services that are already feeling the strain, in an effort to plug a £15 million gap that has opened up in its budget cuts proposals. Libraries are again in the firing line - along with rural bus subsidies,  home care and support packages for the elderly and disabled and much of the youth service.

Library Closure Denial
Bizarrely, the Council's Deputy leader and finance boss David Borrow claimed the organisation had "never closed a library".  Coun Borrow either has a short memory or has been badly briefed. In 2006 the Labour-run county council closed Caton, Warton and Hest Bank and six other Lancashire libraries, despite fierce local opposition and campaigning by local residents and councillors, supported by the Lancaster Guardian. Read more...

Have a go on the County Council online budget calculator
Somebody should. The county council is consulting on its budget proposals until 15 December 2014. Have your say at

Re-opened Atticus Book Shop offers a "Pagan Christmas" event in aid of Indonesian animal charity
On Sunday 21st December the recently re-opened Atticus Bookshop on King Street will be transformed into a Pagan Christmas Grotto, and owner Tom Flemons tells us he's confident it will prove an extraordinary and unforgettable even to start the holiday week.

He has turned the shop into a social enterprise, with all profits from book sales and events going to support the work of the Tasikoki Wild Life Animal Rescue Centre in Indonesia, where he worked as a volunteer. Read more...

10,000 meals generously donated to foodbank to help local people in need
Generous shoppers in Morecambe, Lancaster  and Carnforth have donated an incredible 10,000 meals for people in need this winter, following the Neighbourhood Food Collection in aid of Trussell Trust foodbanks and FareShare, which took place in local supermarkets, Tesco, Asda, and Sainsbury's. Read more...

Christmas in a box appeal
The foodbank is also running a ‘Christmas in a Box’ campaign asking people to donate a Christmas food box (or goods for one)  - you can see their poster explaining all about it above and at their website You can also keep up with their news on their facebook page Morecambe Bay Foodbank.

Students Occupy University House
Lancaster University House Occupation  issued a public statement on 5 December and you can read it  in full on their facebook page here. It begins: 
"We, the occupiers of University House at Lancaster University, December 2014, have suspended our actions as the University Management have consented to enter into negotiations with LUSU and other independent members of the student body. In on-going meetings observed by student media, the issues to be discussed will include:  
• the increase in fees for postgraduate and international students; 
• the rise of university accommodation rent; and 
• greater student involvement in University Management decision-making.  
This follows direct action on Wednesday 3rd of December, which involved a group of activists occupying C floor of University House as part of a wider protest organised by a national campaign against university fees and cuts." Read more... 

Shelter from the storm
In the winter months, Christ Church on Wyresdale Road runs the city’s only open-access homeless shelter, 7 days a week from November until March. Can you make mugs of tea and chat to people? Contact the Vicar on

Lancaster & District Homeless Action Centre is planning their 28th Christmas Shelter in the City Centre at St Thomas's Church on Edward Street. Once again they will be aiming to provide shelter for the homeless of Lancaster, along with breakfast, Christmas lunch and a place to sleep for 5 nights. Volunteers and donations of food, clothing, money and gifts are very welcome. You can donate at
Here are some dates you might fancy helping on for that extra-Christmassy glow:
20th December 10am - 4pm Bag packing: Booths Scotforth
26th December 2 - 5pm Collection Morecambe FC 

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Review: Yevgeny Sudbin at Live at LICA

12 online scams of Christmas

Cumbria U wins sustainablity award for vehicle fleet

Festival Improv hits bring new twists to Xmas tales at the Storey

New housing development at Lancaster Leisure Park gets the go ahead

Free After Three Parking in Lancaster City Centre

Eric - Home At Last!

A proper Winter Wonderland of festive frolics at SaltAyre

Hundreds of local disabled people hit by 'disgraceful' government delays in payments scheme

Funding boost for Lancashire food banks

Severe Weather Alert issued for North West’s roads

Couples can convert civil partnerships into marriages

Curious Tales set to chill at Lancaster Castle this Christmas

Lancashire Police launch ‘Special’ recruitment campaign

Scrap the car to save the planet? Lancaster Univerity lecture on sustainable transport announced

Changes to Lancaster City Council services and Christmas opening times

Lancaster - Small City, Big Story

Scotforth West Residents invited to local "Liveable Cities" Focus Group

A Victorian Christmas Festival at The Judges’ Lodgings Museum this weekend

Pensioners' lobby targets election candidates

Lancashire schools archives now available online

Future layout agreed for Lancaster’s Charter Market

A festive feast for all the senses at Lancaster’s Historic Charter Market

Morecambe MP welcomes VAT exclusion for hospices in Autumn Statement

When will MP David Morris speak up on #VATMOSS?

Arts Society Exhibition at City Museum

Lancashire County Council’s Library Closure Denial, spends fortune on County Hall canteen

National Tree Week begins

WHAT'S ON : Friday 12 December 2014 - Thursday 1 January 2015

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