The Virtual Lancaster website project was founded in 1999 and has run continuously since. It started life as 'Lancaster-UK-Online' and the name was changed to 'Virtual-Lancaster' a couple of years later. It is independent of large media corporations
or any official bodies. Wholly owned and operated by unpaid volunteer community members.
Please read the terms
Our aim is to develop a locally-based Internet Site which will:
Encourage and support local talent and initiatives - and the development
of an online community.
Reflect and respond to the diverse interests and needs of local people
- individuals and enterprises.
Provide an essential guide to the area for visitors, potential visitors
and newcomers, or those just wanting more info.
Promote Lancaster + Morecambe to the world, to stimulate interest
and opportunities and new possibilities that benefit all.
Our immediate objectives are:
To create a functional and informative guide to the area, with both
the local community and visitors in mind.
To create a user-friendly KEY SITE for the area, with links
to other relevant and useful local sites/resources.
To provide a free and independent platform to represent the genuine
interests of local people.
To provide free space for the posting of notices and 'classified
ads' of interest to others who might use the site.
To create comprehensive listings of forthcoming events, venues, entertainment
and attractions, local groups and organisations, institutions, businesses and services in the area.
To provide a virtual gallery to showcase the work - and
celebrate the creativity - of local people.
There is always more that can be done. We
will continue to work toward these aims and objectives to bring you
the definitive guide and online resource for the Lancaster + Morecambe
Area in the UK and the surrounding area.
Thank you for your interest
All work is undertaken on a voluntary and unpaid basis by dedicated members
of the local community (see credits), in their
spare time, from their own pcs. Commitment levels can vary depending on individual circumstances, which may change. If you'd like to get involved, please contact email@example.com.
Ways you could help
Ways you can help include: putting a link to Virtual-Lancaster on your website, liking Virtual-Lancaster on Facebook, submitting events to our events calendar, sending us your classified local business / resource listings.
We find it very helpful if you let us know about anything on the site that isn't working, any content that may be false or misleading, or any broken / obsolete links and listings, especially if you tell us which page they are on.
You could help out by sending us reviews of businesses or entertainments; maybe even becoming a member of our review team. Or in a technical or editorial
capacity, large or small, or as a one-off.
We welcome contact from people who can edit webpages who would like to update a page or section of the site.
You could try your hand at moderating events, writing and / or researching news items, supplying us with written-up publicity / news updates for your group or campaign (ie press releases).
Other ways to support our efforts include; using the site regularly
(as your main source of info. online about the area), making use of
the extensive features and resources provided, making a donation ...and by telling others about the site (email all your friends
online, and mention it down the pub). Cheers!
CREDITS - the
people who keep this site together can be contacted via the Editor
• Chris Satori is the domain registrant and
site editor. Chris, aka Satori, had all her IT training on White Cross Adult Ed College open courses in Lancaster.
John Freeman associate editor - created the 1980s local events magazines On
the Beat and worked on later issues of Off the Beat.
Dean Marshall consultant and all round IT genius based at CityLab in Lancaster, kindly hosts the site, gives us brilliant development advice and tech support and is patiently helping us develop the site at our own speed.
Peter Clarke Cinema Editor - edits our Cinema page and weekly movie round-up and keeps us all up to date with all the local screenings
Henry Prince Music Critic - Virtual Lancaster Arts Review Team
Sally Ryde Arts Correspondent - Virtual Lancaster Arts Review Team
Jane Sunderland Theatre Critic - Virtual Lancaster Arts Review Team
Paul Ely was the original developer and designer
of the site. Paul left Lancaster back around the turn of the century
and is currently giving a number of other interesting projects the benefit
of his immense skill and experience.
There are numerous other occasional or new members of the VL team who have not yet supplied their listing text to this list but whose contributions to the Virtual-Lancaster website are visible and valuable.