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Blackburn’s businesses all set for Royal visit boost

Blackburn is set for a boost from the visit of the Queen tomorrow as thousands of extra people are expected to head to the town centre to catch a glimpse. Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied The Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Blackburn Cathedral for the historic service which is held in a different town or city each year. It will …

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Busy Saturday in Blackburn Town Centre

The centre of Blackburn was alive today with new attractions, businesses and events. In the market, Philippa James began her new cookery demonstrations using fresh produce from the markets. She was joined by Antony Shirley from the Seafood Pub Company and Darina Merheim-Eyre (The Paprika Lady). The new demo kitchen has been built in a new activity area near to Butler’s …

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Photograph display recalls previous Royal visits

A display of photographs from Her Majesty The Queen’s previous visits to Blackburn are on display to commemorate her visit on Maundy Thursday. The collection of photographs dating back as far as 1955 can be seen in Central Blackburn Library. The pictures show a number of different royal visits including one to Mullard’s, QEGs, Pleasington playing fields and the Town …

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Town Centre Road System is hot topic at Breakfast meeting

Shop owners and business manager came face-to-face with the decision makers at a breakfast meeting to discuss changes to the town centre road system in Blackburn at the BID Breakfast on 10 April. Following the announcement of a consultation process by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Councillor Maureen Bateson attended the session at Liz ‘n’ Lil’s to gather ideas and opinions on what proved to be a …

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Lolo’s Wheel – Support the Campaign

The transition from junior to secondary school is a major milestone in any child’s life but for Enola Halleron from Feniscowles her move from St Paul’s School to St Bede’s next year is an even bigger challenge. Ten year old Enola was born with a condition which means her body will never grow more than a metre tall.  During her …

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The council is tearing up the blueprint to look at road system

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is tearing up the blueprint and inviting people to contribute ideas about the current road system and improvements that could be made for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike. The consultation started on 2 April 2014 and will run for 12 weeks. The strategy is being reviewed because Blackburn town centre has changed dramatically during the …

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Countdown to the Queen’s Visit to Blackburn

The countdown has begun for the Maundy Thursday visit of Her Majesty The Queen and HRH Duke of Edinburgh next month which looks set to spread a feel-good factor across Lancashire. Although The Royal Maundy Service at Blackburn Cathedral on April 17 is a private, ticketed event, to honour 88 men and 88 women from the county, there will be …

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Come Dine with Me wants couples in Blackburn

The popular Channel 4 TV show, Come Dine with Me,  is getting ready to film in the Blackburn area, but the show is taking a new twist. The show, where contestants host dinner parties in their homes is about to launch a series featuring couples, rather than just individuals. Come Dine with Me contacted Blackburn Life to help them find …

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Blackburn Old Cemetery in preservation funding boost

Work is ongoing at Blackburn Old Cemetery, as part of a project to make the historical site a safer and more attractive location. Friends of Blackburn Old Cemetery worked with the Greenspace Development Team at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to secure money to carry out the work, under s106 funding. Actions agreed under s106 money include resetting stone steps …

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New World War I memorial campaign for Corporation Park

Brave WWI soldiers from Blackburn with Darwen who died in the conflict could be honoured with a new memorial — with your help. Two local men are appealing for community help in their bid to build a larger monument in Corporation Park which lists the names of more than 3,000 men and women who fell in the Great War. George …

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Blackburn School in national design award shortlist

A Blackburn school has been short-listed for a prestigious national prize. Blackburn Central High School has been short-listed by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in their 2014 Awards. These awards celebrate excellence in the built environment, and showcase the talent of property professionals in the region. Blackburn Central High School has been short-listed in the Infrastructure category. The school …

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Local business people revive Blackburn Beer Festival

After a break of several years Blackburn will host a real ale festival this May at Blackburn Rugby Club. The festival is being organised by a committee of local business people who, after a trip to a similar festival in Bolton, felt a Blackburn beer festival was long overdue. Local brewery Thwaites is part of the organising team and is …

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Blackburn and Darwen Markets sign up to Real Deal

Markets sign up for the ‘Real Deal’ to prevent illegal fakes. The Real Deal Code of Practice is an initiative aimed at reducing counterfeiting offences in markets. Blackburn Market and Darwen Market and trading standards have signed the charter to make sure all goods sold are legitimate — giving shoppers the peace of mind and confidence that everything they buy …

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Householders prosecuted for rubbish pile

A man and woman have been ordered to pay a total of £1441.30 for failing to clear a build-up of household rubbish. Miss Patricia Manning and Mr Gavin Wilson of Parkinson Street, Blackburn were served a notice under section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which required the removal and disposal of the waste which was found close to …

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Darwen Company raises thousands for Children’s Charity

Staff at Herbert Parkinson in Darwen have raised £5792 to support local children and young people.  The money was raised through a sponsored cycle ride, a curtain sale, a pop up charity shop and a Pound Day raffle. A cheque was presented to Child Action Northwest at their Wilpshire headquarters by Gillian Walsh the charity coordinator. Chief Executive, Sue Cotton …

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Hearty welcome for royal couple

There was fun and fundraising on Saturday (1 February) when shoppers and traders at Blackburn Market received a royal visit from the King and Queen of Hearts who made a royal tour of the stalls and café areas in aid of the British Heart Foundation.  The market was gearing up for this Friday when staff will team up with Blackburn …

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More than 30 years on Darwen Market & Shirley is not up for retiring

Traders on Darwen’s three day market staged a surprise birthday party for one of the longest serving traders. Karen Hawthornthwaite on the Candy Rush stall organised the celebration for her mother, card stall holder, Shirley Pilling who has been a market trader in Darwen for over 30 years. Shirley who reached the age of 65, says she has no intention of …

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Mum’s the Word come to Darwen

Mum’s the Word, the successful social enterprise company which recycles textiles and provides affordable uniform solutions has come to Darwen’s three day market. Families in the area can now find affordable second-hand and new recycled branded and non-branded school clothing, shoes and school coats. Joint founder and mum, Caroline Fotios explains, ‘We were keen to come to Darwen because we …

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Consultation Launched on Discount Rates Scheme for New & Expanding businesses in the area around Blackburn Town Hall

Consultations on a possible new business rate scheme offering up to 100 per cent discount to eligible businesses taking an empty shop unit in Blackburn town centre has been announced. The Business Rates Incentive could see new or expanding businesses within a designated area in the town centre benefitting from the discount on their business rates for 12 months. This …

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Grants available to community groups to commemorate WWI centenary

2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. To commemorate this, the leader of the Council has announced a small grants fund for Your Call groups wishing to remember some of the darkest days of our History. Community groups that have taken part in Your Call events can apply to the fund. For example they may have …

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The Queen to visit Blackburn for historic Maundy Ceremony

Her Majesty the Queen will be coming to Blackburn in April to hand out Maundy Money at the town’s Cathedral to men and women from across the County. The Maundy Money Ceremony 2014 Every year the Monarch visits a UK cathedral or abbey to give out Maundy coins to people aged 70 and over in recognition of their service to their …

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Council Launch Let’s Adopt Campaign

Blackburn with Darwen Council’s children’s services has launched Let’s Adopt — a campaign to encourage more potential parents in the borough and surrounding areas to consider adoption. The scheme follows a recent change in Government legislation, which broadened the scope of people who can legally adopt a child. Single people, non-homeowners, those who are in fulltime employment, same-sex couples and …

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Darwen Markets get musical!

Gwen Sangster, manager of Darwen Market has revealed she’s also a songster as she launches a monthly programme of performances by local buskers in the three day hall. Gwen, who now sings with Blackburn People’s Choir, was once one half of a professional folk duo.  She recently had the opportunity to record a CD in a professional recording studio and …

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Blackburn with Darwen come together for Holocaust Memorial Day

Blackburn with Darwen will once again come together for Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday, January 26, to remember the victims of genocide. Supported by Blackburn with Darwen Council, alongside the Interfaith Forum, the event will take place on the steps of Blackburn Town Hall on King William Street at 2pm. Including speeches from the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Cllr …

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Josephine Cox returns to Blackburn to celebrate her 50th novel

Blackburn author Josephine Cox is hosting a drop-in session at the town’s central library on Thursday, February 13. Her visit to her home town coincides with the publication of her 50th book, The Runaway Woman. The award-winning author is meeting a group of school children from 10.30am until 12pm, then hosting an informal drop-in session meeting her fans from 12.00 until …

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Blackburn is Open Launch

Blackburn is Open is holding an official opening of Blackburn’s first ever pop up art centre tomorrow, another step for the scheme in creating a more vibrant town centre. Formerly known as the ‘T-shop’, the centre on King William Street has already been home to Blackburn is Open’s popular art market and activities like lantern making workshops. It has undergone …

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Darwen Market to raffle India Mill cake for Charity

Darwen 3 Day Market is offering people the chance to win an amazing cake that is a representation of the town’s famous India Mill. The cake, which was donated to the market, is on display near the cafe and raffle tickets are being offered at just £1 per ticket with all proceeds going to East Lancashire Hospice. The cake, which …

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Look after the elderly and vulnerable in the cold weather

Blackburn Weather

Make sure you keep warm this winter and keep an eye out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours. If you are worried about people in your community, there are Council and NHS services that can help. A key service is the Guidance for Living Over Winter (GLOW) scheme. Backed by Blackburn with Darwen Council, NHS and voluntary organisations, it offers winter housing and related  advice …

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Stabbing at Darwen house – Appeal for information

Police are asking for information after a 30 year old man suffered serious injuries after being stabbed at a house in Darwen. Around 3.20am on New Year’s Day (Wednesday 1 January 2014), police were called to the house on Park Road where a man had been stabbed in the chest. The 30 year old was taken to Royal Preston hospital where he …

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Blackburn cannabis factory shut down by police

Blackburn Police had shut down a large-scale cannabis factory in the town. Information from locals alerted the police to a potential cannabis set-up at an address on Shear Brow. When police executed a warrant at the address on Sunday 29 December, they discovered and seized around five hundred mature cannabis plants. Forensic tests are still to be done on the …

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