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Aim to boost Darwen economy with “Fiver Festival”

Businesses in Darwen town centre are due to take part in an innovative festival in an aim to boost the local economy. Throughout June the businesses will be taking part in the Fiver Festival. The Darwen Shop and Business Association are organising the month long Go Local, Go Darwen event which aims to encourage residents to shop locally. If one person in …

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BBC Songs of Praise coming to Blackburn Cathedral

BBC Songs of Praise has announced it is coming to Lancashire to record two special editions of the programme on 19 & 20 May 2013. The events will take place at Blackburn Cathedral and are free to attend but you must have a ticket. The Dean of Blackburn, The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Songs …

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Whalley Pickwick set to celebrate 25 years

The popular Whalley Pickwick Festival that sees the centre of the town transformed into a Christmas event of music, food and entertainment is set to celebrate its quarter century this year. The event which raises funds for local good causes, are inviting everyone to a public meeting this week on Wednesday 27th March 2013 at Siam Palace at the Judge Walmsley. …

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Great Harwood residents urged to join in clean up

Great Harwood residents are being invited to help clean up their community as part of a joint operation in the town this weekend. Neighbourhood Police officers have teamed up with Hyndburn Borough Council for the event which will take place in the Hameldon View, Princess Street and Park Street areas of the town between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 16 …

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Council praise volunteers in the park

Volunteers are organising an Easter Family Fun Day at Roe Lee Park and have been hailed as ‘fantastic’ examples of the Council’s Your Call campaign. The Friends of Roe Lee Park are hosting the event on Easter Sunday, March 31. The day will feature a range of attractions including egg hunts, fairground rides, bouncy castles and a ‘Fun Bus’. There will …

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Volunteers needed for Food Bank Project

The organisers of en event to stock the warehouse of the Blackburn Food Bank are appealing for volunteers to help at a special event. On Saturday 20 April 2013, volunteers are needed for a few hours at Tesco in Blackburn to accept donations of food from shoppers. They also need help on Monday 22 April to help get the food …

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Local charity Lottery Bid for History Project – “Discovery Centre”

The local children’s charity, Child Action Northwest, which grew from the original Blackburn Orphanage, is hosting a public meeting to discuss a proposed bid for Lottery cash. The charity, which now runs a range of projects from finding foster carers, supported lodgings, supporting young carers and helping families in crisis across the North West will hold the public meeting tonight (4 February …

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Cupid set to fly into Blackburn Market

Blackburn Market is expecting a flying visit from cupid on Saturday 9th Febraury 2013 as part of the “Love Saturday” campaign and to celebrate St Valentine’s Day. Cupid is expected to visit between 12 noon and 2pm.. There will also be a chance to win a “Blackburn Market ‘Love’ Hamper” and special offers throughout the market. You and your loved ones will …

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Book now for an early bird discount on the Starlight Walk 2013

East Lancashire Hospice are reminding everyone who wants to take part in the Starlight Walk 2013 on Saturday 22 June 2013, that registration for the event is currently at the reduced rate of just £5. The discounted rat lasts until 31 January 2013, when the registration fee rises to £10. East Lancashire Hospice invites you to join them for a …

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Invitation to pray for a new Bishop of Blackburn

The Church of England in Lancashire are inviting people to attend Blackburn Cathedral tonight (Wednesday 16 January 2012) to pray for a new Bishop of Blackburn. The previous Bishop of Blackburn,  the Rt Revd Nicholas Reade, left the post in October 2012 when he retired. The Crown Nominations Committee will meet soon and then again at the end of January to …

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Brides and Grooms invitation to picture perfect day

Stanley House Hotel and Spa, Mellor is giving soon to be brides and grooms the chance to see why it is the ideal place to host their picture perfect day. The Stanley House estate will be throwing open its doors to allow couples the chance to experience all that the stunning, award winning venue has to offer on Sunday 13 …

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Free property marking for electrical items in Blackburn

Police in Blackburn are offering to mark your expensive electrical items as part of a campaign to reduce thefts in the town. Members of the local neighbourhood policing team will be at Revidge Allotments, off Revidge Road, between midday and 2pm on Saturday 24 November. Officers will also be handing out personal safety alarms and shed locks after funding from …

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For a Happy Halloween – Police issue the Halloween Code – Poster to Download

Lancashire Police have issued advice to everyone about how to enjoy Halloween safely. It includes guidance for those going trick or treating and also for people who do not want to take part. A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary said, “Halloween is renowned for the trick or treat tradition and whilst we don’t want to ruin anyone’s fun, we want everyone …

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Remembrance Day Events in Blackburn & Darwen

Rememberance Day

Remembrance Day Events to remember those who fought for our freedom during the two World Wars and also those who have lost their lives in more recent conflicts will take place on 10th & 11th November 2012 in Blackburn and Darwen. The Royal British Legion say that “with troops on duty in Afghanistan and other trouble spots around the world, Remembrance, …

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Blackburn and Darwen Libraries celebrate Black History month

Blackburn Library

Darwen with Blackburn libraries come together to celebrate Black History Month. October has been established for several years as Black History Month, to celebrate the art, culture and literature of various communities in the United Kingdom. Throughout the half term there will be many activities for children and families to enjoy, such as storytelling, crafts and culture of Africa and …

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Men wanted for “Can’t cook won’t cook” chilli competition

Nick Evans from Pumping Marvellous is looking for five cant cook wont cook male volunteers. Contestants will prepare and cook their own chilli at Mens Health event at Bank Top neighbourhood learning centre on Saturday, October 6 from 10am — 1pm. They will also be given tips and advice on food preparation and healthy cooking. The contestant’s chilli will be …

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Take a look round the cells at Blackburn Police HQ

Greenbank Police Station is opening its doors to the public on Sunday 16 September 2012 for the public to take the chance to see behind the scenes. People will be given a rare opportunity to tour the communications department, CCTV room and the cells. Visitors will also be given a chance to meet the police horses and dogs and speak …

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Courses being offered at Pleckgate High School

A range of courses will commence in September at the Pleckgate High School in Blackburn. Spanish for beginners, from September 8 for eight weeks. Each class is two hours per class and costs  £37 per person. Free Aromatherapy and an Active Heart workshop. These take place on September 11 and 25 between 6pm-8.30pm and 6pm-8pm. Introduction to Microsoft Excel which …

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Free publicity for your events – Now even easier

It is now even easier to get free publicity for your events. Blackburn Life has today added an Event Registration facility to the website. You can advertise as many events as you want and they will be included on our evens calendar. To send details of your events, just visit our website www.blackburnlife.com and follow the links to add your own …

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RSPCA Family Fun Day at Altham

The local branch of the the RSPCA in Altham are hoping for a day of fun and interest when they stage their Family Fun Day at the end of July. The events takes place on Sunday 29th July 2012 between 11am and 4pm at the RSPCA centre on Enfied Road, Altham and the organisers are hoping the day will raise …

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999 Fun Day for Darwen

Police are encouraging local people to come along and lean about the work of the emergency services in Darwen town centre this weekend. Emergency services will host a community fun day in the town on Saturday 7 July between 10am and 2pm. Organised by Darwen’s Shared Neighbourhood team, which includes both council staff and police officers, the ‘999 day’, will take …

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Open Day invitation to the new Pleckgate School

The public will get a chance to see the new Pleckgate High School Mathematics & Computing College in Blackburn on Saturday 7th July 2012. The open morning will be an opportunity to see the state of the art facilities at the new school which opened last September. The event is called “School and Community Together” and will take place between 9.30am and …

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Join in and Love your Local Market in Blackburn

Blackburn Market are hosting a range of activities and tastings to celebrate “Love Your Local Market” fortnight. “Love Your Local Market” is a new campaign to showcase markets of all types from around the UK. Many markets will feature special activities between 23 June and 08 July 2012, with both Blackburn and Accrington markets taking part. On Saturday 30 June …

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Final Preparations for visit of olympic torch to Blackburn

The Olympic Torch arrives in Blackburn this Saturday and final preparations are under way to celebrated the event. The celebrations organised by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council will see a packed programme of displays and demonstrations taking place in front of the town hall. Festivities start at around 9am in the town centre, with the Council Music Service’s youth Steel band …

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Ribchester Field Day fun despite the rain

For every organiser of an outdoor event, the one thing they cannot plan is the weather. The organisers of this year’s Ribchester Field Day must have been disappointed that the sun made rare appearances and the rain at times was torrential. The weather though did not stop visitors flocking to the village with its famous Roman history. The roads approaching the venue …

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Church want children to help choose the next Bishop of Blackburn

blackburn diocese

Blackburn Diocese are asking families with young children to help them make recommendations for the next Bishop of Blackburn. The current Bishop will retire in October and the next Bishop will be chosen by the  Crown Nominations Committee. If you have primary school aged children, then the church are inviting families to attend 3 special sessions where the team from the diocese will unpack five …

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Could the BBC help you discover your family tree

The BBC‘s Inside Out programme is joining forces with Child Action Northwest to help discover lost family trees. Were you a resident of Blackburn Orphanage or are you closely related to somebody who lived there? Would you like the BBC to help you to trace your roots or be reunited with family members you have never seen or lost contact …

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Blackburn Library welcomes visiting authors

Blackburn Library have lined up several visiting authors over the coming weeks. June 12th at 7pm sees Crime writer Diane Janes talking about her writing. Diane’s book ‘The pull of the moon’ was a finalist in the New Blood Dagger Awards in 2010 and her next book, ‘Why don’t you come for me?’ was a best selling e-book.  She has also …

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