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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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Olympic Torch Routes – Blackburn and Accrington – All the information

On Saturday 23 June 2012, the Olympic Torch Relay will head through Blackburn and Accrington. The full routes are shown below for both towns. Police have already warned people not to obstruct the route with parked cars, which they may remove if they feel it is necessary. With the torch arriving on a Saturday, it will be the perfect time …

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The Blackburn Youth Zone opens its doors to local young people

The Blackburn Youth Zone will open its doors fully to young people aged 8 – 21 from Monday 11th June 2012. Their website has announced that they “will be opening its doors fully, from 3.30pm until 10.30pm, playing host to its very first Senior Club open session. Offering a vast gamut of activities for young people to enjoy, from basketball …

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Darwen Live 2012 – Amazing line up for 2 day festival

The Darwen Live 2012 music event will take place this year on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th June. Spreading the event to 2 days means a much wider choice for music fans. The headline act on Sunday is the “1-Stop-Experience”. The band was originally created by Jennie Matthias, Paget King and Skip McDonald. Many will know Jenni “Bellestar” Matthias the lead …

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Walk from Blackburn to Blackpool in memory of Vicky Harrison

Vicky Harrison

[caption id=”attachment_235160″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Vicky Harrison”][/caption] A group of family, friends and supporters are aiming to raise money for charity PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide. The parents, fiancée and cousin of Vicky Harrison are walking from Witton Park in Blackburn to Blackpool Tower on Sunday 1st July 2012. Vicky from Darwen, was just 21 when she took her own life in 2010 after …

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New Wrestling Show débuts in Blackburn

The organisers of a new wrestling show, which will take to the stage at St Paul’s Working Men’s Club on Montague Street, Blackburn this Friday, hope to attract a new audience to the ACCW show. Acid City Championship Wrestling (ACCW) say the show, entitled “Wrestleriot” will feature “Stars who have competed at the highest level as they  join forces with the hottest …

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Witton Park Country Fair this weekend

Witton Park will host a range of activities this Sunday when the Country Fair returns featuring a jam packed programme of family themed activities. The events will include animal displays, demonstration, tractor rides and environmental displays. Attractions include: Range of exotics, reptiles and small pet animals Birds of prey display Animal displays & demonstrations Horse and cart rides Face painting Art …

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Blackburn is in Blackburn and live on Radio 2

Tony Blackburn gives up his Saturday studio chair to tread the boards of Blackburn’s very own Empire Theatre for a special edition of Pick Of The Pops for 2DAY on Thursday 10th May 2012. BBC Radio 2 is turning the schedules upside down to give listeners a taste of the range of programmes the station has to offer. Tony will be …

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Psychic Sally Morgan returns to Blackburn – Do you believe?

Sally Morgan is one of Britain’s best know psychics and regularly filled large concert halls months in advance. Her show in Blackburn on Wednesday 2nd May 2012 still has tickets available (around 130 when last checked) so could still be a full house by Wednesday night. Sally was caught in the centre of allegations last year and her authenticity was in question. …

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All night badminton marathon aims to raise funds in Blackburn

A 24 hour all night badminton game is set to raise funds for East Lancashire Hospice’s “Hospice at Home” scheme in what is headlined as a “Badminton-athon”. The organisers are asking for a minimum donation of £2 from players, who can choose to play for a few minutes or for hours! The fund raising effort takes place at Audley Sports Centre, …

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Support the hospice and dance the night away

This Thursday night (26 April 2012) sees Blakey’s play host to a Spring Ball in support of East Lancashire Hospice. It is going to include a three course meal, live music from ‘The Brothers of Swing’ along with a guest speaker. Tickets are just £20 and are still available for the event, which will start at 6.30pm and continue until …

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Band raise some brass for the Hospice and celebrate the Jubilee

East Lancashire Concert Band

The East Lancashire Concert Band are hoping their Jubilee Concert will raise vital funds for the East Lancashire Hospice. The band are performing a special concert to help celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Saturday 2nd June 2012 at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. They are hoping the event will combine a great way to celebrate the occasion and add to …

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Have you ever wanted to attend a film première? Well now you can!

Tash Force Premiere

If you have always wanted to attend a film première, you can, in Blackburn tomorrow, 19th April 2012! A new independent comedy film is having its world première at King George’s Hall, so why not try something really different and support charity into the bargain. When was the last time you could say you attended a film première? The charity premiere of a new …

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