Darwen News updates

Planning Gets Underway for Heritage Open Days 2018

Heritage Open Days organisers across the Ribble Valley, Blackburn with Darwen are invited to meet with the national manager of the festival, Annie Reilly when she visits the boroughs at the end of the month. Blackburn organisers are invited to an information sharing event at The Making Rooms, Blackburn at 2.30pm on Wednesday 25 October organised by Blackburn BID Manager, …

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Traders are upbeat about the future at Darwen Market

Stallholders at Darwen Market enjoyed a bumper day as part a special “Celebrate Darwen Market Day” recently. Since closure of  the 3 day market, most traders have relocated into spaces within the Victorian Market Hall or the new look Annexe. The “Celebrate Darwen Market” day saw a host of family friendly entertainment as well as the opportunity for stallholders to …

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Remembrance Services for 2015 in Blackburn and Darwen

You are invited to join the Royal British Legion and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council at Remembrance Services commemorating the lives of those who perished in two World Wars and in other conflicts. Wednesday November 11th 2015 TWO MINUTE SILENCE BLACKBURN TOWN HALL and DARWEN TOWN HALL An observance of two minutes of silence honouring all who have given their …

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The transfer window is still open at Blackburn College

Blackburn College still have an open transfer window! Whether you are not enjoying your current college or course, or you have not yet enrolled anywhere else, It’s not too late to enrol on a course at Blackburn College. Need Advice? If you need some advice on what course to study Blackburn College have a dedicated careers team to help you …

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Are you ready for the Stoptober Challenge?

During October smokers in Blackburn with Darwen are being encouraged to quit together as this year’s Stoptober challenge launches. Stoptober quitters will receive a full range of support to kick the habit for good. Blackburn with Darwen smokers are also encouraged to get in touch with the local stop smoking service as research shows you are four times more likely …

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Community praised for supporting the ‘Let’s Adopt’ campaign

An adoption recruitment campaign launched by Blackburn with Darwen Council in January 2014 received 85 serious enquiries about adopting a child in the area. The Let’s Adopt campaign showed figures averaged at five enquiries per month in the previous year. The adoption services team are hoping to replicate this marked improvement, as they embark on the second year of the recruitment …

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Turn in Toiletries for the Homeless

VOICE, a local charity that works with local homeless individuals, need your help! They are organising a “Toiletry Amnesty”, appealing to local people and businesses to donate new toothbrushes, soap, shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste etc. This will be running from Wednesday 15th October — Wednesday 30th October and the drop off point will be the Ask Me Point in The …

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Chance to trade for a day in Blackburn or Darwen markets

Blackburn and Darwen markets are taking part in a national event called ‘Love your Local Markets’ by giving potential new businesses the chance to trade for a day during the month of May. Commercial Manager, David Smith is looking for businesses who could become potential stall holders in three categories; artisan and crafts stalls, young entrepreneurs (16 — 21) or …

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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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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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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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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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Patrick’s Emporium joins the Child Action NW 100 Club

Patrick’s Emporium, 65, Duckworth Street, Darwen, was recently opened in June this year. The business was set up in loving memory of Patrick Henry Holden, who was a keen collector of models and toys. The owner, Dom Patrick, following in the footsteps of his father’s passion, made the decision to set up shop early in 2012, in part, due to …

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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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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

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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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Train disruption into Manchester Victoria over Christmas period

Northern Rail are warning passengers that services into Manchester Victoria will be disrupted in the over the Christmas period due to the ongoing work to upgrade the station and introduce electrification on some lines. To allow the project to be completed safely, there will be no Northern Rail trains serving Manchester Victoria after the last service on Christmas Eve until …

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Boxing Day Bus Services in Blackburn and Darwen

Blackburn with Darwen Council has decided to bring some festive cheer to bus passengers by subsidising a limited public transport service on Boxing Day across the borough. The extra bus services will help residents and visitors get to our town centres for work or shopping, visiting the hospital and also the Blackburn Rovers match. There will be revisions to some …

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Darwen man jailed for 4 years for Preston burglary

A Darwen man has been jailed for four years at Preston Crown Court for committing a burglary in Preston. After a three day trial, a jury found Lee Heath Jones, 47, of Hazel Avenue, Darwen, guilty of a burglary on Blackpool Road, Preston in August 2013, where a number of electrical items and cash were stolen. Whilst in the property …

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Small Business Saturday – Blackburn and Darwen – Make the change!

The national campaign to get people shopping locally with small independent retailers is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 7th December. People are being encouraged to make the change from large national chains and discover the gems on their own streets with Small Business Saturday. Blackburn and Darwen both have fantastic markets steeped in hundreds of years of tradition and boast a …

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Darwen firm aims to create new jobs with grant

A Darwen engineering family firm has been given a grant to buy new equipment and create three new jobs including an apprentice. Broadoak Gear Cutting Engineering Ltd, which was set up in October 2010, produces a range of specialist gear components to a variety of industries nationally. The company was operating with some old machinery and wanted to buy a …

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Shop Local in Blackburn and Darwen

Shoppers are being urged to shop local and support our market traders and independent retailers on Saturday, December 7th. Lots of events and special offers are available in Blackburn and Darwen town centre on the day as part of the global event. Traders have come together to organise the events themselves to attract visitors into the town centre and show off …

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Spate of moped thefts in Darwen – Police Warning

Police are advising owners of mopeds, scooters and motorcycles to lock them up securely to avoid becoming a victim of theft. Officers are investigating seven incidents which have taken place since the beginning of August where thieves have taken these or attempted to steal these types of vehicles in the Darwen area. The latest incident was reported to officers on Sunday …

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Notification of Local Roadworks / Closures

Green Lane As part of the Building Schools for the Future works at St Bede’s RC High School, part of Green Lane needed to resurfaced. It was hoped that the work would have been completed before the school reopened at the end of the summer break. However, trial holes have been drilled over the last few days as there was some …

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Attack on Darwen woman in Bold Venture Park

A woman was assaulted as she walked through a park in Darwen. She was approached from behind by two men and punched to the back of the head, causing her to fall to the ground. The 29 year old local woman was walking in Bold Venture Park, Belgrave Road, Darwen at about 5.45pm on Wednesday (28th August 2013) The two attackers …

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Blackburn Council block access to major payday loan company websites

Blackburn with Darwen Council has take the action to block all public access to pay day lender websites through council owned IT equipment. Blackburn with Darwen Council took the action after becoming increasing concerned about how the companies operate and people getting into a spiral of debt through using them. Last week, Council leader Kate Hollern backed calls for a …

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