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Festival to celebrate Blackburn’s Past

The changing face of Blackburn through the ages, represented by the four phases of the iconic market clock tower, feature as the logo of Blackburn Heritage Festival. It takes place from 11-14 September and launches its publicity this week. This large scale celebration of Blackburn’s past will be part of this year’s national Heritage Open Days event taking place the …

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Walk this way for annual festival

Witton Weavers

The Blackburn and Darwen Witton Weavers Way Walking Festival is taking place from June 16 to 27. There will be something for everyone with a variety of themed walks for all ages and abilities, from light strolls to countryside rambles. People can explore the famous Witton weavers way with Countryside Services or follow in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright with …

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Archery weekend hits the spot!

A national open weekend by Archery GB, is being supported by local club the Bowmen of Pendle and Samlesbury. They are giving members of the public the opportunity to come to their open day on Saturday 24th May 2014 at the group’s base on Nab’s Head Lane in Samlesbury. The event, which runs from 10.30am to 4:30pm gives the whole …

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Kings Nursery shouting about Deaf Awareness Week

Nursery Deaf Awareness Week

Toddlers at two town centre nurseries managed by the East Lancashire Deaf Society are taking part in Deaf Awareness Week (19 — 25 May 2014) with a range of fun activities from learning nursery rhymes to numbers, animals and colours in British Sign Language.

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Toploader confirmed for Blackburn Festival at Witton Park

Toploader Blackburn Festival

Blackburn Festival, the town’s annual free outdoor celebration of music, culture and arts, will return to Witton Park on Saturday 6th September 2014. Organised by a voluntary committee, the event will build on the success of last year with a varied lineup of quality visual and performing artists. Heading up the main stage are Eastbourne alternative rockers Toploader, performing amongst …

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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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How would you change Blackburn’s traffic system? Have your say

Blackburn Traffic System

How would you change Blackburn’s traffic system? Have your say! Blackburn with Darwen Council is reviewing its town centre movement strategy and wants to hear the views of businesses, residents and workers. It has a “blank sheet” on what changes need to be made for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. The Council wants to hear what people like, dislike and would like …

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The Queen’s Visit to Blackburn – Video Summary

HM The Queen visited Blackburn on 17th April 2014 to attend the Maundy Service at Blackburn Cathedral. The town was packed with extra visitors and the atmosphere around the whole town centre was great. Here is the Blackburn Life video summary of the day, when the Queen came to Blackburn.

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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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