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What’s On in Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington, Whalley and Clitheroe, News stories about events taking place and things to do around East Lancashire

The seaside comes to Blackburn this summer

Blackburn town centre is set to be the hottest place to be this summer as King William Street undergoes a dramatic transformation. Throughout August, the centre is being turned into a seaside resort complete with fun rides, deckchairs and ten tonnes …

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More Blackburn locations join in Heritage Weekend

History enthusiasts at a 120 year old charity have had a great response to an appeal for local venues to join them in getting involved in a national heritage festival this September. Ray Smith of Blackburn History  Society is also …

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“Off for Fun” in Blackburn and Darwen

Blackburn with Darwen Council have published their summer programme of activities for children and young people to enjoy. A wide variety of a free activities are on offer at venues across the borough including, community centres, leisure centres, libraries, parks and …

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Blackburn’s Heritage in the Spotlight

A group of local volunteers are joining together to promote the heritage of Blackburn. People are being asked to join in this year’s Heritage Open Day events, which allows the public to see inside buildings and places of historical interest …

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Government “urgent” review into Bees – Should they take a leaf out of Blackburn’s book? – See the gallery

The Government are conducting what has been described as an “urgent” review of the decline of Britain’s bee population. They have pledged to publish a “pollinator strategy” by the end of the year. Lord de Mauley, the Environment Minister, said …

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“Curtains” for local children’s charity!

Children’s charity, Child Action Northwest is selling brand new John Lewis curtains from £10 per pair at their pop up charity shop for one week in July. The items are slight seconds that have come from the factory, Herbert Parkinson …

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First meeting of new NHS Board gives public the opportunity to ask questions

A new body to improve health in Blackburn with Darwen is due to hold its first official meeting next week. The Health and Wellbeing Board first’s official meeting is due to be hosted on 24 June 2013. The Board meets bi-monthly …

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Getting on his bike to help council colleague

One stop shop manager Brian Wallace is to take part in a charity bike ride to help contribute towards a former colleague’s fundraising efforts. Brian will be riding the 60 miles from Manchester to Blackpool on Sunday July 14, in …

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Darwen 999 Day this Saturday

Emergency services in Darwen will host a community fun day in the town centre this weekend. Organised by Darwen’s Shared Neighbourhood team, which includes both council staff and police officers, the ‘999 day’ will take place in Darwen town square …

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Celebration to Commemorate the Visit of King George V in 1913

Blackburn Museum are appealing for items for a special exhibition to commemorate the visit of King George V to Blackburn in July 1913. It is being organised alongside a special event at Roe Lee Park on July 9 marking the …

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Blackburn and Darwen set to commemorate Armed Forces Day

Blackburn with Darwen is hosting events to commemorate Armed Forces Day 2013 on Saturday, 29 June 2013 In the lead up to the day, flags will be raised in front of Blackburn and Darwen town halls on Monday, 24 June …

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Change to Chutney on Blackburn Market

Blackburn College students’ social enterprise “Chutney for Change” will be paying Blackburn Market a visit on Friday 14 June between 10am and 2pm and giving customers the chance to taste its range of tasty chutneys. “Chutney for Change” is a project …

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Packed weekend of fun as family events take over East Lancashire

In just over a week, East Lancashire is set for a weekend jam packed with family entertainment as 3 different festivals come to local towns. Blackburn Festival The Blackburn Festival takes place at Witton Park on Saturday 15th June from …

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Blackburn Diocese are joining “Enough Food for All” campaign

The Diocese of Blackburn is encouraging people to take part in an international fast, organised by charity Christian Aid.   As part of the action around the G8 Summit to be held in Belfast in June organisers say, “We’re going …

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Police scheme to encourage youngsters in Darwen to take up the musical beat

Aspiring musicians are being given a chance to try their hand at being a DJ whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification as part of a new scheme in Darwen. The eight week programme provides free workshops to young people aged …

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Putting the Bee back into Blackburn

An innovative campaign to put the “Bee back into Blackburn” is all set to take place on Friday 24th May 2013. Blackburn’s Big Planting Bee is being organised in partnership with Groundwork Pennine Lancashire, Blackburn Council in an attempt to bring the Honey …

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Love your local Blackburn Market

Markets throughout the UK, including Blackburn Market are participating in the high profile ‘Love Your Local Market’ campaign from 15th – 29th May 2013, which celebrates the importance that markets play in the heart of the community, not only for …

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Annual Walk takes in “Local Treasure”

Great Harwood PROSPECTS Panel is holding its Annual ‘Walk in the Woods’ event on Wednesday, 15 May. This year the walk chosen is Dean Clough. The walk has been described as one of Lancashire’s hidden gems – a tranquil walk …

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Dogs’ Trust provide free micro-chipping at fun day and community clean up event

A free dog micro-chipping and pet health event is being held on Saturday, April 20 at the 2000 Centre in Whitebirk. The Dogs Trust will be providing the free micro chipping service which will be available as well as other …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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