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General news and event news.

Burnley Council is delighted to announce it has been awarded just over £9,000 from the Arts Council England (ACE) towards the 2017 Burnley Literary Festival.

Burnley’s Town Centre Manager, Catherine Price, applied to the Arts Council earlier this year for support for this year’s Literary Festival and she’s delighted to have once again secured funding for the event.

Following the success of the first Burnley Literary Festival last year, the ACE funding will ensure the event can grow and offer an even more diverse programme for 2017.

Keen anglers have splashed out and donated money to improve a Burnley park.

Burnley and Pendle District Angling Association donated £300 to Burnley Council.

The money was used to install two colourful interpretation panels on a wheelchair accessible fishing platform at Rowley Lake in the Brun Valley Forest Park. 

The panels were designed by a local artist and the research was done by the council’s park ranger Graham Gavaghan.

Councillor Christine White has been out and about in the Rosehill and Burnley Wood area passing round leaflets promoting local businesses.

Produced by Burnley Council, the booklet features a wide range of businesses including cafés, pubs, restaurants, beauty salons, car garages, food shops, and many more.

The Red Ensign flag will be flown over Burnley Town Hall as part of a national campaign to honour the Merchant Navy.

Burnley Council has once again agreed to take part in the campaign to raise awareness of the role the Merchant Navy has played, and continues to play, in bringing essential goods to Britain.

This Sunday (3rd September) is Red Ensign Day and organisations across the country have been asked to mark it in their own way. Because it falls on a Sunday the flag will be raised over the town hall on Friday (1st Sept) and remain there over the weekend.

A Burnley councillor’s work to champion “Dementia Friendly” approaches is being highlighted in a national campaign by the Local Government Information Unit.

The organisation, which promotes good practice in the public sector, has published a special post on its website focusing on Councillor Margaret Lishman and her involvement in Burnley’s campaign to raise awareness of dementia and its impact on those affected and on those around them.

Burnley Council, in partnership with key stakeholders the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Burnley Football Club, have appointed BDP as lead consultants to develop an ambitious new masterplan for Burnley Town Centre and the adjoining Weavers’ Triangle area.

Where can you meet birds of prey, try your hand at willow weaving, and catch a glimpse of the past with 1745 Jacobite re-enactment?

Towneley Heritage and Woodland Festival, of course.

The free festival will be taking over the park on Sunday, 10th September, with an assortment of family-friendly activities in the historic and atmospheric setting.

Between noon and 4pm, visitors will be able to enjoy a mix of entertainment and educational workshops and even try their hand at making traditional crafts.

What does a renowned scientist, the last man to be hanged, drawn and quartered in Britain, and an antiques collector have in common?

They all lived at the historic Towneley Hall, home to the Towneley family for almost 500 years and the jewel in Burnley's cultural crown.

Visitors to the hall during the Heritage Open Days weekend, 7-10th September, will uncover fascinating stories about Towneley family members and the history of the hall.  

All welcome at important commemoration event

Burnley Council has released details about the next event being held as part of the borough’s programme of ‘respectful remembrance’ in relation to the First World War.

The event will be held on Saturday 2nd September in the town’s Peace Garden, outside the Central Library, from 11am.

The focus will be a commemoration of two Burnley soldiers who were awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military honour, for their bravery during the conflict.

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