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General news

General news and event news.

The summer is just around the corner and the programme of free concerts for Burnley’s award-winning parks will soon be getting underway.

Brass in the Parks 2017 commences on Sunday, 4th June, with Pendle Jazzmen performing at the recently opened bandstand in Padiham Memorial Park.

The event, which takes place between 2-4pm, will be followed by a number of further concerts across Burnley’s parks:

The deadline is approaching on the formal consultation for final representations on the draft Burnley Local Plan.

The council approved the Proposed Submission Plan at the end of March, and a formal consultation for final representations is currently underway and will run up to and including Friday 26th May.

A council spokesperson said: “The Proposed Submission Plan is on the council’s website and printed copies are available to view at Contact Burnley, Burnley Central Library and Padiham Library.

Professional and budding artists are set to pick up their paintbrushes and descend to Padiham for an open-air painting competition on Saturday 13th May.

The first ever Painting Padiham event will see artists of all skills competing against each other using a wide range of styles and media.

The event will kick off at 8am at the newly opened the Storm Art Gallery in Burnley Road, where artists will receive their painting supplies before occupying their spots.

They will be dotted within a one-mile radius around Padiham Town Hall capturing scenes of the town.

When the new meets the old - 21st Century technology is helping people to look into Towneley Hall’s past and present.

Burnley’s “jewel in the crown” has rolled out a new website that will make finding out about the events and exhibitions held at the historic Burnley building easier.

The vibrant website, designed by Burnley Council’s graphics team, showcases a comprehensive list of all social and historical events coming to the hall and the award-winning park.

Eye-catching images of picturesque countryside and colourful birds are among those on show at a photo exhibition in Burnley.

Professional and amateur photographers from Burnley Camera Club have staged the annual exhibition at Towneley Hall to mark the start of a new photography season.

The club has a membership of more than 30 members, and has chosen over 40 special photos to display at the exhibition, which they hope will inspire an interest in the photography.

New chargeable garden waste collections have been introduced across Burnley borough from the beginning of this month.

More than 8,000 households have signed up to the service which offers fortnightly “green” garden waste collections, with the usual break over winter.

Residents can still sign up to the service which costs an annual fee of £30.

Joanne Swift, the council’s head of streetscene, said: “The new chargeable service began on 1st May. People who sign up receive a sticker for their brown wheelie bin which shows they are eligible for the collection service.

One of Lancashire’s premier 10Ks got off to a Premier League start when Burnley FC stars turned out to kick off the countdown to race day.

And with 2017 marking the fifth running of the event, around 2,000 runners are expected to pull on their trainers on Sunday 4th June to be part of the celebrations.

The run is expected to generate a huge boost for local good causes.

Entries are now open at /10k/burnley/

Guests and Civic leaders gathered at Burnley Town Hall to watch local young air cadets receive a Certificate of Honour to mark their contribution to the community.

Members of the 352 (Burnley Squadron Air Training Corps) were praised by the Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Jeff Sumner, for their hard work and dedication. The presentation event (Friday 7th) was held as part of the Squadron’s 75th anniversary celebrations.

Padiham Leisure Centre is set to refurbish its gym by investing in state-of-the-art equipment.

Burnley Leisure, which runs the centre, plans to renew the ageing current equipment with up-to-date pieces and convert an under-utilised meeting room into a group cycling area for spinning classes.

Bosses hope the move will help retain membership numbers and attract new customers

The work is expected to take placein the autumn.

Towneley Hall in Burnley is always a great place for the whole family to visit and this Easter there's even more to do with rabbit trails, egg hunts and guided tours.

For the youngsters, between Good Fridayand Easter Monday, the museum is offering the Pendelfin rabbit trail around the whole museum.

Just pick up a trail sheet at the beginning of your visit and 'eggsplore' the museum to discover all the rabbits hiding around the exhibitions.

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