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News for residents

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.

Relatives of two Burnley soldiers who received this country’s highest military honour for their bravery in the First World War will travel to the town for a ceremony to commemorate the fallen heroes.

The event on Saturday (2nd Sept) will include a guard of honour from the Coldstream Guards who will parade in their ceremonial tunics.

The ceremony to honour Thomas Whitham and Hugh Colvin, who both received the Victoria Cross for their actions, will be held in the town’s Peace Garden, outside the Central Library, from 11am. All are welcome to attend.

A special meeting will be held at Burnley Town Hall on Wednesday 6th September. Councillor will be asked to ratify the recommendation of the Appointments Committee that Mick Cartledge be selected as Burnley Council's new Chief Executive.

Mr Cartledge is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Burnley. The appointment comes after a robust recruitment process.

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.  


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