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General news

General news and event news.

Burnley’s Forest Park Funday is set to reel in visitors

Stretching from the centre of Burnley to the rural outskirts of Worsthorne, the Brun Valley Forest Park invites people to grab a slice of our town’s buzzing parklife as part of its family-friendly fun day.

The day, filled with free family entertainment, starts at 11am on Sunday, 2nd July, covering three different locations – Thompson Park, Queen’s Park and Rowley Lake.

From guided walks and willow weaving to African drumming and besom broom making, there will be something for everyone.

Towneley Park revs up for classic car show

Towneley Park is gearing up for the annual classic car show this Sunday, 25th June.

Car fanatics will be in for a treat with more 300 classic vehicles and motorbikes on display from 11am.

The action-packed day will include lots of refreshment stalls and entertainment suitable for all the family.

Visitors will also have a chance to take a helicopter ride and enjoy spectacular views of Burnley from above.

Wartime spirit on show as Padiham celebrates 1940s weekend

There will be pomp and ceremony galore as Padiham goes on parade and turns the clock back to remember the wartime spirit that saw Britain through the Second World War.

As part of the Burnley Armed Forces Covenant, Veterans and others have come together again this year to organise the popular 1940s weekend.

Saturday (24th June) and Sunday (25th) Padiham will be buzzing with displays and free entertainment for all the family.

Burnley invites people to a “Great Get Together”

People are being invited to take part in The Great Get Together event being held in Burnley as part of a national initiative to forge closer links between communities.

The event will take place in the Peace Garden, between the Central Library and magistrates’ courts, on Saturday (17th June) between 11am and 2pm.

It is part of a national campaign, inspired by the murder of MP Jo Cox and supported by the Foundation in her name, which aims to confirm that “we have more in common than that which divides us.”

Burnley to be part of the first ever National Clean Air Day

Burnley Council will celebrate the first ever National Clean Air Day on Thursday, 15th June 2017.

Co-ordinated by environmental change charity, Global Action Plan, and funded by Defra, the day will see the council raise awareness about air quality and health impacts of air pollution.

Throughout the clean air day, the council will be using social media networks to share cutting-edge advice on avoiding and tackling urban air pollution, sourced from health experts and academics.

House empty for more than 20 years brought back into use

A run-down house in Burnley which lay empty for more than 20 years has been brought back to life thanks to Burnley Council.

The semi-detached property in Rennie Street had been empty since 1994 and had fallen into disrepair and was having a detrimental impact on the surrounding area.

The council stepped in using its Empty Homes Programme and renovated the property, which is now up for sale and ready to be snapped up by a buyer.

Results of consultation on Padiham heritage plans

The results of a public consultation on a draft management plan aimed at helping protect and enhance the special interest of Padiham conservation area will be reported to councilors next month (June).

The Padiham Conservation Area Management Plan outlines the measures for preservation and enhancement of the area for the period 2017 to 2027. 

The draft plan was the subject of a five-week consultation which encouraged local residents, businesses and organisations to give their views and put forward suggestions. Those views were taken into account and the plan modified.

Burnley children give their nursery a spring clean

Burnley’s youngest litter pickers have rolled up their sleeves to give their nursery school a spring clean.

Kitted up in their new high-vis jackets, pickers and gloves, Whitegate Nursery School toddlers spent time in the sunshine picking up rubbish around their nursery.

The three-year-olds got rid of sweet wrappers, crisp packets, and drinks cartons.

The Burnley Council co-ordinated activity aimed at teaching the youngest residents about the impact of littering and encouraging them to look after their environment.

New Mayor of Burnley takes office

Councillor Howard Baker has been installed as the Mayor of Burnley for the coming year during a ceremony at the town hall.

Coun. Baker took over the role from Councillor Jeff Sumner in front of other councilors, family and friends in a packed council chamber

He was joined by his partner Tracey Rhodes who will act as Mayoress.

Coun. Baker, who runs a local estate agency, said he would use the Mayor’s charity fund to help local people and groups to have access to funding that might not otherwise be available.


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