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Bishop of Blackburn unveils 12-year church revival ‘vision’

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:39pm Tuesday 30th June 2015

THE BISHOP of Blackburn Julian Henderson has announced plans for a string of events across Lancashire to put flesh on the bones of his 12-year plan to revive the Church of England in the county.

BLUE LAGOON: Final plans for controversial wedding reception venue near Darwen revealed

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Tuesday 30th June 2015

FINAL plans for a controversial wedding reception venue and multi-use function room at East Lancashire’s Blue Lagoon beauty spot have been revealed.

Fracking application rejected by Lancashire county council

Lancashire Telegraph: Bez joins fracking protesters outside Lancashire County Council, who are meeting to discuss shale gas development control. ... Fracking protesters at Lancashire County Council ... 28-01-2015 ... Preston ... UK ... Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/P

12:09pm Monday 29th June 2015

COUNCILLORS today turned down the second of two plans to frack for shale gas in Lancashire.

Blackburn Market trader Alan Taylor makes Armed Forces Day appeal

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11:18am Monday 29th June 2015

BLACKBURN Market trader Alan Taylor has made an Armed Forces Day appeal for people to voluntarily start tending abandoned war graves.

£4.7m Blackburn bus station work to restart as new contractors sign takeover deal

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Saturday 27th June 2015

CATHEDRAL Quarter contractors Eric Wright last night took over building Blackburn’s much-delayed new bus station.

PENNINE LANCASHIRE: Our spirit of invention

Lancashire Telegraph: Nori Brick

9:06am Friday 26th June 2015

LAST week the Lancashire Telegraph launched a major campaign to put a spotlight on the achievements, achievers and potential of Pennine Lancashire.

Highly-respected journalist dies, aged 79, after short illness

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Friday 26th June 2015

A HIGHLY-respected journalist Peter Storah has died, aged 79, after a short illness.

County councillors delay first of two controversial decisions on fracking

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:02pm Thursday 25th June 2015

COUNTY councillors have delayed the first of two controversial decisions on fracking until Monday to consider legal advice.

Pennine Lancashire's heritage of cotton brings new investment to the area

Lancashire Telegraph: Another great East Lancs museum: Queen Street Mill Textile Museum with Weaver Colin Stevens, left, and Tackler Graeme Myers

9:05am Tuesday 23rd June 2015

THE history and buildings of Pennine Lancashire's cotton industry are no longer lying idle but bring new investment and visitors to the area.

Pennine Lancashire has been a success story since the industrial revolution

Lancashire Telegraph: The Leeds-Liverpool Canal

5:04am Tuesday 23rd June 2015

PENNINE Lancashire was built on the cotton mills and inventors of the Industrial Revolution - but a new generation of businessman and entrepreneurs are now spinning new hi-tech yarns of success for the 21st Century.

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Lancashire Telegraph: Toby Webber

12:26pm Friday 19th June 2015

Saturday Sermon by Toby Webber, Chaplain to the Bishop of Blackburn.

Panto stars to appear at Countryside Festival

Lancashire Telegraph: Thwaites Empire Theatre

3:34pm Tuesday 16th June 2015

STARS of this coming Christmas’s Pantomime at Thwaites Empire Theatre, 'Jack and the Beanstalk', will be bringing some festive fun to the weekend's 'Countryside Comes to Town' Festival in Blackburn Town.

Tackle litter louts over behaviour, says Darwen councillor

Lancashire Telegraph: Undated handout photo of cigarette butts in the street. Britain's streets could become even more littered because of Government plans for a smoking ban in public places, according to a survey out Monday February 7, 2005. The Industry Council for Packaging

2:04pm Tuesday 16th June 2015

DARWEN councillor John Roberts has backed a 'Keep Britain Tidy' call for people to confront litter louts and ask them to pick up their discarded rubbish.

Blackburn with Darwen Council to take back running of key services from Capita

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:10am Wednesday 10th June 2015

MAJOR changes to the ground-breaking £10 million-a-year outsourcing deal between Blackburn with Darwen Council and private firm Capita are on the way.

SACKED: Builders fight back over Blackburn bus station contract

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:00am Tuesday 9th June 2015

CONSTRUCTION contractors Thomas Barnes Group have called in their lawyers over the termination of the contract to build Blackburn's new bus station as market traders step up demands for compensation over delays to the project.

DENTAL HELL: Woman settles £9k claim after being left in ‘excruciating’ pain and afraid to smile

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:30am Saturday 6th June 2015

A YOUNG woman has spoken of her ‘excruciating’ pain and fear of smiling after 12 years of dental treatment.

SINKING FEELING: Blackburn motorists' outrage as hole in the road causes traffic chaos

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:10am Saturday 6th June 2015

TOWN Hall bosses are back under fire for failing to warn motorists travelling from the M65 to Whitebirk roundabout about road works causing traffic jams after a new hole appeared on the route.

Kate Hollern and Julie Cooper handed adjoining Westminster offices in seat of power

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:02pm Friday 5th June 2015

EAST Lancashire Socialist sisters Kate Hollern and Julie Cooper have been given adjoining offices at Westminster as they start their House of Commons careers.

Relocation of key Blackburn post office given stamp of approval - and will now offer Sunday postal services

Lancashire Telegraph: A Royal Mail post box

7:00am Friday 5th June 2015

THE relocation of a key Blackburn post office has been given a stamp of approval – and will now offer Sunday postal services.

TERMINATED: Main contractors on Blackburn’s much-delayed £4.7m bus station dramatically sacked

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:30am Friday 5th June 2015

THE main contractors on Blackburn’s much-delayed new £4.7 million bus station were dramatically sacked by the council yesterday.

Blackburn Cathedral music director celebrating successfully composing fanfare for the Queen

Lancashire Telegraph: Queen Elizabeth II during the State Opening of Parliament, in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday May 27, 2015. See PA story POLITICS Speech. Photo credit should read: Suzanne Plunket

3:10pm Thursday 4th June 2015

BLACKBURN Cathedral music director Samuel Hudson is celebrating successfully composing a fanfare for the Queen resulting in his second meeting with the Monarch in 13 months.

Darwen's Friends of Sunnyhurst Woods folds after 15 years

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:44pm Thursday 4th June 2015

DARWEN’S Friends of Sunnyhurst Woods has folded after 15 years – but local councillors hope a new version will spring up.

Surprise Blackburn road closure brings rush-hour traffic chaos - and there's more to come...

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:10am Thursday 4th June 2015

BLACKBURN with Darwen council is under fire for failing to warn motorists travelling from the M65 to Whitebirk roundabout about traffic jams caused by the closure of Gorse Street off Burnley Road.

Construction work on Blackburn’s new £4.8million state-of-the-art dementia centre begins

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:30pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

CONSTRUCTION work on Blackburn’s new £4.8million state-of-the-art dementia care home for the elderly has been officially started.

Opening marks new chapter for Bacup Library

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:23pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

BACUP Library has officially reopened its doors following a major refurbishment to update and improve facilities.

Westminster hears new Burnley MP call for cash to make town thrive

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:12pm Wednesday 3rd June 2015

A NEW MP has called for fairer government grants and new powers from Whitehall to shape Burnley’s destiny as a 21st century success matching its achievements in the 19th.

FIASCO: Blackburn market traders demand answers and compensation over bus station delays

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:30pm Tuesday 2nd June 2015

BLACKBURN’S market traders are demanding answers and compensation over the ‘fiasco’ of delays to the town’s new £4.7million bus station.

Green light for 145 houses near Blackburn - but angry opponents fear 4,000 more could follow

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a high-quality 145-house ‘village’ with country green south of Blackburn have been approved — opening the floodgates for thousands of new homes in similar projects on open countryside.

Blackburn toilet tissue firm reports £100million annual sales and announces 100 new jobs

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

A FAST-GROWING Blackburn business is to create 100 new jobs after its annual sales broke the £100million mark.

Project aiming to raise awareness of donations importance

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:52pm Friday 29th May 2015

A MAJOR new campaign to promote organ donation among East Lancashire’s South Asian community will be launched next month.

Methodist Church ‘sorry’ for failing to stop physical and sexual abuse - including 68 cases in Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: Law firm urges historic abuse victims to come forward

1:34pm Friday 29th May 2015

THE Methodist Church in Britain has apologised for failing to protect children and adults following nearly 2,000 reports of physical and sexual abuse, including 68 from Lancashire, within the institution dating back to the 1950s.

BACKTRACK: Tram lines from Blackburn’s Victorian past uncovered by resurfacing work

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Friday 29th May 2015

TRAM LINES from Blackburn’s Victorian past were briefly uncovered by the resurfacing work on Railway Road in the town centre on Wednesday.

450 homes planned for landmark Blackburn paper mill site

Lancashire Telegraph: REGENERATION  The Sappi paper mill site covers 118 acres

5:00am Friday 29th May 2015

PLANS for a development of 450 homes, an employment park and community hub on the site of the former Sappi Paper Mill have submitted to Blackburn with Darwen Council.

East Lancashire MPs clash over 'Northern Powerhouse' plan

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:50pm Thursday 28th May 2015

EAST Lancashire MPs have clashed over whether the government’s “Northern Powerhouse” plans unveiled in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech will bring investment to the area or suck cash away from it.

Muslim bosses spark halal row over new Blackburn Nando's restaurant

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:50pm Thursday 28th May 2015

MUSLIM bosses have sparked a row by warning Nando’s it must follow strict guidelines if it decides to sell ‘halal’ chicken at its proposed Blackburn restaurant.

Additional parking spaces to be created after Blackburn College building demolition

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:13pm Wednesday 27th May 2015

BLACKBURN College has been given planning permission to knock down its former motor vehicle building and The Gateway administrative block to create 134 additional parking spaces.

UPDATE: Angry Blackburn shopkeepers protest over loss of trade after latest road closure

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:20am Wednesday 27th May 2015

RAILWAY ROAD shopkeepers yesterday halted work resurfacing the closed highway outside their shops in protest at ‘lost trade’ because of the Cathedral Quarter works.

Objections raised at 145-house “village” near Blackburn which could lie on forgotten foot and mouth burial pit

Lancashire Telegraph: BLEAK TIMES: Political leadership during the foot and mouth crisis of 2001 was heavily criticised

9:00am Tuesday 26th May 2015

A CONTROVERSIAL scheme for a new 145-house “village”, including a country green and cafe south of Blackburn, will be debated by councillors after almost 40 objections.

Local children celebrate official opening of £85,000 new play area

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Sunday 24th May 2015

CHILDREN in Stacksteads celebrated the official opening of an £85,000 new play area with the borough mayor and a soccer match.

Darwen Town Council’s troubled new website handed over to local firm

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

DARWEN Town Council’s troubled new website has been handed over to a local firm.

Blackburn with Darwen’s first citizen makes his choice of the mayoral charities

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:20pm Friday 22nd May 2015

NEW borough first citizen Faryad Hussain last night revealed that after a public appeal he had chosen Blackburn foodbank as the second of his mayoral charities.

New mayor of Burnley feels 'wonderful' at being made town’s first citizen

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:50pm Friday 22nd May 2015

THE new mayor of Burnley said she felt ‘wonderful’ after being able to pull on the regalia for the first time in her civic year.

Bakery boss Brett Warburton opens new £20m development at firm’s Burnley site

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:04pm Thursday 21st May 2015

BAKERY boss Brett Warburton opened a new £20million development at the firm’s Burnley site and revealed there was space for a new production unit already earmarked.

VICTORY: Blackburn model plane man wins legal battle against aircraft club and council

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Thursday 21st May 2015

A VETERAN model aircraft enthusiast has finally been cleared for take-off after a three-year battle.

Blackburn students travelling to site of Srebrinica massacre in bid to increase awareness

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:13pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

A GROUP of 14 pupils from Blackburn’s Witton Park Academy are making a four-day visit to Bosnia to raise awareness of the Srebrinica massacre.

What’s this Russian spy plane doing in East Lancashire skies?

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:30pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

A RUSSIAN spy plane spotted flying over East Lancashire has provoked MPs to table questions in the House of Commons.

Blackburn with Darwen's new leader shakes up top team

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:24pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

NEW Blackburn with Darwen council leader Mohammed Khan has shaken up his top team, with Maureen Bateson returning to children’s services and her regeneration brief going to Phil Riley.

Ex-councillors’ long service celebrated with civic honours

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:17am Tuesday 19th May 2015

PENDLE council is to reward four of its stalwarts for 100 years of collective service with its highest honours.

East Lancashire hajj travellers warned over agency scams

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:54pm Friday 15th May 2015

EAST Lancashire’s prospective Muslim hajj pilgrims are being warned to beware warned of online and other scams when booking their visits to Mecca and Medina.

Veteran Lib Dem Sudell councillor will not stand for office again

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:45am Friday 15th May 2015

VETERAN Liberal Democrat Sudell councillor Roy Davies, narrowly beaten in the recent local elections, has announced he will not stand for borough office again.

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