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New inspector strives for more visible police presence on the streets

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:01pm Friday 17th April 2015

MORE police are set to take to the streets of the Ribble Valley despite cuts to police resources, according to the borough’s new top cop.

Inspiral Carpets member helps Blackburn brewer create special-edition pint for jazz festival

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:53pm Friday 17th April 2015

A MEMBER of Inspiral Carpets has helped Blackburn brewer Daniel Thwaites create a special-edition pint for one of the region’s top jazz festivals.

Majority of East Lancashire children get school of choice - including 85% in Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Friday 17th April 2015

THE ANXIOUS wait for parents and children to find out whether they have got into the primary school of their choice came to an end yesterday.

Blackburn's Adelphi pub stays open as new landlord arrives

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:00am Friday 17th April 2015

A NEW licensee has taken over at a town-centre pub in Blackburn after the previous occupiers voluntarily wound up the business.

New lease of life for forgotten war memorials

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:40pm Thursday 16th April 2015

FORGOTTEN war memorials which were kept in a church cellar for up to 60 years are set to see the light of day again later this year.

East Lancashire students take part in cultural exchange project

Lancashire Telegraph: FULL: Pupils in a classroom

1:41pm Thursday 16th April 2015

EAST Lancashire students are taking part in a cultural exchange project organised by a national charity.

New scheme launched to get more men into childcare jobs

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:32pm Wednesday 15th April 2015

A NEW scheme has been set up to help encourage more men to enter the childcare profession in Lancashire.

M65 lane blocked near Blackburn after vehicle overturns

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:20pm Wednesday 15th April 2015

ONE lane of the M65 near Blackburn was blocked earlier this afternoon after a vehicle came off the carriageway and ended up on its side.

Car damaged after being set alight

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:04am Wednesday 15th April 2015

A CAR was damaged after it was set alight in Burnley on Tuesday night.

Rural pub forced to close as Blackpool FC fans stage demonstration against club’s chairman

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:50am Wednesday 15th April 2015

A RURAL pub was forced to close after Blackpool FC fans staged a demonstration against the club’s chairman and let a smoke bomb off outside.

Four out of five staff are now victims of verbal attacks by pupils

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:33pm Tuesday 14th April 2015

THE number of teachers being verbally abused is on the increase, a survey by the NASUWT has found.

Saint’s day parade set to return after last year’s axe

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:31pm Tuesday 14th April 2015

ORGANISERS are hoping the annual Ribble Valley Scout’s St George’s Day parade will go ahead this year after being cancelled for the first time in 100 years in 2014.

Grandad plans rally after teen girl killed in car crash

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:10pm Tuesday 14th April 2015

THE granddad of a schoolgirl who was tragically killed in a car crash last year is holding a rally to call for improved safety on a Hapton road.

KitKats sent to East Lancashire students preparing to take on GCSE exams

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:19am Tuesday 14th April 2015

MORE than 800 chocolate bars have been posted to Year 11s who are studying for their GCSE exams by an East Lancashire Sixth Form.

Tenth anniversary for organisation that gives battery birds their ‘freedom’

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:50pm Monday 13th April 2015

A CHARITY set up to educate the public about battery hen welfare is to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Free school bid to stay put for next two years

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:20pm Monday 13th April 2015

BURNLEY High School is seeking permission to stay at its current base for a further two years ahead of a proposed move to a new site.

Oldest surviving football club in Lancashire seeking revamp despite objections

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:43am Monday 13th April 2015

THE oldest surviving football club in Lancashire is seeking permission to construct a new changing block and revamp its clubhouse.

Project set up to help save East Lancashire's water voles

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Monday 13th April 2015

A LESSER-spotted river animal could become more of a frequent site in the coming years thanks to a new national project.

East Lancashire company mark the Grand National

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Saturday 11th April 2015

A MASSIVE piece of art has been sculpted into sand by an East Lancashire company to mark this year's Grand National.

Blackburn Youth Zone to attempt a world record

Lancashire Telegraph: The Youth Zone, on Jubilee Street, is for all young people in the borough of Blackburn with Darwen

10:04am Tuesday 7th April 2015

BLACKBURN Youth Zone is set to attempt to set a new world record for the longest five-a-side football match.

Grindleton pub in £5,000 makeover

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:59pm Monday 6th April 2015

A RURAL Ribble Valley pub that has been hailed ‘the hub of the community’ has reopened following a refurbishment project.

Accrington and Rossendale College nominated for top award

Lancashire Telegraph: Accrington and Rossendale College sports hall set for green light

3:56pm Monday 6th April 2015

AN East Lancashire college is a finalist for a prestigious national award.

SAFETY FEARS: Work halted after high winds cause 'leaning tower'

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Saturday 4th April 2015

A CHIMNEY stack at a cement works was left leaning after high winds.

Nominate your unsung heroes for top honour

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:20pm Thursday 2nd April 2015

EAST Lancashire residents are being urged to honour ‘ordinary’ people doing extraordinary things by nominating them for a new national award.

Tristram Hunt says getting the highest standard is more important than the method

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:02pm Thursday 2nd April 2015

THE man hoping to be the next education secretary has said that more East Lancashire schools could become academies if Labour wins power next month.

Burnley school academy switch will help celebrate First World War hero

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:23pm Thursday 2nd April 2015

A BURNLEY sixth form plans to convert to an academy in 2017 in time to mark the centenary of its namesake’s First World War heroism.

School aims to send mobile phone into space to video the views

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:18pm Thursday 2nd April 2015

SHUTTLEWORTH College is over the moon after receiving a science grant to send a mobile phone into space to collect film footage.

Teen boys injured after car smashes into house

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:43pm Thursday 2nd April 2015

TWO teenage boys were taken to hospital last night after a car crashed into a Ford Focus they were travelling in and a house.

Seven people saved by mountain rescue team after spending night in freezing conditions

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Thursday 2nd April 2015

THREE 4x4 vehicles were stuck in the mud on the fells above Clitheroe after off-roading drivers were forced to spend the night in freezing conditions.

Spirited charity push from ex-SAS soldier and TV star

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:55pm Wednesday 1st April 2015

A RIBBLE valley fitness fanatic who is best know for helping people lose pounds on TV’s The Biggest Loser, is now hoping to raise a few by taking part in Bell’s Barrel of Laughs in aid of Help for Heroes.

UPDATE: Woman found dead in river days after going missing

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:00am Thursday 2nd April 2015

THE body of a mum-of-two has been found in an East Lancashire river days after, it is believed, she fell or was blown into the water.

Children’s ‘shocking’ porn habits exposed

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Wednesday 1st April 2015

THE boss of an East Lancashire children’s charity has called for more to be done to address the issue of youngsters being addicted to porn, following the publication of a ‘shocking’ survey.

REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT: Blackburn head defends school after Ofsted criticises pupils' behaviour

Lancashire Telegraph: Private pre-school closes ahead of damning Ofsted report

9:00am Wednesday 1st April 2015

A BLACKBURN headteacher has defended her school after Ofsted downgraded its rating and criticised pupils’ behaviour.

Ofsted school ratings put Lancashire in the top quarter in the country

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:04pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

MORE than 85 per cent of schools in Lancashire are rated as good or outstanding, according to new government figures.

Burnley out-of-school club rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted

Lancashire Telegraph: Private pre-school closes ahead of damning Ofsted report

1:20pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

A BURNLEY out-of-school club has been rated ‘inadequate’ by the education watchdog Ofsted.

UPDATE: Man found dead by Blackburn river identified

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:00am Thursday 2nd April 2015

THE body discovered by the River Blakewater in Blackburn on Monday has been identified.

Improving Ribble Valley school on the road to recovery

Lancashire Telegraph: Private pre-school closes ahead of damning Ofsted report

2:14pm Monday 30th March 2015

A RIBBLE Valley school that plummeted from ‘outstanding’ to ‘requires improvement’ last year has been praised following its latest Ofsted inspection.

Cash pot of £33m to help patch up seven East Lancashire schools - including QEGS

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:09am Monday 30th March 2015

SEVEN East Lancashire schools have been selected to receive a share of £33 million for improvements to buildings and expansion projects.

'Special measures' school shows improvement

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Sunday 29th March 2015

EDUCATION chiefs have praised improvements at a Rossendale school placed in special measures last year.

Head basks in success at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School prize-giving evening

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:20pm Friday 27th March 2015

CLITHEROE Royal Grammar School students past and present gathered at Blackburn’s King George’s Hall on Wednesday for the annual prize-giving evening.

Apprentices benefit small firms with their skills gained at BAE

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:59pm Friday 27th March 2015

APPRENTICES trained by BAE Systems’ are being praised after boosting companies across the North West.

‘Thoughtful’ former Clitheroe mayor dies - aged 91

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:42pm Friday 27th March 2015

A FORMER mayor of Clitheroe who taught at Stonyhurst College for 20 years has died aged 91.

Nursery school gets report rap from watchdog

Lancashire Telegraph: Private pre-school closes ahead of damning Ofsted report

2:40pm Friday 27th March 2015

A NURSERY was branded ‘inadequate’ by the education watchdog Ofsted following an inspection earlier this month.

KICK IN THE TEETH: Pleckgate High School set to become academy

Lancashire Telegraph: Pleckgate High School

9:40am Friday 27th March 2015

PLECKGATE High School is set to become an academy, leaving just one other secondary in Blackburn with Darwen under the council’s control.

Talented Blackburn student off to London to finish her new song collection

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:13pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

A BUDDING musician is hoping that the release of her first EP and single later this year will catapult her to the ‘big time’.

Fire meets fashion as designer stages shoot

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:04pm Wednesday 25th March 2015

RAMSBOTTOM Community Fire Station became an unlikely photo studio when a celebrity fashion designer turned up for a photoshoot.

Asbestos fear at East Lancashire schools - including 11 in Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:41pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

TEACHING unions have expressed their concern at the number of schools that contain asbestos in East Lancashire.

Hi-tech teen team in high five at robot cup

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:34pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

A LANGHO teenager has emerged victorious at a national robotics competition for the fifth time in succession alongside his teammates from a Ribble Valley school.

Ribble Valley dance troupe put on Disney dazzle in Paris

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:33pm Tuesday 24th March 2015

A TROUPE of Ribble Valley dancers strutted their stuff at Disneyland Paris against some of the UK’s best.

Funding sought for designer’s job site

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:10pm Monday 23rd March 2015

ONE of the first employment websites aimed exclusively at Blackburn and Darwen is bidding for charity status.

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