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MPs’ fears realised over Blackburn with Darwen asylum contract

Lancashire Telegraph: Switching care of asylum seekers from the public sector to a private company has not worked well, says a report

12:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

THE controversial government contract transferring the accommodation of asylum seekers in Blackburn and Darwen from the council to private company Serco has today been condemned by MPs.

Pupils set for Great Edgworth Bake Off bonanza

Lancashire Telegraph: Spiced apple bundt cake with ginger icing

12:01pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE Great Edgworth Bake Off takes place next week at Turton and Edgworth Primary School.

50,000 views for Turton motorcycle safety video

Lancashire Telegraph: A Honda Civic and Suzuki motorcycle crashing by Hewitt's farm yesterday (March 16)

11:36am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A VIDEO promoting motorcycle safety has had more than 50,000 views on YouTube.

Darwen care home 'target for squatters and addicts'

Lancashire Telegraph: Building a target for squatters and addicts say angry neighbours

11:03am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

NEIGHBOURS of a boarded-up former care home have called for action after an arson attack left it an eyesore.

DJ Kershaw heads for live set in Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph: Andy Kershaw

11:10am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A FORMER Radio One DJ who inspired local group Darwen Music Projects will perform a set in the town later this year.

Firefighters take part in aquatic training in Hoddlesden

Lancashire Telegraph: Firefighters take part in aquatic training in Hoddlesden

11:07am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

FIREFIGHTERS took to the water on Easter Sunday as part of a regular aquatic training exercise.

Community pitches in for Darwen fields scheme

Lancashire Telegraph: Ian Cordingley

11:05am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A FORMER school playing field that was saved for public use last year will finally become the home of three Darwen football teams.

Owner of Darwen site says building work will begin on time

6:00pm Sunday 20th April 2014

THE owner of a site controversially approved for the building of 133 homes said work would ‘definitely’ start before the end of a two-year deadline.

Cars torched at Darwen scrapyard

9:14am Saturday 19th April 2014

DOZENS of firefighters were called out when 29 cars at a scrapyard were set on fire.

Meeting planned for hospital users in East Lancashire

11:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A MEETING has been organised to hear the experiences and views of people who have used services at East Lancashire’s over the last 12 months.

Darwen firm hit by arson attack before opening

Lancashire Telegraph: The blaze at the former East Lancashire Warehousing building

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A DARWEN company preparing to open to the public tomorrow suffered a setback after being hit by an arson attack.

Darwen guides and sport clubs in £4,000 grants boost

Lancashire Telegraph: Cash boost given to Duke of Edinburgh Award project

5:11pm Thursday 17th April 2014

MORE than £4,000 is to be handed out to local groups in the latest round of Crown Paints and Darwen Town Council Community Awards.

Big expansion plans for Darwen-based WEC

Lancashire Telegraph: WEC continues to grow

4:50pm Thursday 17th April 2014

AN ever-expanding East Lancashire metal fabrication firm is set to expand with a new 120,000sq ft plant.

‘Amazing’ response to adoption campaign in Blackburn with Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph: The Adoption process needs to be assessed again in order to make the processeasier for parents and shorter for the child

2:50pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

ALMOST 50 people have made ‘serious inquiries’ about becoming adopters since Blackburn with Darwen Council launched a recruitment campaign.

Darwen pub lines up Easter fun

Lancashire Telegraph: Great Malvern Easter Egg Hunt starts tomorrow (Saturday)

2:59pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE recently refurbished Ranken Arms in Queen Street, Hoddlesden, has unveiled a packed schedule of events over Easter.

Appeal as Darwen charity shop runs short

Lancashire Telegraph: Pharmacies join drive on age benefits

2:58pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

CHARITY shop Age UK in Darwen has appealed for donations of small electrical items as stocks are running low.

Blackburn with Darwen one of worst areas for alcohol-related disease

Lancashire Telegraph: Borough has highest proportion of non-drinkers in North West, but hospital admissions due to alcohol abuse soaring

11:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

DESPITE having the highest proportion of non-drinkers in the North West, Blackburn with Darwen has one of the worst records for alcohol-related disease.

Restaurant plan for old HSBC building in Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph: ACCOUNT CLOSED: Llandeilo town council has said it plans to sever its ties with HSBC after the bank announced it would close its town branch.

1:50pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE former HSBC bank in Darwen town centre looks set to become a restaurant after plans were submitted.

No fear as Darwen rock group books its final chance

Lancashire Telegraph: From left, Christian Slater, James McNeill, Sam Crowther and Rob Upton pay tribute to the famous Abbey Road cover

5:50pm Monday 14th April 2014

A HEAVY rock group from Darwen has won through to the final of a global ‘battle of the bands’ competition.

Summer revamp boost on way for Darwen market’s annexe

Lancashire Telegraph: COUN KARIMEH FOSTER

4:50pm Friday 11th April 2014

IMPROVEMENT work at the Darwen Market Annexe has been announced.

Blackburn knife threat siege man jailed

Lancashire Telegraph: Luke Entwistle on the Blackburn rooftop

1:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A DOUBLE siege man who held his ex-partner hostage and made terrifying threats to slit her throat, while on bail for another police stand-off, has been jailed.

Darwen pub lines up festival as it celebrates Cask Marque status

Lancashire Telegraph: Landlord Matt Worden at the Crown pub in Darwen which has just been awarded Cask Marque status

12:20pm Thursday 10th April 2014

THE licensees of a Darwen pub have received a special present as they celebrate their first anniversary in charge.

Minecraft at centre of Darwen school 'tech camp'

Lancashire Telegraph: Review: Minecraft: Xbox 360 Version

5:05pm Thursday 10th April 2014

POPULAR computer game Minecraft is the hub of a free ‘tech camp’ this Easter at Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio.

Age UK to host information session in Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph: Call for volunteers to provide company for lonely elderly

5:02pm Thursday 10th April 2014

CHARITY Age UK will hold a free information event for over-50s tomorrow at Darwen Health Centre. It will feature lots of information about Age UK’s services in the town and also aims to inform people about the entitlements and services they may be missing out on.

Problems at former Darwen club

Lancashire Telegraph: In Brief

5:01pm Thursday 10th April 2014

NEIGHBOURHOOD police in the Marsh House area have received complaints about anti-social behaviour, damage and litter around the former Highfield Working Men’s Club in Ratcliffe Street, Darwen.

Darwen phto display raises questions

Lancashire Telegraph: Dave Owen, who founded Darwen Days

4:59pm Thursday 10th April 2014

DARWEN Library launches an exhibition with a difference this week with a display of old photos from Darwen Days’ local history collection.

Expansion for Darwen tie firm that supplies football clubs and celebrity chef restaurants

Lancashire Telegraph: Flashback to the visit of Boris Johnson so DHJ Weisters Ltd

3:30pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A DARWEN firm which makes ties for high-profile firms including Manchester United has announced a £250,000 expansion.

Darwen Live festival line up complete

2:40pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE line-up for this year’s Darwen Live has been completed after the winners of Reidy’s Talent Contest were confirmed.

Late Darwen artist James Hargreaves Morton's work proves popular

2:30pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE Friends of Darwen Library have reported a boom in interest in the work of the late Darwen artist James Hargreaves Morton.

Christians invited to join in Darwen walk of witness

2:20pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

DARWEN Christians Together have invited all Christians to join in the annual Palm Sunday ‘walk of witness’ where a cross is carried to Darwen Tower.

European cultures merge at Darwen academy

2:10pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

DARWEN Aldridge Community Academy hosted an EU-funded Comenius project involving 50 students and 20 teachers from schools in six different countries.

Darwen students collect charity Easter gifts

Lancashire Telegraph: Pupils from St Edward’s, Holly Marsden and Anthony Scott, both 11, who are part of the chaplaincy group.

2:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

The congregations from Sacred Heart and St Edward’s RC Church, St Joseph’s and Bold Venture Cubs in Darwen have been collecting Easter eggs to be given out to the Darwen Food Larder and Maryvale Homeless mother and baby unit.

Cat charity: 'Neuter your cats'

4:41pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A CAT rescue charity boss in Darwen has urged everyone to have cats neutered when they reach six months old.

Darwen revellers set for 70s night

4:01pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

DJ Just Frankie will provide the music during a 70s night at The Wellington Bar in Wellington Fold, Darwen, on Saturday from 8pm.

Darwen man in bid to extend home

4:01pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

DAVID Haworth has submitted plans to Blackburn with Darwen Council to build an extension at his home in Aysgarth Drive, Darwen.

Rock band to play gig at Darwen pub

4:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE Gin Pit rock band will perform at The White Lion in The Green, Darwen, on Saturday from 9.30pm. The pub will also host an Ann Summers party on Tuesday, April 15, from 8pm.

Carpets legend to play at Darwen venue

Lancashire Telegraph: Carpets legend to play at Darwen venue

3:59pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

INSPIRAL Carpets legend Tom Hingley brings his band to Darwen Library Theatre on May 9, it has been announced, tickets on sale now.

Darwen pub hosting live music this weekend

3:52pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

DJ Iain will perform at The Park pub in Cemetery Road, Darwen, on Friday from 8pm and Sunday from 6pm.

Children's party to be thrown in Darwen

3:46pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

TWO Gates Bowling and Social Club in Anyon Street, Darwen, will host a children’s party tomorrow from 12.30 to 4.30pm.

Companies backing Darwen MP Jake’s jobs fair

Lancashire Telegraph: MP Jake Berry

12:58pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

DARWEN MP Jake Berry has announced the first companies to sign up for Darwen Jobs Fair which takes place next month.

Volunteers’ repairs crusade for Darwen woods

Lancashire Telegraph: Work under way yesterday in Sunnyhurst Wood

12:56pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

WORK has begun to repair paths and improve drainage in a ‘neglected’ and badly rain-hit Darwen wood.

Lancashire police chief angry over May’s rebuke

Lancashire Telegraph: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

1:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

LANCASHIRE'S police and crime commissioner has criticised the Home Secretary after she ‘failed to recognise’ the constabulary's performance on domestic violence.

Crown Paints speeds up production

Lancashire Telegraph: Crown Paints speeds up production

1:15pm Monday 7th April 2014

A PAINT firm has launched its new £1million-plus facility, speeding up the filling of paint cans by 75 per cent.

Darwen Vale fitness challenge clocks up £10,000 for hospice

Lancashire Telegraph: Darwen Vale High School students in a high energy workout to raise hospice cash

1:13pm Monday 7th April 2014

AN annual circuit training challenge at Darwen Vale High School has raised £10,000 for a children’s charity.

Darwen bride-to-be treated to surprise hen party at Aintree

Lancashire Telegraph: Alex in the limo with her friends

10:45am Monday 7th April 2014

A BRIDE-to-be was treated to the ride of her life when she and 15 friends were driven to the Grand National in style for her surprise hen party.

Ofsted rates Darwen school as 'requiring improvement'

Lancashire Telegraph: Ofsted logo

5:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

A PRIMARY school in Darwen has been told it requires improvement after an inspection.

Blackburn with Darwen families’ fight to afford food

Lancashire Telegraph: An expert has cited food costs are among causes of malnutrition

5:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

A TRADE expert said rising food costs meant it was ‘unsurprising’ that many children were suffering from malnutrition.

Darwen council joins war on dog muck

Lancashire Telegraph: Dog waste bins are to be provided in Bold Venture and Olive Lane parks, following a request by Coun Simon Hugill

3:30pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE war on dog muck in Darwen is to be beefed up with town council cash.

Blackburn with Darwen residents urged to be alert after shocking child malnutrition figures

Lancashire Telegraph: 3.5per cent of year six pupils are underweight

11:00am Thursday 3rd April 2014

A FOODBANK boss is urging people to ‘keep an eye on their neighbours’ after shock figures reveal-ed more children in Blackburn with Darwen were malnourished than anywhere else in the UK.

Grant helps Darwen brass players take part in national championship

Lancashire Telegraph: Darwen Brass practising led by conductor Steve Hartley

4:51pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

DARWEN Brass will get £2,000 towards the cost of its appearance in the national championships from the town council.


Darwen what's on

Laughter set to take over the world (link)

lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/leisure 2:47pm Fri 21 Mar 14

DATES have been announced for the next World of Comedy gigs in Blackburn and Darwen.

Donna went from housewife to medium for stars (link)

lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/leisure 10:08am Thu 30 Jan 14

THEY say life begins at 40. Well, it certainly did for celebrity psychic Donna Fallon.

Another spin for anthems in Darwen (link)

lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/leisure 4:23pm Thu 9 Jan 14

SOME of the greatest rock songs of all time will be celebrated in a special concert at Darwen Library Theatre in…

Actress Fiona is more than happy to spend a spell as a witch (link)

lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/leisure 4:40pm Thu 19 Dec 13

BEING branded evil is not a label that is usually welcomed — unless of course, you are playing the role of The…

The Doors Experience back to Darwen (link)

lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/leisure 2:43pm Thu 21 Nov 13

AFTER the success of their show at Darwen Library Theatre earlier this year, the Doors Experience are back at the…

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