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General news and event news.

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.  

All welcome at important commemoration event

Burnley Council has released details about the next event being held as part of the borough’s programme of ‘respectful remembrance’ in relation to the First World War.

The event will be held on Saturday 2nd September in the town’s Peace Garden, outside the Central Library, from 11am.

The focus will be a commemoration of two Burnley soldiers who were awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military honour, for their bravery during the conflict.

Ever wanted to try your hand at tomahawk throwing? A special family extravaganza being held in the beautiful surroundings of Thompson Park this weekend will give you the chance.

Residents and visitors are invited to join in an action-packed afternoon on Sunday, 20th August, between noon and 4pm.

The programme of activities will have something for everyone including archery, small fairground rides, music, food stalls, face painting and craft activities.

Mayor of Burnley congratulates the veterans of HMS Active at their “35th anniversary” reunion

Civic leader writes to crew members of naval ship that Burnley adopted

Former crew members from HMS Active, the Royal Navy ship which was “adopted” by Burnley, are this week taking part in a commemoration and reunion event to mark the 35th anniversary of their participation in the Falklands conflict in 1982.

The gathering is taking place in Plymouth on Friday evening 4th August.

Burnley Council has worked with partners, including the police, to address concerns and issues raised by residents in Padiham.

A range of measures have been introduced to reduce crime and anti-social behavior, and increase pro-active work, especially with young people.

Burnley Councillors will discuss the Empire Theatre viability study at two town hall meetings this month.

The viability study is the result of a two-phase process over the last eighteen months, in which the council joined with Burnley Empire Theatre Trust, the Theatres Trust and others to consider options for the building’s future in a systematic and thorough manner.

The 100th anniversary of the beginning of the battle of Passchendale has been marked by the laying of commemorative crosses.

The wooden crosses were laid at the war memorial in Towneley in respect of the 41 men from Burnley who were killed on the first day of the battle.

The borough has held a number of events to mark important “milestones” as part of the centenary commemorations around the First World War.

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