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General news

General news and event news.

This year’s summer season of free Brass in the Parks concerts in Burnley’s award-winning parks is about to start.

All concerts run between 2pm and 4pm and are free of charge. They have been organised by Burnley Council with support from the parks’ Friends groups.

Brass in the Parks 2018 will launch on Sunday 3rd June, with East Lancashire Concert Band performing in the bandstand in Padiham Memorial Park.

A new volunteer gardening group is being launched  in Thompson Park, Burnley, this week.

The group will meet each Thursday morning, starting 10th May, at the park’s Lodge House, off Ormerod Road, at 9.30am and will continue until lunchtime, but volunteers are welcome for whatever time they can spare.

Just bring yourself, wear sensible outdoor clothing and waterproof footwear. Refreshments will be provided. The group welcomes people of all ages and ability.

Here are the results for the Burnley Borough Council elections held on 3rd May 2018.

These results lead to the political make up of the council being Labour - 25 seats; Liberal Democrats - 5 seats; Conservative - 5 seats; Burnley and Padiham Independent Party - 4 seats; Free Independent Party - 2 seats; UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 2 seats; Greens - 1 seat; Independent - 1 seat.

For the full results click here

A mum-of-three who ballooned to a size 20 in the 20 years after having her first child decided enough was enough when she reached her mid-forties.

Diane Smith, 46, of Rosehill, Burnley, used to hate summer because it was often too hot to hide her size under big coats and dresses.

“For the rest of the year I used to walk with my head down hoping no one would notice me. But in summer when I had to put a pair of shorts on I was so self-conscious, and I just hated that time of year,” she said.

Burnley Council is running its Burnley Business Week again from 14th – 18th May 2018. Supporting Burnley businesses and their growth is a top priority for the Council.

Details of the week of FREE seminars, training sessions, and masterclasses can be found by visiting or calling Burnley Council on 01282 477213. All the events are hosted by business experts to help businesses grow.

The people of Burnley are being asked to walk, run, hop, skip, jump or swim a mile on Friday 18th May.

It’s part of a campaign which aims to get at least 24,901 people throughout Lancashire to take part in the Your Mile Your Way challenge and complete the amount of miles it would take to walk around the world.

A minute’s silence was observed at Burnley Town Hall today (Tuesday 24th April) as part of a ceremony to remember the bravery of a First World War soldier.

The civic event was held 100 years to the day of the death of Private Henry Smith who was awarded the Military Medal and Bar for his heroism in saving the lives of his comrades.


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Burnley Council is hoping to trace relatives of a World War 1 soldier whose bravery will be remembered during a Civic ceremony later this month.

Private Henry Smith was awarded the Military Medal and Bar after, acting as a stretcher bearer, he repeatedly carried wounded comrades to safety over open ground under constant enemy machinegun fire. Just five weeks later – on 24th April 1918 – he was killed in action in France.

Burnley Councilis urging voters in the boroughto be ready to have their say in the local elections on 3rd May.

A number of important deadlines are approaching.

People who are not registered to vote have until Tuesday 17th April to register – you can do this by visiting by calling the borough’s election team on 01282 477261.

To be able to vote you must be on the electoral roll.


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