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News for residents

Relatives of two Burnley soldiers who received this country’s highest military honour for their bravery in the First World War will travel to the town for a ceremony to commemorate the fallen heroes.

The event on Saturday (2nd Sept) will include a guard of honour from the Coldstream Guards who will parade in their ceremonial tunics.

The ceremony to honour Thomas Whitham and Hugh Colvin, who both received the Victoria Cross for their actions, will be held in the town’s Peace Garden, outside the Central Library, from 11am. All are welcome to attend.

A special meeting will be held at Burnley Town Hall on Wednesday 6th September. Councillor will be asked to ratify the recommendation of the Appointments Committee that Mick Cartledge be selected as Burnley Council's new Chief Executive.

Mr Cartledge is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Burnley. The appointment comes after a robust recruitment process.

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.

Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend will hold his next “out and about” surgery on Saturday 19th August in Burnley town centre between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Councillor Townsend said: “I invite anyone to come along and talk through any issues or concerns they have. These Out and About surgeries are an opportunity for people to talk to me face-to-face about things that matter to them and their community.”

Coun. Townsend will be at the council trailer at the junction of Manchester Road and St James Street. There’s no need to make an appointment - just drop by.

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.


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