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Town Hall meetings will discuss Viability Study on the Empire Theatre

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.

Honouring Burnley's war heroes

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.

Burnley invites all to explore its heritage this September

Discover the heritage right on your doorstep as some of Burnley’s historic gems throw their doors open to celebrate Heritage Open Days.

Taking place between 7-10th September, the heritage days will offer residents and visitors a chance to step inside some of the town’s most iconic and historic buildings.

With 11 free events taking place people will be able to discover the hidden stories and historical secrets that form part of Burnley’s rich and diverse history.

Car park improvements get underway at Thompson Park

Work on the £1.2 million project to restore Thompson Park in Burnley has started with creating a new car park.

Accessible from Colne Road, the pay and display car park will have 60 parking spaces including six allocated for disabled parking.

The development of the car park is a first phase of the Heritage Lottery funded project, whichaims to restore the popular Grade II listed park and to celebrate its heritage, from its opening in 1930 to the present day.

Burnley parks are flying the flag as UK’s best green spaces

Burnley’s parks are, once again, amongst the best in Britain, according to Keep Britain Tidy.

Towneley, Scott, Ightenhill, Queen’s, and Padiham Memorial parks have all retained their Green Flag status for the eighth year running after impressing judges.

An application for Thompson Park was not put forward this year due to the implementation of Heritage Lottery Fund restoration work.

The award, handed out today by Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country.

A new playground swings into action in Burnley’s park

Residents and community leaders have celebrated the opening of their new play area in Towneley Park.

Around £20,000 was spent on the new facility in the Barwise picnic area, which was formally opened by Councillor John Harbour and Chair of Friends of Towneley Park Maureen Frankland.

Pupils from Springfield Primary School were also on hand to help cut the ribbon and have a go on the new playground, which includes a log cabin, log maze climber, balance beams, hanging log steps and swings. 

As well as the equipment new picnic tables and benches were also installed.

Padiham celebrates Lottery funding success

Padiham is celebrating a major lottery win that will help preserve the town’s past for future generations.

The Padiham Townscape Heritage scheme, Crafting the Future, will benefit from £1.4 million of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money to help protect the town centre’s historic buildings.

It will also help support work to create an area of special architectural and historic interest and making the town more attractive for residents, workers and visitors.

The project is due to start in the autumn.

Padiham bandstand celebration set to hit the right note

A feast of live music will be on offer this weekend as part of an event celebrating the recently installed bandstand in Padiham.

Taking place on 9th July at Padiham Memorial Park, the free event will see many talented artists and dancers whisking local residents and visitors into the festive spirit.

The celebration will start at 1pm with a parade from the town hall to Memorial Park, weaving through the Padiham Greenway.

The parade will be led by a vibrant samba band which will ensure energetic and upbeat start to the main event.


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