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June 2015
  • 2nd June 2015 - Tuesday

Darwen Town Council Parks Committee

1) Present: Cllrs Smith (in the Chair), Evans, Browne, Brookfield, East. 2) Grant Applications: There was one grant application request received from the Friends of Bold Venture Park in respect of £9,500 plus VAT for the removal of silt build up in 4 small ponds within the Park. Harry Duxbury (Chair of the Friends Group) had supplied all information and pictures, which Dave had copied and circulated. The total project cost was £9,500 plus VAT with FoBVP contributing £500 from…

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July 2015
  • 3rd July 2015 - Friday

Darwen Dance

Free

Darwen Town Council will be holding it’s second annual Dance festival at various venues around the town to celebrate our nation’s love of Dance and Creative Art.

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  • 7th July 2015 - Tuesday

Darwen Town Council Meeting – July

Present: Couns. Hollings, Maxfield, Entwistle, Davies, Rothwell, Huggill, East,. Smith, Brookfield, Browne and Connor.   Welcome and introduction: .   Apologies: Taylor and Evans   Declarations of Interest:     4 Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising   These were accepted.   4.1 Finance   Coun. Browne questioned the expenditure on the Darwen Live booklets and fireworks, which he felt were too high and also the cost involved in putting up and taking down the flags. Coun. Maxfield…

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  • 12th July 2015 - Sunday

Darwen Pedal Car Grand Prix

Free

Darwen’s Very Own Annual Grand Prix, but with Pedal Cars!!
More Info to come SOON!

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  • 25th July 2015 - Saturday

Whitehall In Bloom

Whitehall In Bloom Competition takes place again this year with gardens, back yards and terraces planted with amazing colours. all over the Ward. To take part in this competition and to make the Ward look amazing again this summer, please contact John East on 01254 771957 for any queries and an entry form. The competition is run independently of Council by residents and Whitehall council members and is sponsored by the generous donations from local businesses. More details to follow.

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August 2015
  • 1st August 2015 - Saturday

Darwen 2nd Annual Food Festival

Darwen Councillors and volunteers are organising Darwen’s 2nd Annual Food Festival in Darwen Town Centre. You can sample foods from around the world as well as local produce and shop in our friendly market and town centre. Why not make a day of it and visit our beautiful local parks and countryside. Darwen offers great shopping, walking and sight-seeing with friendly local cafes, restaurants and bars. For more information or if you want to get involved, contact Amanda Grimshaw on…

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  • 4th August 2015 - Tuesday

Darwen Town Council Meeting – August

Present: Couns. Maxfield, Entwistle, Davies, Smith, Taylor, Browne and Connor.   Welcome and introduction: .   Apologies: Evans, Hollings, East, Huggill, Brookfield.   Declarations of Interest:     4 Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising   These were accepted.   4.1 Floral display   Coun. Smith said Blackburn’s display had cost £23,000 and money had come from the Blackburn Business Bid.   5 Mayor’s update   Coun. Maxfield has attended a military ball in Burnley. A similar event…

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  • 15th August 2015 - Saturday

50th Darwen Gala & Parade

Darwen Gala, run by Darwen Gala Committee is in it’s 50th year. This year we are hoping for a great turnout on the streets to watch the parade starting at The Anchor Football Ground make it’s way to Borough Road where there will be a fair and entertainments. Always a fantastic community event, proudly sponsored by Darwen Town Council

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  • 22nd August 2015 - Saturday

Darwen’s 1940’s Day

Free

Our much loved 1940’s day returns in 2015 with a bang.
We’ve a very exciting event planned and all information will be revealed soon.

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September 2015
  • 1st September 2015 - Tuesday

Darwen Town Council Meeting – September

Present: Couns. Maxfield, Evans, Entwistle, Davies, Smith, Taylor, East, Rothwell, Browne and Connor.   Welcome and introduction: .   Apologies: Couns Hollings, Huggill, Brookfield.   Declarations of Interest: Entwistle declared an interest re the credit union.     4 Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising   These were accepted, with one amendment. Coun. Rothwell had sent her apologies for the last meeting.   4.1 Finance   Coun. Browne asked who had authorised last month’s expenditure for £225 to…

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  • 10th September 2015 - Thursday

Ashleigh Primary School

Free

Refreshments in dining hall plus tour and history of the school. 9.30am-11.30am and 1.30pm-3.30pm.

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  • 10th September 2015 - Thursday

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Free

War memorials, and tour of church – light refreshments

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  • 11th September 2015 - Friday

Lower Chapel URC

Free

Weaving loom – 1804 square piano – 1890 Harmonium – 1750 Service – Heritage talk – children’s activities – Lower Chapel Congregational War memorial – graveyard tour – traditional Morris Dancers

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  • 11th September 2015 - Friday

Darwen Market & Darwen Town Hall

Free

Tour and history of Town Hall, Market, Cellars and Council Chambers – Civic quiz – Refreshments of cake and coffee/tea 10-11am and 1-2pm

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  • 11th September 2015 - Friday

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Free

War memorials, and tour of church – light refreshments

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  • 11th September 2015 - Friday

Darwen Library (Friends of Darwen Library)

Free

Friday 11.15 – 12.00 Harold Heys, local author and historian – India Mill talk and outside tour.  Meet at foot of chimney. These talks will take place in the Exhibition Room Friday 13:45 Talk by Tony Foster, local historian and vice president of the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society  on “Beginning your family tree history research”  Saturday 11.00 – 12.00 Mary Painter from BwD Library Service, Tour of Library Saturday   13:45 Finding “Researching your WW1 Ancestors”  by Tony Foster,…

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  • 11th September 2015 - Friday

Darwen Rotary Club (Lego Darwen Tower)

Free

The inauguration of the building of a replica Darwen Tower in LEGO will commence in the presence of a representative of the Lancashire Lord Lieutenant, the Deputy Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen and the local MP Jake Berry. The individual bricks will be sold to raise money for local and Rotary charities. It is to commemorate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II exceeding that of Queen Victoria and the heritage of the Tower.”

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  • 11th September 2015 - Friday

St Cuthbert’s CE Church

Free

Friday 11th September 2-4pm and Saturday 12th September 10am-4pm. Guided tours of clock tower, performances of the church choir and organist, exhibition of old photographs and info of the churches history, info on the the newly restored East Window plus refreshments.

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  • 12th September 2015 - Saturday

Darwen Vale High School

Free

Archives on show plus tour of school if required.

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  • 12th September 2015 - Saturday

Brambles East School (formerly Woodlands) – Home of the Yates family

Free

Refreshments in dining Hall – tour of building.

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  • 12th September 2015 - Saturday

Central United Reformed Church

Free

Refreshments and tour of church – archives – war memorial and family history research.

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  • 12th September 2015 - Saturday

Spring Vale Methodist

Refreshments. History of church dating from 1874 with various archives and memorabilia.

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  • 12th September 2015 - Saturday

St. Peter’s Church

Free

Tour of Church Tower and church, war memorials, records and archives. Light refreshments available.

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  • 12th September 2015 - Saturday

St. Paul’s Churchyard Hoddlesden

Display of old photographs, Tours of War Graves and other memorial features. Historical information and local history leaflets available. Saturday 12th 10.30am-3pm and Sunday 1.30pm-3pm.

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  • 12th September 2015 - Saturday

Tockholes

Free

Family grave search via computer records. Books for sale:- Tockholes A Walker’s Guide; Following On (An update of Tockholes U.R.C. history); Lest We Forget (Short biographies of the men who gave their lives in WWI and who are commemorated on headstones in St. Stephen’s graveyard). Refreshments: cakes and sandwiches.

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  • 12th September 2015 - Saturday

Bold Venture Park (Bold Venture Park supporters Group)

Free

Vintage Darwen Bus will leave Darwen Boundary at 1pm and pick up passengers on way via A666 – Darwen Circus and Manor Road via various heritage sites in Darwen. Free but donations welcome. Bus will return leaving at 3pm. Open Ashton Kiosk for afternoon Victorian tea. Display heritage photographs of the park. Nature trail and photographs competition.

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  • 12th September 2015 - Saturday

Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Free

Darwen Aldridge Community Academy visitors will be able to view displays of different areas of Darwen, for example, Redearth Road Methodist War Memorial and history of the church. These displays will contain photographs and information on that particular area and any key events that happened, especially those that affected the local people. On offer will also be a history walk around Darwen with Local Historical Society Leader Sandra Law and for children there will be quizzes, drawing and colouring competitions.…

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  • 12th September 2015 - Saturday

Tockholes United Reformed Church

Free

Tour of Chapel and grave yards – war memorials- archives and light refreshments.

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  • 13th September 2015 - Sunday

Blackburn & Darwen Brass Band

Free

Blackburn & Darwen Bands with the support of Darwen Town Council are holding a brass band March & Hymn Tune concert outside Darwen Town Hall. The event will be free to all members of the public and it is anticipated that there will be around 20 participating bands of all abilities in total. The event is to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the band’s existence in Darwen.

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  • 13th September 2015 - Sunday

Friends of Darwen Cemetery

Free

Tour of Commonwealth War Graves with “Gallipoli” theme by Tony Foster, Starts at 2pm from the Whitehall Community Building in Whitehall Road, BB32LH. The Vintage Darwen Bus will pick passengers up from Darwen Boundary from 1pm. via A666 and tour various important heritage sites in Darwen, calling at Darwen Circus and Darwen Cemetery. It will return passengers to Darwen Boundary leaving at 4pm. Cost of bus – free – donations very welcome. History of Darwen Cemetery, various Walking guides to…

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