Owner of Darwen site says building work will begin on time

6:00pm Sunday 20th April 2014

THE owner of a site controversially approved for the building of 133 homes said work would ‘definitely’ start before the end of a two-year deadline.

Cars torched at Darwen scrapyard

9:14am Saturday 19th April 2014

DOZENS of firefighters were called out when 29 cars at a scrapyard were set on fire.

Darwen firm hit by arson attack before opening

Blackburn Citizen: The blaze at the former East Lancashire Warehousing building

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A DARWEN company preparing to open to the public tomorrow suffered a setback after being hit by an arson attack.

Darwen guides and sport clubs in £4,000 grants boost

Blackburn Citizen: Cash boost given to Duke of Edinburgh Award project

5:11pm Thursday 17th April 2014

MORE than £4,000 is to be handed out to local groups in the latest round of Crown Paints and Darwen Town Council Community Awards.

Big expansion plans for Darwen-based WEC

Blackburn Citizen: WEC continues to grow

4:50pm Thursday 17th April 2014

AN ever-expanding East Lancashire metal fabrication firm is set to expand with a new 120,000sq ft plant.

Appeal as Darwen charity shop runs short

Blackburn Citizen: Pharmacies join drive on age benefits

2:58pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

CHARITY shop Age UK in Darwen has appealed for donations of small electrical items as stocks are running low.

Darwen pub lines up Easter fun

Blackburn Citizen: Great Malvern Easter Egg Hunt starts tomorrow (Saturday)

2:59pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE recently refurbished Ranken Arms in Queen Street, Hoddlesden, has unveiled a packed schedule of events over Easter.

Restaurant plan for old HSBC building in Darwen

Blackburn Citizen: ACCOUNT CLOSED: Llandeilo town council has said it plans to sever its ties with HSBC after the bank announced it would close its town branch.

1:50pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE former HSBC bank in Darwen town centre looks set to become a restaurant after plans were submitted.

No fear as Darwen rock group books its final chance

Blackburn Citizen: From left, Christian Slater, James McNeill, Sam Crowther and Rob Upton pay tribute to the famous Abbey Road cover

5:50pm Monday 14th April 2014

A HEAVY rock group from Darwen has won through to the final of a global ‘battle of the bands’ competition.

Summer revamp boost on way for Darwen market’s annexe

Blackburn Citizen: COUN KARIMEH FOSTER

4:50pm Friday 11th April 2014

IMPROVEMENT work at the Darwen Market Annexe has been announced.

Blackburn knife threat siege man jailed

Blackburn Citizen: Luke Entwistle on the Blackburn rooftop

1:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A DOUBLE siege man who held his ex-partner hostage and made terrifying threats to slit her throat, while on bail for another police stand-off, has been jailed.

Darwen pub lines up festival as it celebrates Cask Marque status

Blackburn Citizen: Landlord Matt Worden at the Crown pub in Darwen which has just been awarded Cask Marque status

12:20pm Thursday 10th April 2014

THE licensees of a Darwen pub have received a special present as they celebrate their first anniversary in charge.

Minecraft at centre of Darwen school 'tech camp'

Blackburn Citizen: Review: Minecraft: Xbox 360 Version

5:05pm Thursday 10th April 2014

POPULAR computer game Minecraft is the hub of a free ‘tech camp’ this Easter at Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio.

Age UK to host information session in Darwen

Blackburn Citizen: Call for volunteers to provide company for lonely elderly

5:02pm Thursday 10th April 2014

CHARITY Age UK will hold a free information event for over-50s tomorrow at Darwen Health Centre. It will feature lots of information about Age UK’s services in the town and also aims to inform people about the entitlements and services they may be missing out on.

Problems at former Darwen club

Blackburn Citizen: In Brief

5:01pm Thursday 10th April 2014

NEIGHBOURHOOD police in the Marsh House area have received complaints about anti-social behaviour, damage and litter around the former Highfield Working Men’s Club in Ratcliffe Street, Darwen.

Darwen phto display raises questions

Blackburn Citizen: Dave Owen, who founded Darwen Days

4:59pm Thursday 10th April 2014

DARWEN Library launches an exhibition with a difference this week with a display of old photos from Darwen Days’ local history collection.

Expansion for Darwen tie firm that supplies football clubs and celebrity chef restaurants

Blackburn Citizen: Flashback to the visit of Boris Johnson so DHJ Weisters Ltd

3:30pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A DARWEN firm which makes ties for high-profile firms including Manchester United has announced a £250,000 expansion.

Darwen Live festival line up complete

2:40pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE line-up for this year’s Darwen Live has been completed after the winners of Reidy’s Talent Contest were confirmed.

Late Darwen artist James Hargreaves Morton's work proves popular

2:30pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE Friends of Darwen Library have reported a boom in interest in the work of the late Darwen artist James Hargreaves Morton.

Christians invited to join in Darwen walk of witness

2:20pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

DARWEN Christians Together have invited all Christians to join in the annual Palm Sunday ‘walk of witness’ where a cross is carried to Darwen Tower.

European cultures merge at Darwen academy

2:10pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

DARWEN Aldridge Community Academy hosted an EU-funded Comenius project involving 50 students and 20 teachers from schools in six different countries.

Darwen students collect charity Easter gifts

Blackburn Citizen: Pupils from St Edward’s, Holly Marsden and Anthony Scott, both 11, who are part of the chaplaincy group.

2:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

The congregations from Sacred Heart and St Edward’s RC Church, St Joseph’s and Bold Venture Cubs in Darwen have been collecting Easter eggs to be given out to the Darwen Food Larder and Maryvale Homeless mother and baby unit.

Cat charity: 'Neuter your cats'

4:41pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A CAT rescue charity boss in Darwen has urged everyone to have cats neutered when they reach six months old.

Darwen revellers set for 70s night

4:01pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

DJ Just Frankie will provide the music during a 70s night at The Wellington Bar in Wellington Fold, Darwen, on Saturday from 8pm.

Darwen man in bid to extend home

4:01pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

DAVID Haworth has submitted plans to Blackburn with Darwen Council to build an extension at his home in Aysgarth Drive, Darwen.

Rock band to play gig at Darwen pub

4:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE Gin Pit rock band will perform at The White Lion in The Green, Darwen, on Saturday from 9.30pm. The pub will also host an Ann Summers party on Tuesday, April 15, from 8pm.

Carpets legend to play at Darwen venue

Blackburn Citizen: Carpets legend to play at Darwen venue

3:59pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

INSPIRAL Carpets legend Tom Hingley brings his band to Darwen Library Theatre on May 9, it has been announced, tickets on sale now.

Darwen pub hosting live music this weekend

3:52pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

DJ Iain will perform at The Park pub in Cemetery Road, Darwen, on Friday from 8pm and Sunday from 6pm.

Children's party to be thrown in Darwen

3:46pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

TWO Gates Bowling and Social Club in Anyon Street, Darwen, will host a children’s party tomorrow from 12.30 to 4.30pm.

Companies backing Darwen MP Jake’s jobs fair

Blackburn Citizen: MP Jake Berry

12:58pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

DARWEN MP Jake Berry has announced the first companies to sign up for Darwen Jobs Fair which takes place next month.

Volunteers’ repairs crusade for Darwen woods

Blackburn Citizen: Work under way yesterday in Sunnyhurst Wood

12:56pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

WORK has begun to repair paths and improve drainage in a ‘neglected’ and badly rain-hit Darwen wood.

Lancashire police chief angry over May’s rebuke

Blackburn Citizen: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

1:00pm Monday 7th April 2014

LANCASHIRE'S police and crime commissioner has criticised the Home Secretary after she ‘failed to recognise’ the constabulary's performance on domestic violence.

Crown Paints speeds up production

Blackburn Citizen: Crown Paints speeds up production

1:15pm Monday 7th April 2014

A PAINT firm has launched its new £1million-plus facility, speeding up the filling of paint cans by 75 per cent.

Darwen Vale fitness challenge clocks up £10,000 for hospice

Blackburn Citizen: Darwen Vale High School students in a high energy workout to raise hospice cash

1:13pm Monday 7th April 2014

AN annual circuit training challenge at Darwen Vale High School has raised £10,000 for a children’s charity.

Darwen bride-to-be treated to surprise hen party at Aintree

Blackburn Citizen: Alex in the limo with her friends

10:45am Monday 7th April 2014

A BRIDE-to-be was treated to the ride of her life when she and 15 friends were driven to the Grand National in style for her surprise hen party.

Ofsted rates Darwen school as 'requiring improvement'

Blackburn Citizen: Ofsted logo

5:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014

A PRIMARY school in Darwen has been told it requires improvement after an inspection.

Darwen council joins war on dog muck

Blackburn Citizen: Dog waste bins are to be provided in Bold Venture and Olive Lane parks, following a request by Coun Simon Hugill

3:30pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE war on dog muck in Darwen is to be beefed up with town council cash.

Grant helps Darwen brass players take part in national championship

Blackburn Citizen: Darwen Brass practising led by conductor Steve Hartley

4:51pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

DARWEN Brass will get £2,000 towards the cost of its appearance in the national championships from the town council.

Edgworth primary pupils to perform in Wizard of Oz at The Barlow

Blackburn Citizen: The Barlow

12:46pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

SIXTY-five children aged seven to nine from Turton and Edgworth Primary School will perform The Wizard of Oz on stage at The Barlow, Bolton Road, Edgworth.

Darwen rangers take oath outside Buckingham Palace

Blackburn Citizen: Lucy Ashworth, Niamh Robinson, Azita Bagheri, Eleanor Tomlin and Lucy Catun at the Victoria Memorial outside the palace

12:43pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A GROUP of Rangers from Darwen made their ‘guiding promise’ outside Buckingham Palace shortly after joining 4,000 Girl Guiding members from all over the UK for one of the most significant guiding events of the year, World Thinking Day.

Darwen head: I’ll miss the people the most

Blackburn Citizen: Janet Grime and pupils at St Cuthbert’s

12:39pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A DARWEN headteacher is saying goodbye to pupils and colleagues after 24 years.

Tockholes children bowled over by new after-school club

Blackburn Citizen: John Jacklin shows pupils  Thomas Tyree, Daniel Stephenson, Caspar Sloan, Jack Riding and Callum Riding the skills of crown bowls

10:53am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

CHILDREN have been bowled over by a new after-school club.

‘Tell them it was made in Darwen!’

Blackburn Citizen: Managing director of Herbert Parkinson Stuart McDonald

10:32am Tuesday 1st April 2014

A DARWEN councillor has called on bosses at a firm to include the name of the town in its marketing.

'Nicest mum' wins pampering on Darwen market

Blackburn Citizen: Joanne Graves won the Darwen Market Mother’s Day Makeover competition after being nominated by her daughter Caitlin Smith 11

10:27am Tuesday 1st April 2014

A SPECIAL mum has won a makeover at Darwen Markets after being nominated by her children.

Darwen pre-school wins top Ofsted praise

Blackburn Citizen: Ofsted logo

4:47pm Monday 31st March 2014

A PRE-school has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Darwen ambulance station set to close

Blackburn Citizen: North West Ambulance Service vehicles will transfer to a new base

1:00pm Friday 28th March 2014

THE ambulance station in Darwen is set to close in May as part of a regional review by health bosses.

Tockholes school gets orders to improve by Ofsted

Blackburn Citizen: Boost for Hillingdon schools with positive Ofsted reports

5:55pm Friday 28th March 2014

A VILLAGE primary school has been told it ‘requires improvement’ after an Ofsted inspection.

Darwen homes earmarked after plans rethink

Blackburn Citizen: The now-demolished Waterfield Mill

5:30pm Thursday 27th March 2014

NEW plans have been submitted to transform the site of the historic former Waterfield Mill into 26 homes.

Darwen couple told to repay £5k benefits

Blackburn Citizen: Cash boost given to Duke of Edinburgh Award project

2:00pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

A COUPLE have been ordered to repay more than £5,000 in housing benefits following a conviction for a breach of licensing laws.

Councillor in blast for Labour after no-show

Blackburn Citizen: Coun Foster

11:46am Wednesday 26th March 2014

LIBERAL Democrat councillor Karimeh Foster has blasted Labour colleagues who failed to attend a consultation event about a firm’s expansion plans.








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