Blackburn wins national town centre award

After 900 entries and 42 finalists, Blackburn has been judged both the overall champion and winner of the local centre category of the Great British High Street Awards 2016.  The town  greatly impressed the judges with its hard work to turn around the centre. The many improvements undertaken by the Business Improvement District and Blackburn…

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3 new priests in parishes

In the last week I have attended three lovely services where 3 priests have been licensed to serve in parishes. The first was in Liverpool Diocese where my friend Reverend Janet Ashton was licensed as Vicar of Hightown. A Blackburn lass, it’s lovely to have Jan back in the North again as she has been…

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Renewal and Reform

Renewal and Reform is the current process of structural change in the Church of England; ‘an ambitious programme of work, which seeks to provide a narrative of hope to the Church of England in the 21st century’. The main aims are to contribute as the national church to the common good, to facilitate the growth of…

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The Weaver’s Wheel cycle trail through Knuzden and Shadsworth’s Arran Nature Reserve is now almost complete. The path is now wide and very comfortable to walk and cycle on. 

The lower section near Accrington Road is finished with tarmac while the stretches through the Knuzden Brook woodland and Arran Nature Reserve have naturalistic compacted gravel which fits better with the natural qualities  of the landscape.

Already, there are more people using the path which is very good news.