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School defends ‘lunchbox ban’

Bosses at All Saint’s primary school in Clayton-le-Moors are set to introduce new rules after a Governemnt inspector found that less than one per cent of pupils bringing in packed lunches met ‘nutritional requirements’.

Councillor to cycle 127 miles for charity

Milnshaw ward councillor Paul Cox will take on the challenge with fellow bike ride Ray Smith, husband of Church councillor Joan Smith, in aid of the Accrington Blind Society and North West Air Ambulance.

Cars hit in crime spree

Thieves helped themselves to property from several parked vehicles on Devonshire Road, Windermere Drive, Cornwall Road, Somerset Road and Church Street.

Council bosses are left red faced over hanging baskets mix up

Councillors in Oswaldtwistle asked for hanging baskets to be installed around Rhyddings Park, but some were mistakenly also put up around Stanhill.

Little Stars happy with good report

Little Stars nursery at the Park and Child Family Centre on Norfolk Grove in Church were delighted with their result following a visit from watchdogs.

Councillor to cycle 127 miles for charity

Milnshaw ward councillor Paul Cox will take on the challenge with fellow bike ride Ray Smith, husband of Church councillor Joan Smith, in aid of the Accrington Blind Society and North West Air Ambulance.

Little Stars happy with good report

Little Stars nursery at the Park and Child Family Centre on Norfolk Grove in Church were delighted with their result following a visit from watchdogs.

Youths blamed for grass fire

Fire crews were called to the playing field on Wordsworth Road after a pile of recently cut grass was set alight.

Mountain challenge for nurse

Zoe Scowcroft will be completing the equivalent of two marathons in two days as she treks across a dangerous escape route used during the Second World War.

Licence for appeal doctor

Dr Abiodun Olumuyiwa Bale, 42, was convicted of assault last year following a dispute with a patient while working at an Accrington medical practice.

Victim speaks out after Accrington street robbery

Qaiser Mehboob, 30, was robbed of £12,500 convenience store takings by crooks who lay in wait for him outside his Accrington home.

Rape reports rise in shock figures

The figures, released to the Observer by Lancashire Police, show that more than a third of those reported have been cases of child rape.

Rapist is jailed for ten years

Joshua Ashton, pictured, ‘forced himself’ on her, a court was told.

GP makes way for his former patient

Doctor K.N Agarwal, who has worked in the town for the past 34 years with a list of 1,400 Hyndburn patients, has arranged for Rishton­-born GP and former patient Doctor Rob Grayson to fill his shoes.

Hundreds pay tribute to Accrington Stanley legend

Former player and president Eric Whalley passed away on Friday June 27 aged 73.

Tributes paid to ‘Mr Accrington Stanley’

All corners of the community, from former colleagues and friends to past cricketers and footballers, have expressed their deep sadness at the passing of Eric Whalley, 73, on Friday, June 27.

MP backs campaign to open up pathway

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has written to Lancashire County Council to try and secure the reopening of the Martholme Viaduct in Great Harwood.

Council bosses are left red faced over hanging baskets mix up

Councillors in Oswaldtwistle asked for hanging baskets to be installed around Rhyddings Park, but some were mistakenly also put up around Stanhill.

Young writer beats competition to win

Rhyddings pupil Oliver Erber competed in the Intermediate Young Writer competition organised by the 71 Rotary Clubs of the North of England.

Council leader under fire

Last month’s decision to cut nine area councils across Hyndburn was met with outrage by residents at the first meeting of Oswaldtwistle’s new area forum. The forum was meeting for the first time since the area councils were scrapped as a cost saving measure.

Post master Bill closes doors for the last time

Postmaster Bill Aspin, 67, closed his stamp book for good after 17 years of running the branch on Blackburn Road on Thursday, July 3, which was also his birthday.

Cars hit in crime spree

Thieves helped themselves to property from several parked vehicles on Devonshire Road, Windermere Drive, Cornwall Road, Somerset Road and Church Street.

Thousands flock to Rishton festival

A record crowd of more than 1,000 people flocked to the village for the annual festival which this year had a 'Pride of Britain' theme.

GP makes way for his former patient

Doctor K.N Agarwal, who has worked in the town for the past 34 years with a list of 1,400 Hyndburn patients, has arranged for Rishton­-born GP and former patient Doctor Rob Grayson to fill his shoes.

Hundreds pay tribute to Accrington Stanley legend

Former player and president Eric Whalley passed away on Friday June 27 aged 73.

£4.5k worth of drugs found in mum’s attic

Claire Waldron, 24, also admitted at Burnley Crown Court to affray after attacking a woman in a pub in Blackburn.          

Elderly woman taken to hospital after fire

Firefighters from Hyndburn and Rawtenstall were called to her home on Manchester Road in Baxenden after the blaze broke out at around 8.20pm on Wednesday, June 25.

Bikers wanted for 110 mile charity road trip

Sue Walden, 44, had organised the ‘charity ride out’ from Baxenden to the Forest of Bowland in order to raise funds for the Boparan Charitable Trust.

Green-fingered couple’s efforts reinvigorate community spirit

Jim and Rita Bradshaw of Manchester Road, Baxenden have been cleaning up the surrounding streets and planting, building trellises and mowing lawns in neighbours’ gardens since September last year.

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