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ST William’s Parish Hall is hosting a Christmas Prize Bingo evening
Festive prizes are up for grabs as well as a raffle and nearly new stalls which will be selling jewellery, books, gifts etc. And starting from 7.30pm, the admission is free.
The Parish Hall is on 87 Ince Green Lane in Higher Ince.
A WIGAN make up artist is offering group discounts for this year’s festive season.
For the perfect party makeup for this Christmas professional artist, Donna Myers, is doing freelance work for people who want the perfect look before their all important party.
Available for special occasions, proms, Christmas parties and weddings. And if there are four people or more in one booking, then discounts will be available on request.
For more information visit www.donnamyers.co.uk or call 07849345744.
SANTA Claus will be visiting the central areas of Wigan to bring the festivities closer to home.
On December 14, Father Christmas will make a stop at the shopping centre between the hours of 10am and 5pm and again on December 23. Members of Wigan Rotary Club will again be accompanying Santa who will also be visiting Danesway in Swinley on December 11 between 6pm and 8pm and the Havenwood estate in Whitley between 5pm and 8pm on December 23.
He will be attending the central Tesco on December 12, 16, 17, 19, 21 and 22 between the hours of 10am until 5pm and sometimes until 8pm. For more information visit www.wiganrotaryclub.org.uk.
AN annual Christmas Extravaganza event is being held at Wigan’s Salvation Army Trading Company shop.
From 9am on Thursday, November 22, the shop will be revealing the cream of its festive gifts and fashions, which the team have been saving up from donations over the past year and profits will go to The Salvation Army.
The shop is located at 30 Wallgate, Wigan.
SUZANNE Dennis Optometrist in Standish is holding an informal open evening on to raise awareness of the eye care profession to anyone who might like a career in Optometry.
Taking place on Tuesday, November 20, the evening is open to anyone who is wanting to learn more.
Suzanne Dennis said: “Whether you’re 16 or 60 there are many different ways to enter the Optometry industry.
“Our open evening will provide visitors with information on testing eyes, dispensing spectacles, fitting contact lenses and eye health as well as customer service, merchandising and administration. Members of our optometry team will be on hand along with representatives from the colleges/universities where you can study full and part time courses. There will also be the opportunity for one person to gain a work experience placement per practice. Optometry is a fascinating area to work in. It’s extremely rewarding.”
The opticians is located on Pole Street in Standish. To confirm your attendance, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST Elizabeth’s Church will hold a history day this Saturday.
Visitors are invited look around the church that was built in 1876 and admire the architecture, and the stained glass windows.
Two of the windows in the Baptistery are by the famous designer Stammer.
There will be photographs of past events, and a DVD on show from walking days in the 1960 -1970 era.
There will also be refreshments and crafts on sale. Entry is free and all visitors are invited to leave a donation if they wish to ensure the building is still here for another 100 years.
Please note, we incorrectly stated that this event was due to take place last Saturday in last week’s Districts round-up.
PARBOLD Scouts and Guides are leading the way in green energy in the local community by using an innovative and environmentally friendly way of heating their new premises and saving money through a green energy source.
Thanks to £10,000 of funding from the Scottish Power Green Energy Trust the group installed ground source heat pumps at their brand new ‘Hut on the Hill’ premises in the village.
“Hut on the Hill” now surpasses expectations in its own heat production, with the ground source heat pumps saving more than £1,200 in energy costs.
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was knocked unconscious after being targeted by a passing car.
On Monday, October 22, a 41-year-old man was on the dirt track between Bolton Road and Landgate Lane, Bryn, when a silver Ford Focus drove past, narrowly missing him.
The car, with possibly a 02 or 03 plate, drove back at high speed and the man was struck with what is thought to have been a brick or a bottle. He was taken to hospital and required internal and external injuries to his face.
Anyone with information is asked to call GMP on 0161 856 7295 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
A NEW mothers and toddlers group session has started at Clifton Street Community Centre on Tuesdays from 9.30 to 11.30am.
All mums with young children are encouraged to attend with a whole host of activities and learning opportunities available.
Tea and toast and other refreshments will be served. For more information please call 01942 244641.
FOR those wanting to keep fit with a high energy dance session, the Zumba class at Ashton Leisure Centre is a good option.
The class, for anyone over the age of 14, runs from 8.05 to 8.55pm every Wednesday at the Old Road site.
For more information about what’s at the centre throughout the week or to book a place contact 01942 720826.
ANGLERS can spend the day fishing at the Three Sisters Recreation Area on Three Sisters Road.
For more information about the activities on offer or to book a day pass, contact 01942 486900.
THE PCSOs are hosting their next surgery for residents to discuss any concerns at the Sure Start centre on Downall Green Road from 2.45 to 3.15pm on Thursday, November 15.
ALL SAINTS Church is holding its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 1.
The event is taking place at All Saints School, on Chapel Fold Lane, with activities include a grand raffle with a first prize of £100.
Father Christmas will make an appearance and pupils in the school’s choir will be singing, while shoppers looking will be able to browse stalls selling home-made gifts. There will also be refreshments.
The event will be opened at 11am and runs until 2pm.
MOSLEY Common Community Group is looking for residents who want to help improve their local area and voice residents’ concerns at its quarterly meetings. Email email@example.com for information.
NATURE lovers will be able to discover more about our countryside with a tree folklore walk around Lightshaw Meadows.
Expert Mark Buxton will lead a group around the wetlands explaining the beliefs and superstitions associated with trees and discussing how people have viewed trees throughout history.
The event is organised by Red Rose Forest and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, and is on Tuesday, November 27 between 10am and noon.
TWELVE Apostles Parish Centre, on Westleigh Lane, is holding a hobby and craft fair on Sunday, November 18, from 11am to 3pm.
To book a stall or find out more, ring 01942 209192.
The Twelve Apostles Catholic Primary School, located on Nel Pan Lane, will host a fashion show on Friday, November 16, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the school on 01942 674312.
PCSOs are running extra patrols as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.
Police are patrolling Edgeworth Road every day after 6pm, with an emphasis on Fridays and Saturdays, after complaints about youths hitting golf balls at homes from nearby fields.
ST Andrew’s Church will be celebrating St Andrew’s tide and its 130th anniversary starting from the dawn of Friday, November 30 until the end of Sunday, December 2,
The church will be open all weekend for people to look around, pray and join in worship and the chapel will be made into a special Prayer Room.
There will be a Festival Eucharist from 7pm on Friday, November 30, followed by refreshments and fireworks.
On Saturday, the church will be open for people to visit.
The Sunday will be Advent, with Holy Communion at 9am and Parish Eucharist at 10.45am.
A Service of Light with Advent hymns and readings will take place at 6pm.
CHRISTMAS Christian Aid coffee morning and play session will take place at St Aidan’s Church, on Tuesday, November 20.
The church will be open from 9am until noon, and will include a large play area, crafts, mince pies, cards, gifts, tea and biscuits.
All funds raised will go towards Christian Aid to buy mosquito nets.
RESIDENTS are invited to attend Janet’s Line Dancing at St Anne’s Church, every Monday, from 8pm until 10.30pm,
Everyone welcome. For more information, contact Janet on 01257 253462.
VANDALS damaged a motor vehicle in Valiant Road at around 9pm on Sunday.
Offenders were a group of youths.
If anyone saw anything call 101.
BIZEE Kidz, an indoor adventure play centre for children, is now selling tickets for its Christmas parties.
The group will hold two parties at its base in 2A Worsley Street, Pemberton, on Christmas Eve. The first will be from 10am until noon and 1pm until 3pm.
The fun includes food, a disco, games and a chance to meet Santa.
For tickets, which are £8.50, call 01942 375808 or 07957 836700.