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ONE of the first evenings to kick off Wigan’s Food and Drink Festival takes place at Wigan and Leigh College’s Wheel Restaurant.
Visitors will get the chance to support and sample the creative talents of the borough’s up and coming chefs. The evening will consist of a five course ‘swing’ menu accompanied by live music.
Starting from 6pm on Friday, the event costs £28 per person. For more information contact 01942 761888.
A THIRD brewery tour of Allgates Brewery will commence on Sunday.
Each of the previous events have been sell-outs and this one is expected to be just as popular.
People can learn about the brewing process, the history of the building and can sample the real ales of the microbrewery. Tickets cost £10 and include beer and optional pie supper at the nearby Anvil Pub.
For more information contact 01942 828271. The brewery is situated on Brewery Yard, just off Wallgate in the town centre.
WIGAN and Leigh College’s Wheel Restaurant, is also holding a cookery school for budding chefs.
The event will begin at 10.30am on Tuesday in the venue at Parson’s Walk in the town centre.
Places are limited and will include lunch. Tickets are £13 per person. For more information contact 01942 523115.
THE Coven restaurant is holding Raw 2 on Tuesday March 5.
The joint winner of Wigan Food and Drink Restaurant of the Year 2012 is plating up a second annual evening.
It will include an imaginative three course tasting menu of 100 per cent plant-based, wheat and gluten free food.
Tickets are £17.50 per person. For more information contact 01942 237801.
WEDNESDAY March 6 is the launch of the town centre’s Kitchen Theatre which will take place opposite the Moon Under Water Pub. It will run for four days.
ST Anne’s Parish Centre will host a coffee morning as part of the Traidcraft Big Brew on Thursday.
By doing so, members will be raising money to support smallholder farmers to grow more and provide enough food for their families and communities.
The event at St Anne’s will start at 10am and run until noon.
There will be a fair trade stall and a raffle.
For more information, call Linda Hill on 01257 252496.
HAIGH Hall will host an Irish night on March 16 to co-incide with St Patrick’s Day.
There will be a classic night of high quality Irish music and dancing with the brilliant “Beer for Breakfast”.
The ticket includes a four-course Emerald Isle themed menu.
The night is priced at £29 per person. To book, contact 01942 832895 (option 1)
ASPULL library holds a number of events going on for both youngsters and adults throughout next week.
Rhymetime is held on Monday between 10am and 10.45am.
Also on Monday will be an arts and craft class between 10am and noon, which will also be on at the same time on Thursday afternoon.
Between 10am and 10.45am on the Tuesday, there will be an under-fives storytime.
And on 10am on Thursday morning, there will be a reading group, which is held on the first Thursday morning of every month.
SHEVINGTON PCSOs are holding a Home Watch event on March 20 between 5pm and 7pm at Shevington Library.
Those who would like to become a coordinator for their street are invited to go along and speak to an officer.
Alternatively ring 0161 856 7124 and leave their name and number and someone will get back to them.
ENERGETIC parents looking to kick-start their day with a fun way to lose weight can attend a new class at Clifton Street Community Centre.
The Lose Weight, Feel Great fitness session, run in association with the Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust, is free throughout March with the 12-week course continuing through into April.
Sessions will be run as a fun, indoor boot camp type workout with a specialist coach.
Parents can call in after the school run with the classes running from 7.30am to 8.30am and again from 9.30am to 10.30am.
After the free sessions in March, there will be a £2 charge per class from then on. For more details or to book a place on the course, contact 01942 828572.
YOUNGSTERS can put on their dancing shoes for a series of street dance classes.
LJ Dance is running the sessions at the Wigan Seagulls gymnastics club on Bryn Road in Ashton. The classes will take place in four-week blocks on a Sunday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm with each block costing £15.
Anyone interested in trying out for this year’s classes are asked to contact Laura on 0797 612 1371.
RESIDENTS who are worried about how the upcoming changes to the benefit system will affect them are encouraged to visit a special advice surgery.
Based at the Worsley Mesnes Community Association on Worsley Mesnes Drive, the surgery will run from 10am every Thursday from March 7.
THE NEIGHBOURHOOD policing team is appealing for information after a burglary on Wigan Road.
A Samsung television and cash were among the items stolen and officers have urged anyone who may have any details to contact Wigan Police on 101.
The charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555111.
LEIGH Music Society’s season of recitals comes to an end with a solo concert by a popular pianist this weekend.
Duncan Glenday, who studied at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester and has since forged a successful career as a soloist and chamber musician, will perform in the Derby Room at the Turnpike Centre on Sunday.
Duncan has been playing solo piano concerts for music societies across the country for around 15 years, and has also worked with leading orchestras, festivals and opera companies including the Northern Chamber Orchestra, Glyndebourne and English National Opera.
Leigh Music Society organises monthly concerts of light classical music running throughout the winter and spring months.
Duncan will play at the Turnpike Centre, on Civic Square, on Sunday March 3, starting at 2.15pm. Tickets are £8 for adults and £3 for children and students, to be paid on the door.
PUPILS at primary schools across the town are being encouraged to get creative and design a cover for their favourite book.
Atherton Library Support Group has launched a competition inviting youngsters attending Atherton’s 10 primary schools to get creative to design the most exciting book jacket they can, together with an explanation of why their chosen title is their favourite.
The entries close on the last day of term before the Easter holidays. The top three pupils will win £100, £50 and £25 for their schools respectively and trophies for themselves and their schools.
WIGAN Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) is hosting a family activity day at the Turnpike Gallery.
The drop-in session will run on Saturday, March 2, starting at 11am.
The event is aimed at children and their families, although youngsters aged eight or under must be accompanied. Admission is free and there is no need to book.
For more information, 01942 404420.
ST JOHN the Evangelist Church is running a series of reflective services and evening groups during the period of Lent.
Groups are meeting at Abram Parish Church on Tuesday evenings and services are being held at the church in Bickershaw on Thursday evenings.
The meetings will run until March 19 at Abram and March 21 at Bickershaw, and begin at 7pm. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, contact the Reverend Ann Stein on 01942 208828.
A GROUP of fund-raisers will be holding a wine and cheese tasting evening next month.
Aspiring Events, made up of three events management students at Manchester Metropolitan University, will put on the evening at Leigh Rugby Union Club to raise money for Beating Bowel Cancer.
Local deli shop Eat, Drink will be providing the food and drink, and there will also be live entertainment on the night.
The event will take place on Friday, March 8, starting at 7pm and finishing at around 10.30pm. Tickets are £12.50.
To book, ring Lauren Phillips on 07977 127781.
ASPIRING musicians will have the chance to meet other like-minded young people with a series of sessions at Tyldesley Library.
Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) is giving young musicians the opportunity to pass on song-writing tips and talk to other instrumentalists and singers.
The sessions started this week at the library on Stanley Street and run every Monday for the next four weeks, from 5.30pm until 7pm.
For more information, contact WLCT on 01942 828508.
FAMILIES are invited to attend a fun day to raise funds for a charity which researches Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
The event will be held at Squires Bar village pub, in Main Street, Billinge, on Sunday, March 3,
There will be a family karaoke, raffle, balloon release and face painting, starting at 2pm. All money raised will go towards Olly’s Rainbow, set up in honour of five-month-old Oliver Acteson, of West Sussex, who died in 2010. For more information visit www.ollysrainbow.co.uk
A FAIRTRADE coffee morning was being held at Co-Op Funeral Care, in Ormskirk Road, today from 10am.
All money raised will go towards the Fairtrade Foundation.
Everyone is welcome to attend and try products grown by third world farmers.
PEOPLE are invited to donate blood at DW Stadium Loire Drive Robin Park, on Tuesday March 5.
Sessions are between 1.15pm and 3.30pm and 5.15pm until 7.30pm.
To make an appointment, or find out more information, call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.
WOMEN are invited to celebrate International Women’s day at Montrose Skills Hub, Montrose Avenue, on Friday March 8 from 9.30am until 11.30am.
There will be information on services, arts and crafts, food demonstrations, cake decorating and beauty on a budget,
ORRELL Post Methodist Church, in Orrell Road, is holding a book and coffee morning on Monday, March 4, between 10.30am and noon. All proceeds will support Comic Relief.
ORRELL Horticultural Society will meet at Independent Methodist Church, Fleet Street, Lamberhead Green, on Tuesday March 5 at 7.30pm.
The topic is principles involved in designing a garden.