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High school reunion for past pupils

THE Deanery High School is holding a reunion for students whose final school year was 1987/88.

It will be held at the Brocket Arms Wetherspoons pub on Mesnes Road from 7.30pm on Saturday, August 31.

For more information email


Fun Day in aid of Joining Jack

STAFF at The Cherry Gardens Pub on Wigan Lane are hosting a day of activities to raise money for Joining Jack, which helps to fund research for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) – a condition that causes progressive muscle weakness.

From noon onwards on Saturday, August 24, the pub will be hosting live entertainment from local band, Spidermonkeys, a bouncy castle, a BBQ, a lucky dip, craft stalls and much more. The rugby league Challenge Cup final will also be shown on the big screen on the day.

For more information contact 01942 386367.


Summer fun at shopping centre

CHILDREN can enjoy a free summer workshop at the Grand Arcade in the town centre on Saturday, August 17.

Starting from 10am and running until 4pm, youngsters will get the chance to beat the boredom of the summer holidays and bring out their arty side by creating new products. It’s also a good way for them to make new friends. There will be different events each week.



The revenge of Mr Trout show

TongueTied Theatre and York Theatre Royal present a zany, chaotic, interactive outdoor adventure.

Mrs Trout has a mischievous streak and likes nothing more than to amuse herself by playing practical jokes on her husband.

She is always thinking up new tricks: a lobster in the bath, popping candy in a banana sandwich and a slug in his shoe!

Mr Trout needs your help to throw Mrs Trout a birthday party she’ll never forget!

There are three performances at Haigh Hall this Thursday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, each lasting around 45 minutes.

The show is suitable for children aged 7-12 .

Admission is £3 per child.


The Master to be shown at village hall

Parbold Village Hall will show The Master (15) this Sunday at 7pm.

It is a landmark American film set in the 1950s, about the relationship between a charismatic intellectual and a drifter who becomes his right hand man.

Admission is £3.50 and is payable on the door.

Doors open 30 minutes before the start at 7pm.


Learn bushcraft skills at the hall

Learn bushcraft skills, fire by friction and how to use kelly kettles at this family event.

Cook on the campfire, enjoy a bat walk and woodland crafts during this action packed camping adventure.

Participants must bring their own camping equipment and food – and campfire goodies will be provided!

The event is on August 19 and is suitable for children aged six years and upwards. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is £10 per person or £35 family ticket. For further information and booking, please contact 01942 487098.

Standish lower ground

Wigan 10k road closure

Woodhouse Lane will be temporarily closed on September 8 for the Wigan 10k.



Enjoy the sounds of the bands

PEMBERTON Brass Band will be playing at Jubilee Park on Sunday, August 18 at 2pm.

This is the last concert of the year organised by Friends of Jubilee Park.

People are asked to bring their own seating if possible, as chairs supplied by organisers are very limited.


Help clear out the weeds

CHURCH wardens at St Matthew’s Church are appealing for volunteers to make up working parties over the coming months.

A trial children’s corner is being created and some pews need removing and storing.

The church cellar needs clearing and a couple of low walls need to be demolished and bricks removed.

The church car park is overgrown, the paths need clearing, and the graveyard also needs sprucing up.

Have a word with a warden if anyone can help.

Tickets are now on sale for the Comedy and Curry Night at Highfield Cricket Club on Friday, September 27, The evening features top band Marble Eyes, along with a first rate comedian and fine Indian food.

Call Gary Speakman on 07721 639970.

Stubshaw Cross

Churches join to hold family day

THE Independent Methodists, St Luke’s and St Wilfrid’s Churches are holding a Family Fun Day across all three churches on Saturday, August 17 between 11am and 2pm.

There will be bouncy castle, games, competitions, and refreshments.

Admission is free - so come and enjoy the fun.


Get bowled over at charity match

THERE will be a cricket match at Highfield Cricket Club in Billinge Road on Friday, August 16 from 6pm.

All money raised will go towards the mayor’s charity Heartbeat 2, which enhances the recovery suite at Dr Naqvi’s Coronary Care Unit at Wigan Infirmary.

People can enjoy a barbecue and a raffle and there is no need to book – people can turn up and play.



Activities for senior citizens at Age UK

AGE UK is offering pensioners a range of activities during the week through its Pensioners’ Link.

Sessions covering everything from friendship groups for those living alone to art and exercise groups run five days a week at Allan Taylor House, on Charles Street.

The groups run in the morning between 10am and noon, and there are also afternoon sessions three days a week.

The link also runs an afternoon tea on the last Wednesday afternoon of every month from 2.15pm to 4.15pm, and a family history session on Thursday afternoons from 2pm until 4pm.

To find out more, ring 01942 261753.


Plan for the big day at church wedding fair

ALL Saints’ Church is hosting a Wedding Fair Extravaganza on Sunday, September 22.

The event will feature exhibitions covering everything happy couples will need to put together their perfect day.

Exhibitors will include photographers, florists, confectioners and stationers.

The fair will run from 11am until 4pm, and entry is free.

Platt Bridge

Anniversary donation for top hospital

MILLERCARE North West, one of the region’s leading mobility specialists, has raised more £14,000 for a Manchester hospital.

Staff at the company set themselves the ambitious fund-raising task for The Christie Hospital as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.

A full calendar of charity events throughout the anniversary year included a casino night, barbeque, family fun day and a charity car wash.

Intrepid members of Millercare’s team also took part in a tandem skydive and completed the Manchester marathon, before the year’s activities were rounded out by a gala dinner for more than 250 guests in Manchester.

The company’s efforts brought in a total of just over £14,961 for The Christie.


Community group hosts fun day

LOWTON East Neighbourhood Development Forum (LENDF) will hold its annual fun day at Lowton Social Club this weekend.

The event will run in both the club’s main hall and car park, with a range of activities for residents to enjoy.

The event is being put on after Oaklands and Meadows Residents’ Association secured a grant to run the day from Wigan and Leigh Housing (WALH).

The event is on Sunday, August 18, and will run from 12.30pm until 4.30pm.


Competition for young computer fans

YOUNG gamers will have the chance to put their skills to the test against their peers from across the borough this weekend.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) is putting on a Nintendo Wii competition at Leigh Library on Saturday, August 17, from 11am until 12pm.

The event, which is for children aged 12 and under, is free but booking is essential. To find out more or register to take part, ring WLCT on 01942 404404 or email



Have a fun time at the summer fair

ALEXANDRA Grange care home in Howard Street is holding a summer fair on Friday, August 30 from 2pm until 5pm.

There will be various stalls, including bric-a-brac, lucky dips, flower arranging, tombola and a bouncy castle.


Test your general knowledge

TICKETS will so on be available for St Andrew’s Parish Centre’s quiz night at Sacred Heart Parish Centre, Throstlenest Avenue, on September 20. Doors open at 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start.

All tickets must be bought in advance.For tickets, visit

Up Holland

Thanks to a caring community

NUGENT Care, which is St Theresa’s Church’s chosen archdiocese charity, is delighted with the community’s fund-raising effort – Funny Money.

A total of £3,330 has been raised through foreign currency donations and this money will be used to fund volunteers who provide care support to adults and children.

The church is also accepting donations for the food bank on behalf of the Ecumenical Centre, in Skelmersdale.


Time to get fit at a new gym

JSBe Fit, at the former Delph garage, in Billinge Road, is opening on Saturday, August 17 with free try out classes for everyone.

At 8am and 10am there is a bootcamp session, with box fit classes at 9am and 11am.

For more information contact Sarah Berry or John Borland on 07715203994 or 07718087673.

Marsh Green

Coffee and chatter

RESIDENTS can attend a coffee morning at St Barnabus Church, in Marsh Green Road, every Tuesday at 9am. People can enjoy refreshments, and a slice of toast whilst chatting to members of the community.

There is also a second hand sale every week.