WELCOME to our districts section featuring events from communities around the borough.
Roll back the years at Trencherfield Mill
THE Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine will be running as it did a century ago when the museum opens its doors for Steaming Sundays this Sunday.
The Mill is one of the largest and finest working examples of its type.
Visit Trencherfield Mill on a Steaming Sunday to awe at this giant’s immense size and power, but more importantly, experience it working as it did all those years ago - full steam ahead! A small charge applies. For all inquiries call 01942 828128.
World Cup exhibition
BE among the first to see the new interactive Rugby League exhibition at the Museum of Wigan Life in celebration of the World Cup.
Taking place on October 5 between 11am and 3pm, take the whole family to see original memorabilia and experience rugby-themed activities.
Discover the history of this amazing sport and see how it has changed over the years for players, managers and fans alike.
Watch out for our special exhibition events programme as part of the Rugby League exhibition. To find out more visit www.wlct.org/heritage-services or call 01942 828128.
Last night of the proms at church
A LAST night of the proms event will be held at St Michael and All Angels church in Swinley.
It takes place this Saturday with Pemberton Brass Band ffrom 7pm.
Tickets are £10 with cheese and wine and are available from 01942 239000 and 01257 400962.
5km race around DW
THE annual 5km Run4alife will take place this Sunday morning.
It will begin at 11am and the route will take runners around the ground, towards B&Q and back.
Entries can be made online at www.run4alife.com or by calling 07813 471000 or, alternatively, on the day.
Experience a taste of South America
HAIGH Hall is hosting its food club night this Friday with the topic of choice being South America.
A four-course dinner celebrating the food and wine of Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Mexico.
This will be followed by South American Samba fun on the dance floor.
Reservations are essential for the night, which starts at 7.30pm.
Book your place early. For further information telephone 01942 832895.
Church ready for grand reopening
THE banners are out, the posters are up, invitation cards have been given out, and the cake is ordered.
All St Elizabeth’s church needs now is for the people of Aspull to out on down Sunday at 11 am for the re-opening of the Church for services.
The inside will be ready for services once again, after being closed for four months.
The beautiful Rose window has been completely removed, cleaned and refitted piece by piece. The foundations at the main entrance have been reinforced, gutters and downspouts replaced and re-slating of all the lower roofs. This major building work will help to ensure the future of St Elizabeth’s for many years to come.
A GREAT night of Lancashire jackbit at Haigh Hall.
Enjoy a delicious themed four-course dinner celebrating Lancashire on October 4, plus fun and the live music of the brilliant Houghton Weavers.
Dinner served at 8pm. Reservations essential. Book your place early.
For further information telephone 01942 832895.
Temporary lights will cause traffic delays
CARRIAGEWAY patching works began between Holly Road and Finger Post this week.
They started on September 23 and are expected to be complete by October 7.
Temporary traffic signals will be in operation off-peak during these works.
Host of events set for closing week
THE Ashton Festival draws to a close this week but the festivities continue through until Saturday.
On Friday night the Wigan Youth Entertainment Group and Wigan Community Choir will be running through their repertoire of tunes also at St Edmund Arrowsmith from 7.30pm. Tickets again are available on the door for £5.
Legendary puppet show Punch and Judy will be making an appearance at Ashton Market on Saturday between 10am and 2pm. Later on Saturday the festival concludes with a performance by the Lowton, Golborne and Newton community choir including a star turn from local teenage tenor Tom Loughlin. The choir will be on stage from 7.30pm at St Thomas’s Church, Warrington Road. Tickets are available in advance from Ashton library for £4.50 but tickets can also be bought on the door for £5.
Autumn ball tickets available
PREPARATIONS for the St Matthew’s Church seasonal celebrations are now under way.
The Highfield church’s Autumn Ball, on Saturday October 12 are now on sale priced at £35.
The tickets are available from Jackie Ferguson or Elizabeth Gaskell, contact 01942 741340 or 01942 217983.
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Police offer house security warnings
THE Wigan West neighbourhood policing team has warned residents to ensure that all windows and doors are locked, outhouses and sheds are also secure and not an easy target for burglars.
The warning comes after a spate of burglaries in the area in the last week. Overnight on September 20/21, a lawnmower and strimmer were stolen after a shed break-in on Nicol Mere Drive.
Meanwhile two houses were burgled overnight on the September 21/22 at Weavermill Park. A black BMW 3 series was stolen during one of the burglaries.
Anyone with information about the recent incidents is urged to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or Wigan police on 101.
For more information on household security visit www.gmp.police.uk.
Sailing club looking for new members
LOCAL land-lubbers are encouraged to find their sea legs by joining the Wigan Sailing Club.
Based at Scotman’s Flash off Poolstock Lane, the club meets on Sunday mornings from 10.30am.
All visitors and prospective members are encouraged to come down and have a go.
For more information contact Ken Bright on 01257 452196 or Sid Fellows on 01942 222773.
Give us a ‘c’ for cheerleading
ENTHUSIASTIC youngsters who are interested in dancing and singing skills can join the cheerleading classes at Worsley Mesnes Community Centre.
The class meets on a Monday from 5.15pm to 8.15pm at the Clifton Street venue and is for children aged five to 15 years. For further information contact 01942 244641.
Hobby and craft fair at parish centre
TWELVE Apostles’ Parish Centre is holding a hobby and craft fair and wants to hear from potential stallholders.
Anyone looking to find buyers for arts and crafts-related produce can book a stall at the event, which takes place at the church hall on Westleigh Lane.
The fair is on Sunday October 20 from 11am until 3pm, and stalls are £10. To book a stall or find out more, ring 01942 209192, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call in on Wednesday between 8pm and 8.30pm.
Flag-waving fun at Proms’ last night
MUSIC lovers looking to enjoy a little pomp and circumstance at Lowton’s version of the Last Night of the Proms need to move fast to secure tickets.
The event, which takes place at the Rose Centre, will feature the Golborne Band performing with the Lowton, Golborne and Newton Community Choir. The concert is on Saturday, October 19 at 7,30pm and tickets are £3. To reserve tickets, ring Ed Thwaite on 07803 145805.
Choir searching for children in fine voice
THE Sing Out Children’s Community Choir, which recently celebrated its first birthday, is looking for young singers who would like to improve their confidence and musical skills while making new friends. The choir meets at Leigh Baptist Church, on the corner of Church Street and Vernon Street, but is not a church group.
The ensemble is open to children aged between seven and 12, and meets on Fridays during school term time from 3.45pm until 5pm.
To find out more, email Val Hulme on email@example.com
Table top sale to be held at school
ALL Saints CE Primary School is hosting a table top sale on Saturday October 12 from 10am until 2pm. Stalls are £8 in advance or £10 on the day. Ring Lynda Healey on 01942 258112 or Clare Ellis on 01942 253265 to book.
Coffee morning to raise charity cash
A coffee morning will be held at St Luke’s Church in Orrell in aid of Miles for Smiles on September 26.
The charity offers treats to young people aged from six to 16 years old who receive little attention themselves because, for example, they act as carers or live in a household with sick or disabled siblings or parents.
The coffee morning will run from 10am until noon. For more information, call Margaret Chase on 01942 701716.
The next meeting of Orrell Horticultural Society takes place at 7.30pm on Tuesday October 1 at the Independent Methodist Church in Fleet Street, Lamberhead Green.
The theme of the evening is getting the most out of fruit cultivation. All are welcome.
Busy few weeks at St Francis of Assisi
St Francis of Assisi church in Kitt Green is hosting a couple of big events this month.
First up is a harvest celebration this weekend.
On Saturday, from 7.30pm, there will be a hot pot supper and entertainment from gospel and soul singer Charlie Holland.
Tickets are £7 for adults from the social committee in the church.
Guests are asked to bring their own drinks and cutlery.
A songs of praise service will be heldon October 6 at the church. Together with St Luke’s, St Barnabas and St John’s, it will begin at 6.30pm.
It will be followed by a faith supper. Anyone interested in this should call Carol Abraham on 10942 620 575.
Exhibition will show new B&Q plans
B&Q and Morrisons are preparing plans to divide the existing B&Q store on Frith Street into a smaller B&Q store and are holding a public consultation at Mount Zion church in Pemberton.
Locals are invited to view and discuss the proposal on October 6 between 6pm and 8pm and October 7 between 10am and 5pm.