WELCOME to our districts section featuring events from communities around the borough.
Chonkin Choons-Day Open Mic Night
CHONKINFECKLE will be holding Chonkin Choons-day every Tuesday at 7.30pm until 10pm at the Raven pub, Wallgate, Wigan.
For those who play uke or the banjo-uke, and want to get up and strum some tunes out, then this is the perfect night.
No guitars allowed at this open mic though folks. Its purely for the uke and other uke-related instruments.
The event is free and the next one will take place on Tuesday December 16.
The Albion Christmas Band at Church
ON FRIDAY December 12 7.30pm The Albion Christmas Band comes to the borough for its fourth visit.
The band will be performing a seasonal mixture of carols, songs, spoken word, possibly some dancing a large dose of humour (please note this concert is completely penguin-free).
And the night will feature the usual suspects: Simon Care, Ashley Hutchings, Simon Nicol, and Kellie While. It has been dubbed quite possibly one of the most in-demand concerts and a very good way to start Christmas.
Tickets cost £15 in advance from Symphony Music in Market Street, Wigan. and from http//www.wegottickets.com/event/288888.
For more information contact 01942 824291.
Crack up at The Old Courts
ON FRIDAY December 12 there will be a Christmas Party at The Old Courts on Crawford Street. It is free entry and will be open from 9pm until late. Music will be played in the basement (Bailiff Bar).
For more information visit http://www.oldcourtsevents.co.uk/.
Grotto at The Galleries
ON SATURDAY December 13 there will be Frozen characters, a present from Santa and face painting as part of a festive Christmas grotto.
The event will cost £3.50.
All money raised will go towards to Wigan and Leigh Hospice. The grotto will be at the Standish Galleries (near Ryman Stationery) for three Saturdays in December
starting at 10am until 4pm.
All children must be
accompanied by an adult.
Food, beer and festive cheer
ON WEDNESDAY December 17 from 7pm, Wigan Central will be hosting a Christmas Food, Beer and Festive Cheer event.
Visitors will be able to sample five great beers, each paired with festive food including some special homemade treats.
But those who wish to
attend will have to be quick as there are only 18 places available.
Tickets will cost £12.50 per person.
For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/food-beer-festive-cheer-tickets-14414200261.
Alternatively visit http://www.wigancentral.bar/.
Aspull and Appley Bridge
New WYZ bus service
WIGAN Youth Zone is now offering a free bus service that will pick up and drop off in Appley Bridge and Aspull on Saturdays.
Michael McCurdy outreach and detached Co-ordinator said: “The new service allows equal opportunity for young people to access our facilities.
“The services from the east have proved that there is plenty of interest therefore we’re keen to roll out the service into the rest of the borough.
“We have made the route as efficient as possible by using residential areas as pick up points. This minimises the number of stops so that the journeys are quick and easy for the young people.”
These services are expected to be popular so youngsters will need to reserve their space by email their name, required pick up point and the date they want to travel to email@example.com or text 07400 411 113.
Carols by candlelight
ENJOY the voices of the Milltown Sound Chorus within the candlelit Grand Ballroom at Haigh Hall next Wednesday. Includes mulled wine and mince pie on
arrival. Performance starts at 7.30pm. Booking essential. For further information and to book telephone 01942 832895.
Tickets are £11 adults, £6 children, £30 for family.
Songs around tree
ASPULL, New Springs and Whelley forum are having carols around the Christmas Tree tomorrow from 7.30pm.
All are welcome to get involved accompanied by Standish Brass Band.
Afterwards there are mince pies, tea and coffee in The Rose Variety Club on Cale Lane. Next Friday, at St John The Baptist Church, Pemberton Old Wigan Youth Band will perform a carol concert from 7.30pm at Rose Variety Club, Cale Lane, New Springs with a prize bingo and prize draw. Tickets from Vince McCarthy at church or pay on the door £5. All proceeds are shared equally between the church and the band.
Town centre restaurant break-in
NEIGHBOURHOOD officers are appealing for information after an overnight burglary at a popular town centre eatery.
Primo restaurant, on Market Approach off Gerard Street was broken into between December 7 and 8.
A quantity of cash was stolen, plus a music tablet and a several bottles of wine.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Wigan Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, 0800 555111.
Sign up to hone your creative instincts
ASHTON Art Group is inviting residents to explore their creative side by attending its regular meetings.
The group meets on Thursdays between 8pm and 10pm at the Heath Road day centre. To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fund meeting for charity cause
THE congregations of St Thomas and St Luke’s support ministeries in south-west Uganda through their Africa charity fund.
There will be a fund meeting this Sunday (December 14) at noon in the church hall to discuss future plans.
Both parishioners and new recruits are encouraged to attend.
Call in for carol fun
A FESTIVE service will take place at St Wilfrid’s Church on December 20 at 11am.
The service will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies served in the church hall.
An open invitation is extended to all residents
New dance class
A fun-packed line dancing session has started on a Monday evening from 8pm to 10pm at the hall on Poolstock Lane. For more information please contact class leader Stef Morley on 07545072709.
Festive events at popular park
RESIDENTS in Leigh can get into the Christmas spirit with a packed weekend of festive activities at Pennington Hall Park.
The Friends of Pennington Hall Park is giving youngsters the chance to meet Santa in his grotto from Saturday December 20 until Monday December 22, which means it will also be open during the group’s Carols in the Park event.
Attractions will include an ice skating rink, Punch and Judy show, donkey rides to see Father Christmas, craft stalls, a climbing wall, a barbecue and mulled wine.
Carols will begin at 1.30pm with a young classical musician leading the singing.
To book a free craft stall ring 07740 856150.
Utilities roadworks are continuing
MONTHS of work by United Utilities engineers to build a rising main is continuing in the centre of town.
Temporary traffic signals will be on The Avenue between Hanover Street and Lake Street until Tuesday December 23.
Hanover Street is also still closed from the junction with The Avenue to the junction with Holden Road.
Further work will start in the new year as Elmridge will be closed from the junction with The Avenue to the Lions Bridge pumping station from Monday January 5 for 12 weeks.
Rotary’s Santa float routes
THE Rotary Club of Astley will have its Christmas float out collecting from December 15.
The club will be collecting at Tesco on Spinning Jenny Way in Leigh on December 19 from 11am until 3pm and at the Sainsbury’s on Parsonage Retail Park on December 20 and 21 from 10.30am until 3.30pm.
The club will also collect on the streets around Astley on five days.
The Rotary will also attend the annual carol service on Astley Green village green outside the colliery on December 23.
OLD Hall Brass is holding A Cornet Christmas, starring international soloist Iain Culross (Principal Cornet with Grimethorpe Colliery Band). The event will be held on Sunday December 21 at St Theresa’s Catholic Club, College Road, at 2pm. Tickets are £6, or £2 for under-16s and can be bought by calling Debbie on 01942 715684.
Invite for a coffee and a chat
ST Andrew’s Church is holding a breakfast morning at its parish centre in Woodhouse Lane on Friday December 12 from 10am until noon. All money raised will go towards Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Kitt Green and Marsh Green
Puppets and Christingle
THERE will be family worship and a puppet show at 9.30am on Sunday December 14 at St Barnabas’s Church, in Marsh Green, followed by a 6pm Holy Communion and carol service. On the same date a Christingle service will be held at St Francis of Assisi, in Kitt Green, at 11am.
Meanwhile, both churches are raising funds to aid the Ebola Crisis by making a donation in lieu of Christmas cards. Instead of individual cards, parishioners can sign a card in church.
Workshop to make Christmas flowers
ST Aidan’s Church’s next Open Group meeting will be on Thursday December 11 at the John Eddlestone centre at 7.30pm. Joan Andrews will demonstrate how to make Christmas flower arrangements.
Turtle breakfast and Frozen fun
CHILDREN are invited to have breakfast with a Ninja Turtle at Bizee Kids, in Worsley Street, on Saturday December 13 from 10am until noon. Tickets are £5 and can be bought by calling 01942 375808. On Sunday, children with Frozen’s Elsa memorabilia can bring them for signing from 10am until noon. Normal entry applies.