Don’t wreck our rec say residents

A residents’ group battling against plans to change the use of a popular green space has set the record straight on its objections to the idea.

Rev Alan Overend at St Aidan's Church, Billinge

Parishioners say fond farewell to popular vicar

A popular Vicar is retiring after a decade at his Wigan parish.

Market traders have been responding to the borough council's review

Mixed reaction to markets plan

Traders and campaigners have given a mixed response to Wigan Council’s review looking at different ways of running the borough’s markets.

The highest performing surgery was Slag Lane medical centre in Lowton

The best and worst of Wigan and Leigh's GPs

Wigan’s best and worst GP surgeries have been revealed in this year’s patient survey results.

Evie Roberts enlisted the support of friends Hannah Morley and Anna Hill for a dance-a-thon in aid of Grenfell Tower victims

Girl power shines through for Grenfell relief

An eleven-year-old Wiganer was so moved by the plight of the Grenfell Tower victims that she knew she simply had to help.

Campaigners against the proposed expansion of HMP Hindley, creating a mega-prison, protest outside Wigan Town Hall

Mega-prison campaigners hold protest outside planning meeting

Campaigners against proposals to massively expand HMP Hindley took their demands to the elected members who will ultimately say yes or no.

Anne Fairhurst

Charity wants expert to help blind patients

A charity is calling on health bosses to provide a specialist employee as blind and partially-sighted Wiganers could be missing out on advice and help.

The Famous Pagefield

Future of Victorian landmark to be debated

Controversial plans to turn a historic Wigan landmark into flats have been recommended for approval by town hall officers.

Giant Hogweed continues to be a menace

Giant hogweed causes serious painful illness

As the warm but wet weather continues, gardens across the borough are being plagued by the highly dangerous Giant Hogweed.

Coun Ray Whittingham at the fenced-off play area on Woodhurst Drive in Standish

Delays to play area work criticised

An opposition councillor has hit out at the delays in carrying out refurbishment work at a popular children’s play area.

Firefighters were called to the site last night

Debris and smoke fill the air during fire at industrial site

Firefighters tackled a large blaze last night as huge bales of paper were set alight spewing debris into the air.
Standish Recreation Ground

Village group sets out the 'true' facts

A residents’ group has quashed rumours circulating in its area about its motives and work consulting on a popular open space’s future.

The outdoor area at Ince CE which is in need of overhaul

Local groups hopeful of cash

A school and a local rugby union club are hoping to get a cash boost from a community initiative.

Louis's brother Isaac Anders (left) and Oliver Spencer, from his school Merchant Taylors, watched by other class mates and football pals, at the tree planting ceremony

Village's fitting tribute to Louis

The organiser of Parbold’s now annual Sunshine Sunday has proclaimed this year’s event a triumph.
Coun David Molyneux, WHAMM chair Sheila Ramsdale, councillors, members of WHAMM and supporters of the mining statue appeal

Mining history group wants community to help raise statue funds

A local history group is calling for the local community to pool together to permanently commemorate Wigan Borough’s mining history.


Celebration of our local good causes

The sun shone on a highly successful charity spectacular in Wigan town centre.
People enjoying activities with True Colours CIC, which supports adults with autism or learning disabilities with autistic traits

Autism-friendly pioneers

Wigan could be on its way to becoming the first “autism-friendly” town in the North West.

Ian McKellen will be the special guest at this year's Wigan Pride

Star actor to guest at Pride

One of the borough’s most recognisable celebrities will return to the town as special guest at this year’s Wigan Pride festival.

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Michelle Smith, 32, from Wigan, has been diagnosed with incurable breast cancer, pictured with son George, one,   - Michelle's colleagues are raising funds to send the family to Disneyland Paris.

Band inspired to support mum’s battle

A Wigan band has said they felt “compelled” to help a young mum diagnosed with incurable breast cancer due to her inspiring bravery.

The scheme will "not create a safety risk".

Library users reassured

Wigan Council has moved to reassure residents the borough’s home library service being run by volunteers will not create a safety risk.

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