Library craft event wreathed in festive fun

Creative Wiganers got in the Christmas spirit by making festive wreaths at a community hub.

Wigan Council director of children's services James Winterbottom with care leavers

Council tax break for young care leavers

Young care leavers have been made exempt from paying council tax under a new move introduced by the borough’s ruling cabinet.

Molly Selby and Lisa Dodgson, who have set up Be Their Voice

Musicians raising their voices about animal cruelty

A Wigan dance music duo is hoping to make a big noise about animal cruelty worldwide after launching a new welfare organisation.

Jason Robinson playing for Wigan

Rugby star Jason Robinson returns for Wigan event

A Wigan rugby league legend who also won a World Cup after crossing codes will return to the town to talk about his extraordinary path to fame.
Fire service

Alarms at smoke-logged flat saved lives, say fire crews

Firefighters say working smoke alarms prevented a tragedy after a blaze caused a flat to fill with thick black smoke.
Fire service

Faulty fan in bathroom causes flat fire

An electrical fault in a bathroom caused a blaze which left a flat badly smoke-logged.
The severe weather warning sign at Haigh Woodland Park

Snow stops Haigh Hall run

A popular running event raising money for charity has become a victim of the wintry weather.

Winstanley College, one of the two named schools

Parent Power list celebrates our top schools

Parent power has given some of the borough’s best schools something to celebrate after they made a list of the country’s best places to learn.

Janet Rawlings from Bridgewater with The Brick service user Danni Hillier

Health trust giving flu jabs to homeless

Health staff are hoping a drive to provide homeless people with flu jabs will save lives on the borough's streets this winter.

Roy Holding with wife Jill

Roy aims to spread word on rare cancer

A Wiganer is hoping to raise awareness of a rare and little-known form of cancer he has been receiving treatment for over the past few years.

The number of empty homes in the borough is dropping

More empty homes being brought back into use

Hundreds of borough homes remain empty even though the number has fallen significantly.

Rev Colin Chambers at the Transforming Wigan event

Mandela's chaplain shares amazing stories

The former chaplain to iconic South African president and anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela has been sharing his extraordinary stories on a visit to Wigan.

Different Universes co-creator Phil Rigby

Superstars' mugshots spark unusual new play

Two Wigan musicians and writers will give arts fans a completely different look at two well-known showbiz names’ falls from grace with their new project.

Rachel Rasburn

Carer who stole from vulnerable 90-year-old walks free from court

A callous care worker who stole £1,000 from an elderly and vulnerable person she was looking after has walked free from court.

Dr Mark Edward

Lecturer's book turns research spotlight on himself

A Wigan performance artist and academic has put his own work in the spotlight as the subject of his first full-length book.

Lemn Sissay is taking Wigan Council to court and proceedings have been issued. Photo by Aida Muluneh

Poet Sissay to face council in high court

An acclaimed poet and broadcaster brought up in the borough will face Wigan Council in court over his treatment in the care system.

Gareth Fairhurst

Council probe launched in community funding row

Wigan Council is looking into an opposition activist’s claims that the town hall was too quick to award taxpayers’ money to schemes backed by elected representatives.

Residents and businesses concerned about HMOs and bedsits

Residents express concern at bedsits

A newly-reformed residents’ group is determined to tackle the huge rise in bedsits and cheap flats for rent in historic properties.

Toby and Luke Adamson

Rugby brothers open healthy eating cafe

Three rugby league playing brothers have swapped the tryline for the table to open a cafe dedicated to healthy eating.


Six Wiganers charged after drugs raids

Six Wiganers have been charged with drug dealing offences after a series of police raids.
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