Around The Districts

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Town centre

FORSTER Dean solicitors on Mesnes Street is celebrating its second anniversary with a sweet treat for customers.

Balloons will decorate the central office and free cakes will be offered to anybody who would like to join the team on the day.

Celebrations will run throughout the day on October 25.


AN attic sale is commencing at Whitley Methodist Church on Saturday November 3.

A light lunch and refreshments will be on sale during the day where people can buy and sell items throughout.

Selling will start at 10am and will run through until 2pm. Tables can be purchased at £8.00 or £10.00 on the day.

For more information call Jean on 01942 498019 or Anne on 01942 206791.


THE Tax Justice bus will be stopping opposite Wilkinsons as it highlights how global tax dodging is hurting the poor in the UK.

Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan, will welcome Christian Aid and Church Action on Poverty’s red double-decker as it pulls into Wigan town centre between 3pm and 5pm on October 13. For more information follow @taxbus2012.

Town Centre

POWERFEST will be taking over Trencherfield Mill on October 27 and 28.

The day will celebrate the Mighty Steam Engine with displays, demonstrations and activities.

Presentations will be available on the contrast of modern day technologies and archaic technologies and why some previous innovations are being brought back to life.

For more information call 01942 828128.


HOWARD Kendall will speak at a sportsman’s dinner at the Bellingham Hotel on November 17.

The former Everton boss will make the appearance alongside Jimmy O, who will host the event.

For more details and ticket information contact the hotel.



HINDLEY Junior and Infants’ School is hosting a Jack o’Lantern afternoon tea to raise funds.

The event is being hosted by the school’s learning mentor and a small group of parents, and begins at 2.30pm on Thursday, October 11.


Girls are being encouraged to develop their sporty side with a day of activities and taster sessions at the Leigh Sports Village.

The Us Girls Rocks Festival will encourage young women to get active, with the opportunity to try out dance and fitness, taekwondo, boxing, Judo, handball, volleyball, football, table tennis and netball, with discounted beauty treatments for participants.

Special guests will include Team GB Olympic judo fighter Sophie Cox and members of the Liverpool Ladies’ football squad, who play in the Women’s Super League.

The event runs from 10.30am to 3pm on Sunday, October 14. For more information visit


HINDLEY High School holds a range of evening adult community classes to enable residents to pick up new skills.

Sessions are run in painting, cake-making, playing the guitar and jewellery making, and take place at the school on Borsdane Avenue on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7pm to 9pm.

For more information, contact the school on 01942 767704.


NEIGHBOURHOOD police officers will hold surgeries to allow residents to discuss any concerns about their local area.

PCSOs will meet the public on October 17 at Lowton J&I from 10am until 12 noon.


ATHERTON Town u18s, who play in the North West Youth Alliance First Division, are looking for new players. Winter training takes place on Tuesday nights at Bedford High School.

Contact manager Alan Leyland on 07766 417309 for details.



Couns Paul and Jeanette Prescott have used £1,300 of their Brighter Borough funds to install alleygates in Loch Street, Orrell, after residents complained about youths congregating behind their homes.

Coun Paul Prescott said: “Over the years we have funded five sets of gates in this area (Queen Street and Macdonald Street) due to ASB in the area.

“Things have improved which show these gates work.

“However with the cuts this council face we are finding it harder to find the funding to carry out these type of projects and we don’t want to see them a thing of the past.”


THE Topaz Singers will be performing a concert at St Aidan’s Church, on Saturday, October 13, at 7.30pm,

The choir will perform a range of choral, religious and popular songs.

Tickets are £5 and can be obtained from the vicar, church wardens by emailing or


A POLICE and community drop-in session will take place at Norley Hall Community Centre on Thursday, October 11, from 2pm until 4pm.

The surgery will encompass a wide variety of topics, from crime, housing, litter and financial worries.

Members of the police and Couns Paul and Jeanette Prescott will be in separate rooms for people to discuss issues surrounding anti-social behaviour related to drug-taking and liquor abuse,

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy will be available from 2pm until 3pm to talk about anything from recession-busting tips, to welfare concerns.


PEMBERTON Community Association is hosting a children’s Halloween party on Sunday, October 28.

It will be at The White Swan, Ormskirk Road, from 12.30pm until 4pm and includes an entertainer, disco and prizes for best fancy dress and pumpkin.

Free tickets must be obtained from Pemberton Lighting, Ormskirk Road.



Local Councillor Paul Collins has sent a letter out to his constituents warning of the dangers of cold callers.

Coun Collins was contacted by a concerned resident who had someone calling them and telling them they are entitled to Council tax refunds due to being in the wrong council tax band.

He wants to remind residents that if they would like to make an enquiry as to their council tax band they can call 03000 501501 or visit


A ghost hunt at Haigh Hall has been organised by Barry Worthington who is raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of his sister in law, Angela Charles.

The event takes place on November 9 and tickets are priced at £25. A medium has also been hired for the night.

For more information, contact Barry on 07712347652 or via e-mail


Taylor Wimpey’s Beechwood Villas development in Shevington is hosting a 48 hour event for house-hunters, with an IFA on hand to help with buying options.

The established house-builder is inviting anybody looking to buy in the Wigan area, to visit the development on Saturday 13 and Sunday, October 14; to get an idea of life on the development; and find out more about what is on offer.


Wrightington Art Group are holding their Annual Art and Crafts exhibition which is to be held in St James Church Hall on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday November 11.

Guests will be able to see on display original paintings and crafts by local artists. The paintings and crafts will be offered for sale and they would make ideal presents for Christmas. Admission is free.

Refreshments will be provided during the exhibition for £1.

If you would like further information contact Barbara Oakes on 01257 253614.


Worsley Mesnes

A PARENT and toddler group afternoon runs every Monday and Thursday at Worsley Mesnes North Community Centre on Worsley Mesnes Drive. Between 1 and 3pm, visitors get a healthy snack and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information call 01942230235.


CAPTAIN’S Lane Community Centre has a full schedule of activities run by local volunteers. It is also an ideal place for children’s parties and asks for anyone who is interested in starting their own small group to get in touch.

On weekdays there is the Ashton early years playgroup running from 8:45am to 12pm, please email Prue Taylor for more information on

Wednesday evenings are the busiest time of the week with a packed rota. From 5 to 7pm there is a craft session, from 6 to 7pm there is a Pilates class led by Gill Healey from the Active Living Team and from 7:30 to 8:30pm there is a dancing session.

And on Thursday evening there is practice for the Ashton Morris Dancers, contact Paula Nickson for more information on

For more details of all the classes on every night of the week please visit

Goose Green

GOOSE Green Labour Club will host a special fund raising night for Hope School.

Top of the bill will be X Factor star Craig Colton who reached week seven of the competition last year.

Other entertainment includes former Rugby League star Andy Gregory who will reminisce about his playing days during a talk with guests. The night will also have live music from a band and a raffle too.

Doors open at 7.30pm this Friday and guests can pay on the door with admission priced at £10.


GREATER Manchester Police has issued a warning from their neighbourhood policing team that there has been a recent increase in burglaries in the Bryn area, especially in Downall Green, taking place overnight. Residents are reassured that patrols are giving the area extra attention in the evening and making residents aware by giving out crime prevention advice.