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A FUNDRAISING funday is being held in aid of Braiden Lee Prescott on October 21.

Wayne Prescott and partner Stephanie Reece are despirately seeking £250,000 to send their cancer-stricken three-year-old for life saving treatment in America. After being diagnosed with neuroblastoma earlier in the year, Wiganers have rallied round to collect the money needed to send the little boy over. Events include bouncy castles, face painting, balloon modelling, stalls and fairground ride. Activities commence at 12.30 at Mr Earl’s Social Club. For more information contact Terri Gregory on 07581335583.


PSYCHIC and medium tarrot readings are available for a full day on October 27. It is offering people the chance to meet others and to find out about the Law of Attraction. Also to learn techniques to help become more fulfilled, confident and positive. Meditations will also be available.

The readings will be held at Halsa Healing, 7a Wallgate from 10am until 5pm. To book, contact Louise Halsa Healing on 07779679877.


MAGIC of the Musicals is coming to Trinity United Reformed Church.

Students from the Royal College will be performing songs from different shows on October 24 for Rotary Charities. The performance will commence at 7.30n in Milton Grove. Tickets cost £10, for more information call 07813 471000.

Beech Hill

AN attic sale is taking place at St Anne’s Church on Beech Hill Avenue.

From 8am, tables will be available to sell products at a cost of £7. Refreshments will also be available.

The event will be on October 20. To reserve a table call 01942 825183.

Town Centre

THE Museum of Wigan Life is introducing a distraction for children, aged between four and 11, over the half term period.

A ‘witches and wizards’ fun day will be running from 1pm until 2.30pm on October 29. Booking is required in advance at a cost of £2.50 per child. For more information call 01942 828128.



FANS of a scare are invited to Haigh Hall on October 31.

Aptly named “Hallowe’en at Haigh”, those wanting to be spooked are asked to meet up at the Stables and take a haunted lantern tour of the woods with the Park Rangers.

It doesn’t end there, though...Guests will then step inside Haigh Hall for a spooky hot family supper and more ghostly goings-on.

The Lantern Tour is set to start at 6pm and organisers recommend that those who want to attend wrap up warm and bring a torch along so they can keep their eyes open for ghosts and ghouls!

Tickets for the night are priced at £10 for adults and £6 children.

There is also a special offer of £28 for a family ticket, which will admit two adults and two children.

For more details call 01942 832895.


Wigan Ukelele Club meet every Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Crooke Hall Inn.

All ages and abilities are welcome.

For more information call Stephen on 07981976904.

Standish Lower Ground

Standish Lower Ground resident Tom Gill celebrates his 100th birthday on October 24.

A huge Latics fan, Tom has seen the club’s journey from its formation to the elite league in English football.

He was delighted last season to see them overcome Manchester United, revealing he can still remember them playing Matlock and Prescott!

Tom is still active though, a regular at his bowling club and doesn’t miss a game at the DW Stadium.

For the full story on Tom, pick up our sister paper, the Wigan Observer.


POLICE are running extra patrols in the Highfield Avenue, Inwood Drive and Gathurst Lane areas.

A notice on the GMP website says they are gathering intelligence from the local community to target offenders of anti-social behaviour and burglaries.



LANDGATE School are having a fright night to remember with their own Halloween disco on 26 October.

Doors are open at 6:00pm with tickets available on the door and there will be a £50 prize for best dressed adult and the best dressed child.

A tombola, raffle, trick or treat, bushtucker trials, refreshments and lucky dip will also feature.


ST EDMUND Arrowsmith is set to premiere their new production for this year entitled Showstoppers!

Following on from last year’s success of “Les Miserables”, Showstoppers! will be a compilation of some of the most memorable songs and excerpts from the world of musical theatre including the Lion King, Blood Brothers, Beauty and the Beast and Oklahoma.

The cast will comprise of the school’s talented year 11 thespians with support from a wealth of younger stars from other year groups.

Tickets are available from the school, £5 for adults, £3 for juniors and concessionaries. The show runs from Wednesday to Friday, doors open from 7:00pm.


WIGAN Council has sent letters to residents who live near to Warrington Road and Kingsdown Road advising them to shut their alley-gates.

A group of youths has been causing annoyance behind the alleys of the two roads in the evening and at weekends.

Extra police patrols will be in the area to help identify the youths and deal with them appropriately.

Worsley Mesnes

A PRIZE Bingo session runs every Friday at the North Community Centre on Worsley Mesnes Drive. Between 1:00pm and 3:00pm, £2 for a three page book and £4 for a six page book.

For further details please contact the centre on 01942 230235.



HINDLEY Junior and Infant School is holding a Hallowe’en disco.

Youngsters at the school on Argyle Street will be able to celebrate the spookiest festival of the year in fancy dress with a whole host of ghoulish goings-on.

The event will be held on Thursday, October 18, starting at around 4pm.


A CHURCH is hosting an art exhibition to celebrate the history of its famous Diamond Jubilee-themed window.

St Luke’s Church, on Slag Lane, is hosting a three-day exhibition of local artists to celebrate the storied past of the stained glass window on the East side of the church, which was originally installed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 60 years on the throne.

The exhibition will run on October 18 and 19 from 1pm to 5pm and on the October 20 from 9.30am to 3pm.


VETERANS are being invited to a special lunch honouring the sacrifice and bravery of the Armed Forces hosted by the town’s MP.

Shadow Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham is hosting the luncheon at Leigh Miners Welfare Institute, on Twist Lane, on November 9.

Anyone living in the constituency of Leigh who has previously served in the Armed Forces is eligible for the event, but veterans are warned to book quickly as the event is expected to sell out.

To book, contact Mr Burnham’s constituency office on 01942 682353.

Howe Bridge

KIND-HEARTED residents took a couple of hours out of their schedules to brighten up the area where they live.

A team of volunteer from residents’ group The Bridgers cleared the path from St Michael’s Avenue to Gadbury and around the walls of Atherton Cemetery walls.

The group carry out clean-ups on the first Saturday of every month, weather permitting, with tasks including litter removal, weeding and planting, and are eager to hear from anyone who would be keen to help out.

The residents meet at the Scout HQ on Leigh Road at 10am, and usually work for about an hour.


CULTURE vultures wanting to visit the heritage exhibition at Leigh’s Turnpike Centre should make a trip down to the gallery as time is running out.

The open exhibition curated by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT), which opened last month, will come to an end on October 27.



A NEW CollectPlus point has opened at Norley Shop and Save, Norley Hall.

The delivery and returns service gives online shoppers the choice of picking up purchases at a time convenient to them.

The new outlet will also provide an alternative option for parcel senders in Wigan, allowing them to drop off packages at their local convenience store instead of having to wait in for their package picked up from home. This includes packages that individuals want to return to online retailers, products that have been sold via online marketplaces such as eBay as well as acting as an alternative parcel service.

Founded in 2009, the service, is a joint venture between PayPoint, the leading retail payment network and Yodel, the UK’s leading parcel delivery company.


WIGAN singer/songwriter Andy Crawford will be performing at The Robin Hood, in Sandy Lane, on Friday, October 19.

No tickets are being sold, so everyone is free to attend and enjoy the entertainment,

Beech Hill

FITNESS fanatics are invited to attend Zumbafitness with Tamsin at Buckley School of Dance, in Woodhouse Lane.

Sessions are £4 and take place on Sundays 10am until 4pm and Tuesdays between 6.15pm and 7.15pm.

For more information call 07709315584.


CAREERS are invited to join the Billinge and Garswood Carers’ Support Group at the Forresters Arms, in Main Street. They meet on the first Tuesday of every month from 1pm. For further details contact Steve on 01744 675618.


SPRINGFIELD Over 60s Club is inviting new members to join its group every Wednesday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Club, Stratford Street, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

The session allows the group to chat over a coffee and take part in a variety of activities,

For more information call Jean on 01942 514252.