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The Museum of Wigan Life is introducing a free family fun day.

On November 3, children and their parents are invited to a ‘Red Rose Forest’ event which includes charcoal drawing, folk art and canal boat painting, clog dancing to live music, story reading, hand weaving and much more. Starting at 11.30am and running until 2.30pm, it offers a fun packed day for all of the family.


A Room at the Top reunion is being held this weekend at Wigan Cricket Club.

More than 100 regulars who used to attend events at the club and the famous Wigan Casino will meet up to reminisce about their musical and social past.

There will be a huge selection of music played ranging from 1960s hits to songs from the 1980s.

It will be held on October 27 at 7pm and running until 1am. For tickets call Owen Farrimond on 01942 497816.


A celebration is being held for people and their families who are recovering from a drug addiction or need help. Nacro Reach Project is holding a day of support for anybody affected by drugs to raise awareness about the problems of addiction and how the service can help people recover.

A buffet will be provided along with a live band, poetry from reformed addicts, life stories and information about the project. A suggestion board will also be on display for anybody with personal advice. Activities will begin from 1.30pm and continue until 4.15pm at Ince Community Centre on Manchester Road. For more information contact Heather Mountford on 07837827695.


Sunshine House is offering free crafting workshops. Places are limited to a first come first served basis.

Kits will be supplied for participants so they can take home the finished product. Tic Toc Clocks, crochet making, pen making, silk flower arranging and shambala type bracelet creations will all be available from October 29 until November 1. For more information contact Barbara Nettleton at Sunshine House.



Argent Designs and Little Angels have got together to organise a shopping event to raise funds for Together On a Mission(T.O.M.) – to help people suffering from depression, suicidal tendancies and anyone bereaved by suicide.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 27, from 2pm to 5pm at Standish Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Standish.

Confirmed Stalls include: Funky Home and Fashion, Button Hearts, Fudgelicious, A Nappy Event, Ellys Vintage Insiprations, FM Perfume & Cosmetics by Linda Tonks, Handmade Jewellery and many more.

Admission is free with a bucket donation on the door and a charity raffle.


There has been a change of date for the Gathurst Golf Club members meeting.

It will now be held on Thursday, November 1. Those attending are asked to arrive at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Items on the agenda include Proposal of the Categories and Subscriptions for 2013.


A charity quiz night in aid of northern greyhound rescue on October 29.

Taking place at the Unity Club on Cross Street, Standish and starting at 7.30pm, tickets are £7 and include entry to the quiz which has lots of great prizes

There will also be a buffet for those in attendance.

Tickets are available through Gilmore Vets on 01257 426110.


A musical extravaganza will be held at Aspull Civic Hall on Friday night.

It is being held by My Life CIC, a local social enterprise that encourages people to get involved in their local community by using their skills, gifts and talents to flourish.

The event will start at 7.30pm with tickets costing £10 and all those who attend will receive pie and peas.

To buy tickets call, text or email Tracey Tolley on 07807 616 362, Caroline Tomlinson on 07947 608 915, My Life on 01257 252288 or Karen Dunn at



TODDLERS in Ashton are encouraged to attend the Stretched and Grown classes at the town’s library.

The sessions for children aged 18 months to five and their parents or carers offer an opportunity to sing along to different nursery rhyme favourites. There is also a chance to play with musical instruments and meet lots of new friends.

To book contact Ashton Children’s Centre on 01942 723965, the cost is £1 per family.

Worsley Mesnes

FOR all their tech-savvy pupils, Worsley Mesnes Community Primary School now has its own twitter account. Follow for all their latest news by searching for @WorsleyMesnes


A WHOLE host of activities are on offer at Bryn’s Sure Start Children’s Centre on Downall Green Road.

A range of parent and toddler group sessions are held most days including a baby sensory class on a Thursday at 1:30 to 2:20pm.

There is also the Jo Jingles class for toddlers up to the age of five on Fridays during term time.

For a full list of activities call 01942 776382.


EXTRA neighbourhood patrols are taking place by Police around the Smithy Brook area.

These are to reduce antisocial behaviour with large groups of youths congregating, drinking alcohol and causing annoyance between 5:00 and 11:00pm.


POLICE are still appealing for information regarding a burglary that took place on Old Road on 13 October. Offenders stole several items including a ladies watch worth about £1,000.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.


Platt Bridge

A CHILDREN’S centre is hosting a special training and employment road show to help get young people on to the careers ladder.

The Community Zone, on Ribble Road, will offer advice and information about apprenticeships, volunteering, social enterprise work and much more.

There will also be expert guidance on offer to help people with disabilities find their way into jobs or future study.

The free event will be held on Tuesday, November 13, from 3.30 until 5pm. For more information contact Platt Bridge Children’s Centre on 01942 487764. Leigh

A CELEBRATION of the humble apple is coming to Leigh this weekend.

The town hall square will host an Apple Day, which will raise awareness of traditional British cooking and give people the chance to try apple pressing and learn about keeping orchards.

There will also be activities including music and beekeeping demonstrations, with face painting and stories for children.

The event will be held on Saturday, October 27, from 11am to 3pm.

Howe Bridge

ST MICHAEL and All Angels Church will host a trash and treasure sale on Saturday.

The church on Leigh Road will hold its final fund-raising event of the year from 10.30am onwards. The vestry cafe will also be open serving hot and cold food and drinks.


FUND-RAISERS from Marie Curie Cancer Care are holding a quiz evening.

The charity’s Leigh fund-raising group is hosting the event at Leigh Cricket Club, on Beech Walk.

Entry is £2 per person and teams will be of four people, with a maximum of five competitors per team.

The evening will take place on Thursday, October 25, and participants are asked to arrive at 7pm for a prompt 7.30 start.

Hindley Green

PCSOs are running extra patrols and leaflet drops on the Coupland Road estate to try and crack down on thefts from vehicles.


Beech Hill

VETS4PETS, in Woodhouse Lane, is holding a Bonfire Night awareness evening tomorrow, from 7pm.

The veterinary surgeons will be working with the Standish Dog Trainer to inform pet owners of how to calm their animals during fireworks season.

Hayley Lane, veterinary nurse, said: “We get lots of clients every bonfire night coming in asking for help with their dogs fear of fireworks.

“There are lots of different ways to overcome the problem other than using medications and that is why we are holding a session with Jo, the Standish Dog Trainer at the practice.

“It will last around an hour and is the free. Refreshments will be provided.”

Owners are required to book a place and can do so by calling 01942 824455.


A COFFEE morning will be held tomorrow to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support,

The event will be held at Mountfield Court (an apartment block for the over 55s), in Howards Lane, between 10am and 1pm. A suggested donation is £2 and includes tea, coffee and a cake.

There will also be a tombola, white elephant and cake stalls, plus entertainment from an accordian.

Peter Rowlands, chairman of the Mountfield Court Residents’ Association, said: “A lot of people here at the apartment block have been affected by cancer and we have had a lot of Macmillan nurses visit when residents have been ill.

“So we thought it would be an ideal opportunity to do something to give back.”


MONTROSE Skills Hub, in Montrose Avenue, is hosting a free 12-week sports programme for men over 25.

The Wigan Fit Fans scheme, run by Wigan Athletic Community Trust, includes football and sports sessions, free health checks and workshops. To get involved call Hayley Sherratt on 01942 488530 or e-mail


ST Andrew’s Church, in Mort Street, is holding a coffee morning in its parish centre on Friday, between 10am and 1pm. All proceeds from the event will go towards children’s charity NSPCC.


THE mayor will attend the opening of an art exhibition at Norley Hall Community Centre on Saturday,

Coun Myra Whiteside will present a short speech to welcome visitors and artists and she will be given a tour around the works, created by members of the Norley community.

The ceremony will be from 9.45am until noon.


THE Mother’s Union is holding a quiz night and buffet supper tomorrow.

The event will be held at the John Eddleston Centre, in Main Street, Billinge, at 7.30pm.

Everyone is welcome.


PEMBERTON Community Association is hosting a children’s Halloween party on Sunday at The White Swan, Ormskirk Road, from 12.30pm until 4pm.

Prizes will be awarded for best fancy dress and carved-pumpin.

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

Beech Hill

PEOPLE are invited to bring old books to Beech Hill Library, in Buckley Street West.

The Book Cycle is open from Monday to Friday, 11.30am until 6.30pm; 10.30am until 5.30pm on Saturdays and 12.30am until 5.30pm on Sundays.