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Volunteers are needed for a Christmas Fair.

Community centre, Sunshine House, is hosting a festive event and are in need of people to help out with organising the Santa’s grotto and to serve chestnuts.

For more information contact Barbara Nettleton on 01942 515519.


Fifty sleeping bags have been donated to the borough’s homeless individuals.

Wigan Rotary Club and Soroptomist International of Wigan have joined forces to help homeless charity, The Brick, and are assured by manager, Trish Green, that the gift will be used throughout the following months, whatever the weather.

Wigan Rotary President Venk Mani said “We are delighted to join with our Soroptomist friends to help such a worthwhile cause as The Brick.

“While we all hope the coming winter is not as severe as last year we know there will still be a demand for sleeping bags.”


Belly dance classes are being held at Wigan’s new gym, Xercise4less.

The classes which take place every Friday evening are ran by Sarah Garrish who said it can help improve general body stiffness as it keeps your body supple; because it’s a form of exercise, it increases blood flow around the body.

Classes take place every Friday evening at the new gym on Chapel Lane, Wigan, from 7pm – 8pm. For more information email Sarah at


Age UK Wigan Borough is appealing for help to ensure older Wigan residents have access to medication and emergency supplies when they need them.

The charity is urging people to collect and deliver essentials that will enable older people to keep safe and well especially through the winter months.

Volunteers are asked to donate a couple of hours once or twice a week, checking on older people and collecting and delivering things like prescriptions, medication and essential food supplies.

Duties would be between working hours Monday to Friday and volunteering checks including CRB would be required. The charity would welcome any volunteers who would like to help people local to them.

For more information contact Susan Ratchford on 01942 241972.


The Museum of Wigan Life is introducing its Lightshaw Family Festival.

Running from 11am until 2.30pm on Saturday November 3, the free event explores the beauty and nature of Lightshaw Meadows, with exhibits, crafts and demonstrations from Red Rose Forest.

For more information call 01942 828128.


A festive preview night will be looking at a new range of Christmas cards and gifts with wine and nibbles provided.

It will be an exclusive first look into the collection and available for purchase to those who attend.

The evening will be held on Thursday, November 29 from 5.30pm until 7pm.

For more information contact 01942 828128.


Greater Manchester Police are running extra patrols within the area in the aim of reducing anti social behaviour.

Officers will be concentrating on Menses Park as it is one of the target areas for anti social behaviour within the borough. The police will be patrolling all evenings and weekends throughout the next few months.


A fitness centre will be donating to ‘stand up for cancer’ over the festive period.

101 Club is giving profits they raise from people using the centre to the well known cause all over November and December as part of a campaign to get the borough become wiser to facts concerning their health.

The ladies only club will also be open to gentlemen throughout the festive season, with a small charge in order to raise as much money as possible for cancer research.

The centre’s exercise machine, if used two to three times a week improves overall general fitness and is especially effective with people suffering from cancer, arthritis and many more health problems.

The club is situated on Caroline Street in Wigan. For more information call Pauline or Mandy on 077080 11983.


Informal drop in sessions will be available to those interested in palaeography practice.

People with a basic understanding of palaeography styles over the ages are invited to transcribe original documents from the archives in a group.

The free sessions will be open from 2pm until 3.30pm at the Museum of Wigan Life on Monday, November 5.



Police are running extra patrols in the Aspull area following a spate of anti-social behaviour related incidents.

In particular, incidents have been noted on the Aspull library car park and shops on Moorgate.

Police are also tackling an increase in the use of off-road bikes on the Aspull and Whelley loop line.

Shevington and Lower Ground

Shevington and Lower Ground Councillor Paul Collins has written to residents in the area to thank them for their comments during the consultation on Wigan Core Strategy.

In an open letter, he wrote: “As I pointed out previously I am convinced that the high standard and constructive manner in which hundreds of residents from our ward contributed to the consultation has had a positive impact on the outcome for the ward and made it very clear how much we accept the importance of meeting the need for housing and how much we value the importance of our communities and green belt land and the need to protect it wherever possible.”


A Wigan funeral home is helping to support Remembrance Day by holding a coffee morning for the local community.

Staff from The Co-operative Funeralcare in High Street are inviting local residents to join them for a coffee and cakes between 10am and noon on Friday, November 2. Poppies will be on sale and all proceeds from the day will go to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.


Haigh Hall is to host a Bonfire supper this Sunday, November 4.

This year, guests are invited to bring the family into the warmth of the Hall and enjoy a hot supper before stepping outside and enjoying the evening’s firework celebrations. Supper served from 4pm. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults, £6 children and £28 for a family ticket.

Reservations are essential on 01942 832895.



THE NEIGHBOURHOOD policing team has issued a warning to town centre shoppers about the theft of mobile phones.

Officers have visited pubs, clubs and shops across Ashton and Bryn aiming to make staff aware and posters have been put up highlighting the problem to the general public.

Incidents have been occurring at all times of the day and evening and shoppers are urged to keep their belongings somewhere secure.

Worsley Mesnes

THE BRAMBLE HOUSE community resource centre runs a series of events throughout the week including a Pensioners Luncheon Club on Mondays from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

And there is a mother and toddler session for pre school children on Fridays from 9.30 to 11.30am with an adult reading group that afternoon from 1 to 3pm.

For more information and the full list of activities, contact 01942 201555.

Stubshaw Cross

CATALYTIC converters are being stolen from vehicles in the area. Police say the incidents are happening overnight and officers are giving the problem areas a highly visible presence after dark.


AN ART Club meets on Mondays at the Methodist Church Hall on Victoria Road.

The club is very friendly and informal with members ranging from 14 to 80 years plus. The primary aim is to enjoy painting and demonstrations are done by artists. Price per session if £1.25 and runs from 10am to noon.


JOAN WOOD Stage School meets every Monday between 4 and 6pm at Brigade House on Bryn Road.

Classes in ballet, tap, modern are all on offer with examinations and medal tests from preparatory to advanced level also offered to all subjects.

The classes are for ages three to 18, each session costs £2.50.



A TOP keyboard duo are the latest visitors to Leigh Music Society this weekend.

The Scott Brothers duo, who play piano, organ and harmonium, will perform a series of duets at the Derby Room in The Turnpike Centre on Sunday afternoon.

The Manchester-born duo have performed with many top orchestras, including the Halle and the BBC Philharmonic, toured in productions by English National Ballet and are particularly celebrated for their renditions of the music of George Gershwin.

The Scott Brothers Duo will perform at Leigh Music Society on Sunday, November 4, at 2.15pm. Tickets are £8 for adults and £3 for children and students, to be paid on the door.


THE village’s Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, November 17.

The event, which will take place at Abram Community Centre on Vicarage Road, will feature stalls, games and refreshments, while youngsters will also be able to visit Father Christmas in his grotto.

The fair will begin at 1pm.


THE Salvation Army Choir is giving a concert at St Luke’s Church this weekend.

The concert will take place on Saturday, November 3, beginning at 7pm. Tickets are £3.


HONEY Bear Day Care, based at Westleigh Children’s Centre, will host its first-ever Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 10.

There will be a raffle, tombola, a bouncy castle and face painting, with an appearance from Santa Claus himself at noon.

The event will take place at Westleigh Children’s Centre, on Westleigh Lane, from 11am to 3pm.


RESIDENTS will be able to discuss any security or crime concerns with their local neighbourhood policing team at the next surgery, which will be held on Thursday, November 15.

Hindley PCSOs will be on hand to answer questions from 2.45pm to 3.15pm at the Sure Start Centre on Downall Green Road in Bryn.



A SUPPORT surgery for people who suffer from drugs or alcohol misuse takes place today at the Norley Hall Community Centre, between 1pm and 5pm.

Staff from Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust will be around to offer advice.

Couns Paul and Jeannette Prescott, who requested the surgery, said: “The purpose of this event is to enable anyone to speak to professionals who deal with issues relating to abuse of alcohol and drugs.

“The advice you will receive will be given in the strictest confidence.

“If any of the above issues relate to you or a loved one then please come along and take the opportunity to speak to an adviser who may be able to help you.”


ORRELL Post Methodist Church has a book sale/exchange on the first Monday of every month, between 10.30am until noon.

Books are 50p each or 30p if done as part of an exchange, with funds going to different charities,

The next book morning is on Monday, November 5.


THE Open Group will meet at the John Eddleston Centre, in Billinge, on Thursday, November 8 at 7.30pm.

Guests are asked to bring an afternoon tea plate (four sandwiches and a cake) to exchange and a photo of when they were under five years old for a guess who competition.

The social group is also asking for unwanted good quality glassware, china or pottery for its stall at the Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 8.

Beech Hill

St Anne’s Church holds a coffee morning every Thursday, from 9.15am.

The one-hour meeting includes a chat and a raffle.

Robin Park

A NEARLY new baby sale will be held at Robin Park Sports Arena on November 4, between noon and 2pm.

The sale will include baby clothes, toys and accessories.