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FOOD Positive cooking school is holding Christmas cake special event for adults.

The festivities are running from 5pm until 9pm on December 19.

Participants will decorate a Christmas themed chocolate cake and bake some home made chocolate truffles and decorations.

For more information contact Shirley Southworth on 07727057129.


EXPERIENCE a real magical Christmas at The Museum of Wigan Life.

From 11pm on Saturday, December 8, the Library Street museum will be hosting a festive event with arts and crafts and a pantomime for all of the family.

The free ‘Super Saturday’ will run until 2.30pm.

For more information call 01942 828128.


A CHRISTMAS tree festival is coming to Whitley Methodist Church.

Children’s crafts will be available at the event alongside plants, cakes, a raffle, cards, jewellery, a tombola, games and much more.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided for purchase on the day.

Entry is 50p and is running from 11am until 3pm on Saturday, December 1.


CHARTER House, situated opposite St Michael’s Church, is hosting a Christmas fair on Saturday, December 1.

From 10.30am until 12.30pm the Wigan Deaf Without Speech Society are holding an event packed with festive treats and gifts available for all of the family.

The day is in aid of raising money for the society.

For more information contact Valerie on 01942 720562.


A ‘Race Night’ is being held in aid of the Veterans at The Swan and Railway pub, opposite Wigan North Western train station.

The horse racing event on December 6 will open its doors at 7pm with the first race at 7.30pm and bets will be charged at £1.

The winner of each race will collect half of the profits, the other half will be donated to the Veterans.

For more information contact Royston Brett on 01942 861019.


The Police are urging people to fit an alarm and a proper lock to sheds after a break in on Kirkless Street.



YOUNGSTERS are being invited to St Elizabeth’s Church this Saturday for breakfast with a man who is set to have a very busy month.

Father Christmas will be there, where as well as breakfast there will be various activities and of course a gift from Santa himself.

Tickets are £4.50 from Cath Perrin on 01942 257418, Cath Peden on 01942 831234 or Sheila Ryding on 0192 832369.


YOUNG fans of I’m a Celebrity, Get me out of here! will enjoy the activities going on at Shevington Library this Saturday morning.

For just £1, they can enjoy their own bushtucker trial with bug boxes full of creepy-crawlies on show.


INCREASED police patrols are being rolled out in the Aspull housing estate area to tackle ongoing problems associated with car crime.

The team has increased patrols in the area and is speaking with the local community to gather intelligence


STANDISH-based Gilmore vets are holding a Christmas party... for dogs.

Owners are being invited to bring their canines to Aspull Rugby club this Sunday, December 2 from 1pm.

Competitions will be run on the day with various classes for owners to enter their dogs into.

There are a selection of great prizes to be won.

It will cost a £5 entry fee to dog classes with it costing just £1 to enter the club and browse and enjoy the fun!

Among the attractions will be cake stalls as well as a wide range of entertainment.


POLICE are making more visits to the Co-Op car park after reports of large congregations of young people.

They are visting during the venings, in particular Fridays and Saturdays.



THE FESTIVE season officially starts in Bryn this weekend with the much anticipated Christmas Lights switch on.

With activities starting on Saturday from 5pm, there will be music and a raffle with the lucky winner getting the chance to switch on the Christmas Tree lights. Everyone in the audience will receive a free raffle ticket upon entry.

Coun Don Hodgkinson, said: “The event has been organised and jointly funded by the Friends Around Bryn community group and my fellow local councillors. We are one of the few wards that have a real Christmas Tree and it is always very impressive. There will also be mince pies and hot pot available.

“And the following Wednesday, Churches Together have an annual carol service with Ashton Brass Band making an appearance.”


A MAN has been arrested and charged for two burglaries in the Ashton area. Since his arrest GMP has seen a dramatic decrease in burglaries across the area. The man has also been charged with numerous burglaries that have taken place in Merseyside.

Neighbourhood policing teams are still urging all residents to do basic checks to make sure your property is secure. Report anything suspicious to 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


ART fanatics are invited to attend the Garswood Art Club at Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Road. Members range from 14 to 80 with a mixture of abilities. There are demonstrations by artists, workshops and other one-off events so there is something for everyone. Every Monday from 10am to 12 noon. Cost £1.25.


PECKISH parishioners can visit St John the Evangelist Parish Church, Warrington Road, on Wednesday mornings from 10.30am to 12 noon. Everyone is welcome with full English breakfasts available in the Vestry.



SUPERMARKET giant Tesco is asking shoppers to dig into their pockets to help the needy over winter by holding a food bank collection this weekend.

The store is teaming up with Fare Share to collect long-life items, including cereals, tea and coffee, tinned food, pasta, rice and sauces, which will be distributed to hundreds of good causes across the country, such as food banks and homelessness charities.

Tesco has pledged to add 20 per cent to the value of all products donated on the day.

The collection will run on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2.


TWELVE Apostles Parish Centre is asking for all hands on the deck to help give the building a Christmas clean-up this weekend.

The centre, on Westleigh Lane, will be spruced up for the festive season and decked out in Christmas decorations from 11am on Sunday, December 2.

The Twelve Apostles is also hosting its annual Christmas Fair, on Sunday, December 9 from 1pm.

Father Christmas will make an appearance and there will be stalls to browse and a bingo competition to enter.


THE Veterans Council is organising a Hawaiian-themed fund-raiser at a town centre pub.

Ex-servicemen will descend on Old Isaac’s, on Market Street, for an evening to raise the profile of veterans in the community and the issues they face.

The Mayor of Wigan, Coun Myra Whiteside, will also be attending the event.

The fund-raiser takes place on Sunday, December 2, starting at 7pm.


LOWTON East Neighbourhood Development Forum (LENDF) will meet on Monday, December 10.

Any residents who want to raise issues they are concerned about in their local area or hear about projects being undertaken to help improve the place where they live are welcome to attend.

The meeting takes place at Lowton Social Club, on Newton Road, and starts at 7.30pm.


Up Holland

LAST week The Post printed that The Thistle Society meets every Monday at St James Social Centre, St James Road, Orrell, from 7pm until 10.15pm.

The group in fact hold their Scottish country dancing sessions at St Teresa’s Church Hall, in Collins Road, Up Holland.

For more information call 01942 861539 or visit

Beech Hill

BEECH Hill Book Cycle is holding a Christmas Fair at the old library, in Buckley Street West on Sunday, from noon until 3pm.

There will be a variety of craft making activities, plus Santa’s Grotto with reindeer and live music.


PEMBERTON Community Association is hosting its annual Christmas lights switch on, this Sunday at the White Swan car park, Ormskirk Road, from 3pm.

Santa will arrive at 5pm, with Wigan Athletic mascots. Del Trotter’s van will also be making an appearance raising cash for SANDS charity.

The event is sponsored by Pemberton Co-operative Funeral Care.


A CHRISTMAS Carol and Lights evening will held outside the former Orrell Library building, in Orrell Post, on Tuesday, December 4, at 6.30pm.

Children will be singing carols and Santa will turn on the lights,

The event has been organised by Orrell and Billinge councillors, with help from local schools and the Pemberton Community Association.

Robin Park

PEOPLE can give blood at DW Stadium, Robin Park, on Monday, between 1.15pm and 3.30pm, and at 5.15pm until 7.30pm.

To arrange a booking - which is required - call 0300 123 23 23.

Beech Hill

St Anne’s Church, in Beech Hill Avenue, is holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday at noon.

Admission is 20p.