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A RACING event is being hosted at the Last Orders pub near Wigan Wallgate train station.

On December 13 the Veterans association is holding the competitive day in aid of the charity.

Open to anybody, bets will be charged at £1. The event will start at 1pm and run through until 5pm with the first race beginning at around 1.30pm.

For more information call Royston Brett on 01942 861019.

Mesnes Park

A STROLL around the Victorian park is being offered to people all over the borough as part of a chance to take a trip down memory lane.

It will begin with a short history walk and talk about the restoration, followed by a hotpot lunch in the restored pavilion.

A booking fee of £5 is required and people are being asked to bring along photographs and momentos of visits to Mesnes in days gone by to share with others.

The event will start at 10am at the pavilion on December 10.


SUNSHINE House, located on Scholes precinct, is hosting a Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 8.

The event will include hand made chocolates and cards, food, a children’s grotto, toys, crafts, art work and much more.

Open to all ages, it will start at 10am and run until 2pm. For more information call 01942 515519/748806.


AN evening with Marianne Howells will include courts, crimes and constables, aspects of law and order from the Romans to the Victorians. Light refreshments will be provided and booking is required.

The event will begin at 6.30pm on December 13 at the Museum of Wigan Life. For more information please telephone 01942 828128.

Mesnes Park

CHRISTMAS is coming to the park. Musical entertainment will be provided at the Christmas tree in the newly restored Pavilion. Father Christmas will be in his grotto. Frederick’s are offering tasty festive food including mince pies. Activities will start at noon on December 15.



A PUBLIC meeting will be held on Monday, December 10 for Standish residents to discuss proposed housing plans.

The meeting, available to all, will be at the Unity Club on Cross Street, starting at 7.30pm.

Standish Independent Coun George Fairhurst said the meeting will fully inform residents about developers’ plans to build houses on the site of Standish Golf Club.

An open meeting with developers at the Owls restaurant had to be cancelled last week.


WIGAN Community Choir are holding their annual Christmas Concert at St Elizabeth’s Church, Aspull on December 21.

It is a new venue for the choir and the songs will start at 7.30pm.

As well as carols, old and new, familiar and the not so familiar the group will be involving the audience at several points in the programme. Mince pies, mulled wine and a raffle will round off what the choir hope will be a superb evening’s entertainment.

The evening will be in support of St Elizabeth’s Church Fund and Dr Naqvi’s Heartbeat Appeal. Tickets, available on the door, cost £4 or £3 for concessions and this includes refreshments.

There is parking outside church with additional off road parking to rear of St Elizabeth’s Parish & Community Hall, 200 yards from the church on Bolton Road.  For further information, contact Rev Mike Perrin on 01942 257418.


The Crooke Christmas markets will continue this weekend between noon and 6pm.

Following on from last Saturday and Sunday, there will be stalls in marquees on Crooke Hall Inn car park.

The stalls will comprise of jewelllery, flowers, vintage clothes, handmade gifts, cakes and chocolates, handbags and make up as well as an All Gates Brewery stall.

The latter will sell beer sausages, Mad Monk beer soap, Mad Monk beer fudge, Mad Monk and Citra beer marmalades and pickle, plus individual brewery tours as Xmas presents for partners. Santa Claus will also be there.



THE FESTIVE season officially starts this weekend in Ashton with the Christmas lights switch on.

With activities from noon onwards on Saturday inside Ashton library, it promises to be a fun-filled day.

Children’s crafts, charity stalls, Macmillan coffee sessions and a chance to meet Santa himself are on offer.

The tree switch on starts at 6pm with entertainment from Paul Dee, Ed Feery and Trinity Girls Band. Refreshments are available all day from the library on Wigan Road.


THE PARK Lane Unitarian Chapel, Wigan Road, is holding a toy service on Sunday at 11am to collect toys for children at the Homeless Families Unit.

Parishioners are reminded that if they do wrap their gifts to specify whether they are for boys or girls.

The toys are also passed on children at the Women’s refuge.


THE TOWN’S wordsmiths are encouraged to attend the next meeting of Ashton Writers who meet at the King’s Arms pub on Warrington Road.

The group meets every fortnight on a Tuesday evening from 7.45pm. Members discuss each others prose and poetry, offer constructive critique and hold prose and poetry workshops.

For more information contact Frances Parkinson on 01942 723350.

Worsley Mesnes

THE DAISY Chain Stitchers group meets every week at the Clifton Street Community Centre, Poolstock Lane.

The sessions are for anyone interested in tapestry to join in with a small group of stitchers looking to learn, improve and share stitching skills. Both beginners and experienced stitchers are encouraged to attend on a Tuesday between 1 and 3pm, refreshments are provided.

For further information contact 01942 234880.


A CHRISTMAS tree festival will take place this weekend, telling the story of Christmas with decorated trees.

Held at St Peter’s Church, Bryn Road, from noon to 7pm on Friday and Saturday, there will also be a concert of festive music on Saturday at 7pm.

On Sunday, the church will be open from 12.30pm to 5pm, admission is free with refreshments available.

Three local schools and the Church organisation have sponsored and decorated the trees.



A GROUP of Beavers are celebrating after winning a competition to design a theatrical set based on a much-loved children’s story.

The 5th Tyldesley Beavers Group had their idea for a stage set of a production of Charlotte’s Web selected by Watershed Productions, who are putting on the play in Sale.

The youngsters will have their winning entry displayed at the Waterside Arts Theatre, where the play is being staged, throughout its run from December 14 to January 5.

The Beavers will also be visited by two of the production’s main characters during their Christmas party.

Platt Bridge

PLATT Bridge Community Zone is offering residents the chance to get into the festive spirit with a Christmas Extravaganza this weekend.

The event, which will take place at the community centre on Victoria Street, will include DJs, stalls, crafts and a chance to visit Santa in his grotto.

Hotpots will be provided by Ince-based not-for-profit organisation Food Positive, which runs cookery courses.

The extravaganza will be held on Saturday, December 8, from 11am until 2pm.


ST JOHN the Evangelist Church is hosting its christingle service next week.

The traditional service, explaining the significance of Jesus’ birth through a decorated orange and candle, will take place on Thursday, December 13 at 1.30pm.

All proceeds will go to the Children’s Society.


VOLUNTEERS can get out in the countryside to help plant a new woodland at a popular beauty spot and wildlife haven.

The Red Rose Forest is planting a wood of black poplar trees at Lightshaw Meadows, located between Leigh and Wigan, and carrying out mulching and maintenance work on the orchard planted last year.

The working session takes place on Thursday, December 6, starting at 10am. To book contact Claire at Red Rose Forest on 0161 872 1660 or email



JIREH Baptist Church, in Chapel Street, Orrell Road is holding a Christmas Supper on Tuesday, December 11 at 7.30pm.

After the supper there will be carol singing and a short talk.

The event is free.


A Christmas fair will be held at the Eddleston Centre, in Main Street, on Saturday, from 11am until 2pm.

There will be a variety of stalls, including cakes, jewellery, china and glassware, books and tombolas.

Kitt Green

MARSH Green Art Group meets every Tuesday at St Francis Church Hall, Kitt Green, from noon until 3pm.

Each session is £1 and materials are provided.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information call Barry on 01942 213995.


GOLDEN Mile, a collection of charities and organisations in and around the Pemberton/Douglas Wards, is hosting a Christmas Market and Fair at Central Park, Montrose Avenue, on Saturday, from 10am until 2pm.

The event includes a free funfair, crafts, gifts, various stalls, face painting and nail art, not forgetting Santa’s grotto and some very special guests including Mighty Max and JJ.

Proceeds from the day will go to Joining Jack charity, which raises funds for Wigan Warriors legend Andy Johnson’s son who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).


PEMBERTON Community Association is organising a children’s Christmas party at Pemberton Masonic Hall on Sunday, December 16 from 12.30pm.

Dazzle the clown will entertain the guests, and there will be party games, refreshments and also a visit from Santa and a gift for the children.

The event has been sponsored by R Banks and Son Pemberton and Pemberton and Douglas ward councillors.

Limited tickets are available from Pemberton Lighting, in Ormskirk Road.