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A FITNESS club is offering a free taster session.

JSBeFIT is giving individuals to try out a bootcamp for no charge to help Wiganers shift unwanted extra weight.

Run by Personal Trainer, Sarah Berry, the exercise class will start at 6.15am on Thursday January 10 and will be held at The Bellingham Lawn Tennis Club on Wigan Lane for about an hour.

For more information visit or the JSBeFIT Facebook page.


ST Michael’s Church is hosting its annual pantomime, Humpty Dumpty.

This year with be the 60th anniversary of the Swinley show.

Running everyday from Friday January 11 until Sunday January 20, it offers evening performances every night except Sunday and Monday.

Tickets cost £5 for adults, £4 concession and group discounts are available.

The church is located on Shaw Street in Swinley.

For more information and to enquire about tickets, call June on 01942 236260.


UNITED Utilities will carry out work replacing an access chamber at the junction of Manchester Road/Ince Green Lane/Humphrey Street on Sunday January 13. Temporary traffic signals will replace the permanent signals for one day.


CARRIAGEWAY resurfacing will be carried out on Wilton Avenue between Whelley and Ashbourne Avenue and St Stephens Avenue between Durham Street and Whelley in the New Year.

To carry out the works safely the roads may be closed on the January 14 for a period of three weeks during off peak periods. The roads will not be closed at the same time but further details will be provided in due course.


THE Galleries is providing printer cartridge recycling for retailers and profits from the donations will go to Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

It has launched the scheme with local company Waterloo Business Management.



A PROM fair is being held at Kilhey Court on January 24.

The Little White Books’ Prom Fair will be at the hotel with plenty of sparkles and glamour.

The company has all kinds of accessories – tiaras, jewellery, bags, shoes – many of which can be bought on the night.

There are also racks of prom gowns ready to try on in the changing rooms, plus the chance to watch a professional designer catwalk show featuring some of the best Prom stores in the area.

There will also be make-up and hair demonstrations and beauty advice from experts.

To top it off, there will be plenty of transport ideas, fun food chocolate fountains and even photobooths guaranteed to capture all the fun of your prom.

The event will run from 6pm until 9pm and it is free entry.

For more information, visit


THE century-old The Queen’s

Head at Finger Post in Aspull is

being sold by Britain’s biggest pub

company, Punch Inns.

The popular pub closed last month and it has been confirmed that the company is already in the final stages of selling the premises for internal redevelopment as a restaurant.

A spokeswoman for Cheadle-based commercial estate agents Jeremy Rubin Ltd, which is handling the sale on behalf of Punch Inns, said that there had been “strong interest” in the pub premises with rumours flying in the area that it is to be turned into an Indian restaurant.


THERE will be a special carvery for “Burns’ Day” at Haigh Hall on Sunday, January 27.

The evening will see a mixture of food, drink and entertainment.

The three-course Burns celebration carvery will be accompanied by music from Ken Robson on piano.

For further information and to book telephone 01942 832895.

Tickets cost £12.50 adults or £5.95 for children.


SHEVINGTON Library will host a crime week between January 19 and January 28.

There will be various activities going on throughout the week.

Gordon Colville will only be doing an interactive session on crime and fingerprinting on Saturday January 19 between 10am and noon.



POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a number plate was taken from a vehicle in Ashton.

A rear plate was taken from a Vauxhall Vivaro van, registration number FH11 MKO, that was parked on Oswalds Road, on January 7.

Anyone with information is asked to call Wigan Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


TEMPORARY traffic signals will be in operation during off peak periods on the railway bridge on Bryn Road from January 14 so that Network Rail can carry out engineering works.

The signals will not be in operation during peak periods, classified as between 7.30am to 9.30am and 4pm to 6pm each week day.

For further details regarding the borough’s roadworks bulletin, contact Tony Hemingway, Street Works Coordinator, Wigan Council on 01942 489306.

Worsley Mesnes

KIDS who like the outdoors are encouraged to attend an after school club at the Worsley Mesnes Community Centre.

Run by WLCT’s Playin’ Out Team, the sessions are every Tuesday from 3.30pm to 5pm for children aged between eight and 13 years old.

Children are advised to wear clothes they do not mind getting dirty for the outdoor activity sessions which are provided free of charge.

The team also runs sessions at Mesnes Park for children under five every Friday from 10.30am to 12pm, starting from January 11.

For more information contact 01942 487634 or email


A DROP-IN session for child-minders is on offer at the Ashton Children’s Centre on Hilton Street.

The sessions take place on the first Monday of every month - for more information contact the Children’s Centre on 01942 723965.



ELECTRICITY North West is planning work to reinforce the electric network in order to minimise the risk of electrical faults.

New cables will be required in the Hindley, Hindley Green and Platt Bridge areas.

Work is expected to begin on Atherton Road, in Hindley, in the New Year. Wigan Council will be providing more detailed dates of construction work as they become known to try and reduce any disruption to residents and motorists.


L&L SUPERSTARS provides dance tuition for young people on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm.

Classes are run for youngsters aged five to 16 years old at Tyldesley Voluntary Community Centre at a cost of £1.50 per class.

For more information, ring 01942 776924.


THE Argyle Quilters and Patchworkers meet at the Methodist Church on Argyle Street every other Thursday from 6.30pm to 9pm.

The sessions allow anyone attending to work on their quilting and patchworking skills or just socialise with friends. Refreshments are included and the sessions cost £3.

For more information contact Doreen on 01942 510640.

Platt Bridge

TEMPORARY traffic lights will be in operation on Liverpool Road near Capps Street for around a month.

The lights will be put in place to allow United Utilities to carry out major works on the sewers running underneath the highway to prevent waste water spilling into the water course.

Work is expected to begin on Monday, January 14 and is due to be complete by mid-February.


POLICE support officers will be meeting the public to discuss local crime issues in Leigh West on Thursday January 10.

The surgery will take place at the Asda store on Priestners Way from 6pm until 7.30pm for residents to talk about any concerns they may have.



RESIDENTS are being asked to look out for a lost black female collie cross dog with a white chest and toes.

It has been missing from Gidlow Lane, Wigan, since late last year.

Fetita - a well-loved pet - was previously a Romanian street dog and is very nervous.

If anyone sees her, they are asked not to approach her, as she is very timid.

Instead, people should call 07930 535685 with information.

To see a photo visit


ORRELL and Districts Townswomen’s Guild is looking for new members.

The group meet on the first Monday of every month at St Luke’s Church hall, Lodge Road, at 7.30pm.

Admission is £1 and there is a membership charge for continual attendance,

The group has monthly meetings with guest speakers, plus there are days out, a bowls group and lunches.


GMP Pemberton has posted on Twitter advising on property marking valuables.

The post reads: “Property mark your valuables, keep a list of serial numbers and register them for free at”

The neighbourhood police team also posted: “Top Crime Tips - Keep all keys, including car keys out of sight. Use timer switches on lights and radios. Ensure your doors and windows are locked.”

Beech Hill/Springfield

BT will carry out telecommunication works at Woodhouse Lane/Park Road/Springfield Road, on Sunday, January 13. Temporary traffic signals will replace the permanent set and timings changed for one day.


ELECTRICITY North West recommenced electric cable laying work on Church Street near to Edge Hall Road last week and will work towards St James Road.

Temporary traffic signals will be in place at all times at the junction of Church Street/Moor Road and delays are expected until February 2013.