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FREE fitness classes will be held all day at JSBeFIT on February 25.

Personal trainers, Sarah Berry and John Boland will be running the sessions without charge and just asking for donations for Cancer Research.

This is in the run up to the pair taking part in the London Marathon in April.

The classes will be held at JSBeFIT at The Bellingham Tennis Club just off Wigan Lane.

For more information contact John Boland on 07718 087673 or Sarah Berry on 07714 203994.

Alternatively visit the website at


ACTORS and actresses from Wigan Little Theatre leave their pantomime performances behind them, turn the mood darker and continue their season with the dark comedy, Wife After Death, written by Eric Chappell.

The production tells the tale of the aftermath of the death of a hugely successful television comedian, Dave Thursby.

Wife After Death runs from February 27 until March 9.

Bookings can be made by telephoning the box office on 01942 242561 or book online at


THE Food and Drink Festival is back again and is celebrating the ‘year of the pie’.

One of the country’s top celebrity chefs, Simon Rimmer will be leading to celebrations to the home-baked classic in all its glorious forms and helping to prove that the pie is really among the upper crust of classy cuisine.

Now in its sixth year, the festival is one of the highlights of the borough’s year for ‘foodies’. It kicks off on Thursday February 28 with the Wigan CAMRA Beer Festival and runs until Sunday March 10.

For more information visit


KICKING off the Food and Drink Festival is the Ice Cream Sundae event at The Pavilion in Mesnes Park.

The country park will hold food and drink stalls and musical entertainment.

Frederick’s Ice Cream Parlour in the heart of the park is offering an ice cream sundae menu.

Admission is free.


THE Museum of Wigan Life in the town centre on Library Street is hosting Keep Calm and Carry On.

The event will include wartime cake and culture where Wiganers can reminisce about wartime recipes, wartime Wigan and find out about wartime rations.

Tickets cost £3 per person which includes 
refreshments. For more information contact 01942 828128.


WIGAN’S Town Hall is holding the premiere event of the ‘Skool Dinners’ Awards Evening.

The event will see a number of schools 
receiving various awards including ‘Mini Chef of the Year’.

It will be £5 per person. For more information contact 01942 705096.



HAIGH Hall is hosting a Winter ball this Sunday.

There will be a three-course carvery complemented by the Hall’s resident pianist Ken Robson. For further information and to book telephone 01942 832895

Prices for the evening are £12.50 for adults and £5.95 for children.

Standish Lower Ground

POLICE have distributed flyers in the Spelding Driver area of Standish Lower Ground, warning residents that thieves are operating in the area.

Although no specific details were warned of, locals have been made aware that there have been issues of late.

They have been reminded the basic safety procedures to deter thieves.

The flyer instructs people to ensure their property is secure at all times, keeping windows shut and doors locked at all times, even when in back gardens.


A FAIRTRADE fashion show has been organised at Wood Fold Primary School on Green Lane. Put together by Dos Mundos, ethically traded clothing and giftware will be ten per cent off on the night.

It will take place on Friday, March 8 between 7pm and 9pm with ethical clothes and gifts available for all the family with a free glass of wine and soft drink.

Tickets are on sale for the event, priced at £2 each.

They are being made available in advance from Dos Mundos, 25 Preston Road or from the school itself.

A total of 10 per cent of sales will be donated to Wood Fold school.


HEALTH & Wellbeing Checks will are now available at Kilhey Court.

Already used by the fitness industry, medical departments, educational sector and with the military, police and fire service, Macdonald Hotels is one of the first hotel groups to introduce the handy wellness tool for its members and guests, as part of exclusive packages.

It will give users the chance to review lifestyle choices and learn how small changes to diet and exercise can lead to big results.



A NEW charity shop established to support people who experience mental distress has opened in Ashton.

Mind – which now has 132 stores nationwide – opened last week at the Gerard Centre, selling everything from affordable vintage items to bric-a-brac bargains. Clothing, accessories, children’s toys and books are also available.

The proceeds from Mind stores fund the charity’s work to provide support, information and advisory services to secure a better life for people with mental health problems.

For more information visit


GROOVY kids are invited to join an energetic dance class for toddlers.

The Groove In Tune class meets on Mondays between 1 and 1.45pm at Hilton Street in Ashton.

For more information contact 01942 723965 - there is a cost for each class of £2.50.


GREATER Manchester Police are aware of a number of car thefts in the Bryn area and have made prevention of any further thefts their policing priority.

The majority of incidents have been due to property being left on show in people’s vehicles.

Neighbourhood officers are regularly visiting offenders in the area that are known for this type of crime.


WIGAN Council has received a planning application at 51 Alexandra Road, Ashton.

Submitted by Mr and Mrs K Donlon, the proposal is to extend an existing dwelling house, an extension to a detached garage and the erection of a two metre high boundary wall following demolition of an existing conservatory.


A PLANNING application has been submitted to Wigan Council for 12 Tarrant Close. Applicant Mr K Derbyshire proposes to extend an existing bungalow.



GRAPPLE fans can look forward to an evening of high-class pro wrestling at The Rose Club on Friday evening.

Grand Pro Wrestling is putting on the night of top bouts and high-kicking action at the club on Atherton Road, with some of the UK’s finest wrestlers showing off their skills in the ring.

The night runs from 7pm until 10pm, and tickets are £8 if booked in advance and £9 on the door. Family tickets are also available at £28 in advance and £30 on the night.

To find out more, visit or search for Grand Pro Wrestling on Facebook.


THE Leigh Healthy Heart cardiac support group will hold its next monthly meeting on March 11.

The group will meet at Leigh Miners Welfare, on Kirby Road, and the speaker will be cardiac occupational therapist Linda Blakemore.

The event will begin at 7.30pm.


THE Leigh and District branch of Soroptimist International is hosting a craft market next month.

The event will take place at St Richard’s Parish Hall, opposite the Tesco car park, on Saturday, March 2, from 10.30am to 3pm.

There will be a selection of artisan craft objects and food items on sale as well as unique gifts and greetings cards for Mother’s Day and Easter.

Refreshments will be available, and admission is free.


THE annual unity service for the area which is held to mark the World Day of Prayer will take place at Wigan Road Methodist Church.

The service will be led by Emma 
Atherton from the Roman Catholic Church, and Christians of all denominations are invited to consider the theme of accepting strangers.

The World Day of Prayer includes believers in 170 countries worldwide, and this year’s organiser is France.

The service in Leigh is on Friday, March 1, at 7.30pm. All are welcome.



A STRAY black cat has been found in the Springfield area of Wigan.

Alma Barrow has reported the cat, which has no collar, to the RSPCA but has been unable to trace the owner.

She has been feeding it for the last two months and it goes out at night,

If anyone has lost a black cat – sex unknown – call Alma on 01942 491083.


AN 80s night will be held at The Eagle and Child, Main Street, on Friday, March 1.

All money raised will go towards Protection of Animals against Neglect and Cruelty.

The entertainment includes a live band playing all the classic 80s hits.

Everyone is welcome.

Up Holland

A HEALTH fair will be held at St Teresa’s church hall, in Collage Road, on Sunday, February 24, between 10am-4pm.

The event will feature stalls including, massage, Reiki, weight loss advice, bereavement support, cancer help, and heart health.

There will be workshops and presentations throughout the day including meditation, relaxation and habit busting.

For the children, Jean Prichard from Prichard’s famous Dolls Hospital, in Burscough, will be holding a surgery to advise on returning any broken dolls or teddies to full health.

Entry is £2 and all proceeds will go towards raising funds to send young people together with the sick or elderly to Lourdes in July.

For further information call Jenny Maguire on 07947271037 or email


LENT study group meets at Bispham Methodist Church, Crank Road, Billinge, every Monday at 2pm until Monday, March 18.

Everyone welcome.


TAEKWONDO sessions are held at St John Rigby College, every Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm.

Each class is £5 or £4 concessions. For more information call 01942 730272.