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AN Easter Extravaganza is being held for the public on Penson Street.

Wigan Council is holding the open day in order to promote youth work within the borough, to create more awareness and to highlight the importance of the volunteers.

Available on the day will be arts and craft stalls, an Easter egg raffle prize, a competition and youth projects.

The event will run from 11.30am until 4pm on March 30.

For more information contact Debbie Shaw on 01942 825750.


ST MICHAEL’S and All Angels parish is holding a book club on Thursday March 14 from 10.45am.

The chosen novel is ‘The House at Riverton’ by Australian author, Kate Morton.

It tells the tale of maid, Grace Bradley. For years Grace has hidden a terrible secret. Now a film is being made about a famous incident at Riverton when a well-known poet, Robbie Hunter, shot himself. Grace is contacted by the director, Ursula, as the only surviving person from that night. This stirs up many disturbing memories.


ST MARY’S Parish Church is hosting an Easter Bingo which takes place in St Mary’s hall, Warrington Road on Wednesday March 20 at 7.30pm. Offers of prizes for the event would be appreciated.


A WIGAN pub is holding its very own beer festival on Friday March 15 and Saturday 16.

After the hugely successful CAMRA beer festival, the John Bull has recently been renovated and to celebrate staff will serve seven real ales from all over the UK.

Food will also be available.


A MUSIC concert will be held at Wigan Parish Church.

Iain Matthews of Fairport Convention, an English folk rock band, and Egbert Derix are performing on Friday March 15 from 8pm.

Tickets will cost £13 in advance and £16 if paying on the door.

For more information email or contact 01942 824291.



ST Wilfrid’s Aqua Tots meet every Monday at St Wilfrid’s School swimming pool.

There is a seven-week course for £21. Four different time slots are available.

For more information, ring Mrs Flynn on 01257 423992 between 12.30pm -4.30pm to book a place.


Butterflies, an inspirational 12-week programme, which supports emotional health and confidence is on at Standish Sure Start centre on Friday.It takes place between 9:30am and 12pm.

Booking is essential. Contact the link worker on 07796311842 for more information.


Physical activity sessions for toddlers are available at St David’s parish hall on Monday.

“Jive Bunnies” starts at 9.20am before finishing at 10.05am.

The hall is located next door to the Balcarres Arms Pub. No booking is required and it is a free session.


A traditional Irish night has been organised at Haigh Hall this Sunday to celebrate St Patrick’s night.

The event, starting at 7.30pm, will host a classic night of high quality Irish music and dancing with the brilliant ‘Beer For Breakfast’.

Costing £29, the price includes a 4-course Emerald Isle themed menu.

For further information and to book telephone 01942 832895.


People, by Alan Bennett, is being broadcast live from the National Theatre to Parbold Village hall on next Thursday, March 21.

With a certificate of 12A, admission is £12.50.

For the Front Row Box Office, call 01257 463878.

Alan Bennett is one of Britain’s most celebrated playwrights “People”

is the sixth of his plays to have its premiere at the National Theatre.



A NEW group offering support for males with children is looking for members.

The dad, grandad and male carers session runs on the third Saturday of each month at the Ashton Children’s Centre, Wigan Road.

There is a £1 cost per session with different fun activities for dads, grandads, carers and their child each meeting.

The classes run from 10am to 11.30am, for more information contact 01942 723965.

Worsley Mesnes

ELECTRICITY maintenance work on Worsley Mesnes Drive is scheduled to finish this week.

Temporary traffic signals have been in operation since Electricity North West stared work on the network on 4 March.

The work was expected to take approximately two week.

For more information visit the council’s roadworks bulletin at


ST Jude’s rugby club, Keats Avenue, is hosting a charity quiz night on Saturday 16 March.

The night will raise funds to take children with special needs on a trip to Lourdes and tickets are £5.

For more information or to book tickets contact 01942 628042 or 700413.


MOTOR racing enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice at the Three Sisters Race Track.

The Three Sisters Road circuit regularly hosts race meetings for local car, motorbike and karting clubs.

For a full schedule of race meetings visit or contact 01942 290992.


ST PETER’S Church will hold its spring fair at St Peter’s Primary School this weekend.

The event will include stalls selling produce such as cakes, toys, books and jigsaws, while there will also be a chocolate tombola and the opportunity to buy speciality coffees.

The event is on Saturday March 16 from 10am until 2pm. Admission is 20p.



DISABLED Wiganers will be hosting a club night to help them find voluntary placements and eventually help them into paid work.

The night, which will be held in the Legends bar at the Leigh Sports Village, has been put together by Wigan Council’s Future Steps learning and development team.

The club night will be held on April 4 and tickets are priced at £3, although numbers are limited to enable wheelchair access.

To find out more, ring 01942 487854 or email


A FUND-RAISING dance is being held in aid of The Children’s Society at the Rose Club this weekend.

Dancers will be taking to the floor for charity at the well-known Atherton Road venue on Saturday, March 16, with the event starting at 7.45pm. A buffet will be included, and tickets are £8.

For more information, contact Margaret Powers on 01942 255616.


A CLINIC for young people runs at Westleigh Children’s Centre every Tuesday.

Anyone with a minor illness who is aged between 0 and 19 years can visit the drop-in session at the centre on Westleigh Lane between 9am and 3pm.

Times may vary so checking before attending is advisable. For more information ring the centre on 01942 777705.


A CRAFT group meets at Oxford Hall on the third Wednesday of every month. Sessions are £1. To find out more ring Mrs Johnston on 01942 609748 or Mrs Williams on 01942 677391.


NORLEY Hall Tenants and Residents’ Association is holding an Easter egg hunt later this month,

The event will be held at the adventure playground, in Lamberhead Road, Norley, on Tuesday March 26.

There will be a free bouncy castle, slide, games, and refreshments for the children.

The event is funded by Douglas ward councillors’ Brighter Borough money.The time is to be confirmed.


MONTROSE Skills Hub, in Montrose Avenue, is holding an Easter Market on Saturday March 23 between 10am and 2pm.

The fair will include a mix of farmer’s goods, crafts and vintage items and entertainment will come in the form of a portrait artist, raffles and a bouncy castle.

Stall olders are still welcome to attend. Stalls are free, but donations towards the RSPCA are requested. To book a stall call 01942 488500.


A TEA and Chat with a Communion Service has been arranged at St Aidan’s Church on Monday March 25 at 1.30pm.

Everyone is welcome and transport will be arranged for anyone who needs a lift.

Up Holland

THE Cowley Singers will be performing at Alma Hill Methodist Church on Saturday March 16 at 7.30pm.

The concert will feature soloists Frank Valentine and Lois Powell.

Contact Linda on 01695 622414 for tickets, which cost £5.


RESIDENTS are invited to enjoy a game of bingo at St Andrew’s Parish Centre, Woodhouse Lane, every Monday between 1pm and 3.30pm.

Admission is free and a book of six games is £1.

Beech Hill

ST Anne’s Brownies meet at St Anne’s Church, Beech Hill Avenue, every Friday at 6pm.

Subs are £1 per week and includes crafts, games and songs. Contact Liz Chamberlain on 01942 236662.