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TODAY’S Community Church at the Pier Centre on Pottery Road is presenting the Watoto Children’s Choir.

On Thursday, March 21 the concert will then start at 7.30pm and finish around 9pm. The evening is for people of all ages. The Koko bar will be open from 6.30pm for drinks and refreshments.


ROCK band, The Substitutes will be performing on Friday, 22 March. Berkeley Square pub in the town centre is hosting the ‘indie’ evening with two hours of live music from 8pm until 10pm. Entry is free.

For more information contact the pub on 01942 242041.


THE Boulevard pub is hosting Wigan alternative/grunge band Degeneration Fuzz on Friday, March 29.

Starting from 9pm and running until 11pm, the band will be performing live with other supporting artists.

For more information contact the pub on 01942 497165.


THE Orwell is hosting another Frog and Bucket comedy night.

On Saturday 30, three top comics will be entertaining audiences along with an aftershow disco with the resident DJ.

Tickets cost £10 if pre-booked and will start at 7pm. For more information and to order tickets contact 0161 236 9805.


THE Tudor public house is hosting a blend of music from throughout the decades.

There will be fired-up 50s rockabilly, snarling 60s garage and erogenous 80s pop music on Friday March 29.

The live music will start from 9pm and last until 10pm. For more information contact The Tudor on 01942 242190.


HAYDOCK Male Voice Choir will perform a concert at St Michael’s Church in Duke Street on Friday, May 10.

This will be accompanied by guest soprano Janette Munroe.

Tickets are priced at £10 and are available from Sheilah Baron on (01942) 496070.


ON SATURDAY March 30 from 2pm to 4pm, Wiganers are invited to attend an Easter ‘eggstravaganza’ event at Today’s Community Church at The Pier Centre on Pottery Road.

Activities on the family day include Easter crafts, egg hunts and the chance to win some prizes. There is no need to register and it costs just £2 per child, with adult entry free.

Adults with young babies can relax and take it easy in the centre’s coffee bar, Koko. Parents can get involved with their family in the activities, assured their child is being taken care of by CRB checked workers.

Organiser Rachel Belfield said: “Our doors are always open and we hope this event will really help bring the community together. We are fortunate to have so many people involved who have vast child care experience.”



CHILDREN’S charity Barnardo’s will be hosting a special information event in the coming weeks at Haigh Hall in Wigan. Members of the public are invited to learn about Barnardo’s history and pioneering work with children, young people and their families.

The event will include a talk from Alan Dearman, a former Barnardo’s resident, children’s services representatives from the local Bay6 Project and a representative from local law firm QualitySolicitors Stephensons who will explain how donations, especially those left in your will, could help our work in the future.

The event takes place on Thursday, April 11 at 10.30am for an 11am start followed by a complimentary buffet lunch and an optional short talk on Haigh Hall.

Spaces are limited and you can get in touch to reserve your seat by contacting Dylan Carroll on 0121 458 3618 or via email at

Dylan said: “We are really looking forward to this event which will raise awareness of the fantastic work that Barnardo’s does in the local area and how people can get involved and help us to continue to carry out our valuable work.”


DO you fancy yourself as a Robin Hood character? Archery taster sessions are to be held at Haigh Hall this weekend.

It’s the chance to try your hand at this medieval sport with trained leaders. Ages 8+.

All children to be accompanied by an adult.

Booking is essential. For further information telephone 01942 487098.


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 new mum’s fitness class will be held this Friday at Standish Library between 10.15am and 11am.



Youth nuisance and vehicle crimes have been identified to police as the key issues currently troubling residents .

Officers say there have been a number of reports of theft from cars in the area recently.

Youths gathering outside shops, throwing food and being rowdy is said to be causing annoyance to shoppers and shopkeepers.

And similarly youths gathering outside homes, throwing mud at them and being rowdy have also been flagged up to bobbies.


Bamfurlong Methodist Church is hosting an Easter-themed coffee morning on Saturday, March 23 between 11am and 1pm. There will be the usual variety of stalls and also light refreshments.


Kelly Ackers of George Street, Ashton, has submitted a planning application to change the use of an existing retail unit to a cafe.


Ashton Children’s Centre at the library is hosting two Jiggle and Wiggle singing and dancing sessions in the coming weeks. They take place on March 27 and April 3 from 1pm to 1.45pm.

Hawkley Hall

Wigan Flashes off Welham Road, will at 10am on Friday April 29 see Lancashire Wildlife Trust staff explain the techniques for surveying birds which inhabit the local wetlands. For further information and to book telephone 01942 233976. Admission to the event is free.



A HOMEWATCH forum is being organised to give residents the chance to find out more about the neighbourhood crime prevention scheme.

Police community support officer (PCSO) Maria Hulme is organising the event, which will take place at the Dorset Road community centre in Hag Fold.

The forum is on Wednesday, March 27, from 1pm until 4pm. To find out more, contact the local policing team on 0161 856 7225.

Platt Bridge

A LOCAL group of the Boys and Girls’ Brigades is hosting an Easter bingo night with special chocolate prizes.

The 10th Wigan Boys and Girls’ Brigade group, attached to St Nathaniel’s Church, will hold the event at the St Nathaniel’s resource centre on Ridyard Street.

The event will be held to raise money for the brigade’s annual camp and programme of events. The bingo night takes place on Wednesday, March 27, with doors opening at 6.30pm.


A COMMUNITY choir is looking for anyone who would like to experience the joys of singing in a large group.

The ensemble Vocal-Eyes sings music in a range of styles, and no prior experience or ability to read music is necessary.

The group meets at St Peter’s Pavilion on Monday evenings from 6.45pm to 7.45pm. Visit for more information.


A CAR boot and table top sale is being held this weekend.

St Mary’s Church, on Newton Road, is hosting the sale, which takes place on Saturday, March 23, from 8.30am.

Pitches are available for sellers, priced at £7 when pre-booked and £8 on the day. There will also be refreshments provided.

For more information call 01942 674042.


TYLDESLEY library hosts a coffee morning every Friday from 10am until noon.

For more information ring 01942 404738.



RESIDENTS are invited to three Easter events at Montrose Skills Hub over the next week.

The first gathering is a farmers and vintage fair on Saturday, March 23, from 10am until 2pm.

There will be a bouncy castle and handmade crafts.

The over-50s are invited to an afternoon tea dance on Monday, March 25, from 1pm until 4pm.

There will be live entertainment, light refreshment, an Easter bonnet competition and raffle.

The final event at the centre, in Montrose Avenue, is an Easter family fun day on Wednesday, March 27, from 10am until 1pm.

Guests will be entertained by free arts and crafts, an Easter bonnet competition and an egg hunt.

There is no need to book for any sessions.

Beech Hill

AN Agape Meal (a hot cross bun and a drink) will be held at St Andrew’s Centre, in Woodhouse Lane, at 7.30pm on Monday, March 25. Everyone is welcome to join.


THE next meeting of the Mother’s Union will take place this Thursday, March 21, at St Aidan’s Church at 7.30pm when parishioner David Hodgetts will give a talk entitled Sowing the Seed. Non members are welcome.


FAMILIES are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt on Tuesday, March 26 from noon until 3pm at the adventure playground, in Lamberhead Road.

There will be free bouncy castle, slide, games and refreshments.

The event, funded by Douglas ward councillors’ Brighter Borough money, was organised by Norley Hall Tenants and Residents’ Association.


GMP Pemberton has warned people to keep their vehicles secure. The force tweeted: “Very easy for someone to open your door, take your bag and make off quickly. Keep your doors locked.”


A planning application on has been made by a Mrs Doran of Hunters Chase, Billinge, to extend an existing home, part single storey part two storey to the rear.