Around The Districts

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WELCOME to our districts section featuring events from communities around the borough.



Stroke group is set to raise awareness

ON Thursday May 7, Think Ahead (a stroke-awareness group) Community team along with the “Feel Well” truck will arrive at Standishgate. It will feature a special appearance from the Mayor of Wigan.

The truck will promote healthy living and provide information on stroke prevention to the public. The vehicle will also feature free blood pressure-testing and advice from NHS nurses, Health Trainers, the Smoking Cessation Team and Wigan Leisure Trust’s Active Living Team. For more information, visit


Song-writing legend is singing at church

FOLK singer-songwriter Steve Ashley is performing a solo concert at Wigan Parish Church as the latest in a series of successful Acoustic Roots sessions on Saturday May 4 from 8pm to 11pm.

Tickets are £10 Tickets are £10 in advance. For more information and to book tickets contact 01942 824291 or email


Meetings to highlight Welfare Reform

A BRIEFING will be held at Wigan Town Hall to provide information and support to residents about how the the Welfare Reform changes will affect them.

It will take place on Tuesday May 14 from 11am to 12.30pm.


Concert to celebrate choir’s anniversary

HAYDOCK Male Voice Choir is giving a 90th anniversary concert at St Michael’s Church on May 10 from 7.30pm.

For more information contact Sheila Baron on 01942 296070.



Residents crack down on break-ins

THE Crooke Village Residents’ Association has struck a deal to use a high-tech bit of kit to help reduce burglaries.

Locals can now get their own Smart Water packages. The liquid can be applied to any belonging and has a unique code that can be registered to an address.

If it is stolen, the police can use the Smart Water tracking system to locate the rightful owner. The kits also include window badges warning of the use of Smart Water technology to ward off potential thieves.

For more information or to obtain a Smart Water kit, contact the Crooke Village Residents Association on


Church attic sale at Methodist Church

AN Attic Sale at Crooke Methodist Church, Standish Lower Ground will be held this month. To book a table contact 077925 66787 for the sale which will take place on May 11 from 9am to 1pm.


Child minder stay and play group

A GROUP session for childminders and children is held every other Monday from 9.30am to 11.15am.

Age-appropriate toys are provided with themed sessions running throughout the year. For more information about the classes held at Standish Methodist Church contact 01942 486850.


New reading group to start at library

THOSE bookworms among us who enjoy nothing more than losing themselves in the pages of their favourite novels are encouraged to attend a new group session.

Shevington Library on Gathurst Lane, already boasts a popular book group on a Tuesday and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust organisers are hoping for a similar success story for the new group.

The new sessions will be on every second Monday, starting on May 13 from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.

Any adults who wish to take part are welcome to attend.



Spring Fayre to raise funds for church

ST Andrew’s Mission - sister church to Holy Trinity - is holding a Spring Fayre in the Mission Hall Garswood Road, Garswood on Saturday May 4 from 12pm.

Lunches and refreshments will be available and there will be an admission fee of 30p. Various stalls will be available including a cake stall, crafts, children’s lucky dip and a tombola.

Everyone is invited to come along and grab a bargain. All proceeds go to the Church’s funds.


Road disruptions for cabling works

ELECTRICITY North West has begun cabling works on Bolton Road which will be in operation for another fortnight.

Temporary traffic signals will continue to be in operation around the junction of Thompson Street in the meantime.


Maintenance work disruptions

WORKS by gas, water, electricity and telecommunications company PN Daly will continue to cause traffic disruptions between Morton Avenue and Tipping Street until the end of the week.

The temporary traffic signals will be in operation until Friday.

For more information about roadworks in the borough contact Wigan Council on 01942 489306.


Residents urged to keep cars secure

NEIGHBOURHOOD officers are aware of a spike in incidents of theft from cars in the Bryn area.

Residents have been urged to not leave possessions on view in their vehicles.

The incidents have been recorded across the Ashton and Bryn area over night and during the day.

Leaflet drops have been carried out in the area and officers are regularly visiting offenders that are known for this type of crime.

For more information about the neighbourhood policing priorities in your area visit



Give blood sessions open to everyone

BLOOD donation sessions will be held throughout May with new or regular donors welcome to attend.

The first will be held at Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, on May 16 from 1.15pm to 3.15pm and 5pm to 7.30pm.

For more information about giving blood or to make an appointment visit or call 0300 123 23 23.


Guide dogs appeal launched

VOLUNTEERS are being sought to board trainee guide dogs based at the training school in Atherton.

Boarders must be willing to have the dogs in their home and follow guidelines from the dog’s trainer. Boarders also need to be willing to drop the dog off at the school in the morning and collect it in the early evening.

Janet Harper, of the Guide Dogs’ Association, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to have the benefits of caring for a dog without the full-time responsibility.

“It’s also very rewarding to be involved in the upbringing of a guide dog which will one day provide freedom and independence to a blind or partially-sighted person.”

Basic equipment, veterinary and feeding expenses are covered by the charity

Further information on becoming a boarder is available on 0845 371 7771 or email


Stroke group’s raising awareness week

THE Think Ahead Community Stroke Group is set to hold a series of public activities and events across the borough to highlight the dangers of stroke and promote healthy lifestyles. The week begins on May 6 and the “Feel Well” truck will be touring various locations.

The truck will provide free blood pressure testing and advice from NHS nurses and WLCT’s healthy living team. It will stop in Leigh on Friday May 10 at Bradshawgate with shadow health secretary Andy Burnham stopping by for a blood pressure check.



Fund-raiser night for neo-natal unit

A GROUP of charitable parents has organised a fund-raising night with proceeds going to Wigan Infirmary’s Neo-Natal Unit.

The event will take place at St Cuthbert’s and Norley Hall Sports and Community Club, Montrose Avenue, this Friday. There will be a £3 entry charge with the night held in conjunction with charity Medequip for kids who have already helped to raise funds for Wigan’s neo-natal unit. For more information or to book a ticket contact 07715394930.


Police appeal for help over piping theft

NEIGHBOURHOOD officers have urged anyone with information about a burglary on Holmes House Avenue. Drainage piping was taken from the property, Pemberton’s community officers can be contacted on Wigan 101.


Green-fingered friends society meet

THE Orrell Horticultural Society will hold its next meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

Held at the Independent Methodist Church on Fleet Street, the theme of the meeting will how to achieve success with seed raised plants.

Everyone is welcome to attend.


Council meeting date announced

THE next Parish Church Council meeting for St Luke’s Church in Orrell is set to be held on Monday May 13.

It will be held in the choir room at the Lodge Road church.


New baptism course

A NEW programme will start in the coming months as part of the baptism programme at St James’s RC Church.

The sessions will start directly after the 10.30am mass, on the fourth Sunday there will be a celebration of baptism from 12pm.

Course one begins on Sunday June 2.