Around The Districts

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



Book signing in shopping centre

AUTHORS Sue Smart and Richard Bothway Howard have recently released It’s turned out nice again, a book about Wigan-born entertainment legendGeorge Formby. The authors will be guests of Waterstone’s in the Grand Arcade on Saturday.

Formby fans have the opportunity to buy the book first and then get it signed by the authors situated in front of the George Formby statue on the mall from 12pm to 2pm.

This book will appeal not just to the Formby fraternity, but also to anybody interested in the history of light entertainment and popular culture in the 20th century, and it will be around for a long time as the “must have” biography of the Lad from Wigan. For more information on this, visit or or Twitter (@GAWiganShopping).


Fun day for deaf children’s society

WIGAN and Leigh’s Deaf Children Society is holding a free game of bowling and snacks for older children at Wigan Bowl, Wallgate on Friday May 17 from 6.30pm.

For more information contact Jodie Telford on 0781 753 1430.


Charity event in memory of friend

THE Royal Oak pub is hosting a scavenger hunt to fund-raise for Macmillian Cancer care on Sunday May 19 from noon.

The event is to remember the late Tracey Berry.

Breakfast will be provided and musical entertainment and a raffle will take place after the hunt.

For more information contact Kerry Docherty on 07983 231 986 or email


Opening of new charity shop

WIGANWISE, a homeless charity, is opening up at number two Baileys Court where the Army Office used to be next to the bus station on May 20.

The group is just three months away from receiving an official charity number through the charity commission.



Fund-raising event to remember Steven

STANDISH Panthers FC are holding a fund-raising event in memory of Steven Mooney, their coach who died earlier this year.

A fun run will kick off the barbecue and family day on Saturday, June 15.

It is also the end of season presentations for under-sevens to under-17s.

The fun run at Wigan Rugby Union Club will start around 11am with events afterwards.


Get out and about in the countryside

WIGAN Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) is holding a guided walk through Haigh Country Park to Borsdane, an area of semi-natural ancient woodland near Hindley.

The walk is around six miles, and walkers will need stout shoes and outdoor clothes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The guided walk is on Saturday, from 11am until 3pm. The cost is £2.50 or £7.50 for a family ticket, with booking essential.

To find out more, contact 01942 487098.

Appley Bridge

Craft fair and activities for all

THE Vale Methodist Church is inviting everyone to come along and buy plants, home made preserves, produce and enjoy afternoon tea, and craft activities at Booths, Finch Mill Farm, Randles Corner, Miles Lane, Appley Bridge, this Saturday, May 18 from 1pm to 3.30pm.


Voices of angels

KATHERINE Massey, Jean Stone and Angela Pennington will be performing at the Voice and Recorder concert at St Wilfrid’s Church, on Saturday, May 18, fom 10.30am.

Admission is free, however there will be a retiring collection in a aid of the Organ Fund.


Church events

THERE will be a CAMEO meeting at St Anne’s Parish Church on Thursday, May 16, at 11.15am. It includes lunch followed by a speaker. The event is open to all who live alone.



Annual gala to take place this weekend

A HOST of fun activities will be on offer at the Ashton gala on Saturday.

Stalls including a tombola, face painting, pony rides, children’s craft, bouncy castles and lots more besides.

The gala - at the Liverpool Road Community Garden, starts at 11am and runs to 4pm this Saturday.


History talk held at church

A LECTURE on architecture and architectural history will teach parishioners about the unique characteristics of St Oswald’s Church.

Once described by the renowned historian Nikolaus Pevsner as a gem of a building, the session is a marvelous opportunity for people to discover more about their church’s history.

There will also be a collection for SOCHDOC (St Oswald’s Community Helping Develop Overseas Communities), a charity which raises money to help build schools in the developing world.

Light refreshments will be available following the talk.

Meet in the church on Liverpool Road, Ashton, by 7pm on the night of Thursday May 23.

Hawkley Hall

Extra patrols to target burglaries

NEIGHBOURHOOD police officers are providing a high visibility and covert presence as part of an operation to reduce burglaries.

As part of Operation Bannerton, there are extra patrols in the Hawkley Hall area and Greater Manchester Police is using intelligence from Crimestoppers to target offenders.

Residents should be aware of the dangers of leaving doors and windows unlocked.

The majority of incidents have been occuring during the night across areas of Hawkley Hall.

Worsley Mesnes

Police enforcing dispersal orders

EXTRA patrols will also be in operation at the shopping precinct on Worsley Mesnes Drive, St Paul’s Avenue and Carr Lane.

Officers will be patrolling these areas at evenings between the times of 5pm and 10pm.

Borough-wide dispersal orders will be enforced which prohibits drinking alcohol on the streets.

These efforts are to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area and residents are urged to report incidents to 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Parent and toddler group

GROUP sessions for parents and their young children takes place every Monday from 9.30am to 11am at Bryn Children’s Centre on Downall Green Road.

For further information please contact 01942 776382.


Tai Chi classes at community centre

PEOPLE interested in learning the Chinese martial art Tai Chi can attend classes at the Clifton Street Community Centre.

The class, held on a Tuesday between 10am and 12pm, caters for both beginners and returning students. The activity has many health benefits.

For further information contact Anne Wells on 01942 236869.



Bingo bonanza for community groups

A BINGO hall is offering charities, clubs and societies the chance to pick up free tickets.

BJ’s Bingo, on Ellesmere Street, is giving away all its unused spare tickets, and hopes that they will be used to benefit the community.

Club controller Phil Jones said: “The tickets would be thrown in the bin if no-one claims them.

“It would be nice for them to be used for a good cause, or if community groups could use them because they often run bingo nights.”

To find out more, ring Phil on 01942 679129.


Awareness week for dementia groups

LEIGH Dementia Carers’ Support Group is hoping to raise awareness of their work with a high-profile campaign.

Dementia Awareness Week runs from May 19 to 25, and the group hopes the drive will improve the profile of services helping families looking after loved ones with the condition.

The group meets on the first Friday of each month at the Pensioners’ Link on Charles Street, between 2pm and 4pm.

For more information, contact Alwyn Longworth on 01942 883516.


Arts centre passes on media knowledge

CADENCE Cafe is hosting a training evening aimed at people looking to make a career in the media.

The community interest company will offer courses ranging from social media to digital photography.

The event is on Wednesday, May 29, from 5pm. Payment is on the day.

For more information ring Ian Jackson on 01942 876489 or email


Historic tour of the town’s cemeteries

A CEMETERY walk will describe the lives of some of the people buried in the town. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 21, from 1oam to 11am. The event costs £2, and sensible outdoor clothing is advisable. To book, ring 01942 404559.



Over-50s event

PEOPLE over the age of 50 are invited to a free Golden Years social afternoon at Montrose Skills Hub, Montrose Avenue, on Friday from 1pm until 4pm. There will be live entertainment, bingo and light refreshments.

For more information, contact Helen on 01942 488599.


A good hunt for treasure

MEMBERS of St Andrew’s Church would like to thank everyone who supported the recent table top sale and treasure hunt.

A grand total of £410 was raised.

Meanwhile, The Women’s Fellowship group meets in the upper room of St Andrew’s Parish Centre on Woodhouse Lane, on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 2pm to 4pm.


Stay and Play and Peppa Pig time

WIGAN and Leigh Children’s Deaf Society is having a free stay and play session for its younger members at Bizee Kidz, Worsley Street, in Pemberton, on Saturday, May 18, at 10am,

There will be refreshments for the children.

For more information contact Jodie Telford on 0781 753 1430.

And on Monday, May 20, youngsters are invited to have tea at the same venue with Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam, from 4.30pm until 6.30pm.


A family parade

DAVID - the Psalmist is the theme at St Luke’s next Messy Church for small children which is on Friday May 17 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

A Family and Parade Service will be held at 10.30am on Sunday May 19 and on Tuesday May 21 the Living Faith Study Group meet at 8pm.


Quiz night

ST Aidan’s Church is holding a quiz night for Christian Aid on Friday May 17 at St Aidan’s School, Londonfields, at 7.30pm.

Tickets, at £4 including supper, are available at the church, in Main Street.