Around The Districts

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



A summer concert

WIGAN Choral Society is presenting its new musical at United Reformed Church on Saturday June 8 from 7.30.

It will include songs by Parry Goodall, Elgar, Wilby and Chilcott along with instrumental solos.

Tickets cost £8, £7 for concessions and £3 for students.

For tickets and more information contact 01257 400852.


Pie versus man competition

THE Orwell is hosting a challenge to see who can eat Wigan’s hottest curry pie in the fastest time.

And the only form of drink allowed will be water - which will be provided.

Running until June 16, participants will be able to join in the competition which will start from 5pm and run until 7pm each day except Mondays and Tuesdays, for just £1.

Contestants will be will timed eating the pie. The person with the fastest time of the week and the runner up will then get entered into the Grand Final, which will take place on the June 21.

To enter, notify a member of staff who will facilitate it. The competition is only open to those 18 years and over.


Lunch meetings for pensioners

AGE UK is providing soup ‘n’ sandwich at Clarington Place every Thursday lunchtime in June.

From 12.30pm until 1.30pm the price for a bowl of soup, a sandwich and a cup of tea or coffee will be £1.50.

For more information contact the Bright Days team on 01942 615884 or email


Two night production of play

THE Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) is presenting the drama production by Amanda Whittington and written by Liz Postlewhaite from June 5 until June 7 at The Mill on the Pier. Tickets cost £7.50.

For more information contact 020 8870 6475.



Councillor secures barriers on road

BARRIERS are set to be put on a busy road in Standish following recommendation from a local councillor.

Coun Gareth Fairhurst raised concerns about Market Street, specifically outside the new Dominoes pizza takeaway.

A number of cars had been parking dangerously, some fully on the pavement, forcing pedestrians to have to enter the road to manoeuvre around it.

Coun Fairhurst said: “The situation was really bad as the cars were parking on the pavement and coming onto the road, blocking the zebra crossing and ‘keep clear’ signs.

“I have contacted the council and they have agreed to put barriers up.”


Summer tea party to be held at church

ST Elizabeth’s Church in Aspull will hold a Summer Tea Party.

It will be held in the Parish Hall on Bolton Road on Saturday, June 8.

Starting at 2pm, there will be a good selection of sandwiches with cakes and strawberries while listening to some relaxing music.

The Grand Summer Raffle will be held with the usual fantastic prizes.


Works mean road closures on Sundays

MAJOR road construction works will commence on Gathurst Lane from the new housing development to the canal bridge this weekend.

To complete these works the carriageway will be resurfaced under a road closure over the canal bridge on the following dates:

Sunday, June 9, 16 and 23.

The diversion route will be via Church Lane, Wigan Road, Wigan Lower Road, Woodhouse Drive, Scot Lane, Robin Park Road, Ormskirk Road, Orrell Road and Gathurst Road.

Appley Bridge

Social night will raise funds for church

ALL Saint’s Church will be holding a social night on Friday, June 14 at the school hall.

Running from 7pm, there will be a talent show, quiz, sandwich supper and raffle.

TIckets are £5 for adults and £1 for children.



Women’s Guild African Dream meet

THE latest meeting of the Winstanley and Highfield Townswomen’s Guild will have a world travel theme. Guest speaker Kathleen Galloway will be leading the meet under the title “African Dream”. Kathleen will be bringing genuine African history artefacts to illustrate her talk, which will be held on Monday June 10 at 7.30pm at the Grange venue, Highfield Grange Avenue.

Admission is £2 with refreshments available.


Nearly new sale for kids clothes

PARENTS charity NCT is holding a nearly new sale for good quality baby clothes, toys and equipment.

The sale – ideal for cash strapped parents and parents-to-be – will be held next Saturday June 15 from 1pm to 3pm at the Grange.

There is a £1 admission charge which will be a donation to the NCT charity.


Church anniversary celebrations

HOLY Trinity Parish Church is celebrating its 175th anniversary this weekend with various events to mark the historic event.

The church has been decked out with floral tributes to the sayings of Jesus. On Saturday, Rev David Abbott will meet and greet visitors, on Friday evening at 6pm there is a Eucharist Service.

And Sunday’s service will be followed by a celebratory Song of Praise service in the afternoon.

An open invitation is extended from church officials for people to attend the Rectory Road church over the weekend.


Charity track meet at Three Sisters

MOTORBIKE enthusiasts have the chance to test out their machines on a rack track next week.

The Three Sisters circuit holds charity rideouts each month with June’s held next Tuesday.

The event starts at 2pm until dusk - costs are £5 for three laps, £10 for seven with proceeds going to charity.



Full house of events for pensioners

LEIGH Bowling Club has started running regular bingo and social afternoons for people living in local care homes.

The afternoons, which include games of bingo and refreshments, will be run every three weeks at the club’s headquarters on Pownall Street.


Roadworks may lead to delays for drivers

MOTORISTS in Leigh and Lowton could face delays after two sets of roadworks were announced.

Highway drainage works will be carried out on Plank Lane, in Leigh, for several days starting on Thursday, June 6. Temporary traffic lights will be in operation.

The National Grid Gas will carry out work on the junction of Stone Cross Lane North and Longton Avenue in Lowton, which will begin on Monday, June 10. Temporary traffic lights will be in place for a week.


Ladies’ fashion show for charity in church

A FASHION show is being held at All Saints’ Church in Hindley on Friday evening.

The show is being held in conjunction with Oxfam, with all proceeds from clothes sold on the night going to charity. There will also be refreshments, stalls and a raffle for church funds.

The fashion show will be held on Friday, June 7, in the ALl Saints’ School Hall, starting at 7pm. Tickets are £2.50.


Summer Fayre at St George’s Central

ST GEORGE’S Central School will hold its summer fayre on Saturday, June 8.

The event will be held at the school, on Darlington Street, with attractions including stalls, games, a penalty shoot-out and food and drink.

The fayre will run from 11am until 2pm.


Bargain hunting at car boot sale

A CAR boot sale is being held at Lowton St Mary’s, on Newton Road, this Saturday from 8.30am. Pitches are £7 pre-booked and £8 on the day. Call 01942 674042 to book.


Marsh green

Table top sale

RESIDENTS are invited to a table top sale at St Barnabus Church, in Marsh Green, on Saturday, from 9am until 12.30pm.

Entry is free and there will be plenty of stalls, including books, bric-a-brac, cakes and refreshments.

To book a table, for £5, call Sylvia on 01942 213707.


Summer concert

THE Occasional Singers and St Luke’s Choir are holding a summer concert at St Luke’s Church, in Lodge Road, on Friday June 14 at 7.30 pm.

The concert will include a varied range of music.

For tickets, at £6, which include light refreshments, call Michael Kelsall or Margaret Heaton on 01695 622380.

Robin Park

Time to give blood

PEOPLE are invited to a blood donation session at DW Stadium, Robin Park, on Monday.

Slots are available from 1.15pm until 3.30pm and between 5.15pm and 7pm.

Both new and regular donors can make an appointment to donate, or to find out more information by calling 0300 123 23 23 or by visiting our website


Organ concert

TICKETS have now gone on sale for the organ concert by John Bowdler, the resident organist at Blackpool Tower, which will take place Trinity Methodist Church, Fleet, Street, Pemberton, on Saturday June 29 at 7pm.

For tickets, at £6, call 01942 223589.

Proceeds go towards Church Funds.


Bouncing to watch a new play

ACTORS from a theatre company will perform a one-off play at St John Rigby College on June 24.

Members from Hull Truck Theatre Company will host northern playwright John Godber’s play, Bouncers, which is set in a nightclub.

The actors in the production have visited and worked with drama students in previous years and the cast wanted the production to visit the college’s studio theatre by special arrangement with the playwright.

The play will be directed by former Artistic Director of Hull Truck Theatre Company and Gareth Tudor Price.

John Rigby College Drama tutor Andrew Taylor said: “The play is a ‘must see’ in the college’s intimate theatre, it will be an unforgettable night.”

All tickets are £10. The performance will be at the St John Rigby College theatre, Gathurst Road, in Orrell on Monday June 24. Content is for people aged 15 years and over.

To buy tickets contact Andrew Talbot on 01942 214797 or email

Beech Hill

Children’s time

YOUNGSTERS are invited to Sunday Club at St Anne’s Church, in Beech Hill Avenue, from 9.45am for one hour.

Children can play on computer games, watch DVDs, play arts and crafts, have discussions and take part in games. Children of all faiths and cultures are welcome.

Contact Keith on 01942 242731 or 0702087629.

Up Holland

Sing in harmony

THE University of the Third Age, based in Up Holland, is sponsoring a harmony singing group for men.

Rehearsals take place at the Up Holland public library, in Alma Hill, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm every Tuesday.

All enthusiastic singers welcome.

No previous experience of choral singing or reading music is necessary.

To register interest call Jim Burns on 01257 251674 or e-mail

Beech Hill

Help recycle books

BEECH Hill Book Cycle is looking for more volunteers. The centre, based in Buckley Street West, collects unwanted books and in exchange for donations, lends out books. Any donations given are used to help provide reading material to schools in developing countries.

Unpaid workers are needed to help out in the afternoons and weekends.

Volunteers are also needed for an upcoming Book Cycle project at the old Orrell Library, Orrell Road.

To register interest, call 01942 747750.

Robin Park

Baby clothes sale

THE Nearly new baby sale will be held at Robin Park on Sunday June 9 between noon and 2pm.

A variety of new and used baby accessories and clothes will be on sale.