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



Drama group holding summer school

BUDDING young actors are being invited to the theatre group, Willpower’s, annual summer school.

In this, young people will be involved in a range of activities including stage make-up, script-writing, improvisations, camera skills, voice production, movement, stage combat and acting techniques.

Trained drama practitioners will be on hand to guide the youngsters with professional experience. All leaders hold current police checks and have years of experience in working with children of all ages.

For more information contact Caroline Joint on 01942 745082.


Pub presents open mic poetry night

POETRY enthusiasts are being urged to attend an open mic event at The Tudor pub, New Market Street, on June 13 from 8pm until 10pm.

Participants and viewers will be able to enjoy an evening of poems, rants and verse.

There will be lots of new readers showcasing their talent and the night is expected to be a sell-out.


Comedy night to celebrate milestone

BOSSES of Swinley Labour Club are hosting an evening of stand-up comedy to mark it’s fifth anniversary.

Entertainment will begin from 8pm and run until 10pm on Thursday June 13.

It is marked as Wigan’s longest-running comedy night.

Tickets will cost £4.


Drama company presents new play

THE production of Woman Scorned by new theatre company, Dirty Laundry, will be held at The Mill at the Pier on June 13.

It is the story of a woman so badly hurt by her husband’s betrayal that she wreaks an unthinkable, violent revenge – seemingly a million miles from anything that might happen in our lives today. Tickets cost £5 from



Treat your dad on Fathers’ Day

Make a fuss of your dad on Fathers Day this Sunday, June 16.

The day starts with a morning of archery with Haigh Hall’s trained leaders, before a bushcraft style lunch.

All children to be accompanied by an adult.

Booking is essential and is £7 for adults and £5 for children (up to and including age 16). Call 01942 487098 for more details.


National Theatre live screening at hall

National Theatre NT Live: The Audience by Peter Morgan, directed by Stephen Daldry, starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, re-united with the writer of the film The Queen, reprising her Oscar-winning role.

For 60 years Elizabeth II has met each of her 12 Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace – a meeting like no other in British public life – it is private. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said.

Not even to their spouses. From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age.

Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant, waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister. “Funny and truthful, good-hearted, spiky, full of surprises. I loved every minute.” The Times. “Helen Mirren is luminous” The Guardian. Admission: £12.50. Front row box office Tel: 01257 463878.


Roadworks continue this Sunday

MAJOR road construction works have commenced on Gathurst Lane from the new housing development to the canal bridge.

They started on Sunday and will run for another two weekends. 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.



Choir open evening set for next month

THE Parkside Colliery male voice choir will host an open evening at their headquarters in Ashton.

The event will take place on July 1 at the Congregational Church, Hilton Street from 7.30pm.

Anyone interested in singing is encouraged to come along and join in the rehearsal or watch.

The choir helps to raise money for charities at their concerts and also offer a varied social programme for members, partners and friends.

For more information on the choir or to register an interest in joining contact 01942 604777 or 01942 207158.


Coffee morning for Trefoil Guild

A Guild group is hosting a coffee morning at St Thomas Church Hall, Warrington Road, Ashton in Makerfield.

Running between 10am and 12pm, the Trefoil Guild morning will have stalls including white elephant, plants and cakes.

Anyone over the age of 18 who would like to support guiding and scouting, make friends and have fun is more than welcome.


BBC presenter to open summer fair

Dave Guest is opening St Matthew’s Summer Fair this Saturday, June 15 at 1pm.

The event will be on the vicarage lawn if dry and inside the Parish rooms if the weather is not so favourable.


Temporary traffic signals in place

MAINTENANCE work carried out by Electricity North West will continue this week.

Temporary traffic signals will be in place between Merton Road and Foundry Lane until Friday June 14.



Blooming great tea party in town

FUND-RAISERS for Marie Curie Cancer Care are holding a Blooming Great Tea Party in Leigh this weekend.

The event will be held at Leigh C of E Junior School, on Henrietta Street, on Saturday, June 15, from 11.30am until 2.30pm.

There will be cake and refreshments as well as a raffle, tombola, stalls and competitions.

All proceeds will go towards helping Marie Curie’s nurses provide care for patients with terminal illnesses in their own homes and the charity’s hospices.


Team searching for junior footballers

HINDLEY Juniors’ AFC under-13s team is looking to recruit new players. Training takes place at Klausner Park, off Park Road, and the first session is on Tuesday, June 18, at 6.30pm.

Anyone interested should contact Dave on 07582 895353 or Gareth on 07585 700229.


Parish church to hold annual summer fair

LEIGH Parish Church will host its summer fair this weekend.

Attractions will include a bouncy castle, tombola and raffle as well as a range of stalls.

The event will take place at Leigh C of E Infant School, on Walmesley Road, on Saturday, June 15, starting at 11am.


Food bank seeking volunteers

ATHERTON Food Bank is looking for people to help collect and distribute food parcels to struggling individuals and families.

The food bank is open on Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1pm until 3pm in St Anne’s Hall at Atherton Parish Church.

To find out more or get involved, visit

Howe Bridge

Turning bus stop into floral delight

VOLUNTEERS from The Bridgers are in the process of creating a raised bed behind the bus stop on Leigh Road.



Time to smile

AS part of National Smile Month, Ravat and Ray Dental Care, in Pemberton Health Centre, Sherwood Drive, is offering free oral and dental advice on Friday June 14.

Dental experts will run a flouride clinic, goodie bags will be given and children can enter a colouring competition.


Summer fair

A PFSA summer fair will be held at St James’s School, St James’s Road, on Saturday June 15 from noon until 3pm.

The event is organised in conjunction with Billinge and Orrell Transition Group,

Donations for the bottle, tombola, cake, and book stalls would be appreciated.

Meanwhile, the church’s next choir mass will be on Sunday June 16 at 10.30am,


Have a cracking time

MEMBERS of St Aidan’s Church’s Open Group are having a cracker workshop at their next meeting on Thursday, June 13 at the John Eddleston Centre, Main Street at 7.30pm.

Members will be shown how to make crackers for any occasion. All materials will be provided, at a cost of £5.


Boules tournament

ST Luke’s Boules Tournament will be held on Saturday June 29 from 10.30am.

Games will be played in teams of up to four players and each team will play at least two games.

Contact Elizabeth Flynn on 01695 623410 to book.

Meanwhile, The Occasional Singers Choir will perform at the church, in Lodge Road, on Friday June 14 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6.

Robin Park

Business networking

THE next Wigan Social Enterprise Sector Network meeting will be held at Robin Park, on Wednesday June 26 from 2.30pm until 5pm. Contact @SSENorthWest or @SSEInWiganLeigh via Twitter for details,


Mentor call

PAST students of Winstanley College are needed to mentor and support current youngsters. This could be by e-mail or face to face. E-mail