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


Parish church summer folk concert

WIGAN Parish Church is holding a host of acoustic concerts throughout the year.

The first of the talent is Rod Clements with special guest, David Shurr on June 28.

Rod was a founder member of Lindisfarne and writer of Meet Me on the Corner and several of their other well known songs.

He also played with Jack the Lad, Bert Jansck and Ralph Metell. David has played for some other well known bands.

The concert is £10 in advance and £12.50 on the night. Tickets are limited to just 65.

For more details and tickets please contact David Cartlidge on 01942 824 291 or email


Famous play is heading to town

THE comedy show, Calendar Girls is coming to Wigan Little Theatre begins tonight and runs until June 29 starting at 7.30pm.

The play is written by Tim Firth and is about group of women who are members of a very ordinary Women’s Institute. They spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference. As interest snowballs, the Calendar Girls find themselves revealing more than they ever planned. It is a very British story, with a very British heart, this is based on an uplifting and very inspiring true story that is quirky and poignant.

Tickets cost £10.


Stompers Ball for fourth anniversary

TO celebrate the Twisted Knee Soul Club’s fourth anniversary, Swinley Labour Club is holding a Stompers Ball on Friday June 21.

The event starts from 7.30pm and lasts until 11.45pm.


Hook It! Beginners Crochet Workshop

THE Coven is holding a craft workshop on Sunday June 23.

Participants will get a chance to learn how to chain, the four basic crochet stitches and use them to make a gadget case complete with button fastening.

Materials needed is a ball of DK weight yarn and a 4mm crochet hook.

A kit including these materials is available to purchase for £5.

Buttons, scissors and needles will be available to use on the day.

The event starts at 11am and will last until 3pm. Tickets will cost £20.

For more information contact 0789 631 8311.


Trio of bands for a night of live music

THE Tudor pub is the host to rock bands, Boss Keloid, Metro Manila Aide and Ten Foot Wizard on June 28 starting from 8pm and lasting until 10.45pm.

Boss Keloid have just released their debut album The Calming Influence of Teeth. This is Boss Keloid’s first local gig since the release of the album and limited edition digipack versions will be on sale at this event.

Entry is free. For more information visit


Fashion students will strut stuff in Arcade

WIGAN and Leigh College students will be showcasing their work at the annual end-of-year fashion show in the Grand Arcade on June 27.



Annual charity jumble sale returns

St Joseph’s Church Hall will once again play host to a charity jumble sale this weekend.

On Saturday, June 22, the event, which has been held for more than 25 years, returns from 2pm.

Past events have raised more than £15,000 for Cafod which provides emergency response aid and development relief in third world countries.

There will be books, plants home made cakes and refreshments, friendly faces and a great atmosphere.


Comedy night comes to the Hall

THERE will be a comedy night at Haigh Hall this Saturday with “Belly laughs and belly fulls.”

From 7.30pm guests can enjoy a night of fine comedy and food.

There will be a four-course dinner followed by the comedy compere of John Warburton and comedians Mick Ferry and Steve Royal.

Dinner will be served at 8pm.

Reservations are essential. Book your place early. Tickets cost £29.95.

For further information telephone 01942 832895.


Community family fun day in village

A GREAT day of fun is in store for the communities of Crooke, Standish Lower Ground and Shevington this Sunday, June 23. Starting from 10.45am, there will be an Act Of Witness taking place on Coronation Road, Standish Lower Ground,

At the same time, a Family Fun Day begins in Crooke outside the Methodist Church with a barbecue, games and stalls.

New Springs

Police crack down on drug dealing

NEIGHBOURHOOD teams are increasing patrols in the area and speaking with the community to gather intelligence on drug-dealing.


End of roadworks

THE works on Gathurst Lane are now complete and there will be no more road closures.



Parent weight loss support group

A WEEKLY support class offers advice to parents looking to shed a few pounds for the summer months.

The class is held at Ashton Library on Wigan Road every Thursday from 9.30am to 11am.

Help and advice on the best way to lose weight and keep it off is offered in a child friendly environment.

There is a £1.50 fee per class, for more information or to book a place contact 01942 723965.


Beetle drive and raffle at mission

ST Andrew’s Mission on Garswood Road is hosting a beetle drive next week.

Tickets are £3 and include tea and biscuits plus entry into the raffle on Wednesday June 26.

An open invitation is extended by the organisers with a night of fun and good company raising funds for the mission.

The mission is also hosting an attic sale on July 6 from 10am to 2pm with a 30p admission fee. Refreshments will also be available.


Wrapping topic for guild meeting

THE next meeting of the Winstanley and Highfield Townswomen’s Guild will feature guest speaker Elaine Cazner who will be demonstrating gift wrapping with a difference.

The meet begins at 7.30pm, June 24 at the Grange on Highfield Grange Avenue with a £2 admission free, includeing refreshments.


Extra patrols for flower garden

THE neighbourhood policing team in Bryn has identified antisocial behaviour in the flower park as one of their policing priorities.

Youths drinking alcohol and causing a nuisance to local residents have resulted in extra patrols at peak times, especially Friday and Saturday evenings.

Residents who may observe any incidents of antisocial behaviour are encouraged to report them by contacting Wigan police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



Talented youngsters get chance to shine

A BEREAVEMENT charity is giving young people the chance to get up on stage at a fund-raising night.

Winston’s Wish is holding the Junior Showcase event at Formby Hall tomorrow evening. There will also be a raffle and stalls.

The event runs from 7pm until 9pm and tickets are £2.50, available from the charity’s office on Market Street in Hindley or by calling Holly on 07949 353799.


Festival day to help cancer care charity

THE Church of the Good Shepherd is hosting a parish festival day and strawberry tea to raise money for Breast Cancer Care .

The event will take place at the church, on Lily Lane, on Sunday, June 23, from 1.30pm.

There will be a traditional tea, a brass band, a bouncy castle and a special pink tombola.


All the fun of the fair at high school

LOWTON Church of England High School is staging its annual summer fayre.

Attractions will include a fun fair, arts and crafts sessions including card and jewellery making, a climbing wall, archery and zorb balls.

There will also be a football tournament in memory of former pupil Toby Hart, which will raise money for cystic fibrosis charities.

The fayre will take place on Sunday, June 30, from 11am until 4pm.


Getting the dancing shoes on at club

A CEILIDH dance is being held at the Twelve Apostles Parish Centre on Friday, July 5.

Folk dancers ranging from experts to complete beginners are being invited to head down to the club to enjoy an evening of jigs, reels and waltzes, all set to a soundtrack of traditional music.

The event starts at 7.30pm and admission is £5. Refreshments will be available. To buy tickets, visit the club on Wednesdays from 8pm or contact John on 01942 253507.



Opportunity to buy some plants

BILLINGE Residents’ Assoication is holding a plant sale at Bank’s Park, Main Street, on Saturday June 22, from 9am.

All proceeds will go towards Billinge Memorial Garden Fund.

Everyone is welcome to attend,

Up Holland

Enjoy a night of fun Scottish dancing

THE Thistle Society is holding a Ceilidh at St Teresa’s Churcch hall, in College Road, on Monday June 24, at 7.30pm.

There will be displays of Highland and Scottish dancing, with the opportunity to join in.

People are invited to bring their own food for the table.

Entry is £2 for adults and £1 for children, with payment made on the door,

For enquiries call 01942 861539.


The community will have a fun time

FAMILIES are invited to attend Messy Church at St Luke’s, in Lodge Road, on Friday June 21, from 4.30pm until 6.30pm.

The theme will be David’s Family Tree.

The session is aimed at people meeting new friends and creating a sense of belonging,

More volunteers are needed to help out, To express interest call 01695 623410.


Invite to rock out on Friday

ROXX Solid will be performing at the Lamberhead Green Working Men’s Club on Friday June 21, from 7.30pm to help raise funds for the Pemberton Community Association.

The band will perform light rock songs, from artists such as Queen, Bon Jovi, and The Eagles.

Tickets are available from Pemberton Lighting, in Ormskirk Road,


It’s time for coffee and breakfast

A breakfast coffee morning will be held at St Andrew’s Parish hall, in Woodhouse Lane, on Friday June 21, from 10.30am.

Money raised will go towards an autism charity,