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



Photography exhibition at Parish

MEMBERS of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) is holding a photography exhibition at Wigan Parish Church on Tuesday, July 30.

Launching from 7pm, the exhibition will give keen photographers an insight into some special works. The evening will last until 9pm.

For more information contact Ann Fairhurst on 07710 822824.


Concert night devoted to the ladies

A LADIES night is being held at The Orwell pub Eon Saturday July 27 from 7pm until late.

It is a chance for the females in the borough to let their hair down.

Events include an Ann Summers party, exotic male dancers, a drag queen, fun and games and much more.

Tickets will cost £7.50. For more information and to book contact 01942 242456 or ask at the bar.


Taekwondo Summer School for little ones

Children can get a taste of Taekwondo at a Summer School.

Youngsters will be able to learn the basics of Olympic style Taekwondo and have fun. Parents are asked to bring the children’s own packed lunch and soft drinks.

It will cost £40 for all four days or £12 a day, starting Monday, July 28 at 9.30am.

For more information and to book a place contact 01942 730272 or 07982 885607. Alternitively email The training takes place at Unit 29, First floor Empress Industrial Estate on Anderton Street in Higher Ince.


Children’s summer holiday fun day

EVERY Tuesday from July 30 until August 22, The Museum of Wigan Life on Library Street is hosting summer activities for youngsters.

Starting from 10am and lasting until 2pm there will be an array of events for them to enjoy. It will cost £2.50 per child.

For more information contact 01942 828128.



Medieval event to be held at country park

Do you see yourself as a Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, Guinevere or even King Arthur himself?

Why not go along and enjoy a day of medieval craft activities and entertainment at Haigh Hall for an event all the family can take part in?

It will be held on July 28 between noon and 3pm.

There will be a charge for activities.

Call 01942 487098 for more details.


Make your own clay pots at the library

A pottery session will be held at Shevington Library next Tuesday.

Make your own pottery figures to take home with you with the library’s pottery expert Brian Rollins in what is set to be an informative afternoon. The event will be held between 2pm and 3pm.

Tickets are £1 and guests are asked to book at the library or by calling 01257 252618.


Get yourself online with special class

A free three week basic computer course will begin at Standish Library tomorrow.

The computer and internet course will help beginners get used to technology as well as getting online.

Guests are asked to book in advance by calling 01942 489009.


Lights causing traffic problems

United Utilities are carrying out drainage works to minimise the risk of waste water flooding between Wilton Avenue and Tamworth Drive. The work started on Monday with temporary traffic signals expected to be in operation at all times for the next three weeks with delays expected.


Popular film to be shown at Village hall

Thriller Zero Dark Thirty will be shown at Parbold Village Hall this Sunday.

It will start at 7pm with a £3.50 admission fee.


Worsley Mesnes

Maintenance works to cause road delays

UNITED Utilities have started carrying out major works to their waste water network in the area.

The work began on Monday between Skew Bridge and Tyrer Avenue, temporary traffic signals will be in place for six weeks.

Traffic delays are to be expected during this period.

Electricity North West have also started electric fault repair works on the junction of Poolstock Lane and Worsley Mesnes Drive.

Temporary traffic signals will be in place this week.

Stubshaw Cross

Churches combine for praise in the park

THREE churches are teaming up for their summer songs of praise event to be held in the Heritage Garden, Bolton Road, this Sunday. Officials from the three; Independent Methodists, St Luke’s and St Wilfrid’s have extended an open invitation to all who wish to attend.

The event will start at 2.30pm and refreshments will be available.


Healthy eating club sessions available

PARENTS who are in need of inspiration on how to prepare healthy and nutritious meals for the family and attend a lunch club session.

Held at Ashton Children’s Centre on a Thursday, the sessions will provide practical advice and tips on making healthy meals without having to break the bank.

For more information or to book a place, contact 01942 723965. There is a 50p charge for each session, which run between 1.30pm and 2.30pm at the centre on Wigan Road.


Coffee morning for parents

A WEEKLY coffee morning is held at Ashton Children’s Centre every Tuesday from 10.30am to 11.30am.

For just 50p, parents with young children can enjoy a cup of coffee and have a chat in a relaxing environment, ideal for those who feel starved of adult conversation.

A play area is provided for the children with different activities on offer each week.



University of the Third Age meeting

THE newly-established Leigh branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A) will be hosting a conservation-themed event.

A speaker will address the U3A with a talk on the work of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust at its nature reserve at Brockholes, near Preston.

The meeting will be held at the Leigh Miners’ Welfare Institute, on Twist Lane, on Friday, August 2.

The U3A offers retired and semi-retired people the chance to join social and study groups pursuing informal courses in a range of subjects from walking and reading to modern languages, art and local history.

To find out more about the organisation, ring Lesley Bates on 01942 375531 or Tony Ashcroft on 01942 605536.


Script group calling budding writers

LEYTHERS dreaming of seeing their own script performed on the stage or screen can take the first steps towards making their dream a reality with a regular writing workshop.

Scriptshop, which meets weekly, offers anyone interested in creative writing, poetry or drama the chance to receive constructive feedback on their work and meet like-minded people.

The group also looks to try and put on regular performances of members’ scripts each month.

Scriptshop meets on Wednesday evenings at the Link Building, on Charles Street, from 7.45pm until 9.30pm. Admission is £2 and newcomers can attend their first session for free.

To find out more, email or ring 07505 510343.


Young people to scale new heights at event

YOUNG people will be able to reach for the skies during the summer holidays with a climbing event.

Police community support officers (PCSOs) will be installing a climbing wall at Abram CE Primary School, on Simpkin Street on Thursday, August 1.

The event, which has been organised through the Better Neighbourhood Fund put together by Wigan and Leigh Housing, will take place between 1pm and 5pm.


Discover days gone by at history workshop

BUDDING amateur historians will be able to track down their ancestors at a workshop in the Turnpike Centre.

The centre, in Leigh, will be throwing open its doors to help people looking to find out more about their past, with all the resources of the Leigh Local Studies department available.

There will be opportunities to find out about carrying out family history research, including looking at online resources, and how to begin drawing up family trees.

Booking is essential and the cost is £5. To find out more or reserve a place, call Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust on 01942 404559.


Library hosts spooky crafts event

YOUNGSTERS will be able to enjoy a morning of fun activities when Leigh Library hosts a spooky craft box event.

The activities are suitable for children aged 12 and under, and will take place at the library on Friday, July 27, between 11am and noon.

Booking is essential, and the cost is £1. To find out more, ring 01942 404404 or email


Traditional skills day at country park

THE ancient art of willow weaving will be brought back to life at a popular beauty spot next week.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) is organising a family-friendly workshop to help people rediscover this age-old traditional skill at Pennington Flash Country Park.

The event, which takes place on Monday, July 29, will see participants shown how to create a beautiful and unusual craft item from branches of willow wood, which they will be able to take home with them.

The activity takes place between 1pm and 3pm, and is suitable for anyone aged six or over.

The willow weaving workshop is £5 per person or £15 for a family ticket. To book, ring 01942 487098.


Motorists face delays for bridge refurb

DRIVERS are epxected to face weeks of disruption while work takes place on Astley Brook Bridge.

An 18-week programme of improvements to the bridge began on Monday, with lane closures and a contra-flow in operation at all times between Lingards Lane and Higher Green Lane.

Motorists have been told to expect delays and are advised to seek alternative routes wherever possible.

Hindley Green

Roads to benefit from re-surfacing work

SEVERAL roads will be closed over the next few weeks while a programme of carriageway resurfacing is carried out.

Engineers will carry out improvements to Thomas Street and East Street next week, with both roads being shut to traffic from Monday, July 29 for one week. The work will take place between East Street and Harrison Street.

There will also be improvements to the road network in Leigh, with a new surface being laid on the East Lancs Road over Morley’s Bridge. This will require overnight closures of the eastbound carriageway between Warrington Road and Higher Green Lane for one week, beginning on Monday, August 15.

The road will be closed between 8pm and 6am, and a diversion route taking drivers along Warrington Road, Manchester Road and Chaddock Lane will be put in place. The westbound carriageway will not be affected by the engineering works.



Rummage around the jumble

A JUMBLE sale will be held at Alexandra Grange, in Howard Street, on Friday July 26, from 6pm.

Entry is 50p.

Everyone is welcome to come and find a bargain.


Mother’s Union meeting

THE Mother’s Union will hold their last session before breaking up for the summer holidays, at St John Eddleston Centre, Main Street, tomorrow, at 7,30pm.

The Mother’s Union would like to ask all parishioners to support The Brick, which supports homeless people in Wigan.

Any donations can be left at St Aidan’s Church.


Come and enjoy the summer fun

BERKELEY House and Appleby Court residential home, in Ellesmere Road, is holding a summer fun day on Friday August 2, from 1pm until 3pm.

There will be a bouncy castle, competitions, children’s activities, and stalls.

All funds raised will be used for the benefit of service users, including community activities, arts and crafts materials and transport.

Robin Park

Time to get new baby clothes

THE next nearly New Baby Sale will take place at Robin Park on Sunday August 4, from noon until 2pm.

There will be stalls with new and nearly new baby clothes and accessories.

Items to buy or sell.

For more information visit

Billinge and Robin Park

Mixing rugby with golf

WIGAN Warriors Junior Development Camp is holding a Warriors Golf Day at Houghwood Golf Flub, Billinge Hill, Crank Road, on Saturday August 5 from 2pm. A four-ball game costs £350 and includes a barbeque.

To book, email or call 01942 762890.