Around The Districts

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



High school reunion for past pupils

FORMER pupils of the Deanery High who ended their studies in 1988 are being invited to a reunion at the Brocket Arms pub on Mesnes Road.

The event will take place on Saturday August 31 and will commence at 7.30pm.

For more information email


New church charity shop now open

VOLUNTEERS from Wigan Parish Church have opened a new charity shop which will run until Saturday September 7.

Items sold at the shop will include clothes, furniture, bric-a-brac, homeware and much more.

It will open from 9am each day.

The shop is located at Bluecoat School at the top of Crawford Street - just before the arch in the Church Yard.

For more information contact Brian Jones on 07901 696500.


Bands perform at Wigan Live Festival

ON Saturday August 31 popular bands from throughout the borough will be performing in different bars across the town centre from 12pm through to 12am.

The venues include Harry’s Bar, Little 15, The Raven, The Tudor, Indiependance, the Boulevard, Swan and Railway, Berkeley Pub and Maloneys. For more information, email


‘Buskathon’ in the town centre

BUDDING musicians are invited to take part in Wigan town centre’s first ever Buskathon event.

It will start from 12pm and last until 2pm and will see artists coming together to showcase their talents and perform their pieces.

Instruments will be provided if needed.

The project is run to support individuals wherever they may be on their musical journey.


Shevington with lower ground

Still no fracking plans reports councillor

SHEVINGTON with Lower Ground councillor Paul Collins has written to residents to reassure them that there are no plans for fracking in Wigan.

He has forwarded a message from director of economy Steve Normington.

It says: “You may be aware of the recent press coverage regarding “fracking” which has prompted a number of members to ask for an up to date position on the matter in Wigan. Rather than respond to individual enquiries through the ASC System I thought that it may be beneficial if a note was provided to all members.

“Currently we have no planning applications pending, nor any discussions being held or have occurred regarding fracking in the borough.

“If any commercial interest came forward in Wigan then we would work with colleagues in the Greater Manchester Waste and Minerals Planning Unit in dealing with any planning issues.

The relevant planning policies that we would consider in dealing with fracking interests are contained within the Greater Manchester Minerals Local Plan which was adopted this year. This requires careful consideration of the environmental impacts of fracking.”


Northern Soul and food at Haigh Hall

A SPECIAL night of Northern Soul has been organised at Haigh Hall on Saturday September 21.

Bookings are now being taken for the event at the hall which will run from 7.30pm until late.

There will also be a four course ’70s soul meal.

Tickets cost £29.95 and can be bought by calling 01942 832895.


New crossing on Bolton Road

A NEW pedestrian crossing facility went under construction outside Aspull Church Primary School from yesterday.

Temporary traffic signals will be in operation until Friday August 30. Dates changed from last week.



Preparations for annual festival

TICKETS will go on sale this week for this year’s Ashton Festival.

A wide range of events - including food stalls, baking competitions, musical acts and entertainment - will take place at different venues across the town between September 14 and 28.

Tickets for each individual event are available from this Friday and can be picked up at Ashton Library or from market stalls each Saturday and Tuesday in September.

Worsley Mesnes

Tapestry group open to new members

ANYONE interested in learning new tapestry techniques with like-minded enthusiasts can join the Daisy Chain Stitchers group.

The group, which meets on Tuesdays between 1pm and 3pm at Clifton Street Community Centre, welcomes new members, both beginners and experienced stitchers, to make new friends while improving and sharing stitching skills.

For further information contact 01942 234880, there is a £1 subscription fee.


Hone your painting skills

ARTS and crafts lovers are encouraged to attend the Garswood Art Club.

The group is friendly and informal with a range of ages in their membership.

Classes include do your own sessions as well as demonstrations by artists and workshops. The group meets at the Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Road from 10am to 12pm every Monday.

Winstanley and Bryn

Police warning to keep cycles safe

THE Wigan West neighbourhood policing team has urged residents to take particular care in securing their pedal cycles after a spate of recent thefts.

Officers have found that in many cases the stolen bikes were not locked adequately.

Residents have been reminded therefore to secure their bikes to immovable objects with a good quality bike chain.



Coffee morning for charity at café

CADENCE Café will be part of the world’s biggest coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support next month.

The community interest company will join groups all over the country in organising coffee mornings to raise money for Macmillan, which provides a range of medical, practical and financial support to patients suffering from the disease and their families.

The Cadence event is being organised by employee Sarah Vesty and will be held on September 27 from 10am until 1pm.

To find out more about the coffee morning or other events at the venue search for Cadence Café CIC on Facebook.


Children’s craft morning at library

LEIGH Library is offering youngsters the chance to get creative and make their own model beasties this weekend.

Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) is running a craft workshop making bugs out of yarn on Saturday August 31, from 11am to noon.

The activity is for children aged 12 and under and costs £1. Places must be booked in advance by ringing 01942 404404 or e-mailing


Rousing patriotic tunes at park Proms

MUSIC fans are being given the chance to enjoy a night of pomp and circumstance with a Last Night of the Proms event at Pennington Hall Park.

Tyldesley Band will be joined by a guest singer for an evening of rousing tunes and arrangements of popular classics, finishing with a spectacular firework display.

The concert, now in its ninth year, will take place on the park bandstand on Saturday September 7, starting at 6pm.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring a chair, picnic and patriotic bunting or flags to help re-create the famous Last Night mood.

Tickets are £8 for adults and £4 for children aged 16 and under in advance, or £10 and £5 on the night. Booking fees will apply,

To find out more , call 01942 828271.


Beech Hill

Raiding the attic for old treasure

AN attic sale will take place at the parish hall of St Anne’s, in Beech Hill Avenue, on Saturday September 7.

Stall holders are asked to get there for 7am, and the event is open to the public from 8am until 2pm.

Indoor stalls are £7, and an outside pitch is £5.

Admission is 50p,

To book a stall call Rachelle on 07921715899.


Get rid of unwanted items

Pemberton Community Association is holding a car boot sale on Sunday September 1 at Pemberton Masonic Hall, on Chapel Street, from 10am until 2pm.

To book a stall call Alison Glover on 01942 216033.


Go out in search of a bat

LANCASHIRE Wildlife Trust is organising a bat walk at Greenslate Water Meadows, Lodge Road, on Friday August 30 at 8.30pm.

A local expert will lead the walk around the nature spot.

All ages are welcome to attend, People are asked to bring a torch and dress sensibly.

The event is free and pre-booking is essential, to do so call 01942 726214.

Robin Park

Join in the fun at restaurant reopening

FRANKIE and Benny’s at Robin Park is holding a fun day to celebrate its relaunch, on Saturday August 31.

The restaurant closed on Tuesday August 27 for a kitchen refurbishment, but will throw open its doors on Saturday at 5pm.

There will be character-themed fancy dress, a magician and face-painting.


Stamp out the Stigma

ALEXANDRA Grange Care Home, in Howard Street, is hosting a summer fair to bring awareness regarding the stigma against those who suffer with mental health difficulties and dementia.

The event will be on Friday August 30, from 2pm until 5pm.

There will be a bouncy castle, bric-a–brac stalls, raffles, entertainment, refreshments and promotional materials for the 5 Borough Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s campaign Stamp out Stigma.

Promotional materials include wrist bands, pens and information leaflets about mental illnesses. All proceeds will be used for trips out, entertainment for the residents and activities and materials for these such as bingo, gentle exercise, crafts and books for reminiscence.

Kitt Green

View the talents of local artists

MARSH Green Art Group will be holding an exhibition of work at the hut at St Francis Of Assisi Church, City Road, Kitt Green, on Saturday August 31, from 10.30am until 4.30pm and Sunday September 1, from 11.30am to 4.30pm. There will be stalls, light refreshments and a prize draw.

Admission is free and all are welcome. The hall and hut at have both undergone a lengthy process of refurbishment and are now available for hire day or evening. Call 01942 709865 for details.


Second hand sale and coffee morning

ST James’s Church, in St James’s Road, is holding a Marie Curie coffee morning and second hand book sale in the garden at Church on Sunday September 1 after 8.30am mass and 10.30am mass.

Every £20 raised will pay for an hour of nursing care and all process will got to supporting Marie Curie Nurses in the Wigan area. Donations of cakes and good quality books on the day will be very welcome.

Tickets are now available for the Three Towns Operatic Society charity concert entitled Music For All which will take place at St Teresa’s Catholic Social Club, College Road, Up Holland on Saturday October 19 at 7.30pm.

Costing just £5, the tickets are available from the parish office, or by e-mailing Proceeds are in aid of Nugent Care.