Around The Districts

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



Live concert at town centre venue

AWARD-winning folk and acoustic duo Gilmore and Roberts are hitting the road for a major headline tour following last years release of their critically acclaimed third album The Innocent Left.

They will be performing at Wigan Parish Church on Friday September 20 at 7.15pm. Tickets are £10 in advance and £12 on the door. For more information contact David Cartlidge on 01942 824291 or email


New performance coming to theatre

WIGAN Little Theatre is hosting the play “Educating Rita” from today until September 14.

The plot is about Frank who is a tutor of English whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to seek refuge in bottles of whisky he hides on his bookshelves.

Rita is a feisty Liverpudlian hairdresser who is hungry to know everything. With Frank as her tutor Rita embarks on an Open University course and her education begins. The effects are both amusing and serious as her fresh, intuitive approach becomes clouded.

The play begins at 7.30pm each night and finishes at 9pm. Entry fee is £7.50.


Wigan and Leigh careers fair

JOBSEEKERS can visit a careers and skills fair at the Wigan Life Centre on September 6 from 9am until 1pm.

More than 100 job vacancies and career advice will be available.

The jobs and skills fair will also be offering mock interviews, CV advice and help with application forms from big names including Army Careers and Sainsburys.


Patronal Festival and Gift Day at Church

ST Michael and All Angels church will be open from 10am on Saturday September 21 to celebrate The Patronal Festival and Gift Day.

Refreshments will be served in Charter House. The theme this year is The Parish Show which will highlight talents from parishioners.


New Springs

Brass band night at John the Baptist

The Pemberton Youth Band will play a special concert at St John the Baptist Church on September 12.

The excellent evening of entertainment will start at 7.30pm.

Costing just £5, the admission fee will cover the cost of light refreshments as well.

Proceeds from the night will be split equally between the church and the youth band.

For tickets, contact Vince McCarthy on 01942 243453.


Memorial lounge set to be unveiled

A lounge named after the late Jimmy Higham will be officially opened at Aspull Rugby Club on Saturday, September 14.

Rugby player Jimmy sadly passed away last year at the age of 26 following a short battle with prostate cancer.

The renaming of the club’s lounge will see a live performance from the band The Bogtrotters.

Organisers say the event, which starts at 8pm, isn’t a fund-raiser but a night to celebrate Jimmy’s life.

Standish Lower Ground

Car boot held for Joining Jack

The Royal Oak pub on Wigan Lower Road is holding a car boot sale to raise funds for the Joining Jack charity.

It will be held on the car park from 9am and will go on throughout the day.

Cars wanting to pitch up on the day will be given a place on a first come first serve basis and will be charged £6 with proceeds going to the charity.


Temporary lights will mean traffic delays

Drivers are being warned of potential delays on Chorley Road in Standish on Tuesday, September 17.

BT will carry out works to replace two telegraph poles outside properties 3 and 12A.

Temporary traffic signals will be in operation off peak for one day while the work is carried out.



Community fayre this weekend

THE Winstanley and Highfield Community Network is set to hold its ninth annual fayre this Sunday.

Organisers say there is something for everyone including entertainment by the Hawks cheerleader, the Max Fiddes Martial Arts team as well as activities such as BMX and archery.

There is also a large variety of stalls and refreshments provided by the Creative Café and Bill’s BBQ.

All proceeds raised from the fayre go to local projects and organisations.

The fayre is on from 12pm to 3.30pm at the Grange Community complex on Highfield Grange Avenue.


Catholic club fun day on Saturday

ENTERTAINMENT and activities will be on throughout the day at the St Oswalds Catholic Club in Ashton on Saturday.

From 12pm to 5pm there will be 20 different stalls plus tombolas, a bouncy castle and prizes.

In the evening, from 7pm until late, there will be a fashion show, disco, games and cash prizes all available.

The Catholic club is on Liverpool Road, for more information contact 01942 727422.


Festival opening date draws nearer

THE highly anticipated Ashton Festival takes place this month with a full host of events spread over a fortnight.

The proceedings start on September 14 and continue through to September 28.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased from Ashton library and from market stalls on Saturdays and Tuesdays during September.

The proceedings kick off with a healthy eating taster session at Ashton market on September 14 which will be followed later that evening with a show by the Parkside Colliery Choir featuring local teenage tenor Tom Loughlin.

Tickets for the musical extravaganza, with the choir now under the leadership of new musical director Paul Witkiewicz, are priced at £4.50 or £5 on the door at St Thomas’ Church.

A week later on September 21, the market will play host to a baking competition from 10am to 2pm.

The bake off will be split into five categories; cup cakes (for under 16s only), fruit pie, victoria sponge, scones and gluten free - and winners will be chosen from each.

Other attractions that form part of the festival include a Fashion Show on Wednesday 25 September at Peacocks and a talk on the cheeses of Lancashire - including wine tasting - at Ashton library on Tuesday 24 September.

And the launch of the historical audiobooks created by the storytellers of Ashton and Bryn will be on Monday 23 September at Ashton Library.


Network Rail work to come to an end

AN ongoing electrification project by Network Rail that has caused traffic disruptions on Bryn Road is scheduled to finish next week.

The road was closed at the start of June, meaning a diversion route was in place via Wigan Road, Bolton Road and Bryn Road South with pedestrian access via a temporary footbridge.

Those measures will be in use up until Monday 9 September when the maintenance work is set to come to an end.

For more information, Network Rail operates a 24 hour national helpline on 08457114141 although the calls to the number are charged at a rate per minute.


Temporary signals in operation

REPAIR work to a street light fault will mean temporary traffic signals will be in use on Golborne Road near to the junction with Edge Green Lane from Monday 9 September.

The work - which is being carried out by Electricity North West - is expected to continue for approximately three days.

For more information on the roadworks bulletin contact Wigan Council on 01942 489306.

Worsley Mesnes

Crime figures reveal rise in burglaries

THE WIGAN West neighbourhood policing team has released August crime figures for the Worsley Mesnes, Goose Green and Hawkley Hall are.

The stats show a rise in burglaries in shoplifting that the NPT will target as a policing policy.

Incidents of anti-social behaviour has seen a significant reduction with a 50 per cent decrease last month.



Birdwatching events return for winter

LEIGH Ornithological Society will start its winter season with an event discussing the wildlife to be found along some of the region’s finest habitats.

The birdwatching group will host a talk by Stuart Meredith about the birds of the Fylde coast on Friday September 6.

The event will take place in the Derby Room at Leigh Library and will begin at 7.30pm. Admission is free and non-members are welcome.

For more information visit


Music and military support at RAF ball

THE Leigh branch of the Royal Air Force Association is holding a ball at Formby Hall this weekend.

The night, which takes place on Saturday September 7 and starts at 7.30pm, will open with a military tattoo by the RAF cadets before the Ashton-on-Mersey Showband provides the evening’s music.

Dress code is suits for men and evening dresses for women. Tickets are £12.50 and can be bought on the door or by ringing 01942 708498.


Parkinson’s UK support group

RESIDENTS suffering from a neurological condition can get help and support from a newly-founded group.

The Wigan Leigh and District Support Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Kingsleigh Youth Centre to give people the chance to chat to other sufferers over a cup of tea.

The organisation recently benefitted from a Bank Holiday garden party organised by Stephen and Jean Donagain, who helped to set up the support group, which raised £500.


Invite to community group’s history talk

LEIGH folk are invited to the Over Hulton Community Group for the latest in its serious of heritage events.

Glen Atkinson will speak at Over Hulton Conservative Club on Thursday September 19 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £2. Ring John Bullen on 01942 874719 to book.


Lamberhead Green

Display of gardening creations

GREEN-minded folk are invited to marvel at a range of exhibits at Orrell Horticultural Society’s annual show on Saturday September 7.

The display will be at Independent Methodist Church, in Fleet Street, Lamberhead Green, from 2pm.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend,

There will be flowers, pot plants, fruit and vegetables.

Robin Park

Time to give some blood

PEOPLE are invited to donate blood at DW Stadium, Robin Park, on Monday September 9, from 1.15pm and 3.30pm, and between 5.15pm and 7.30pm.

To make an appointment to donate, or to find out more information, by calling 0300 123 23 23 or by visiting


Some Sunday road closures

CARRIAGEWAY resurfacing is planned between Fleet Street and Bankes Avenue.

To carry out the works, Orrell Road will be closed to through traffic. The closures are planned on: Sundays September 15, 22, 29 and Sunday October 6. The diversion route is Victoria Street, Billinge Road, Pemberton Road, Winstanley Road, Church Street, Moor Road.


Get the brain working for a quiz

ST Andrew’s Church social committee is holding a quiz at The Sacred Heart Parish Centre, Throstlenest Avenue, on Friday September 20, from 7.45pm.

Tickets are now on sale from Janet or Jean Moss at £2 per person by calling 01942 512675 or 741499 and include a buffet. Teams of up to six people.

Robin Park

Car boot sale

THE DW Stadium is holding a Giant Car Boot Sale on Sunday Septmeber 15, from 7am.

To book a pitch, at £10 for a car or £12 a van, call 01942 774000 or email

A pitch is £12 on the day for a car or £14 for a van.

All proceeds will go towards Wigan Youth Zone.