Around The Districts

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



New performance coming to the Mill

THROUGHOUT this week performing arts academy, ALRA, will be hosting the play How to Disappear and Never be Found at The Mill at the Pier.

The production by Fin Kennedy, directed by Liz Postlewaite, will run until Saturday from 7pm until 9pm.

Tickets will cost £5. For more information and to book tickets visit


Educating Rita comes to the stage

WIGAN Little Theatre is hosting the play, Educating Rita until Saturday September 14.

The performance will run daily from 7.30pm until 9pm.

The modern classic 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 and stifled as she grapples with the problem of formal education geared to the passing of exams.

Tickets will cost £7.50.


Student night at shopping centre

IN CONJUNCTION with Wigan and Leigh College, the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre is hosting a student night on Thursday September 12 from 4pm to 8pm.

All students from the borough are invited to this exclusive event. Participating stores are providing one-off offers for students carrying a valid student card on the night. From Debenhams to Topshop, River Island and Bank, students are being urged not want to miss the discounts and giveaways from retailers in the centre.

Kathryn O’Neill, marketing and admissions manager from Wigan and Leigh College, said: “It’s great to welcome so many students to Wigan and Leigh College and fantastic to team up with the Grand Arcade to offer our students some amazing discounts. Staff from the college will be available on the evening also to speak to students about their course or financial support available to them.”

John Sanson, Grand Arcade general manager, said: “I’m really looking forward to hosting the student night. It’s the first year we are running the event; let’s hope it’s a success for all involved.”

For more information visit, or @GAWiganShopping.


Wigan Photographic Society exhibition

WIGAN Photographic Society has again teamed up with the Grand Arcade to display some of its best images from a very successful year. Following on from last year’s 75th Anniversary celebrations both the club and individual members have done well in both local and national competitions. Around 60 images from this year’s annual competition will be displayed covering a wide range of styles and subjects. Members of the public can also can vote for their favourite image as well as seeing the image that the public voted for last year.

The exhibition is launched tomorrow evening and runs through to Sunday September 29.


Business breakfast event

WIGAN Investment Centre is hosting Business for Breakfast which is a business club whose key aim is to help its members significantly grow their business through relationship marketing and the passing of qualified and quality referrals. Business for Breakfast only allows one person per industry sector to join a forum. This prevents any competitors from participating so all the referral business for the particular industry.

The event will take place on Friday September 20 starting from 6.45pm and running until 8pm. For more information contact Mark Ferguson on 0845 688 4445 or email Booking is essential. Tickets will cost £10.


Musical concert at ex-serviceman’s club

AJ Brown and his Signiature Showband is giving a performance on Sunday September 29 at Whelley Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Vauxhall Road, home to Wigan Jazz Club.

The Wigan musician is returning with his 12-piece band as part of his 10-date Now and Again tour, promoting his new double-album which features his take on classic songs, as well as his own compositions.

The show will start at 12.30pm and last until 3.30pm. Tickets will cost £11, £10.50 for concessions and £10 for members.


Craft and chat session at church

ON the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, members of the St Catharine’s Church hold a Craft and Chat session for residents. Those attending usually take something they’re currently making such as knitting, sewing or painting.

It will start at 1.30pm and will last until 3.30pm and it is a great way to get to know local parishioners and new friends. The parent and toddler group, Tiddlers, also meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

In this, there are lots of activities to occupy the little ones and new friends to be made, giving the grown ups the chance to relax and chat. grandparents, aunties, carers all welcome.



Church building work nearly done

Work on St Elizabeth’s Church is nearly complete.

Wardens are looking forward to announcing that as the works come to a close, they will be re-opening their doors for the 11am service on Sunday, September 29.

This just happens to coincide with the National “Back to Church” Sunday.

On this day churches across the country invite lapsed members or first timers to come along to a service. A spokesman said: “Christianity still has an important role to play in all our lives and many people regularly attend all our local churches.

“However many, due to a variety of reasons, drop off attending and then find it hard to make that decision to return. Many others have not been brought up to attend church for worship, and this is an opportunity for them to, give it a try, without any fear.”

The final completion date for work will be in October, but as this will all be external work, it was decided not to keep the church closed any longer.

Services have been held in the Parish Hall during the last few months, but everyone will be delighted to return to the church for the rest of the year.

Standish Lower Ground

Car boot sale 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 on Sunday September 22 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.

New Springs

Brass band night

The Pemberton Youth Band will play a special concert at St John the Baptist Church on September 12 from 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 band. For tickets, contact Vince McCarthy on 01942 243453.


Ashton and Bryn

Crackdown on mobile phone theft

THE neighbourhood policing team in Ashton and Bryn is holding an event later this month to help residents reduce the amount of mobile phone thefts.

Officers will be on hand to security-mark mobiles which makes the handsets less attractive to thieves as they can be easily traced and identified by the police if stolen.

A security-marked phone will also be more difficult for thieves to offload to others.

The service – which is free to use – will be on offer at the NPT event at the Gerard Centre, Ashton on Saturday August 28.

For more information about security marking visit

Worsley Mesnes

Diet and healthy eating group sessions

ANYONE looking to lose a few pounds in a friendly and supporting environment can join the Slimming World classes at Clifton Street Community Centre.

The class meets from 5pm to 7pm on a Tuesday.


Festival opens with food market

THE highly-anticipated Ashton Festival starts this weekend with a healthy eating event at Ashton Market on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

The festivities continue that evening with a concert featuring the Parkside Colliery Male Voice Choir at St Thomas’s Church at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available for the full list of festival events from Ashton market on Saturdays throughout this month and from Ashton library everyday.

Worsley Mesnes

Support needed for school reunion plan

FORMER pupils of three Wigan schools are being sought with a reunion planned for later this year.

The three schools involved are St Mary’s, St Cuthbert’s and St Thomas More with students from the 1950s particularly sought.

The reunion will be held at St Jude’s rugby club on October 11.

Anyone with an interest is asked to contact Terry Blackledge on 01942 231805.



Fund-raising talent show for Lucy-May

SEVEN acts will take part in the final of a talent competition in memory of tragic tot this weekend.

The contest is being held for Lowton tot Lucy-May Hudson and will raise money for The Lullaby Trust. There will also be a raffle and auction with prizes including a Wigan Warriors shirt.

The event will take place at Lowton Labour Club on Saturday September 14. For more information visit


Family charity event for deaf society

A FAMILY fun day will be held to raise money for the Wigan and Leigh Deaf Children’s Society this weekend.

Activities at the event, which takes place at the Bucks Head on Warrington Road, will include a bouncy castle, party games, face painting, a treasure hunt and a disco.

Two fund-raisers will also have their heads shaved by Wigan rugby league legend Andy Gregory.

The fun day is on Saturday September 14 from 3pm until 7pm.


Macmillan coffee morning at hall

FUND-RAISERS can help people receive cancer nursing and support with a mug of their favourite brew later this month.

St Ambrose Barlow Church Hall, on Manchester Road, will take part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Nurses on Saturday, September 28. The event, which includes a bring and buy sale, runs from 9am until noon


Musicians set to play in aid of Braiden

BANDS and solo musicians will perform at a fund-raising day for Braiden-Lee Prescott.

The event will take place at Crilly Park, on Spa Road, on Saturday September 28, with bands performing from 1pm until midnight and a funfair for youngsters.

The event will raise money to treat Braiden-Lee, who suffers from rare cancer neuroblastoma.



An afternoon tea call

St Aidan’s Church’s overseas committee will be holding an afternoon tea for all in church on Wednesday September 18, from 2pm to 4pm.

Tea, cakes and scones with jam will be served. Proceeds will be donated to overseas charities.


Testing brain cells

Pemberton Community Association is holding a quiz at Pemberton Masonic Hall, on Friday September 20.

The fun starts at 7.30pm,

Money raised will go towards the community association’s funds for organising events in the area.

No more than six in a team.

For more information call Allison Pyke on 01942 216033

Up Holland

Cancer coffee afternoon

People are invited to a coffee afternoon at Cardinal Heenan House, School Lane, Roby Mill, from 2pm until 4pm on Friday September 27.

All money raised will go towards Macmillan Cancer Care.


Have tea with fun children’s characters

Youngsters can have tea with Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Bizee Kidz, Worsley Street, on Monday September 16,

The event is taking place from 4.30pm until 6.30pm.

For tickets call 01942 375808.


A time to get creative

St Luke’s Church, in Lodge Road, is holding a Messy Church event on Friday September 20, from 4.30pm.

The family-based session is focused on creativity, hospitality and fun.


Coffee morning at church for charity

A coffee morning will be held at St Luke’s Church in aid of Miles of Smiles.

The charity offers treats to young people aged from six to 16 years who receive little attention themselves.

It will be held on September 26 between 10am and noon.