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



Anniversary and gift day of church

ON Sunday September 22 members of Wigan Baptist Church on Scarisbrick Street will hold a church anniversary and gift day. The day will begin with morning worship from 10.40am conducted by Rev Jim Wright. At 6pm there will be evening communion followed by prayer and Bible study at 7.30pm.


Annual Full of Life Event at Youth Zone

ON Tuesday October 1 Age UK Wigan Borough, Sheltered Housing and Information Partnership (SHIP) are holding the annual Full of Life event at Wigan Youth Zone for Wiganers aged 50 and over.

Age UK will also be holding a workshop to look at how older people can become better informed about decisions affecting them. For more information contact Kathy Cooper on 01942 826079.


Business for Breakfast at centre

WIGANERS can grow their business through relationship marketing and qualified referrals at the Business for Breakfast event at Wigan Investment Centre.

It only allows one person per industry sector to join a forum. This effectively prevents any competitors from participating.

An open meeting will be held on Friday September 20 from 6.45pm until 8.30pm for those who wish to learn more about Business for Breakfast and how they can significantly grow the business over the next 12 months.

It will cost £10 for refreshments and booking. For more information contact Mark Ferguson on 0845 688 4445 or email


Wigan Casino 40th Anniversary

THE Swinley on Coppul Lane will host a Twisted Knee Soul Club event on Friday September 20 to celebrate the anniversary.

Starting at 7.30pm and running until 12.30am, tickets will cost £2.



Evening of fashion and fizz at golf club

A charity night for Wigan and Leigh hospice will see a fashion parade and champagne at Gathurst golf club.

The event, on Wednesday October 2 will consist of a welcome cocktail on arrival, three-course meal, music and a raffle.

There will also be a fashion parade by the Lady Boutique from the Royal Arcade in Wigan.

Tickets for the night cost £25 and can be purchased by calling 01257 255235.


Beer, boat and music festival at pub

There will be three evenings of music and beer at Crooke Hall Inn this weekend.

Music will start from 6pm on Friday and 1.30pm on Saturday and Sunday with money being raised for Wigan and Leigh hospice and the Stroke association.

Local bands include Wigan Ukelele club, One Hand Clapping, Straw Dogs, Rik Jones, Pauline Blackburn, Trez Fez and many more.

There will be over 30 real ales and cider from around the country available.


Art exhibition to be held at centre

Art lovers are being invited to an exhibition at the Standish Centre at Cross Street Arts, Cross Street this Friday.

The event starts at 7.30pm and all members will be there to show guests around their studios and talk about their works, ideas, and influences.

There will be live music from Steven Jon Halliwell and a comedy Sketch from Pico the Sponge. Refreshments will be provided.


Traffic signals will cause delays

Road users in Shevington are being warned to add extra time for their journeys.

Electricity North West will carry out works to provide a new electrical connection on Monday September 23 outside Shevington Community Primary school on Miles Lane.

Temporary traffic signals will be in operation at all times for approximately five days.



Raising money for charity trip

TICKETS are now available for a special fund-raising event to help a charity adventure to west Africa. Paul Jones and Michelle Fazakeley are travelling to West Africa to volunteer in medical clinics, orphanages and school in April 2004.

The Garswood and Sims Road Labour Club will host the fundraising evening on October 11 from 7.30pm. Raffle prizes and donations are greatly appreciated. Tickets are on sale for £4, for more information contact Paul on 0785 222 4181 or Michelle 0779 646 0198.


Festival celebrations continue

THE Ashton festival is now in full swing with a host of events bringing to an end the first week.

On Friday the Salvation Army store, Chapel Street, will host a presentation by Ashton Community Art Group and the launch of an intergenerational film project from 10am to 4pm.

Later that evening the Seagull’s Gym team will perform a gymnastics show from their facilities on Bryn Road South.

And on Saturday, the Let’s Bake competition will take place at Ashton Market from 10am to 2pm.

The festival’s second week opens with the launch event of the Ashton and Bryn storytellers - a selection of audiobooks charting major historical events in the area. This event is at Ashton libary on Monday September 23.

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


Bikes stolen from back yard

ASHTON and Bryn’s neighbourhood policing team have reported that three bicycles were stolen from a house on Ladysmith Avenue, Ashton.

Two of the bikes were made by the Muddy Fox brand, one grey, one black.

The third was pink. They were stolen overnight on September 13 and 14.

Anybody with information about the theft is urged to call Wigan police on 101.


Lane closure for maintenance work

TRANSPORT for Greater Manchester is to carry out maintenance work to replace traffic signal detector loops next week on Wigan Road in Ashton.

A temporary lane closure will be in operation during the works which will take place on Monday September 23.


Street dance sessions at primary school

YOUNGSTERS who are looking to hone their trendy dance skills can attend a class at St Matthew’s Primary School.

The fun street dance club is for all abilities for ages five to 14 year olds.

Sessions take place from 5pm to 6pm each Monday.

Booking is essential and participants can call or text 07739417562.

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.


Hindley Green

Macmillan coffee morning at church

ST JOHN’S church hall is taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan.

The event will take place at the Atherton Road premises on Saturday September 28.

In addition to providing refreshments the organisers are also laying on an afternoon of entertainment including face-painting, bouncy castles and fund-raising raffles.

The Macmillan event takes place from 1.30pm until 4.30pm.


Prepare for big day at wedding fayre

HINDLEY All Saints Parish Church is helping Wiganers make their big day as special as it possibly can be with a wedding extravaganza.

The fair, which will take place on Sunday September 22, will cover everything from bridal outfits and wedding suits to photography and cakes, with tips and advice to ensure the perfect nuptials.

The wedding extravaganza will take place at the church on George Street from 11am until 4pm.


Bingo club hoping for full houses

BINGO enthusiasts can enjoy trying to complete a line or a full house at Abram Community Centre.

The games are held on the second and last Monday of each month at the centre on Vicarage Road.

Doors open at 7pm and eyes down is at 7.30pm.


Weekly chance to discover the past

RESIDENTS looking to find out more about their ancestors can begin researching the past at Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s (WLCT) weekly family history workshops.

The sessions, at the Turnpike Gallery, run every Thursday at 10.30am and cover the local research resources available as well as using ancestry websites and how to start putting a family tree together.

The cost is £5 and booking in advance is essential. To find out more, ring WLCT on 01942 404559.



Annual Macmillan extravaganza

ON Friday September 27 a Macmillan charity event will be held at St James’s Catholic Club Hall in Orrell.

Starting from 7pm, activities will include a performance from the Old Hall Community Brass Band.

There will also be entertainment from members of the Chris Wolfenden School of Dance and Wigan Musical Group. There will also be vegetable stalls, cakes, a big raffle and much more. Tickets will cost £5.


Road closures for resurfacing

ORRELL Road will be closed between Fleet Street and Bankes Avenue for three further consecutive Sundays.

The carriageway is being resurfaced and a diversion route will be in place via Victoria Street, Billinge Road, Pemberton Road, Winstanley Road, Church Street and Moor Road.

The closures will be in place on September 22 and 29 plus October 3.

For more information about upcoming road closures and maintenance works contact Wigan Council on 01942 489306.


Series of church events

A host of events are coming up at St Luke’s in the next week. The activities start this Friday with the Messy Church event from 4.30pm.

Next Thursday September 26, the Orrell and District Townswomen’s Guild will be holding a coffee morning from 10am until noon, in aid of this year’s chosen charity Miles of Smiles which helps young people aged six to 16 years who are carers or live in a household with disabled family members.

An open invitation is extended for both events.

Marsh Green

Creative writing club open to new members

BUDDING wordsmiths who would like to practice their skills are invited to join the Pemberton Pens creative writing group.

They meet on a Wednesday at Marsh Green community centre from 10am to 12pm.