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Magic of the Musicals concert at church

WIGAN Rotary club is hosting the Magic of the Musicals at the Trinity United Reformed Church on Milton Grove on October 26.

It will feature musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music. Tickets are priced at £10.

For more information and to reserve a ticket contact 07813 471 000 or email


Food for thought at new workshops

FOODIES are invited to attend a series of eight free two-hour workshops at Penson Street Community Centre. They aim to help budding chefs learn how to grow and plant their own food as well as how to save energy and water and to develop new skills.

The sessions will take place on Saturday mornings starting from the October 26 and include light refreshments. For more information contact Nick Burdekin on 07774 090637 or email


Road closures due to temporary work

CARRIAGEWAY resurfacing will be carried out on Mesnes Road under temporary traffic signals at this junction. Both sides of Walkden Avenue will need to be closed on Sundays October 27 and November 3.


Road closures due to temporary work

ROAD resurfacing is to start on October 28 for two weeks between Newenden Road and Cranbrook Way. Traffic will be prohibited and cars need to divert via Walter Scott Avenue, Wigan Lane and Spencer Road.


An evening with Iain Matthews at church

FOUNDING Member of Fairport Convention, Iain Matthews is at Wigan Parish Church for an acoustic set on October 18. For more information contact 01942 824291.



Learn to get online

Ever fancied learning more about the internet and its 

As part of Get Online week, Standish Library will be holding Get Online drop-in session between 10am and 11.30am tomorrow.

For more information, contact the library on 01257 400496.


Hallowe’en at Haigh

An evening of spooky fun has been organised at Haigh Hall on October 31.

The evening begins with a haunted lantern walk with (family-friendly) ghost stories from within the woods.

Then step inside Haigh Hall for more ghostly goings on!

Hallowe’en Fancy Dress encouraged by all – including mums and dads!

The night includes Hallowe’en-themed party food and a children’s disco.

Meet within the Haigh Stables Café from 6pm.

Tickets cost £11 adults and £6 children. A family ticket (two adults and two children)is available for £28. For further information telephone 01942 832895.


Festival continues

The Standish Festival continues this week with a number of events for all the family.

Already this week, there have been musical performances, church tours and a special service.

Today, there will be a special performance by a number of Standish’s primary schools at St Wilfrid’s Church from 2pm with a retiring collection.

Another concert at the church will feature students from Standish High School and St John Rigby College from 7.30pm. Church tours will be conducted by Joe Bazeley and Alan Stone at 2pm tomorrow and then again on Saturday at 10.30am.

Wigan’s Ukulele Society will be performing in church on Friday at 7.30pm with tickets priced at £6 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for children and students.

The festival will close on Saturday with a performance from Parkside Male Voice Choir from 7.30pm. Again, tickets are priced at £6 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for children and students.

Standish Lower Ground

School open evening

St Anne’s Primary School on Wigan Lower Road is holding an open evening tomorrow afternoon.

Parents are invited into school between 1.30pm and 2.30pm. For more information, call 01942 511348.


Pearl of Africa return

The Pearl of Africa Choir makes a welcome return to Christ Church on Wednesday October 23 at 7pm. The programme will include singing, drumming and dancing. Those attending will also learn about the conditions in some of the schools in 
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Coffee morning

Shevington Methodist Church invites to locals to come and have a tea or coffee and toast every Friday from 10am to noon and one Sunday a month from 10am to noon.



Call to all ex-service personnel

ASHTON’S branch of the Royal British Legion – which also covers Haydock, Garswood and Golborne – is open for new members.

All ex-service personnel are welcome to attend the monthly meetings held at St Oswald’s Catholic Social Club on Liverpool Road.

Volunteers are also being sought to help with this year’s Poppy Appeal that starts on October 26.

If anyone can spare an hour or two to help selling poppies later this month, they are urged to get in touch.

The RBL group meets on the first Monday of the month at 7.30pm.

For more information about the meetings or to volunteer for the Poppy Appeal please contact 07876348638.

Worsley Mesnes

Get in shape for the festive season

ANYONE who would like to lose a few pounds before Christmas is invited to join the Slimming World classes at Clifton Street Community Centre.

The group offers expert advice on how to lose weight in a healthy fashion.

New members are more than welcome to attend the sessions which take place every Thursday at 9.30am.


Places up for grabs at charity Judo course

TOP martial artists from around the UK will be showcasing their skills at a seminar later this month.

Ten experts will be giving hour-long tutorials at the Ryu Do Martial Arts Academy.

Aikido, Ju jit-su, Shotokan, Kung-fu and military combat are some of the disciplines covered.

Places are available for £10 a ticket, proceeds from the day are going to Alder Hey Hospital’s children’s cancer ward in Liverpool.

The event will take place on Sunday, October 27 from 10am to 3pm at the academy on Landgate Industrial Estate on Wigan Road, Bryn.

For more information or to book a place to take part in one of the classes, contact Brian Bentham on 0773 674 1332.



Chance to save a life by giving blood

BLOOD donors will get the chance to do something amazing and help save lives next month.

A donation session will be held at The Rose Club, on Atherton Road, on Monday November 25. Residents can choose to give a pint of blood between 1.15pm and 3.30pm and from 5.15pm to 7.30pm.

New donors are always welcome. To find out more or register to donate, ring 0300 1232323 or visit


Drivers face delays during bridge repairs

MOTORISTS are being warned to expect delays along the East Lancs Road while refurbishment work is carried out on Astley Brook Bridge.

Lane closures are in place and there is also a contra-flow system between Lingards Lane and Higher Green Lane.

Work began on the renovation project in July and is expected to be completed in November.


Birdwatchers should flock to meeting

LEIGH Ornithological Society’s latest meeting will allow wildlife enthusiasts to get closer to nature.

Peter Smith will present a selection of extraordinary wildlife pictures as part of his talk From Seagulls to Eagles - The Sequel.

The society meets in the Derby Room at Leigh Library on Friday November 1, starting at 7.30pm.


Explorer Scouts are going to school

TEENAGERS looking to join in the fun of the Explorer Scouts in Atherton and Tyldesley will soon have two chances a week to get involved.

The Bent and Bongs unit will start running meetings at Atherton Community School, on Hamilton Street, on Thursdays from 7pm until 8pm beginning on November 7.

Any 14 to 18-year-olds wanting to join can email



Enjoy some spooky Halloween parties

TICKETS for the children’s party at Bizee Kidz, in Worsley Street, on October 31, have already sold out and so another event has been added for November 1 from 6pm until 8pm.

Tickets cost £7.50 for members, £8 for non-members and the price includes a children’s meal, games, disco, and prizes.

Fancy dress is optional.

To buy tickets call 01942 375808.

Meanwhile, Pemberton Community Association is holding a children’s Halloween party at The White Swan, Ormskirk Road, on Saturday October 27 from 12.30pm until 4pm.

Get free tickets from Pemberton Lighting, in Ormskirk Road,


Time to take a fun quiz

THE next meeting for St Aidan’s Mothers’ Union is on Thursday October 24, and will take the form of a quiz followed by a buffet at the John Eddleston Centre, Main Street, at 7.30pm.

The group wishes to say thanks to everyone who has donated dry goods to the Brick Appeal. This an ongoing venture and donations are always needed by the Wigan Deanery Mothers’ Union for the homeless, both young and old, in Wigan.


An event to give gifts and thanks

GIFT day and churchyard inspection takes place at St Luke’s Church, Lodge Road, on Saturday, October 19, with morning prayer at 10am and evening prayer at 4pm.

There will be a family and parade service on Sunday October 20 at 10.30am and on Tuesday evening, October 22, there will be a service of holy communion with prayers for healing at 7.30pm.

Robin Park

An evening of fireworks

THERE will be a free fireworks display to mark the end of Silcock’s Fair at the DW Stadium.

The event will take place on Saturday, with the fair closing on Sunday October 20.