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Late night shopping Christmas opening

CHRISTMAS is coming - and to celebrate, Gillespie’s Gifts on Market Street is offering its customers a one-off late night special opening on Monday November 11.

This is to kick off its “Join our Christmas Club” period and the shop will be staying open until 9pm to try and help out people who work Monday to Saturday or weekends.

For more information contact 01942 820137.


Tickets still available for birthday concert

FINAL rehearsals are now under way for Wigan Choral Society’s very special 80th anniversary concert this Saturday at 7.30pm at St Michael’s Church. It features Mendelssohn’s Elijah (which was the first work ever performed by the choir.) Tickets cost £8, £7 and £3 and are available on 01257 400852.


Temporary traffic lights due to work

TRANSPORT for Greater Manchester (TfGM) will carry out works to recut the stop line detector loops on

Manchester Road at the junction of Darlington Street East and Scholefield Lane. Temporary traffic signals will be in operation on Wednesday November 13 off peak to carry out these works.


New shop to open in Grand Arcade

A NEW fashion store is to open at the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre on Friday November 8. DV8 will open its doors to join the already strong line up of fashion stores at the centre.

It has become one of the top UK and Ireland’s leading fashion retailer since its launch in 1994, offering an extensive range of fashion clothing, footwear and accessories for both men and women.

DV8 has become a well established high street name known for its offering of stylish clothing and prices to suit every pocket.



Festive fair at hotel

The Britannia Hotel on Almond Brook Road is hosting a festive fair on Sunday December 1.

Running between 10am and 3pm there will be unique gifts, handmade cards, festive foods, children’s crafts and personalised goods.

Anyone wanting to book a table for £20 for the event can call 0798 543 7795 or


Fancy a stroll?

The Standish strollers are inviting locals to join them for a gentle walk around the local area.

Walks, which are easy and involve no steep hills, last approximately three hours and leave Standish Community Centre at 9.30am every Friday.


An evening with RL legend Martin Offiah

In celebration of the Rugby League World Cup, Haigh Hall is proudly hosting a dinner featuring one of the world’s biggest rugby league legends.

On November 15, the eve of the Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final at the DW Stadium, Wiganers will have the chance to enjoy the company of Martin Offiah.

Dinner is served at 8pm and reservations are essential.

Tickets are priced at £29.95 and for further information, telephone 01942 832895.


A night with Dickens

A family-friendly and enchanting evening with Charles Dickens on December 4.

Enjoy a promenade performance of Dickensian readings with Charles Dickens himself played by Chris Foote Wood (Victoria Wood’s brother).

Follow Dickens throughout the hall for a candlelit Christmas to remember.

Tickets are priced at £6.95 for adults, £4.95 for children. and £20 for a family ticket (two adults and two children). For further information telephone 01942 832895.


Remembrance service

A remembrance procession will leave Bewley’s in Broad O’th Lane, Shevington at 10.45am to assemble at Shevington Memorial in the Park at the corner of Church Lane. The ceremony commences at 10.55am followed by a service at St Anne’s Church.


Church autumn Fayre

St Elizabeth’s will hold its annual Autumn Fayre this Saturday from 11.30am.

There will be all the usual stalls from jewellery to crafts to cakes and a tombola. Plus the kitchen will serve its fantastic lunches throughout the day.

The following week on November 18 is St Elizabeth’s Day so to celebrate the church will hold an open day on November 16. from 10am to 3pm when visitors will be welcome.


Club’s community day

Aspull RU club will be holding a community day on Sunday.

From 12.30pm, residents are invited to the club to help plant trees and take part in a clean-up at the club and join in a day for the community.



Weekend events to raise church funds

THE church of St James with St Thomas is hosting two fund-raising meet-ups this week.

On Friday, the church will play host to a Beetle Drive from 7.30pm.

It will be £1 to play with tickets including light refreshments.

Meanwhile on Saturday there will be a tea and toast morning from 10am to 11.30am. Proceeds from both events will go towards the church fund.


Remembrance Day road closures

A NUMBER of roads will be closed for two hours on Sunday from 10am for the walking procession.

Wigan Road, Gerard Street, Warrington Road, Violet Street, Bryn Street and Council Avenue will all be affected.

For more information contact Wigan Council’s street works coordinator on 01942 489306.

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Chance to kick-start fitness regime

THOSE who are looking to shed a few pounds before Christmas and get in shape can join the Zumba class at Clifton Street Community Centre. The class runs from 10am to 11am on Saturdays.



Auction fund-raiser for good cause

A GRAND charity event in aid of local Christian charity Mission Helping Hands will take place at Leigh CE Infants School.

The evening will include a two-course meal followed by an auction, while people attending will also be able to browse a good-as-new clothes stall.

The fund-raiser is at the Walmesley Road school on Friday November 8, starting at 6pm. Tickets are £6 and should be bought in advance from the school or Astley Independent Methodist Church.

To find out more, ring the school on 01942 673889.


Get ready for bake off skill session

RESIDENTS with a sweet tooth can practise their fancy baking skills at a creative cupcake workshop.

The event, at Westleigh High School, will include learning how to pipe cream patterns, use buttercream and sugarpaste in cooking and make decorations using cutters, moulds and embossing techniques.

The workshop is on Saturday November 23 from 10am until 4pm. Places are £12 and lunch is included.

To book a place, contact the adult education department at Westleigh High School on 01942 767693 or visit


Festive family event for charity

A POIGNANT evening will combine remembering loved ones and helping local dementia charities will the spirit of Christmas.

Santa Claus will make a visit to the Memory Tree, at Prospect House in Atherton, for a family event on December 1.

Special tags can be picked up for £2 for messages to residents’ nearest and dearest to be placed on the memory tree.

The evening will include carol singing and the Christmas lights being switched on by the Mayor of Wigan Coun Billy Rotherham.



A festive retro-style tea dance

PEMBERTON Community Association is holding a Christmas 1940s-themed tea dance at the masonic hall, in Chapel Street on Saturday November 23.

The fun starts at 1pm and lasts until 7pm.

The event is ticket only, which can be obtained from Pemberton Lighting, in Ormskirk Road, or by calling 01942 216033.


Meet Thomas the Tank Engine

ST Andrew’s Church parish centre on Woodhouse Lane, is holding its Christmas fair on Saturday, November 9, from 10am to 4pm.

Children can meet Thomas the Tank Engine and visit Father Christmas in his grotto. There will be plenty of stalls and games, plus a photographic studio for a Christmas portrait.

There will also be a photograph competition, with the theme of My Favourite Christmas Photo. Admission is free.


Easy way to learn about God

THE Sunday Club for children meets in the west end of St Mark’s Church, in Victoria Street, for lots of fun learning about God. And on the second Sunday of each month everyone meets for an All Age Worship Service. Chattabox - a club for primary school age children - takes place during term-time each Tuesday from 6pm until 7pm.


A jolly Christmas fair

A SEASONAL fair will be held at Mount Zion Independent Methodist Church, in Enfield Street, on Saturday, November 16 from 1pm. Admission is 50p and accompanied children go free. There will be lots of stalls, face painting and Santa’s grotto.

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Light for God

THE next Living Christ Gathering will take place at St Teresa’s Church, in College Road, on Saturday November 9 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and Sunday, November 10, 10am to 6pm. Call 01695 622001.