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Donate sleeping bags to homeless in town

WIGAN Rotary and Soroptomist International of Wigan have again joined forces to help The Brick by donating sleeping bags for some of the homeless in the borough.

Wigan Rotary Club President Terry Hogan said: “This is the fourth year we have joined with our Soroptomists friends to help such a worthwhile charity as The Brick. While we all hope the winter is not as severe and as long as last year there will still be a demand for sleeping bags.”

Wigan Soroptomist president Cynthia Horrocks added: “The charity does such wonderful work in the town and is one our club has supported for a number of years. In the current economic climate the demand for the type of facility they provide will only continue to increase.”

Manager of The Brick, Trish Green said: “We are very grateful for the 40 sleeping bags from two groups who have given us regular support over the years.

“I can assure everyone that they will be well used whatever the weather over the coming months.”


For the Love of the Game production

THROUGHOUT the week “For the Love of the Game” show will be performed at The Mill at the Pier from 7pm until 9pm.

The play, laced with Northern wit, is about sporting apartheid in the North of England.

Set in the period from 1980 to 1995 it shows how a young man is prevented from playing for his club team because he has played another sport.

Tickets cost £10, children’s tickets are £5.

Group discounts are also available, for a group of 10 people it will cost £9 each.

Mesnes Park

Santa and reindeer parade through park

CHRISTMAS is coming - and with it brings the annual Santa and Reindeer parade will pass through Mesnes Park at 1pm on Sunday November 17 before heading to the town centre at 1.30pm.



Christmas fayre

A Christmas Fayre will be held at St Wilfrid’s Church on November 24.

It will start at 11.30am and organisers are appealing for items for stalls.

Last year’s was the most successful to date and it’s hoped that the one this year will surpass that.

Organisers are on the lookout for toiletries, unwanted gifts, items and bottles for the tombola as well as soft toys.

As usual there will be bacon butties, sandwiches, cakes and other refreshments.


St Elizabeth’s Day

St Elizabeth’s Church is preparing to celebrate the festival day of its patron saint this weekend.

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

They will be able to enjoy the Grade ll listed building with its beautiful architecture, the newly renovated Rose Window and of course the two special Stammers windows in the Baptistery. Following on from the completion of the phase two work, plans are already in hand for phase three which the church hopes will commence towards the end of 2014, provided the funds are in place.

A plate will be available on the Saturday and Sunday for any donations that people may wish to make towards keeping the building in good repair and available for worship in Aspull.


Community awards

Shevington and District Community Association will present Achievement Awards to 12 local people on a special celebratory .

Awards will be presented at a special “Lancashire Night” event on November 29 with a hot-pot supper and Lancashire music and entertainment by Mark Dowding.

Tickets for the event are going fast, but there are a few still available at £8 from the Community Association secretary on 01257 253735. Profits are to be shared between the Brick and the CA.



Pom-poms at the ready for new group

A CHEERLEADING troupe based in Ashton is looking to recruit new members.

Youngsters aged between eight and 12 can join Platinum Cheer, a new squad that will train at St Edmund Arrowsmith High School on Rockery Avenue.

Classes will take place on a Tuesday evening with a cost of £4. For further details please contact 0796 974 3172. The deadline to join one of the competition squads for eight to 12-year-olds is November 30.


Christmas fair set for this month

THE church of St Matthew in Highfield will host its festive fair later this month and has extended an open invitation to anyone who would like to attend and join in the fun.

The event will be held at the Parish Rooms on Billinge Road from 11am to 1.30pm on Saturday November 30.


Book a place at literary group meet

THE fortnightly book club group from the Church of St James and St Thomas in Poolstock will meet on November 12 and 26 this month.

The club meets in the lounge at St Clements Court, Worsley Mesnes Drive.

The second meet of the month will include a hot pot lunch.



Christmas shopping at artisan market

SHOPPERS looking for an alternative to supermarkets or the High Street when searching for Christmas gifts can visit Hindley’s artisan market.

Attractions will include Santa’s grotto, visits from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, a candy floss machine for youngsters and ale and mulled wine on tap for adults. There are also plans for late licences to allow late-night shopping and performances from local bands.

The festive-themed market starts on November 22 and runs on Fridays and Saturdays until December 21. Stallholders looking to get involved can email


Back to school for St Mary’s reunion

THE class of ‘78 at Astley St Mary’s RC High School will get to renew old classroom friendships at a reunion.

The event is at the 180 Club on Railway Road in Leigh and will take place on Saturday November 23, starting at 7.30pm.

The event is being held following a successful reunion last year. Ex-pupils can find out more by emailing


All the festive fun of the fair at church

ST GEORGE’S Church will launch the season of goodwill to all people at its annual fair this weekend.

The event is at the Methodist Church on Elliott Street in Tyldesley on Saturday November 16, running from 10.30am until 12.30pm.

Platt Bridge

Community to gather for extravaganza

NEWBRIDGE Learning Community will host a spectacular annual Christmas event to bring residents together.

Hundreds of families are expected to attend the Moss Lane venue to browse stalls and visit Santa’s grotto.

The event is on Saturday December 14 from 11am until 2pm. Ring 01942 487764 to find out more.



That time of year... Christmas fair

ORRELL Methodist Church in Church Drive is holding a festive fair on Saturday from 10.30am until 1pm.

There will be plenty of stalls and refreshments, including an all-day hotpot dinner. Admission is free.


Children invited for fun at charity event

BIZEE Kidz, in Worsley Street, is holding a Children in Need disco on Friday, from 10am until 2pm.

Peppa Pig and Spiderman will be there to entertain the youngsters, who will also have the chance to beat the goalie.

There will be face-painting, plus children can have their hand print painted on the reception desk, with their name. Bizee Kidz will donate £1 of every entry fee to Children in Need, with £1.50 given for anyone who comes dressed in spots.

Beech Hill

Road closure today

UNITED Utilities will carry out works to replace a dangerous manhole cover today at Acacia Crescent, near to the junction with Honeysuckle Avenue.

As a result, the road will be shut to through traffic.


Enjoy the true meaning of Christmas

THE Bethel Choir will perform their Cantata Christmas Love on Saturday December 14. The event will take place at Bethel Independent Methodist Church, Victoria St, Newtown, from 7.30pm. Entry is free and there is the opportunity to join in some Christian fellowship afterwards with free coffee, tea and biscuits.

For further details ring Brian on 01942 605805.

Beech Hill

A festive and crafty afternoon

ST Anne’s Church is holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 30 from 12pm. There will be lots of stalls to buy from and games to play for young and old. There will also be refreshments available. Admission is 20p.


A murderous night of fun and intrigue

TICKETS are now on sale for a Murder Mystery Evening in St Luke’s Church hall, Lodge Road on Friday, November 22 at 7.30pm. They are priced at £7 which includes supper (bring your own drinks). Contact Margaret on 01695 622380.


A tombola and breakfast meet

ST Andrew’s Church’s next breakfast coffee morning is on Friday, from 10am to noon in the parish centre, Woodhouse Lane. There will be a chocolate tombola, range of seasonal cards to buy and refreshments. All funds raised go to the Stroke Association.

Robin Park

Time to give blood

PEOPLE are invited to donate blood at DW Stadium, Loire Drive, on November 18, between 1.15pm and 3.30pm and between 5.15pm and 7.30pm. Both new and regular donors can make an appointment to donate, or to find out more, by calling 0300 123 2323 or by visiting