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Temporary traffic signals in operation

DELAYS are to be expected for motorists between Glassbrook Street and Buckley Street West on Gidlow Lane from next week.

Footway resurfacing maintenance work is due to start on Monday November 25 and will continue for approximately three weeks.

Temporary traffic signals will be used around the resurfacing area during this period.

For more information contact 01942 489302.


Charity supermarket bag packing

THE Brick homeless charity, based in Arcade Street, is holding a bag pack at Asda, on Saturday December 14, between 10am and 4pm.

Volunteers are needed to man 25 tills at the Robin Park store for around one hour.

If anyone can help e-mail or and give name, contact number and a preferred time slot.

All volunteers, for any length of time, would be greatly appreciated.


Soccer team on the lookout for players

FURLONG Rangers is inviting boys and girls aged between six and eight or in class years three or four at school, to join their new Lower Ince based football club.

Training for the team is on Saturday mornings from 10am until 11am at Britannia Bridge community field, off Winifred Street.


Santa meet and greet

A CHRISTMAS fair will be held at St Mary’s Church, in Warrington Road, on Saturday December 14 from 1.30pm. Santa will be in his grotto and there will be plenty of stalls and games.

If anyone has any gifts to donate, they are asked to please leave them at the back of the church.


Car theft appeal for witnesses

THE Wigan neighbourhood policing team are asking for information regarding a vehicle theft on Ashland Avenue. A silver Ford Fiesta was taken between 3pm and 7pm in Swinley on Saturday November 9.

Anyone with information is urged to call Wigan Police on 101 or charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


Weekly club for youngsters

WIGAN Baptist Church’s Wednesday club is open to new members.

For children aged six to 11, the group meets every week during term time between 6pm and 7pm at the church on Scarisbrick Street.

Members can enjoy an hour filled with fun, games, crafts, stories and quizzes.

There is also a short story and prayer each week.

The charge of 50p per session includes a drink and biscuit plus craft or arts materials and parties.

For more information, the church can be contacted on 01942 451421 although an open invitation to drop in on a Wednesday evening is extended to all youngsters.



Church’s thanks to rebuild funders

Following the completion of the major building project, St Elizabeth’s Church at Aspull has sent out a special message of thanks.

It said: “We would like to thank our major funders, without whom the work could not have been completed. English Heritage were our biggest supporter with £180,000 whilst the project also received this week £20,000 from Viridor Credits Environmental Company through the Landfill Communities Fund.

“The money from Viridor enabled a complete replacement of all the rainwater goods, including downspouts drainpipes etc. for the whole building.

“Viridor Credits Environmental Company distributes funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. Funding is available for community and environmental projects within 10 miles of an active Viridor landfill site. They have contributed over 70 million pounds to thousands of projects throughout the UK.

“A plaque will be displayed on the church to let people know of the Viridor support.”


Christmas market and family fun day

St Bernadette’s Primary School will hold its own Christmas market Saturday November 23.

Between 11am and 4pm there will be refreshments, music, real ales, mulled wine, hot food, Santa’s grotto, children’s activities and much more.


Drama group to present production

Parbold’s very own Douglas Drama Group has announced details of its autumn production Out of Sight Out of Murder by Fred Carmichael - a classic comedy murder mystery about an electrical storm scoring a direct hit on an old house.

The performances will be staged on three consecutive nights on November 28, 29 and 30 at Parbold WI.

Doors open at 7pm and curtain up is at 7.30pm.

Tickets, all priced at £6, are available NOW from D-I-Y Centre, Parbold and from Parbold Fruit & Veg.



Start of festive celebrations

RESIDENTS can kick off their Christmas season with a series of events scheduled over the next fortnight.

On Saturday November 30, Bryn’s Christmas Tree lights switch-on celebrations will include live music, hot pot, mince pies and hot and cold beverages.

The switch-on will take place on land facing the Arnold Clark garage on Wigan Road from 5.15pm.

On Wednesday November 4, the Churches Together carol service will take place around the Christmas Tree accompanied by the Ashton Brass Band.

Hot and cold drinks and mince pies will be available.

And an open invitation is extended to everyone from events’ organisers the Friends Around Bryn group.

Worsley Mesnes

After school sports club

ENERGETIC youngsters can join the active sessions at the Clifton Street Community Centre every Friday.

Run as a joint operation by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust sports development, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Wigan Athletic Active - the sessions are on from 4pm to 6pm for eight-year-olds and older. Another class from 6.30pm to 8.30pm for 11-year-olds and older is held at the community centre room on Worsley Mesnes Drive.

The after-school classes include football, dance and art based activities plus much more.

For more information about the clubs contact the centre on 01942 244641.


Upcoming traffic disruptions

TEMPORARY traffic signals will be in place on Bolton Road on Sunday November 24.

Carriageway resurfacing maintenance work is due to take place between house numbers 162 and 182.

For more information about upcoming road closures across the borough contact Wigan Council’s network management team on 01942 489302.


Hindley Green

Residents to man Christmas fair stall

ST JOHN’S Primary School will be hosting its annual Christmas Fair next week.

The event, which takes place on Saturday November 30 from 11am until 2pm, will be one operated by the Hindley Green Residents’ Association (HGRA).

The association will also mount a display at St John’s Church over the festive period showing the successful projects the group has completed since its formation in 2008.


Rotarians helping rugby club go green

THE Rotary Club of Astley has secured more than 400 young trees from the Woodland Trust to give the area an environmental boost.

The first scheme will be at Leigh Miners Rangers rugby league club, where volunteers and Groundwork staff will plant more than 200 trees around the site perimeter.

Greenery will also be planted at sites in Shakerley, Astley and Tyldesley. Dates for the planting work have yet to be finalised.


Carol concert set to hit the high notes

LOWTON, Golborne and Ashton Mencap Society will host its 31st annual community carol concert at the Rose Centre next month.

The popular event will take place on Thursday December 5, starting at 7.30pm, with music from the Manchester branch of the Scots Guard Association’s pipe and rum band, Golborne Band and members of the Three Towns Operatic Society,

Tickets are by invitation only from Wigan and Leigh Pensioners’ Link on Charles Street in Leigh or the Imperial Court restaurant on Church Lane in Lowton.


Cable engineers to carry out work

CABLE reinforcement work will be carried out by Electricity North West engineers on Gloucester Street this weekend, November 23/24. Temporary traffic lights will be in operation.



Call to enjoy autumn stall

PEOPLE are invited to browse round the fair at Bizee Kidz, Worsley Street, on Friday, from 10am until noon.

There will be crafts and gifts, including luxury bath products, costume jewellery, bespoke gifts, plus a host of raffle prizes to be won.


Give generously for festive market

ST Aidan’s Church is holding a Christmas fair from 11am to 1pm on Saturday November 23 in the John Eddleston Centre on Main Street.

If anyone can donate a prize for the raffle they should take it to church.

Meanwhile, The Mothers’ Union meeting on Thursday will be a Quiet Evening with the Vicar Rev Alan Overend. It is being held in the John Eddleston Centre at 7.30pm.

Members are grateful to everyone who has donated pasta, tinned food and dry goods to The Brick Appeal, an ongoing cause championed by the Wigan Deanery Mothers’ Union for the homeless in Wigan.

Beech Hill

Play some games at the fair

ST Anne’s Church, in Beech Hill Avenue, is holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday at 12pm.

There will be lots of stalls, plus games to play for young and old.

There will also be refreshments available.

Admission is 20p.


A seasonal concert

A CHRISTMAS band concert with Pemberton Old Wigan DW Brass Band will be held at Orrell Methodist Church, Church Drive, on Tuesday December 3, from 7.30pm.

Tickets are £7 and include a hot pot supper.

Call Dorothy on 01695 623618 for tickets.


Traffic information

TEMPORARY traffic signals will be in operation from Monday November 25 for approximately three weeks between Glassbrook Street and Buckley Street West, off Gidlow Lane.

This is due to footway resurfacing.