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Wigan Jazz Club February concert

MEMBERS of Wigan Jazz Club will hold a concert at Whelley Ex-Servicemen’s Club on 180 Vauxhall Road.

Artists include The Debonaires Jump Jive Swinging Little Big Band and WYJO under the direction of David Little.

The concert will take place on Sunday February 23 between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.

For more information visit or contact Gordon on 01925 727408 or Ian on 01942 243974.

Town Centre

Acoustic open mic night at pub

THE Boulevard pub is hosting an acoustic open mic night on February 9 from 7pm. It is open to budding artists wishing to play anything.


Wigan Music Society concert at church

VIOLINIST Sophie Mather of the Wigan Music Society will be leading a concert at Trinity United Reformed Church in Milton Grove along with the Berkeley Ensemble.

The event will be held on Saturday February 15 from 7.30pm.

It will cost £8 for members of the church and for visitors it will be £10.

For more information contact 01942 238520 or visit


New Beavers and Cubs group

A NEW Scouting group has been formed at St Mary’s Church on Warrington Road, Lower Ince.

It is open to young people aged six to 10 years old.

On February 11 there will be formal “investiture” ceremony to welcome the new recruits into Scouting.

For more information contact Stuart Vaughan on 07539 934433 or email


Coffee morning and service visit

STEPS CIC is holding a coffee morning on the March 6 to give young people and their parents, carers and teachers the opportunity to visit the services and meet staff. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the extensive range of services and to ask any questions that they might have.

Steps CIC is a community interest company with services throughout Wigan and Warrington providing day service opportunities for adults and young people with disabilities. Steps offers a comprehensive service and high quality packages of support.

For more information contact service development manager Geoff Baker on 079 525 04659.


Open mic night at Bowling Green

BOSSES at the Bowling Green pub on Wigan Lane are hosting an open mic night on Wednesday February 5 starting from 8pm and lasting until 11pm.


Music from the movies concert

ON Saturday, February 15 there will be “Music from the Movies” with Old Wigan DW Band at St Michael and All Angels church at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £10 available from Church or by phoning 01257 400962 or 01942 235900.

Also, for those who wish to receive Communion at home, or know of anybody who would, they are being urged to let Revd Stan know by phoning 01942 235900.



Charity single launch

FOUR-piece band The Vicious Circle have recorded a song to raise money for Lagan’s Foundation, a Bolton-based organisation which provides support to families with newborn babies who have a congenital heart defect.

The indie-influenced pop-rock group, made up of lead vocalist and bassist Peter Garry, lead guitarist and vocalist Mike Shannon, guitarist and vocalist Pete Owen and drummer Stephen Berrey, recorded the song with independent producer Ant Booth and will launch it at an event in Aspull next month.

The Vicious Circle will launch the song, called Overtaking Time, at the Village on the Green, in Aspull, on March 7.

The event is free but tickets must be reserved in advance from

To find out more about the band, visit


Community asset

The Community Centre in Moody Street, Standish is going from strength to strength.

There is a new committee on board with a wealth of activities being made available for local residents.

New dance exercise classes started on January 13 with tea dances starting on Valentine’s Day at 1.30pm.

There is also a new website with the latest information at

There are coffee mornings each day between 10am and noon and plenty of groups from art to karate to join.


Art at library

A DOUBLE celebration will take place at Shevington Library this Saturday to celebrate the opening of the new Village Art Gallery and National Libraries Day.

In response to feedback received at the annual Shevington Fete, and supported by ward councillors, the library recognised the need for local groups and artists to have a venue to display their work to the public.

A vacant space at the library was identified as a possible venue, the community was asked to name the space and the Village Art Gallery was born.



New dates for gas maintenance work

NATIONAL Grid engineers have started work to renew a gas service pipeline near to the junction with Newton Road on Ashton Heath, Ashton-in-Makerfield.

There may be a build up of traffic in the area with temporary signals in operation until Thursday February 13.

The date of completion has been amended since the works were first announced.

For more information about upcoming roadworks contact Wigan Council on 01942 489302.

Ashton and Bryn

Childminder drop-in

ON the first Wednesday of every month, Ashton children’s centre, on Wigan Road, runs a drop-in session for child-minders.

The class offers a chance to catch up with fellow minders and get advice and assistance from co-ordinators.

For more information contact the centre on 01942 723965.


Tickets available for sportsman’s dinner

FORMER chair of selectors and England international Geoff Miller is the guest speaker at Highfield Cricket Club’s pre-season dinner.

Tickets are priced at £30 and include a three-course meal plus the entertainment on Friday March 21.

There will also be a comedian to help the club kick-0ff their 90th anniversary celebrations.

Contact Gary Speakman on 07721 639970 to book tickets and avoid disappointment.


Extension request by hotel

WIGAN Council planning officers are considering an application submitted by owners of the Park Hotel of Wigan Road in Ashton.

The applications is in regard to an extension of the patio area to the rear of the building.

Neighbour consultation letters have been issued and a decision is expected to be announced later this week.



Getting messy at half term play activities

YOUNGSTERS aged between five and 12 can enjoy the great outdoors with the Playin’ Out team at Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) this half term.

Activities including hunts, crafts and games will be staged on Common Lane on Tuesday February 18 from 3.15pm until 4.45pm. Children should wear practical clothes and may get messy.

To find out more, ring 01942 487634 or email


Delays possible for engineering work

DRIVERS in Leigh and Tyldesley could face delays while Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) engineers carry out plant protection work.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place on Holden Road, near the junction with Rosebury Avenue, until Friday February 7.

Drivers will also have to negotiate extra sets of traffic lights on Sale Lane in Tyldesley while work is carried out near the junction with Chester Road until Friday February 28.


Three opportunities to shed the pounds

SLIMMERS in Hindley have three chances a week to get in the best possible shape.

Sessions are held through the Lose Weight Feel Great scheme on Wednesday evenings at Hindley Labour Club on Platt Lane from 3pm until 9pm and on Thursdays at Hindley Green Family Church on Atherton Road. To find out more, ring 01942 496496.

Weekly sessions also run until June on Saturday at the Independent Methodist Church on Argyle Street. To find out more, ring Val on 07719 926019.


Test of knowledge at sports club quiz

EGGHEADS can test the grey matter at Leigh Cricket, Tennis and Bowling Club’s regular Thursday evening quizzes, held from 9.15pm until 11pm. The night also includes games of play your cards right.


Up Holland

Join Slimming World group

UP Holland Slimming World group meets every Tuesday at 9.30am and Wednesday at 3.45pm, 5.30pm or 7.30pm at Up Holland Methodist Church, in Alma Hill.

For more information visit or call Sarah on 07969395302.


New family service in church

ST Aidan’s Parochial Church Council is hoping to plan a new service aimed at families that will be put on at a different time on Sunday mornings.

As many children and their parents attend sports and other activities during Sunday mornings, the aim is to plan a time to come together for worship at a less hectic time of day. If anyone is interested in being involved, they are invited to come along to first meeting in Church on Monday, February 10 at 8pm.


Bring food to Mother’s meeting

ST Luke’s Church’s Mother’s Union meeting well be held at the church, in Lodge Road, on Tuesday February 11 at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Trish Green from The Brick homeless centre. People are asked to donate dried or tinned food with a long date life to the homeless centre.


Boys Brigade weekly sessions

THE Boys Brigade meet every Wednesday at 6.30pm in St Mark’s CE School (Anchors 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Juniors 7.15pm to 8pm, Company and Seniors 7.15pm to 9pm).


Change of date for roadworks

Electricity North West will be carrying out works to install a new service between 130 Sandbrook Road and Up Holland High School.

Temporary traffic signals will be in use from now until April 8.