Around The Districts

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WELCOME to our districts section featuring events from communities around the borough.



Open mic night at Bowling Green pub

BUDDING singers are invited to an open mic night at the Bowling Green pub on Wigan Lane.

Hosted by Pauline Blackburn, the event will take place on Wednesday March 5 starting at 8pm and ending at 11pm.

For more information contact 01942 519871.

Town Centre

Concert at Wigan Parish Church

FOLK duo Philip Henry and Hannah Martin will perform live on March 7 at Wigan Parish Church, with special guest Stuart Anthony.

They have been nominated for Best Duo in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. With a rapidly expanding following and a unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres, the duo have been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go.

Appearances have included regular Glastonbury slots and all the major folk festivals.

This includes mainstage slots at Sidmouth Folk Week, Broadstairs, Warwick, Shrewsbury, Gate To Southwell, Shepley Spring, Priddy and a constant presence on the greenfield festival circuit, at events such as Larmer Tree, Sunrise Celebration and Green Man.

Tickets will cost £10.

For more information email dtcartlidge@gmail.


Line dancing classes at community hub

ON Thursday March 6 there will be a line dancing class held at Sunshine House Community Hub on Wellington Street, Scholes. Lessons start from 7pm and last until 9pm. No ticket is required and the price is £4 per class.

For more information contact 01942 748806.


Sculpting wildlife at community hub

ON March 11 at 1pm a sculpture course will take place at Sunshine House.



Alpha at church

IN the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything was 42.

For anyone who wants to get a better answer then Aspull Methodist Church is running a series of Alpha courses.

The first one starts on Wednesday March 12 at 6.30pm.

The church is situated on Wigan Road (WN2 1PP) and everyone is welcome.

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith.

There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.

It has around 10 sessions and includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts.

For more information contact Denise Howarth on 01942 257732 or Sylvia Connah on 01942 831356.


Women’s day celebrated

A SERVICE for Women’s World Day of Prayer will be held at Shevington Methodist Church on Friday, March 7 at 7.30pm. This will be a joint Service with St Bernadette’s and Shevington Methodist Churches.


Fellowship meeting

THE next meeting of Standish Churches Men’s Fellowship is on Wednesday, March 12 at the Globe Inn, Standish at 7pm and is Ladies invitation night.

There will be a talk on Life in the ’60s, buffet and raffle all for £10.

Contact Joe Fairhurst on 01942 402185 for more information. At the Valentine’s Do held recently, a cheque for £1,280 was presented to HCPT.


Parade road closures

A WALKING procession taking place this Sunday will require a number of road closures.

Heaton Street, for its entire length, Glebe Road, for its entire length, and St Wilfrid’s Road from Glebe Road to Rectory Lane will all be shut from 11am for an hour.



Guest speaker at Guild meeting

THE Winstanley and Highfield Townswomen’s Guild is holding its latest meeting on Monday March 10 at 7.30pm at St Paul’s Church Hall, Clapgate Lane in Goose Green.

A representative from Wigan Deaf Children’s Society will be giving an informative talk about sign language.

And the Guild’s members will be presenting a cheque to the society for money raised over the past year.

The meeting has a £2 fee with refreshments included.


Series of church events

THE Boys Brigade group linked to the parish of St Luke’s, Ashton, is hosting a pancake and quiz night this Friday from 7pm.

In addition to this, St Oswald’s Church, Ashton, will host a women’s world day of prayer service on Friday at 1.30pm in the Canons Hall.


Prayer opportunity during lent

ST AIDAN’S RC Church is hosting a series of evenings of prayer and reflection throughout Lent.

The church, located at the junction of Highfield Grange Avenue and Holmes House Avenue, will hold the first of the events on Thursday March 6, starting at 7.30pm.


Appeal for witnesses

NEIGHBOURHOOD policing team officers are asking for information about a house burglary from an address on Wotton Drive.

A white Fiat 500 plus several items of electrical equipment including laptops, a mobile phone and an iPod were stolen from the property.

It is thought that the burglary took place overnight on February 28 between 11pm and 7am.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wigan Police on 101.


Maintenance work keeps road closed

A SECTION of Brocstedes Road, from its junction with Booths Brow Road to the M6 bridge remains closed as part of major works undertaken by Electricity North West.

The closure is likely to be in place for three months.

For more information about this road closure, contact Wigan Council’s network management team on 01942 489302.



Football guest star at prayer breakfast

A FORMER Premier League footballer will be the guest speaker at the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.

The event will take place at the Leigh Sports Village at 8am on Wednesday March 12, with a speech from former Portsmouth player Linvoy Primus about his work with the charity Faith and Football.

Delegates will also be able to hear about the work of two local organisations at the prayer breakfast.


Church puts items under the hammer

GLAZEBURY Methodist Church will host its annual fund-raising auction and continue a tradition which has been running for more than a quarter of a century this weekend.

The 26th sale will see furniture and fittings go under the hammer together with more unusual lots such as several rare railway carriage builders’ plates, including two from the famous travelling Post Office featured in the documentary Night Train.

The auction is at the church on Saturday March 8, with viewing from 11am and the first lot going under the hammer at 1pm.


Delays for motorists due to junction works

MOTORISTS will have to negotiate temporary traffic lights as United Utilities carries out work on a junction this week.

Work starts today at the junction of Laxey Crescent and Wigan Road, and runs until Friday March 7.


Neighbours project needs big lunch ideas

THE Leigh Neighbours Project is looking for applications to this year’s Big Lunch.

The scheme sees groups across Leigh lay on a free lunch to build community spirit, bridge divisions and bring people together. To find out more, contact Stephen Ruffley on 01942 709709 or at



Celebrating 169 years of church

BISPHAM Methodist Church is celebrating its 169th anniversary on Saturday.

Its gift day is from 11am until 1pm where people can bring donations towards the refurbishment of the church premises.

Gifts will be received by Rev Daniel French in the church hall, in Crank Road, which will be open for people to look around.

Tea and coffee will also be available.

On Sunday, there will be an anniversary service at 10.30am. It is an All Age Worship with the church band playing and the choir singing.


Say a prayer for women

THIS year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer Service for Orrell and Lamberhead Green will take place at Salem United Reformed Church, Church Street, Orrell, on Friday at 2pm.

Norley Hall

Join in at craft and gift event

A SPRING craft and gift fair will be held at Norley Hall Community Centre, Norley Hall Avenue, on Sunday March 23, from 10am until 2pm.

There will be a range of treats and bargain on offer including cakes, sweets, baby hampers, knitwear, photography items, hair accessories, glitter tattoos, face-painting and much more.


Welcome to the Brownies

THE Brownies group meets every Thursday during term time at St Mark’s Church, in Victoria Street, at 6pm for 90 minutes. New members are welcome.


Brass band’s date

PEMBERTON Old Wigan Brass Band is performing at Winter Gardens in Blackpool all day on Sunday.

They will also be bag-packing to raise funds at Sainsbury’s in Wigan on Sunday March 29, from 10am.