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Town Centre

Concert at Wigan Parish Church

ON Friday March 28 Reg Meuross will be performing live at Wigan parish Church from 7.30pm until 10pm.

Time Out referred to him as one of Britain’s finest singer-songwriters.

Artists such as Nick Lowe, Pete Townshend, and Townes Van Zandt have paid homage to his talents.

In a career that started in 1986, he has played all of Britain’s major festivals.

His Latest album, Leaves and Feathers, has had many four and five-star reviews.

For more information visit


Attic sale at Whitley Methodist Church

MEMBERS of Whitley Methodist Church, located on Spencer Road, are inviting residents to an attic sale on Saturday April 5.

Starting from 10am and lasting until 2pm, there will be interesting and unusual items on sale including refreshments such as bacon butties and toasties.

Admission is 50p and free for children.

To book a stall it is £8 in advance and £10 on the day.

For more information contact Jean on 01942 498019.


Lane closure for road maintenance works

WORKS have commenced on Ormskirk Road from its junction with Ridyard Street to Saddle Junction and on Wallgate from its junction with Saddle Junction to its junction with Great George Street for approximately 12 weeks.

This will involve the removal of the cycle lane on the carriageway and improvements to the footway to incorporate the new cycle facilities.

Until Friday March 28 there will be a near side lane closure between Saddle Junction and Seven Stars Road, Wallgate.

There will also be lane closures from Haig Street to Great George Street for short durations.

Town Centre

Temporary traffic light signals

TELECOMMUNICATION works commenced on Dorning Street on Thursday March 20. Temporary traffic signals will be in operation at the junction with King Street West on Sunday March 30.


Tickets for art exhibition available

SUNSHINE House Community Centre on Scholes precinct is holding an art exhibition on Friday April 11. Tickets are free but admittance to preview is ticket only for cheese and wine reception starting from 7pm.

Other activities in the exhibition include a children’s section, sculpting, calligraphy and a life art section. The event is ticket only. For more information contact Barbara Nettleton on 01942 748805.


Comedy night at Rose Bridge rugby club

STAND-UP Darren “Devvo” Devonshire will be coming to the club for a night of comedy and chaos on Saturday, starting at 9pm.

Tickets are £6 or £8 on the door. For more information contact 01942 244111.



Spring market

TUNLEY United Reformed church on Mossy Lea Road is holding a spring market this Saturday.

Starting at 11am, there will be a number of attractions including toys and gifts, crafts, tombolas, raffles, home-made cakes and pies, bric-a-brac and jewellery and plants.

There will also be light lunches available including home-made soups and sausage and bacon barms.

The market will come to a close at 1pm.


Stop/go boards

UNITED Utilities will carry out works to install a new service near to the junction of Moore Street with School Avenue. Stop/Go boards will be in operation all this week until next Monday.


Easter at Haigh

THE friends of Haigh country park have planned a number of events to celebrate Easter on Sunday April 20.

Stables courtyard will be a hive of activity all afternoon with a number of attractions for guests.

Between 11am and 5pm there will be crazy golf, an Easter bonnet parade, birds of prey, pottery lessons, arts and crafts, live music, a decorate an egg competition, tombola, a chance to ride the Haigh train and a BBQ.

The event will start at 11am and go on until 5pm.

Kevin the Clown will also be putting on a special show between 1pm and 2pm.

Appley Bridge

Mother’s Day service

REV Simon Glynn will take the Mothering Sunday Family Communion Service at 10.45am on Sunday, March 30 at All Saints church. All Saints has its own branch of Mothers’ Union which meets on the first Wednesday of each month. The Group welcomes new members. Anybody interested should contact Anne Edwards on 01257 254913.


M6 work set to end

ROADWORKS between junctions 26 and 27 will end this Sunday meaning the junction 27 slip road will now be open all hours again.



Junior cricket registration night

YOUNGSTERS looking forward to the 2014 cricket season can sign up for the Highfield Hawks age group sides next week.

The junior registration night is on Monday March 31 in the main hall at the club from 7.30pm.

The Hawks run teams for under nine, 11, 13 and 15.


Litter pick at park and playing fields

RESIDENTS living near to Jubilee Park and the King George V playing fields in Ashton and invited to help out at a clean up event this weekend.

Organised by the Ashton Residents Association, the organised clean-up is to support the local community by removing unwanted litter.

Vice chairman of the group Catherine Aspey said: “We want to show that we care about all aspects of the community. We have plans to continue cleaning other open spaces throughout the year.”


Advice session for expecting mums

A NEW class has started this month at Bryn Sure Start Children’s Centre to support new mums.

The multiple birth group – which meets on a Thursday from 11.30am to 1pm – gives an opportunity for parents to share their experiences with other parents of twins or triplets.

For more information contact the centre on 01942 776382


Water pipe maintenance works

TEMPORARY traffic lights will be in operation as United Utilities carry out repair works outside Rose Farm on Riding Lane, Ashton.

The traffic measures will be in place between Monday March 31 and Friday April 4.

For more information about scheduled road closures contact Wigan Council’s Network Management Team on 01942 489302.



Brass band pros to play at church

A BRASS band made up of some of the borough’s finest musicians will get together for a concert at St Joseph’s Church this weekend.

The ensemble of orchestral players and brass band members living in Leigh, will play a free concert on Sunday.

The musicians will play a traditional programme of brass band music, including a number of solo turns.

The group’s last concert in December saw the band joined by Classic FM presenter John Suchet on trombone.

The concert is on Sunday March 30 at St Joseph’s Church on Mather Lane, starting at 7.30pm. The music will be followed by refreshments at around 9.30pm.


United Utilities start waste water work

ENGINEERS from United Utilities have now begun a major project to upgrade the waste water system in Astley.

Work began on North Lane from the junction with Willow Avenue to Kermishaw Nook on Monday, in a project lasting approximately eight weeks.

Windsor Avenue and Cranworth Avenue will also be affected, with road closures put in place.


Litter-picking events return to community

GENEROUS residents from the Lowton East Neighbourhood Development Forum (LENDF) have announced their first litter pick of 2014.

Volunteers will tidy the footpath running behind St Catherine’s Primary School towards Lowton Allotments on Thursday April 10 from 10am.

For more information email


Story time at library for youngsters

TYLDESLEY Library is putting on free stories, crafts and other events for under-fives on Tuesday afternoons at 1.45pm. To find out more ring Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) on 01942 404738.



Great gifts on sale at the fair

ORRELL Methodist Church, in Church Drive, is holding a spring fair on Saturday March 29, from 10.30am until 1pm.

There will be many stalls with a variety of gifts, suitable for Mothering Sunday. Food will be served all day, including hot pot.

Up Holland

Fun and frolics for charity event

ST Thomas The Martyr Church will be holding a fund-raising event entitled Friday Night Frolics on March 28 at 7pm, in the parish rooms, School Lane.

The evening will include a silent auction, live entertainment, plus a variety of stalls.

Tickets are £3. For more information call Kath 01695 721038.


Breakfast and a cosy chat

THERE will be a coffee morning on Friday, March 28 at St Andrew’s Church parish rooms, Woodhouse Lane, from 10am to noon. All proceeds raised will go to Myasthenia Gravis.

Lamberhead Green

Get advice on flower beds for summer

ORRELL Horticultural Society will meet at Independent Methodist Church, Fleet Street, on Tuesday April 1 from 7.30pm,

Members will discuss the design and planting of summer bedding schemes.


No healthcare services at clinic

BILLINGE Clinic, in Rainford Road, will be closed until Friday April 18 due to essential refurbishments.

People can attend: Monday 1.30pm until 3pm at Garswood Primary Care Centre, Billinge Road, Ashton; Wednesday 1pm to 3pm at Rainford Clinic, 17 Higher Lane, Rainford, St Helens; Thursday 1pm to 3pm at Carr Mill Clinic, Eskdale Avenue, St Helens; Thursday 9.30am until 11.30am at Lowe House Health Care Resource Centre, 103 Crab Street, St Helens