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Open mic night at Docherty’s bar

ON Wednesday April 9 bosses at Docherty’s Hotel and Bar are hosting an open mic night.

The bi-monthly event will start at 7.30pm and last until 10.30pm. Everybody can have a turn, and enjoy some music and a drop of soup.

For more information contact 01942 237877 or visit the Facebook page at


Temporary traffic signals for works

ELECTRICITY North West will carry out works to install a new service near to the junction with Heber Street on Monday April 7. Temporary traffic lights will be in operation during these works.

Town Centre

Bridge lessons for beginners

WIGAN Bridge Club has launched a course of bridge lessons for beginners.

Each lesson lasts approximately two hours and consists of a presentation, a quiz and playing time. It is £50 for a course or £10 per lesson. For more information visit or contact course tutor, Des King, on 07534482047. It is located at 38 Bridgeman Terrace.



Temporary lights

ROAD users in Standish will face delays in April.

A private contractor will be undertaking works to install a rising main in the carriageway outside Wigan Road house number 238.

To undertake these works safely temporary traffic signals will be in operation from Saturday April 5 until Thursday 17 April 2014.


United Utilities work

United Utilities will carry out works to renew a service outside of property number 135 on Miles Lane next week.

Temporary traffic signals will be in operation between Monday April 7 and Friday April 11.


Messy Church return

THE next Messy Church is on Saturday, April 5 in the Parish Centre, Church Lane, Shevington, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Each Messy Church begins with about 45 minutes of crafts and/or sport.

This is then followed with a 20 to 25-minute family worship service and ends with a meal.

Messy Church is completely free and open to everybody. Ring Rev David (0775 341 7339) for any further details.


Ghost hunt at the Hall

THE hauntings at Haigh Hall have taken a variety of forms.

Many physical manifestations have been reported, from hooded figures to malevolent shape shifters seeking to cause mischief.

Now, visitors have their chance to track down the ghosts themselves and become a paranormal investigator with the help of UK Shadow Seekers.

Using paranormal investigation equipment such as EMF readers, digital recorders to capture voices and use dowsing rods, ouija boards and pendulums a special ghost hunt will take place on April 11 at 8.45pm.

Costing £37.50, it includes tea and coffee on arrival, a break mid-way through with a hot bacon roll with tea/coffee and tea/coffee at the end in the debrief.

Contact the Hall for details, over-18s only.



Craft sessions in the holidays

YOUNGSTERS and their parents short of things to do during the holidays can visit the Bryn Children’s Centre on Downall Green Road for a spot of Easter crafts.

The session is on Monday April 14 from 10am to 11am for children aged zero to five.

For more information or to book a place contact the centre on 01942 776382.


Weekend traffic signals in place

ELECTRICITY North West engineers will be installing a new service at the entrance to Link Farm.

Temporary traffic signals will be in operation during these works on Saturday April 12 and the following day.

For more information contact the network management team on 01942 489302.

Bryn and Ashton

Police offer shed and lock-up advice

THE neighbourhood policing team for the Bryn and Ashton areas is warning residents to ensure they do not leave valuable tools in their garden sheds and out-houses.

A police spokesman said: “Please be aware we are approaching the time of year with lighter mornings encouraging would be thieves to target garden sheds.

“Do not leave expensive equipment such as pedal cycles, fishing tackle and power washers and whenever possible try and fit your shed with an alarm and keep it securely locked.”



Bargain hunting at Methodist church

ATHERTON Central Methodist Church is holding a grand good-as-new sale this weekend.

Shoppers will be able to browse a huge range of goods at rock-bottom prices, including adult and children’s clothes, toys, books, household items and jewellery.There is also a cake stall and café.

The sale is at the church, located opposite Atherton town hall, on Saturday April 5 from 10am until 3pm. Admission is free.


Silver anniversary for keep-fit class

A CLASS helping people stay in shape is celebrating a milestone birthday later this month. Joan’s Keep Fit, which meets at the Methodist church hall in Heath Street, is celebrating 25 years with a special event attended by Leigh MP Andy Burnham.

Golborne High School teacher Joan has been leading the weekly sessions, which includes performing stretches to music and doing floor exercises on mats, for a quarter of a century.

The group also has a strong social side including Christmas meals and birthday celebrations.

The 25th anniversary class is on April 22 at 7pm. The group usually meets on tuesday evenings from 7.30pm until 8.30pm.To find out more, contact Dot Harrison on 07513 124261 or email


Items to go under the hammer for church

TYLDESLEY Methodist Church is putting items under the auctioneer’s gavel at a sale for church funds on Saturday April 12.

The auction at the Elliott Street church will be led by Peter Caswell, who officiates at the popular charity sales in Glazebury and Croft.

Sales will be cash only, ensuring there are plenty of bargains under the hammer.

A café will be offering a variety of hot and cold refreshments and seating.

Viewing starts at 10.30am with the first lot at noon. Entry is £1, including a catalogue, with children free.


Beech Hill

Service to mark WW1 centenary

ST Anne’s Church is holding a service of commemoration for the centenary of the First World War on Sunday April 6 at 2.30pm.

The event will also mark the 70th anniversary of the Second World War.

Representatives from the armed forces will be present, as well as members of the Royal British Legion, including a standard bearer.

There will be refreshments after the service.


A classical choir service

PARBOLD Chamber Choir with orchestra will be performing works by Monteverdi, Haydn and Mozart at St Michael’s Church, on the corner of Higher Lane and Dungeon Lane, Dalton, on Saturday, April 5 at 7.30pm.

The concert is directed by Jim Cooke with organist Peter Kwater. Tickets are £10.

Robin Park

Time to give some blood

PEOPLE are invited to donate blood at the DW Stadium, on Monday April 14 from 1.15pm until 3,30pm and again from 5.15pm until 7.30pm,

New or regular donors can make an appointment, or find out more information by calling 0300 123 2323 or via the website


Easter party for the young ones

PEMBERTON Community Association is holding its first Easter party for children at Lamberhead Green Working Men’s Club, White Street, Pemberton, on Sunday April 13.

As well as an entertaner, there will be prizes for best costume, best designed Easter egg and best Easter bonnet, plus a tombola and raffle.

Food will also be available.

Entry is 50p per child, with a special visitor for the youngsters.

All monies raised will be used towards paying for other children’s events, organised by the association. Harmony Blinds and Tesco Express have sponsored the party.


Rhyming story time for children

BILLINGE Library, in Main Street, holds Read and Rhyme for young tots every Friday from 2pm during term time.

For more information call 01744 677535.


Join in the Easter extravaganza

ST James’s Social Club is hosting its Easter Eggstravaganza on Monday April 21 from 1pm until 3pm. Adrian Catch will entertain the youngsters.

Tickets are £2 for children and adults are free,

Meanwhile, memmbers of the congregation are invited to give two hours of their time to improve the church for Easter.

It is proposed that on three consecutive evenings, these volunteers would work together to give the building a spring clean.

Additional information can be found at the back of the church, in St James’s Road, or alternatively, by calling Brian Davies on 01695 623271.