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


Town centre

Talk on Wigan’s Jewish community

ESTABLISHED author Hilary Thomas will be giving a talk about the Jewish community in the borough from past to present at the Museum of Wigan Life on May 27 from 2pm until 4pm. The event is free. For more information contact Derek Wilde on 01257 401326 or email


Road works for new cycle lane facilities

WORKS have begun on Wallgate from its junction with Saddle Junction to Great George Street and are expected to be completed by early June. These involve the removal of the old cycle lane and improvements to the footway to incorporate new cycle facilities. Until May 2 there will be near side lane closures between Saddle Junction and Great George Street.

Town Centre

Comedy and curry night for charity

THE Falling Leaf organisation is holding a comedy and curry event on June 3 from 8pm.

Held at Revolution Bar in the town centre the evening will be in aid of Joseph’s Goal and The Christie Hospital.

Hosted by “Angel Delight” and accompanied by Colin Manford and comedians from Manford’s Comedy Club, it promises to be a fantastic night of belly laughs, beer and bhajis.

Tickets are limited and will cost £25. Tables will be reserved on a first come first serve basis. For more information and to reserve a ticket contact 01942 246786 or email


Wigan Irish Mega Festival for charity

AN Irish festival, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support will be held on May 2 to May 4 at The Orwell. It will include bands from all over, and different Irish-themed stalls. Tickets on sale online at or by phone on 00353 762 23232.



Scarecrow festival

A SCARECROW festival has been organised this weekend for Wrightington residents by the White Lion pub.

The event is in aid of Diabetes UK with a number of local businesses, schools and a brownie group getting involved. Maps of the route are available at a cost £2 and are available from Derby House, Charity Farm and Toogood Farm.

There are more than 40 scarecrows as part of the festival.

On Monday, White Lion landlady Ellie Furzeman will also be jumping from a plane for charity.


Attic sale at church

CROOKE Methodist Church will host an attic sale on Saturday, May 10. Admission is 20p and it will run from 9am until 1pm.

Anyone wishing to book a table should ring 07792566787 for more information.


French music recital

FRENCH music lovers are being treated to a recital by John Walton at St Wilfrid’s church this Saturday.

He will perform “Le Grand Orgue”, a recital of French music for the organ. The performance will begin from 10.30am. A retiring collection will take place for the church rewiring project.


Men’s fellowship meet

The next Standish Churches Men’s Fellowship meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 7 at the Globe Inn, Standish at 7pm.

There will be a presentation on “Mining in the Lake District” then a buffet and raffle prize draw.

Contact Joe Fairhurst on 01942 402185 for further details.


Car boot sale

ST Marie’s church will be holding a car boot sale on May 12 at St Bernadette’s School in Shevington and will have its own tombola stall and be providing refreshments. Donations of good quality bric-a-brac (no clothes), prizes for the stall, bottles especially welcome) may be taken to St Bernadette’s Church at Mass times.



Youngsters set to get moving

PARENTS are encouraged to bring their children to the Little Movers class at Queens Road Methodist Church, next to Ashton clinic.

The session takes place on a Thursday from 10am to 11.15am and involves lots of fun games for two to four-year-olds, height and weight checks plus a healthy snack.

To book a place, contact the Ashton Children’s Centre on 01942 732965 or 828812 for more information.

Worsley Mesnes

Anniversary celebrations

THE Clifton Street Community Centre is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a fun day on June 7.

Organisers are keen to invite any local businesses to play a part by helping out with donations or raffle prizes.

Anyone who can dedicate their time between 10am and 3pm on the day are also encouraged to get in touch.

To contact the centre for more information contact the centre on 01942 244641.

Hawkley Hall

Crackdown on estate burglaries

NEIGHBOURHOOD police officers have highlighted a reduction of overnight burglary incidents on the Hawkley Hall estate as one of their priorities.

High visibility patrols have been increased and leaflets will be distributed to residents in Worsley Mesnes and Hawkley Hall.

Worsley Mesnes

Residential development

WIGAN Council planning officials are considering an application to build living premises on land adjacent to 368 Warrington Road.

The application is for one block of four dwellings and one block of two apartments.

Neighbour consultation letters were sent last week and the time period for correspondence ends on May 18.

For more information visit


Hindley Green

Posts up for grabs at residents’ group AGM

HINDLEY Green Residents’ Association (HGRA) is holding its annual general meeting and looking for community-minded residents to step up and help on its committee.

The AGM will take place at the Bethel Centre on Atherton Road on Wednesday May 7 at 7pm, with a talk on first aid in the home from guest speaker Martin Barnett of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade.

HGRA will also see its present secretary and treasurer stepping down, and is keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in taking up a vacant post on the committee.

Applications can be made online at or at the AGM. For information on how to submit a postal application, contact Ivy Dickens on 01942 254831.


Sharp-shooters get a chance to try archery

ATHERTON and Tyldesley Sports Association (ATSA) is giving children the chance to discover their talents with a bow and arrow by organising a taster session.

Eccles Archery Club will lead the event at St George’s Central School on Darlington Street, which is open to youngsters in year four, five or six at any primary school in Atherton or Tyldesley.

The event will take place on Saturday May 10 between 11am and 3pm, and there will be a £1 donation cost per person. To take part, turn up at any time during the session.


Stroke group’s curry night fund-raiser

THINK Ahead Community Stroke Group is marking the launch of the third annual Raising Stroke Awareness Week with a curry night at an Atherton restaurant.

The fund-raiser will take place at the Far Pavilion on Bolton Road, with diners sampling balti and tandoori dishes and enjoying performances including singers and stand-up comedians.

The event is being organised with the aid of local businesses.

The curry night is on Tuesday May 6 and starts at 7pm. To book tickets, email or or ring Think Ahead on 01942 824 888 or call 01942 875077.


More waste water work starting

UNITED Utilities has announced the latest streets which will receive work as part of a major project upgrading the area’s waste water works.

Engineers will be carrying out work on Cranworth Avenue from the junction with Beechwood Crescent to Windsor Avenue for six weeks starting on Monday May 12, while 12 weeks of work will begin on Windsor Avenue itself on Monday May 19.

Road closures will be in place for the work.


Story time

TYLDESLEY Library will host the latest in its weekly story time sessions for under fives.

Youngsters will be introduced to the delights of a good tale on Tuesday March 5 at 2.45pm, at an event also including craft activities.

The event is free. For more information ring the library on 01942 404738 or email


Lamberhead Green

Create a colourful garden

ORRELL Horticultural Society is holding its next meeting at Independent Methodist Church, Fleet Street, on May 6, from 7.30pm.

The topic will be colour in the garden throughout the year.

Everyone is welcome.


School reunion to mark 45 years

AN ex-pupil is organising a reunion of St Mark’s Girls’ School for women who left 45 years ago.

Carol Cantillon – nee Adamson – said: “I want to organise a reunion for anyone who attended St Marks Girls’ School Class A and left in 1968/9 to meet up for a meal and a catch up.

“We had a reunion for our 40th anniversary.”

Anyone who wishes to attend call Carol on 079436339971.


Quiz night to support work abroad

THE Overseas Committee of St Aidan’s Church is holding a quiz night on May 2 at 7.30pm at St Aidan’s School, in support of Christian Aid.

Tickets are £5 including supper.


Test your mettle with fun challenge

THE Quiz Night at Sacred Heart Parish Centre is on May 16 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from committee members at £2.50 by calling 01942 519059.

The price includes buffet supper.


Temporary traffic lights ahead

TELECOMMUNICATION works will be undertaken in Little Lane, at the junction of Beedell Way.

Therefore, temporary traffic signals will be in use during off peak times between Wednesday May 7 and Friday May 9.