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Weekly bingo and raffle events

THE Swinley club on Wigan Lane is hosting a weekly bingo and raffle on Sundays starting at 8pm.

There will be a small door charge.

Town Centre

Fund-raising fun day for infirmary

STAFF from the maternity ward at Wigan Infirmary are hosting a family fun day in the hope of raising vital funds for new hospital equipment.

Starting at 1pm on Sunday June 8, there will be many activities for everybody to take part in including a bouncy castle, a BBQ, cake stalls, performing dogs, fancy dress, face-painting, archery, tombola, live entertainment and much more. There will also be special appearances from Peppa Pig, George and the Mediquip4kids mascot Pip.

For more information contact Judith Baxendale on 01942 241581.

Town Centre

Ask us Anything event at Tesco

SPECIALIST nurses was today be giving shoppers the chance to ask any questions they have about Wigan and Leigh Hospice and living with a life-limiting illness.

A team of specialists is at Central Park Tesco Extra this afternoon from 1pm to 4pm.

The hospice nurse specialists support people with life-limiting illnesses living in their own homes.

Its specialist nurse team manager, Jo Carby, said: “We want to give those people the chance to find out more about what we do and the services we provide.

“It is also an opportunity for people to discuss how best they can plan for the future care and find out what support is available.”


Open Mic event night at The Tudor pub

THE Tudor on New Market Street is hosting an open mic night each Sunday starting at 8pm and finishing at 10pm. It is free entry and free to perform.

For more information visit



Community centre is thriving in the Spring

Standish Community Centre is getting busier than ever.

The large hall with kitchen, is ideal for groups and functions and the small room, is ideal for business meetings.

The centre has WiFi installed for easier communications with rates to hire rooms at £12 per hour for the hall, £10 per hour for meeting room.

The Centre is open most days from 10am. Head along to see what activities are on offer to join, or just pop in for a coffee break and a natter.

For further info email or phone 01257 421048.


Zumba classes

EVER fancied getting fit and learning Zumba?

ZUMBA! with Rebecca runs at Standish High School every Tuesday between 6.30pm and 7.30p, costing £4 a class.

Call Rebecca on 07564 980 640 or email for more details or go down to class. There is no need to book.


Dancing at the hall

ON Sunday May 18, St Elizabeth’s hall will host a series of dancing sessions as part of Dance Fusion 2014.

At 4pm, for children between four and 16 years old, there will be a Strictly Ballroom and Dance session.

This will be followed by an adults-only Argentine dance session between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

At this time there will also be Strictly Ballroom and Sequence sessions.

All classes are provided by P&K Hirst Dance Studios. Call 01942 375931 to book your place.

For more information about Dance Fusion, please contact WLCT Community Wellbeing Arts on 01942 827 404 or email


Bank to become café?

A PLANNING application to transform the NatWest bank on High Street into a café.

It has been submitted by Standish resident Elaine Lyon. The case officer for the application is Richard Taylor.

The proposed development is to change the use to an café.


Lady Mable Walk

JOIN Wigan Leisure Culture Trust as they follow in the footsteps of “old Mab” this Saturday.

They’ll be tracing out her 14th century journey of penitence from Haigh Hall to Mab’s Cross, then on to Wigan Parish Church to see the effigies of Lady Mabel and Sir William Bradshaigh, returning via the River Douglas and Haigh Estate.

The walk covers a distance of approximately seven miles.

Those attending are asked to arrive suitably dressed for the weather and with suitable footwear. Bring a packed lunch.

The group will be meeting in the Stables Courtyard at 10am.

The walk, which will cost £5 per person, is suitable for adults and children over eight years old.

Booking essential, telephone and those instrested are asked to call 01942 828271.



Investigation after shed break

NEIGHBOURHOOD officers are appealing for witnesses after a lawnmower was stolen from a community centre.

Thieves broke into a shed outside the Captain’s Lane centre between 8.30pm on May 6 to 1pm on May 8. A Honda mower was taken. Anyone with infomation is asked to call the non-emergency line on 101.


Parents can take a dip in the pool

THE dads and kids’ swimming sessions at Ashton leisure centre are free to fathers with a child under the age of five.

They take place on every other Saturday from 2pm to 3pm.

Stubshaw Cross

Get on your dancing shoes

FOR ages 16 and over, the Salsa: Feel The Heat classes are a celebration of dance for Wigan borough.

The latest class takes place on May 20 from 7.30pm to 8.15pm at the Stubshaw Cross Labour Club.

For more information or to book a place contact 01942 827 404, there is a £5 fee per class.

Worsley Mesnes

Asking for help for big celebration

STAFF at Clifton Street Community Centre are encouraging volunteers to come forward to help with their 10-year anniversary celebrations on Saturday June 7.

There is still time for local businesses to play a part by donating prizes for the day’s raffles.

To contact the centre for more information call 01942 244641.


Business plan to expand

A COMPANY based on the South Lancashire Industrial Estate on Lockett Road has submitted a planning application to expand its operations.

Snuggledown Of Norway (UK) Ltd has requested to build an extension to its warehouse and offices at 1 Beaver Court to form a new showroom and to make alterations to the car park.

The application will be now be assessed by Wigan Council planning officers.



Choir in fine voice for church concert

FLINT Male Voice Choir will make the trip to the borough from the land of song to perform at Chowbent Unitarian Chapel this weekend.

The Welsh ensemble will play at the Bolton Old Road chapel on Saturday evening at a concert including the musical talents of Ashton organist Paul Tushingham.

The concert will be held to support the grade two listed, 18th century chapel’s restoration fund, which is one of the town’s most storied places of worship having been built in 1721.

Flint Male Voice Choir will perform at Chowbent Unitarian Chapel on Saturday May 17 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5, available on the door on in advance on 01942 676686.


Temporary lights for utilities’ work

ENGINEERS from United Utilities are carrying out service connection works on East Bond Street this week.

Work will take place near the junction with Princess Street until Friday May 16. Temporary traffic lights are in place.


Nearly new sale for regional charity

BARGAIN hunters will be able to enjoy some retail therapy and help others with a charity nearly-new sale.

The event is being organised by Crossroads Care North West, which provides support for carers, at Tudor House Community Centre on Liverpool Road on May 31.

For more information about the charity’s work ring 01744 612499 or visit


Find the right path at navigation event

WIGAN Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) is hosting a family navigation event at Pennington Flash Park on Sunday May 18 .

Participants will be given a crash course in map reading before taking to the trails of the popular beauty spot to find a series of markers. Stout footwear will be required to negotiate the outdoor terrain.

The event runs between 1pm and 3pm, and the cost is £1, to be paid on the day.


Marsh Green

Bric a brac stalls

ST Barnabas’s Church in Marsh Green is holding a table top sale this Saturday.

Stallholders are required to set up at 9am and the doors will be open to the public from 10am until 1pm. To book a table, at £5, call Sylvia Foster on 01942 213707.

Robin Park

Disabled children ride for free

BLESSING in Disguise is working with Silcock’s Fair to allow youngsters with disabilities to go on rides for free at DW Stadium on Saturday May 17, from 10am until noon.

All the rides will be slowed down to make them accessible to children with disabilities and children with passes will be the only children allowed on for those two hours.

To register, e-mail or call 01942 316113.

Blessing in Disguise, run by Sharon Sargent, is a not-for-profit organisation which provides support, equipment and respite for disabled youngsters.

Silcock’s Fair will be open to the public from Thursday May 15 until Monday May 19.

Rides, at £1 or £1.50, will be running weekdays from 5.30pm until 9pm; Saturday 1pm until 9pm and Sunday 1pm until 7pm.

Up Holland

Take a religious retreat

PLACES are still available for St Teresa’s Church’s next three day retreat, from May 15 to 18 at Freshfield, Formby. Contact the office on 01695 622001 for details.


Come to an organ concert

PEOPLE are invited to an Evening with John Bowdler, the Blackpool Tower organist, at St John’s Church, in Church Street, on Saturday, June 7 at 7pm. For tickets, at £6, contact Carol Birchall on 01942 224203 or 07856716448.


Highways engineering work

UNITED Utilities will repair a leaking pipe in Park Road near to the junction with Longshaw Avenue between Monday May 19 and Friday May 23. Temporary traffic signals will be in use.