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


Town Centre

Museums and archive group meeting

ANYBODY who would like to get involved in the Friends of Wigan Borough Museum and Archives Group is invited to a meeting at the Museum of Wigan Life on Monday June 16.

Starting at 2pm there will be a chance to meet other would-be members, find out more about the group and find out more about how to get involved.

For more information contact 01942 828128.

Town Centre

Family fun day event at Mesnes Park

ON Saturday June 14 Wigan Breastfeeding network will be holding a family fun day at Mesnes Park.

Starting at 10am until 2pm there will be a host of events including an adventure fun trail, face-painting, lucky dip, tombola and much more.

And the Dance Flash Mob will be performing at the Bandstand at 1pm. For more information contact 01942 777903.


Creative writing at community centre

ON Monday June 16 there will be a creative writing class with performance poet Louise Fazackerley at Sunshine House at 1pm until 3pm.


Church walking day event in area

St Michael’s Church is holding a walking day meeting at 1.30pm followed by a joint service with Wigan Baptist Church.



Library anniversary

Staff at Standish Library are taking details of people who would be interested in being part of a Friends group to help celebrate its 50th anniversary which will take place next year.

For more information call 01257 400496.


Tea dance mark D-Day

TO celebrate the anniversary of the D-Day landings at the regular Friday Tea Dance at Standish Community Centre, a poem written by C Williams was put onto the tables and needlepoint pictures of Spitfires and wartime planes by Ivy Tabiner were also on display for people to view.

When it came to the time of serving afternoon tea with home-made cakes and scones with Cornish clotted cream and jam, a toast to all the heroes of D-Day was made by Coun George Fairhurst.

The next dance is on Friday June 20 between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

Call 01257421048 for details.


Choir’s summer song

PARBOLD Chamber Choir’s varied programme for this year’s summer’s concert on July 12 could be described as a meander around the Mediterranean.

The guest classical guitarist, Andrew Planton, will be accompanying the performance of Romancero Gitano by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The second half of the concert will mainly feature melodic European music to serenade the audience. The summer concert, held at Parobold Village Hall, is a relaxed and sociable event with seating arranged round tables in the cabaret style. Audience members usually bring their own drinks. A buffet supper will be included in the ticket price of £10, available by calling 01704 821303.


Who are you?

ANCESTRY expert volunteer Malcolm Conroy will host an event at Shevington Library on June 17 at 1pm.

It has been organised by Help the Aged’s Bright Days project. Friendly and informal atmosphere with refreshments. No booking required, just go along.



Mayor to open summer celebration

CHURCH officials from the parish of St James and St Thomas are hosting a garden party on Saturday July 5 and is extending an open invitation.

New mayor Coun Phyllis Cullen will officially open the celebrations at 11am.

The church can be found on Hardman Street off Poolstock Lane.


Musical treat on Father’s Day

THE friends of Jubilee Park group is extending an open invitation for a band concert this Sunday.

The Farnworth and Walkden Brass Band will be playing from 2pm to 4pm and there will be a solo trumpeter.

Visitors can bring a picnic and their own seating and made an afternoon of it.


Summer fayre

THE church of St Matthew’s Church, Highfield, is holding its annual summer fayre in the vicarage garden, Billinge Road, on Saturday, June 14 from 1pm to 3pm.

Admission is just 50p. Tickets for the grand draw are now on sale but will be available on the day.


Apartment plan for night club venue

A PLANNING application has been submitted to Wigan Council for a development of residential apartments to the rear of the Red Lion Hotel on Gerard Street, Ashton.


Fun session for youngsters

ASHTON and Bryn Children’s Centre hosts a class each Monday especially for pre-walking age youngsters.

Baby Babble takes place from 1.30pm to 2.30pm and there is a charge of £2.50 per session.

Pre-booking and payment is essential, please contact the centre on 01942 723965 for more information about the centre’s schedules.



Support vulnerable at party in the park

HEALTH and social care providers are putting together a fun day to unite the community and promote the help available for vulnerable adults this weekend.

Community interest companies including True Colours and Sensoriel will be showcasing support for people suffering illness, disability, mental health issues or age-related difficulties.

Other entertainment will include arts and crafts, scarecrow-making classes, face-painting, stalls and a fun fair. There will also be free NHS health checks and advice on benefits.

The event is at Pennington Flash on Saturday June 14 from 11am until 4pm.


Motoring delays for electricity work

ELECTRICITY North West has announced almost two weeks of work on Mort Lane between its junctions with Madams Wood Road and Heathfield Drive.

Engineers will begin work on Saturday June 21 and finish on Friday July 4. Temporary traffic lights will be in operation.


Volunteers set to open new tea room

A GROUP of enthusiasts promoting a local park will open a new tea room this weekend.

The Friends of Pennington Hall Park will cut the ribbon on the new Penningtons facility on Saturday June 14 at 11am, with Coun Kevin Anderson performing the opening ceremony. There will also be a fun fair.

The friends group is looking for volunteers to keep the new tea room open and join the team helping to improve the park.

To find out more about the new tearoom or join the Friends of Pennington Hall Park, email

Hindley Green

Have your say on local police issues

PCSOs will hold a surgery at Bethel Community Centre on Atherton Road on Wednesday July 2 from 6pm until 7pm.


Orrell and Norley Hall

Playing sport across the borough

LATICS in the Community is offering residents the chance to take part in activities over the summer.

Wigan Fit Fans - Men’s Project - for the over-25s will take place at Montrose Skills Hub, Montrose Avenue, on Tuesdays 6pm until 8pm and at Abraham Guest Academy, Greenhey, Orrell, on Wednesays 5.45pm until 6.45pm. Cost is £2.

Kicks Football for 12 to 19-year-olds will be at Abraham Guest on Wednesdays from 5.45pm until 6.45pm and Central Park training centre, Montrose Avenue, on Fridays from 6pm until 7.30pm. The sessions are free. Youngsters aged 12 to 19 are also invited to Kicks Football and Multi Skills at Central Park, from 7pm until 8.30pm on Thursdays.

Premier League 4 Sport: Badminton will be at Abraham Guest on Sundays from 2pm until 4pm for youngsters aged 12 to 16. The session is free.

Up Holland

A Scottish dance night

THE Thistle Society has organised Come to the Ceilidh from 7pm on Monday June 23, at St Teresa’s Church Hall, College Road. There will be singing and a display of Highland and Scottish country Dancing. Partners are not needed and dancers can bring their own refreshments.

For tickets, at £2 for adults and £1 for young people, ring 01942 861539 or 01245 464880, or pay at the door.


Time to play boules

ST Luke’s Church is holding a boules tournament in Lodge Road on Saturday, June 28 from 10.30am onwards. Tickets are £6 adults/£2 under 16s and include a barbeque at lunch time. For more information contact Elizabeth Glynn on 07740 706831 or Margaret Heaton on 01695 622380.


Have a cuppa and a natter

ST Aidan’s Church will hold its next Tea and Chat in the Eddleston Centre, Main Street, at 1.30pm on Monday, June 16, when children from St Aidan’s Primary School will entertain the group with their singing.


Table top table sale

TRINITY Methodist Church in Fleet Street is holding a Table Top Sale on Saturday, June 21 from 11am to 2pm. If anyone would like a table for £10 contact, Anne 01942 223589 or Elaine 01942 204394.

Norley Hall

Learn new skills

PRO Co’s Montrose Skills Hub, in Montrose Avenue, is offering courses for school leavers, from plastering to animal care. It also has advice on what youngsters can do after leaving school, such as apprenticeships. For more information call 01942 488500.