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Road closure due to safety scheme

THERE will be a road closure on Sunday June 22 on Standishgate between Powell Street, Northway and Crompton Street.

A local diversion will be in place. At present all works are in the footway and these will continue for the forthcoming week.

Town centre

Jekyll and Hyde production at theatre

WIGAN Little Theatre is presenting the musical Jekyll and Hyde starting on Wednesday June 18 at 7.30pm until 10pm and running until Saturday June 28.

In Robert Louis Stephenson’s story of good and evil, a gentle doctor’s experiment goes awry and he is transformed into a hideous monster at night.

Songs from this Broadway smash include In His Eyes, It’s a Dangerous Game, Lost in the Darkness and This Is The Moment.

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Winberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

For more information contact 01942 242561 or email


Health and wellbeing open day at centre

SUNSHINE House Community Centre on Vauxhall Road is hosting a Health and Wellbeing event on Monday June 23.

Starting at 11am and running until 3pm, there will be free taster sessions, tea and toast, lots of information and fun things to do. For more information contact 01942 748806.


Summer cooking classes for children

FOOD Positive Cooking School at Ashland House, Manchester Road, is running a summer holiday cooking and craft club for youngsters during the holidays to help beat the boredom. For more information contact 0772 705 7129.



Tea and cake stalls for cancer charity

A FUND-RAISING afternoon in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity will take place at Standish Methodist Church on Saturday June 21.

Visitors are encouraged to come along, get a cup of tea and enjoy a home-made cake, raising money in the process for nurses who look after patients with terminal illnesses in the local area.

The event takes place from 2pm to 4pm at the Preston Road church.

New Springs

Church festival day

ST John the Baptist Church, New Springs, is celebrating its patron saint’s day this coming weekend.

On Saturday from 2pm to 4pm, there will be a Strawberry Tea in the Church Hall to celebrate St John the Baptist day.

Celebrations will continue on Sunday at 9am when there will be a special Eucharist service.

Everyone is very welcome to go along.


Bush craft experience

YOUNGSTERS are being invited to learn the basic skills of living in the outdoors.

A Bush Craft Experience will be held at Haigh Country Park on June 22 from 1pm to 3pm.

Those attending will be able to learn how to build shelters, cook on a campfire, use Kelly kettles and forage for food on this exciting event. Stout footwear is required.

It is for children aged eight years and over who must be accompanied. Cost is £5 and booking essential by calling 01942 828271.



Fund-raising event for park committee

A BINGO night is being held at Lily’s Farm House Kitchen in Ashton to raise funds for the Friends of Jubilee Park group.

There will also be a hot-pot supper laid on at the eatery on Gerard Street.

Tickets are available for the event on June 26 - which starts at 6.30pm - and can be booked by calling 01942 389371.


Musical event for the summer

PREPARATIONS are taking place for the annual Music For A Summer Evening event at the parish of St Matthew, Highfield on June 22 at 6.30pm.

The church choir will be joined this year by the St Matthew’s primary school choir to give a performance of Captain Noah And His Floating Zoo.


Reminder to keep out-houses secure

NEIGHBOURHOOD police officers are urging residents to lock sheds and outhouses and make them secure as possible following a spate of thefts in recent weeks.

A shed on Lincoln Drive was broken into overnight on June 12/13, a pedal cycle was stolen.

Another shed was broken into on Kilburn Avenue on June 13, a pedal cycle and fishing tackle was stolen.

And on June 11, a cast iron bath, radiator and sink were taken from an address on Recreation Avenue.

If anyone has any information in relation to the incidents they are asked to call Wigan Police on 101.


Teachers wait on staff room plans

WIGAN Council planning officials are considering an application for a single storey extension at Winstanley Community Primary School, to create a staff room.

If approved, the extension could be ready for the new academic year in September. A decision is expected by July 14.


Howe Bridge

Ex-Buzzcocks stars play charity night

MUSICIANS who have previously played with stalwart Leigh punk band Buzzcocks will provide the star turn at a charity night this weekend.

Young Once, which contains former members of the band best known for hits such as Ever Fallen In Love? and punk anthems such as Boredom, will provide free entertainment at the fund-raiser at the Atherton Village Club on Saturday evening.

The night is being held in aid of Wigan charity Against Breast Cancer (ABC) and forms the latest annual fund-raiser organised at the Leigh Road venue.

The evening will also include bingo and a raffle to bring in more money for the local organisation which supports women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and their families.

The charity event with music from Young Once is on Saturday June 21, starting at around 7.30pm. Entry is £3 for adults and £2 for children and includes a buffet supper, to be paid on the door.

For more information, visit


Butterflies and bees walk in the meadows

NATURE enthusiasts can explore the world of butterflies and bees at a local wildlife haven.

Friends of Atherton Wildlife and Nature (Fawn) is organising the event, led by Stephen Atkins from the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit (GMEU) at Atherton meadows on Saturday June 28.

The walk will start at 1pm, with participants meeting at the corner of Bee Fold Lane and Hope Fold Avenue.

For more information, search for Fawn Atherton Meadows on Facebook.

Platt Bridge

Wartime memories at community gala day

THE annual Platt Bridge Gala Day will be based around the commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

Organisations from across the area will gather at Holy Family Catholic Primary School on Saturday July 5 for the celebration event organised by Platt Bridge Children’s Centre and the community forum.

Activities will include children’s games and music from the period, displays of wartime memorabilia and an old-fashioned tea party, while there will also be a fancy dress competition.

Youngsters will also create a piece of art which will go on display in Platt Bridge as a permanent memorial.

The event is at Holy Family Catholic Primary School on Tram Street on Saturday July 5 from noon until 3pm.


Utilities works could lead to delays

UTILITIES engineers will be carrying out work at two locations in Tyldesley over the next fortnight.

United Utilities will begin repairs near the junction of Thomas Street and Tyldesley Road with the work lasting until Friday June 20.

Electricity North West also starts work today on Mosley Common Road and Sale Lane near the junction with Chester Road until Tuesday July 1.

Temporary traffic lights will be in operation at both sites while engineers are working.



Enjoy the summer fair

ORRELL Holgate Primary School, in Moor Road, is holding its annual summer fete on Saturday June 28 from noon until 3pm.

There will be a variety of stalls, including face-painting, a barbecue, a chocolate/teddy tombola, fun rides and hook-a-duck, plus a raffle to win a signed Wigan Rugby ball, tickets to Legoland or Sealife Centre.


Meet the creepy crawlies

To celebrate National Insect Day, there will be a free bee and moth demonstration at Fir Tree Farm, Kings Moss, on Saturday June 21 from 9am until 1.30pm.

There will be a false swarm trail through the woods for the young families organised by Ormskirk and Croston Bee Keepers.

And Alec The Moth Man, will be displaying specimen jars of live butterflies and moths, that he caught the night before and releasing them.

There is also the food markets, plus woodland and organic orchard walks at 11am and 1.30pm,


Child’s fun and friendly tea

YOUNGSTERS are invited to have tea with Elsa and Olaf at Bizee Kidz, Worsley Street, on Tuesday June 24 from 4.30pm until 6.30pm. For tickets call 01942 375808.


Slip road repair

ELECTRICITY North West will carry out works over two weekends to repair an electrical fault at the junction with the M6/M58 slip road. Temporary traffic signals will be in use on Saturday June 21 to Sunday June 22 and on Saturday June 28 to Sunday June 29.

The firm will also carry out major works on Sefton Road from Tuesday June 24 for four weeks. A road closure will be in operation from the junction with Sandbrook Road to the junction with Sefton View.

The diversion route for traffic will be: St James Road, Gantley Road, Upholland Road, Oxhouse Road, Sandbrook Road.