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T-Festival in memory of much-loved son

ON Saturday August 9 there will be a “T-Fest” charity event at Wigan Rugby Union Club, Leyland Mill Lane, in memory of 20-year-old Tony Cummings.

The day will be held to celebrate the 21st birthday of the former Deanery High pupil who sadly died earlier this year.

Tony’s girlfriend and five of his friends have organised a fun-filled festival themed day to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Starting at 3pm the event will last until late and will include live music, face-painting, bouncy castles and a balloon release. Organisers are also asking for local businesses to help in any way they can such as raffle donations.

For more information email


The Comedy Room at The Bellingham

THE Bellingham Hotel and Pub on Wigan Lane will be hosting an evening of live award-winning Stand-up comedy on Friday August 8.

The Comedy Room will include Andy Watson (past North-West City-Life Comedian Of The Year) and Danny Sutcliffe (Rock Radio’s One Night Stand-Up Winner and “Off The Rails” Comedian Of The Year).

There will also be Lewis Jones, Frasco Fools, Graham Gorning and host Clarence Frank.

Starting at 8pm the show will take place in the newly refurbished and set-dressed venue at The Bellingham.

Tickets cost £7. For more information contact 01942 243893.

Wigan Lane

The Comedy Room at The Bellingham

ON Friday August 8 there will be an acoustic open mic night at Joe’s Bar on Arcade Street.

Starting at 8pm and lasting until 10pm there will be various talented local artists performing.

It is a free event. For more information visit



Ramp riders

A MOBILE skate park is going to be in Standish throughout August.

The first event was held at St Marie’s school on Tuesday and will return on August 12, 19 and 26 at the same place each time.

The park is for the use of skating and BMX and is free to attend.

It’s for under-18s and is free to attend.

For more information, contact Coun George Fairhurst on 01257 402078.

Standish Lower Ground

Temporary lights

WIGAN Council will be undertaking carriageway resurfacing works from Woodhouse Drive to Giants Hall Road and from Woodrush Road to Coronation Road from today until Friday.

To undertake these works safely temporary traffic signals will be in operation at off peak hours. There will also be road closures in place on Sunday 10 August, Sunday August 17, and Sunday 24 August.

A local diversion will be in place.


Family theatre

HEAD along and see the outdoor performance of Alice which is being staged in the Walled Gardens of Haigh Hall Country Park on Tuesday, August 12.

All tickets are £7 with one adult ticket free for every two tickets purchased.

For more information or to book telephone 01942 832895 or visit

There will be one show at 12.30pm and another at 2.30pm.


Roadworks set to cause traffic delays

UNITED Utilities will carry out works to repair a service near to the junction of Preston Road with Avondale Road between Wednesday August 13 and Thursday August 14.

Temporary traffic signals will be in operation during these works.


Worsley Mesnes

Day of fun with the oval ball

THE Wigan St Jude’s ARLFC family funday and rugby competitions takes place this weekend.

More than 30 teams are taking part in the knock-out competition.

And there is fun for all the family with tombolas, games, cake stalls, bouncy castles, professional photography and a DJ.

There will also be a barbecue, the rugby starts from 10am on Saturday with the activities through the day.


Visitors invited to care home fair

THE Garswood House care home will host its annual summer fair this month and an open invitation is extended to the local community.

The day will feature traditional games such as raffles and a tombola as well as craft stalls and a cake sale.

The fair takes place on Saturday August 16 from 2pm at the home on Wentworth Road.


Scheduled traffic disruptions

MAINTENANCE work by National Grid engineers will be taking place outside 486 Bryn Road from Thursday August 21 for one week.

Stop and Go boards will be in operation during off peak periods.

For more information contact 01942 489302.


New members for holiday sessions

THE Parish of St Thomas in Ashton holds a holiday club each Sunday during the summer break for children of all ages.

New members are encouraged to call in and bring a friend.

Currently the club is looking at the story of Joseph and there are a variety of fun activities and challenges for youngsters.

The club meets at the church hall on Warrington Road from 10.45am.

For more information please contact the church at



Garden party for hospice

WIGAN and Leigh Hospice (WLH) will host its popular garden party in the grounds of its Hindley headquarters this weekend.

Activities at the Kildare Street event will include musical performances from Wigan Ukulele Club and a birds of prey demonstration.

There will also be a barbecue, bouncy castle, stalls selling plants, jewellery and crafts as well as popular fayre activities such as raffles, tombolas and a bottle stall.

The garden party is on Saturday August 9 at Wigan and Leigh Hospice from noon until 4pm. Admission is free.

For more information about the hospice visit


Ramp riders to test skills at skate park

YOUNG extreme sports enthusiasts can develop their skills during the summer holidays at the Ramp Riders skate park.

The free events run every Saturday in the car park at the back of Golborne Library until August 30, starting at 11am and finishing at 1.30pm.

BMX riders and skateboarders aged seven and upwards can take to the ramps and jumps, and tuition will also be available for learners looking to pick up the sports from scratch.

Youngsters taking part must have a disclaimer signed by a parent or guardian. The event is sponsored by Golborne Tenants and Residents’ Association.


Afternoon tea for elderly residents

GENEROUS Scouts will be prepared to serve their community when they organise an afternoon tea for older residents.

The free event will be held at the 3rd Hindley Scout Hut on Castle Hill Road on Sunday August 24 from 2pm until 4pm.

The tea is for anyone over 70, and relatives and carers of vulnerable residents can come to enjoy the tea, cakes and sandwiches as well.

Organisers hope the afternoon tea will become a monthly event. For more information email



Get ready for charity sports day

A CHARITY sports day is being held at the Heaven V Hell gym, in Alpha Business Park, Lamberhead Industrial Estate, Pemberton on August 15, from 1.30pm.

Participants can also take part in ‘gym-themed’ games, with Wigan Warriors players coming to join in the fun. There will also be a raffle, barbecue and bake sale.

Members will pay to take part in the activities, and all the money from sales will go to the Joining Jack charity.

Organiser Emma Ryder said: “My aim is to keep everything local, so that everything that is sold and promoted will be from small, local companies. Our gym isn’t an international, corporate company, but instead run by two Wigan-born lads with the best interest for local people. Everyone is welcome to attend.”

Robin Park

Time to give blood

PEOPLE are invited to donate blood at DW Stadium, Loire Drive, on Monday August 18 from 1.15pm and 3.30pm and again between 5.15pm and 7.30pm. To make an appointment, or find out more, call 0300 123 23 23 or visit


Temporary traffic lights

ELECTRICITY North West will carry out works in Up Holland Road, near property number 79 between Monday from now until Tuesday August 12. Temporary traffic signals will be in operation.


Get ready for bank holiday fun

TICKETS have now gone on sale for a Bank Holiday fun event, which takes place at St James’s Club, on Monday, August 25 from 1pm to 3pm. Call 01695 623902 for more information.


Enjoy food with TV characters

CHILDREN are invited to have tea with Jake from the Neverlands and Rapunzel at Bizee Kidz, Worsley Street, Pemberton, on Tuesday August 19, from 4.30pm until 6.30pm.

Tickets are £8 or £7.50 for members. There will be games and a visit from Jake and Rapunzel.

Orrell and Norley Hall

Playing sports 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.