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Bronze Arts Council Award Course

TALENTED young people aged 12 and over are being invited to take part in a Bronze Arts Council Award Course starting in September at Sunshine House.

Participants will create a portfolio of work and gain a References Bronze Art Award upon completion of the course.

Young people nominated will be asked to submit a short letter to say why they should be chosen for the course.

This is only open to 12 young people.

It will last for 20 weeks and take place on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons alternatively.

Cost is £4 per session.

A full itinerary of course specification available on request. Nomination forms are available from Barbara Nettleton by email or direct from Sunshine House.


Rock ‘N’ Bowl themed event at AMF

ON Friday August 29 people are being urged to join a 1950s themed night starting at 7pm at AMF Bowling on Miry Lane.

Visitors can also take advantage of the theme night celebration package at just £17.95 per person.

This includes two games of bowling, an exclusive buffet, a drink from the bar, a framed photo of the group and a trophy for the Rock ‘n’ Bowl champion.

Town Centre

Town Centre Mini-Con event

ON Saturday starting at 10am and lasting until 4pm, from the organisers of Wigan Comic-Con comes the Town Centre Mini-Con.

This will be a little taster for all Comic-Con newbies as to what comic conventions are all about and what happens at such an event.

It will be free to experience at the top of town.

There will be a diverse range of stalls selling different merchandise and people are encouraged to come dressed up as their favourite characters. For more information visit the specified Facebook page.



Vintage fair date set

THE latest vintage fair will take place at Haigh Hall on Sunday September 7.

The theme is Time For Tea and the event will include a tea dance, with an instructor present to teach the steps to routines throughout the decades.

There will also be more than 50 stalls selling retro crafts, furniture, collectables, jewellery and lots of vintage clothing.

Admission is £1 for adults and free for children aged 12 and under. The fair runs from 10am until 4pm.


Pianist to play concert

FAMOUS pianist Paul Lewis, will open the Douglas music season at Parbold village hall on Saturday, September 20.

He will perform a Beethoven programme at 7.45pm. Paul’s recordings of all Beethoven’s sonatas are regarded as some of the finest and in Parbold he will play the final three sonatas, each with its own personality and full of the characteristics for which Beethoven is so well-loved.

He will be playing Douglas Music’s recently purchased 2000 Steinway Concert Grand that has already had a distinguished career at the Barbican Hall, London.

The concerts take place in the friendly ambience of the Arena Auditorium at Lancashire’s Parbold Village Hall.

Tickets cost £18, young persons or students can purchase tickets at £5 per concert.

A discounted season subscription is also available. For further information or to purchase tickets, please visit or call the Box Office on 01257 498452 or 01257 462382. All concerts take place on Saturday evenings and begin at 7.45pm.


Community centre to hold an open day

The newly revamped Standish Community Centre will be shown off to residents at an Open Day, held between 10.30am-2.30pm on Saturday September 20.

Anyone interested in renting a table for £5 to display wares is asked to call 01257 421048.

There will also be displays of local children’s art work plus karate and tai chi taster sessions.

All are welcome with refreshments available and a raffle being held.

Head along for a good day out at the community centre on Moody Street, Standish.



Traffic disruptions for roadworks

UNITED Utilities engineers are carrying out maintenance work on Bryn Road which will cause delays on the road network nearby.

The repair work to a number of sewers starts today and will continue until Sunday near to the junction with Nicol Mere Drive.

For more information contact the council’s network management team 01942 489302.


New fun club needs members

NEW members are being sought for a class starting at Bryn Children’s Centre.

The Story Hour club will take place every week and will include a fun reading session for youngsters along with opportunities to take part in craft activities.

Visitors to the first session on Monday September 8 will receive their own bookstart bag. The class runs from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. For more information contact 01942 776382.


Banana ripening facility application

PLANNING officers are considering a bid to put up three fascia signs at the new fruit ripening warehouse on the South Lancs Industrial Estate.

The request has been made by global fruit firm Compagnie Frutiere for their new venture at unit 12 of the Lockett Road site.

Approval is sought for consent to display one fascia sign and two freestanding non-illuminated signs.

A decision is expected by October.

To view the application visit


Howe Bridge

Bowling competition for dementia service

BOWLERS will be hoping to get community efforts to improve dementia services on the right line at a fund-raising competition this weekend.

The contest is being held at the Gardeners Bowling Club on Lovers Lane to raise funds for the new Dementia Buddy projects aiming to improve the services available to those suffering from the memory-loss condition.

Both experienced bowlers and newcomers are welcome, with the competition taking place in an open-draw pairs format putting more skilled competitors with novices.

The competition is on Saturday August 30, starting at 11am. Entry is £2.50 and places can be booked by contacting Terry Daly at or ringing 01942 603175.


World War One art goes on display

ARTWORK commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War One is about to go on display at the Turnpike Gallery.

An exhibition of pieces prepared by community art groups and school pupils from across the borough in a display funded by Wigan and Leigh Housing’s Better Neighbourhood Fund.

The exhibition, which was previously shown at Sunshine House in Scholes, will have a preview on September 4, with the artwork open to the public to view from September 8 until September 19.


Utilities work closes roads for months

SEVERAL roads will be closed for three months while United Utilities engineers build a rising main.

A section of The Avenue near its junction with Elmridge will be shut, while Elmridge will be closed from the junction with The Avenue to the Lions Bridge pumping station.

Hanover Street will also be closed from the junction with The Avenue to the junction with Holden Road.

All the road closures will be in place until the end of November, with motorists having to follow local diversions around the work site.


Marsh Green

Invite for new artists to join

MARSH Green Art Group is on the hunt for new members,

The group meet every Tuesday from noon until 3pm at St Francis Church Hall, City Road, Kitt Green.

Each session is £2.


Last chance for fun before school

BIZEE Kidz soft play centre, in Worsley Street, is holding a Back to School event on Monday September 1 from 11am until 3pm.

Special characters will be attending and there will be free face painting.


Roads closed off peak times

WIGAN Council will be carrying out carriageway resurfacing works in Gathurst Road, from River Douglas Bridge to outside Hillside between from now until Friday August 29. To undertake these works safely a road closure will be in place during off-peak hours.

Diversions will take place around Gathurst, Newtown and Wallgate, and Standish/Shevington.


It’s time to raise the roof

ST John’s Church is holding an Evening with Neil Diamond Tribute James Norton on Friday September 12 at St John’s School Hall, in Church Street, Pemberton.

The concert starts at 7.15pm and will include a hot pot supper.

Tickets are £7 and can be obtained from England’s Butchers, in Ormskirk Road ,or from St John’s Church. Those attending can also pay on the door.

All money raised will go to the Raise the Roof appeal.


Brass band concert

PEMBERTON OLD Wigan (DW) Junior Band will perform at St Aidan’s Church, Main Street, on Friday September 5 from 7.30pm.

Tickets are £5 and are available from church wardens. Money will go towards church and band funds.