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Showtunes at St Michael’s Church

WIGAN Musical Theatre Group will be presenting Showtunes at St Michael’s Parish Hall from Tuesday September 30 until Saturday October 4.

Starting at 7.30pm it is a musical revue of Jerry Herman’s music from shows featuring Mack and Mable, Mame, Hello Dolly Les Cages aux Folles and many more.

Tickets can be ordered by telephoning 01942 706106 or can be bought on the night at the door.

Prices are £7 for concessions and £8 for adults.

Town Centre

Chinese lion dance performance in town

PEOPLE will be able to enjoy a free Chinese lion dance taking place all over the town centre on Saturday September 27.

Hosted by the Liverpool Hung Gar Kung Fu Friendship Association, the show will begin at Market Place at 11.30am until noon in Wigan town centre at 12.30pm until 1pm and Wigan Library Believe Square at 2.30pm until 3pm.

Workshops will also be held at Wigan Library for visitors at 11pm until 4pm including making Chinese knots, writing Chinese calligraphy and learning Chinese languages.

A free Chinese gift will be available during the event.

For more information contact 01942 761541.


Beginners art classes at Sunshine House

BEGINNERS courses in acrylic and watercolour art will run on mornings at 11am until 1pm at Sunshine House Community Centre.

Organisers say classes will be affordable.

For more information visit



Folk band’s charity gig at Unity Club

THE Knights of St Columba have organised a special charity gig at Standish’s Unity Club on November 7, starting at 8pm.

Tickets are now on sale for a night of entertainment and music as Chonkinfeckle take to the stage to raise funds for Mary’s Meals.

The charity provides daily meals to chronically hungry children in some of the world’s poorest communities.

In this way the hungry child is attracted to the classroom where they can gain a better future for themselves and their community.

Tickets, costing £5, are available by calling 01257 404051 or 01257 400308 or at St Marie’s Church.


Bowling green set to shut for the winter

LOCALS are being reminded that Shevington Bowling Green will be closing for the winter months from Tuesday September 30. Until then it will be available from 8am until sunset. The green, on Forest Fold, off Miles Lane, is set to open again next spring.


Film season underway

THE Talking Pictures film club’s autumn season is now well under way at Parbold Village Hall.

There will be five showings in October with the first being next Wednesday in the form of Gosford Park at 2pm.


Bowling green set to shut for the winter

THE newly revamped Standish Community Centre will be shown off to residents at an Open Day, held between 10.30am and 2.30pm this Saturday.

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. The community centre is in Moody Street, Standish.



Information sought after burglary

NEIGHBOURHOOD officers are investigating a late evening burglary which occurred on Wigan Road in Bryn on September 19.

An X-Box console, iPad and a Samsung laptop were taken between 6.35pm and 10.30pm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wigan Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Worsley Mesnes

Fund-raising for good cause

A COFFEE and cake morning will be taking place at the Clifton House Sheltered Scheme venue on Keats Avenue this week. The event is to raise funds for the Macmillan cancer charity.

An open invitation is extended for the event which starts at 9am on Friday September 26.


Swimming session

PARENTS can take advantage of the swimming classes at Ashton leisure centre run every other Saturday.

The sessions are free between 2pm and 3pm and one falls this weekend at the Old Road facility

For more information contact Louisa 01942 723965 or Pam 01942 776382.



Sporting fun day for diabetes charity

YOUNGSTERS can take part in a sporty community fun day in aid of Diabetes UK at Leigh Indoor Sports Centre this weekend.

The event, on Sunday September 28, includes a swimming session for children aged eight and over and five-a-side football for youngsters aged between five and eight.

The swimming is from 3pm until 4pm and costs £3 per child, while the football runs from 3pm until 5pm and is priced £2 per child.

Other fund-raising activities include face-painting, refreshments and a raffle. To buy tickets ring Katie Crowley on 0747 310 8508 and to find out more ring Katie Beesley on 01942 487800.


Eyes down for charity bingo night

A CHARITY is hoping for a full house when it stages a fund-raising bingo night.

Crossroads Wigan and Leigh is putting on the event at East Leigh Labour Club on Friday October 3 at 7.30pm. The night is sponsored by BJ Bingo in Leigh which is providing a caller and checker as well as raffle prizes.

Crossroads Wigan and Leigh provides activities such as spa days, trips to local attractions and theatre visits for carers in the borough.


Maintenance work on East Lancs Road

WIGAN Council will be working on the street lights and cleaning gullies along the East Lancs Road where it passes through the borough.

Work will be carried out today and tomorrow and also between Monday and Thursday for the next two weeks. A rolling lane closure will be in place.


Marsh Green

Invite to a choral evening

PARKSIDE Male Voice Choir will be performing at St Barnabas’s Church, Marsh Green, on Saturday September 27 from 7.30pm.

Entry is £4 on the door and includes refreshments.

All money raised will go towards church funds and Parkside’s charity work,

Everyone is welcome.

Norley Hall

Play date to remember the war

FAMILIES are invited to Norley Hall Adventure Playground on Saturday September 27 for Poppy Playday - to commemorate the First World War.

The event, from noon until 4pm, includes an assault course, army face-painting, a curry demo, peace football, knitting tent and barbecue.

There will also be a Colour Chaos game, where people are asked to bring an old or cheap white T-shirt.


Traffic lights ahead

UNITED Utilities will be cleaning water mains in Bell Lane on Thursday and Friday this week. Two-way temporary traffic signals will be in use from 5pm until 7pm.

The company is also working in Church Street from now until Friday. Temporary traffic lights will be in operation outside number 77.


Call to donate school books

ST Aidan’s Church’s Tools Without A Mission (TWAM) group is appealing for old primary and secondary school booklets for maths, English and literature to go to Kenya. Members are also looking for old tools sewing machines etc. If anyone has any donations, leave them at the church, in Main Street, for the attention of John Bridge.


Coffee and chat

ST Andrew’s Church is holding a breakfast morning at its parish centre in Woodhouse Lane on Friday, from 10am. All money raised will go towards Macmillan Nurses.