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Town centre

Lane closure due to planned roadworks

A PRIVATE contractor will be undertaking remedial carriageway resurfacing works between Wednesday October 15 and Friday October 17 outside of the Premier Inn hotel.

To undertake these works safely a lane closure will be in operation during off-peak hours.

Town centre

Ladykillers play at Wigan Little Theatre

A production of The Ladykillers opens tonight at Wigan Little Theatre and runs until October 25.

The play is based on Prof Marcus and his criminal gang, posing as musicians, rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce.

The villains plot to involve her unwittingly in Marcus’s brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs W is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?

For more information contact 01942 242561. Pictures from the show will be in the Evening Post on Thursday.


Church fund-raising shop and cafe

WIGAN Parish Church fund-raising and social group will be holding a church shop in the Bluecoat School on Crawford Street between October 20 and November 1 starting at 9.30am and lasting until 4pm. The shop will be selling clothes, books, china, household goods and small items of furniture at reasonable prices. Otherwise visitors could just join for a cup of tea.


The Lindisfarne Story live at Parish Church

ON October 17 at 7.30pm there will be a two hour journey through the story of the band Lindisfarne in song, spoken word, film, and photos at Wigan Parish Church. For more info contact 01942 824291.



History tour at Hall

LEARN about the fascinating history of Haigh Hall from Anglo-Saxon times to Masonic links.

There will also be the chance to take a peek at never normally seen rooms inside the hall.

The tour takes place on Tuesday, November 11 from 10.30am and will include a two-course lunch.

It is priced at £13.50 each. For further information and to book call 01942 832895.


Hallowe’en at Haigh

HAIGH Hall will celebrate Halloween on Thursday, October 30.

The family-friendly evening begins at 6pm with a haunted lantern walk through the woods. Guests will then step inside Haigh Hall for ghostly goings on! Halloween dress is encouraged for all.

The night includes ghost tour and stories of the Hall and its past plus Halloween themed food and children’s disco. Meet in Haigh Stables Café.

For further information and to book telephone 01942 832 895.

Tickets are priced at £11 for adults, £6 children and £30 for a family ticket.


iPad help for all

RESIDENTS who own an iPad but aren’t too sure on how to use it are invited to introductory taster classes.

The sessions include how to get online, use email,

access useful services and how to dowload apps onto the device.

There will be four seperate Thursday sessions, between 3pm and 4.30pm, on October 30, November 6, November 13 and November 30.

The book a place all into the library or call 01257 400496.


Lights at Boars Head

UNITED Utilities are to undertake works to install two fire hydrants near to the junction with Boars Head Avenue.

To undertake these works safely temporary traffic

signals will be in operation on this Saturday and Sunday with roads fully open again next week.



Police appeal for witnesses

OFFENDERS attempted to break into the Miad newsagents on Gerard Street between 6pm on October 9 and 7.20am on October 10.

They were not able to gain entry and police are now appealing for anyone with information about the incident to get in touch. Please contact Wigan Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Exhibition for art enthusiasts

RESIDENTS have been offered an open invitation to visit an arty exhibition later this month.

The Garswood Art Group is holding its annual show at the Methodist Church on

Victoria Road. It will run from October 24 and 25 with a preview from 6pm to 10pm on the Friday evening and then the full opening on the Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Entrance will be free.

Ashton and Bryn

Funday at children’s centre

THE family fun day at the Ashton and Bryn centre takes place on a Saturday from 10am to 11.30am.

There is a £2 fee per family with activities and craft sessions held throughout the day.

To book a place or for

information on the activities taking place at the centre please contact 01942 723965.


Halloween trail for scrumptious treats

A FESTIVE trail through the town centre has been set up for October 25 starting from the Card House on the corner of Gerard Street and Garswood Street.

Participants can pick up their trail maps from the Card House and then make their way to the different stations collecting yummy treats as they go.

Complete trails will also be eligible for a prize draw if pumpkin stickers are collected at all the stations.

The trail will run between 10.30am and 2.30pm on the Saturday.

Ashton and Winstanley

Temporary traffic signals

ENGINEERS have started work to install new electricity cables near to the junction of Booths Brow Road and

Brocstedes Road.

Temporary traffic signals will be in place throughout this week until Monday

October 20.

Carriageway resurfacing works will also start later this week on sections of Pemberton Road and Holmes House Avenue.

A road closure will be in operation and a local diversion will be in place.

For more information about works on the road network contact the council on 01942 489302.


Church group film night

ON Saturday October 18, the parish of St Thomas and St Luke will hold its film night in the church hall.

The action starts at 7pm with a scheduled finish at 9pm. For more information contact



Get creative at half term arts festival

FAMILIES are being encouraged to discover their artistic side with a week of drop-in half-term activities at the Turnpike Gallery.

Creative Leigh and The Craftworks are organising five days of activities ranging from introductions to digital photography and DJ-ing to graffiti art, mask-making and building musical instruments from junk.

The workshops are £1.50 per person and children attending five sessions qualify for an Arts Award Discover certificate.

The festival runs from Monday October 27 to Friday October 31, with sessions from 10am until noon at 1pm until 3pm.

To book, visit The Turnpike Gallery, text 07904 931003 or email elizabeth@the


Five days of utilities works near junction

ENGINEERS from United Utilities have now begun carrying out five days of work on connections near a junction.

Work began yesterday on Plank Lane close to where it meets Colliers Way and is set to continue until Monday October 20. Temporary traffic lights are at the site.


Women get on their bikes at cycling club

ASTLEY and Tyldesley (A&T) Ladies’ Road Cycling Club is offering women the chance to get in the saddle with its latest event this weekend.

The new club will complete its fourth ride on Saturday October 18 led by Denise Bailey, with a 27-mile ride to Lymm and back planned.

The ride is likely to take around two and a half hours and there will be a coffee stop on the way. Riders will depart from the car park of the Bull’s Head pub on Manchester Road in Astley at 9.30am, and any women wanting to take part are welcome. The club has been founded to give women of various cycling abilities the chance to enjoy regular leisure rides.

For more information, email Denise at



Enjoy knitting and have a natter

The Sewing Circle is inviting parishioners who are interested in sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery or just want a chat to join them every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm in St Luke’s Church hall, Lodge Road, Orrell. All ages are welcome.

For more details contact Sybil 01695 632202.


Temporary traffic lights

UNITED Utilities will replace a manhole cover and frame in Ormskirk Road at the junction with Norley Hall Avenue on Sunday October 19.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place during these works.


Halloween fun and games

TICKETS are now on sale for a spooky disco at Bizee Kidz, Worsley Street, on Friday October 31 from 4.40pm until 6.30pm.

There is another party on

Saturday November 1 from 6pm until 8pm.

Tickets are £8 or £7.50 for members and are available by calling 01942 375808.

Robin Park

Make a date to donate

RESIDENTS are encouraged to attend a blood-giving session later this month.

Both new and regular can make an appointment to donate by contacting 0300 123 23 23 or by visiting the website The Wigan session takes place on Monday November 24 at the DW Stadium on Loire Drive between 1.15pm to 15.30pm and 5.15pm to 7.30pm.

Robin Park

Slimming stars take to the catwalk

SLIMMERS from Wigan’s Lose Weight Feel Great weight management programme will become models for the night at a

special fashion show being held on October 27 at the DW Stadium starting from 7pm.