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Craft fayre and Santa’s grotto

ON Saturday and Sunday November 22 and 23 a Christmas craft fayre will be held at Sunshine House. Starting at 10am and lasting until 4pm, activities will include a Santa’s grotto, rodeo reindeer, face-painting and ice rink.

There will also be more than 35 festive stalls. The event is free.

For more information visit

Town Centre

Table by Tanya Ronder at Mill at the Pier

TONIGHT at 7.30pm there will be six generations, nine performers, 30 characters and one very special piece of furniture at The Mill at the Pier. Crossing oceans and time Tanya Ronder’s thrilling new play is a story of love, loss, life and death, seen through many eyes but with one constant that anchors these stories all together. Tickets cost £7.50. To book visit For more information visit


Northward Faces live concert at pub

ON Friday November 21 starting at 8pm there will be a live music performance from Indie band Northward Faces at The John Bull Chop House.

As well as playing original pieces the band will also be covering classic rock covers.

The event is free.

Town Centre

Lancashire Day at Grand Arcade

RESIDENTS are being urged to join the new Friends of Wigan Museums and

Archives upstairs at the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre for an early celebration of Lancashire Day.

On Saturday November 22 Lancashire Day will be commemorated at the shopping centre with an array of activities.

It honours the day in 1,295 when Lancashire sent its first representatives to Parliament by King Edward I of England to attend what later became known as The Model Parliament.

The Lancashire Day proclamation will be read out by town criers throughout the county on Thursday November 27.

For more information call 01942 326080.


Trash ‘N’ Treasure launch at old courts

TRASH ‘N’ Treasure Sunday Market is just one aspect of community-driven activities based at The Old Courts on Crawford Street.

Launching on Sunday,

November 23, the civil building is being put to use as a creative arts and enterprise hub offering space, services, resources, events, education and support, centred around creativity for individuals and small businesses.

The idea behind Trash ‘n’ Treasure is to pull together a diverse cross-section of sellers who share a common thread. Vintage fashion (both women’s and men’s), ’50s/’60s and ’70s furniture, collectable toys, records, film memorabilia, comics, retro computer gaming, art, jewellery and cool bric-a-brac. Admission is £1. For more information visit



Lancashire day

ON November 27 from 2pm in the Memorial Park, there will be Lancashire Day celebrations organised by Shevington and district Community Association.

There will be the traditional laying of Lancashire red roses at the War Memorial, one of each of Shevington’s communities: Crooke, Standish Lower Ground, Shevington Moor, Shevington Vale and Shevington. That will be followed by a proclamation of the oath.

To mark the occasion, former councillor John O’Neill will be publishing the next of his heritage trail booklets.

The association will also be planting the first of five English Oaks, commemorating each of the Great War years. On the following day from 7pm, there will the traditional Lancashire night of music and dance from 7pm.

It will be led by the sound of Dukes Road with a hot pot supper. To end the evening, the annual awards will be made to those who have paid a key part in the life of the local community with all profits donated to The Brick.

Tickets cost £8 and are available by calling Sheila Milnes on 01257 253735.


Christmas tree festival

THERE will be carols and Christmas songs old and new at St Elizabeth’s Church’s Christmas Tree Festival on December 12

From 7.30pm there will be refreshments and a raffle all in aid of SADS (Sudden Adult Death Support Association) and the HCPT Pilgrimage Trust which enables disabled people of all faiths to visit Lourdes.

Tickets cost£6 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for children and are available from Jo Hunt on 01942 824923.


Temporary lights

UNITED Utilities will be carrying out works to renew a service outside of School House on Red Rock Lane this week.

To undertake these works safely temporary traffic signals will be in operation from today until this Friday.



Double delight for festive fayres

CHRISTMAS celebrations are starting early for those at St Luke’s Church on Golborne Road and St Oswald’s on

Liverpool Road.

Both annual fayres take place this weekend and

feature a raffle, tombola plus a whole host of stalls and


Admission is free with the St Luke’s fayre running from 11am to 1pm on Saturday.

St Oswald’s also starts from 11am in the Canon’s Hall behind the church and there will be a wide choice of gift and craft items.

An open invitation is extended by both churches for all to attend.


New house plan for hotel car park

PLANNING officers are considering an application to build two pairs of semi-detached houses on the site of the Bryn Hall Hotel car park on Bolton Road.

Neighbour consultation letters have been sent out and the deadline for replies has been set as December 4.

Wigan Council expects a decision by the end of next month.


Appeal for witnesses after house break-in

THE neighbourhood policing team in the Ashton and Bryn area is calling for residents to offer any information relating to an incident of breaking and entering.

A house on Soughers Lane was targeted between November 13 to 15.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Wigan police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555111.


Art group looking for new members

ASHTON Art Group is inviting residents to explore their creative side by attending its regular meetings.

The group meets on Thursdays between 8pm and 10pm at the Heath Road day centre on Heath Road. To find out more, email


Hindley Green

Festive activities for residents’ group

HINDLEY Green Residents’ Association will take part in various Christmas activities over the next seven days.

The group will run a stall at St John’s Christmas fair on Saturday November 22 from 11am until 2pm, while Hindley Green County Primary School hosts its annual Christmas market on Tuesday November 25 at 6.30pm.

The association will also dress a window at St John’s Church with the theme of The Holly and The Ivy.


Switching on the Christmas lights

RESIDENTS are being invited to take part in the annual Christmas lights switch-on in Golborne next week.

The town will get into the festive spirit with the event at Peter Kane Square on Thursday November 27 from 5pm, with the lights being turned on at 6pm.

Golborne Brass Band will play carols and there will also be communal singing, mulled wine and refreshments at the library.


Lane closure for fence safety work

WIGAN Council engineers will be carrying out work on the safety fence along the East Lancs Road between Monday November 24 and Friday December 5.

The work will take place between Newton Road and a point 200 metres beyond Stone Cross Lane North along the Liverpool-bound carriageway, and a lane closure will be in operation.

Howe Bridge

Open evening to thank community

COMMUNITY group The Bridgers is holding an open evening to thank residents who have helped the organisation during 2014.

The group will report on its achievements at Britain in Bloom and hear ideas to improve the village in future.

The event is at Howe Bridge Village Club on Leigh Road on Thursday November 27 between 7pm and 9pm. All are welcome to attend.



Hamper hand out

RESIDENTS are invited to nominate a pensioner to receive a Christmas hamper.

Members of Pemberton Community Association and local businesses are collecting food goods and will distribute them to the area.

People can pick up a form from Pemberton Lighting, in Ormskirk Road, or go via Pemberton Community

Association website.

The deadline for nominations is Saturday December 6.


Families invited for fun church

THE next Messy Church at St Luke’s, in Lodge Road, is on Friday, November 21 from 4.30pm to 6.30pm – the theme is Messy Parables – the Lost Son Returns. Those attending can learn about the Christian faith through crafts, celebrate in worship, and share a meal. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Coffee and a chat

ST Andrew’s Church is holding its monthly breakfast morning at its parish centre in Woodhouse Lane on Friday November 28 from 10am until noon. All money raised will go towards church funds.


Enjoy breakfast with a TV character

BIZZEE Kidz, in Worsley Street, is inviting children to have breakfast with Peppa Pig on Saturday November 29 and Spiderman on Sunday November 30 from 10am until noon. Tickets are £5 and include breakfast and advent calendar. Christmas Eve party tickets are now on sale, at £10 per ticket, which includes food, a DJ with games and a chance to visit Santa in his grotto. To buy tickets call 01942 375808.

Beech Hill

Volunteers always wanted

BEECH Hill Bookcycle, in Buckley Street West, is looking for new members to help with its free book swapping and tree planting scheme.

For more information call 01942 747750.