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Open Mic night at The Boulevard pub

ON Sunday January 11 at 8pm there will be an open mic night held at The Boulevard pub on Wallgate.

Entry is free and people can perform before a welcoming audience with loud cheers and applause.

For more information visit


Little Red Riding Hood pantomime

Starting from January 9 St Michael’s ADS will present another fun-filled family pantomime of Little Red Riding Hood.

The play has been written and directed by Ian D Field.

Evening shows start at 7.30pm and matinees at 2pm at the weekends.

For more information contact June Dowd on 01942 236260.

Town Centre

Temporary traffic signals due to works

UNITED Utilities will be carrying out works to Markland Court on Frog Lane on Sunday January 18.

To undertake these works safely temporary traffic signals will be in operation during these works.


Chonkin Choons-Day Ukelele open mic

ON Tuesday January 13 at 7.30pm, Chonkinfeckle will host its ‘Chonkin Choons-day’ event at The Raven Pub, Wallgate.

It is the chance for likeminded ukulele players to meet up with others.

The event is free.


Docherty’s Hotel and Bar open mic night

ON Wednesday January 15 at 7.30pm until 10pm there will be a open mic night at Docherty’s Hotel and Bar on Upper Dicconson Street.

This event will take place bi-monthly for the rest of 2015.

The cost will be free.

For more information contact 01942 237877.



Christmas tree collections

WIGANERS are being asked to donate £10 to have their Christmas trees disposed.

All money collected will go towards buying mini iPads for wards at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. The nursing staff on the neurosurgical ward requested them for the older children to use when recovering from surgery. There’s so much for the younger children to play with but it’s harder for the older children so these should help them access the internet from their beds.

Those behind the tree collections have raised enough to buy one for the neurosurgery ward. Collections will be made in Wigan in Standish, Shevington and Standish.

Anyone interested should call 07734 800022 or visit

Appley Bridge

Faith course at village restaurant

All Saints Church in Appley Bridge is encouraging parishioners to take part in the Alpha course which begins on Tuesday January 27 at 7.30pm at the Wayfarer, Parbold. The course is aimed at people who are exploring faith and it runs for eight weeks.


Ex-bobby to address fellowship meeting

The next meeting of Standish Churches Men’s Fellowship will be held at the Globe Inn, Standish on Wednesday January 14 at 7pm. Ladies are invited to attend. There will be a talk by ex-police officer, Marjory Holt, a buffet and raffle prize draw. Admission is £10. All profits go to local charities. For details contact Joe Fairhurst on 01257 402185.


Temporary lights

ELECTRICITY North West will be carrying out works to install a new service near to the junction of Whelley with Vine Street. To undertake these works safely temporary traffic signals will be in operation between Saturday January 10 2015 and Monday January 19 2015.



Cash stolen in store robbery

NEIGHBOURHOOD officers are appealing for witnesses after a lone offender made off with a quantity cash from the Thorougoods store on Old Road.

The incident took place just after 7pm on Sunday February 4.

The offender is described as a white male, aged between 25 and 30 and around 5ft 8ins to 6ft in height.

He was wearing a black jacket with a hood and had his face covered.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wigan Police on 101 or charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Search is on for junior coaches

ASHTON Bears ARLFC is looking to recruit coaches for their junior teams for the upcoming season.

Full training, coaching and support will be provided and the club is looking for individuals who are fully committed, all about fun and up for a worthwhile challenge.

The new coaches will be attached to the new under-sevens and established under-16s girls side for the 2015 season.

Anyone interested in putting their name forward is asked to contact the club via their website or Twitter or Facebook pages.


Application for trio of houses

WIGAN Council planning officers are assessing an application to build three two-storey dwellings on Lockerbie Place.

The application was submitted by Green Vale Construction Ltd last month. Neighbourhood consultation letters have been sent out and the consultation period expires on January 15.

To view the detailed plans visit the Wigan Council website’s planning section using the reference A/14/80150/FULL


Still time to join new art club

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. To find out more, e-mail


Quiz night with a twist

THOSE with a love of trivia are encouraged to have a go at the smart-phone quiz night at the Bay Horse pub on Warrington Road.

The quiz takes place each Monday evening from 8pm, contestants are asked to bring their smart-phones or tablets and use them as buzzers.

Organisers say that the slow pace of pen and paper pub quizzes are thing of the past with this new format.



Family fun at popular panto performance

LOWTON Operatic and Dramatic Society (Loads) is offering families the chance to start the new year with all the fun of a traditional panto.

The society, which has been nominated for awards on three occasions, is putting on Aladdin and the Little Mermaid at the Rose Centre.

The show will include popular show song Under The Sea and the smash hit Let It Go from the film Frozen.

The show runs from January 21 to 24, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm and the others starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for concessions, available by ringing 01942 791217 or from


Walk at beauty spot to unleash creativity

RESIDENTS are being encouraged to unlock their artistic skills with the latest Creative Walk at Pennington Flash.

Participants will make their way around the popular country park with the event set up to encourage people to express their creativity using photography, drawing, painting, writing or any other artistic form they choose.

Outdoor clothes and good footwear are required, and there will be refreshments at the end. The event is on

Saturday January 24 from 1pm until 3pm.

To book, ring Catherine Hawkins on 07984 123 445 or email


Bird-watching group holds owl event

LEIGH Ornithological Society will kick off its 2015 programme of events for bird enthusiasts with a night

dedicated to the majestic snowy owl.

Gordon Yates will present the Ken and Jean Gallimore Memorial Lecture with a film of the spectacular birds in Arctic locations including Spitsbergen, Greenland, Canada and Alaska.

The event takes place in the Derby Room at Leigh Library on Friday January 16, starting at 7.30pm. Non-members are welcome.

For more information about the society, visit



Invite to munch on coffee and cake

A COFFEE morning will be held at St James’s Church on Friday January 9 from 10am onwards. Homemade cakes will be on sale with all proceeds donated to Wigan and Leigh Hospice.


Celebrate the Christingle

CHILDREN, parents and carers are invited to a Christingle Service at St Aidan’s Church, in Main Street, on Sunday, January 11 at 10.30am this will be followed by Holy Communion.

The retiring collection will go to support the valuable work done by the Children’s Society. On Tuesday, January 13 Toddler Church begins at 9am.

Robin Park

A call to help others and donate blood

PEOPLE are invited to give blood at DW Stadium, Loire Drive, on Monday January 12 from 1.10pm until 3.55pm and again between 5.15pm and 7.30pm.

Both new and regular donors can make an appointment to donate, by calling 0300 123 23 23 or by visiting


It’s panto season again

ST John’s Dramatic Society, in Church Street, will be performing its 2015 panto Puss in Boots from Friday January 30 until Saturday February 7. There are no performances on either Monday or Tuesday February 2 and 3.

There are two matinee performances on Sunday February 1, starting at 4pm and Saturday February 7, at 3.30pm. Tickets are priced at £7 for all adults and £5 for all schoolchildren. These can be ordered by ringing Anne on 01942 621701.


A meeting for mums to get together

THE Mothers’ Union will be held at St Luke’s Church, in Lodge Road, at 7.30pm on Tuesday, January 13.