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Art classes at Sunshine House

STARTING on Wednesday February 4 and running until February 25, there will be a four week acrylic art course at Sunshine House Community Hub with Mike Fahey. Running from 10am to noon the sessions cost £6 each or £24 for a block booking of four weeks. For more information contact 01942 820026 or visit Alternatively email info@sunshine

Town Centre

Whisky tasting on Burn’s night

ON Sunday January 25 there will be a special whisky-tasting event held at Wigan Central. Starting at 7pm and lasting until 9pm, guests can take an educational and fun trip around the wonderful world of Scotch whisky, from North to South and East to West, with sommelier and educator Lee Holgate.

The evening will also include tasting whisky and supper will be provided.

Tickets are available now and are priced at £14.95. For more information visit

Town Centre

First stand up comedy night

Joe’s Bar on Arcade Street is hosting its first comedy night of 2015 on Friday January 23.

The free event will start at 8.30pm and continue until 10pm.

For more information contact 07874 263516.


Folk Sunday at The Old Courts

ON Sunday January 25 there will be a special folk event at The Old Courts on Crawford Street. Between 3pm and 8pm there will be traditional folk music with a selection of artists with commercial and classical styles. There will be folk music from Chonkinfeckle and Degsy.

Entry will cost £3. For more information visit



Chorley Road works

CHORLEY Road will once again be the subject of a number of roadwork projects in the coming month, starting from today.

The first will commence this evening as United Utilities will be carrying out mains cleaning work overnight, opposite Water Drive 9pm until 7am.

To ensure these works are carried out safely temporary two-way traffic signals will be in operation.

Lengthy works will then take place as Electricity North West carry out work to reinforce high voltage cables from Thursday to Monday February 23.

In order to carry out this works safely, temporary two way traffic signals will be in operation.


Police launch extra patrols for burglaries

EXTRA patrols will be increased at peak times throughout Whelley after a string of burglaries.

Police have now set up three new Homewatch schemes.

Homewatch meetings are held and GMP invite members of the public to go along to discuss local issues and gain information about schemes and how they can help keep their community safe.

Neighbourhood teams are increasing patrols in the Aspull and New Springs areas and speaking with the community to gather intelligence about drug dealing.

In recent months, two cannabis farms have been found in Aspull, one of the properties was set on fire.


Wedding showcase

A WEDDING showcase is to be held at Haigh Hall on March 1 between noon and 4pm.

The event is open to anyone, whether they have chosen the venue or simply looking for ideas.

If anyone is interested in wedding packages, then there will be an opportunity to meet with wedding planners and experience the “majestic and romantic hall.”

Take inspiration from professional Bridalwear Fashion Show at 2pm. Sparkling wine and canapés on arrival. Free entry.



Works affecting traffic

UNITED Utilities engineers will be working on Wigan Road, near to property number 157, until Friday January 23.

A pair of temporary traffic signals will be in place with the works taking place during off-peak periods.


Chance to get creative

THE latest meeting of the Highfield and Winstanley Townswomen’s Guild will provide an arty opportunity for members.

Colin from Burscough Wharf based Carole’s Creations will be giving a master-class on knitted garments and artistic works.

The meeting is taking place on Monday January 26 from 7.30pm with a £2 admittance fee which includes refreshments.

They are held at St Paul’s Church Hall on Clapgate Lane.


Witnesses sought after break-in

NEIGHBOURHOOD officers are investigating a burglary on Soughers Lane in Bryn which occurred overnight on January 15.

The residents have not yet been able to identify the full extent of what was taken but officers are keen for anyone with information to come forward.

They are asked to call Wigan Police on 101 or Crimstoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Milkshake bar’s nod to days of yore

OWNERS at Ashton town centre’s Blend ‘n’ Shake cafe are hosting a history day this Sunday (January 25 11am to 5pm) inspired by the ’40s and ’50s era. Following a thread posted on the firm’s Facebook page which harked back to popular drinks of yesteryear, owner Laura Hutchinson decided to put on the dedicated day providing a nod back in time.

Laura said: “When I saw this I thought it might be a nice idea to invite some of the writers of the comments to re-live their youth and come along to Blend ‘n’ Shake and reminisce with their favourite drinks.”



Get skating at ice rink on the square

RESIDENTS will be able to get their skates on and enjoy an exciting winter pastime when an ice rink arrives in the village for two days next month.

Golborne Village Committee is arranging for the rink to be put up in Peter Kane Square on February 14 and 15.

The rink will be open to skaters from noon until 8pm on both days and the cost will be £3 for 25 minutes on the ice, which includes hiring a pair of skates.


A fortnight of utilities work near pub

UNITED Utilities have begun a two-week project to install a new meter and build a chamber near The Railway pub on Westleigh Lane.

Work at the site began on Monday and will continue until Friday January 30.

Two-way temporary traffic lights are in use.

Howe Bridge

Hopes for community social night

THE Bridgers’ community group is looking to put on an open event to allow residents to celebrate recent achievements in the village and find out more about what is happening in their area.

The group is anxious to bring people together to discuss the future of Howe Bridge and what improvements could be made to the village.

The Bridgers had hoped to hold a celebration night to mark its achievements at Britain in Bloom and other developments in the area.

Possible venues for an open night include the village club, Scouts headquarters or The Gardeners pub.

Anyone interested in helping out should contact Terry Daly by ringing 01942 603175 or 07412 521040 or emailing


Meet officers at police surgery

RESIDENTS will get the chance to meet their local officers and discuss crime-related issues in their area at the latest surgery run by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

The event will take place at St Mary’s Church Hall, on Newton Road, on Thursday January 29 between 10am and 11am.


Film aimed at people with dementia

WIGAN Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) is organising a screening of Schooldays, a special film aimed at helping residents with dementia.

The event for people suffering from the devastating memory-loss condition is in the Derby Room at Leigh Library on February 10 between 2pm and 3pm.

The film is free but booking in advance is essential. To find out more or reserve a place ring 01942 404404 or email


Churches together for unity service

CHRISTIANS of all denominations in Hindley Green will come together for a service of unity later this month.

The service will take place at the Independent Methodist Church on Argyle Street on Saturday January 31 at 7pm.

The event is being organised by Churches Together in Hindley and Hindley Green.

Start active living with help of new weekly jogging group

RESIDENTS in Leigh are getting their running shoes on to live more active and healthy lives with the help of a new jogging group.

The Active Living team at Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) has set up the Leigh group, run by instructor Bill Bradley, as part of its Learn to Jog sessions.

Bill hopes some of the joggers will build up their confidence and ability enough to enter the 10k events in Leigh or Wigan later this year.

The runners meet at Leigh Miners Rangers on Manchester Road every Monday, with the sessions starting at 6.30pm. To find out more, visit



Mother’s meeting and a puppet show

THE first meeting of St Aidan Church’s Mother’s Union is on Thursday January 22 at the John Eddleston Centre at 7.30pm. The evening will include prayer and meditation.

Children are invited to attend the Sta’s4All puppets at St Aidan’s School, Londonfields, at 10.30am on Sunday January 25.


Invite for a coffee and chat

A COFFEE morning in aid of Wigan Cancer Care will be held in St Andrew’s Parish Centre, Woodhouse Lane, on Friday January 30 from 10am to noon.

There will be lots of items for sale including all kinds of cards, chocolate tombola, raffle, a variety of refreshments. Everyone is welcome, donations of raffle prizes or home made cakes are always welcome, these can be handed in before 10am on the day if possible.

Up Holland

A Diamond Jubilee event

IT’S the 60th anniversary of St Teresa’s Church this year (1955-2015) and the focus team has begun to consider how best to celebrate this Diamond Jubilee.

If anyone has ideas or offers of help they would be most welcome. Fund-raising for Lourdes also continues: unwanted clothes, shoes, bags etc can be brought to the tower in church before February 1- recycled for cash to help the youth joining the Lourdes pilgrimage.


Can you spare any time?

PEMBERTON Community Association is looking for new volunteers top help organise events throughout the year. Call 07925 867070 if anyone can lend a hand.


Pick up a bargain

THERE will be a jumble sale at St Mary’s Church Hall, in Billinge, on Saturday January 31 from 11am. All proceeds will go towards Sue Ryder care charity. Entry is 50p and includes a free raffle.