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Wigan Jazz Club’s forthcoming concert
ON SUNDAY February at 12.30pm Wigan Jazz Club will be hosting a concert at Whelley Ex-Serviceman’s Club on Vauxhall Road.
Artists will include the Swingshift Big Band with Pete Cater.
Phil Shotton directs Swingshift, one of the North’s top bands, with special guest Cater, the number one UK big band drummer/bandleader.
Cater has received worldwide acclaim as the leading living interpreter of the iconic big band music made famous by the legendary Buddy Rich.
Entry will cost £11 (concessions £10.50, WJC members £10). For more information contact 01942 243974 or 01925 727408.
Safety lane closure due to works
A PRIVATE contractor will be undertaking works to the illuminated signs at Debenhams from 10pm on Wednesday February 4 until 6am on February 5. A lane closure will be in place.
Indoor car boot sale at The Old Courts
ON SUNDAY February 8 there will be an indoor car boot sale held at The Old Courts on Crawford Street.
Between 8.30am and 4pm, there will be countless bargains available for visitors. Pitches cost £10. It is a £1 entry for buyers. For more information contact 01942 375859.
Lucky Hens fund-raiser
ON SUNDAY February 8 there will be a fund-raising potato day event at Lucy Hens’ Rescue Farm. Visitors will be able to buy seed potatoes, onion sets, strawberry plants and receive expert advice from J Maher Ltd. There will also be planting demos, hand made lip balms for sale, candle making with Wigan Allotment Network, a bouncy castle, fund-raising tombolas with a lucky dip prize and much more. Admission is £1 which includes a strawberry plant. Fee admission for children. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/LuckyHensPotatoDay.
Young musicians wanted at village hall
DOUGLAS Music, a successful and highly respected music society operating at Parbold Village Hall, is sending out an invitation to junior performers in Lancashire to take part in its 2015 Young Musician Showcase.
This invitation builds on the success of the 2014 concert, when Douglas Music gave eight young musicians the chance to appear at a professional venue in front of an audience.
Douglas Music is inviting youngsters who have achieved at least ABRSM Grade 6 or equivalent, to tell the society of their interest in performing in the concert on the evening of June 19. Young pianists will be particularly eager for the chance to play on Douglas Music’s 2000 Steinway D Grand, from the world famous Barbican Concert Hall, London.
Any young musician, pianist, instrumentalist, singer who would like to be involved in this exciting project should send by email details of their name, age, address, contact phone number, and instrument to firstname.lastname@example.org, or if they require further information or assistance, to contact the administrator on 01772 386682.
Interested musicians should send these by the end for February.
TWO-way traffic signals will be in operation on Monday February 9 on Almond Brook Road while United Utilities replaces a dangerous manhole frame and cover.
The work will take place in the carriageway outside number 204 during off-peak periods. United Utilities will also be carrying out works overnight on the February 9 near to 164 to clean an existing water main. Temporary signals will be in use from 7pm.
More work will take place to replace a dangerous manhole frame and cover in the carriageway near to 66B Preston from Monday February 9 to Wednesday February 11. In order to do this safely temporary two way traffic signals will be in operation.
Also in Standish, Preston Road, which has been closed off just beyond Pepper Lane due to a collapsed part of the road, due to a collapsed sewer.
THE next Messy Church at St Anne’s church is on Saturday February 7 in the Parish Centre from 4.30pm.
All families welcome. It’s Gift Day on Sunday. Holy Communion is at 8.15am. Rite A Holy Communion with JAM and Tiddlywinks Sunday Schools at 9.45am.
Rite H Holy Communion will be held at the Worship Centre, St Anne’s School, Standish Lower Ground. And Ecumenical Songs of Praise in St Anne’s Church at 3pm.
The church will also be holding a Gift Day this Sunday. This year the parish is concentrating on supporting the general account of the church in a bid to find more than £4,200 extra this year, as part of its share of supporting the ministry of the diocese.
A large percentage given to the diocese pays for the clergy, which includes the vicar and curate, their housing and pensions.
Parishioners are asked to bring a gift to support the account.
Charity plea for unwanted presents
AN Ashton charity shop which supports people with mental health problems has called on residents not to let unwanted Christmas presents go to waste.
According to the charity retail association, more than £2bn worth of goods across the country is thrown away or left to gather dust after the festive period.
The Mind Shop in the Gerard Centre is therefore calling for people to donate anything that people feel they do not need to the worthy cause.
The charity shop is in need of good quality clothes, shoes (in pairs) books and accessories.
Donations can be taken to Unit 6 at the Gerard Centre.
Temporary traffic signals to be in place
ELECTRICITY North West engineers will be carrying out works on Downall Green Road close to the junction with Wilton Street.
Multi-way temporary signals will be in operation from Friday February 6 to Thursday February 19. For more information on upcoming traffic disruptions contact the council’s network management team on 01942 489306.
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Appeal for witnesses after thefts
NEIGHBOURHOOD officers are asking for information in relation to a number of incidents from the last week.
A Land Rover Defender, registration FD08VJJ, was stolen from Eavesway Travel on Bryn Road by two offenders using a red car, possibly a Vauxhall Astra.
It took place on Saturday January 31 at about 10.30pm.
Officers are also looking into an attempted burglary on Roman Road and a shed break at Nicol Mere School on February 1 and 2.
Anyone with information is asked to call Wigan Police on 101.
Special service to mark centenary
ST Paul’s Church is 100 years old this year and practice sessions for a Songs of Praise event in July start on February 9 at 7.30pm.
Tread the boards at theatre auditions
RESIDENTS are being given the chance to get up on stage as The Turnpike Community Theatre holds open auditions for a forthcoming show.
The company is putting on Beauty and the Beast in June and is giving everyone the chance to join the cast.
Auditions are at the Twelve Apostles Parish Hall on Westleigh Lane on Thursday February 5 and Thursday February 12, starting at 7.30pm.To find out more visit www.turnpikecommunitytheatre.com
Diversions in place for manhole works
MOTORISTS will face a diversion to allow United Utilities engineers to repair a dangerous manhole.
A cover and frame on Bridge Street will be replaced on Sunday February 8 and the road will be shut. A diversion will be in place via Castle Hill Road, Wigan Road, Cricketers Way, Leigh Road, Lower Leigh Road, Schofield Lane, Smallbrook Lane, Corner Lane, Atherton Road and Market Street. The route will be signposted.
Two events for bird enthusiasts
LEIGH Ornithological Society is organising two events for bird enthusiasts next weekend.
The group will meet in the Derby Room at Leigh Library for A Shot at Wild Life, a talk by Pauline and Ian Greenhalgh, at 7.30pm on Friday February 13.
The society will also visit the seabird reserve at South Stack in North Wales on Sunday February 15, meeting at the car park opposite the library at 8.30am. Non-members are welcome. To find out more, visit www.leighos.org.uk
Discuss crime issues at police surgery
GREATER Manchester Police (GMP) will hold a surgery fore residents to discuss local crime-related issues with officers at the Bethel Community Centre on Atherton Road on Wednesday February 11 from 3pm until 4pm.
Invite to a coffee morning
ST James Church is holding a coffee morning and home-made cake sale every Friday after Mass, which starts at 9.30am, in the meeting room to raise money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice. The next Choir Mass is on Sunday, February 8 at 11am.
Youngsters get ready for a social
THE next Youth Social for year eight and over at St Teresa’s Church is on Saturday, February 7 from 7pm to 8.30pm in the club lounge. Meanwhile, the church’s Home Start Central Lancashire group is looking for help to support families with young children. People are required for a few hours each week to offer parenting skills, advice, friendship and support. Training and expenses are paid for by Home Start. For more information call 01257 241636.
A memorable Bring and Buy sale
ST Aidan’s Church’s Open Group will meet on February 12 at the Eddleston Centre, Main Street at 7.30pm. The theme will be Memories of my Life and there will also be a Bring and Buy sale.
Enter a raffle for great prizes
BIZEE Kidz, in Worsley Street, is currently selling raffle tickets in aid of Wigan and Leigh Hospice. First prize is a signed Wigan Warriors ball. The draw will be made by Wigan Warriors player Sam Powell. The date is yet to be confirmed. For tickets, at £1 a strip, visit the children’s soft play centre, in Worsley Street.
A great gathering for women
THE Women’s Fellowship meets on the first Wednesday of every month at St Anne’s Church, in Beech Hill Avenue, at 7.45pm. Speakers give talks on interesting topics, plus there are quizzes and bingo. For more information contact Kath Owen on 01942 231683 or e-mail email@example.com.