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Flower arranging Sunshine House

A FIVE-week flower-arranging course will take place at Sunshine House Community Hub, Scholes, starting on Saturday February 28. Tutor Helen Foster-White will lead classes which will take place between 10am and noon for £4.50. For more information visit or contact 01942 820026.

Town Centre

Music concert at The Old Courts

A VARIETY of performers will be on the bill at The Old Courts, Crawford Street on Friday February 27 between 8pm until 11pm. Mr Fist have been going for 11 years and play their first gig in over a year and also have a new album ready. Expect a brutal noise assault in the best possible way.

Glocks established themselves as a must-see live act last year and return with a new line-up and new songs. Listen to the second EP Stock Images of Business Situations on bandcamp.

Quaintest Show On Earth, project of Tom Jones, will play a mix of ambient folk/glam rock and psych. Stephen Jon Halliwell plays a mix of heart-on-sleeve acoustic folk and bittersweet blues ballads. He has just released his debut album Untitled to great reviews.


Beyond the basics –knitting workshop

ON SATURDAY February 28 there will be a knitting workshop with Bex at The Gingerbread Bunny Studio, Nooch, Hallgate. The price of £25 will include all materials and light refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits and cake). Participants will need to bring a lunch or make use of the facilities in the town centre. If people have got to grips with knitting and purling but now want to master some new techniques then this is the workshop for them. Folk can learn how to increase and decrease while developing their pattern reading skills further. The workshop runs from 10.30am until 3pm. The Gingerbread Bunny studio is located upstairs in Nooch (please note the studio is only accessible by stairs). Booking is essential. For more information visit


Crawford and Brown perform at Dochertys

ON SUNDAY March 1 Crawford and Brown will perform live at Dochertys Hotel and Bar. Crawford and Brown are an instrumental duo featuring keyboards and guitar. They perform material from many different genres including rock, blues and pop. Having performed extensively throughout the UK they can safely say that their show is tailored to suit most tastes. The performance will be between 5 and 7pm.

Town Centre

Launch of international food festival

WIGAN International Food Festival will launch in the town centre on Tuesday March 3. From 9pm until 5.30pm each day until Saturday March 7 Market Place will bring a selection of Continental traders to Standishgate. Traders from around the world will be offering mouth-watering continental goodies.



RSPB meeting

WIGAN RSPB is holding two talks in Shevington.

Birding Around Britain – an illustrated talk by Alan Stamford – was held earlier this month by the RSPB at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Church Lane.

And on Tuesday March 10 an illustrated talk by Brian Anderson on Galapagos wildlife takes place at the same time and venue.

These talks are free to members but non-members are welcome at a cost of £2.

Details of all the group’s events can be found at


New film club

BETWEEN now and June, Aspull Methodist Club is planning to screen films to the public.

It will be showing features on the third Wednesday of every month from 1.30pm onwards.

Entrance is £3 a head to help cover the cost of tea, coffee and biscuits which are being made available before the film starts at 2pm.

For more information call Simon and Joyce on 01204 419025.


Vintage day

HAIGH Hall’s vintage fair is being held on Sunday March 22 from 10am until 4pm.

It has a wide range of stalls selling vintage and retro clothing, accessories, homeware, collectables and china dating from the 1920s to 1980s as well as handmade jewellery, gifts, cupcakes and chocolate. There will be live entertainment throughout the day from various entertainers including Bexi Owen and Vintage Vocals.

Entry is £1 and under-12s go free.


Coffee morning

THE regular Carolyn Coffee Club at Mossy Lea Village Hall in Wrightington is up and running again.

It held its first meeting of 2015 on February 13 and will hold its next on Friday March 6.

It convenes at the Mossy Lea Road venue from 10am until 1pm where there is also a book and gift sale as well as a raffle for Cancer Research.



Witnesses sought after incidents

NEIGHBOURHOOD officers are appealing for information after a number of crimes in the Ashton and Bryn area.

Between 1.30 and 2.30pm on February 18, a residence on Princess Road, Ashton, was ransacked by burglars.

A Samsung tablet, cash, a purse and jewellery were among the items stolen.

A burglary also occurred on February 19 on Ullswater Avenue, Bryn, between 3.30 and 7.55pm with cash and jewellery stolen.

And another on February 20 between 11.50am and 2.15pm on Wigan Road, Ashton. A Motorola tablet and jewellery was taken.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is urged to call Wigan Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Fund-raising bash for chapel’s cause

THE Park Lane Unitarian Chapel congregation is hosting an Attic Sale this weekend to raise funds for the upkeep of their building, built in 1697.

The bash is taking place on Wigan Road next to the Park Hotel on Saturday from 10am to 1pm.

There will be the usual bric-a-brac stalls, a second hand book stall and homemade goodies on sale.

Car parking and admission is free and refreshments are available on site.

An open invitation is extended.


Disruptions to road network

ONGOING engineering works by Electricity North West mean temporary traffic signals are still in place on Downall Green Road near to the junction with Wilton Street. The works are expected to finish by tomorrow.


Importance of prayer in focus

THE parish of St Thomas and St Luke in Ashton will be running a prayer event on the weekend starting Friday March 13 including a prayer walk. For more information contact 01942 727275.



Spot spring wildlife with nature group

WILDLIFE enthusiasts will be able to look out for the first signs of spring at the latest event organised by the Friends of Atherton Wildlife and Nature (Fawn).

The group is holding a winter and early spring wildlife walk at Atherton meadows with Matt Holker from the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit.

The free event is on Saturday February 28 and walkers should meet at the junction of Bee Fold Lane and Hope Fold Avenue at 1pm.


IT skills classes for pensioners

WIGAN and Leigh Pensioners’ Link is giving older residents the chance to learn about technology at its weekly computer classes.

The sessions give pensioners the skills to make the most out of IT as well as hand-held gadgets such as Kindles, iPads and smartphones.

The classes are every Wednesday at the Pensioners’ Link on Charles Street from 1.30pm until 3.30pm.


Temporary lights for electricity work

ENGINEERS from Electricity North West will be installing a new supply at an address on Ashton Road near the Red Lion pub.

Work will begin on Saturday February 28 and is scheduled to run until Friday March 13.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place while the work is being carried out.



Discuss gardening tips

ORRELL Horticultural Society will meet at Independent Methodist Church on Tuesday March 3, at 7.30pm. The evening will allow opportunities for any questions to be answered and plant propagation techniques.


Invite to a fun breakfast meeting

THERE will be a coffee morning at St Andrew’s Parish Centre, Woodhouse Lane, on Friday February 27, from 10am to noon. There will be cards for sale, together with a chocolate tombola, raffle, toast, hot and cold refreshments. Anyone making cakes, to give as donations or raffle prizes, come along on the day, before 10am. All monies raised will go to The Christie.


Power cut causing problems

TEMPORARY traffic lights will be in Orrell Post for the next few days as Electricity North West works to repair an underground cable fault which caused the loss of power to around six properties on Orrell Road in Wigan on Sunday at 4.20pm. Power was restored power by connecting a generator at 11pm. Engineers are still on site to repair the fault as quickly as possible.


Mothers’ meetings and toddler groups

DAVID Davenport, a retired teacher, will speak to members of St Aidan’s Mother’s Union about school life this Thursday, February 26 at 7.30pm in the John Eddelston Centre.

Toddler Church meet on Tuesday, March 3 from 9am in St Aidan’s Church, in Main Street, where they will play and craft equipment for pre-school children to enjoy.


Plants, flowers and shrubs wanted

PEMBERTON Community Association is asking for extra help to main the memorial garden. In particular, it is asking if any garden centres could donate plants and shrubs. The garden is maintained by volunteers. To offer help, e-mail