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Town Centre

The Museum of Wigan Life is introducing its Coffee, Cake and Culture mornings aimed at bringing the borough together. Regular heritage workshops run throughout October where individuals can be educated on Wigan’s history, discuss issues and reminisce. Meetings run on a Tuesday each week from 10.30am until 12pm and include a £3 booking fee. For more information call 01942 828128.


SUNSHINE House is hosting an open age crafting/fun day. A crafter will be knitting ‘Wigan Wool’, while undercover stalls will hold graffiti workshops, outdoor play, henna painting, raffle prizes, candy floss machines and an apple cruncher will be available on the day. ‘Community Points’ with WiganPlus will also be launching and visitors will be able to use points to trade on the day. Events are taking place on October 6 from 11am.


The Book Club meets every second Thursday of the month at St Michael and All Angels Parish Church. Coffee and biscuits are provided for the hour while the group meet and chat over the current novel. Books are usually chosen by different people and are not the standard books many choose to read. The next meeting will be held on October 11 with ‘Plain Truth’ by Jodi Picoult being the novel of choice. Discussions start at 10.40am.


The Museum of Wigan Life brings an evening with Glen Atkinson. This includes outtakes from local Victorian news at the time and what the papers were reporting. The event starts at 6.30pm on October 25. It requires booking in advance at £2.50. For more information call 01942 828128.


Powerfest is coming to Trencherfield Mill to celebrate the historic Steam Engine. On the day there will be presentations, displays, demonstrations and activities for all age groups. It aims to educate people on Wigan’s history. It will also hold talks from companies comparing modern day technologies.

Events kick off at 11am on October 30. For more information call 01942 828128.



LEIGH Music Society returns for the opening concert of its new programme this weekend.

Flautist Laura Jellicoe will be accompanied by pianist Stewart Death in the first of the monthly recitals of popular and light classical music, which take place in the Derby Room at the Turnpike Centre.

Laura is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and is currently principal flute with the English Symphony Orchestra, while Stewart has played in Leigh every year since 1993.

The concert is on Sunday, October 7, starting at 2.15pm. Tickets are £8 for adults and £3 for children and students, and can be bought on the door.


ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH is hosting a special service for animal lovers.

The church, on Manchester Road, will hold a pet service on Sunday, October 7, starting at 4pm.

The occasion will be led by the church’s minister, and all pets will be welcome to attend with their owners and receive a blessing.


A CHARITY will hold their contribution to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fund-raising campaign on Friday, October 5.

The Leigh and District branch of Soroptimist International will host the coffee morning in the Mayor’s Parlour at Leigh Town Hall at 10.30am to 1pm.

All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support. Admission is £3.

Platt Bridge

ST NATHANIEL’S Church is holding a harvest market at its resource centre on October 27, from 11am until 2pm. Stalls will include collectors’ goods and toys, and entrance is free.


TWELVE Apostles Parish Centre on Westleigh Lane is hosting a craft fair on Sunday, October 7, from 11am-3pm.

There will be stalls with goods ranging from cards and Christmas gifts to candles and knitwear. Stallholders can reserve a table through Twelve Apostles Church, at a cost of £8 in advance or £15 on the day.



AEGLIS Martial Arts in Standish are offering a wide array of useful activities for people to get involved with.

These range from anti-bullying and leadership skills development to art classes for youngsters.

For more information, call 07946 312037.

They are based at Swimstart House, Bradley Lane, Standish.


Standish book of the month reading group are meeting on the third Tuesday of every month at Standish Library, Cross Street, Standish. For more information, call 01257 400496.


A STANDISH woman has become the latest recruit to join independent opticians, Suzanne Dennis Optometrist.

Andrea Blackburn has joined the practice as Optical Receptionist after spending 15 years working for national opticians Boots and Dolland & Aitichson.

It was Suzanne Dennis’ reputation within the optical industry and the local community that attracted Andrea to the position.

Andrea said: “Suzanne Dennis is committed to moving forward with new technology and ideas but all four practices are situated within traditional villages, providing a vital service to the community.

Suzanne Dennis Optometrist was established in 2005 and now has three other practices across Lancashire in Coppull, Standish and Parbold.

Owner Suzanne and her team of qualified, dedicated, experienced staff provide friendly, professional eye care for the whole family.


Shevington reading group meets on the last Tuesday of the month at Shevington Library on Gathurst Lane between 2pm and 3pm.

It is an informal group which reviews the books of the moment.

You can share your opinions with library staff as well as the many like-minded readers in Shevington.

For more information call 01257 252618.


Mr A Moat of Shevington Lane has submitted a planning application to extend an existing dwellinghouse.

It is on the first floor to side and rear over existing ground floor extension with new conservatory to the rear.

The application has now been delegated.


Haigh Hall is hosting a fright night for Hallowe’en!

Aptly named “Hallowe’en at Haigh”, those wanting to be spooked are asked to meet up at the Stables and take a haunted lantern tour of the woods with the Park Rangers.

It doesn’t end there, though...Guests will then step inside Haigh Hall for a spooky
hot family supper and more ghostly goings-on.

The Lantern Tour is set to start at 6pm and organisers recommend that those who want to attend wrap up warm and bring a torch along so they can keep their eyes open for ghosts and ghouls!

Tickets for the night are priced at £10 for adults and £6 children.

There is also a special offer of £28 for a family ticket, which will admit two adults and two children.

For more details call 01942 832895.


haigh Hall is celebrating Bonfire Night with one of the biggest events in town.

With a huge bonfire and a superb firework display, it is set to be a spectacular night for those who attend.

This year, organisers are inviting guests to bring their families into the warmth of the Hall.

When inside, guests will be able to enjoy a hot supper before stepping outside and enjoying the evening’s spectacular bonfire celebrations.

Supper will be served from 4pm and organisers are urging those who wish to attend to book in advance.

Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £6 children.

There is also a special offer of £28 for a family ticket which will admit two adults and two children.

For more details call 01942 832895.


aspull Methodist Church on Wigan Road will host the penultimate Act 1 Worship Service this Sunday.

Norman Price has run the event for 15 years which is a modern approach to worship with his band.

Initially set up as “Aspull Churches Together”, the group re-named themselves “All Christians Together” and at its height saw around 100 people come through the doors.

However, the service in November will be the final one as the group have decided to come up with a new idea. The service will run from 8pm to 9.15pm.


Worsley Mesnes

Age UK Wigan Borough is celebrating as its Bright Days programme has recently hit the 2,000 attendance level.

A varied programme of well-being related activities including the highly successful Silver choir, swimming, basic computer awareness, dance, social groups and days out, Bright Days is open to the elderly all over Wigan Borough.

Co-ordinator Pat O’Brien said: “Lots of people are telling us that they feel less isolated as they are able to join in a variety of things from Ashton to Worsley Mesnes.

“In early October we launch our Silver Samba, when people have the chance to play musical instruments and create their own sound. We want to encourage more people to join in and make us even more successful.”

For more information contact 01942 615884.


A PLANNING application has been submitted by St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School on Holmes House Avenue.

The proposed development is to allow the continued siting of a temporary classroom building and toilet block on the site.


An EVENING of music with Old Hall Brass at St Peter’s Church is on the horizon in aid of the Boys and Girls Brigade on Saturday, November 3.

Tickets are available on the door on Bryn Road, £6 for adults, £5 for over-60s and £2 for under-16s.


Mr Gavin Anders of 95 Soghers Lane has submitted a planning application for a single-storey extension to the rear of an existing bungalow.


Religious entertainer Duggie Dug Dug will be performing at St Thomas’ Church, Warrington Road, this Saturday.

The energetic performer’s praise party, featuring puppets, illusions, songs and break dancing, has a science theme this year and tickets are £3 per person or £10 for a family.

For tickets please call Sue Thomas on 01942 727275.



COUNCILLORS Paul and Jeanette Prescott want residents to voice their opinion on tree planting in Norley Hall Avenue.

Coun Jeanette Prescott said: “Some residents think it is a great idea, and others feel they take light out of windows.

“We need to submit bids for funding by December.

“We feel that the avenue looks attractive as you enter Norley, however the trees are coming to their end and we will lose 

“As much as we feel they make the area look good, the last word will be from the tenant in front of a planted tree. If they say No then that is the end of it.”

To have your say, email or call 01942 736242.


EVOLVING Care, in Pemberton Business Centre, Richmond Hill, launched its services with a joint open day and giant coffee morning,

The firm, which provides domiciliary services to elderly patients, took part in Macmillan Cancer Care’s World Biggest Coffee Morning and raised £200.

Debra Croston, care co-ordinator, said: “As we provide a lot of end-of-life care, we felt it was fitting to combine the open day with the fund-raiser.

“At the same time we want to let people know that we are here and what care packages we can offer for people. We want to thank everyone who helped us raise £200.”


MR Ainscough has submitted a planning application to build a bay window to the front of his house in Naburn Drive, Orrell.


A HARVEST festival will be held at St Aidan’s Church, in Billinge, on Sunday, October 7, from 10.30am. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring food, or flowers which will be given out to elderly members of the community.

Beech Hill

THE Women’s Fellowship meet on the first Wednesday of every month at St Anne’s Church, in Beech Hill, from 7.45pm. Various speakers attend and there are a range of activities. For more information call Kath Owen on 01942 231683.