Wigan councillors dig deep to support return of worm charming championship

Councillors turned on the charm for a wriggling band of constituents making their return.

By Gaynor Clarke
Friday, 13th May 2022, 12:30 pm

Aspull’s historic worm charming competition started in 2013 and has raised more than £10,000 for St Elizabeth's Church.

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The well-attended event had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but preparations are being made for it to return next month.

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Councillors hand over the cheque

Ward councillors for Aspull, New Springs and Whelley have now handed over a £500 cheque to support the event.

Organiser Ruth Atherton said: “Our Aspull ward councillors have supported the event every year, both in attendance and financially, so it's a big thanks to them.”

Coun Ron Conway said: “ This is a great community event. It gives us that real village atmosphere raising money and putting a smile on everyone's faces.”

Aspull Worm Charming Championships will be held on Saturday, June 18 at St Elizabeth’s Church Hall, with doors opening at noon.