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Silver for Sussex Close
Friday 31st July, 2015
Residents of Sussex Close, Hindley are celebrating after winning a silver gilt for their ‘Road to Wigan Pier’ inspired flowerbed at this year’s Tatton Park Flower Show. The Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Tatton Park Flower Show, held in Cheshire, came to an end last weekend (Sunday 27th July). Judges were impressed with the visible impact of the garden, which ...More

Regeneration key theme of Angers visit
Friday 31st July, 2015
Rich history and regeneration were the theme of a visit for delegates from Wigan Borough's twin town Angers. Councillor Alain Augelle, Councillor Maryse Chretien and manager of the international office for Angers Ganaelle Guiter took in the sights and sounds of the borough on their trip which coincided with the International Jazz Festival. But it was also business ...More

Join National Play Day celebrations
Friday 31st July, 2015
FAMILIES are invited to get involved in a day of fun at Haigh Woodland Park as part of National Play Day celebrations. The event, which attracts around 4,000 people every year, offers a range of activities for children from golfing games and a climbing wall to arts and crafts and junk modelling. Taking place on Wednesday 5th August, from 10am-4pm, it's organised by ...More

Residents sign up to The Deal and pledge to help build a stronger community
Friday 31st July, 2015
Hundreds of residents have shared their ideas about how where they live can be improved, during a week of community action in Orrell. Over 50 people signed up to the Wigan Council’s The Deal during the week and told Wigan Council their ideas for improvement and in return, what they can contribute to improve their local area. The Deal is the council’s initiative to ...More

Wigan Borough on the road to becoming dementia friendly
Thursday 30th July, 2015
Wigan Borough has officially been recognised by the Alzheimer’s Society as 'working to become dementia friendly'. A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported and confident they can contribute to community life. So far, over 85 communities have registered to be recognised by the Alzheime...More

Greenslate Farm get ready to rock
Thursday 30th July, 2015
Greenslate Community Farm is getting ready to open its doors on Saturday 1st August for a day of festival fun to raise funds. And volunteers from Wigan Council got stuck in last week in helping the farm prepare by weeding and planting for a day. Greenslate provides care placements for disabled adults throughout the week and was started by a group of volunteers. Th...More

Greenheart gets to the message for Angers students
Wednesday 29th July, 2015
French students were shown the Greenheart of Wigan Borough on a trip to the town. A team of 30 landscape students from Angers, the borough’s twin town, took a field trip to see Haigh Hall, Mesnes Park and ended their trip at the Wigan Flashes Local Nature Reserve. The visit saw Martin Purcell, Greenheart officer for Wigan Council and Mark Champion, Wigan projects m...More

Council 10k team hits the streets
Tuesday 28th July, 2015
Energetic council staff will be putting themselves through pain to raise money for a great cause in this year’s Wigan 10k. Wigan Council has a team of more than 20 employees who will be pounding the streets on Sunday 6th September when they take on the popular annual 10k. The team will be raising money for the Mayor of Wigan Borough’s charity of the year Guide Dogs...More

Warriors wanted
Tuesday 28th July, 2015
Wigan and Leigh Homes (WALH) and Wigan Warriors have teamed up to recruit community warriors as part of the Deal for Tenants. On Friday (24th July) over 100 residents came along to the launch of the Health and Wellbeing Warrior Project to take part in free activities, including personal training sessions and computer, employment and cookery workshops. They were also...More

Drug dealers jailed after more than £6,000 worth of drugs seized
Thursday 23rd July, 2015
Drug dealers caught red-handed with more than £6,000 of drugs spread out over a living room table have been jailed. One of the dealers even kept a video on his mobile phone of himself and one of his cohorts carrying out a drug deal, along with pictures of the drugs themselves, a Taser disguised as a mobile phone which was subsequently seized and stolen property. To...More

Young people 'meet and greet' their councillors
Wednesday 22nd July, 2015
Young people from Wigan and Leigh Youth Cabinet and local councillors have been finding out about each other’s roles at a special 'Meet and Greet' event, hosted by the young people. The event, which took place at Wigan Life Centre, was designed to help both councillors, particularly newly elected councillors, and young people from the Youth Cabinet, get to know each...More

Appeal after suspicious package found
Wednesday 22nd July, 2015
Police are appealing for information after a suspicious package was found in Wigan. At 7.50am on Tuesday 21 July 2015, police were called after the package was found on the car park of Asda on Worthington Way. Explosive experts assessed the package and it is believed to have been a radio transmitter. Surrounding roads were closed but were soon reopened. Now polic...More

Primary schools performing better than ever
Tuesday 21st July, 2015
Primary schools across Wigan Borough are performing better than ever according to the latest Key Stage Two results. The results show performance at Key Stage Two (Primary school years three, four, five and six) improved for the fourth year in a row. Eighty-four per cent of pupils achieved a Level Four or higher in reading, writing and maths at the end of Key Stage T...More

National recognition for archives service
Tuesday 21st July, 2015
WIGAN Council's archives service has received national Archive Service Accreditation. It's the second in Greater Manchester and one of only 15 local councils in the country to be recognised by the UK quality standard. The standard celebrates good performance in all areas of work including management and resourcing, care of unique collections and provision for custo...More

Witness appeal following collision
Tuesday 21st July, 2015
Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision in Wigan. At around 6.10pm on Tuesday 14 July 2015, there was a collision between a black Suzuki motorbike, a silver Peugeot Partner van and a white Mini on Central Park Way. The bike had been travelling towards Greenough Street before the collision. The 29-year-old rider was left with a serious head injury, bro...More

Growing for gold
Monday 20th July, 2015
Residents of Sussex Close, Hindley have been invited back to Tatton Park Flower Show for the second year running and this time they’re growing for gold. This year’s Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Tatton Park Flower Show, held in Cheshire, opens to the public next week (Wednesday 22nd July 2015). At last year’s show, the Sussex Close community, supported by Wig...More

Local businesses targeted by scam
Monday 20th July, 2015
Local businesses are being warned by Wigan Council’s Trading Standards team to be aware of a scam that is targeting Wigan traders. Many Wigan businesses have reported receiving a letter headed ‘UK– DATA CONTROL– Missing information about your VAT Registration Number’. The letter implies that the sender is looking to update VAT Registration Numbers. However the scamm...More

Go online for births, deaths and marriages
Monday 20th July, 2015
It is easier than ever to make an appointment to register a birth, death or notice of marriage at any time of day thanks to MyAccount. The way the registrars service works is improving in line with Wigan Council’s call for residents to get online as part of The Deal. The change means residents can choose their own appointment date and time with the online calendar f...More

Celebrating Mentally Healthy Schools
Monday 20th July, 2015
Children and young people from Wigan Borough have been celebrating the steps their schools have taken to support them with their mental health. Two events have marked the achievements of schools across the borough. At Leigh Town Hall, young people showcased artwork they had created to demonstrate ‘what school does to help us stay calm and feel ready to learn’ at an...More

National Highways and Transport Survey: the public's voice
Monday 20th July, 2015
The public’s views on Wigan Borough’s highways and transport services will again be compared with others across England, thanks to the National Highways and Transport Public Satisfaction survey. Wigan Council is one of 86 Local Authorities to sign up to a standardised survey that will ask members of the public exactly the same questions, whether they live in Walsall...More

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