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Britain in Bloom campaign set to launch
Wednesday 13th April, 2016
A special event is being held in Wigan town centre to celebrate the borough’s entry into the national RHS Britain in Bloom competition. Wigan Borough in Bloom won the prestigious Gold Award and Best in Category in North West in Bloom 2015 and, as a result, was nominated for this year’s national competition which will be judged in August. Mayor of Wigan, Cllr Susan ...More


SWEET SUCCESS FOR RESTAURANT’S 1st BIRTHDAY CHARITY FUNDRAISER

SWEET SUCCESS FOR RESTAURANT’S 1st BIRTHDAY CHARITY FUNDRAISER
Wednesday 9th March, 2016
An Appley Bridge restaurant celebrated its first year anniversary in style with the local community and VIP guests at an open coffee and cake morning in aid of a local charity. The team at Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, which first opened its doors in March last year, hosted a charity raffle and collected donations in return for coffees and cakes to raise funds for ‘J...More


Celebration event says, ‘Thanks a Minion’, to children in care

Celebration event says, ‘Thanks a Minion’, to children in care
Wednesday 9th March, 2016
The achievements of young people in care and their carers were recognised at a ‘minion’ themed awards event, which brought over 400 local people together. The event was planned by young people’s group, ‘Voices for Choices’, who help to represent the views of young people in care and who chose the ‘minion’ theme. Councillor Jo Platt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for C...More


E.ON invites Wigan community groups to apply for funding from its Energy Action Fund
Wednesday 9th March, 2016
E.ON is inviting charities and community groups in Wigan to apply for up to £2,000 of funding through its Energy Action Fund. To be eligible for funding, charities and community groups must put forward requests to support activities that help bring about a reduction in their own energy use, help generate energy from a renewable source, or provide energy efficiency a...More


Community spirit brightens up Aspull

Community spirit brightens up Aspull
Wednesday 9th March, 2016
Colourful planters and hanging baskets are being installed in Aspull thanks to the village’s flourishing In Bloom group. Ward councillors have used their Brighter Borough funding to pay for three new planters outside the row of shops in Scot Lane. The planters will be maintained by local businesses Truly Scrumptious, Aspull Racing and PD Wogan Butcher’s. The In Blo...More


Efit released after man exposed himself in Wigan

Efit released after man exposed himself in Wigan
Wednesday 9th March, 2016
Police have released an E-fit after a man exposed himself in Wigan. At about 9.45pm on Wednesday 10 February 2016 a woman was walking on Bickershaw Lane in Bickershaw when she heard a man’s voice in the bushes. She then saw that a man was in the bushes and was exposing himself. The man is described as Asian, 45-50-years-old, 5ft 5in tall, of stocky build and he was...More


New campaign to tackle child abuse launches
Thursday 3rd March, 2016
A study has revealed a third of people who suspect child abuse could be happening to someone they know do nothing. The research comes as a new national campaign launches to let people know how they can report their concerns of neglect or abuse and encourage more people to come forward. The hard hitting campaign from the Department for Education is delivering the me...More


New £500,000 fund to get Wigan Borough moving announced as budget agreed
Thursday 3rd March, 2016
A new £500,000 community fund to help get people in Wigan Borough more active was unveiled by the leader of Wigan Council as the budget for the coming year was set. Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council, announced the new ‘Wigan On The Move’ fund at the Full Council meeting in Wigan town hall yesterday (Wednesday). It will be available for community groups and ...More


Dedicated council staff honoured
Wednesday 2nd March, 2016
Dedicated public sector workers who have gone the extra mile have been recognised for their commitment. Staff members at Wigan Council were recognised at its annual ‘Confident Council Awards’. The council employs more than 4,000 staff and delivers more than 700 essential services to the 320,000 residents in the borough. The awards play a key part in the council’s ...More


Lancashire hotel to host dinner for cross code rugby legend

Lancashire hotel to host dinner for cross code rugby legend
Thursday 11th February, 2016
The most decorated player in rugby league history is to be guest of honour at a sportsman’s dinner to be held at a North Lancashire hotel. Inspirational dual code rugby legend Shaun Edwards OBE, who enjoyed a glittering career with Wigan and is now a hugely successful rugby union coach, will take centre stage at the More


Couple jailed for dealing cocaine from their Wigan home

Couple jailed for dealing cocaine from their Wigan home
Thursday 11th February, 2016
A couple have been jailed for dealing cocaine from the home they shared in Wigan. Stephen Matthew Downing (born 18/12/1960) and Claire Holmes (born 06/06/1984), both of Marsh Green, Wigan, pleaded guilty to intent to supply cocaine and supplying cocaine at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday 14 January 2016. Downing also pleaded guilty to mortgage fraud and six cou...More


Don’t let Blue Monday get you down
Friday 15th January, 2016
It’s supposedly the most depressing day of the year with Christmas in the past but the debt of it still present. Debt charity StepChange have forecast Monday 18th January or ‘Blue Monday’ to be their busiest day of the year with over 20,000 people contacting them for help with debt. By the third Monday in January many residents will be struggling with Christmas deb...More


Care training places released to meet demand
Thursday 14th January, 2016
Local homecare provider, Home Instead Senior Care, has announced the release of 60 free New Year training places for caregivers as demand for care services spirals. A perfect storm of an ageing population and downward pressure on social care budgets has led to an imbalance and more people are now needed to provide care which will enable local elderly people to remai...More


The Deal in Action gets back on the road
Thursday 14th January, 2016
“We can’t do this alone anymore” is the message behind the second-leg of an ambitious programme to encourage communities in Wigan Borough to be more self-reliant. Wigan Council is gearing up to embark on the 2016 Deal in Action programme and by the end of the year every area in the borough will have had the chance to see how they can contribute to The Deal and do th...More


“Thank you” to staff who showed true community spirit during floods

“Thank you” to staff who showed true community spirit during floods
Monday 11th January, 2016
More than 100 staff who worked over Christmas in Wigan Borough during the floods have been thanked by the leader for their efforts. Displaying true community spirit, many staff, who are also residents, came in and helped out on their days off to support local people and colleagues who were on call. The waste crews did 12 hour shifts helping residents to clean up th...More


Have your say at Start Well sessions
Monday 11th January, 2016
Members of the public are being encouraged to find out more about plans to help improve children’s start to school life in Wigan Borough. Wigan Council’s Start Well proposal launched last year as part of the Deal for the Future and aims to change the way that services are delivered through children's centres in the borough. The council has already visited a number ...More


FOOTBALL 4 FORCES PROGRAMME GIVEN CASH BOOST

FOOTBALL 4 FORCES PROGRAMME GIVEN CASH BOOST
Monday 11th January, 2016
Wigan Athletic Community Trust Football Programme for Veterans Given Backing by Ministry of Defence. An innovative football and health project for ex-servicemen organised by Wigan Athletic Community Trust has received a financial boost for 2016 through a new grant from the Ministry of Defence. Football 4 Forces provides weekly football activities for working age ve...More


Major job opportunities at Manchester Airport for Wigan Borough residents
Monday 11th January, 2016
Residents in Wigan Borough are being urged to take advantage of a huge number of career opportunities on offer at Manchester Airport at a major jobs fair this week and join the many local residents already working there. Manchester Airport has announced that 2,500 jobs will be on offer at the jobs fair at the Runway Visitor Park at the airport from 11am to 7pm this ...More


Manchester beer and cider festival supports Breast Cancer Care

Manchester beer and cider festival supports Breast Cancer Care
Monday 11th January, 2016
The Manchester Beer and Cider Festival has chosen Breast Cancer Care as the official charity for 2016 and 2017. Manchester’s biggest beer festival from 20 - 23 January 2016, will see over 13,000 people descend upon Manchester Central, to taste some of the best beers, ciders and perries from the UK and Europe. As part of the event, Breast Cancer Care will be raising ...More


No vote, no voice
Monday 11th January, 2016
From bin collections to adoption and support for the elderly, voting at the ballot box can have a huge impact on these important topics. This May Wigan Borough will go to the polls to choose Wigan Council councillors. To make sure your vote counts at the ballot box you need to register to vote by Monday 18th April 2016. Not being registered could also have an impa...More


 
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