| Blue Orchid helps budding entrepreneurs in Wigan
Blue Orchid has helped a total of 364 unemployed people in Wigan to come off benefits and become their own boss with the help of the Government's New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme, launched in 2011.
Business ideas supported by Blue Orchid include caterers, creative designers, landscape gardeners and mechanics. Blue Orchid's business advisors provide tailored...More
| Family threatened with baseball bat and robbed at home
A family were threatened by men with baseball bats during a robbery in their own house.
Just before 9.35pm on Thursday 10 April 2014, a 47 year-old man answered a knock at the door to his Oak Avenue home in Golborne.
He was confronted by three men wearing ski masks, armed with baseball bats and a knife who barged open the door.
They demanded money before ...More
| Iron gates stolen - Ince
Police are investigating after iron gates were stolen in Wigan.
Since the start of April, offenders have stolen gates from seven homes in the Ince area.
Now police are appealing for information.
Police Constable Sean Robinson said: “It is likely the offenders are stealing the gates to get them melted down and receive the money. I would ask anyone who may...More
| Homes for the elderly planned at former school site
More than a hundred homes for older people could be built on the former site of a Wigan secondary school.
Wigan Council is planning to develop the old base of Abraham Guest High School into accommodation for the elderly. There would be 30 bungalows and a care housing scheme with approximately 100 flats. As part of this care scheme, there would be 24-hour on site c...More
| Paint recycling project is back in town
A SUCCESSFUL scheme in which householders are given the chance to clear their sheds, garages and cupboards of unwanted paint will return to Wigan this month.
The Kick Out The Can initiative will allow people to take surplus paint to their local Crown Decorating Centre in Caroline Street for recycling.
In return, customers will receive a 20 per cent discount vou...More
Libraries join campaign to support patients
LIBRARIES in the borough have joined a campaign to support patients at Wigan Infirmary’s Coronary Care Unit.
Ashton Library is already backing the Rotary Club of Ashton-in-Makerfield with Haydock’s hospital wash bag project, which collects items including toothbrushes and tissues that can be donated for the benefit of people admitted to the centre in an emergency....More
| Full steam ahead for Heritage Day
EXPERIENCE the might of the Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine at an action-packed Bank Holiday Heritage Day event.
A variety of entertainment will be at the site on Monday 5 May including classic cars, fun fair rides, canal trips, vintage attractions, live music, craft activities and street theatre from award-winning drama school, ALRA.
Visitors will also be able...More
| Arson attack - Higher Ince
Police are appealing for witnesses after an arson attack in Wigan.
At around 10.30pm on Monday 31 March 2014, an accelerant was thrown on the door of a home on Silverdale Avenue, Higher Ince and set on fire.
The offender walked off.
Police Constable Sean Robinson said: “This was a deliberate act and it is only after the homeowner noticed the fire undernea...More
Spread the word!
WIGAN and Leigh’s annual celebration of the written and spoken word returns next month with a programme featuring everything from medieval mystery to murder, monsters and monologues.
A selection of authors will be heading to the borough for the Words Festival, which kicks off on Monday 12 May. Among the highlights are Matt Hilton, famous for the Joe Hunter series;...More
Sign up for the second Wigan 10K
It’s time to sign up for the second Wigan 10K and be part of one of the biggest sporting events held in Wigan Borough this year.
It takes place on Sunday 7th September at 10am and will start and finish in Wigan town centre – passing a host of landmarks along the route. The event has been organised by local charity Joining Jack with support from Wigan Council, and ...More
| Council planning chief takes to social media to talk Standish housing
Wigan Council's head of planning will answer questions about house building in Standish during a live session on social media.
Mike Worden will take to Twitter on Friday to give the public an opportunity to quiz him on development plans for the village.
Last week private developers put forward two planning applications to build a total of 600 homes in the Almon...More
Top of the class: Multimillion pound boost for Wigan Borough schools
A multimillion pound investment programme could see hundreds of new school places created across Wigan Borough and millions of pounds used to pay for much needed upgrades at local schools.
The plan to spend more than £38m on education improvements over the next three years will go before Wigan Council’s cabinet on Thursday (April 10).
The money would pay for ex...More
| Man charged in connection with the death of a baby
A man has been charged in connection with the death of a baby in Wigan.
Martin Thomas (born 21/12/1983) of Beech Hill Avenue, Wigan has been charged with six counts of section 18 assault.
He is due before Wigan magistrates’ court on Friday 11 April 2014.
On 21 February 2013, police were called by paramedics who had attended a call at an address on Beech H...More
| Award proves Wigan Careers Service is top notch
Wigan Careers Service coordinated a range of successful activities during National Careers Week recently, while also celebrating receiving official recognition for their delivery of high quality information, advice and guidance (IAG).
The team, led by Wigan Council, has been awarded the Matrix Standard – the mark recommended by the Department of Education as a way...More
Helen’s got the keys to success
A RISING American jazz star has been added to the Wigan International Jazz Festival line up.
People buying tickets to see trumpet legend Jon Faddis and the Wigan Jazz Club Reunion Big Band will also have the privilege of listening to award-winning pianist Helen Sung.
The Helen Sung Quartet will kick off the entertainment at Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre on ...More
You can have your say at Wigan Council forum
A forum giving residents and businesses a chance to have their say on Wigan Council’s transport and housing plans is being re-launched.
The Wigan Local Access Forum has been redesigned so residents can help influence decisions about future access to the countryside and open spaces across the borough.
The forum will focus on improving the rights of way network a...More
| Residents to have their say on new homes for Standish
Residents are being invited to have their say on plans to build 600 new homes in Standish.
Private developers want to build on land between Pepper Lane and Almond Brook Road in the popular village.
Consultation on the plans has now begun after two developers - Wainhomes and Bloor Homes – submitted separate applications to each build 300 houses in the area. Twen...More
| Man charged with arson
A man has been charged following an arson attack in Wigan.
Stuart Woods (born 4/5/76) of no fixed abode has been charged with Arson.
He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Wigan magistrates’ court this morning, Friday 4 April 2014.
On Sunday 30 March just after 2.30am at the same address where it is thought one person broke in and set fire to a...More
| GO online: Festival to encourage public to get online
An exciting new festival is running over the Easter holidays encouraging everyone to make the most of the digital world.
GO Fest includes talks from internet experts, classes for online beginners and activities for children and silver surfers.
It’s being run by leisure provider WLCT and Wigan Council who have made getting people online a key part of The Deal – ...More
| Woman named after her body found in Wigan
A woman who was found dead at a house in Wigan has been named.
At 10.45am on Monday 31 March 2014, police were called by an ambulance staff to Plane Avenue, Worsley Hall. Officers attended and discovered the body of 44-year-old Irene Ainsworth.
A post mortem took place and the results have come back inconclusive.
A 37-year-old man and a 46-year-old man we...More