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Local leisure provider to deliver outdoor education
Tuesday 21st October, 2014
Leisure and culture provider, WLCT, has been chosen to deliver Wigan Council’s outdoor education provision as part of a deal to transform services for young people. WLCT officially took over responsibility for providing land and water based outdoor education in the borough earlier this month. Activities include kayaking, canoeing and climbing and are open to adults...More


Church garden transformed by local young volunteers

Church garden transformed by local young volunteers
Monday 20th October, 2014
A team of young volunteers from Wigan have transformed the gardens of a local church. The grounds of St Johns Church in Hindley Green have traditionally been enjoyed by local people and families. But in recent years they’d been neglected and overgrown with weeds. The 10 volunteers, aged between 17 and 23 were taking part in the Princes Trust programme, which is de...More


£37,000 secured for history project
Monday 20th October, 2014
WLCT has received £37,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project that will engage young people with Wigan Borough's rich and varied history through pottery. A Potter's Tale: Everyday Wigan life told through fragments of history will give young people the opportunity to develop a temporary exhibition at the Museum of Wigan Life. They will shape...More


Five teenagers get a new chance at life

Five teenagers get a new chance at life
Monday 20th October, 2014
Five Wigan teenagers have been offered a new chance for a better life following their graduation from a pre-apprenticeship scheme. Wigan Council set up the scheme a year ago to offer disadvantaged and challenging young people the opportunity for employment and further apprenticeships, which they otherwise might not have had. Thirty young people started the and the fi...More


Pig comes to Powerfest!

Pig comes to Powerfest!
Monday 20th October, 2014
FAMILIES are invited to celebrate the power of Wigan’s mighty steam engine, the power of the pig and the power of terror this half term. Trencherfield Mill hosts its popular annual Powerfest event on Wednesday 29 October, between 11am-4pm. Visitors will have the chance to see the Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine, which is one of the largest and finest working exampl...More


Second major housing application blocked as Wigan Council sticks to Standish strategy
Thursday 16th October, 2014
A second major housing development in Standish has been thrown out by Wigan Council. Developers wanted to build 110 homes on land near Chorley Road in the village. But the application was rejected today (Tuesday 14 October) by councillors on the planning committee who decided there’s already enough new housing planned in the area. It follows their decision in July t...More


Councillor found guilty for third time
Thursday 16th October, 2014
Councillor Robert Brierley, independent ward member for Hindley Green, has been found guilty of breaching Wigan Council’s Code of Conduct for the third time this month. Today’s hearing was the third of six due to be held each week until early-November against Cllr Brierley, who failed to attend today’s (Wednesday 15th October) hearing. The panel decided there was s...More


Get Online Week
Monday 13th October, 2014
The eighth national Get Online Week takes place this week (13-19th October) and to celebrate a number of activities are being held across Wigan Borough. The annual campaign aims to help people get online and see what the internet could do for them. From applying for a job to getting a bargain - getting online can help save time and money. According to figures pub...More


Councillor saves a life just weeks after heart training
Wednesday 8th October, 2014
A councillor saved the life of an elderly gentleman who collapsed in front of him just weeks after under-going first aid training on a council-led scheme. Councillor Chris Ready, who sits on Wigan Council, was one of 20 councillors who underwent basic life-saving training in August as part of the “Heart of Wigan” campaign. The campaign, led by Wigan Councillor Dami...More


Councillor found guilty of intimidating employee
Tuesday 7th October, 2014
Councillor Robert Brierley, independent ward member for Hindley Green, has been found guilty of breaching Wigan Council’s Code of Conduct for intimidating a council employee outside of work. This is the second of six hearings scheduled to take place each week until early-November against Cllr Brierley, who failed to attend today’s (Tuesday 7th October) hearing. The...More


Slimming stars celebrate at fashion show
Tuesday 7th October, 2014
SLIMMERS from Wigan’s Lose Weight Feel Great weight management programme will become models for the night at a special fashion show being held next month. Lost Weight, Feel Fabulous, taking place at the DW Stadium on Friday 24 October, celebrates the successes of the scheme carried out by WLCT in partnership with Slimming World, on behalf of Wigan Council. The event...More


Sporting success will inspire business growth as Wigan Expo nears
Tuesday 7th October, 2014
Wigan’s businesses can be as successful as the borough’s sporting teams. That’s the message from the council ahead of the annual Wigan Expo on Friday. More than 1,500 people are expected to attend what is the biggest event of its kind in the North West. More than 130 small to medium sized businesses will be exhibiting. It's the fifth year Wigan Council has organis...More


Volkswagen drives sponsorship forward for local sporting legend

Volkswagen drives sponsorship forward for local sporting legend
Thursday 25th September, 2014
A leading Volkswagen retailer has secured an exciting deal to sponsor one of Lancashire’s most successful sports stars. Corkills Volkswagen, in Wallgate, has confirmed their sponsorship of the current women’s squash world champion and double Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Laura Massaro. The sponsorship deal means the sports star gets a brand new Corkills-br...More


Kingdom announces major sponsorship with Wigan Athletic

Kingdom announces major sponsorship with Wigan Athletic
Thursday 25th September, 2014
Kingdom, one of the UK’s leading support services companies, has announced a major partnership with Wigan Athletic, becoming the Championship club’s first ever training kit sponsor. The Kingdom logo will appear on all of the first team training apparel during the course of the season, as well as on interview backdrops and across various other media. The partnership...More


Our survey says You love living in wonderful Wigan Borough

Our survey says You love living in wonderful Wigan Borough
Thursday 25th September, 2014
The results of a major survey carried out by Wigan Council show local people love living in the borough. Three quarters of residents said they were satisfied with where they live while 71 per cent felt they 'belonged' to their neighbourhood. The council surveyed residents to find out how they feel about their local area and what they think of the council. Sixty-two...More


Wigan opticians puts new apprentices and local jobs in focus

Wigan opticians puts new apprentices and local jobs in focus
Thursday 25th September, 2014
A WIGAN opticians is supporting the town’s community and economic future with the creation of two new apprenticeship placements. Rachael French, aged 17, who joins from St John Rigby College and Dave Robb, aged 20 from Wigan and Leigh College are the latest recruits to have joined the team at Specsavers in the Marketgate Shopping Centre which has a proud tradition o...More


Residents in Wigan encouraged to keep warm
Thursday 25th September, 2014
To mark World Heart Day on Monday 29th September, a warmth scheme available to vulnerable residents across England and Wales, including Wigan, is reminding people about the vital role that warmth plays in health and wellbeing, particularly for those with conditions such as cardiovascular disease. The npower Health Through Warmth scheme works with a range of commun...More


Appeal for witnesses after 14-year-old boy attacked outside DW Stadium
Tuesday 16th September, 2014
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 14-year-old boy was the victim of an unprovoked attack outside a rugby stadium. At around 10pm on Thursday 11th September 2014, the victim and a group of friends were watching Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves at the DW Stadium, Wigan, when they noticed a group of youths glaring at them. Later, when the victim and his f...More


Operation Alloy issues over £20,000 in fines
Monday 15th September, 2014
Police have struck another blow against metal theft after more than £20,000 was collected in fines last week during an operation in Wigan and Leigh. From 8 to 14 September, traffic and motorcycle units targeted illegal metal collectors, or 'hawkers', using roads around the borough, and dealt with any other traffic offences they came across. Officers also ran chec...More


Sporting talent celebrated at awards ceremony

Sporting talent celebrated at awards ceremony
Monday 15th September, 2014
TALENTED local sports stars and the volunteers who support them were celebrated at the 14th annual Believe Sports Awards on Friday (12 September). Nearly 400 people gathered at the DW Stadium for the special event, which saw 97 nominations made over nine categories. Among this year’s winners were the Leigh St Mary's U18s Water Polo Team, which was awarded Team of t...More


 
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