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Wednesday 4th January, 2017
As the last of the mince pies are digested and the Christmas clean up commences, Pesto at the Dicconson Arms is helping local people put their old Christmas cards to good use with a recycling station at the restaurant throughout the month of January. With the special donation station, customers in Wigan can tidy up and do good in the process by turning their f...More

Yvonne Fovargue MP backs new campaign targeting the cruel UK puppy trade
Wednesday 21st September, 2016
Yvonne Fovargue MP has lent her support to a new public awareness campaign launched by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to target the growing problem of the illicit and cruel UK puppy trade. The puppy industry is booming, but with many UK breeders and puppy smugglers across Europe producing puppies solely for profit, all too often these animals suff...More

Wigan and Leigh residents invited to take up a pedometer challenge and learn more about their local health services
Wednesday 14th September, 2016
Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Bridgewater) is inviting people in Wigan Borough to attend its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 9.30am on Thursday 29 September at Bolton Whites Hotel. The event will provide the opportunity to learn more about the Trust, which provides over 50 community NHS health services in Wigan borough such as District Nurs...More

Win Big With Wynsors’ Back to School Shoe Fitting Service
Thursday 11th August, 2016
Before you know it the kids will be back to school and parents will be forking out for a new school uniform, shoes, and gym kit. To highlight the importance of having shoes that fit well, Wynsors has launched an in-store competition, giving families the chance to win a fantastic “back to school” hamper. The competition is taking place in-store in Wigan on August ...More

MPs prediction that people will be ‘priced out’ of challenging employers confirmed by a Parliamentary Report
Tuesday 21st June, 2016
Yvonne Fovargue MP has today said that, at their current level, employment tribunal fees are making it unaffordable for many people to challenge employers who break the law, such as by discriminating against them or withholding their wages. The influential Justice Select Committee of MPs has published a report that finds that major changes are needed to make sure p...More

Creative Emotions to build resilience of Wigan’s children
Friday 10th June, 2016
Creative Emotions has come to Wigan to create a resilient future generation. Janine White of Creative Emotions is combining many years of training and experience to provide creative ways to explore feelings. Janine says that: ‘By providing a safe, non-judgemental and empathic setting for children to gain resilience, self -awareness and emotional regulation they ...More

Charity Summer Fete taking place to raise money for little boy’s cancer treatment

Charity Summer Fete taking place to raise money for little boy’s cancer treatment
Wednesday 8th June, 2016
Buttons & Bows Private Day Nursery in Atherton is hosting a charity fundraiser for 4-year-old Charlie Taylor, who needs £250,000 for vital cancer treatment. Charlie’s grandmother Veronica says: “Charlie is just four years old; he deserves the chance to become a man.” A local nursery is holding a summer fete to help raise money for a local boy’s cancer treatment. ...More

Local MP Yvonne Fovargue pledges support to help create Carer Friendly Communities in Wigan for Carers Week 2016

Local MP Yvonne Fovargue pledges support to help create Carer Friendly Communities in Wigan for Carers Week 2016
Wednesday 8th June, 2016
Yvonne Fovargue MP today pledged her support to carers across Wigan as part of the National Carers Week 2016 awareness campaign, which runs from 6-12th June. There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend, of which over 34,800 carers are in the three parliamentary constituencies of Leigh, Makerfield and Wigan. The seven charitie...More

Police release image of man suspected of £300 distraction theft in Wigan

Police release image of man suspected of £300 distraction theft in Wigan
Wednesday 8th June, 2016
Police have released a CCTV image of a man suspected of stealing £300 from a 79-year-old woman in Wigan. At around 2.25pm on Friday 27 May 2016, the victim was withdrawing cash from an ATM outside Lloyds TSB on Market Street, Wigan, when she was approached by a man. He distracted her, and while her attention was diverted away from the machine he stole £300 from her...More

Murphy creates new wetland at local high school
Tuesday 31st May, 2016
Leading building and engineering firm J. Murphy & Sons (Murphy) will help officially open a new biodiversity Wetlands project in Golborne on 1st June. Murphy created the biodiversity scheme for free at Golborne High School, working alongside GoaLCo, The Golborne and Lowton Cooperative Learning Partnership and Leisure Trust, inspiring healthy lifestyles, on behalf o...More

Yvonne Fovargue MP calls on Government to make Universal Credit work for children
Wednesday 11th May, 2016
Yvonne Fovargue MP has called on the Government to reverse their cuts to Universal Credit, as they are set to drive children in to poverty. Ms Fovargue joined Labour calls during a parliamentary debate for the reversal of cuts to the Universal Credit work allowance and a revised impact assessment on the policy in light of huge cuts to its budget. The Institute for ...More

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


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

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