| Businesses help Wigan ‘jazz it up’
Wigan International Jazz Festival looks set to be in for another exciting year thanks to support from local and regional businesses.
Manchester Airport has once again sponsored the established event alongside a series of Wigan businesses including Lowri Beck, PA Hull and Co, Stephensons Solicitors, Wigan Dry Cleaners, Leisuretec (UK) Ltd, Grant Thornton and Wigan ...More
Sessions take a step back in time
EVERYDAY objects from years gone by are being used to spark discussions to help people in Wigan living with dementia unlock precious memories.
Leisure provider WLCT’s Library Service is helping to recreate the past with monthly reminiscence sessions at Hindley Library.
Susan White, Library Supervisor at Hindley Library, said: “We’ve set up the sessions to bring...More
| Wigan Council to consider investment plans for Haigh Hall
Ambitious plans to protect and enhance the existing Haigh Hall and Country Park estate could be given the go ahead next week.
With the estate in need of multi-million pound investment, Wigan Council will decide whether or not to seek an external partner to inject much-needed cash into the site. A decision will be made by Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for...More
Expo deal marks start of new partnership between Wigan Council and Edge Hill University
One of the North West’s leading universities has signed a deal to sponsor this year’s Wigan Business Expo in what’s hoped will be the start of a unique new partnership with Wigan Council.
Edge Hill University will be the main sponsor of the Expo, the biggest business to business event of its kind in the region. It’s been organised by Wigan Council for the last fo...More
| Creative project awarded £10,000 by Arts Council England
AN inspiring project to help people sleeping rough or facing homelessness work towards a brighter future has been awarded £10,000 from the Arts Council’s National Lottery-funded Grants for the arts scheme.
Leisure and culture provider WLCT has secured the funding for the Hidden Voices project, a year-long programme to help people learn creative skills and re-enga...More
Bronze awards for eco-friendly businesses
Two eco-friendly businesses and a school have been handed bronze awards after they pledged to go green.
Westco, PA Hull and Woodfield Primary School, all located within Wigan Borough, achieved the award after signing up to the Environmental Business Pledge.
Run by Wigan Council and Groundwork Trust, the Environmental Business Pledge is a free advice and award s...More
| Have you got happy feet?
EVENTS encouraging people to keep their feet healthy to prevent falls in later life are taking place across Wigan as part of Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week 2013 (Monday 17-Friday 21 June).
Organisations including leisure provider WLCT, Wigan Council, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Age UK, and other support and voluntary agencies have come together to s...More
Wigan Borough Sports Awards – it’s not too late to nominate!
THERE’S still time to get your nominations in for the prestigious 13th annual Wigan Borough Sports Awards.
The event, organised by leisure provider WLCT, rewards and recognises the work of voluntary sector coaches, clubs and volunteers, as well as celebrating the achievements of local athletes. This year the ceremony will take place at the DW Stadium on Thursday ...More
| Have your say
Wigan Borough residents are being asked what they think about plans to transform the way local children’s centres operate.
The public consultation is now open and will run until 27 June.
Under the proposals, all twenty centres would remain open, but would work differently and more efficiently to take the changing needs of families into consideration.
| Pleased as punch
Popular puppets Punch and Judy are just one of many acts lined up to please the crowds in Wigan town centre this Saturday (15th June).
Dancers, singers and children’s entertainers will also perform on stage as part of Wigan's 'Love Your Local Market' campaign. Throughout June, fun activities and special performances have will continue to be held every Saturday to ...More
Wigan chef tastes success with his curry recipes
Curry lovers, foodies, community leaders gathered in Wigan to celebrate the success of Chef Syeduz Zaman Kamran of India Lounge Restaurant, who bought much fame to the region by representing Britain at the Taste of Britain Curry Festival held at Slovenia.
Chef Kamran was part of the Taste of Britain Curry Festival challenge in Ljubljana, Slovenia and he was among...More
| All aboard for a great day out in Wigan this weekend
The 2013 Wigan Model Railway Exhibition returns for our second year in our new June slot with a whole host of attractions.
Wigan Finescale Railway Modellers have searched the country to bring some of the finest model railways, demonstrators and traders to the North West. Gathered in three exhibition halls, over 38,000 sq ft, we present over 35 layouts covering ma...More
| Get a prescription for a page turner to boost your mental health
BOOKS to boost mental health are being championed at Wigan Library as part of a new scheme being launched next week.
The library has joined the Reading Agency’s national Reading Well initiative, which promotes the use of self-help books, novels and poetry as uplifting tools.
As part of this, the Books on Prescription campaign will see the library stocking a ser...More
| Careful money management means Wigan Council is on track to beat its saving target
Wigan Council is on track to beat its own savings target by nearly a million pounds thanks to prudent financial planning and careful money management.
The council had to save £24.2 million last year following government funding cuts. The latest financial report shows that figure was met and an additional £910,000 was saved on top of the original target. Councillo...More
| An ‘ace’ week to celebrate mini tennis
IT’S National Mini Tennis Week and a variety of activities are taking place in Wigan to promote and celebrate this exciting children’s sport.
Local MP Lisa Nandy is backing the campaign and will be visiting Robin Park Indoor Sports and Tennis Centre on Thursday 13th June to watch mini tennis in action, with a taster session for schools taking place, as well as a ...More
| Concerns over planning inspector’s recommendations
The Leader of Wigan Council has criticised the verdict of the government’s planning inspector on the borough’s development plan.
Lord Peter Smith, and other senior councillors, say they are disappointed with inspector Kevin Ward’s response to the council’s Core Strategy – a blueprint document that maps out future development in the borough.
Mr Ward rejected p...More
| Call for smokefree homes and cars
A new smokefree homes and cars campaign has launched across the borough and is set to raise awareness of the dangers secondhand smoke can bring to children.
Backed by Wigan Council, the campaign will support national TV and radio adverts which show how smoking by a window or door is not enough to protect children from secondhand smoke.
One of the main aims of t...More
| Save a child: Cut your speed this summer
Drivers are being urged to slow down as children flock outdoors to enjoy the benefits of summer.
With the warmer weather and lighter nights, Wigan Council is encouraging more drivers to stick to 20 mph on residential streets.
The council introduced 20 mph speed limits in several residential areas across the borough earlier this year to help keep pedestrians saf...More
| St Mary’s future decided
Cabinet members at Wigan Council came together today (Thursday 6 June) to decide the future of Ince St Mary's CE Primary School in Spring View, Wigan.
Plans to enlarge the school and rebuild it on a new site at Wright Street were approved.
Projections show that there will be a significant shortage of school places in the Abram and Platt Bridge area of Wigan f...More
| Wigan people still needed to get one million bouncing
PEOPLE from Wigan are being reminded (June, 2013) it’s not too late to sign up for a charity fundraiser that hopes to get one million people bouncing on the same day.
Get Britain Bouncing is asking clubs, schools, businesses and individuals in the town to take part in National Get Britain Bouncing Day on June 27 during Cystic Fibrosis Week.
Martin Schofield, ...More