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Hallowe’en Fun on the Common
Tuesday 25th October, 2011

Hallowe’en Fun on the Common

There will be ghostly goings-on and spooky activities on Amberswood Common between Hindley and Platt Bridge next Sunday (30th October).

It’s Hallowe’en and the Friends of Amberswood group are holding their very first event that day. It will be free and packed with activities for all the family.

Their Hallowe’en party runs from 1-3.30pm at the lake near the Crompton Street entrance off Liverpool Road; there’s easy access for car drivers from the car park opposite. And the organisers are inviting everyone to come along and enjoy their local countryside.

Sue Bingham from the Friends group says: “Amberswood Common is a wonderful area and a great resource for the community. Please come and enjoy it and hopefully, getting the family down to the Hallowe’en event will mean more people will find out about their area and keep coming back. We’d also love to welcome new members – so come along and see what we do!”

There will be a spooky treasure trail, pumpkin carving and apple bobbing, as well as countryside activities such as bat box building. All the events are free and there will be refreshments also available to buy.

Cllr Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council’s cabinet champion for the environment, said: “Amberswood is a major part of Greenheart – the countryside and open spaces of our borough – and it’s excellent that the community will really be making the most of it for their Hallowe’en party.”

Greenheart is an area at the heart of Wigan Borough and includes some of the area’s best countryside surrounded by local communities. It stretches from Leigh’s Pennington Flash to Haigh Hall, and includes parks, woodlands, wetlands, canals and green spaces. Greenheart is all about promoting access to places such as Amberswood and Low Hall Park, ensuring people enjoy the healthy benefits of getting out walking, riding and nature-watching in their local countryside.

The event is being funded as a celebration for the successful £10,000 funding bid that the Greenheart Team applied for from the SITA Trust to install a orienteering course, benches and woodland artwork. Some of the benches have been installed by the Friends of Amberswood, who also helped locate areas for the rest of them. There’s an orienteering course being created and Newbridge Community School in Platt Bridge will be involved with the artwork.

And immediately after the Amberswood fun, over the road the Friends of Low Hall are holding a scary Hallowe’en Walk from 3pm to 5pm. Meet on Low Hall car park, Liverpool Road, Hindley. The organisers say that walkers should bring a costume, pumpkin and torch.

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