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fter it felt like Spring lasted a lifetime, I can’t believe we can now say summer is here. But what does that mean for us? Longer days, a summer holiday whether on the British Isles or further afield, and some warm weather and sunshine. But if the months of May and June are anything to go by, I’ve got everything crossed for a proper British summer. Do you remember the summers when anything seemed possible with six weeks of holiday ahead? I’m envious of the teachers, school staff and students who will skip out through the school doors over the next few weeks. But for readers with young children, July can be filled with excitement and dread. With that in mind, Local Life has gathered the best activities Leigh has to offer. From Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1 the Pit-Stop Beer & Sports Festival will be up and running. There’ll be 30+ craft beers, lagers & ciders, gin & prosecco bar, music, and lots of rugby! Why not try Leigh Rock n Stroll on Saturday, July 14 from 12pm-10.30pm? The family friendly music festival will have an artisan market, food stalls, kids activities and 10 live bands playing throughout the day. Just check out our Events2Go section on pages 2428 for a comprehensive listings guide of what to do in July. See you next time!

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Charity get

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A special charity evening will be held for the Steve Prescott Foundation in Culcheth.

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Culcheth Sports Club will open its doors on Saturday July 21, at 7.30pm for an evening of live entertainment to raise funds for the Steve Prescott Foundation, The Christie Hospital and the Rugby League Benevolent Fund.

“It’s usually quite a good event so people can raise funds and have a good time too, as opposed to just donating on JustGiving.

There’ll be stand-up comedy from Jed Stone, live music from female vocalist Jess Outten (mixed classic and current pop) and male vocalist and guitarist Christopher Schofield (rock/pop/country), plus a silent auction and raffle and a disco until late. Organiser Jonathan Fenney, 39, lives in Glazebury and is holding a fundraising event for a second year. He said: “It’s a fundraiser I’m doing for the foundation.

“Hopefully it’ll be good fun for everyone, play a few fundraising games and it’s a really good venue at the club.” Last year £5,000 was raised for the Steve Prescott Foundation, and around £2,500 has been raised so far this year. Tickets are £12 from Jonathan Fenney on 07841 333804 / jfenney@live.co.uk or David Cooke on 07841 422793 / dc@accelerate-coaching. com

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Grant to help the homeless Wigan Council has received a grant of £340,000 to help the homeless and rough sleepers.

Wigan Council prevented more than 5,000 cases of potential homelessness in the last year.

Leigh and Wigan will now house two overnight accommodation services and support hubs for the homeless, which will be funded by the Government’s rough sleeping initiative grant.

The Government has given £30 million to 83 councils with Wigan Council being one of three local authorities in Greater Manchester to be successful in the bidding process.

It means that support will be offered to people at risk of rough sleeping so they can move to permanent homes.

The council launched its Homeless Champions scheme last month which will involve trained volunteers checking people on the streets daily and learning how to provide more support.

The funding also means that a rough sleeping coordinator will be appointed to ensure plans are put in place for each service user and there will be extensive outreach support at evenings and weekends with people on the streets.

If you see a homeless person on the streets, e-mail roughsleep@wigan.gov.uk with as much information as possible, including their location.

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Lowton St Luke’s war memorial has been awarded a grant. The memorial situated on Slag Lane will benefit from a grant of £13,710 from the Grants for War Memorials Trust scheme supported by Historic England and the Wolfson Foundation.

Lowton war memorial. Picture by Peter Lloyd

War Memorials Trust is a conservation charity that works to protect and conserve war memorials in the UK. Custodians submit applications; assessments are made and grants are allocated to the highest priority cases subject to available funds. Some of the work which will be carried out at Lowton St Luke’s includes stabilisation works and indents. The memorial will also be re-pointed and

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A Lowton car showroom could soon look a little different if planning permission is granted. Credit: Google Maps

Stephen James Cars of Distinction on Newton Road could be converted into an estate agency office if Wigan Council agrees. The change-of-use application has been received by Wigan Council with a decision expected to be made on Wednesday July 11. A neighbourhood consultation will be in place until Sunday July 1.

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A student from Leigh is preparing to run a 63-mile route, usually undertaken by cyclists, in just 12 hours. On Sunday July 8, Jack Harper will be running the Manchester to Blackpool route in memory of his auntie, Chris Harper who was cared for by Wigan and Leigh Hospice in her final moments. Jack said: “I took part in the bike ride last year with my dad and my uncle. I cycled from Manchester to Blackpool and then back again but I wanted to top that this year.” The 24-year-old will set off at 4am from Trafford and run through Leigh, Aspull, Haigh, Standish, Preston and Lytham before finally reaching Blackpool around 4pm. Jack is taking part for his auntie Chris, from Atherton, who was cared for on the Inpatient Unit at the hospice in 2012. He said: “Towards the end of Auntie Chris’ life the hospice staff provided a safe and caring environment.

“We will always be grateful for the care and support the hospice provided and therefore want to raise money to help others that will undoubtedly benefit from their kindness.” Christine Edwardson, community fundraiser for the hospice, said: “Jack has set himself an incredible challenge to run a route that everyone else is cycling. “People like Jack are an inspiration and we are so grateful to him and all our other bike riders who are making a difference to people’s lives by supporting the hospice.” Entries to the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride are open until Friday, June 29 via www.wlh. org.uk or 01942 525566. Sponsor Jack at: www.justgiving. com/fundraising/jack-harper3 Above: Jack Harper Left: Jack and his uncle and dad last year


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Burst of

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The Wigan and Leigh 5K Colour Run will be back with a rainbow burst for 2018.

it very difficult. Neil’s death was so unexpected and him not being here has left a huge hole. It’s very important to me and my family that the colour run is taking place again this year.

This year’s event on Sunday, September 16, will be dedicated to the memory of Neil Rigby from Wigan who passed away at the event in 2017.

“This is why me and my daughters want to do the colour run again – to raise money for the charities he was supporting and to remember him.”

Following the request of Neil’s family, the Colour Run will be held at Pennington Park, Leigh once again.

You can run, jog or walk the course and will be drenched in powder paint at colour stations.

Around 30 members of his family will be taking part to remember him and to raise funds for both Wigan and Leigh Hospice and the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation. They will be at the front of the 5K Colour Run as it sets off. Neil’s wife June said: “I’m devastated and still finding

Early Bird tickets are available starting at £12 per adult and £6 per child under 15 years old. Party Packages are also available which include a bag of paint, t-shirt, sunglasses, rainbow tutu and medal. The Wigan and Leigh 5K Colour Run begins at 12pm on Sunday, September 16th. Sign up now at: www. wiganwarriors.com/colourrun

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The Last Night of the Proms returns to Pennington Park in September. On Saturday July 8, Pennington Park will be brought to life with all the Proms favourites. Bring a picnic and wave your flags to the sound of the Proms. Tyldesley Brass Band will be performing, and there’ll be family entertainment including a magician and balloons and a big fireworks finale. Guests can bring chairs and tables but no gazebos are allowed. There’ll be a BBQ, licensed bar on site and car park charges will not apply. For more information and advance tickets (£2 box office fee applies) can be purchased by calling

01942 828508 or online at boxoffice.wlct.org Adult tickets are £10, children aged 5-15 are £7 (4 and under go free), family tickets for 2 adults, 2 children are £28, concessions (65 and over) are £7, and carers £7. Tickets purchased on the night cost £12 for adults, £9 for children aged 5-15 £7 (4 and under go free), £34 for family tickets of 2 adults, 2 children, £9 for concessions (65 and over), and £9 for carers. It’s one of the borough’s most popular events and is always a sell-out. For more events in the area, please visit our Events2Go section from pages 24-28.


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Planning Matters Golborne Open land north of 12 Bridge Street: Erection of 4 detached two storey dwellinghouses with lofts, including access, external works and boundary treatment (ref: A/18/85462/FULL). Leigh West 269 Firs Lane: Erection of one dwellinghouse (ref: A/18/85270/CON).

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s we get our heads down for the night, safe in the comfort of our warm homes thousands upon thousands are preparing for another evening on the streets.

Often looking for a new bed each day some rough sleepers don’t have the option of entering emergency accommodation – all because they have a companion. More and more homeless people and rough sleepers are braving the streets with their pet dog and it’s because of that they are not allowed to enter emergency hostels or shelters for the night. Unwilling to give up their pet dog, which they may have loved for many years, homeless people will brave the freezing temperatures and dangers of the night so they can stay with their pet. This is where Street Paws comes in. Street Paws promotes animal welfare and relieves the suffering of animals by providing free of charge veterinary care to animals owned by people who are homeless, vulnerably housed or other vulnerable groups severely affected by poverty. Founded in Newcastle in April 2016 by Michelle Southern, the group provide monthly outreach in the UK across 14 cities and towns, including Leigh and Wigan. Michelle thought about the idea after volunteering at a soup kitchen. The dog lover then quit her job last summer as a practice manager at a veterinary surgery to work full time on Street Paws. The mum hopes the group will achieve charity status by the end of the year, hitting many of their ambitious goals. “I just love dogs and saw there was a need,” said Michelle who has two pet dogs,


21 Marley a Labradoodle and Bran, a Jack Russell Terrier. All pictures by Evie at Little Bear Photography.

“In a complex world with money problems and issues of mental health very much at the forefront of everyone we see, dogs are only ones that don’t judge their homeless owners; they are the only one that loves them no matter what. “Never in a million years did I think Street Paws would expand to this though, the idea was to just help people in Newcastle and then I went to York on a Christmas trip and saw a guy there with a dog, it was neither of their faults, the situation they are in is just circumstance, it can happen to anybody. “Our mission now is to reach as many as possible. We started off with just three of us, now we have 140 volunteers, vets and nurses that go out and give up their free time.” For some homeless men and women their dog is their lifeline, their only source of a friendly face.

“We are working with other charities to stop that happening so they can have accommodation. Homeless people are terrified they will never see the dog again, so we try and build up trust within the area and provide provision for emergency kennels and accommodation for both parties.” When temperatures reach zero degrees or below consecutively for three days the government and local councils have a duty to provide emergency shelter for the night but often this does not cover dogs and pets.

Street Paws volunteers

“I just love dogs and saw there was a need”

In recent years there has been a significant rise in the number of projects and charities that offer outreach and drop-in schemes free of charge – Street Paws being one of them.

“So what do you do? They don’t have another option,” said Michelle.

Working with local groups in the area, Street Paws have helped not just dogs but cats, rabbits and many more. “Last winter some homeless people slept outside because they weren’t allowed to bring their dogs into the hostels, they don’t allow dogs, so instead of leaving their pets they brave the freezing temperatures and we want to change that,” said Michelle, 47, who lives in Northumberland.

“We hear so many horror stories, for example a man we know has got terminal cancer and is living in a static caravan with six of his German Shepherds, and he can’t get a home because he has got that many dogs. “He used to live in Australia, owned his own business and when he became ill he couldn’t afford the health care over there so he came here and shipped his dogs over. He used most of his money to buy this caravan, the horror story is he can’t get


22 accommodation because of his dogs, the man is dying. We are trying to support him and his wife.” Street Paws deliver outreach on the first week of the month, a time which is always exceptionally busy for the team.

in Manchester, is invaluable. We’re acutely aware of the lack of accommodation for people with pets as well as the challenge of ensuring that pets are kept healthy and vaccinated. Unfortunately, very often the lack of homeless accommodation which accepts pets can be the final barrier to getting people off the streets and under a roof.

Michelle Southern

Each area has a lead coordinator who works with volunteers from the local veterinary practice who supplies treatment or surgery they may need at a cost price. However, when setting up in a new area the team are often met with uncertainty. “The people on the streets don’t trust us when we are going to a new area, they think we are going to take the dogs away from them, we don’t of course but they just want to protect their companions,” said Michelle.

“Their owner will feed the dogs before they feed themselves” “The ultimate goal is to provide support as far and wide as we can, we are hoping to set up an outreach to be able to provide accommodation for rough sleepers with dogs because when you see a man crying with his dog in the snow it is awful, heart wrenching.” “I have to say the dogs are all very well cared for, treated and well fed. We also go around giving out food to the dogs. Their owners will feed the dogs before they feed themselves.” The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is supporting the work of Street Paws. He said: “Greater Manchester is leading the way nationally and doing things differently and our response to rough sleeping is getting better. The work of Street Paws in Wigan and Leigh, as well as

“Our ground-breaking Housing First programme will address this problem and, during the cold winter months, our ever-growing winter provision will also develop pet-friendly accommodation. “We know that a pet can have a really positive impact on a homeless person’s mental health – we never, ever want the choice to be between having a pet as a companion or having a home.” Most of Street Paws’s funding comes from public donations. Michelle also had to set up a rota for volunteers after being inundated with requests of help. “People always want to help, we are a nation of animal lovers,” said Michelle. “You get upset seeing the dogs on the streets but you can see how much the homeless love their dogs too.” To find out more about Street Paws please visit https://streetpaws.co.uk or email streetpaws. northeast@yahoo.com.


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Fri, June 29, 6.30pm doors, 7.30pm start (1hr59m) ‘The Shape of Water.’ An other-worldly fairy tale. In the laboratory where she works, Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment. Tickets from £3-£5 from www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/430321 Leigh Turnpike Centre, Civic Square, Leigh, WN7 1EB. Tel: 01942 404469 Box Office: 07969 647466

Beer & Sport Festival Fri, June 29, 6pm; Sat, Jun 30, 11am; Sun, Jul 1, 10.30am-5.30pm Supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust and Wigan & Leigh Hospice. There’ll be 30+ craft beers, lagers & ciders, gin & prosecco bar, and music. Rugby fixtures include: Fri, 7.30pm LMR Masters RL Game; Sat, 3.30pm LMR 1st Team v York Acorn (NCL); Sun, 12.30pm LMR Woman’s Rugby League Game. Leigh Miners Rangers RL Academy, Sutton Park, Manchester Road, Leigh, WN7 2NZ.

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Sunday Road Rides Sunday, July 1, Aug 5, Sept 2, Oct 7, 9am-12pm 15-20 mile rides designed to build confidence cycling. (Not suitable for those with little or no experience). Own bike and helmet required. Cost £1. To book visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sunday-roadrides-leigh-leisure-centre-tickets-42630907191 Leigh Leisure Centre, Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, WN7 4JY. Tel: 01942 487800

Shopping Evening Tuesday, July 3, 6pm-9pm There’ll be lots or traders, each selling candles and soaps to sweets and handmade gifts and more. The Culcheth Arms, 1 Church Lane, Culcheth, WA3 5DL. Tel: 01925 764722


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Saturday, July 7, entry from 7pm

Seven businesses bring their items to show you. Each month the businesses change and will be kept a secret until the night. Bring a friend and see what items you can get your hands on.

An evening of exhibition darts featuring Corrie’s Andy Whyment who will play an audience member or one of the pros, including: Jamie Lewis, Joe Murnan and more. It’ll be a full 16 player knockout with full PDC rules. Tickets are £15 standard, and £35 VIP from 01942 883884/ 07960 369055.

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Leigh Business Expo Friday, July 6, 9am-3pm Leigh Expo has been set up in partnership with local companies Collins and Darwell Printers Ltd, Launch Events NW and ATTAIN Digital. Get your business seen by more of the right people. Register your interest at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leigh-businessexpo-2018-tickets-42380288584?aff=FB Leigh Business Expo, Leigh Sports Stadium, Sale Way, WN7 4JY.

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Brass in the Park Sunday, July 8, 1pm-3.15pm Bring a picnic, set your blanket on the ground and enjoy the music of Tyldesley Brass Band. An afternoon of traditional brass sounds in Haigh Woodland Park. A great, free family event. Haigh Woodland Park, Copperas Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE. Tel: 01942 828280


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or nearly 90 years gardeners and amateur growers have been flocking to the Southport Flower Show for its fabulous displays and floral competitions, and this year you could be joining them free of charge by winning one of three pairs of tickets to the annual seaside event. The three competition winners will each win a pair of day passes to the show, which is being held from the 16-19th August at Victoria Park in Southport. Southport is the UK’s largest independent flower show and is known for attracting some of Britain’s best celebrity gardeners and for putting on a packed programme of family entertainment. This summer’s show is no exception with a string of top gardening experts already confirmed and more big names from TV still to be announced. Britain’s best known gardening expert, Monty Don, will open the show on 16th August. Monty was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours recently and has been the face of BBC show Gardeners’ World since 2003. Monty said; “I am very much looking forward to returning to Southport Flower Show this year and sharing the colour, talent and fun of a great local show. I look forward to seeing you there.” Gardeners looking for tips on how to give their flowers, fruit and vegetables a boost will be able to listen to broadcasters Christine Walkden, Carol Klein, David Domoney and Matthew Wilson during the show and may get a chance to ask the experts themselves. Children aged under 16 are given free entrance with an accompanying adult and this year’s Southport Flower Show has more entertainment for the kids than ever before. Children’s TV star Justin Fletcher, known to CBeebies’ viewers for his many characters including Mr Tumble, will be leading the family entertainment during the 2018 show.


27 As well a series of kids workshops and events, in the outdoor arena, families can enjoy the shows by dog agility performers Adrian and Caroline Slater and Ben Potter’s eagle and vulture experience. Popular Countryfile presenter Anita Rani, who entertained fans on the 2015 series of Strictly Come Dancing, will be in the celebrity line-up meeting visitors on the opening day of the event. Anita will speak to guests at Southport’s Celebrity Theatre on Thursday August 16th at 3pm and be present at the Kuoni stand throughout the day. In the demonstration kitchen, cake Queen Flo Atkins, who starred in TV’s Great British Bake Off, is to demonstrate her cooking talents. Flo found fame as one of the contestants in the first series of GBBO to be screened by Channel 4, charming TV audiences with her traditional family recipes. General Manager Ray Roukin said: “We’ve got a brilliant show planned for 2018 with something for all the family and even our dogs are welcome this year.” Southport Flower Show takes place at Victoria Park, a 34 acre coastline park a short walk away from Southport town centre. To win one of the three pairs of tickets for Southport Flower Show, simply visit our website www. locallife247.co.uk, click on ‘free stuff’ and then on ‘competitions’. To enter the competition just input your answer to the following question; What’s the name of the BBC Gardeners’ World’ presenter who will welcome guests on the opening day of the Southport Flower Show? The expiry date for the competition is Friday 20th July 2018. Entrants must be over 16 years of age. Only one entry per household. Local Life 247 cannot accept responsibility for entries that do not reach us. Employees of Local Life 247 Ltd and their families are not eligible to enter this competition. Winners will be contacted by 31st July 2018, and details will be publicised in our September magazines. Advance tickets to Southport Flower Show are available for £20 per person, for the Show’s website at www.southportflowershow.co.uk


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Leigh Rock n Stroll

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Saturday, July 14, 12pm-10.30pm

Sat, July 21, 7.30pm to Sun, July 22, 12.30am

A family friendly music festival with an artisan market, food stalls, kids activities and 10 live band playing throughout the day. Free entry.

Stand-up, live music, silent auction and raffle to raise funds for the Steve Prescott Foundation, The Christie Hospital and the Rugby League Benevolent Fund. Tickets are £12 from Jonathan Fenney on 07841 333804/ jfenney@live.co.uk or David Cooke on 07841 422793/ dc@accelerate-coaching.com

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LGS Celebration Day Saturday, July 14, 10am-4pm

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A chance to see the LGS building and meet up with ex staff and pupils. There’ll also be exhibitions, performances and memory gatherings. Free event.

Atherton’s Big Summer Fest

Leigh Grammar School, Manchester Road, Leigh, WN7 2LU.

NGS Open Garden Sunday, July 15, 10am-4pm The gardens have colourful flower beds, three ponds and a Chinese bridge donated by the Whitworth Art Gallery. £3 entry.

Sunday, July 29, 1pm There’ll be lots of live bands, a hog roast, funfair, bars, prosecco, cider, lots of stalls and a DJ. The event is on all day. Purchase tickets from https:// ticketfest.co.uk/event/athertons-big-summer-fest/ Atherton Cricket Club, Eckersley Fold Lane, Manchester, M46 0RQ. Tel: 01942 884882

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hen visiting peoples’ gardens, the two comments I hear most often are “nothing will grow there” and “I like gardening but I’m rubbish at it”. The former comment usually relates to a shady spot in someone’s garden and because they have tried to grow something there before which has not flourished, they assume that this area is doomed to be boring and unable to support plant life when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. A shady spot in your garden is an opportunity to grow a wonderful range of plants. The first thing you need to assess is whether your shade is dry shade or moist shade as this will determine which plants you can grow successfully. For example ferns such as Polystichum munitum (Sword fern) and the Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis) thrive in moist shade. Some hardy Geraniums such as Geranium nodosum do well in dry shade as well as Dicentra formosa (Bleeding Heart) and Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis). Now to address the “I like gardening but I’m rubbish at it” comment. First and foremost gardening

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