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uzanna’s Pub and Restaurant is a beautiful restaurant and pub (formerly known as Gallaghers) on a country lane in Blackrod between Wigan and Bolton. With open field views on all sides, it is nevertheless only five minutes drive from the A49 at Standish. After a full and sympathetic refurbishment, Suzanna’s opened for business in September 2011, and has already gained a regular clientele from both near and far. We open 365 days a year and food is served every day from 12 noon until 10pm (8pm Sundays). The pub closes at 11pm, later on Fridays and Saturdays. A single menu ranges from pub classics such as fish and chips, burgers and sandwiches to full three-course à la carte dining. Vegetarian options are a speciality, as is our Sunday afternoon Roast. Real ale beer and a range of lagers are available, as well as an extensive wine list. Happy Hour (heavily reduced drink prices) runs from 4pm-7pm every day (4pm-10pm Sunday!) Suzanna’s is also available for private functions and conferences, with a complete range of set menus and buffets and full audio-visual facilities. This Christmas we offer a festive menu for office parties, and if you book on any Friday in December, we have free live music and dancing. Regular diners don’t miss out as we have turkey, Christmas pudding and other seasonal dishes on our specials board throughout December. 38 Little Scotland Blackrod Bolton BL6 5LW 01942 832639
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Much of this magazine is put together in advance; such is the nature of the business. So just before Bonfire Night, I sat down to write this section, waﬄed on about this and that like I always do and I then saved it into the editorial folder, ready to be placed into the magazine. But just a day before it went to press, the original piece was kicked out, to be replaced by this piece. Because Christmas is a special time for most of us and it deserves the spotlight. More than anything, it’s the time of year when the Christmas spirit kicks in and it becomes perfectly acceptable for total strangers to exchange civil greetings in the street. Actually, there are still plenty of us who do that all year round, but many more dip their heads in silence. Most people can take time oﬀ from work to catch up with neighbours, friends and family, and are actually nice to each other… for a while anyway! Wouldn’t it be great if you could bottle that Christmas spirit and use it throughout the year whenever the need arises, say down King Street on a Friday night! Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing this Christmas – do have a very Merry Christmas and an enjoyable New Year too. Finally, can I just say a big thank you to those people who make this magazine possible – Nicola, Peter and Sally, all of our distributors, who make sure that you receive your copy of Local Life and, last but not least, our growing band of loyal advertisers, without whom the magazine wouldn’t exist. Thank you. Have a great Christmas – see you in 2013!
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A Good Walk Ruined? Some say that golf is the perfect way to ruin a good walk, but it was on a walk back in July when I ﬁrst came across Wigan Golf Club. I had no idea that this delightful 18 hole course, set in glorious countryside just a few hefty drives away from Haigh Hall, even existed. Turns out that I’m not alone, its Wigan best kept golﬁng secret! Entry to Wigan Golf Club is via a low key country lane opposite what used to be the Crawford Arms in Haigh. If you use your Sat Nav and come from the Bolton direction, you’ll get lost down a farm track. Some might say that that’s a smart move designed to keep those pesky Boltonians out, but whatever the score is with that one, it’s only when you enter through the gates of Wigan Golf Club that you begin to realise what a gem of a place this really is. Originally constructed as a nine-hole course in 1898 and extended to eighteen holes in 2001 courtesy of member Dave Whelan’s generous donation of some adjoining land, Wigan Golf Club is a very pleasant parkland course which threads its way through magniﬁcent mature trees and offers a good test of golf on fairly level terrain. The course provides a challenge that is mastered by few, and whilst it is not extremely long by modern standards, the 6,008 yards layout has stood the test of time. Next to the course sits the proud Arley Hall, which now acts as a unique clubhouse and is surrounded by a 12th Century moat. The Arley estate was ﬁrst mentioned in
records dating back to 12th Century when is reported that King Henry I conﬁscated the estate, which was later handed back by King John. Arley Hall, which is a Grade 2 listed building, was built in the 18th Century. It was almost 115 years ago, in October 1898, when eight men gathered round a table at 50 Newmarket Street (now the home of Red Rose Dental Practice) and formed the Wigan Golf Club. At their ﬁrst meeting, the group agreed to lease Arley Hall and surrounding land and transform it into a golf course with a clubhouse. The ﬁrst president of the club was the then Wigan MP Sir Francis Sharp Powell, who was later immortalised in bronze in nearby Mesnes Park, and had the right foot of his statue rubbed for luck by generations of Wiganers. The club has everything a golfer could want; members have no need to book a tee time, instead they just turn up and play whenever they want to play, providing there is no ofﬁcial competition in progress. Whilst some other clubs utilise ‘pack them in’ philosophies, the relaxed and serene surroundings at Wigan Golf Club suit the discerning golfer down to the ground. Those with a competitive streak will be pleased to hear that the club runs regular competitions; which are usually held on Wednesdays and Saturdays for men and on Tuesday for lady members.
But the Club is not just about golf. Arley Hall is an excellent Members club. The tranquil setting acts as a wonderful surrounding where members, family, friends and guests can talk, laugh, drink and soothe away their daily worries.
There are now a limited number of 2013 memberships available at Wigan Golf Club. If you’re a golfer and you’d like to try the course with a view to becoming a member of Wigan’s most exclusive Golf Club, call the Ofﬁce now on 01257 421360 between 9.30am-3.30pm Monday-Friday. You’ll be able to visit the club, (if you can ﬁnd it!) play a round free of charge and enjoy the clubhouse facilities. But hurry – there are only a limited number of places available, so call today and book your free round. Juniors are most welcome too; in a bid to attract young talent, Wigan Golf Club offers a junior membership at a price that is probably the most competitive in the area – at just £50 per year! Please call the ofﬁce now for more information. Wigan Golf Club Arley Hall Haigh WN1 2UH 01257 421360
Fairs Galore! Christ Church in Newburgh are holding their Christmas Fair this Saturday (24th November) in the school. Visitors
can expect to see lots of stalls and competitions for all the family, and there is also a children’s activity area. The Fair opens at noon, and a very special visitor is due at 12.30... that’s right, Father Christmas himself is paying a visit! Do pop down for lots of family fun! Also this Saturday (24th November) is the Christmas Fayre at All Saints School in Finch Lane, Appley Bridge. This fair runs from 11am until 2.30pm and Santa’s coming here too! Cakes, plants, cards and gifts will be on sale at the Fair and you can also try and win a prize in the raffle or on the Tombola.
Christmas Gifts If you’re shopping for parents or for those Wiganers who reside overseas, you can serve up a slice of Wigan life this Christmas by stopping by at the special Christmas shopping preview event at the Museum of Wigan Life. The event is held this Thursday (29th November) at the Museum shop on Library Street and you can browse through the new Christmas gift range and buy your Wigan Christmas cards. The event runs from 5.30pm-7pm and you can also enjoy a selection of festive refreshments too!
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Parbold Shopping Night Clear out your diary for this Thursday (29th November), because it’s Parbold’s late night Christmas shopping night! This popular annual event runs from 5pm-9pm and attracts shoppers from miles around to enjoy the ambience of this traditional Lancashire village. Most of the businesses are taking part including, Millan Interiors, Mill House Gallery, Parbold Fruit and Veg, Pure Couture, Radiant Living, Sunrise Veterinary Surgery, Tracks and Poles and Yours is the Earth Café. If you come along you’ll be able to pick up some thoughtful and imaginative gifts for all your family and friends, take advantage of discount vouchers and onenight-only special offers, as well as indulging in some festive fayre! Thursday is Father Christmas’ night off, so you may even see him around, so don’t miss the Parbold late night Christmas Shopping this Thursday (29th November) from 5-9pm!
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Tense Thriller It’s the dead of night in an isolated, crumbling mansion high on the moors where a storm is gathering. A highpitched scream echoes through the ancient corridors followed by the sound of fingernails scraping on glass. If you enjoy a tense thriller, then you’ll love this latest production of Wigan Little Theatre which starts this Wednesday (28th November) and runs through until Saturday 8th December. The Haunting is a brand new Hugh Janes ghost story which was inspired by five short stories of Charles Dickens’. In the tale, David Filde is tasked with sorting out the estate of the late Lord Gray and visits his mansion to prepare for the sale of Gray’s collection of rare books, only to experience a journey to the very edge of terror! For more details and to book tickets, visit the website www.wiganlittletheatre.co.uk or call 01942 242561.
Craft Workshops Cedar Farm Galleries will be holding a series of drop in workshops with a Christmas theme at the Farm this Saturday (24th November) and also on Saturday 8th December. The Venue’s very own artists and craftspeople will be hosting the workshops in the art@cedarfarm building between 11am and 4pm on those days; the cost per workshop will vary but the prices start from £3 and are suitable for a variety of age groups.
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Christmas Fair Bargain hunters in Wrightington and beyond are invited to the Christmas Fair being held this Saturday (24th November) at the Tunley United Reformed Church in Mossy Lea Road. There’s lots to see and do; youngsters can hand over their present requests to Santa in his Grotto, whilst you can guess the weight of the Christmas Cake or browse through the gifts or bric a brac on sale. Refreshments are plentiful and there will be home made cakes and pies for sale, and you’ll also be able to indulge in a light lunch; homemade soup, and sausage and bacon barms are on the menu! The fair runs from 11am-1pm.
Fayre Fun Roll up, roll up to the St Wilfrid’s Christmas Fayre which takes place this Sunday (25th November) at the Parish Hall next to the church in Standish. On sale at the event, which runs between 11.30am-2pm, are books, games, toys, jewellery, cards, cakes, sweets, DVD’s, chocolates, bric a brac and lots more! Refreshments will also be served in the form of light lunches too – and all proceeds from the Fayre go to St Wilfrid’s Church Funds.
Lancashire Night If you fancy celebrating Lancashire Day this Saturday (24th November), then Skelmersdale Cricket Club are holding a Lancashire Night Celebration at the club on Blaguegate Lane in Skelmersdale. The night features T’Others and a Lancashire Quiz. Tickets for the night, which starts at 8pm, are £12.50 which includes hot pot and apple pie. For tickets, call Irene on 01695 732859 or Paul on 01695 722076.
Parbold Drama Don’t forget to book your ticket for this week’s new production from the Douglas Drama Group! Wanted – One Body will be staged on 29th, 30th Nov and 1st Dec at Parbold WI. Written by Charles Dyer, Wanted – One Body is a classic old dark house mystery of disappearing bodies, sliding panels and howls in the night. It is a who-dunnit and a thriller, but with the accent on laughter. Tickets are priced at £6 and are available now from the DIY Centre and from Parbold Fruit & Veg, both on The Common in Parbold village Centre. Doors open on the evenings at 7p.m. and curtain up is at 7.30 p.m.
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For a Christmas shopping day that’s guaranteed to satisfy your appetite for presents, come along to the Christmas Fair at Parbold Village Hall next Saturday (1st December)! The stalls will fill the main hall and you’ll be able to pick up some wonderful gifts such as jewellery, handbags, scarves, toys, decorations and craft items. Skip your breakfast and fill up on the fabulous bacon and sausage barms you can buy at the Fair or simpy take home the homemade cakes and mince pies!
St Anne’s Church in Shevington is the venue for a Christmas Concert on Friday 14th December, starting at 7.30pm. Two brass bands will be performing on the night; the Wigan Youth Brass Band and the Wigan Schools Intermediate Brass Band, in an event where the festive spirit will linger long into the night. Tickets are just £4, which includes light refreshments, and are available from the Parish Office on Church Lane, Shevington.
All proceeds from staging the Christmas Fair will go to The Hut on the Hill and the event is organised by the local Guides and Scouts. Please come along to the event, which is held between 11am-2pm at the Village Hall, have some lunch and do your shopping locally in the company of friends and neighbours.
The beginner classes run from 7.30-8.30pm on Mondays at St Agnes Church Hall in Eccleston and the 8.309.30pm class is for those clog dancers with experience. For more details about the classes, visit www.clogdance.co.uk.
Lanky Laughs Entertainer Rob Mason will have you rolling in the aisles with his special brand of Lancashire humour when he visits the Parish Hall at St Wilfrid’s in Standish to celebrate Lancashire Day. A Lancashire Night with Rob Mason is being held on Tuesday 4th December and tickets are now on sale at the Parish Office. The £7 ticket price includes a delicious hot pot supper!
Clogged Up And now for something completely different! If you think line dancing is out of line, that there’s no point to circle dancing and you no longer have a ball at ballroom dancing then, what about Clog Dancing? These classes are for absolute beginners and there is no need to go rooting round Granny’s attic, because clogs are provided.
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The staff at Standish Library are busy preparing for their Christmas Spectacular, which takes place at the Library in Cross Street on Tuesday 18th December. The programme of events goes on all day from 9.30am-7pm and there’s something for everyone to enjoy; From 9.30am-12.30pm you can pick up a present or two at the library; there is a Christmas Pot and Winter Plant Sale being held and also a sale of art from the Standish Art Group too. Carols will be sung by the children from St Marie’s Primary School. This is followed from 2pm-3pm by a gift wrapping demonstration and by a very special Christmas Storytime for the Under 5’s. From 2pm to 4pm, there will be a card, bag and pottery stall set up in the library, and the children at St Marie’s
will return for their second performance. From 3.30pm to 5.30pm and from 5.45pm to 6pm, there will be a demonstration in making jewellery, so you can try your hand at making a few presents this Christmas. From 5.45pm-6.30pm there will be a Book at Bedtime session, and also an eagerly anticipated Flower Decoration demonstration and this will be followed by an appearance of those fine singers of the Standish Choral Society who will be singing carols between 6.30pm and 7pm. Do pop along and join in whichever activity takes your fancy, but please take note that charges apply for the Flower Demonstration (£6) and the Book at Bedtime (£1) and these two activities must be pre-booked. Please call the library on 01257 400496.
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Chorley Wheel Chorley’s skyline will light up this Christmas when a 100 ft tall Ferris Wheel comes to town to thrill Christmas shoppers! The structure will be operational from Friday 14th December at the Flat Iron car park in the centre of town, and will be in place until Sunday January 6th. Riders in the 24 gondolas will be treated to a bird’s eye view of nearby Lancashire; tickets cost £3 for adults and £2 for children and concessions, and will be available at the entrance to the ride. The wheel will be open every day except Christmas Day and New Years Day from 10am6pm (Mon-Thurs) and 9am-8pm (Fri & Sat). For more details about activities in Chorley at Christmas, visit the website www.chorley.gov.uk.
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Pupils from St. Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary School in Standish won the Hoddinott Shield for their prowess in public speaking. The annual Junior Speaks competition, which has been run by Wigan Rotary Club with the town’s primary schools since 2008, is always eagerly anticipated and fiercely contested and this year was no different! Due to the large number of entrants, it was necessary to hold three preliminary heats, and the final took place at Lamberhead Green Primary School in late October. Each team spoke on a subject of their choice and St Wilfrid’s won the battle with their topic, ‘Pollution’. Second place was awarded to the pupils from Woodfield Primary School and the third spot went to Aspull Church Primary School. St Wilf’s were awarded the Hoddinott Shield, which is presented in memory of former Rotarian Peter Hoddinott. The trophy, certificate and dictionaries were presented by Mrs. Doreen Hoddinott and Wigan Rotary President Venk Mani, to a very excited team, who also received an invitation to Rotary lunch at The Owls in Standish in order to repeat their winning performance for the members of the Club.
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Old Hall On Sunday 16th December 2012, Old Hall Brass is hosting their annual Christmas Concert at St Teresa’s Social Club in College Road, Up Holland. It’s a 2pm start, and tickets are priced at £6 or £2 for under 16’s and are available from Debbie Sudworth on 01942 715684 or 07752 003834. For more information about Old Hall, visit the website www.oldhallbrass.co.uk.
Festive Songs An uplifting and joyous concert of seasonal music is promised at St Wilfrid’s Church in Standish when the East Lancashire based A Cappella Singers visit on Saturday 15th December. The evening concert, which starts at
7.30pm, is a ticket-only affair and the £7 tickets (children under 16 go free) are available from Andrew Holliday on 01257 421396. For more details about the singers, visit their website www.acappellasingers.co.uk.
MS Group When a local MS charity closed in 2003, members of the group decided to form their own charity and the Multiple Sclerosis Regional Therapy and Support Group was born. Now approaching its 10th anniversary, the group provides therapies for MS sufferers such as aromatherapy, reflexology, yoga, reiki, Indian head massage and Hopi ear candles. The Group gives practical help and advice to those who endure this deliberating illness and also offers a chance for sufferers to interact with other people in the same boat. The Multiple Sclerosis Regional Therapy and Support Group is based at the Marsh Green Community Centre on Kitt Green Road in Wigan, and operate on Wednesday and Thursday mornings each week from 9am until 1.00pm. For more details call 01942 217696 or visit the website www.msgm.org.
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Local Life has joined forces with the Trading Standards team at Wigan Council to help run those cowboy traders out of town! The Orrell based publishing company announced this week that, as from the January 2013 issue, the Home Services section of Local Life will only carry advertisements from those tradespeople who are members of the Good Trader Scheme or are members of similar Trading Standards schemes in St Helens and Lancashire.
The Good Trader Scheme was launched by Wigan Council in 2009 to promote honest and reliable tradespeople in the Wigan area. The scheme is a database of tradespeople that have undergone a series of checks by Trading Standards ofﬁcers. To promote the scheme, Wigan Council hosts a website which allows homeowners to grade the tradespeople on completion of the job on criteria such as ‘Quality of Work’ and Customer Service’. This information subsequently helps future users of the scheme to make an informed choice of which tradesperson to call. Julie Middlehurst, the Trading Standards Manager at Wigan Council explains “The Good Trader Scheme was launched as a result of the increasing number of calls we were receiving from residents complaining about being ripped off by rogue tradespeople. Once we have received an application by a tradesperson to join the Good Trader Scheme, we then run a number of background checks on that tradesperson to see if they are a suitable member of the Scheme”.
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Insurance Trade Associations Reference Checks Applicants must provide details of three most recent referees
The publisher of Local Life, Chris Pearce, tells how he ﬁrst got involved with the Good Trader Scheme. “When Local Life was ﬁrst published, we only approached local tradespeople who we knew personally to advertise in the magazine. As the magazine became more popular, we were approached by other tradespeople, who we didn’t know, who wanted to advertise with us.”
Julie Middlehurst, Trading Standards Manager of Wigan Council, with Chris Pearce, Local Life Publisher, outside the Local Life ofﬁces in Orrell. Chris goes on, “I’ve had ﬁrst-hand experience of the damage, both ﬁnancial and emotional, that a rogue builder had on a member of my family who didn’t bother to check out the credentials of that builder beforehand, and I certainly didn’t want Local Life readers to be put in a similar situation as a result of responding to advertising in the magazine. So I turned to Trading Standards to ﬁnd out how I could protect our readers from rogue tradespeople and found out that the Good Traders scheme had just been launched. The Trading Standards team have really worked hard to build the membership of the scheme up and it is very popular, both with readers and with local tradespeople.”
Are you a Tradesperson? To join the scheme visit www.wigan.gov.uk/goodtrader and you can apply online. Or call 01942 827476 for a Good Trader Scheme pack.
t Outta r!” e n d r a P n, Julie adds “We have had tremendous support for the scheme from Local Life ever since the scheme started. The magazine has not only given valuable publicity to the scheme, but has acted as a recruiting agent, urging the tradespeople who advertise within the magazine to join the Good Trader Scheme, including our current Good Trader of the Year winner, Chris The Builder.” Julie welcomed the latest move by Local Life to restrict their Home Services section to members of the Good Trader Scheme. “It’s great news. Residents needing tradespeople who don’t have access to our website can just pick up a copy of Local Life, turn to the Home Services section and be assured that all the tradespeople in there have all been checked out by Trading Standards.” Chris adds “The great thing about the scheme is that it opens up tradespeople to scrutiny, because customers can give feedback about their tradesperson’s work on the Good Trader website. If all our readers use Local Life and/or the Good Trader Scheme website when looking for a reliable tradesperson then work for the local cowboys will simply dry up, so they will be forced to saddle up and move on!”
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If your child is one of those disgusting creatures who would positively relish being on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, then do book them onto the Bug Box session at Shevington Library on Saturday 1st December. Furry, scary and slimy creatures will be on parade, just waiting for a cuddle from your offspring. The first Bug Box session runs from 10-11am and the second from 11.15am12.15pm. The cost is £1 per child and booking is advised – call the library on 01257 252618.
Victorian Fayre St Thomas the Martyr Church in Up Holland will host its annual Victorian Fayre this year on Saturday 1st December from 1pm – 4pm. This event is one of the highlights of the church’s year and is always a big attraction for local residents. The numerous stalls inside the church will sell the likes of cakes, toiletries, sweets, fancy goods, Christmas gifts, books and mystery parcels. There will be a raffle on the day and refreshments will be served too. Everyone is welcome to join in and celebrate the beginning of the festive season.
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Coffee Morning Enjoy friendship in the happy environment of the monthly coffee morning at the Parbold Evangelical Church on Chorley Road in Hilldale. The event is held on the First Tuesday of each month from 10.30am-12 noon. You can treat yourself to some scrumptious home baked goods and have a cup of fairtrade tea or coffee too. For more details, please contact 01257 464347 or 07720 062211.
To enter the run go to www.wwl.nhs.uk/reindeerrun and download the entry form or pick up an entry form from the DW Stadium.
Meetings feature talks on a wide variety of subjects and, in addition, the group holds a number of excursions and social lunches throughout the year. For further information, please contact the Club Secretary on 01257 424994.
The DW Stadium are hosting the event and throwing their full support behind it, hoping that rugby and football fans will sign up! Roberto Martinez, Manager of Wigan Athletic, together with Kris Radlinski, General Manager of Wigan Warriors, met with Janet Irvine, Lead Nurse of the new Cancer Unit to officially launch the event. Roberto said “I am happy to support the Stadium and the Charity in launching this fantastic event, especially as it’s for the health of the people of Wigan” with Kris adding “the event will be a real spectacle, with all the runners donning antlers and noses, a lot of fun, just before Christmas!”
The members of Standish PROBUS Club are looking for potential new members to join them at their regular monthly meetings. Potential new members, who must be retired, are welcome at the meetings which are held on the second Tuesday of the month at The Crown on Platt Lane in Worthington.
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The DW Stadium and Three Wishes have announced that the first ever Wigan Reindeer Run will be held on 16th December at DW Stadium. The fundraising event will be a 5k fun run/walk around the stadium and surrounding areas and has been designed so that both novice and experienced runners can take part.
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Picture House Productions Fans of George Clooney won’t want to miss the production of The Descendants which is screening this Sunday (25th November) at the Village Hall in Parbold. The Descendants won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as two Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture – Drama and Best Actor – Drama for Clooney. Screening at the Picture House on Sunday 9th and Sunday 16th of December is Jean de Florette and its sequel, Manon des Sources. This 1986 French historical drama, starring Gerard Depardieu, tells a tale of a good man’s labour of love and how, after his death, his daughter survives and thrives.
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The Grange Community Centre in Marus Bridge is again staging a Family Fun Day on Saturday 15th December. The ice rink will be on site and, for a small charge, you’ll be able to show off your skills to the entire family! The Crafty Grangers will be on hand to help with all kinds of Christmas Crafts, such as making Christmas cards and wreaths. There’s a story time for the younger participants in the Hope Library, and there will also be a special visitor – can you guess who it might be?
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Yes, it’s Father Christmas! Santa will be stationed in his grotto all day and handing presents out to all the good children. There is a small charge for visiting Santa, but you must book your child’s attendance in advance, so that Santa can get his elves to make the right number of presents for the children. To book your child’s slot, call 01942 777545 from December 1st. The day runs from 10am-4pm on Saturday 15th December – don’t miss it!
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A Winter Market is to be held in St John’s School, Church Street, Pemberton, Wigan on Saturday 1st December 2012 from 10 am to 2 pm. The Winter Market is a chance for the local community to meet up with friends old and new over a cuppa and a bite to eat, support local businesses and raise a bit of money for St John’s School and Church. The stalls will be a mixture of food, crafts and gifts with entertainment to be provided by the hugely talented pupils of St John’s Primary School. Admission is only £1.00 and Children are admitted free.
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