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St Mark’s winners of national competition time to celebrate see pages 20 and 21

BUDDING ecowarriors from St. Mark’s Primary School in Wigan have been declared winners of the UKwide Sky Rainforest Rescue Schools Challenge.

The challenge, established by Sky, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and Global Action Plan, encourages schools to carry out a number of activities to reduce their impact on the environment. St. Mark’s had three teams of pupils – two teams, the Monkey Shoppers and Tiger Munchers, came joint first claiming the top prize of £1,000 cash. The teams hosted an ecofashion show, organised a Fair Trade coffee morning and created pieces of art from recyclable materials. Pupils also composed the Rainforest Rap, which was recorded in groups, with

the children choosing their favourite. The rap was then uploaded to their online Team Blog Diary on the Sky Rainforest Rescue Schools Challenge website. The school also looked at the amount of paper it used and the children discussed where they thought paper was being wasted and put the school on a paper diet, and appointed monitors to encourage everyone to reuse paper. Karen Long, Team Leader for all three teams at St. Mark’s, said: “We are all extremely delighted to have won the Sky Rainforest Rescue Schools Challenge.It is incredibly rewarding, not only to be crowned overall UK winners, but to know we have a made a difference to the environment. “The children and staff will take the knowledge they have learned and continue to help protecting the rainforest, both at home and in school. Learning about protecting the environment is an


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important part of a child’s education, and to be able to take part in the Sky Rainforest Rescue Schools Challenge, and teach this in such a unique and interactive way, was very exciting. “Every member of the

school embraced the Challenge and will take away lessons that will last a lifetime.” In addition to their £1,000 prize, the Monkey Shoppers and Tiger Monkeys are invited to Sky for a special award ceremony in the autumn term, including the opportunity to make a short film on their experience. Sarah Anderson, Sky Rainforest Rescue

Manager, said: “We are pleased to award the challengers from St. Mark’s with the highest accolade in the competition. Their dedication to the challenge was unbeatable and we were extremely impressed by their efforts. “The success of their campaigns was very clear, and their ideas for protecting the environment and tackling environmental issues were outstanding.”




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ALTHOUGH THE English weather could not be relied upon the eagerly anticipated Shevington and District Community Fete did not disappoint.

Nearly fifty local organisations, charities and businesses attended, with stalls displaying and promoting their activities and fundraising. Fete activities were organised around the village, many taking place at the Recreation ground, Shevington Methodist Church and Hall, Shevington Youth and Community Centre, and St. Anne’s Parish Hall. Shevington Gardening Club staged their annual Flower and Vegetable Show, St.Anne’s Church Hall hosted a craft fair, Shevington Youth Club and Community Centre had stalls, local heritage displays, and hosted the Indoor Games element of the Social Sports Olympiad. There were also representatives from Shevington’s Community Policing Team, Greater Manchester Fire Brigade, and St. John’s Ambulance Service. Popular local band Gifted and folk band Seat O’ Your Pants entertained visitors throughout the day. Orrell Juniors Rugby Union Club provided and supervised an obstacle


course based on their rugby training and fitness techniques as well as members from Wigan Athletic Community Trust supervising the children’s race section of the Social Sports Olympiad. In total, 79 children took part in the games! The only low point of the day was the heavy rainfall in the early afternoon and sadly this curtailed the outdoor sporting events. The Social Sports Olympiad was arranged so the districts of Shevington, Crooke and Lower Ground could have a little local rivalry. Central Shevington, represented by Plough and Harrow pub, and the central area’s children both won Gold. Ted Unwin, member of the Fete’s organising Committee, said: “The



Organising Committee are so pleased with the success of the day that it is already looking at plans for Shevington and District Community Fete 2013! “Please allow me, on behalf of the committee, to say Thank you to all who participated, in whatever capacity, as well as to the residents of Shevington and District, for supporting the event. “It is your participation which demonstrates the strength, spirit and togetherness of our community – something of which you should all be proud!” If you would like to volunteer at Shevington and District Fete 2013 e m a i l : shevingtonanddistrictfete2013@hot Photo 1- GM Fire Service crew commander Simon Connor likes start trainees young! Photo 2 - Local band Gifted- so named because of their charity work - entertain the visitors. Photo 3 - When I nod my head, HIT IT One of Bewley’s amusements Photo 4- Proprietor of the Baby Elephant with colleagues and samplers of his cuisine Photo 5 - A leg of the extremely popular sack races. Photo 6 - Angels Williams facepaints another young customer.







A TERRITORIAL Army (TA) soldier from Wigan has helped to deliver a safe and successful Olympic games.

Trooper Jade Doherty, aged 21, joined Wigan-based D Squadron of the Royal Mercian & Lancastrian Yeomanry (RMLY) three years ago and London 2012 provided her first operational deployment.

For the past few weeks Jade, who studies Wildlife Conservation and Zoo Biology at Salford University and performs a medic role in the TA, helped provide venue security at Earl’s Court for events such as volleyball at London 2012. She said: “It was amazing and certainly something I’d do again if it ever came up.

VISITORS to Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre can enjoy a taste of the Olympics following a special donation.

Seven paintings celebrating the Olympic Games have been donated to the facility on Loire Drive, Wigan as part of a project to support people recovering from drug and alcohol misuse. Creative Start which meet twice a week in Hindley donated seven pictures to Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT). Elaine Delaney, voluntary mentor for the group, said: “The pictures depict Olympic athletes who have achieved their goals through strength, determination and self-belief. We feel these traits are essential in order to succeed in recovery. “Our aim is firstly to show the hidden talents we have in our


“I got to go to breakfast with some of the athletes from the GB women’s hockey, cycling and rowing teams and they were really nice.” Jade also met the Queen last year when she was chosen to represent her squadron at a medals parade in Lichfield.

town and at the same time we bid to break down barriers and stigmas which issues such as these carry. Recovery is possible.” Chairman Sam Delaney, set up the group two years ago, he said: “Art is a fantastic way to help people struggling to come to terms with an addiction. “It’s therapeutic and you really have to concentrate and focus. It teaches patience and improves your self-esteem.” Chief Executive of WLCT, Stuart Murray, said: “We’re delighted to accept these paintings and display them to celebrate London 2012.” Creative Start members, Elaine Delaney, Sam Delaney, Paul Carrington and Emma Wilson are pictured with WLCT's Chief Executive Stuart Murray in front of some of the paintings donated.

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Councillor Chris Ready shows Courier reporter Hannah Smith around the new Wigan Life Centre.

IT’S BARELY recognisable walking down Library Street in Wigan town centre from this time last year.

The multi-million pound new leisure and public services complex at the heart of the town has dramatically changed the area.

Where the dilapidated swimming baths once stood, now stands a state-of-the-art Healthy Living Zone, boasting a brand new eight lane Amateur Swimming Association short course swimming pool, measuring 25 x 21 metre, and a Profiles Health and Fitness Centre. The swimming pool has a moveable floor to adjust the depth of the pool, a pool hoist for disabled access, Alpha numeric scoreboard and timing clock with touch sensitive pressure pads. There is also a teaching pool, measuring 13m x 7.5m, with a continuous depth of 0.9m. The main pool has a viewing area with space for 250 spectators, accessible for people with disabilities, plus six wheelchair areas. The gym, home to Technogym equipment where gym members can ‘tweet’, watch TV and even search the internet while they work out, has proved extremely popular having 78,000 visits since it opened in September 2011. Each gym member can monitor their performance, as well as cycle the length of the Tour de France on an exercise bike! The new swimming pool has also proved popular with total number of swims, since September, topping the 60,500 mark. The zone is also home to a sauna and steam suite and two group Fitness Studios offering 35 hours of activities, consisting of circuits, indoor cycling, Pilates, Tai Chi, Body Combat, Body Pump and Zumba. Denise Grundy, Manager of the Leisure Centre, said: “The positive feedback we’ve had from Wigan residents, as well as councils from across the North West has been outstanding. “We have already hosted a number of Galas and swimming clubs regularly meet here. We have definitely set the standard for other councils to follow.” The second stage of the development and the culmination of the council’s £217m Life Centre Project, the Information, Learning and Neighbourhood Zone opened in January. Situated between Hewlett Street and The Wiend, the 6,500sq ft building is a ‘hub’ of public services where all council services are under one roof, including Citizens’ Support Service as well as an NHS help desk. Also home to a public library, it shelves more than 70,000 books for both adults and children, and houses an increased number of computers. Regular children’s events, including story time for children under 5, as well as events for older children and young adults will be held there. The public service ‘hub’ has welcomed approximately 130,000 visitors through its doors, which is equivalent of one person from every household in the whole of the borough visiting the centre. In a recent customer satisfaction survey the public service ‘hub’ scored 99 per cent. Manager of the centre, Lesley O’ Holleran was delighted with the results. She said: “It was a great achievement, we aimed for 90 per cent customer satisfaction and to exceed our expectation is fantastic. We now need to keep this up.” Cllr Ready also commented: “The Life Centre represents a massive investment for our borough and also a massive investment in our residents. We want to break down any barriers that exist between the public and service-providers to enable us to create a confident place and confident people. “We are providing modern information and learning facilities together with a streamlined and joined-up approach to customer services that we believe will improve residents’ satisfaction with council and other public services.

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“At a time of economic uncertainty it is great to see a major building project such as this, which has created jobs and will the future support regeneration of our borough, come to fruition. I would urge any resident of the borough who wants to find out more to visit the Life Centre and see this great new facility at firsthand.” The Wigan Life Centre has certainly had a huge impact to the people of Wigan and it has not gone unrecognised. The Life Centre has been placed among the nominations for this year’s charted surveyors’ regional industry ‘Oscars’. The public service ‘hub’, library and Leisure Centre has been shortlisted for a prize in the North West ‘s 2012 Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards. The awards showcase the region’s top projects and developments in land, property, construction and the environment. Wigan Life Centre has been shortlisted in the Regeneration category. Leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith, says: “The Life Centre represented our vision for the future and it is now fully realised. The centre is already proving to be a big success with residents of the borough. “We have taken two buildings that were at the end of their useful lives and transformed them into something special. “Through its iconic design and the impressive array of services it offers the Life Centre is proving to be the standard-bearer in the new approach to public service delivery. I am delighted that it has been nominated for this award and we hope it is the first of many.” Three years it took for both the buildings to be complete, but that long wait is definitely worth it. The Wigan Life Centre has not only eased the access of council services, but Wigan has upped the mark for other councils. The groundbreaking Life Centre is now the model for other councils to follow.


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Almost 40 “Elsie’s” from across the North West, along with their family members, attended a special birthday Tea Party- to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Wigan-based vinegar company Ellsey’s!

“It was fantastic”, said Ellsey’s owner Tim Williams. “We wanted to celebrate our special birthday in a truly memorable way, so we looked for people who share our name. We didn’t even need any name badges for our special guests!” The unique celebration took place at Wigan and Leigh Hospice during their annual Garden Party, sponsored by Ellsey’s. Cups and saucers were at the ready and tea was a flow for the VIP guests on the day. Elsie Boydell, aged 89 from Lowton, was just one of the special guests at the event: “The music and food was wonderful. I’ve had such a lovely time chatting with the other Elsie’s, it was one of the best days I’ve had in a long time.” One-year-old Elsie Howse of Atherton and her grandmother 83-year-old Mrs Elsie Beaver were also among the guests who attended the special birthday Tea Party. As well as receiving a special goodie bag and plenty of refreshments the guests also had the opportunity to hear a few words of thanks from Tim Williams, company owner and family member of Ellsey’s founder Walter Ellsey. Wigan and Leigh Hospice Corporate and Community Fundraiser, Maxine Armstrong, said: “Our garden party

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CHURCHES across the borough are preparing for a special Back to Church service on Sunday September 30.

"Back to Church Sunday", founded in Greater Manchester in 2004, is now in its eighth year and aims to reach people who are not currently part of a church community.

Members of church congregations are urged to bring someone along to the service

who are not connected to a church, to encourage participation. The service has proved successful with 4,200 churches taking part in 2011- a 20 per cent increase on the previous year. Organisers hope that this will inspire 5,000 churches to take part in 2012 "Back to Church Sunday", continuing the upward trend in participation and average returner numbers. Since the first "Back to Church Sunday" in 2004, feedback suggests about 230,000 people have come back to the church after

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ST. ANNE’S Parish Centre was buzzing last week as more than 50 children attended the parish’s Holiday Club.

Children from all Shevington’s primary schools attended the week-long club, learning about

the Journey of St. Paul, through bible studies, crafts, singing and games. The week ended with a special

service at the parish centre.

Our picture shows the children of Shevington having fun at the holiday club.

FORMER Organist and Director of Music at St. Wilfrid’s Church, Neil Shepherd, returned to his hometown to sing alongside Jim Archer, Music Director of St. Peter’s Church, Hindley. The concert, Organ Pops, raised funds for new community choir, Vocal- eyes. A variety of music featured in the concert, from classical to jazz and everything else in between.

Vocal- Eyes choir starts in September at St. Peter’s Church, as an outreach project, and is open to everyone in the Hindley, Platt Bridge, Abram, Bickershaw, Hindley Green areas. Founder conductor, Jim Archer said: “The choir is

Wigan Community Choir, Vocal- Eyes rehearsing at St. Peter’s Church

open to all- no musical knowledge or ability is required, there are no auditions and people won’t be expected to sing on their own. “Experienced choral singers are just as welcome as bathroom and golf course singers”. Until December 2008, Neil was based at St Wilfrid's Church in Standish where he resurrected the Standish Festival, for so many years part of the local arts scene. Neil has seen been based in Cornwall, where he is Director of Music at the 600 year old parish church. Neil is also responsible for a thrice weekly summer concert series which attracts thousands of people each summer and during the Annual St Ives September Festival. In charge of one of the largest community choirs in the country, with more than 400 singers in eight different groups, Neil has a wealth of experience and

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ST. JUDE’S Catholic Church, Wigan, is holding a car boot on Monday August 27th, to raise funds for an upcoming celebration.

5JE, in aid of its Priest’s upcoming 50th anniversary of his ordination of Priesthood. Sellers to arrive from 7am to 7.45 a.m. Buyers from 8 am. £8.00 per car (pre-booked), large van (e.g. transit) £12 To book or for more information call Colin on 01942 701360

ST. ANDREW’S Church Social Committee are holding a Table Top Sale and Treasure Hunt on Saturday September 15, to raise funds for the church.

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The car boot will take place on St. Jude’s Church car park, St. Paul’s Avenue, Worsley Mesnes, WN3

The sale and treasure hunt will take place in the Parish Centre, 20 Woodhouse Lane, Springfield,


Refreshments will be available inside the hall with a chocolate and flower tombola, a nearly new stall as well as a cake sale and a Treasure Hunt for families. Hand-made jewellery by littlecreationsjewellery will also be available. £5 per stall-bring your own table and gazebo (optional). Stalls to be set up from 9am. Entry is free but clue sheets for the hunt will cost £1

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ST. PETER'S Catholic High School have won the annual public speaking Competition, Youth Speaks, sponsored by Wigan Rotary Club.

St. Peter’s team of Freya Oxton - Grant (chairperson), Joe Dandy (speaker), and Eleanor Bliss (proposer of the vote of thanks) were praised by Chief Judge David Grainger

Their topic “Theatre - A Place of Education or Exploitation?” presented a very strong argument for children to have access to discounted seats at the theatre and thus encourage them to become theatre goers as they become adults. Miss Helen Jerstice, Head teacher at St. Peter’s was delighted at their team’s achievement. She said: “All the team members are in the Year 7 speakers’ club, they have worked very hard to prepare for the competition and deserve the success.” Special thanks must go to Mrs Keulemans who prepares the pupils. Shevington High School was awarded second place. Hawkley Hall and St. John Fisher High School also competed and gave very good speeches. For more information about the Rotary Club of Wigan or one of the other Rotary Clubs across Greater Manchester please visit Photo Caption: From left to right: Joe Dandy, Eleanor Bliss, Freya Oxton-Grant of St. Peter's winning team

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THERE must be a number of people in the borough who are grateful for the work of Christies’ said Wigan Rotary President Venk Mani ‘ and we are organizing an event for them and their family and friends to give something in return’ he continued.

The Club is organising a Fun Run on Sunday 23rd September in Haigh Hall Country Park. The event over 5 kilometers, which is just over three miles, can either be run, jogged or walked, and should take about one hour to walk. It is a great way to have a little exercise in beautiful surroundings and at the same time raise some money for research into men’s cancers.

For the regular runners or those more adventurous there is also a 10K event on the same day, which is open to all. ‘Prostate cancer is now the biggest cancer killer in men’ explained Venk Mani ‘ one man dies every hour in the UK from this illness and over two thousand young men are affected by testicular cancer each year, in addition to those affected by penile cancer. But only about half the money that is spent on research into women’s cancers is spent on research into men’s cancers’. All the profits from this Wigan Rotary Club event will be donated to the Men Matter Appeal who fund research into men’s cancers at The Christie Hospital. Bernard Edmunds Chairman of the appeal said ‘ We are delighted that Wigan Rotary Club have decided to donate all the profits from this event to us. I would urge as many people as possible to get behind this event and help us to reduce the number of deaths from male cancers’. Entry can be made either online at or ring 07813 471000





EIGHT months ago members of the community stepped in to help run their local library. Faced with massive cuts of £1.1m, due to the national austerity measures, Wigan and Leigh’s entire library service was re-defined in 2011.

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But unlike some other authorities, where large numbers of libraries closed, in Wigan the picture is very different. The new look library service reduced costs by reducing some opening hours in certain locations, relocating services and by maximising stock and staff rotation across libraries. It was developed in response to key information such as local demand, lifestyle needs and cost effectiveness. Volunteering and community support has also played a major part in Wigan MP Lisa Nandy, Cllr Chris Ready and Chief ensuring access to library Executive of WLCT Stuart Murray pictured with volunteers services in some areas. At Aspull, 24 volunteers ensure that their friends, and Culture Trust, said: “We’re extremely proud of neighbours and fellow residents can still access their the volunteers here at Aspull who do a tremendous job. library. “People can volunteer for as long or as short as Local dignitaries, including Wigan MP and Shadow Children’s Minister Lisa Nandy, Aspull they want, they can pick what they’d like to do and councillors, and Chief Executive of Wigan Leisure they can have their say in how the library is and Culture Trust, Stuart Murray thanked volunteers developed. “This is real community spirit in action and we’d personally for their hard work. Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, Cllr encourage anyone thinking of volunteering to get in Chris Ready, said: “The scale of the national cuts to touch.” Wigan’s Labour MP and Shadow Children’s the public sector have been, and still are, extremely Minister, Lisa Nandy, said: “Councils up and down tough. “The library review was a wonderful example of the country have been forced to close much loved how we could rise to the challenge of meeting such libraries because of the Government’s spending cuts. “I am delighted Wigan Council has found a way to stringent cuts and maintain service for the people of the borough. “Volunteering has played a key role in keep our library service going, with the help of the that and we’re extremely proud of the community local community.” Vince Broomhead, 73, has been volunteering at spirit here in Aspull.” Under the guidance of Kim Collins, Libraries Aspull Library since January. He said: “It’s fantastic, Deputy Customer Service Business Manager and I get a lot of enjoyment and personal satisfaction colleagues from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust from it, they’re a great bunch of people here.” For more information on events and activities (WLCT) – who manage libraries on behalf of the council - volunteers are not only helping to keep the taking place at Aspull Library visit


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FIVE historical maps of Wigan are set to move to a more prominent place in Wigan Town Centre.

The maps are currently located in an alleyway behind Tesco Petrol Station, off Central Park Way, and are now set to move to a more visual spot in Wigan Town Centre, thanks to Councillor George Davies.


Councillor Davies, said: “The first map dates back to 1827 when Wigan had just provided gas lights, and the second map shows the railway, which was built in 1843.These map show the history and development of our town and we must celebrate that.” After a meeting with council

officers, Wigan Town centre manager, Mike Matthews and Wigan’s Heritage Network Chairman, John O’Neil, it has been agreed that a new site and place for the maps will be given. “The maps, which are dated 1827, 1850, 1880, 1920 and 1950 will give residents and visitors the chance to look at the history of Wigan through the ages.” The new prominent place is yet to be decided. It is unknown who put the maps up near Tesco. Cllr Davies added:“I don’t know who put them up, I just saw them as I was walking past and thought they needed a more promient in Wigan Town Centre.” Our picture shows Cllr Davies with the maps in their current location, behind Tesco petrol station.



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WIGAN is celebrating Heritage Open Days by organising scores of activities across the borough, in September.

Wigan and Leigh is to celebrate national Heritage Open Days and English England’s fantastic architecture and culture.

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By Hannah Smith SIXTY young people from the borough are concurring The Challenge, this summer.

16 year-olds from the Wigan area are participating in The Challenge Programme, a three week scheme spilt into three sections, the Personal Challenge, the Team Challenge and the Real Challenge, and is completed throughout the summer holidays.

In the Wigan Borough six groups of 12 young people are taking on the programme, proving how popular the scheme is. Participants travelled to Scotland to concur the Personal Challenge- five days of outdoor activities tackling abseiling, hill hiking and gorge walking, to name but a few. Participants then faced the Team Challenge- taking on university life at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Each group created a presentation on either sport, drama, photography, media, or enterprise, using the facilities of the university, and presented their work to their family and friends. To get the full university experience, the groups stopped in the university’s Hall of Residents for five nights. In the Real Challenge participants had to create and pitch a campaign idea in a Dragon’s Den style competition. Each of the six groups from the area go head to head, for a chance to win up £100 for funding their idea. One group visited The Wigan Courier to pitch their

campaign, and it was clear that everyone was enjoying the programme. Participant Caroline Bleakley told The Courier: “It has been so good. We’ve all become really good friends- we’re more like family now. “We’ve all found parts of it difficult, but it wouldn’t be called The Challenge then. I would definitely recommend everyone to take part, it beats stopping in and being bored!” Many of the participants are going to college after the summer and said they are now confident at starting college. Stephanie Barton said: “The Challenge has given us all a lot more confidence. I’m starting college after the summer holidays and I was really nervous about going, but after this, I know I have the confidence to make new friends.” The programme costs £50 per person, including over night stays, food and activities. Chris Summerfield said: “It has been worth £50. I’ve never had so much fun before and it looks really good on my CV as well. We don’t want it to stop!” All sixty participants will graduate from the national programme, which works in conjunction with the National Citizen Service and the Brathay Trust, in September. Photo caption (Left to right) Back row: Team Mentor, Tara Priestley, Senior Mentor Mark Baxter. First row: Rebecca Hough, Jennifer Ellwood, Lauren Sturgess, Marc Crehan, Stephanie Barton, Sarah Horrocks, Sophie Berry, Patryk Gomes, Stephen Greenall, Front row: Caroline Bleakley, Chris Summerfield, Megan Hatton, Lewis Kellher

Heritage Open Days offer free access to places that are usually closed to the public. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life. Residents in Leigh can enjoy heritage walks and talks plus tours of St Mary’s Parish Church and Leigh Town Hall between 10am and 3pm on Friday 7 September and Saturday 8 September. There’s also a chance to see the ‘Beastly Machines’ exhibition in the Turnpike Gallery and get involved in “The Big Clean” – where you can help to care for the borough’s irreplaceable documents - at Wigan Archives in Leigh Town Hall. A classic car display takes centre stage on Leigh’s Civic Square, on Saturday 8 September, with music from Golborne Brass Band, street drama from Wigan Community Theatre and a chance to try a Zumba taster session. Saturday evening rounds off the weekend with Tyldesley Brass Band at the Last Night of the Proms

Teacher of the year award

A WIGAN teacher has been awarded Further E d u c a t i o n Teacher of the Year in the North at the 2012 Pearson Teaching Awards.

St John Rigby (SJR) college teacher, John Ireland, was awarded the prestigious prize after he was nominated more than 20 times by different SJR students. John accepted his award at a ceremony

held at the House of Commons in July. Over the last 32 years John has built a popular and successful PE department, as well as playing a significant role in the lives of students, colleagues, and the wider

community. Colleagues have praised him as an outstanding teacher and educator, and his tireless commitment to his students is second to none. His passion for students learning is

obvious, which leads many of his pupils to day that his classes are “the best lessons in the week”. John is pictured being presented with his award by Wigan MP Lisa Nandy.


Concert in Pennington Park. Tickets on sale now. In Wigan, weekend highlights include the ‘What a Building’ Super Saturday at the Museum of Wigan Life on Saturday 8 September between 11am and 3pm. An actor will take on the role of the building’s designer Alfred Waterhouse taking people on tours, there will also be craft activities and historic building related documents on display. On Sunday 9 September visitors can check out the mighty Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine at Wigan Pier, with demonstrations taking place at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. Between Thursday 6 September and Sunday 9 September other locations in the borough will also be opening their doors. These include Lancashire’s last remaining colliery at Astley Green, Astley’s historic Dam House and a number of historic churches and chapels The events have been co-ordinated by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) who manage arts, heritage and library events on behalf of Wigan Council and partners including the Leigh for All Working Group and Wigan Civic Trust. For further information please ring 01942 828 128 or visit To book tickets for Last Night of the Proms in Pennington Hall Park contact 01942 828 508.




WIGAN RUGBY Union Club, has been highly commended by healthy stadia consultant HM Partnerships for its significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of stadium users and the surrounding community.

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through the boroughs Healthy Stadia and Sports Club Network have been working with the clubs executive committee to carry out a Health Impact Audit of the clubs policies and activities to allow the club to assess its current and potential impact on health and its wider sustainability agenda. This independent assessment considered the clubs activity against local health needs and local strategic documents. The audit reported that Wigan Rugby Union Club is very much aware of its role in supporting health and wellbeing of its members and the local community and has a broad spectrum of gold standard polices and practices. It looks to build on its policies through implementation of an infrastructure that makes it an exemplar club in terms of providing a healthy environment that supports the health of its members, spectators, the local community and volunteers. The audit found that the stadium was particularly strong in its contribution to physical

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BRAVE Wigan Division's police officers and staff were for their commended outstanding work and commitment at an awards ceremony.

More than 100 police officers and staff attended the event, in August, where they saw colleagues awarded for their efforts. Winners of the coveted awards were selected by a panel of judges, made up of senior officers and staff and chaired by Wigan's Divisional Commander, Shaun Donnellan. Awards, such as PCSO of the Year, Divisional Commander's Commendations, Long Service and Good Conduct Medals, and Long Service Certificates were presented at the event held at Wigan Soccerdome. Members of the public, Steve Millar (pictured above right) and

activity, an area that was classed as ‘outstanding’ within the audit. In particular the club should be recognised for Its development of a strong and growing junior section, its investment in developing the new health and fitness centre and in opening this facility up to the local community, providing opportunity for all local residents to access a high quality health and fitness facility at an affordable cost and its range of non club related physical activity opportunities offered to other sporting clubs, physical activity organisations and community classes such as boot camps all of which will provide a significant contribution to the boroughs physical activity targets. The report concluded that:“the club is at the forefront of amateur rugby union clubs in using the power of sport and their position within the community to support the health and wellbeing agenda. The work of the club in supporting this agenda is necessary, ongoing and credible”. Gemma Weston Wigan Healthy Stadia and Sports Club Lead who carried out the audit

Wigan officers honoured

Colin Faulkner (pictured below right) were among 81 officers and police staff to receive divisional commander's commendations, for their outstanding bravery when confronting a man armed with a sledgehammer, who was attempting to steal from the shop, in June 2012. Another member of the public, Carole Barrow, was also awarded for her sympathetic and understanding manner when she came across a suicidal woman who had climbed over the barrier of a road bridge, Carole engaged in conversation, preventing her from jumping and buying valuable time before the police arrived. Two Police officers, DCI Howard Millington and DI Jonathan Keeley, were honoured for their hard work to successfully investigate and charge a dangerous predatory sex offender, who had been operating in the area. PC Martin Dawber was presented with an award for his part in a drugs operation. After the initial drug warrants were executed, Martin worked tirelessly to collate evidence and work with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure

that the offenders were brought to a successful prosecution. Three officers were commended for their efforts in a large-scale investigation into the production and distribution of abusive images of children. DI Jonathan Keeley, DS Graham Clare and DC Robert Kitchen were all given award for their hard work. One suspect was charged with 17 counts of possession with intent to distribute abusive images. Police Community Support Officer, Lindsey Sutch (pictured above left) was also commended for her hard work. She was presented with the 'PCSO Christopher McClure Memorial Award for Oustanding Contribution to Their Community’ for her work to tackle antisocial behaviour across the Pemberton neighbourhood and her work in targeting metal theft. Chief Superintendent Shaun Donnellan said: “There is a lot of excellent work being done to tackle crime and disorder across Wigan which is evident in the quality of the nominations for this year’s awards. “The officers and staff that

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commented; “The club is at the forefront in using the power of sport to support the health and wellbeing agenda” Frank Morgan, Wigan RUFC Club President, commented:“Wigan Rugby Union Club is proud to be recognised for our contribution to health and wellbeing. The club will use the findings from this audit to identify areas where we can work with local partners to enhance or support this agenda. The assessment will provide a baseline measure of impact from which we can monitor progress” The club was presented with plaque at Wigan Borough Healthy Stadia and Sports Club Network Conference at Leigh Sports Village: Ou picture shows L-R Gemma Weston, Network Lead, Jane Pilkington, Associate Director of Public Health NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, Frank Morgan, President Wigan RUFC For More Information on Wigan Healthy Stadia and Sports Club Network please contact: Or visit

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By Hannah Smith FIVE historical maps of Wigan are set to move to a more prominent place in Wigan Town Centre. The maps are currently located in an alleyway behind Tesco Petrol Station, off Central Park Way, and are now set to move to a more visual spot in Wigan Town Centre, thanks to Councillor George Davies.

to 1827 when Wigan had just provided gas lights, and the second map shows the railway, which was built in 1843.These map show the history and development of our town and we must celebrate that.” After a meeting with council officers, Wigan Town centre manager, Mike Matthews and Wigan’s Heritage Network Chairman, John O’Neil, it has been agreed that a new site and place for the maps will be given. Councillor Davies added: “The maps, which are dated 1827, 1850, 1880, 1920 and 1950 will give residents and visitors the chance to look at the history of Wigan through the ages.” The new prominent place is yet to be decided.

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THE Labour Party has launched a wideranging policy review on the private rented housing sector and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy is calling on Wigan residents to get in touch.

Lisa wants Wiganers to share with her their experiences and suggestions for how the sector can be improved. A recent survey of letting agents found that 94 per cent imposed additional charges on tenants on top of the tenancy deposit and rent or rent in advance. It also found huge variation in the size of these charges. The charge for checking references ranged from £10 to £275 and the charge for renewing a tenancy ranged from £12 to £220. In some cases additional charges for a tenancy amounted to over £600. Labour’s policy review will seek to create a professional lettings market in which unscrupulous agents can no longer hit landlords and tenants with rip-off charges. The private rented sector should provide stability both for families who want to plan for their children’s future and for landlords who want to invest for the long term. The Citizens Advice Bureau found that 73 per cent of

tenants they surveyed were dissatisfied with the service provided by their letting agent, and report that a significant number of people have difficulties contacting agents, serious delays in getting repairs carried out, and inadequacies in the financial protection of deposits. Lisa Nandy said: “One in six households now live in the private rented sector and this figure looks set to increase to one in five by 2020. We want to ensure, particularly in these tough times, that private tenants can be confident their money is safe and that they will get a fair deal. “There is no place for unscrupulous agents who rip-off tenants by charging them fees they didn’t know they would face and who exploit landlords and tenants alike by failing to protect the money they hold for them. “I want to hear from anyone who has had experiences – good or bad – with the private rented sector and particularly with letting agents so I can feed Wigan’s voices into Labour’s national policy review. “ You can get in touch by visiting Lisa’s website at

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By Hannah Smith EVERY household has a draw that seems to accumulate old mobile phones, whether it’s an old mobile phone the size of a brick or an all singing, all dancing phone which is brokenWigan and Leigh Hospice wants them.

Standish Charity Shop celebrates birthday

STANDISH-BASED Wigan and Leigh Hospice shop celebrated its fifth birthday and it’s all thanks to a group of volunteers.

The shop, on Cross Steret, Standish, is run by 36 volunteers, and it’s thanks to them that the shop is still in business.

All 12 of the hospice shops in the borough are volunteer-run and their hard work and dedication means the shops can continue to run. Mike Parr, Hospice Corporate Director praised the volunteers, he said: “It’s great that the shop has been open for five years, and it’s all down to the hard work of the volunteers. “They give their time and effort to help at the shop and it’s fantastic to see. A lot of the money raised for the hospice comes from the shops, so they are vital


part of the fundraising.� Irene Cieplak, Voluntary Service Co-ordinator, joined Mike in expressing her gratitude to the volunteers. “Without the volunteers the hospice would not be able to provide the care and support that it gives,� she said. “We have 800 volunteers in total at the hospice and they a marvelous job. The volunteers in standish shop make the place a friendly place to come and have a browse.� To celebrate the shop’s birthday, the volunteers organised a raffle and sold hot drinks and cakes. Jill Hodson, co-ordinator at the Standish shop thanked local businesses for donating prizes to the raffle. She said: “The support from Standish businesses has been great, the prizes they have donated have been wonderful.�

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A MARSH Green youngster and his family have organised a football and netball tournament to raise funds for Derian House Children’s Hospice

Pupils, parents and the community came to back the tournament organised by 11-year-old Dylan Wilding and his family at Marsh Green Community Primary.

The event raised a total of £84.50 for Derian House who help children diagnosed with terminal illness and support their families. Dylan, a pupil at Marsh Green Community Primary School, said: “I just thought it would be a good idea. I heard about Derian House and wanted to do something to help. I wanted to help all the children that have to go there. “Quite a few people have turned up and we’ve just charged them 20p each to get involved.” Mum Deborah Mason said: “I am really proud of him. He has such a kind heart and is always doing stuff like this for others without giving it a second thought. “All the family have come along to show their support for Dylan and we back him 100 per cent.” Dylan was supported by Marsh Green Community

Primary School, St Barnabus Church, The Life Project, a Wigan Council project to help local families and Life worker Tony Russell. Dylan also wrote to local PCSO James Booth asking him to referee the match. His whole family were on hand to help the tournament run smoothly. Marsh Green Primary head teacher Gill Leigh said: “I think it is amazing that Dylan has come up with this idea and organised it all himself. He has written to the school governors for use of the field, run the entire event and gathered support from the children and parents and even run a raffle on the day. “It is such a selfless act and it is fantastic someone so young has made this happen. “He actions also inspired the rest of Year 6 to follow his lead and run a sponsored car wash. We are proud of Dylan and all his peers.” As a result of Dylan’s love of football, he and his youth worker Tony secured funding from the Positive Activities for Young People Team to provide some football coach training. Dylan’s brother Daryl, local young person Adam Jones and PCSO James Booth can now provide coaching to young people in the area to help get more youngsters involved in positive activities.

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Summer fayre success at Wood Fold


ON a rare sunny Saturday afternoon Woodfold primary school in Standish held a very successful summer fayre in the school grounds, attended by hundreds of local folk. The event saw numerous stalls, games and activities which together helped raise the fantastic sum for the school’s PTFA funds.

Attain has the ability

WIGAN company Parker Sandford can save businesses up to 60 per cent on their marketing, thanks to a new multi-channel communications platform.

The online database, Attain, has the ability to target specific consumers with specific information, at the touch of a button. Focusing on customer preferences, the database has been designed to streamline data. Now, by clicking a computer mouse, the database can sieve through mass data to find a specific group, and then send particular pockets of information to tens of thousands people. Understanding the preferences, habits and behaviour of individual customers is vital to Attain. The platform can use behavioural information to refine its search, enabling businesses to communicate with their customers, resulting in stronger loyalty and sales. Not only is the system able to filter data quickly, it is proven to reduce costs and improve results. On average, businesses who use Attain will save 60 per cent of marketing costsmaking marketing viable

and affordable. I n v o i c e s , advertisements, and offers, can be sent as an SMS to mobile phones, email, and now by post. Parker Sandford has built a relationship with mail delivery service, TNT, so now businesses are able to send large volume mailing quickly. The information is digitally created by mail, electronically transported and printed at regional distribution centres across the UK. Once the information is printed, TNT will deliver it to your address within three days. Thanks to the digital world transporting the information to a regional distribution centre the carbon footprint is being reduced, making marketing, not only quick, easy and affordable but it also helps the environment. The new groundbreaking database is going from strength to strength, developing the digital world at a formidable speed and attracting some big name customers, such as, Liverpool Airport, DW stadium and TNT customers. Operations Director of Attain, Danny Parker, showed The Courier how the database filters data, searches for a particular consumer and then markets specific information to them. The speed and ease of the process was astounding, and, quiet

Along with the many stalls, kindly run by the staff and parents, the crowds were entertained by a local dance group, a beat the goalie competition and Wigan Fire Service, who kindly allowed children to clamber aboard on of their big fire engines.

Lisa Nandy

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WIGAN Lisa will be holding Advice Centres by appointment for constituents on the following dates From September to December 2012

honestly, it is overwhelming what the digital world can now do. With a few clicks on the computer, thousands emails, phone messages and postal letters can be sent. Businesses can also see how many consumers read the email, thought the email was ‘junk’ and how many acted on the information. This review then helps refine the process, to target a more particular target market. It comes with no surprise that talks with big name public sector businesses are in the pipeline for the Wigan firm, this innovative, digital platform looks the way forward.

7 September Ince Clinic & Community Centre, Manchester Road, Ince, Wigan 10 September Wigan Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan 21 September Shevington Children’s Centre, Shevington Community Primary School, Miles Lane, Shevington, Wigan 8 October Wigan Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan 12 October St Cuthbert’s Primary School, Thorburn Road, Norley Hall, Wigan 22 October Wigan Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan 26 October Beech Hill Children’s Centre, Beech Hill Community Primary School, Beech Hill Avenue, Beech Hill, Wigan 2 November Lamberhead Green Library, Abraham Guest High School Specialist Sports & Arts College, Greenhey, Orrell, Wigan 5 November Wigan Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan 16 November Aspull Civic Hall, Woods Road, Aspull, Wigan 19 November Wigan Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan 3 December Wigan Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan 7 December Standish Library, Cross Street, Standish, Wigan 17 December Wigan Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan

The future certainly looks bright for Attainand Parker Sandford.



Riding for the Disabled showcased at the Southport Town & Country Fair

Many events including:

• Reptile House • Bug House • Worm House • Racing Pigeons • Duck Herding • Horse Carriage Driving • Donkey Rides • Archery • Stick Making • Folk Band • Gymnastics • Childrens Attractions

Opening Times: 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Adults £5.00 Children £1.00 Family £12.00 Senior Citizens £4.50 Advance (Cheaper) Call or visit our website


VISITORS to the Southport Town & Country Fair at the Stanley Sports College over the Bank Holiday weekend will have a first-hand opportunity to see the benefits that Carriage Driving can have for people with disabilities.

Squeezed between the London 2012 Closing Ceremony and the Opening of the Paralympics on August 29, the Southport Town & Country Fair will feature a Main Arena display by the North Meols Carriage Driving Group. The Group, based in Crossens, is a self-funded registered charity and will be celebrating its seventh anniversary on September 1. It provides carriage driving experience for disabled people over the age of 14 and is part of the national Riding for the Disabled Association. Geoff, who runs North Meols Carriage Driving Group with his wife Brenda, commented: “We provide the opportunity for disabled carriage drivers to learn exactly the same skills as those used in competition, including the Olympics – such as dressage, cone driving and negotiating obstacles – plus the general care of the

horse and equipment. “Carriage driving provides relaxation and both physical and mental therapy. Our carriages are all purpose built and all our teachers are experienced drivers.” Show organiser Kelvin Pye added: “The North Meols Group is actually based very close to where I live so I am very well aware of the great work they do and how much it means to the disabled people they work with. I am delighted to be able to give them this opportunity to showcase their activities . . . particularly right on the eve of the Paralympics.” Boosted by a very successful Southport Country Fair at Easter, Kelvin also promised the Bank Holiday event would be bigger and better than ever with an exciting programme of old and new attractions across all three days.


Vice Principal’s praise for Wigan and Leigh College A level students

2012 A level results....2012 A level results....2012 A level results....2012 A level results....2012 A



Wigan & Leigh College A level Results A*-G Adetunji I 2, Amos T 2, Amoura H 3, Bagnall R 2, Barrow C 2, Bent T 3, Biggs J 2, Bimpson R 2, Broadhurst R 2, Brown K 3, Brown S 2, Calland M 1, Carruthers S 3, Carter S 1, Clarke D 3, Cocklin M 2, Davies A 3, Derricott L 2, Devany L 1, Devlin S 2, Dowling T 1, Ellison A 1, Evans A 1, Fairhurst D 2, Fairhurst P 1, Foster D 2, German S 1, Gibney D 2, Grimshaw D 2, Grundy R 1, Hall L , Haywood C 1, Hill A 2, Hilton K 1, Holcroft E 1, Horrocks T 3, Hughes C 2, Hutchinson L 1, Ilias A 1, Iqbal Y 1, Johnson H 2, Jones R 2, Karakoc K 1, Karakoc R 2, Kearsley R 1, Kennerly E 1, King M 3, Kuharat S 3, Laird J 2, Lawton J 3, Leather G 1, Lewis S 2, Liptrot J 1, Littler N 2, lloyd P 1, Mort S 1, Mugal I 3, OʼNeill H 2, Parr J 2, Pasquill J 3, Peet A 2, Perry M 2, Raikes J 1, Reed M 2, Reynard A 1, Richardson M 2, Rowlands S 2, Sharpe K 2, Sherrington M 1, Shufflebotham L 1, Sibanda V 2, Skorski C 1, Smith K 2, Standish N 3, Stevens L 2, Stevens M 1, Sullivan B 2, Sullivan N 3, Swales J 3, Taylor D 2, Thomason C 1, Thompson D 3, Unsworth C 1, Velloza L 1, Walker C 1, Wardak D 3, Wetherby R 2, Whitehead P 1, Wignall R 2, Wilkinson S 1, Williams G 1, Woods M 1, Worrall R 3, Wright G 3, Wright J 3.

The Deanery Sixth Form College

STUDENTS AND staff at Wigan & Leigh College are celebrating as the class of 2012 achieved their results.

Damien Clarke from Wigan and Leigh College

Alexander Ellison from Wigan and Leigh College

Natasha Freeborn from Wigan and Leigh College

Thomas Bent from Wigan and Leigh College

QUOTES FROM WIGAN AND LEIGH STUDENTS Thomas Bent Formerly of Lowton High School “I am really pleased with my A Level results. I have a place at A level results A*-G gained College to Adeyemi D 3, Aspinall H 3, Aspinall V 3, Myerscough Austin V 3, Barnes- Linkman I 5, Bates J study a Foundation Degree 3, Baxter N 3, Brown A 3, Campsall K 2, in Agriculture. I have Carrington Z 3, Chattin A 2, Clarke C 2, studied Biology, Geography Cooper A 1, Davenport C 3, Eccles and PE. The Sixth Form Churton H 3, Elstone C 3, Elwell E 2, Centre is a great student Fairhurst S 3, Farrall R 3, Fisher L 3, community. I have really Ford K 3, Foster S 3, Gibbons R 3, Gibson R 2, Hall L 2, Halliwell S 3, Hart E enjoyed the social aspect of 1, Hinds H 5, Hoban S 3, Hobbs C 2, being at Wigan & Leigh Hollis J 2, Hunt L 3, Ingram R 3, Kearsley College.” J 2, Kennedy A 1, King D 3, Knight I 4, Damien Clarke Lanyon-Gore C 3, Lawless M 3, Lawson Formerly of Hindley High A 3, Layland A 4, Lea M 2, Marsden J 4, School Marsden W 2, Martinus H 3 , “I started my further Martland T 1, Meehan J 3, Moss E 2, education at another college Nesmejanow A 2, Nolan J 2, O’Leary G 3, but didn’t feel it was the Parkinson N 3, Penman R 2, Perfect N 1, Prescott R 3, Pritchard T 3, right college for me. The Purdie M 3, Rees Gara T 2, Rigby B 3, choice of A Levels at Wigan Rimmer G 1, Rosbotham F 3, Rothwell D & Leigh College really 2, Roughley J 5, Sharples H 3, Sheekey appealed to me, and when H 2, Sherman T 4, Sherwin L 1, began my studies here I Thurogood L 3, Turner J 3, Vernazza S 5, knew I’d made the right Walker C 3, Walls V 3, Whitter J 2, Whittle choice. My A Levels J 3, Wilde J 2, Williams D 3, Wilson J 2, included English Language Witherington A 2, Worthington J 3, Wrudd & Literature, Psychology R3 and Sociology. I am really

Six A Level subjects achieved a 100% pass rate this year including Art, Business Studies, Film Studies, History, ICT and PE. Vice Principal, Matt Fawcett, said: “Many congratulations to our hard working students on their achievements. This has been supported through their hard work and dedication, along with the high quality teaching at the College. “We are a large and diverse College and I would also like to congratulate our vocational students on their results, and wish all of our students the very best within their chosen careers. “We hope that next week’s GCSE results also bring lots of happiness to those who have left school this summer and we look forward to seeing you at our enrolment day on Thursday 23 August.” If you would like information on courses at Wigan & Leigh College please contact the enquiries team on 01942 761111 or visit

Danien Clarke from Wigan and Leigh College

pleased that I have been accepted at my first choice university, the University of Nottingham to study Sociology.” Natasha Freeborn Formerly of Hesketh Fletcher High School “I have had such a positive experience at Wigan & Leigh College. I studied Law, Drama and Music. The tutors have been really supportive and I have met some great friends. I am progressing onto Edge Hill University to read Law.”


Lois Stevens Formerly of Hindley High School “The College is in a great central location which really appealed to me. My A Levels included Biology, Maths, Psychology and Sociology. Studying A Levels has at times been challenging, but something I have thoroughly enjoyed. My results have gained me a place at my first choice university, York St John University to study Occupational Therapy.” Alexander James Ellison Formerly of Hindley High School “The tutors have been extremely supportive and encouraging. I have studied Film Studies, ICT and Psychology. I have developed a real passion for Psychology, I am thrilled that I have gained a place at The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to study Psychology. My long term goal is to progress onto a PhD in Clinical Psychology.”

John Rigby A level Results A*-G

AʼHearne J 2, Ahmed E 3, Ainscough D 3, Ainsworth-McVey J 3, Alker L 3,Allen R 3, Almond E 2, Anders S 2, Anders S 3, Andrew T 3, Ann S 1, Arnold E 3, Ascroft P 3, Ashcroft R 1, Ashton J 3, Ashtonhurst E 3, Atkinson D 3, Bailey L 1, Baker G 3, Ball S 3, Bamber M 3, Bamford J 3, Banks K 3, Banks T 3, Barker K 4,Baron J 1, Baron R 1, Barrow M 3, Bartlett T 1, Barton B 2, Barton J 3, Baxter H 1, Bayliss D 1, Beach B 3, Bebb M 3, Beddows A 2, Bell D 3, Bell D 4, Bennett T 3, Berry E 3, Bevan E 3,Bevan N 2, Bibby C 1, Bilsbury K 3, Birchall R 3, Bish J 3,Bissell A 3, Blackledge L 3, Blakeley L 3, Blakey C 3, Blakey M 3, Blythe D 3, Boardman S 3, Bogdanova E 3, Bolderston R 3,Bolton J 3, Bond N 3,Booth S 1, Bowdler L 4, Bradburn H 3, Bradley S 1, Bradshaw E 3, Bradshaw J 3, Brady T 3, Bragg E 3,Bramall B 2, Bramall M 3, Bramham R 1,Breheny B 3, Brennan T 3, Brew L 2, Brien R 3, Brierley R 3, Briers E 3, Bristow S 3, Bromley R 1, Broome L 3,Brown A 1 ,Brown A 3, Brown L 2, Brown M 3, Brown T 2, Brownie C 3, Burnett E 1,Burns J 3, Burton A 3, Byrne L 2, Calderbank A 2, Callaghan C 3, Calland J 3, Campbell S 1, Carrington J 2, Carter N 1, Cater T 3, Caunce R 2, Chadwick E 3, Chadwick K 2, Chaplin K 2, Chapman R 3, Charlton M 2, Cheers J 3, Cheshire L 3, Clancy E 4, Clark B 3, Clark E 4, Clark R 2, Clark R 3, Clarke S 3, Coatsworth O 3, Cochrane M 3, Coe J 3, Coe J 3, Coleman K 3, Collins N 3,Collins V 3, Conboy A 1, Concah M 3, Connolly K 3, Coop J 2, Cooper M 3, Corless A 1, Cornish N 1, Cowley K 3, Crane H 3, Craven J 2, Crompton J 1, Crook J 3, Culshaw E 3, Culshaw R 3, Cumberbatch S 3, Cumming T 3, Cunliffe C 3, Cunliffe J 3, Cunliffe R 1, Cunliffe R 3, Cunliffe S 3, Dallimore E 3, Danson N 3, Davies D 3, Davies L 3, Davies S 3, Dawber J 3, De Pasquale A 3, Dennis N 3, Derbyshire K 3, Devlin D 3, Dickens E 1, Dickinson G 2, Dickinson I 3, Dinsmore J 1, Dodd K 3, Done C 1, Dooney J 1, Dootson S 1, Doran L 4, Draper R 3, Duke C 3, Dunn K 2, Dutton L 3, Dydzinski D 1, Easton G 3, Eaton C 3, Eaton G 3, Edwards A 3, Edwards G 2, Egan C 3, Eggleston S 3, Elleray S 3, Ellwood J 1, Essery R 3, Evans H 3, Evans P 1, Fairclough J 3, Fairclough R 4, Fairclough S 3, Fairhurst A 1, Fairhurst J 3, Fairhurst J 3, Fairhurst S 3, Farrimond G 3, Fisher D 3, Fishwick K 3, Fitzgerald T 3, Flaherty K 5, Flanagan G 1, Forster A 3, Foulkes E 3, Fox K 1, Frederick M 3, Freeman L 2, Fullerton J 3,Gale S 1, GallagherHope J 3, Gallos K 3, Gandy V 3, Garner F 3, Garner N 3, Garrett E 3, Gaskell J 2, Gaskell N 3, Gater L 2, Gates J 3, Gee J 1, Gee L 3, Gibson A 2, Gibson E 4, Gibson L 2, Gibson S 1, Gleave T 2, Glover J 3, Glynn-Manley L 3, Goode R 3, Gore L 2, Gramauskas A 3, Gray J 2, Green J 1, Green L 4, Green S 3, Greenall J 1, Greensmith J 2, Gregory S 2, Griffiths K 2, Griffiths-Naylor R 1, Gruhn J 3 , Gunnigle N 3, Hadwin K 3, Halsall J 3, Halsall W 3, Hamilton A 3, Hampson A 2, Hampson S 3, Hankinson C 3, Hanmer R 2, Hargreaves L 3, Harmer N 3, Harrison L 2, Harrop M 3, Hart N 3, Hawkins A 3, Hazelden B 3, Hearn G 3, Heathman A 3, Heery R 2, Herbert K 3, Hesketh N 2, Hickman J 3, Highton A 3, Highton N 3, Hignett S 3, Hill M 3, Hilton A 1, Hindley C 3, Hindley K 3, Hindley S 3, Hitchen C 3, Hitchmough L 3, Hobbs C 3, Hodgson J 3, Holland J 1, Hollows B 3, Hopper L 3, Hoque A 3, Hornby A 2, Horrocks B 3, Houston L 3, Howard C 2, Hughes C 3, Hughes R 2, Hunter A 2, Hunter A 1, Hunter M 2, Hurley C 3, Hurrell M 4, Hurst A 3, Hutchinson L 3, Iddon M 3, Irving K 2, Jackson K 3, Jameson O 2, Jarvis C 3, Johnson A 1, Johnson R 4, Jolley A 3, Jones A 3, Jones M 3, Jordan T 3, Judkins E 3, Kayattianikal R 2 , Kay-Traynor C 1, Keefe D 3, Keeley S 3, Keggin J 4, Keogh D 3, Kerfoot N 3, Khokhar J 2, Killilea H 3, Kinghorn A 3, Knowles A 3, Knowles D 3, Kumah V 3, Lamb E 3, Langton G 2, Latham D 3, Latham K 3, Lavelle M 3, Lavin A 1, Leatherbarrow A 4, Leonard V 3, Lewis R 3, Liptrot A 3, Littler A 3, Lloyd C 2, Lockyer J 3, Long E 3, Lowe A 3, Lowe C 3, Lowe R 2, Lythgoe A 3, Maclean G 3, Madden O 3, Maher K 3, Marcroft P 3, Marsh L 3, Mason D 3, Matthews L 2, McCabe B 2, McCabe S 3, McCain S 3, McClymont J 1, McCormick J 3, McDonald J 3, McDonald M 3, McFarlane A 3, McKernan R 3, McKiernan M 2, McLaughlin L 3, McLoughlin L 3, McManus K 3, Meadows A 1, Miller H 3, Mitchell L 3, Mitchinson J 3, Mole R 3, Monk S 1, Moore A 3, Moore H 3, Moore S 3, Morris K 1, Morris S 3, Morrison J 1, Mulvey D 3, Murphy J 3, Murphy L 1, Murray A 2, Muscroft J 3, Nicholls K 3, Niklas J 2, Nixon H 3, Norris C 3, Novak L 2 , Nuttall R 3, Oakes A 3, OʼBrien D 4OʼDonnell J 1OʼNeil J 3, OʼNeill C 3, Osborne E 2, Pantak T 3, Papakyriacou A 2, Parker G 3, Parkinson D 3, Parkinson F 3,Parkinson P 1, Parr C 3, Parr R 3, Parrish R 3, Pearce J 4, PearsPearson C 3, Pedley L 3, Peet H 3, Peet K 3, Peet S 3, Pendleton N 3, Perkins D 3, Picton T 3, Pierce C 2, Pilkington J 3, Pilling C 1, Pollard B 1, Poole E 3, Pope C 3, Potter D 3, Price L 3, Priestley M 3, Prior E 3, Pritchard J 2, Quigley J 3, Ralph A 2, Rasburn K 2, Ratcliffe R 3, Reece A 3, Renshaw M 3, Reynolds L 3, Riches V 3, Rimmer Z 3, RivasTorrecillas E 3, Roache C 3, Roberts C 3, Roberts R 3, Robinson L 3, Robinson R 2, Roby A 3, Rodden A 4, Rogers B 3, Rogerson C 3, Rooke L 3, Rudd A 3, Rudd B 3, Savage M 3, Saven S 1, Sawle R 3, Scaldwell S 3, Scott R 1, Seddon J 3, Selby M 3, Shaw L 1, Shaw L 3, Shaw S 3, Shaw W 1, Sheffield A 3, Sheridan B 3, Sherman R 3, Sherman T 3, Simm M 1, Sixsmith R 4, Smith J 2, Smith J 1, Smith J 3, Smith J 3, Smith L 3, Smithies O 3, Snape L 2, SnelsonT 2, Southern A 2, Spanner L 3, Speakman A 3, Speed J 3, Speed M 2, Speed P 3, Staniford H 3, Stankus R 3, Stanley C 3, Stewart K 1, Stott A 3, Stott A 2, Strong D 3, Stubbs J 2, Sturgeon K 1, Sumner J 3, Swift D 3, Swift K 2, Swords M 3, Szaloky M 1, Tarpey N 3, TateB 3 Taylor J 1, Thomas J 3, Tinsley R 3, Toker H 3, Troughton S 4, Trwoga S 3, Turner B 3, Turner O 2, Unsworth K 4, Vosper J 3, Waldron S 3, Walker F 3, Walker Z 3, Walsh K 3, Ward L 3, Warren S 3, Watson L 3, Watt A 3, Watts E 1, Wellington C 3, West R 3, White S 4, Whitehead S 1, Whittaker A 3, Whittaker M 3, Whittle K 3, WhittleS 3, Whyte A 1, Whyte S 3, Wignall R 2, Wilcock J 3, Wilkinson E 3, Williams A 3, Williams B 3, Williams E 2, Williams J 1, Williamson K 3, Wilson A 2, Wilson G 3, Wilson J 3, Wong E 3, Wood D 3, Wood L 3, Wood R 2, Woods C 2, Woolley R 3, Woosey T 3, Worthington J 3, Wright B 3, Wright H 3, Wright P 2, Wright Z 2, Yates A 3, Young T 3

SJR strikes A level Gold!!


2012 A level results....2012 A level results....2012 A level results....2012 A level results....2012 A



ST JOHN Rigby College’s students have achieved a pass rate in excess of 99% in their A Level courses for the first time ever.

20 out of 27 A Level courses had a pass rate of 100%, many achieving this for the fourth consecutive year. In addition to an overall A Level pass rate of nearly 100%, high grades have increased by more than 5%. This represents the College’s biggest ever increase in grades A*-B and builds on the 3% improvement in each of the two previous years. Those students following Vocational Advanced Level courses continued the exceptional achievements of previous years with seven out of nine courses achieving 100% pass rates, over 90% of

students gaining at least a Merit and over 50% of students achieving a Distinction. Principal, Peter McGhee, said: “We are delighted that these students have achieved such high grades. We are an inclusive College which means that, as well as having a number of students with high GCSE grade profiles, we have many students at St John Rigby College who would not be afforded the opportunity to study A Levels at other colleges. “When I arrived here two years ago we looked ahead to our aspirations for this group of students and committed ourselves to ‘Going for Gold’ in 2012. Our goal was for everyone to achieve their personal bests and we have held several assemblies with an Olympic theme to inspire and motivate students. “There are many outstanding individual success stories with students gaining top grades in all of their subjects. More students than ever before have surpassed their target grade

expectations and exceeded the grades that they might have reasonably expected to have achieved at other colleges. Just like the Olympians that we have been hearing about over the last couple of weeks, there

is a story behind every single student which adds further context to their achievements. “I hope that they are as proud as I am of their achievements and I am delighted that our staff, following their hard work

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Winstanley College’s army of A levels

Fabulous exam performance from Team Winstanley

COMPETITION for places at prestigious universities is tougher than ever. The proportion of A-levels resulting in the top A or A* grades has declined for the first time in two decades. But students at Winstanley have bucked this trend with 39.8% of students achieving A or A*, well above the national average of 26.6%. A very impressive 11.2% of grades awarded were A*s and a total of 218 students achieved three A grades or better. A*B grades increased by just under 10% and 10 students have gone to Oxbridge. Principal, Jo Bailey, is understandably delighted with this set of results. “Once again our students’ examination results have done the college proud. The years pass and times change, but Winstanley College’s performance remains truly outstanding.”

Winstanley College A Level Results A*-G

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and dedication, can share in these celebrations. “We are now looking forward to welcoming and inspiring the next group of young people and helping them to fulfil their aspirations.”

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 Drama Classes for girls and boys age 6yrs upwards for pleasure or LAMDA exams (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). Teachers are fully qualified. These classes are being held on Sunday afternoon - 1 hour for younger children or the option of 2 hours for children 8yrs and above.  Cheer leading classes for children age 7yrs to 12yrs.This is on a Monday evening at 6pm starting in September. Also taught by a fully qualified teacher.  New singing classes for girls and boys also by a fully qualified vocal coach. There will be group classes on a Thursday evening starting in October. Class 1- children age 5-9yrs and class 2 – children age 9-16yrs.Private classes are also available.  Babies ballet and tap class age 2yrs to 3yrs. On Saturday at 12pm starting September.

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Clearly, the Skoda isn’t meant to be a family’s main car, but it’s relatively practical – especially in five-door format. So long as the front passengers don’t have particularly long legs, there’s plenty of room behind for two adults. The boot is deep and has

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THE UK'S FASTEST roads have been named, and 70 per cent of them are Aroads not motorways Britain's fastest roads have been named and shamed – and 70 per cent of them are not motorways. The A27 Arundel Road in Binsted, West Sussex, has the dubious honour of taking the number one slot in our top 10 league table – after one motorcyclist was caught speeding at 152mph last year. The police data, supplied to insurer Liverpool Victoria (LV=) following a Freedom of Information request, reveals that the UK’s second fastest road is the A90 from Dundee to Aberdeen in Scotland, despite it being notorious for speed cameras.

Tayside Police recorded speeds as high as 139mph, 141mph and 149mph in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively – the period over which all the data was gathered. The south of England and Scotland dominate the table, in fact, accounting for the roads occupying the top five places. LV= managing director John O’Roarke said: “All motorists share a responsibility to other road users, and driving at high speeds dramatically increases the chance of failing to react quickly enough in an emergency. “These motorists need to realise Britain’s roads are not race tracks, and driving at such high speeds is very dangerous.”

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W I G A N FLANKER Peter Rigby has been appointed Wigan RUFC Club Captain for the forthcoming 20122013 season. Peter takes over from Stephen Peacock, and is the third member of his family to be club captain, following in the footsteps of his brother Mike and his father Martin, who this season has become Chairman of the Club. Peter served as Vice-Captain last season. Prior to joining Wigan he had come up through the junior

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names to be written on the team sheet. Taking bronze in both Beijing and Athens and finishing fourth WITH THE Paralympic in Sydney, Jon is hoping to take Games starting on Gold in front of the home crowd August 29 The Courier in London. takes a look at one of Beginning his career at local Team GB’s biggest hope club Wigan Warlords, Jon was to take Gold, Wigan then signed by third division Widnes Raiders and, after a few wheelchair basketball ace months he was invited to play for Jon Pollock. Great Britain team B before Former Deanery High School signing for Oldham Owls. pupil and Team GB wheelchair Jon has recently returned to the basketball captain, Jon Pollock is UK, after traveling all over the competing in his fourth world and playing for clubs in paralympic games and is hoping The paralympic veteran is one both Spain and Italy, and he is that one of Wigan’s red post to watch in London 2012 and, now playing for Super League boxes gets brushed in that undoubtably, is one of the first Champions Wolverhampton prestigious gold paint. Rhinos. Jon, who was mentored by Sir Steve Redgrave in the lead-up to the 2004 Games, describes one of his greatest achievements as his performance at the 2002 World Championships in Japan, where he was voted in the World Allstar Five. The highly dynamic, and fastpaced team sport of Wheelchair basketball is one the Games‘ most popular sport, and will take place at the Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park and at the North Greenwich Arena. After missing out on Gold in Sydney, Athens and and Beijing, London would be the perfect place for Jon to finally get the Gold he has always dreamed of. The Paralympic Games starts on August 29th and lasts until Jon shoots in a recent international match September 9th.

Sam Oliver summarises the pre-season WOW, what an incredible 16 days of sporting excellence we were treated to at the Olympics! Extraordinary performances from Mo Farah, Sir Chris Hoy and Jessica Ennis (amongst many others) secured Team GB’s success at the Games, with Usian Bolt and Yohan Blake also adding a touch of Caribbean spice to the athletics- the new Premier League season has a tough act to follow. For Latics, it has been a quiet but productive summer. Scottish midfielder Fraser Fyvie, bought from Aberdeen, will be hoping to link up with his compatriots McArthur and McCarthy in the centre of the pitch. Mallorca’s Ivan Ramis has been brought in for £6 million to bolster the defence after the departure of Steve Gohouri, and his arrival will hopefully decrease the number of careless errors conceded near the goalmouth. It’ll be interesting which central defensive partnership Roberto will use alongside Caldwell; Alcaraz or Ramis? A very tough decision, one which I’m glad I’m not making! Japanese youngster Ryo

Miyaichi, who spent last season on loan from Arsenal at 'that' club in Horwich, has also joined on a season-long deal. Ivorian striker Arouna Kone has recently put pen to paper on a move from Spain in a shrewd piece of business by Martinez, and will be a welcome addition to the strike force; he was in exceptional form last season, scoring 15 times in 34 games for Levante. Could he be a possible replacement for the £9 million man Victor Moses? It would be a shame to see him go, another two years of regular football here at Wigan and he could be an outstanding talent; but as is so often the case with our key players, the vultures are constantly circling. Good luck to him though, wherever he ends up. You get the feeling he might need it. After a training camp in Austria, the players returned to a hastily-arranged friendly against Real Mallorca to mark the transfer of Ivan Ramis, which the Latics lost 2-0: an unsurprising result really as Martinez chose to rest several key players. A narrow 1-0 defeat away at Celta Vigo wrapped up the pre-season, and so expectation heightened ahead of the season opener against

European Champions Chelsea. Roberto Di Matteo wanted to prove he was the real deal after last season’s exploits as caretaker manager for the Blues; unfortunately, at the time of writing the game has yet to be played. The first away match at Southampton promises to be a cracker, with the Saints looking to stay in the division after so many years of being labelled a ‘yo-yo’ club. Caldwell and Co. will want to put the shackles on midfielder Adam Lallana who had a great season in the Championship with 11 assists and 13 goals. We welcome the Trotters to the DW for our third fixture, surely a potential three-pointer if attackers such as Di Santo and Kone perform. As usual, the so-called football ‘experts’ have written us off as relegation candidates; have they learned nothing over the past seven years? If we get a good start, I see no reason why we can’t challenge the likes of Stoke and West Brom for a solid mid-table finish. With Kone and Ramis on board we have added stability to the defence and secured a worldclass striker who has already proven himself against clubs such as Real Madrid and Barcelona. My prediction: 11th. In Bobby we trust!

Ex-Services rugby club to be based at Aspull

A NEW rugby union club has been established for ex-servicemen at local club Aspull RFC.

The Military and ExMilitary Veterans RU club is the brainchild of a number of ex-services rugby union players who wanted to provide a sporting focus for exservice personnel in the north west. Wiganer and club


founder and chairman Stephen Hawkins told the Courier that the idea for the new club sprang from a match played at Rochdale in April between ex-servicemen and the Rochdale club that raised a magnificent £5,000 plus for BLESMA, the British Limbless ExS e r v i c e m e n s ’ Association: “Several of us felt that the goodwill from that game should continue, and we applied to the RFU and to the

Raging Bull North west leagues for membership of a new club.” The club was welcomed by both organisations with open arms and officials at Aspull have agreed to provide the team with a home for their first season, which will see them playing pool matches with sides at the same level, rather than being entered into a formal league structure. Players are coming together to train on Thursday evenings at

Aspull from all over the north west. Other officials include secretary and Chairman Shane Pilkington, treasurer Andy Lowe from Standish, and Director of Rugby and Coaching Keith Walmsley from Blackburn. The team is hoping to kick off its season in September with a friendly at Aspull, and if any exservice veterans or TA players want to join up they will be made most welcome any Thursday at Woodshaw Park at 7pm. The club can recruit servicemen who are currently serving in the regular forces. The constitution also allows, in exceptional circumstances, for men who have never served in the military to join our club. This, however, must be approved on an individual basis, and is dependent on the candidate meeting certain criterion. Contact Stephen on 07968 928739, or email stephenhawkins6799@ya for more information. OUR picture shows some members of the squad before a recent training session at Woodshaw Park



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WIGAN FANS have been in a right tizzy these last few days. It seems the loss at Warrington was a very bitter pill indeed.

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ASPULL RUGBY Union Club has been successful in attracting funding via the Places People Play lotto Fund in association with partners, The Thomas Cooke Travel children’s charity. This initiative is part of the Olympic Legacy programme. The much needed funding will support the junior section

of the club and will be spent on equipment and playing kit. The Cheque for £5,125 was presented to John Shaw the community club development officer and Mrs Teri Case the clubs Child Welfare Officer by the Wigan MP Lisa Nandy and councillors Chris Ready, Ron Conway and John Hilton who supported the clubs bid for funding. The Club was also successful in attracting £10,000 worth of funding from the

National Lottery to build a Gym and indoor training centre and on its completion will enhance the facilities available to club members and the local community, Club development officer John Shaw stated that once again the application was supported by the local councillors, whose work for the club has been invaluable. The Club is the only organisation in the Wigan area that facilitates both codes of

rugby, Union and League, from under 8s to Veterans so come and TRY IT.... Our picture below shows club members with our MP Lisa Nandy and councillors Ready and Conway with Aspull community club development officer John Shaw, and above, training is in full swing at Woodshaw Park for the new season - 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The manner of that defeat was bad enough – it’s already been said how inept the Warriors were, so I won’t go into it again – but in addition, it reduced the breathing-space between Wigan and Wire at the top of the table to one measly point. And this came on top of unexpected Wigan’s expulsion from the Challenge Cup at semi-final stage by a Leeds team they despatched by 50-odd points a few weeks earlier. But people need to understand that things could be worse. At the time of this writing, Wigan are still top of the league and are on the verge of welcoming back several long-term absentees, Stuart Fielden and Pat Richards to name two. So it honestly isn’t that bad. But for those who still feel down in the mouth, I urge you to look across the Pennines at Bradford Bulls.


It isn’t often I talk about other clubs in this column, but this edition I’m going to because I think it’s relevant to all of us. If you want to see just how bad things can get for modern Rugby League clubs, the Bulls saga takes some beating – it could be close to resolution by now, but what an unedifying spectacle it has been, and how vividly it underlines the inherent weaknesses of professional Rugby League in Britain today. In a nutshell, and for anyone who’s been on a different planet these last few months, Bradford Bulls, the club who appeared to buy into the Super League dream more than anyone else, and who, since it came into being, have won the Grand Final four times, the Challenge Cup twice and the World Club Championship three times, went into administration last June because they could no longer pay wages or meet running costs. They had basically run out of money, but this came only a few months after they sold the lease to Odsal Stadium to the RFL, and, perhaps more embarrassing still, only a year after the club was awarded a Super

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League license. The Bulls first revealed that they had financial problems back in March. A subsequent public appeal saw the Bradford supporters provide funds to maintain the running of the club, but this was to prove inadequate, and administration followed.


Since then, there have been many twists and turns. Administrator Brendan Guilfoyle made 16 full-time staff at the Bulls redundant, including head-coach Mick Potter (though many returned to work voluntarily, including Potter). The players continued to be paid because the RFL advanced the club some money from the Sky Television deal, though the morale-boosting effect of this was somewhat nullified when the Bradford players received what Mick Potter described as “a kick in the stomach” – the team was deducted six league points as punishment for entering administration, which saw them fall out of the top eight. Further blows were to follow. A couple of offers for the Bulls, made by local business consortia, were rejected by the RFL on the grounds that they had unrealistic conditions attached. The interested parties had required assurances that Bradford would be able to remain in Super League until the end of the current Super League franchise period (at which point the licence would be re-assessed in the normal way), and that they would have the right to buy back the lease on the stadium. The RFL found this unacceptable, explaining that the other 13 Super League clubs would have a say on any transfer of the Bulls’ license. They also cited the examples of Widnes Vikings and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, who were rescued from administration in 2007 and 2011 respectively by new owners, with no guarantees about which competition they would be playing in.

Rugby League World cup games will come to Wigan in 2013

By Sam Oliver WIGAN WAS last month named as a host town for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup to be played in the autumn of 2013.

A total of 34 bids were submitted to the RFL and Wigan emerged as one of the successful, with a proposal that was strong on enthusiasm and commitment. 14 teams from Australasia, Europe and North America will compete in the six week tournament. The 14th staging of the event, co-hosted primarily by England and

Wales, will also include matches at venues as far afield as Perpignan in southern France and Limerick in south-west Ireland. The tournament will kick-off in the form of a double header, with both home nations in action at Cardiff’s majestic 73,000 seater Millennium Stadium. Opening match Wales v Italy will be followed by a mouthwatering encounter between England and the kangaroos of Australia. Wigan too has a vital part to play, with the DW Stadium hosting a quarter final match between the runner up of group A and the third placed team from group B.

Leigh Sports Village will host the group game between Pacific Ocean rivals Tonga and the Cook Islands. The Tonga team, based at Leigh Sports Village for the duration of the competition, will have access to state-of-the-art facilities whilst preparing for their big match. Tonga rugby league Director of Operations, Danny LigairiBadham, described the sports complex as ‘amazing’ when he visited in May. He said: “The passion for rugby league is clear and I’m sure the boys will be eager to get here. It makes me wish I was pulling on a jersey for the tournament myself.”


The administrators meanwhile continued to extend deadlines, to avoid liquidation. This irked some fans at other clubs, who argued on internet message boards that the Bulls should cease to trade and reform under a different name at a lower level in the game. More eyebrows were raised when Super League (Europe) – the umbrella organisation for the game’s top clubs, made its own unconditional offer to buy the Bulls from the administrators. This, it was understood, would be a short-term measure while the search for a permanent owner continued, and though there was no certainty that under these terms the Bulls would continue as a Super League club in 2013, at least the threat of liquidation would have vanished. Some rival fans were again annoyed, asking if this helping hand would now be offered when any club was in dire financial straits?


The latest situation is that four unconditional bids for the ownership of Bradford Bulls are under consideration, this new interest having been prompted – the RFL say – by the unprecedented move made by SL(E). The problem may even have been resolved by the time you read this article. It all leaves a strange taste in the mouth. On one hand, nobody who loves the British brand of Rugby League would be happy to see a flagship Super League club like Bradford Bulls disappear without trace only six years after it won the World Club Championship. It would be more embarrassing than all the game’s scandals of the last ten years put together, and one can only imagine the fun the anti-RL forces in some of the nationals would have with it. But by the same token, clubs do have a responsibility to manage

their finances sensibly, and I’m not sure that Bradford Bulls are in any way a special case. Yes, they’ve contributed greatly to the game in recent years, but go far enough back in history, and you’ll find lots of other clubs who’ve done exactly the same thing. Could it be said, if or when the Bulls are rescued, that a six-point deduction was insufficient punishment for going into administration? Could it even be argued that administration helped the Bulls in some way? There is no question that SL(E)’s offer to buy the club was a determined effort by the British game to safeguard the future of professional Rugby League in Bradford. But I don’t think it’s true to say that Bradford have been treated with kid gloves. Terrible stresses have been suffered by everyone involved at the club over the last few months, and it still seems very possible to me that they will be relegated in 2013 and their players released from contract to talk to other clubs.


But isn’t the real concern here that the riches-to-rags Bradford saga underlines the parlous state of the British game? I don’t have access to club accounts, but while there are clearly some clubs in Super League who are in a sound financial state, I have serious worries that others may not be. For example, we haven’t raised the salary cap, which many feel is too low to fend off Rugby Union and NRL predators, because not all of our SL clubs are able to spend up to the current one. It is a worrying predicament and a baffling one. I’ve always regarded Rugby League as one of the most exciting sports on the planet. It dumbfounds me that so many years on from the era when it was associated exclusively with the ‘muck and brass’ economics of the industrial north it still seems to struggle to attract massive TV deals, massive sponsorship, etc. When oh when, I wonder, will Rugby League’s time finally come? For regular Warriors gossip, look out for my column, TERRACE TOPICS, in the Wigan Warriors match-day programme.

The competition is bound to increase the international awareness of Wigan as a sporting hub and give a boost to the local economy with local companies providing services from security personnel to burger vans. Wigan Warriors owner Ian Lenagan said: “Rugby is an integral part of life in Wigan, this success in attracting significant games to the borough is synonymous of a new Wigan, where all elements of the community are coming together under the leadership of the Wigan Forward Board and the Council.” Tickets for all venues will go on general sale towards the end of October for this fantastic sporting event which deserves to be a sellout and one which no Rugby League fan is going to want to miss. The world will be watching, and fortunately for us, it’s happening in our own back yard.





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