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Saints in frame for a quarter-final cruncher

CUP HOLDERS Wigan got the best of the draw for the Challenge Cup quarter finals when St Helens popped out of the hat to set up a cracking tie at the DW Stadium on 12th May at 2-30pm.

Warriors stepped gingerly over Championship side Featherstone Rovers at Post Office Road in the fourth round to get the town buzzing in anticipation of yet another classic derby encounter with the Old Enemy. The game will be the featured match live on BBC2. Warriors will be favourites for this one after thoroughly mastering Saints 28-10 in the league game at the new


Langtree Park on April 6th, but Shaun Wane and the squad will not let that result lead to any sense of complacency in what is the biggest game in Wigan of the season so far. That Good Friday Good Hiding was Saints’ only defeat in seven matches since caretaker coaches Mike Rush and Keiron Cunningham took charge following the sacking of Royce Simmons. The other quarter finals are: Huddersfield v London Broncos Catalan Dragons v Warrington Leigh v Leeds Tickets are now available from the DW Stadium or by going to the club’s website:

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The Readys celebrate the results with their supporters

LABOUR CAME out on top in this year’s council elections to maintain a strong position in the borough’s council.

The Labour Party gained five seats, bringing their seats in council to 63,

whilst The Independent Group lost one seat, leaving them with seven seats. The biggest loss was suffered by the Tories, who lost four seats, leaving them with one seat. It was also a miserable night for Community Action who lost one seat and now has no seats in the council.

The Liberal Democrats held one, keeping their unchanged two seats in the council. It was a successful night for the Standish Independents, who gained one seat, Gareth Fairhurst joining his father George in the council chamber. Labour now controls seven out of the eight wards in the Wigan area with Aspull, New Springs and Whelley, Douglas, Ince, Pemberton, Shevington with Lower Ground, Wigan Central, and Wigan West wards voting Labour. It was a real family occasion for Aspull

Cllr Chris Ready: “Saving front line services”

councillor Chris Ready, his daughter Kelly was newly elected to represent Orrell and Billinge. Chris said: “This was a great night for Labour in Wigan. We never take anything for granted which the electorate would agree with the amount of work put in by all our candidates these results are testament

Labour won seats from the coalition across the country in Thursday’s council elections, with party leader Ed Miliband saying it shows his party is "regaining ground". The party has gained more than 700 seats and taken control of councils including Birmingham and Cardiff. Conservatives have lost 288 seats and the Lib Dems 133, as counting continued on Friday May 4th. Based on those results Labour were projected to end up with a 39% national share of the vote, up three points, with Conservatives down four on 31%. The Lib Dems' share of the vote is estimated to be unchanged at 16%.

to the work we are putting in to save front line services, even with the savage cuts imposed on us by the coalition government. “On a personal note my daughter Kelly winning Orrell was one of the proudest moments in my life and I know she will do an excellent job for Orrell and Billinge.” Labour Group Leader, Coun Peter Smith shared his delight with the Wigan Courier after the party won five seats.

Cllr Gareth Fairhurst - victory in Standish

lost in previous years and returning all the hardworking Labour Councillors. “I am delighted to be

addition to the group.” Coun Smith added that voting turnouts, across the borough, were lower, which reflected the national turnout figures. It was also successful night for Standish Independent Party. Gareth Fairhurst won the Standish seat by a massive majority of 1,156 votes. He joins his father, Cllr George Fairhurst, to represent the Standish Independent

Council Leader Lord Peter Smith: “Another good set of results

Successful Labour councillors in celebration mode...

He said: “This was another good set of election results for Labour regaining territory we had

joined by some excellent new colleagues, particularly some young women who will be a great

Party. Overall, the results from the Wigan Borough mirror the national trends with Labour gaining more than 700 seats across England, taking 22 councils and holding 28 they already controlled.

Wigan MBC election results by ward

WIGAN’S current Mayor, Councillor Joy Birch, retained her seat in Douglas Ward. In Standish, Gareth Fairhurst, son of Standish Independent, George Fairhurst, romped back onto the council under the Standish Independent ticket with a huge majority over Labour in second place. In Shevington with Lower Ground, Conservative Callum Chadwick lost the seat to Labour’s Damien Edmondson, again by a considerable majority. Familiar faces back in the council chamber included veteran John Hilton in Aspull, New Springs and Whelley, David Molyneux in Ince, Susan Loudon in Atherleigh, and veteran independent Bob Brierley in Hindley Green. RESULTS BY WARD Abram Martyn Smethurst Lab 1577 Elected Ken Winstanley Independent 601 Dennis Shambley BNP 239 John Shale CAP 148 Malcolm Childs Conservative 137 Ashton Bill Clarke Labour 1400 Elected Paul Tushingham Independent 585 Brian Merry Independent 402 Marie Winstanley Conservative 189 Barry Longstaffe BNP 118 Aspull New Springs & Whelley John Hilton Labour 2241 Elected Jane Surples Conservative 502 Alan Robinson Lid Democrats 450 Astley Mosley Common Joanne Platt Labour 1810 Elected Nasri Barghothi Conservative 534 Kath Valetine Lib Democrat 243 Atherleigh Susan Loudon Labour 982 Elected

Stuart Gerrard Independent 747 Jim Kerfoot Independent 343 Atherton Jamie Hodgkinson Ind 1695 Elected David Welch Labour 1235 Stephen Green Socialists 190 Stehphen Holt Conservative 179 Bryn Don Hodgkinson Ind 1516 Elected Trever Allen Labour 1352 Stuart Peet Conservative 146 Douglas Joy Birch Labour 1774 Elected Anthony Unsworth Ind 324 Margaret Atherton Conservative 172 Golborne Lowton West Yvonne Klieve Labour 1791 Elected Peter Franzen CAP 507 Kathleen Houlton Conservative 241 Hindley Jim Ellis Ind 1279 Elected Allen Jones Labour 1232 Stephen Bradbury BNP 131 Steve Surples Conservative 115 Hindley Green Bob Brierley Ind 1251 Elected Maxine Read Labour 796 Barry Fagan CAP 354 Margaret Winstanley Conservative 106 Ince David Molyneux Labour 1790 Elected Henry Morgan BNP 309 Ray Whittingham Conservative 120 Leigh East Keith Cunliffe Labour 1452 Elected Christopher Garfin Independent 411 Derek Davies Conservative 272 Leigh South Kevin Anderson Labour 1811 Elected Richard Long Conservative 534 Gary Charles Chadwick Ind 502 Leigh West Susan June Greensmith Labour 1761 Elected Brian Turrell Independent 650

Andrew Oxley Conservative 195 Lowton East James Grundy Conservative 1904 Elected Frank Bowker Labour 1224 Ian (Sandy) Franzen CAPt 434 Orrell Kelly Ready Labour 1533 Elected Richard Clayton Conservative 1389 Donald McQueen Green 280 Pemberton Jeanette Prescott Labour 1996 Elected Mike Leyland CAP 291 Jonathan Cartwright Conservative 205 Shevington With Lower Ground Damian Edwardson Labour 1362 Elected Callum Chadwick Conservative 532 Arnold Foster UKIP 450 Debbie Fairhurst Shevington Independents 220 Paul Liptrot Independent 198 Standish With Langtree Gareth William Fairhurst Standish Independents 2069 Elected Sam Murphy Labour 913 Michael Winstanley Conservative 589 Tyldesley Robert Bleakley Lib Democrat 1441 Elected Joanne Marshall Labour 1303 David Ian Peacock BNP 206 Wigan Central Lol Hunt Labour 1806 Elected Jean Peet Conservative 859 Syd Hall CAP 388 Wigan West Terrance Halliwell Labour 2115 Elected Oliver Barton Conservative 409 Winstanley Paul Kenny Labour 1216 Elected Stan Barnes CAP 798 Steven Heyes Green 237 Michael Nicholls Conservative 234 Worsley Mesnes Phil Kelly Labour Party 1960 Elected David Ollerton Conservative 333

Tim opens new takeaway in Standish Courier


Report by Michelle Hafez 23RD APRIL saw the opening of the new modern Pizza and Kebab takeaway on the High Street in Standish.

Restaurant owner Tim of La Mamas Café in Standish recently extended his restaurant to provide Standish with its very own cake and icecream parlour. The successful opening of the parlour now offers up to ten


Councillor John Hilton did the honours and cut the ribbon and all the guests were then treated to Champagne and a freshly made dish by Tim and his staff. A lot of time has been put into making this the most warm, inviting and friendly takeaway in Standish and Tim along with his staff welcome customers old and new. They are open 7 days a week from 4.00 p.m. so pop in for a menu and treat yourself to a fantastic freshly made takeaway. Our pictures show Tim celebrating after the opening and Councillor John Hilton cutting the ribbon.

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different variety of cakes and ten flavours of Fredericks ice cream. The premises now comes with a large private function room which can accommodate up to twenty people. When Tim came to Standish sixteen years ago it was always his dream to open up an ice cream/cake parlour and he finally achieved his dream. He then went straight into his next venture which was to open the pristine modern La Mama Pizza and Kebab establishment which is also on the High Street. The opening was a huge success and was attended by Tims family, friends, staff and customers.

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Jubilee Bookmarks Pupils representing the three Standish primary schools, and their teachers, with the Forum’s Chairman, Mr Graham Wilcock

THIS year, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee having served sixty years on the throne.

In recognition of this momentous event, Standish Community Forum have issued leather bookmarks, suitably embossed, to all the pupils of the four Standish schools, as a keepsake of the occasion. The bookmarks are sponsored by a prominent local business. Pupils and teachers representing Standish High School, St Wilfrid’s, Woodfold and St Marie’s Junior and Infant Schools assembled at Woodfold School at 10.00am on Wednesday 18th April for the official presentation with Forum members.

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The BBC’s Match of the Day team paid an away visit to a development in Wigan to discuss the formation of Wigan Boys and Girls Club, a new £6.5m youth centre currently under construction.


Dave Whelan explaining his ideas to the Match of the Day’s Damian Johnson (pictured left) and pupils from Abraham Guest High School at the site of the latest North West Youth Zone Project in Wigan.

Tolent Construction are becoming a regular fixture for OnSide’s programme, having also built their Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey. Its many facilities include sports hall, climbing wall, studios for dance

and performing arts, music/media room, café, cinema space, fitness suite, arts and craft area, training facilities, recreation area, office suite, meeting rooms, and a 5-a-side side football pitch.

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MORE people will now be able to easily enjoy W i g a n ’ s countryside. Visitors from far afield can take a trip to the Wigan Flashes and use a new, free car park which was officially opened this week.

The eight shallow wetlands in the Poolstock and Hawkley Hall area are a popular of Wigan’s part The Greenheart. Board, Greenheart Wigan including British Council, Waterways and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, created the new 30 car space facility off Poolstock Lane this spring. A brand new visitor facility with tarmacked car parking spaces is also being for the proposed adjoining Westwood site in the next couple of years. “This is the first direct access to the Flashes for visitors,” says John O’Neill, chair of the Greenheart Board. “The Wigan Flashes are an

important place to see wildlife, enjoy open space and improve health and fitness. We’ve worked closely with local residents to create this car park to give people easy access to the heart of the Flashes.” The site was officially opened this week with guests including local rugby star Phil Clarke and businessman Will Ainscough, a member of the Wigan Forward Board who are charged with boosting confidence and prosperity in the borough. Mr Ainscough says: “We’re focussing on what makes us strong, and with 70 per cent of our land classed as green open space, we want to support improving visitor access to these sites.” Phil Clarke is a strong ambassador for Greenheart, having been closely involved in the multiple-award winning restoration of the Haigh windmill, as well as presenting a cycling tour of the Greenheart area for a promotional video. Mr Clarke adds: “Walking, running, cycling and enjoying

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Wigan and Leigh Housing are helping tenants get online Courier

SAVING money, keeping in touch with friends and family and accessing services are just a few examples of the many benefits of being online. On Monday 23 April Wigan and Leigh Housing will begin a month of FREE internet training as part of Digital Unite’s national Spring Online campaign. And in addition to the free training there is even the chance for everyone who attends a Spring Online event to enter a free prize draw to win £200 in High Street Vouchers.

Over 41 free taster events have been organised by the company and will be held across the borough, with the aim of helping people to learn about using computers and the internet. Tenant Board Member at Wigan and Leigh Housing, Marjorie Marsden said, “For people who have never used a computer getting online can be a scary prospect. They worry that they won’t be able to understand how to work it or even that they might break it! We want our tenants to know that we’re here to help and the sessions we have organised will be fun and


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interesting. We want everyone to enjoy themselves and to show tenants how computers can be of real benefit to them.” The sessions will include the basics of using a computer, setting up email, how to save money on comparison websites and how to browse, search and shop online. And they are being held in a number of locations across the borough from fire stations to community centres. There are even a number of sessions being held on a mobile bus that will be parked up on estates, supermarket car parks and in Wigan Town Centre. Marjorie continues, “As more and more Government services will be provided online, including accessing benefits, it’s important for us to help our tenants to access these services. Holding free online training and looking at opportunities to support communities to access to the internet are amongst the things we are doing to get as many of our tenants as possible benefitting from being online.” Spring Online with Silver Surfers Day is one of the biggest campaigns each year to give older people and less confident users a taste of computers and the internet. It’s been going for 11 years and during that time, has helped more than 150,000 people get more out of life online. For full details of Wigan and Leigh Housing’s Spring Online events visit or or contact Wigan and Leigh Housing on 0800 389 7652.

League of Friends donate £10k for cell salvage machine

PATIENTS undergoing orthopaedic surgery are set to benefit further, thanks to a generous donation from the League of Friends. The £10k donation has enabled the Musculoskeletal Team to purchase an additional centrifuge machine, which is used in “cell salvage”.

Wrightington Hospital has been using “cell salvage” techniques for the past five to six years mainly for hip revision surgery and other major orthopaedic surgery involving major blood loss, for example, pelvic surgery. This technique involves collecting the patient’s blood when they bleed during an operation, washing it in a special machine (a centrifuge) and returning it to the

The Hospital has expanded recently to include a ninth operating theatre. This means that we carry out even more surgery. In order to use the cell salvage techniques for more operations we found we were in need of another centrifuge machine to ensure we continue to provide the best quality of service for all our patients. Denise continues: “We really appreciate the League of Friends very kind donation of £10k to buy a new state of the art machine. The Musculoskeletal Team are extremely grateful to the League of Friends for all their support.” The League of Friends, Wrightington, are a small group of volunteers who work very hard to raise funds for patients and staff of the Hospital. Amongst other activities they also run a tea bar at the Hospital.

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Wigan Council has pledged to help its lowest paid staff through a £250 pay-rise

COUNCIL workers earning less than £21,000 a year or less (full time equivalent salary) will be entitled to the pay-rise which will come into effect in May but will be backdated to the beginning of April. The move will help to offset the fact that council workers have not received a pay rise for the past three years and provide extra assistance for those members of staff who need it the most.

Council Chief Executive Donna Hall said: "The council is facing significant pressure on its budget and we are faced with making cuts in order to protect front-line services.

"However, we appreciate the affects that the continued national pay freeze will have on our lowest paid members of staff and we want to support them through difficult economic times. As a result the council follows the Chancellor's recommendations and we will be making this payment. "Wigan is an excellent council and we have the hard-work and professionalism of all our staff to thank for this. This is set against a backdrop of a time of considerable uncertainty and significant change, which makes the great work being completed even more exceptional. We are looking at ways we can recognise and reward this great work as we move forward.”

Children raise money for Cafod Group Live music at Parbold




MR HANLEY and some children from Year 5 presented a cheque to Mr Dave Madden of St. Bernadette's Cafod Group for the fantastic amount of £592.06.

DOUGLAS Music Parbold (Registered Charity number 506675) present their 2011-2012 Programme of Saturday Live Music at the Weekend in Parbold Village Hall, The Green, Parbold WN8 7DN on Saturdays at 7.45 p.m.

The next performance is by Sunwook Kim, Beethoven and Schubert on piano, on May 19th Sunwook Kim was the 2006 Winner of Leeds International Piano Competition

This amount will be by the matched Government pound for pound! This was raised over the Easter period by all the children and staff of St. Bernadette's School, Shevington, taking part various events, in including a 'Dress in Blue Day'.

Diabetes roadshow raises awareness

DIABETES UK’s Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow in Wigan on 12 & 13 April helped 253 people in the area find out more about diabetes and discover whether they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes2.

Type 2 diabetes develops when the body can still make some insulin, but not enough, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance). Diabetes UK staff offered free diabetes risk assessment tests to 253 people to predict a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the next ten years. 117 people were referred to their GP for further advice or tests as their risk of diabetes was moderate to high. The Roadshow also offered advice on how to make beneficial lifestyle changes by adopting a healthy diet low in fat, salt and sugar and taking regular physical activity. The Roadshow aimed to identify some of the estimated 3,900 of people in NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan who have Type 2

diabetes but are not aware they do. This is vital because if the condition is not diagnosed early enough or left untreated, it can lead to devastating complications like stroke, heart disease, kidney failure and blindness. The roadshow is supported by the Big Lottery Fund. and run in partnership with MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do it!) an organisation that provides healthy lifestyle programmes to local families. People were also able to register for MEND’s healthy lifestyle programmes, to manage their weight and improve their health. The Roadshow raises awareness of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes which include being overweight or having a large waist, being aged over 40 (or over 25 in Black and South Asian people) and having a close relative with diabetes. At risk waist measurements are 37 inches or more for men, except those of South Asian origin who are at risk at 35 inches or more, and 31.5 inches or more for all women. The symptoms of diabetes include going to the toilet (urinating) more often and especially at night, increased thirst, extreme tiredness, unexplained weight loss, genital itching or

Wigan is working – Job figures move in right direction

UNEMPLOYMENT in Wigan is falling, figures released this week reveal.

The monthly figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that during March the number of unemployed people in Wigan Borough fell by 92. The figure represents a 0.93 per cent reduction compared with an average 0.89 per cent reduction for Greater Manchester. The borough’s unemployment rate is now 4.9 per cent, compared with 5.1 per cent at the beginning of the year. The figures also reveal good news for the borough’s young people, because the number of people aged 18 to 24, who claim Job Seekers Allowance also fell by 1.71 per cent in March. The youth unemployment rate in Wigan Borough now stands at 12.1 per cent, which is higher than the regional or national average but still well below the borough’s historical peak of 13.4 per cent

in 2009. Wigan Council’s Chief Executive Donna Hall says: “These figures represent the first reduction in the number of people in our borough claiming Job Seekers Allowance since last October. We appreciate that there is a long way to go but it is pleasing that the figures are now heading in the right direction. The council and its partners are working hard to attract new investment and opportunities to our borough which will create more jobs for local people. “It is particularly pleasing to see a reduction in the number of young people who are out of work. Last month the council pledged to provide more support for the borough’s young people by committing an extra £3/4M in resources in this year’s budget. £100k of this was to provide support for the apprenticeship scheme. “In February we committed to working with the borough’s business community to create 100 new apprenticeships in 100 days, I’m a pleased to say we are well on the way to achieving this target.”

regular episodes of thrush, slow healing of cuts and wounds and blurred vision. In 2011, Diabetes UK’s Roadshow programme carried out more than 11,000 risk assessments and more than half of those people were referred to their local GP. Julie Byron, Regional Manager for Diabetes UK North West, said: “Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing us today. It’s frightening that there are more than 3,900 people across Ashton, Leigh and Wigan alone that have Type 2 diabetes but have no idea they do. I am pleased that the Diabetes UK Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow was able to help people find out if they were at risk of the condition.” Diabetes UK and MEND have been awarded £413,722 from the Big Lottery Fund to support 70 roadshows in England during 2011 and 2012. Local people unable to attend the Roadshow can still test whether they are at risk of diabetes by taking the free Diabetes UK Risk Score test online at If after taking the test they are found to be at moderate or high risk of developing the condition they should visit their GP.

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CONGRATULATIONS to the from Canon children Sharples, Church of England, Primary and Nursery School, who entered the ‘Aspull Cross Country Competition’.

The competition was open to all Upper Juniors and six other schools took part. It was held at Canon Sharples and the course took the children through the Whelley Planations. Canon Sharples did extremely well, with Philip Robinson and Lucy Greenhalgh both taking medals for individual first places. The boys also managed to secure a first place trophy for the overall boys race. This, with the tremendous effort from the girls, resulted in Canon Sharples taking first place overall! Mrs Lloyd, P.E. Co-ordinator at Canon Sharples, said, “I was very proud of the team on the day and thought they had shown great commitment and determination. Thank you to everyone who came on the day to support the children. A special thank you to Mr Livesey, from Our Lady’s RC Primary School, for organising the competition and Mrs Lloyd for setting up the course.

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Mornings in the Parish Centre. 120 Woodhouse Lane, Springfield, Wigan. WN6 7LZ. Usually the last Friday All Saints of the month 10am Big Lunch 12noon, the next one ALL SAINTS church in being on Friday 25th Appley Bridge is May for Christian Aid. holding a Diamond St. Anne’s Jubilee Big Lunch on Sunday 3rd June 2012 celebrates (12.30 for 1.00pm). It diamond is an open community anniversary event and we would encourage you to come THE PARISH Church along and bring friends of St. Anne, Beech Hill and family with you. is celebrating its 60th The venue will be All Anniversary of the Saints School, or Laying of the outside if the weather is Foundation Stone and kind! Celebrating the The format will be a Diamond Jubilee of Her Bring and Share picnic Majesty Queen and we will also be Elizabeth II on Sunday organising games and 3rd June 2012 at 10am, activities for all ages. Sung Eucharist Service If you would like to be with Guest Preacher, part of a planning group The Venerable Peter organising the event Bradley, Archdeacon of have a word with the Warrington. On Rev David Banbury on Saturday 2nd June 01257 255245. 2012, it will be out 60th

Christian Aid in Standish

THROUGHOUT Christian Aid Week from the 13th May until 19th May, St. Wilfrid’s Parish Church and Standish Methodist Church are combining efforts to assist with the charity collections in the Standish area to provide funds to help poor communities the world over, and transform their lives.

Evening of Song at St Andrew's

THERE WILL be an evening of song performed by the Aughton Male Voice Choir which will take place on Friday 18th May 2012 at 7.30 pm in St Andrew's Church, Waterloo St, Off W o o d h o u s e Lane, Springfield, Wigan. WN6 7AU. Tickets are £3.00 each including light refreshments and are available from Church or by phoning 01942 512675. Every month we hold Charity Coffee

Anniversary Summer Fair, open to all. Starting at 12 noon.


Back To Church Sunday at Whitley Methodist Church PLACE



communion service on Sunday 20th May we

will be holding a special service to which we will be



living nearby to either come back to Church or come for the first time.

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as we did for the Easter Day service, and we are hoping that the team of

deliverers will oblige

once again. Tribute to Jean Mason: Alan Mason wishes to thank all those who supported the appeal for Christie’s Hospital on the anniversary of Jean’s death. The sum of £1,300 was raised. Alan and Whitley

Methodist Church officers would also like to thank those who gave donations to the Church in memory of Jean. These totalled £470. Tuesday Bible study is informal Bible study led by the Rev Rachel Deigh at Church, studying scripture, learning to pray, staring together and growing in faith. The next meetings will be on the theme 'exploring evangelism', on Tuesdays May 15th, June 19th and 31st July.

History Day at Wigan Parish Church

TO COINCIDE with the Civil War Day on the 26th May, Wigan Parish Church is holding a Wigan History Exhibition. Working with various groups interested in preserving the town’s heritage they will be presenting an insight into the lives of the people, their work and play, their architecture and environment. The church will be displaying a 1,000 years of history and worship which has touched all of the townsfolk through the schools, workhouse and their living conditions as well as their births, marriages and burials. Every part of the church will be filled with exhibitions bringing alive the town’s heritage. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free admissions this will be a day not to be missed by anyone who is interested in discovering how Wigan is the town it is today.

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Another first for the Hospice




WORLD Bronze Medallist and 2011 800m National Outdoor Champion Jenny Meadows is representing Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympics. During her preparation for this challenge, Jenny gives her support in encouraging ladies to become STAR TREKKERS for Wigan & Leigh Hospice. She says, “I will have many challenges to face this year, but I cannot help thinking about the challenges faced by Hospice

patients.” This year is the fifth STAR TREKKERS ladies sponsored walk and is a great way to have some fun and fellowship whilst raising money for local people; who could be our friends, relatives – or even ourselves. Prior to this year’s event it has raised over £150,000 for the Hospice and is one of the main fundraising events in the calendar. Jenny added, “When I appeared on Celebrity Mastermind I donated my fee to the Hospice. I know the Hospice does a terrific job of providing specialist care for local people and I heartily encourage you to support them.”

Refurbish the Rose Garden

STANDISH Forum is in the process of securing funds to re-furbish the area of land at the corner of Grove Lane and High Street. This piece of land is known locally as The Rose Garden.

Although the raised bed is not very large it quickly gets over grown and often looks untidy and unwelcoming. In view of the recent and forthcoming local government cutbacks it is likely that this situation will not improve. As this year celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II it is

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Cycling challenge the Ribble Valley 100 will take place on Sunday, July 1st, and children’s charity Action Medical Research is calling for riders to sign up now.

There is a choice of a 100 mile or shorter 100 km route setting out from the Roefield Sports Centre in Clitheroe. The very scenic course heads from the Ribble Valley over into the Yorkshire Dales. This event is part of the charity’s popular RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides. Supported by leading bike brand Trek, these rides take place in fantastic cycling locations across the UK. All include chip timing, food and water stations, lunch, massage, and mechanics. Cyclists will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children. The charity is currently funding four research projects in Manchester. One is looking at identifying the causes of the more serious types of learning disability, especially those associated with epilepsy, lack of speech or difficulty with movements. Places are limited so make sure you register soon. For more information about the Ribble Valley 100 and to register, visit the website

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JANET Rawlings, a health visitor for Ashton, Leigh and Wigan Division of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, will be promoted the benefits of reading to the local community recently after being successfully chosen to be a ‘Giver’ as part of World Book Night.

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SHEVINGTON Womens Institute enjoyed an evening with potter David Somerville on April 25th. David, ex head of art at a famous Lancashire private school, demonstrated various techniques

including how to make jugs, vases and bowls. Next month the ladies will learn about the Great Wall of China with a talk by Pat Ascroft. The next meeting is at 7.30pm on May 23rd at Shevington Methodist Church.

A stroll with a difference...

National charity, the Meningitis Trust, is appealing for walkers to sign up to a Sunday afternoon stroll with a difference - a sponsored walk across the sands of Morecambe Bay to raise funds for its vital work. The sponsored eight mile walk will take place on April 29, 2012 and will led by the Queen’s Official Guide to the Sands, Cedric Robinson.

It starts at the Arnside Promenade at 10.45am and meanders across the bay, eventually arriving at Kents Bank Station, Grange-over-Sands at approximately 1.45pm. All monies raised will help the Trust to continue providing emotional, practical and financial support to families who have been affected by meningitis. Christine Hughes, Community Support Officer for the Trust, says: “Everyone is welcome to join us! Registration costs £5 for adults, £2.50 for children and just £1 for dogs. We are

e n c o u r a g i n g participants to raise as much sponsorship as they can. It will be a great day out for all the family.” The Meningitis Trust relies on the generosity of individuals to continue its vital work; supporting anyone affected by meningitis with free professional services, as well as raising lifesaving awareness of the disease and its symptoms. For the many people who have been, and continue to be, affected by meningitis, and for those who will sadly be affected in the future, the Trust is a lifeline. These events ensure that this lifeline can continue. If you would like to find out more information, or to register for the walk, contact Christine Hughes, at the Meningitis Trust on 0845 76 4764 or email Walkers should pre-register and not just turn up on the day.

Janet gave out books to new mums at a Bumps and Babes Roadshow at Platt Bridge Sure Start Children’s Centre on Wednesday 25th April. The event, which was targeted at new and expectant parents, was held to promote local services available to support families. One in six people in the UK struggle with literacy which can compromise their health and wellbeing, confidence and employability. World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books across the UK, Ireland, Germany and USA. Applicants go through a tough application process to be a ‘Giver’ so they can distribute 24 copies of their chosen novel to the local community. Janet’s choice was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Janet, who works at Platt Bridge Health Centre, said: “I am a passionate reader and I never fail to gain something from each and every book I read. The applications to be a ‘Giver’ were oversubscribed by thousands so I was delighted to be chosen.

“My hope is by encouraging mums to read, they will also read to their children. “I also want mums with post-natal depression to discover the therapeutic benefits of reading. Being a mum is demanding and reading can give them a chance to focus and concentrate on something else, explore their feelings or find enjoyment or escapism.“ Denise Bailey, Strategic Lead Children’s Service Development for Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust said: “Janet’s dedication to her job is above and beyond what is required of her. She inspires local families and as a result we have nominated her as an NHS North West Health Visitor Hero. “Janet’s achievement is an excellent example of how local Health Visitors are committed to working with families to build on strengths and improve parenting confidence. They are committed to working with other local services such as Children’s Centres, GPs, midwives and the council to raise awareness and encourage parents to give their children the best possible start in life, with early intervention to ensure additional support for those who need it.“ Platt Bridge Sure Start Children’s Centre provides outreach, information and advice around many issues including housing, benefits, job seeking and parenting amongst many others. For more information contact the Children’s Centre team on 01942 487764.


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A local community group for the Orrell and Billinge area is appealing to local residents to come along to its Open Day next Saturday (12th May).

The main aim of the Open Day is to discover what the residents of Orrell and Billinge think about the area where they live, what improvements they would like to see, and what they can do to help. Dorothy Walls, the Chair of the Orrell and Billinge Network, says “Over the past few years we have lost many of our local resources such as

Orrell Library; our roads struggle to cope with the traffic and many residents are frustrated by what is going on. The Open Day is a great opportunity for people to ‘Have Their Say’ and tell us and Wigan Council what their main concerns are. If people care about where they live then I do hope they find the time to come along.” Already confirmed as attending the Open Day are local MP Yvonne

Get it checked!

This was the message from Wigan Rotary Club recently at ASDA when shoppers were given an impromptu health test as a campaign to avoid strokes rolled into Wigan.

The event is now in its fifth year and once again the town’s Rotary Club teamed up with the Stroke Association to host a Know Your Blood Pressure event at the Wigan Asda store which gave visitors free tests. Scores of clubs across the UK have been taking to the streets as part of 2012’s campaign in with the charity.

Wigan Rotary President John Walls said ‘The incidence of high blood pressure in the Wigan area is higher than the national average is not always recognised by the


Fovargue, who lives in nearby Winstanley, and Syd Cottle from Bridgewater Community Healthcare Trust who will be there to give residents some details on the progress of the long awaited Orrell Health Centre. The Open Day will also showcase some of the work that The Network does in the Orrell and Billinge area, and if you’d like to get involved with the Network, there will be members on hand who you can talk to. “Visiting this Open Day isn’t going to be like a visit to Father

Christmas with a wish list” adds Dorothy, “but it will give the residents a chance to make their feelings known. We will feedback all the information from the Open Day to Wigan Council and other agencies, but to make any significant changes and improvements to the area, it is going to need a joint and sustained effort from local residents themselves; it’s unrealistic to expect anything else”. Dorothy adds “We’re happy to work alongside any group or agency to increase facilities and

instigate improvements in Orrell and Billinge, but more importantly, we want local residents to come along and share with us their views and ideas for their local community”. The Open Day has been sponsored by a number of local companies and organisations, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, Borron Shaw, Winstanley College and Orrell Windows, and is being held at the Church Hall behind Salem Church, which is opposite the Co Op in Church Street in Orrell on Saturday 12th May between 10am-2.30pm. Free refreshments will be laid on for residents, and there will also be some free giveaways including sunflower seeds for the children, who will also be welcome at the event. Other groups attending include the Billinge and Orrell Transition Group who will be bringing along some chickens and goats, as well as a bikepowered Smoothie maker!

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Our photo shows, from left to right: Deputy Mayor, Mayor Cllr. Birch, with John Walls our Rotary President next to her and Rtn. Dr Venk Marni our President elect, seated ready to take the blood pressures.

person, and is the biggest risk factor in the cause of strokes’ he continued ‘it can easily be treated and controlled with medication’ Rotary Club organiser Doctor Venk Mani spent the day encouraging customers to spend a few minutes being checked out and said’ All the people who volunteer to have their blood pressure estimated are given their respective readings, advice, and if need be a recommendation to

consult their own general practitioner for a further check and/or treatment as appropriate. This is one way Wigan Rotary Club are helping the community to become healthier’ Wigan Rotary Club has been serving the Wigan community for over eighty years. If you would like more information either go to or call Lesley Hargraves on 01942 241466 or 07774 993959.

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JOIN us in celebrating Art and Culture throughout Wigan borough as part of the Cultural Olympiad 2012.

Artists from the Cross Street, Standish based studio group, Office Kollective Contemporary Arts are inviting people of all ages within the borough to participate in what could be the biggest art exhibition ever held here by making a unique postcard artwork to be exhibited during the Olympic and Paralympic games.

or use your own A6 sized postcard (105 x148mm or 6 x 4ins). Create your own artwork on the postcard. It can be in any medium, for example, painting, photograph and collage, but no thicker than 1cm please. The finished artwork

and postcode are on the back and return them to Turnpike Gallery or any of the following libraries: Standish, Shevington, Ashton, Lamberhead Green (Abraham Guest High School), Marus Bridge (Hope School), Aspull, Hindley, Tyldesley, Golborne, Platt Bridge, Atherton, Leigh and Wigan. Or take or post directly to: Office

can be based on any theme and could incorporate Olympic and Paralympic values of excellence, friendship, respect, courage, determination, inspiration and equality. Blank postcards will be available for collection from May 15th and completed postcards should be returned by June 15th. Make sure your name

K o l l e c t i v e Contemporary Arts, Suite116, First Floor, The Standish Centre, Cross Street, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0HQ The postcards will be exibited at venues accross the Borough during the month of August. Contact details for Office Kollective Studios are available on:

Here is your opportunity to prove that the Olympics and Paralympics aren’t just about London, corporate sponsorship or sport. Culture and creativity are a major part of the ‘games’ and with your help we can put Wigan on the map as a creative hub in the North West. So, how can you take part? Pop down to your local library, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh or to the Cross Street Studios, Standish from May 15th and pick up a postcard,


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THE Wigan Life Education Centre, a mobile classroom which visits primary schools in the borough teaching young children about leading a healthy lifestyle and the dangers of drugs and alcohol has reported another successful year.

Specially trained educators taught almost 8500 children, and in addition a seven week parenting course and school assembly programme was introduced to get the healthy choices message across to the wider community. The centre, run by the eight Rotary clubs in the borough, took delivery last year of a state of the art classroom at a cost of £60,000. However with expenses such as educators’ salaries, insurance, and general running costs, the clubs still have to find £35,000 each year to enable the centre to keep visiting schools. President of Wigan Rotary Club John Walls said ‘We are delighted to help this wonderful facility by making this donation. The centre is highly praised by Ofsted

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PARBOLD Picture House will be showing Moneyball on Sunday 13th May at 7.00pm. Moneyball, Cert 12 133 min. is directed by Bennett Miller and stars Brad Pitt and Jonah Hall. “ It’s not about baseball, but about how to win anything & dissects the myths of sport in a superbly constructed and acted feel-good movie. The next film to be show will be My Week with Marilyn Cert 15 98 min, on Sunday 27th May at 7.00pm The films will be shown at Parbold Village Hall, The Green, WN8 7DN by Parbold Community Association [Reg. Charity No. 507386]. All seats are £3.00 by admission on the door. Doors open 30 minutes before screenings when tea and coffee will be available. Contact 01257 464533, or email Visit the website or follow 'Parboldph' on Twitter

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WIGAN Council for Voluntary Youth Service (WCVYS) celebrated their latest batch of volunteer youth workers’ successes by holding a movie star themed awards event. The event was well organised by the WCVYS Youth Executive

Committee chaired by Alex Lowe. The event was funded by Awards For All and volunteers from across the borough were presented with their youth work certificates accredited by ASCENTIS.

Local councillor George Davies was on hand to present the certificates and many people were dressed as their favourite movie stars. The keen eyed will have

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THIS May, people across the country will be leaving their cars at home and taking to their feet in the Great British Walking Challenge. Walk to Work Week (14-18 May), which takes place during the month long challenge, aims to encourage commuters to walk their way to a spotted Hermione Granger from healthier lifestyle.

the Harry Potter films, The Pink Ladies from Grease, Elvis Presley and even Starsky and Hutch made an appearance among many others. Anyone wishing to register as a volunteer youth worker and enrol on future volunteer youth work courses can do so by contacting Kelly Mills 01942 825750 or by email

This year, Local MP Lisa Nandy will be taking part in Walk to Work Week and will be encouraging people to incorporate walking into their daily routine. During the week, everyone will be encouraged to log their walking miles, whether it’s on the way to or from work, during their lunch break, or even as part of a walking meeting using a special online tool. National charity Living Streets works to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets where people want to walk. With funding from the Big Lottery Fund, we work to highlight the role that walking can play in bringing some much needed activity into our daily lives. Lisa Nandy is taking part in this year’s Walk to Work Week by walking to and from work as well as in between meetings and during lunch breaks. The benefits of walking, for health, the environment and people’s pockets, are well documented. What’s often missing is the encouragement to make walking a regular part of people’s daily lives. Living Streets, supported by Lisa Nandy aims to change this by encouraging people to incorporate walking into their daily routine and supporting them with tips, advice and motivation. The MP for Wigan said: “I’m pleased to be supporting Living Streets’ Walk to Work Week again this year. Incorporating walking into our daily journey brings benefits for individuals, and for Wigan. “Walking all or part of your commute is an excellent way to get some activity into your day, and good for mental and physical health. Even if it’s not practical to walk the whole way, getting off the bus or train a couple of stops earlier, brings huge benefits.” Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Living Streets said: “This May we’re hoping to get the whole country walking. Walking to, from, or at work is a great way of keeping your activity levels up and your stress levels down. “We are urging everyone to give it a go during Walk to Work Week this year. We think you’ll be amazed at what a difference a short blast of fresh air can do for you.”

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Wigan success stories

Fund-raising cycle ride

WIGAN businessman David Clarke is organising a fundraising cycle ride for the new Wigan Youth Zone.

Dave, a Board Director of the stunning new town centre facility, got 132 riders to take part in the Manchester to Blackpool Ride last year, raising an amazing £21,000 for the Zone. This year, he wants to improve on that total and is asking Wiganers to join in the fun on Sunday July 8th and pedal the 65 mile course which comes through north Wigan on its way to the coast and the finish at Stanley Park. Dave told the Courier: "We're looking to make 2012 even more successful and asking Wiganers if they would consider riding. "Please don't say no too readily, because this is a most amazing occasion, and you most certainly don't need to be a great cyclist to complete the journey. "I personally did the ride 9 times and

never trained an inch !!" If potential fund raisers do feel 65 miles is a "leap" too far, Dave has organised a Standish start which is being led by husband and wife team Martin and Judith Ainscough. Martin is one of the lead financiers of Wigan Youth Zone That will shorten the journey by half. Said Dave: "Last year we had around 16 riders start in Standish - but this year we're expecting many more. "If you have no previous knowledge of the day, all you need concern yourself with is the actual cycling. We move you to and from Manchester - we move you and your bike home from Blackpool - we have a fleet of vans that repair any punctures and we have food stops to feed and water you. We truly are the envy of the ride! If you want to join in, or want more information, David can be e-mailed on or telephone 01257 255882.

ONE of Wigan’s great strengths is its small and medium businesses. sized Collectively they are Wigan’s biggest employer, and despite difficult economic times they continue to do great things.

Patsy Slevin, who runs Standish’s Prospect recently Brewery, announced they will be taking over the Foresters Pub in Shevington Moor, which will be renamed The Silver Tally in honour of one of Prospect’s most renowned beers. The company also announced that, this month, they brewed their millionth pint. It’s a brilliant

achievement for a company that started in a family garage a few years ago and has since become one of Wigan’s great exports. This month I also came across another great Wigan success story, Pemberton Leisure Homes, who are one of the country’s biggest Caravan Holiday Home manufacturers. The

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company employs 160 staff, offers apprenticeships to young people and provides work for suppliers across the Borough. This week I’ve teamed up with the company and local people to campaign against the Chancellor’s decision to put VAT on caravan holiday homes. As I argued in the House of Commons, the amount raised will be tiny compared to the number of people who could lose jobs if fewer people are able to afford to buy the caravans. In just a few days we were able to collect hundreds of signatures against the tax, showing just how valued Pemberton Leisure Homes and their caravans are to people in Wigan. I will be presenting their signatures

to the Speaker of the House of Commons later this month. If you want to add your name please call my office on 01942 242 047. This month I also supported another initiative, Safer in Town, run by Wigan and Leigh People First, which helps people with learning disabilities feel safer when they’re out and about. Scores of shops have backed the scheme, by displaying a sticker in their windows. If people feel frightened when they are out, they can go into the shop where staff will offer their assistance. It’s a brilliant scheme and shows just how important our small businesses are, not just to the local economy but also to local communities.

All Saints awarded Fairtrade Status

By Hannah Smith

ALL Saints Primary School, Appley Bridge, has joined only a few schools in the borough by gaining Fairtrade status. After 18 months of hard work promoting Fairtrade products, the school was awarded the status in April and much of the credit goes to the Fairtrade committee, Fairdo's. Fairdo's, made up of six pupils, aged six- 11, along with the guidance and support of staff has helped to promote the school's Fairtrade policy. Where ever possible Fairtrade products are used, tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits are used in the staffroom, meetings and cookery activities. With the help of staff, Fairdo's organised a Fairtrade tea party for family and friends to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight. Visitors were encouraged to sample Fairtrade products as well as enjoy a raffle and tombola stall. The Fairtrade fever has certainly spread across the whole school thanks to Fairdo's. Year Six pupils have made posters and poems explaining why people should buy Fairtrade products, Year Five pupils acted out a Fairtrade play and the

school's nursery, Little Acorns, are also using Fairtrade products. Fairdo's committee group, told the Wigan Courier: "We need to buy the Fairtrade products so people can have a happier life. It's not fair, we want to help people to become happier." Pupils of All Saints Primary School have also helped to break a world record! Bunting decorated by the pupils, picturing Fairtrade products, was sent to London and joined many other pieces of bunting to make the longest ever piece of bunting to promote Fairtrade. Liz Chambers, Teaching Assistant at the school, said: "All the pupils have done so well to promote Fairtrade products, and we are very proud to achieve such an award. Although we have been awarded the status we are keen to keep encouraging and promoting Fairtrade Products. We have a Fairtrade Stall at this year's Summer Fair and Fairdo's will keep running."

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WIGAN and Leigh's ninth Words Festival has proved the borough really does have a love of literature.


additional events being organised because of the demand than ever before. A big thank you must go the dedicated volunteers who put so much into making sure Words 2012 was a success. We hope that the invaluable partnership support we receive from Wigan Leisure Culture Trust and Arts Council England will continue into our tenth anniversary festival in 2013." At Haigh Hall, Helen Kay, 52 was awarded the £1,000 poetry prize sponsored by the Greenheart Project for her poem

Early indications are that more people enjoyed this year's three week festival than ever before! Words Coordinator Gillian Forrester said: "I still have to collate all the figures but based on my experience from previous festivals we have had more sell outs and

"Pennington Flash" which drew on her memories about the beauty spot reclaimed from an industrial landscape. The top-three poems will be published website Greenheart the on Our photo shows The Greenheart Poetry Presentation: first prize winners Helen Kay, 52 originally from Leigh, second place Bethany Whittle, 24 from Wigan and third place Laura Taylor, 44 from St Helens



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of the range 335bhp TT versions are RS extremely powerful, while the 2.0 TDI diesel version returns 53.3mpg. An open-topped TT is also Roadster The TT is based on the available. same chassis as the Audi A3 and Volkswagen The second generation Golf, and it offers a Audi TT was launched in choice of front or four2008, but it still stands wheel drive and a variety out from the crowd of petrol and diesel thanks to its clean, crisp engines, from mild to lines. All cars get a rear wild. The TT can be wing which pops up specified with Audi's automatically at 80mph, Magnetic Ride dampers, while S line models get a which offer Comfort and subtle bodykit to give it a Sport settings and makes slightly more aggressive this car very nimble. Top look. Inside, the fit and

Rating: For : Great looks, strong residuals, punchy 2.0 TFSI engine Against : Tiny rear seats, poor visibility, high prices

THERE aren’t many cars that can rival the Audi TT for visual impact. It can trace its design roots back to 1998, but it still looks fresh and unique.


finish is as good as anything offered by Porsche, while the optional leather interiors look and feel extremely luxurious.

Driving and Performance

There are four engines on offer in the TT. Entrylevel cars get a 1.8-litre turbo petrol, while the 2.0 TFSI is the next motor in the range. Both are punchy and refined, and even the larger engine will return 36mpg. Diesel fans can choose a 168bhp 2.0-litre TDI, which promises fuel consumption of 53.3mpg.

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PAUL Harding from Wigan was delighted when his raffle ticket was recently chosen as the winning ticket at Scot Lane Service Centre, Blackrod.

Stephen from Scot Lane Service Centre ran a prize draw - 100 MOT customers where issued

with a free raffle ticket, each with a chance of winning a 32” plasma TV. Paul’s winning raffle ticket was number 106. Watch out for more special offers from Scot Lane. See their advert on page 17 offering £12 cash back when purchasing an MOT for £40! Our photo shows Stephen handing over the TV to a delighted Paul.

All TTs are poised and agile. However, the optional Magnetic Ride dampers are well worth the extra outlay. Offering a choice of Normal and Sport modes, the upgraded suspension automatically adapts to road conditions. The S tronic automatic gearbox should also be considered, as it is one of the slickest, smoothest fastest-shifting and automatics on the market. Only entry-level cars are two-wheel drive, all the rest get the firm’s grippy quattro fourw h e e l - d r i v e transmission.

MPG and running costs

The TT is expensive to buy, but few cars at any price hold their value better than the TT. Even today, the coupe retains 60 per cent of its value after three years, meaning total ownership costs are low. If you’re a company car driver, go for the S tronic double clutch gearbox over the manual. It costs more to buy, but offers better fuel economy.


Inside, the focus is on style ahead of practicality. However, the TT coupe is reasonably spacious, with plenty of room for front seat occupants. Space in the rear seats is extremely tight, and even small children will find conditions cramped. It's better to use the space as an extra storage space, while the split folding rear seats mean you can increase boot space from 290 litres (which is already pretty good for a coupe) to 700 litres.

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With two-stage driver and passenger airbags, ESP and Isofix child seat mountings, the TT is as safe as any other Audi in the range. The car was awarded a five-star rating by crash protection experts Euro NCAP, too. Owners tell us that the car is mostly reliable, although glitches have been reported with the automatic gearbox and electrics - particularly on cars that have been retro fitted with iPod docks.

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THE GOVERNMENT is set to clamp down on whiplash claims, as ministers seek to address the country's "compensation culture".

An estimated 1,500 whiplash claims are made per day in the UK, which add around £90 to the average annual car insurance premium and cost the country in the region of £2 billion per year. claim out of court than defend it, on the savings back to their

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has made it plain that he is shocked by the scale of the problem and has announced planned reforms to the system that he hopes will dramatically reduce fraudulent claims. "It is scandalous that we have a system where it is cheaper for insurers to settle a spurious whiplash







customers." A government summit will now be held headed up by the current transport secretary Justine Greening to discuss specific measures in detail, with the intention of challenging current medical evidence and empowering insurance firms to contest claims so that they can save money for the average motorist.





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New boxing club for Standish & Shevington For more information email or call 01942 828508 or visit

TWO Wigan businessmen are set to create a new sports club in Standish for use by both Standish and Shevington village. Ian Gormley and John Bolster conceived the idea of S and S Boxing Club two years ago, when the two men were reflecting on the lack of facilities in the villages for local youngsters. John, an ex amateur boxer, suggested a boxing club, and the two spoke to local councillor George Fairhurst about their idea for a boxing club to serve the two communities and give youngsters the opportunity to learn a worthwhile sport and keep them off the streets. Now their plans have taken a huge step forward with confirmation that St Marie’s Church in Standish has stepped into the ring to offer use of

one of the church halls on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, and Saturday mornings. The club will be split into two sections each session, Juniors ( up to 15) and Seniors ( 16 and above). Members will get fitness training, circuit training, and boxing training during the course of the sessions. Ian and John have recruited ex Wiganpro Boxer Keith Halliwell to help with boxing coaching. Ian told the Courier: " We need some volunteers to help manage the club sessions during the week, and if there are any ex-amateur or pro boxers out there who want to make a difference to young peoples' lives in Standish and Shevington by coaching, we would be delighted to hear from them." The club needs to raise funds for all

the equipment needed to kit out a fully-functioning boxing and sports club: "We will be relying entirely on local donations and support to keep the club up and running. Sponsorship opportunities will also be available: we are looking in the first instance for a ring sponsor to enable us to buy our first boxing ring for the club, " said Ian. Ian and John have taken the step of opening a bank account for what is a non-profit making social enterprise. If you are interested in becoming a member, or want to help the club raise funds, or donate or sponsor, contact Ian Gormley on, tel 07793 087086, or John Bolster on 07885 754200

Right decision in the end

EVERYONE IS aware that Wigan Warriors have a strong lease at the DW Stadium, and that it exists on very favourable terms to the rugby club.

There is no doubt in the opinion of those who know that Wigan RL have one of the best home-facilities in the British game and enjoy enormous benefits because of it. Yet last week, for a couple of days at least, supporters of Wigan Warriors must really have wondered if the ground-sharing deal with Wigan Athletic was ever worth it. After several days of agonised speculation among the town’s sports fans, the announcement was made last Friday that an agreement had finally been reached to play the Wigan v St Helens Carnegie Challenge Cup quarter-final at the DW Stadium, with a 2.30pm kick-off, this coming Saturday (May 12th). Understandably, there was much celebration among the Warriors faithful, but I can’t help wondering if being permitted to play a vital home tie in the Cup, in fact playing what is possibly the biggest match of the season so far, at your own ground, is truly reason to celebrate. Shouldn’t Wigan Warriors be able to play matches of this sort at their home stadium by right? If they’d been unable to play the match at the DW, and clearly that was a possibility until quite late in the day, it would have been the second time this has happened to the club since they moved to the DW Stadium. Back in 2008, a crucial Play-Off Eliminator against Bradford Bulls was switched to the Stobart Stadium at Widnes. There was an immense outcry from the Cherry and White hordes – to no avail. Okay that hasn’t happened this time, and thank Heaven for it, but there is no doubt that the episode has been difficult and embarrassing for the club. The problem with the weekend of May 11th -13th , on which the Challenge Cup fixtures are due to be played, is that Wigan Athletic have their final game of the season against Wolves scheduled for Sunday May 13th. No worries, you might have thought. The Warriors could either play there on the Friday night in front of the Sky cameras, or on the Saturday afternoon, to be screened by the BBC.

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Well, if only life were that simple. For some reason, which I personally find difficult to fathom, the ground-staff at the DW cannot turn the stadium around in such a ‘short’ period of time. At least, that was the story circulating among fans. Whatever the facts, it was clearly the case that the football club were not happy at the thought of Wigan Warriors playing on the same pitch some 24 hours earlier. It should be mentioned that Wigan Warriors didn’t really favour a Saturday afternoon fixture either, as they had no wish to do anything that might jeopardise Wigan Athletic’s game on the Sunday. Both clubs appeared to prefer that the Warriors play their fixture on the Friday evening – or possibly the following Monday – but here lay another problem. The BBC were hoping to screen the Wigan v Saints match as their big live sporting event of the weekend, and would not be able to do that unless it was on the Saturday (though why the BBC should have such a big say in the affair also left me puzzled). The RFL themselves, who, last Thursday instructed Wigan to play the fixture away from home if the DW was unavailable, came in for some sharp criticism from Wigan Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan, who said: “We feel let down by the RFL that they are prepared to countenance the loss of integrity of their famous Challenge Cup competition by removing home advantage from the Challenge Cup holders in a critical and closely competitive quarter-final in order to fit in with preferred television schedules when valid and practical alternative days and times were available.“We also feel that the RFL scheduling of Challenge Cup rounds has been poor with three rounds in 30 days followed by nine weeks before the semi-finals. More importantly, no account seems to have been taken of the clear conflicts with football-shared stadiums on the

weekend of 13th May with immovable Premier League final matches taking place then plus League One playoffs. Wigan, Hull and Huddersfield all share stadiums with football clubs and were possible to be in the quarter-finals albeit Wigan are the only Premier League club. “Wigan Warriors clearly indicated in their pre-season requested-dates-toavoid submission to the RFL Operations Department on 6th October 2011 that the Wigan Athletic game on Sunday 13th May should be avoided and it is clearly known by the RFL that Wigan Warriors also cannot play the day before a Premiership match. “In spite of these potential conflicts, the Challenge Cup quarter-final was scheduled for that Saturday and Sunday – precisely the dates requested to be avoided by Wigan before the fixtures were established by the RFL.” Clearly, this was a tricky situation, nowhere near as simple as many Wigan Warriors fans spouting online, contended. And ultimately it was only settled when Lenagan and Wigan Athletic chairman, David Whelan, thrashed out an agreement that in these highly unusual circumstances, and given a favourable weather report, the Warriors game could take place on the Saturday after all. “It is scandalous to be put in this position,” Whelan commented. “But we cannot see Wigan Warriors playing such a game away from home. All Wigan folk, whether primarily rugby or football supporters, come together in wishing to see two such important games shown from the Wigan stadium across the country on successive days next weekend.” Despite this amicable settlement – and despite very clear efforts on both clubs’ parts to nip this potential problem in the bud several months ago – I can’t help worrying that the episode will, in the long term, have again soured relations between supporters of the town’s two premier sporting operations. Admittedly these have been extraordinary circumstances, but Wigan Warriors fans will surely now worry that another clash of interests of this sort could arise at some point in the future. In the light of that, the vision of a Wigan totally unified in sport seems as far away from becoming reality as it ever was.

Roberto is manager of the month

LATICS BOSS Roberto Martinez has been awarded the Barclays Manager of the Month Award for the first time in his managerial career after an outstanding April with the Latics, which included wins over three of the league’s top four teams and virtually confirms his side’s Premiership survival.

Martinez’s men began the month with a narrow 21 loss to Chelsea at

Stamford Bridge, but bounced back brilliantly to seal an excellent 1-0 home win against current Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United. The Latics followed up with an equally impressive 2-1 away win against an in-form Arsenal side at the Emirates, before ending the month with an thumping 4-0 win at home

to Champions League chasing Newcastle United – results that have lifted the club to 16th place in the Barclays Premier League table, three points above the relegation zone. The decision was made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football’s governing bodies, the media and fans.





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Party Time as Robin Park celebrate double promotion

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WIGAN ROBIN Park won their last league game of the season on Saturday April 28th, beating Rochdale Town 4-1 to clinch the North West Counties Division 1 title.

It was a double celebration for the club as the Robins Reserves beat Padiham Reserves 1-0 to clinch the reserve team league title. Speaking on the club website, Chairman Steve Halliwell said: “This has been a great day for the club. The lads have been a credit to the club in winning promotion and I am really chuffed for them. You have to recognise what this club has achieved in seven years, having started at Step 7 in 2005. “We brought a great travelling support of about 50 fans over here, and Rochdale Town have been fantastic to us although they certainly didn’t lie down for us and we had to work hard for the win. It’s been a fantastic day and one that everyone has thoroughly enjoyed. “If you are going to have strength in your first team, you need to have a strong reserve team as they are there to support the first team. If they win honours that’s great, but we need the reserve team to be feeding players through to the first team, and it’s pleasing that has happened this season. “Our reserves had a bit of a dip in form towards the end of the season, and I think Ian would be the first to admit that perhaps some of the lads thought it was a done deal. But they knew what was needed coming into the closing games, and have clinched the title with room to spare. Manager John Neafcy added: “I’m delighted for everyone at the club. We’ve had fabulous support all season from everyone on the committee and around the club, and we have a band of fans who travel home and away with us who are fantastic. “I’m very proud of everyone’s achievements this season, from the committee and its new members to the new Chairman who never gives me a minute’s rest. He is the person who has driven meon to get us into the Premier League, and thing sare looking very good for the club at the moment. “We’re looking forward to playing in the Premier League, strengthening the squad a bit and taking it forward from there. Hopefully this time next year, we can be a Premier Division side in the top half of the table”. Meanwhile back at Robin Park Arena, Robins’ Reserve Team boss Ian Granite was similarly delighted with his team’s success. “It’s all good news for the club right now, and we are going in the right direction. “We knew we had a good reserve squad this season, but we have done really well to win the title. With the first team doing well and having a settled squad, that meant we didn’t have to change our team too much to week to week, which helped us. John (Neafcy) and Jay (Foulds) have been great to us as well, and have supported us all the way.”

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Hock brace as Wigan book Saints showdown

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Featherstone 16 Wigan Warriors 32 Challenge Cup 4th round Friday April 27th 2012

Gareth Hock drives the ball in

Rovers: Tries: Saxton, Hardman, Raynor. Goals: Finn 2 Warriors: Tries: Hock 2, O'Loughlin, Goulding, Leuluai, Charnley. Goals: Charnley 3, S Tomkins

CUP holders Warriors were given a run for their money by Featherstone Rovers at Post Office Road before booking a tasty quarter-final tie against the Old Enemy at the DW Stadium next week.

Sam Tomkins does his best to evade the attentions of the Featherstone defence

Michael McIlorum passes the ball from dummy half

Wigan ran in six tries through the impressive Gareth Hock (2), Sean O'Loughlin, Darrell Goulding, Thomas Leuluai and winger Josh Charnley, who kicked three goals, with Sam Tomkins kicking one. Rovers twice held the lead in the first-half, but eventually the gap between the two sides became eveident as Rovers tired and superior tactics and fitness came through. Rovers came into the game on a high after their 23-16 fourth round victory over local rivals Castleford. Wigan skipper Sean O'Loughlin crossed after only three minutes but Rovers took a 10-6 lead thanks to tries from Tom Saxton and Ian Hardman. Goulding then levelled for the visitors but Finn's penalty put Rovers in front again. Then Hock scored his first on the stroke of half-time, and with Rovers losing both their tryscorers to injury early in the second half the Warriors took full advantage to get back on top with Leuluai's try. Rovers stayed in the hunt after a breakaway try from Raynor. Then the reliable Josh Charnley skipped in for his 16th try of the season and Gareth Hock made sure two minutes from the end with his second try of the night to crown another impressive display. Sam Tomkins says the Warriors are determined to retain the Challenge

Gareth Hock heads for the Rovers line to score

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Cup because of the importance of the competition to the fans. He told BBC Radio Manchester: "You play in Super League and the main goal in the Grand Final in October, in the Challenge Cup, it's knockout rugby and it's massively important. "Everyone in the team and the town are passionate about the Challenge Cup so we know the importance of it. There's no time to have an off-day." Wigan moved a step closer to another Wembley final, reaching the last eight with a hard-fought victory over Featherstone. The 23-year-old added: "That's what we're focused on. Every Challenge Cup is another opportunity to get to Wembley. "We had a great weekend there last year and we all want to experience that again."

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Aspull crown a great season with promotion

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Littleborough 3rd 5 Aspull 38 Salford University League Div 5E Saturday April 21st 12 ASPULL gained promotion to University of Salford 4 East, finishing runners-up in UoS 5 East following a 5-38 win away to Littleborough 3rds. Chad Boyce led the way with two tries with John Parker, Aidan Clark, Mike Walsh and Eddie Singer crossing for one apiece, Singer also adding four conversions. The promotion marks the end of a good season for the Woodshaw Park outfit, following a re-organisation of the club and an influx of new officials, and the team’s success is a welcome boost for the village and the game in Wigan. An Annual General Meeting has been called for the 17th May 2012 at Woodshaw Park. Caffrey's £1.40 Guiness £1.70 for the duration of the meeting. G Aspull's AGM is on Thursday 17th May at 7:30pm in the clubhouse. Christian Walsh writes: “This is every member’s opportunity

to contribute and raise any issues that you feel need discussion and find out how the club performed overall not just on the field. “Any matters you wish to be discussed must be handed to me in person/ emailed to me by no later than the 12th May. If the matter is not raised prior to the AGM it will not be discussed this is to minimise disruption to the flow of the evening. As an added incentive to members, Caffrey's will be on offer at £1.40 a pint and Guinness at £1.70 a pint for the duration of the meeting.

Wigan 39 West Park 15 South Lancs & Cheshire Div 1 Saturday April 21st 12 WIGAN finished their season on a high as they swept West Park aside with a strong 2nd half performance masterminded by half back Martin Gambles. Following an early Andy Whittle penalty the scrum half wrong footed the West Park defence to go over unchallenged, Whittle adding the conversion.

West Park hit back with a penalty and a try in the corner but crucially Wigan extended their lead as the Rigby brothers made inroads, Gambles again finding space to send John Lloyd in for a second. Whittle's touchline conversion and a penalty the other side of the break stretched the lead to 208. Lloyd was in the action again as a 20 metre trundle up the middle set up the position for Jon Hogarth to scatter the defence and touched down to add the third. Whittle slotted the conversion but West Park pegged Wigan back from the restart and drove over to reduce the arrears by 7 points. This proved only brief respite as Peter Rigby broke blind and put skipper Steve Peacock over in the corner. Rigby then

Standish Cricket Club

Saturday 21st April

Standish CC 1st XI welcomed Walshaw CC 1st XI to Green Lane for the opening match of the 2012 season. Walshaw won the toss and batted first in a 40 over match. Walshaw started well on a wet wicket that would not help either team. J Pilling 59 and D Faye 42 made up most of the Walshaw runs as they reached 163 for 8 from their 40 overs. S Heeley 5 for 71 was the pick of the Standish bowlers although A Khan was most economical with 20 overs 2 for 60. In reply Standish started well and chased hard as the light faded, A Baig top scored with 66 as Standish fell 28 runs short finishing on 135 for 9. Standish CC 2nd XI travelled to Walshaw to play Walshaw 2nd XI. Standish won the toss and put Walshaw in to bat. Some tight bowling from C Gunn & E Chapman kept the openers quiet and

eventually took the wicket of A Hardman. D Leach came to the crease and after being dropped on 3 and 33, went on to make an unbeaten 105* as Walshaw scored a huge 205 for 6 from their 48 overs, J Ashurst was the pick of the bowlers for Standish taking 3 for 35. Standish in reply never got going losing wickets from the 3rd over and regularly after that before finally being dismissed for 82.

Saturday 28th April

Standish CC 1st XI made to journey to Darcy Lever CC. Standish won the toss and put Darcy Lever in to bat, on a very green grassy wicket, weather conditions through the week had not helped. All Standish bowlers played their part and bowled excellent on a very difficult wicket, A Khan was the pick of the bowlers recording figures of 5 for 35 as Standish bowled Darcy Lever out for 100 in the 30th over,

Only G Corden 29 and J Cooper 22 really troubled In reply the scorers. Standish lost R Cobley in the 3rd over with the score on 18, but cruised to victory and all the points in the 38th over for the loss of just 3 wickets, A Baig 28 and S Heeley 34* scoring most of the runs. Standish CC 2nd XI hosted Darcy Lever 2nd XI at the Green Lane ground. Darcy Lever won the toss and put 10 man Standish in to bat. Once again there was little resistance to the Darcy Lever bowling attack with E Chapman 13 and extras being to top scorers. Standish were all out for just 53 runs in the 28th over, S Mahmood taking 5 for 12 for Darcy Lever. It would always be difficult for Standish to defend such a small total and with only 10 men. Darcy Lever passed the target in the 11th over for the loss of just one wicket.

Wigan RU AGM date set

WIGAN RUFC’s Annual General Meeting will be held in the Clubhouse at Douglas Valley on Thursday 10th May 2012, and members are cordially invited to attend. The meeting will start at 7.30pm. Positions on the Executive Committee and the Rugby Sub-Committee will be elected on the evening. Copies of the Agenda and Minutes of the 2011AGM will be available on the evening of the meeting.

WIGAN’S Under 16s have received end of season accolades from the club as follows: Lancashire representation for under 15s - Jordan Stevenson and Luke Hollinrake. Most improved Player Matthew Price. Player of the Year David Callaghan. Players Player of the Year - Luke Farrow. WIGAN’S Captains Dinner 2012 takes place at the club on Friday May 18th at 7.30pm.

completed the scoring, in support of another break by Gambles, Whittle successful with the conversion.

Orrell 45 Ormskirk 10 South Lancs & Cheshire Div 1 Saturday April 21st 12 ORRELL maintained their SLC1 status following a 4510 bonus try win over bottom club Ormskirk. Despite early pressure from the visitors it was Orrell who took the lead with a try from Andy Unsworth converted by Chris Owen. Ormskirk hit back with a try and took the lead after a knock on gifted a try to the opposition. Orrell restored their advanatge, a series of pick and drives getting Alex Simpson

over for a 12-10 lead at the break. Early in the second half Orrell wasted a number of chances before a drive by the forwards resulted in Max Huxley burrowing his way over. Chris Owen added the conversion and Orrell got their bonus try, David Carter charging over from a line out 10 metres out. With Ormskirk down a man Orrell took a quick tap penalty for Neil Liptrot to run through a gap to score. Orrell took further advantage when the forwards drove Jon Pegg over for a converted try and added a seventh, Kieron Seeds touching down near the posts, Chris Owen adding the extras. (Geoff Lightfoot)

TRIBUTES have been paid to Roy Knowles of Wigan Rugby Union Club, who passed away last month in hospital.

Roy, 81, was a muchrespected member of the club management team, former player at Orrell, and for many years provided very honest match reports from Douglas Valley and away fixtures for local press. Gordon Unsworth writes: “Roy was born in 1930 in Pemberton and attended St. Mark's church and school, from where he went to Wigan Grammar School. After National Service, Roy went to Camarthen Training College. In 1954 he was appointed teacher at Westleigh High School, and stayed there until he retired in 1989. He rose to be Deputy Head and was very popular. He was the driving force behind an annual school camp. He was deeply involved in schoolboy sports, especially rugby league. He ran the Leigh boys team for more than 30 years and refereed many matches. Roy served on the Great Britain schoolboys committee and was chairman in 1973-5. Even in retirement, he organised the schoolboy cup competitions. Since 1986 he helped to organise the Wigan Grammar School Old Boys dinner . He joined Wigan RUFC when his son Andrew joined after school. Roy didn’t play for Wigan, but played a few games for Orrell. For more than ten years he acted as Press secretary of the Wigan club, and of course he was a founder member of the infamous "Thursday Gang".” Club Chairman Frank Morgan added: “Roy was one of the club’s real gentlemen - a dedicated supporter and for a long time our press officer. He will be sorely missed by everyone at Douglas Valley, and we offer Andrew and his family our sincere condolences.” A minute’s silence in honour of Roy was observed by players and spectators at Wigan’s last home game of the season against West Park on April 21st.

Sharks take cup honours League winners

Quarter Final North West Cup Ince Rose Bridge U 15's 12 Shevington Sharks U 15's 19 Shevington scorers: Kyle Shelford, Matt Boyers, Rikki Bailey. Drop Goal -Josh Houghton

THE FLOODLIGHTS at Ince Rose Bridge were just firing up as this quarter final cup tie between fierce local rivals kicked off. The opening exhanges suggested that the teams were fairly evenly matched and so this proved throughout the first half. On balance the home team probably gained a slight territorial advantage during the half but both sides were practicing the basics of the game well with strong running and tight defence. Rose Bridge had the opportunity to open the scoring when they were awarded a penalty kick under the post but it was squandered. Confusion followed the missed kick as the referee debated with the crowd the correct method to restart the game! At the end of the first half the full blooded affords of both sides had failed to make an impression and the score was was nil - nil. The Sharks started the second half the brighter team and in no time Shane Melling had crossed the line only for the referee to rule that the final pass had been forward. This was an ominous sign for Rose Bridge and Kyle Shelford made no mistake when he found a path to the line a few minutes later. He converted his own

try and the score was 0 - 6. The Sharks defended the restart vigorously and it wasn't too long before Kyle Shelford broke the line and fed Matt Boyers who was supporting well and had the pace to beat the defence to the line for the Sharks second try. Kyle Shelford converted again stretching the lead to 0 12. St Jude's pulled one back when they followed through a ball chipped over on the sixth tackle. The referee adjudged that the home team had got to the ball first and awarded a try in the corner. This was converted with an excellent kick and the scoreline narrowed to 6 - 12. The Sharks missed a chance to secure their lead when they knocked on over the line and it seemed, despite their lead, that the Sharks were the less composed of the two teams. Their nerves were calmed to a degree when Rikki crossed the line for an excellent individual try. Kyle Shelford converted and the score was 6 - 18. There was time for one last fright for the Sharks as Rose Bridge took advantage of two repeat penalties to score in the corner. Once again the home side try was converted from the touchline begging a question how the first penalty kick attempt from under the post was missed! The Sharks sealed victory minutes before the end of the game when Josh Houghton intelligently attempted and scored a drop goal. This brought the game to its final score of 12 - 19.

tribute to Dan

THE WHITE CROW in Worthington is celebrating as the pool team of the popular hostelry has won the Coppull and District Pool League.

The achievement is tinged with some sadness and regret as one of the players in the team was Daniel Birch, son of White Crow owners Stuart and Helen Birch, who tragically died in a car accident last month. Daniel’s father Stuart paid tribute: “Well done to the lads, and a special thanks to our Dan who made it all possible. “The boys finished it off for ya son, xxx you'll never walk alone xxx.” THE MEMORIAL soccer match for Daniel at Chorley’s Victory Park stadium has been put back to Thursday May 10th at the same time, entrance just £2-00. After the match, spectators are being welcomed back to the White Crow in Worthington for the charity quiz night, whose start will be delayed by half an hour.




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Wigan Courier May 8th 2012  
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