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Wigan’s Good News Paper

November 13th 2012



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WIGAN borough fell silent on Remembrance Sunday at 11 o’clock to honour the fallen.

Hundreds of people gathered around the borough’s cenotaphs on Remembrance Sunday, to pay tribute to the brave soldiers who died for their country.

The Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Myra Whiteside, and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy honoured the Armed Forces at All Saint’s Parish Church in Wigan. Chief Executive of Wigan Council, Donna Hall, and local councillors, George Davies, Steve Damber, Phyll Cullen Lynne Holland and Rona Winkworth were also in attendance.


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Standishers gather around cenotaph to honour the fallen

Councillors, the military, schools and community groups, paraded from the Town Hall to the cenotaph, outsideAll Saints’Parish Church. More than 500 people gathered around the cenotaph to pay their respects. The Reverand Ray Hutchinson led a service at the cenotaph and at the Parish Church of All Saints’, Wigan, which followed the cenotaph ceremony. In a procession at Standish, war veterans, members of the Royal British Legion, Wigan Council members, church organisations and youth clubs paraded to the cenotaph for a short service and the laying of the reefs. People young and old congregated around the cenotaph for a service led by the Reverend Andrew Holliday. Following the short service at the cenotaph, the procession marched to St. Wilfrid’s Church where another service took place. Bugler, Ian Wilde, of Standish St. Wilfrid’s Church Lads and Church Girls Bridge, played the Last Post and Reveille during both services. This was a special Remembrance Sunday for the Standish Branch of the Royal British Legion, as the Standish branch celebrated its 90th anniversary in February of this year. Ceremonys were also held in Abram, Ashton-inMakerfield, Aspull, Atherton, Golborne, Hindley, Leigh, Lowton, Platt Bridge, Shevington and Tyldesley to honour the fallen.

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Wiganers pay their respects Courier


Well done to all the young people of St Andrews Church in Springfield, who took the service on Sunday November 10th in church at The Young Generations Service.

Members of Standish Royal British Legion march to the War Memorial

Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Myra Whiteside, Wigan MP Lisa Nandy, and Wigan Council Chief Executive Donna Hall at Wigan War Memorial

Standishers left messages to loved ones lost during two world wars

Youth groups parading to the War memorial in Standish

The service was a Church Parade with the Brownies, Guides and Rainbows taking part. The dropping of poppies from the chancel was very poignant, with one poppy for each name read out of those who died in both World Wars and the recent Afghanistan war. Young people read out the names as other young members let the poppies fall onto the carpet below.

Wiganers travel to Albert Hall for Festival of Remembrance: Page Three


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Wiganers attend Albert Hall ceremony Courier


By Hannah Smith

MEMBERS of both the Standish and Aspull Royal British Legion travelled down to London to attend the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday November 10th. Standard Bearer and Vice Chairman of the Standish Royal British Legion, Chris Velone, represented Standish at the ceremony.

Aspull British Legion members outside the Albert Hall, London

RAF soldiers parade during the Remembrance festival in London

During the fesitval, the RAF Regiment, the band of the Royal Marines, Chelsea Pensioners, and War Widows paraded around the hall. Singers, Russell Watson, Rod Stewart and Alexandra Burke entertained the crowds with their outstanding vocals.

The Military Wives also performed at the event. Chairman of Standish Royal British Legion, David Williams, attended the festival. He said: “It was the seventh times the Standish branch has attended the festival at the Albert Hall and it is still moving. It was a fantastic ceremony with a wonderful atmosphere. “The service on Sunday was very special to the Standish branch because of our 90th anniversary. More people attended the service at the cenotaph than ever before.” Wigan ward Councilor George Davies also travelled to the Albert Hall the with A s p u l l branch. He said: “The festival was excellent,

but we should not forget why we where there. “We should never forget that people gave up their lives to fight for our country so we can enjoy the lives we live today.”

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“Use public transport”


Sir, In these days when we’re encouraged to leave the car at home and take public transport instead, rarely have I seen full buses, other than school runs or full local trains. Why is that, if it’s seemingly so important? I thought it worthwhile to first look at the benefits of doing so then contrast the differences with using the private car. Using public transport does have personal and community benefits. There are social benefits of actually talking to other members of your community that you wouldn’t normally see - at bus stops, rail platforms and during journeys. In addition, a full bus for example could easily take twenty or more cars off the road - relieving congestion; reducing noise; improving road safety risks; also reducing risks for pedestrians and cyclists. A full train carriage has all of these benefits too and, importantly, could also give cost savings compared to the car and bus (dependent on journey distance). It’s worth remembering though that although using public transport increases the risk of cross-infection of common illnesses, this is easily countered by the improvement in localised air pollution from the reduction in cars, and with the need of walking to the nearest bus or train stop gives our bodies much needed exercise, thus potentially reducing cases of diabetes and asthma. When considered, the bettering of public health will create a saving to the NHS. Taking the car eliminates that benefit. Using the car is very convenient; very secure because we can cocoon ourselves; very comfortable and probably quickest overall - unless off course you’re stuck in the frequent congestion in Wigan or Leigh. The downside is expense - considering fuel, parking (and fines!), insurance, road tax and the capital cost of owning and maintaining a vehicle. Using the car is therefore probably

the most expensive option, especially on shorter journeys. On certain journeys however, the car may still be cheaper overall than taking the bus. There’s no room in this letter to compare and average out all distances in Wigan, so let’s look at one example journey example costs for a adult return ticket from Pemberton to Wigan by train and bus: Train £2.80; Bus £4.50. The bus fare for the same journey is 60% higher! - no wonder buses are more often half full, than full. Bus fares do appear to be very expensive in general. How do rail and bus journeys compare where you live, even taking into account the recent threat of 6% rises in rail fares? So, come on Wigan Council, and all the councillors with a supposed collective community conscience. Find ways to facilitate cheaper bus travel and/or increased train travel if you really want to improve the health and social conditions in the communities you serve. Yours, Donald McQueen Wigan & Leigh Green Party.

Meningitis Awareness

Sir, Recently, it was Meningitis Awareness Week and Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) would like to remind the people of Wigan to Be MeningitisWise. Meningitis and septicaemia are deadly diseases that can strike anyone without

Raising a glass to The Best Bar None WIGAN TOWN Centre’s licensed premises are the Best Bar None.

That is the unanimous verdict of publicans, blue light services and community safety leaders who came together to raise a glass in recognition of licensed premises that demonstrate exceptional committment to making Wigan town centre safer. Governed by the British Institute of Inn Keeping and approved by the Home Office, Best Bar None is a nationally recognised accreditation and award scheme which has a proven track record in improving standards and reducing crime in the night time economy across the country. Altogether, seventeen licensed premises in Wigan town centre have proven to Best Bar None assessors that they meet the standards required for accreditation to the scheme. To qualify for Best Bar None accreditation, pubs, bars and clubs are required to meet certain standards in operational management, particularly in relation to measures designed to reduce crime and disorder, prevent public nuisance, promote public safety, protect children from harm and raise awareness around alcohol consumption. Wigan venues entered three separate competition categories: Best Bar, Best Pub and Best Club, and an overall winner was chosen from these. Chris Coutanche from the Revolution paid tribute to his staff for their loyalty and commitment. He said: “It is an honour for Revolution to be chosen for this award. The staff are the engine room and the heartbeat of our business, from the cleaners and the DJs to the door staff and managers. Their hard work is much appreciated.” Accepting the Readers’ Vote award of the Inn The Bar’s Tony Callaghan said: “I’m absolutely thrilled on behalf of all my teams because it’s testament to their hard work and commitment that our

venues have been recognised in this way. I have always been a huge fan of the Best Bar None scheme. It’s good for business, for our partners

and customers and most of all it‘s good for Wigan. I hope it continues into the future and goes from strength to strength.”

The Mayor of Wigan Borough, Cllr Myra Whiteside, who opened the

ceremony at the Orwell on Wigan Pier, said: “I applaud those premises

that have demonstrated that they already meet the stringent standards in operational management required for accreditation to Best Bar None.

“And I hope the scheme continues to attract support for many years

to come, with more licensed premises across all our town centres signing up to show their commitment to community safety and public protection.”

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Best Bar: Winner- Revolution Runner up- Mortimer’s

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Callaghan receiving the Readers’ Vote award from Mrs Janet


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warning, killing one in ten, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life altering after-effects ranging from deafness and brain damage to loss of limbs. MRF recently explored the impact of the diseases in our project ‘Counting the Cost of Meningitis’ and estimated that the life-long costs to the UK Government of medical treatment and ongoing care for a person seriously disabled by the disease are around £3 million. There is currently no vaccine for meningococcal B disease, which is responsible for the majority of cases of disease in the UK and Ireland, so the public needs to be aware that current vaccines do not prevent all strains of meningitis and septicaemia. Our advice to the public is to trust your instincts and if you think a loved one may have meningitis or septicaemia get medical help immediately from a GP or the nearest hospital. To find out more about the symptoms visit the MRF website on Yours, Chris Head, Chief Executive Meningitis Research Foundation Thornbury

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By Hannah Smith

TAKING over the reigns as Chief Executive at Wigan and Leigh Hospice just over a year ago, Dr Alan Baron seemed the perfect candidate for the job, after working there for 12 years.

Starting his working life in the commercial, retail, banking and financial world, Alan was appointed Director of Corporate Service at the Hindley based Hospice in 2001. Working in the hard nosed world of business before taking on this role, Alan experienced a huge culture shock.

He said: “It’s very different working in the Hospice compared with my previous work. I was working in a world where profit was king. I came here and saw the outstanding commitment and dedication of the hospice staff and volunteers, who had one main focus, to provide excellent care. “What surprised me most was how my preconceptions of what I thought a hospice was like were completely different to what a hospice actually is. I had this idea of a hospice being a very dark, foreboding place, but instead I was greeted with smiling faces and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.” Changing people’s perspective of a hospice is one of Dr Baron’s priorities. He encourages local community groups from across the borough to visit, maybe holding one of their meetings there, in order to learn more about what the hospice is and what it does. “We need to get more people through the door so they can see for themselves the friendly atmosphere here. School children have worked with the patients on art projects, we have held garden parties and exhibitions here, to try and show the public what a hospice is really like.” A flagship hospice in the UK, Wigan and Leigh Hospice is well respected within the hospice movement and it isn’t hard to see why. A recent CQC (Care Quality Commission) inspection found the hospice to achieve an excellent rating across all areas. Some of the comments included that the hospice made visitors welcome at all times, staff and volunteers were in attendance at all times to meet people’s needs and this was conducted in a very caring, polite and dignified manner and the atmosphere was pleasant and relaxed.


The inspectors also commented that the rooms were comfortably furnished, very clean and fully equipped to meet the needs of the people who stayed there, and all the people who spoke to the inspectors said that their was dignity maintained when staff supported them with personal care. The hospice faces some uncertainty in the future. Around 40 per cent of its running costs come from the local Primary Care Trust which is being replaced by a new Clinical Commission Group from next April as part of a m a j o r restructuring of the NHS. However, Alan is confident for the future and feels that existing relationships can be maintained and built upon. Alan said: “We are so fortunate to have such wonderful support from our local community. The majority of our income comes from donations of one form or another from people across the Borough. Often this is because we have cared for a loved one but sometimes it is simply that they wish to support their local hospice. I feel confident to say that people trust us to spend their money wisely on local people who are going through the most difficult time in their lives. Over 90p in every £1 raised goes directly on patient care and support. “Wigan & Leigh Hospice is now in its 30th year. We do recognise that times are hard for everyone but I feel confident that the hospice will certainly be here in another 30 years time.” The hospice is currently trying to secure some capital funding for a state-of-the-art outreach centre to be built within the existing hospice grounds. This new project, with the working title of the Woodland Centre, will house the therapy, counselling and out-patient clinics together with providing a home for our expanding community nursing team including a new Hospice at Home service currently under development. “The new development will have the add-on benefit of freeing some space in the existing hospice that will allow us to consider opening more beds in the future. Planning permission has been applied for and we will find out whether our bid to the Department of Health has been successful in March 2013. We still have to go through a few hurdles before we get there”, said Alan, “but if we are granted the funding and the planning permission this will be a fantastic new facility, which will free up some much needed space and enable us to develop new and responsive services.” Many people think of the hospice only in terms of in-patient beds. In fact the majority of hospice patients

receive some form of care and support in their homes, with a team of nine specialist nurses currently supporting patients across the borough. Developing the community and outreach services is something that Alan is keen to do. He said:”I want to really push our work in the community. Most people wish to be cared for in their home at the end of their lives so our aim is to provide a high quality service in a patient’s home surrounded by familiar things and the people they love. By spreading our reach in this way we are able to support more people.” With the hospice’s 750 voulnteers, hopsice staff rely on the dedication and commitment of the voulnteers and Alan cannot praise them enough, saying: “The volunteers are amazing at what they do. So many people, from all walks of life, are giving their time to help keep the hospice running. We have a diverse range of volunteers from students to people who are retired. This is a unique feature of the hospice bringing a connection between people across our community and making the hospice such a friendly and welcoming place.” So after a busy year in his in role as Chief Executive, Alan has faced many challenges, none greater than the challenge over the coming years as he seeks to ensure the hospice is responsive to the rapidly changing world around us. But one thing is for sure the proud Wiganer who is steering the hospice ship will have the incredible help and support of an invaluable team of staff and volunteers.


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Environment and Heritage Network awards Courier



By Hannah Smith

WIGAN Mayor, Councillor Myra Whiteside hailed the achievements of Wigan Borough Environment and Heritage Network at their annual awards ceremony.

Six heritage groups, run by volunteers, were awarded for the hard work and dedication by Coucnilor Whiteside, who presented the groups with a glass trophy. The award winners included Leigh Ornitholgical Society, Stubshaw Cross Project , Better Education Training for Adults (BETA), The Bridger’s, Richard Sivell and Ken Jones. Councillor Whiteside said: “It is a privilege to see the work of the voluteers. The borough wouldn’t be what it is today, it has improve the quality of life, and has made the borough a better place to live, work and play. I salute them all.” Chairman of Wigan Borough Environment and Heritage Network, John O’Neil chose the heritage network award winners. He said: “Heritage network is an umbrella organisation thats give strength in numbers to help heritage and environmental groups, who do

a fantastic job in preserving the borough’s landscape and history.” Three competition winners were also presented with awards. John, along with Yvonne Webb from Wigan Leisure Culture Trust, ran a competition asking people to write a 1,000 word document about the borough’s heritage. Mr Max Finney was awarded third place and win £50, Mr PJ Tyldesley came second winning £75 and Mr J Heyes was awarded first place winning £100. Mayor Whiteside added: “Heritage is an important link between our past and our future, and it is important to preserve our heritage for our children. The network’s strong collective bond of environmental and heritage groups maintains our rich and diverse coutryside and local history.” During the ceremony an exert of a new DVD showcasing Shevington

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Pictured are the award winners with Mayor of Wigan Myra Whiteside and Chairman of Wigan Borough Environment and Heritage Network, John O’Neil.

PLANS for a new council depot, bringing together teams from three separate sites, moved a step closer following an approval by Wigan Council’s planning committee. A deal has been agreed to bring back to life a disused former Asda warehouse in Ince. The project

will also bring together teams from a range of council operations into one new ‘hub’ helping to improve services, reduce the council’s carbon footprint and save an estimated £1 million per year in maintenance, transport and other running costs.

The council and its partners currently operate three main depots for core services such as waste collection, storage and maintenance of the vehicle fleet, highways department and Leigh Building Services. Cllr Kevin Anderson, the council’s cabinet lead for the environment, said: “This project means a disused depot facility can be brought back to life. It is a much better option than spending significant sums on a brand new site, as well as saving money, the new depot will also ensure that 1,500 staff have much more suitable working conditions.” The works will cost £3m and pay for itself within 4 years. The new depot will be operating by the middle of 2013.

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Designed, envisioned and made by jeweller Phil Hawkins, the new range gives a choice of three different pendants which can be personalised with an individual choice of stones.

PMH's Kathryn Hawkins describes the new range: " It's a piece that will stimulate memories and shape the very essence of your family life. " The uniqueness of our new Momento pendants is how a customer is able to grow their piece, with the addition of stones to celebrate the growth of your family and other major family events." PMH has a whole new look - the shop on Preston Road has been refurbished with a modern, light and airy crisp feel, further enhancing the buying experience for customers. It is now 12 years since Phil and Kathryn began trading in Standish, and they have built up an enviable reputation for the choice of stock, sourced globally, the quality of Phil's wormanship on both manufacture and repairs, and the high standards of customer service they have set. And in keeping with that, Kathryn is inviting customers old and new to call in and discuss their design requirements for Christmas and New Year gifts. As is the case every year, PMH is ready to solve the challenge of the right Christmas gift at the right price. In stock is an extensive range of fashion watches from £25, Festina Watches, Dartington Crystal Glasses, gents executive gifts including cufflinks, shaving sets and mens' jewellery, childrens' gifts and stocking fillers from £10, the very latest fashion jewellery for the Chrsitmas season from just £7, and a large silver range from £10 and gold and platinum from just £110. There is the right gift just waiting for you at PMH in Standish this Christmas.







Community group revamps Haigh Hall





By Hannah Smith


community group has grown from strength to strength and now has an impressive 160 members to its name. A vital part in the establishment and growth of the group is the committee, made up of ten members, including Chair John Hulme, Vice Chair Philip Davies, who is an artist at at Haigh hall Stables Art Gallery, Secretary Dawn Galletly, and Treasurer John Burns. Members of the non-politcal group are determined to transform of Friends of Haigh Country Park. the hall and park into the facility it once was. “There’s no other place in the borough, Haigh Hall and its grounds Edna Hulme, member of the community group, said: “It’s a shame what the park has become, the zoo, the mini railway and cray golf are unique” he continued. Haigh Hall and park has certainly captured his passion, enthusiasm and have all gone. “I was brought up with the park, my grandmother would take me, drive and it is spreading. Since the establishment of Friends of the Haigh Country Park in March, I would have school visits here, and then I took my children and when 40 people attended a meeting about the future of Haigh Hall, the grandchildren here and so we want to restore the park to make it a better facility for the community.” And true to their word, the group have recently tidied up the crazy golf course and opened eight holes to the public during the October half term holidays. It proved very popular amongst local residents as 200 people passed through the gates of the crazy golf course. Dawn Galletly, Secretary of Friends of Haigh Country Park, said: “We had no funding to get the crazy golf back up and running, volunteers tided up the course, we even had one lady from America come to help us! “This is not the finished product, only the beginning. The obstacles from the course have been taken away and local apprentices are restoring them. Hopefully the obstacles will be placed back on the course in time for easter next year.” Hand-built bespoke fitted kitchens You would think, with the winter More than 15 kitchen displays months drawing in, members will take a break until the summer Free home visits Appliances at months return once again- well you No pressure sales couldn’t be more wrong. Members unbeatable prices Full fitting service or supply only are now researching other possible 100s of appliances Complete package available ie ideas and one of them is building a building work, plumbing, electrics, on display zip wire through the trees. plastering, tiling etc “We definitely want to create more Free planning, computer aided 3D facilities for teenagers,” said John, “Ever since my grandson turned two design & quotation I took him to the park and now he’s 10 year insurance-backed 12 years old he doesn’t want to come guarantee scheme because there’s nothing for him to Local family firm established for 28 years do. “An assault course or a BMX and skateboard track would be great. It just depends on funding. We have the skills, the enthusiasm, we just

MEMBERS of newly-formed Friends of Haigh Country Park talk to The Courier about the bright future ahead for the one of the borough’s beauty spots. “A jewel in the crown.” Those are the words of John Hulme, Chair

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need the funding to make this great place a real success.” Idea after idea, the group ooze enthusiasm and they want to community to get involved. STEPS, a Community Interest Company which helps to develop the skills and learning of people with disabilities through making garden furniture and garden maintenance work, have made wooden planters, bird houses and bat boxes for the park. Bat Conservative Trust are examining the park’s bats to find the most suitable place to put the bat boxes. Friends of Haigh Country Park are also working with people who are visually impaired to review and improve the sensory garden situated in the grounds. Not only are they working with community groups they are also encouraging schools to get involved too by planting bulbs around the grounds. Dawn said: “The great thing about the park is that it is very much a community place and so it’s great that the community are getting involved with the restoration and improvement of their facility.” Austin Moss, member of the community group, runs his own business in steam trains, and with the help of Wigan Model Engine Club, is hoping to get the steam train back up and running on the original track by Easter. The group is also working closely with Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT). John commented: “Close links with the WLCT is essential to make the hall and the park the best possible facility it could be. We are working with a number of people from the trust and we need to continue the close work to ensure a bright future.” The hype of activity surrounding the park is astounding, considering the group has only been established for seven months, and it is hard not to feel enthusiastic too. The park that holds so much history, and is part of the childhood memories of many local residents, is to be restored to its former glory. John and members of Friends of Haigh Country Park are determined to polish that jewel, to make it to sparkle with pride. The next meeting is held on Tuesday November 20th at St. David’s Parish Hall, Copperas lane, Haigh at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome. The group are looking for volunteers to help with their work. If you would like more information about the group or you wish to volunteer visit

Band Reunion


ST. WILFRID’S Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade celebrated the 20th anniversary of the band’s success at the 1992 British Youth Band Association final.

The band came second, just five points off first place, at the finals held at Wembley Arena.


Most of the 28 band members of 1992 and Band Masters of 1992, Mark Smith, and Ian Brown, attended the reunion, held at Standish Unity Club. Videos and photographs from the 1992 band season, and that all important performance at Wembley, were shown throughout the night. Our photograph shows the members of the 1992 St. Wilfrid’s Church Lads and Church Girls Brigade Band

Standish prepares to celebrate Lancashire Day Courier



By Hannah Smith

The red rose county will be blossoming with pride as Lancastrians celebrate Lancashire Day.

From Liverpool docks to Coniston Water, the Pennines to Blackpool Tower, Lancastrians will be toasting the Queen and the Duke of Lancaster on November 27th to mark Lancashire Day. Lancashire Day celebrates the day in 1295 when Lancashire sent its first representatives to Parliament by King Edward I of England to attend, what later became know as The Model Parliament. Many Lancashire towns celebrate the history and heritage of the Lancashire by reading the Lancashire Day Proclamation and Standish is no different. Standish will be marking Lancashire Day with the official opening of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Monument and garden (pictured) , situated on the junction of High Street and Grove Lane, by Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Warren J. Smith, at 12noon. Reverend

Andrew Holliday of St. Wilfrid’s Parish Church will lead a dedication ceremony at the monument followed by the laying of single red rose and a reading of the Lancashire Day Proclamation by local businessman, Frank After the reading, Morgan. Lancashire traditional hotpot will served in The Globe Inn. To this day there remains confusion where the boarder of Lancashire lies, after a local government shake-up in 1974 established new administrative counties. The Friends of Real Lancashire campaign to preserve the county’s traditional boundaries, which cover Warrington, Liverpool, Manchester, Cumbria, and the Pennines. Standish is very much in the traditional boundaries of Lancashire and so, at 12 noon on Thursday November 27th the Proclamation of Lancashire will be read loud and proudly in the Lancashire town of Standish. The Proclamation of Lancashire: To the people of the city and county palatine of Lancashire, greetings. Know ye that this day, November 27th in the year of our Lord 20120, the 61st year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Lancaster, is Lancashire Day . Know ye also, and rejoice, that by the virtue of Her Majesty’s County Palatine of Lancaster, the citizens of the Hundreds of Lonsdael, North and South Sands, Amounderness, Leyland,

Church raises money for Derian House A CHARITY evening organised by Christ Church, Parbold in aid of Derian House C h i l d r e n s Hospice has raised £1,130.

The evening was a charity night at Briars Hall at Lathom,

organised by Clare Glynn, the wife of the parish priest at Christ Church and All Saints Appley Bridge the Rev Simon Glynn, with the help of Viv Smith, Kay Baybut and Julie Barlow.

Some 75 guests enjoyed a ‘flower chic’ themed night: guests were asked to dress as extravagantly or modestly as they wished, and a superb buffet, live entertainment, disco and raffle were the highlights of the night. Clare and other members of the Christ Church family decided to help Derian House, as they were touched at all the support from the hospice for the family of a local youngster during and after the youngster’s illness and passing. Around 75 people joined in the fun and set about raising the fantastic total. One of the highlights of the evening was the ‘auction of talents,’ where volunteers were asked to offer their talents free of charge to raise funds for the evening. This included gardening, DIY, cake making and cooking. £1,130 was raised and the cheque was presented to Derian House on October 31st. Our picture shows the Rev Simon Glynn, left, his wife Clare, third right, Derian Fundraising Manager Mrs Susie Poppitt, right, with Viv Smith, second left, Kay Baybut, third left, and Julie Barlow, second right.


Blackburn, Salford and West Derby are forever entitled to style themselves Lancastrians. Throughout the County Palatine, from the Furness Fells to the River Mersey, from the Irish Sea to the Pennies, this day shall ever mark the peoples’ pleasure the excellent distinction- true Lancastrians, proud of the Red Rose and loyal to our Sovereign Duke. God bless Lancashire, and God save the Queen, Duke of Lancaster.


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Anniversary party at St. Andrew’s THE Parish of St. Andrew’s celebrated its 130 anniversary with a party.

A special cake was made to mark the church’s 130th anniversary

Organised and funded by the Parish’s Social Committee, members of the committee, congregation and St. Andrew’s school pupils attended the party after the church service. The Rev Colin Hurst of St.

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Andrew’s Parish Church cut the cake, which read the date of 1882 - 2012.

The church is also celebrating St. Andrew’s Day on Friday November 30th. A special service will be held at the church, on Waterloo St, Wigan at 7pm. Following the service a firework display will take place in the church grounds and refreshments will be provided. St. Andrew’s Day is also the church’s Gift Day, where people can give a gift of money to St. Andrew’s.

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Stalls will be set up in the church displaying gifts and refreshments for sale. Everyone welcome.

Christmas masses at St. Marie’s and St. Bernadette’s

CHRISTMAS Masses at St Marie’s, Standish and St Bernadette’s, Shevington.

They are as follows: Christmas Eve: 7pm at St Marie’s, 9pm at St Bernadette’s, Midnight at St Marie’s Christmas Day: 9am at St Bernadette’s, 10.30 am at St Marie’s

Crib and Christmas Tree Service at St. John’s Abram

THE Parish Church of St. John the Evangelist, Abram are holding a Crib and Christmas Tree Festival in December.

Abram Church Crib and Christmas Tree Festival will take place at the church on Warrington Road, Abram, from Friday December 7th- Sunday December 9th. There will be Christmas displays, festive music and refreshments.

Festival times are 4pm-8pm on Friday and 11am4pm Saturday and Sunday. Golborne Brass Band will be opening the festival on Friday at 6.30pm for the opening service.

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PEMBERTON Old Wigan DW Brass Band are holding a concert at Trinity United Reformed Church, Pemberton, for MacMillian Nurses.

The concert will take place on Saturday December 1st at the Trinity United Reformed Church, on Milton Grove Wigan, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £4 for children. Refreshments included. For tickets contact 01942 246305

Christmas Fair at St.Joseph’s

ST. JOSEPH’S R.C. Church in Wrightington are holding a Christmas Fair on Sunday December 2nd at 12 noon in the Parish Hall.


Father Christmas will be present, as well as a cake stall, bottle tombola, fancy goods stall, a white elephant stall, a Christmas raffle, a book stall and toy stall. Refreshments will be available.


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With two successful events happening at All Saints’ Church, Appley Bridge, it’s been an action packed autumn for the church.

The Big Idea, a project which involves all groups of the church to work together on the same theme, and the visit of The Pearl of Africa Choir made for a busy autumn for the church. Autumn’s Big Idea, launched with a live show called Animate at All Saints’ Primary School, focused on self-control. The church groups learnt about types of behaviour which some people find hard to control and were thought of as ‘the monster within.’ The Big Idea project helped people identify and, with God’s help, learn to control our ‘Monsters.’ The three week programme explored themes of controlling our speech, actions and thoughts were in church services, school, junior church and house

THE WIGAN COURIER - WIGAN’S ONLY FREE NEWSPAPER THAT COVERS LOCAL SPORT Ugandan children seemed all the more remarkable when a film, shown as part of the performance, illustrated dreadful conditions in some of the schools which the choir’s find raising activities support. Thanks to the choir and their supporters the lives of Ugandan children are improving. All Saint’s Church are holding their Christmas Fair on Saturday November 24 from 11 am – 2.30 pm at All Saints’ the School Hall. Various stalls and lunches available. Donations for the cake stall and for raffle prizes are welcomed. For further information call Helen Bolton on 01257 254831.

groups. At the end of the Big the Idea, groups came to together to talk about t h e i r progress w i t h ‘monster’ issues, and had a chance to support a n d encourage each other. T h e project also at All Saints’ Primary School included lively worship, children’s games, and a takeaway pack to help adults and children alike to use God’s power to help them to put the lid on their monsters. After the fun-packed three weeks of the Big Idea project All Saints’ Church, in conjunction with Christ Church Parbold, prepared for the visit of The Pearl of Africa Choir. The Ugandan choir gave a lively performance of singing, dancing and drumming as well as selling original hand made crafts, to raise funds for the charity Pearl of Africa Child Care, at Christ Church Parbold. A staggering £2,800 was raised from the event. The charity aims to improve the health, education and welfare of people suffering through disease, war and poverty in Uganda. The choir also visited All Saints’ Primary School were they sang and led a music workshop for the pupils. The energy and effervescent enthusiasm of the


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ST. MARIE’S Primary School was presented with a one hundred pound cheque from Standish 4 Youth co-ordinator, Councillor George Fairhurst and Standish 4 Youth Volunteer, Angela Bland.

This summer Standish 4 Youth organised a BMX and skateboard ramp on St. Marie’s Primary School playground and as a thank you Cllr Fairhurst presented the school with a cheque.

Cllr George Fairhurst and Angela Bland presented the cheque to Head teacher Mrs Somers. She said: “A big thank you to George and Standish 4 Youth for the cheque. We are very happy to provide a venue for the activities Standish 4 Youth organise.” Cllr George Fairhurst commented: “A big thank you to Mrs Somers for all the help she


has given us to run our projects. “I would also like to day a big thank you to the school’s caretaker, Margaret Whitter, for all the help she gives us on the day of these events. “ Standish 4 Youth Volunteer Angela Bland, said: “As a parent I know how badly children need things to do in the holidays. Standish 4 Youth tries to organise as many activities as possible to keep the children of Standish entertained.” Standish 4 Youth are organising more events for next year. Cllr Fairhurst is currently in negotiations with a landowner to provide a permanent BMX track in Standish. Standish 4 Youth would welcome any volunteers who are interested in helping with any of the projects they organise for the children of Standish.

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The gallery, situated on Cross Street, Standish, allowed the public to view the work of its 11 studio artists and its associate members for a week.

A range of finished and incomplete work was displayed from paintings to sketches, installations to textiles. Artist of Cross Street Arts, Steven Heaton, said: “The open days allow the public to look behind the scenes and see our work in progress far than the finished work you see in exhibitions.” Cross Street Art gallery are also holding a Christmas exhibition on Thursday December 13th from 7pm9pm. The exhibition will display paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, textiles, collages and mixed media for sale. Refreshments will be available. Pictured is artist Steven Heaton, working on a new project.

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We can produce professional Service Sheets, providing a very quick turn around - all you need to do is provide the words and pictures. Email, telephone or call into our offices to discuss your requirements....

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Golden Days


Garden Centre

IF you’re looking for inspirational Christmas gift ideas or fabulously festive decorations, why not pop along to Golden Days Garden Centre in Appley Bridge? Much more than just a garden centre, Golden Days has everything you need to transform your home into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas, as well as unusual gift ideas to show friends and family how much you care. Come and get inspiration on how to decorate your home with the centre's impressive selection of Yuletide decorations, lights, trees and gorgeous range of both modern and traditional table linen. Wander around the vast gift section and you will find anything from candles,

Edinburgh Woollen Mill: , the Edinburgh Woollen OPENED five years ago you need for a cosy ing ryth eve has e Mill stor Christmas. impressive range of The popular store has an nswear to choose me and ear quality ladiesw equipment and and g from, plus golfing clothin including jewellery, s gift of n ctio sele erb a sup sweaters, pyjamas, accessories, cashmere food and more.

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ornaments and jewellery to kitchen utensils and cuddly toys. Plus Santa will be in his grotto 11:00am until 3:00pm at weekends. Ideally located just off junction 27 on the M6, Golden Days Garden Centre has ample free parking to take the stress out of trying to park in the centre of town. For your convenience, the garden centre will be open late until 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursdays throughout December. To find out more, call 01257 423355, log onto or visit Golden Days Garden Centre, Back Lane, Appley Bridge, Standish, Wigan, WN6 8RS.

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Golden Days Garden Centre Back Lane, Appley Bridge, Standish, Wigan. Telephone: 01257 423355




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Whats on at Christmas at Golden Days Christmas Shopping Village......... 3 in 1 Jacket was £60.00 now £30.00 available in both ladies and gents Huge sale on leather handbags, starting from £15.00

Great prices on all wool products

Visit for an exclusive range of tanks and fish Hot Turkey Baguette served with stuffing, cranberry and chips £5.95 Snow boots now in stock from £12.99 Latest fashion in all winter shoes and boots Selected books £5.00 each or 3 for £10.00, selected packs of 3 DVDs £4.99 each or 2 for £8.00

1st December 11.00 am - 3.00 pm CHRISTMAS CARD MAKING & TREASURE HUNT. At £1 per child children will be able to create and take home a Christmas card, as well as following a treasure hunt around the store.

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15th December 10.00 a.m. Breakfast with Santa. £6.95 per child. Each child will receive a breakfast including sausage, scrambled egg, beans, toast & Juice. As well as a visit from Santa where he will deliver presents to the children. Booking is essential as places are limited.




Christmas competition time!!! Are you ready for adventure?

WIN MYRO, the Smallest Plane in the World Audio Story Books narrated by Christopher Biggins, and other Myro goodies for your child and their class. To celebrate the launch of the new 'Myro, the Smallest Plane in the World' Children’s iPad Story Apps and Audio Story Books + CDs, narrated by the ‘King of Pantos’ and ‘I’m A Celebrity’ Winner Christopher Biggins, we are offering prizes for four lucky winners and their classes! The 1st prize winner will receive for themselves a set of six Myro Audio Story Books + CDs and a Myro Activity Pack! They will also win a Myro Picture Story Book for every child in their class (maximum 35 books) and a Myro Story Sack for their teacher, total prize worth up to £325! The three runners up prize winners will each receive for themselves a Myro Audio Story Book + CD and a Myro Activity Pack. They will also win a Myro Story Sack for their teacher, each total prize worth £33. This new series of Myro iPad Story Apps and Audio Story Books + CDs are based on the original Myro picture storybooks and follow the adventures of a little British Microlight called Myro – mischievous, curious and prone to disaster – as he settles into his new home in Australia. The iPad Story Apps are fully interactive with animations, music, sound effects, actors and songs. Like the Audio Story Books + CDs, they are narrated by the wonderful Christopher Biggins! With their gripping stories, beautiful images and irresistible characters, 'Myro, the Smallest Plane in the World’ is sure to find a place in everyone’s heart. The iPad Story Apps can be downloaded from the App Store and the Audio Story Books + CDs are available from Waterstones, and Independent Booksellers. To win one of these fantastic prizes, all your child has to do is draw a picture of Myro or one of his friends and send it to us at Myro Competition, The Wigan Courier, Suite 107, The Standish Centre, Cross Street, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0HQ. The closing date for the competition is Friday 30th November, 2012. Your child must be aged between 4yrs and 7yrs and attending a Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 class in a UK primary school. All prizes will be sent directly to your child’s school, to be presented to them and

Saturn Tanning & Beauty Launching Decleor Skincare & Facial Treatments £5.00 Voucher for every client during December (to be redeemed in January 2013)

JOIN US ON OUR LAUNCH NIGHT Thursday 29th November 6pm-8pm • Mince Pies • Wine • Goody Bags

GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS their class by their head teacher. To find pictures of Myro and his friends to draw for the competition, visit or visit Facebook or Twitter @MyroAdventures. Introducing Steady Eddie World! TRAVELLING with Children just got a Little Easier with Steady Eddie World! Travelling with children is about to get easier as Steady Eddie takes to the road with a new Kids Club from the Stobart Group. Keeping a child or children occupied during a long road trip has always presented parents with challenges. Constant cries of ‘Are we there yet?’coupled with the need for frequent bathroom and eating stops usually increases the tension in the vehicle. Fortunately, help is at hand. The familiar ‘Spot the Stobart Lorry’ game, well known to most children (and adults) for years is about to be updated for the 21st century as an interactive app (released December 2012) along with a Kids Club and website called Steady Eddie World featuring travel-related games and books for children aged 4-9 years. Steady Eddie World contains premium content for members including: online games, downloadable puzzles, recipes and videos introducing Steady Eddie and his friends! Stobart take education seriously which is why lesson plans in literacy and numeracy, using the Steady Eddie characters, have been devised and are available for download on Steady Eddie World. Together, Stobart’s aim is to make a family’s journey as exciting as arriving at their destination, by invigorating traditional travel games into a form that today’s young person can appreciate and enjoy. Whilst some may remember an early incarnation of Steady Eddie as an anthropomorphised lorry, Stobart have rebooted Eddie for the 21st century ‘little traveller’ as something more recognisable – a boy. Ably assisted by his

sidekick Tina Towers, Eddie runs Steady Eddie Enterprises (SEE) World Inc. from Greenville…UK. He maintains a close relationship with his fleet of lorries, as they do their best to outfox the nefarious Tycoon Terry – Managing Director of Horrid Haulage. The app (to be released Dec 2012) – called The Eddie Stobart Tracker – will activate an alarm when a Stobart lorry is coming within range and will be displayed on a real-time map. Once the truck has been spotted the child can enter their sighting onto their account and compare their tally with other ‘tiny travellers’ via the leader board. This new interactive element will create a community of tiny travellers that will entertain themselves – thus relieving the burden from long suffering parents! Steady Eddie embodies great values of practicality, fun and fair-mindedness with his one fear being he hates to let people down – a great role model for children. The Steady Eddie club membership costs £15.99 and members receive copies of the fanzine 3 times a year, along with a goodie bag. The items are mail order and the numbers are already climbing as Steady Eddie takes to the road again! To win one of the Kids Club Pack (worth £15.99/year) which include Pump bag, Cap, Membership card, Oyster wallet, A5 notebook, Colouring pencils x 6, Fanzine x 3 per year just answer the following question: What is the name of Steady Eddie's female sidekick? Send your entries to Steady Eddie Competition, The Wigan Courier, Suite 107, The Standish Centre, Cross Street, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0HQ by the closing date of Friday 30th November, 2012. Entries can be by post or email to


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THE PEOPLE'S JUBILEE A Nation Celebrates - Competition

FOR millions of us, the Diamond Jubilee weekend in June was one of 2012's defining moments, in a year full of defining moments. Friends, families and complete strangers in communities up and down the country came together to celebrate 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.

To commemorate this historic milestone, Haynes is publishing The People's Jubilee, a stunning picture collection which chronicles, in lavish pictorial detail, the Royal Family's activities in 2012 - from the spectacular celebrations to the more low key, but nevertheless important, events which marked six decades of the Queen's dedication to Britain and the Commonwealth. Written and compiled by Victoria Murphy, Royal Correspondent for the Daily Mirror, who followed the Queen every step of the way, The People's Jubilee features more than 300 colour and black and white images of the Queen and the Royal Family - many previously unseen - taken by Mirror and Reuters photographers during 2012. Photographs taken at key milestones from the Queen's reign - including the Coronation of 1953 and the jubilees of 1977 and 2002 - also provide a visual reminder of how Her Majesty, and society, has changed over the course of her 60-year reign. The People's Jubilee beautifully charts June's extended weekend of spectacular celebrations, where the Royal Family took centre stage at the Epsom Derby, travelled down the River Thames as part of a record-breaking flotilla, hosted a picnic and pop concert at Buckingham Palace and attended a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral. Meanwhile, scenes from many of the 9,500 street parties which took place across the country during the long weekend illustrate the positive and galvanising effect the Diamond Jubilee had on the people of Britain. Elsewhere, readers are treated to pictures that illustrate the burgeoning relationship between the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge, and are reminded of many of the fashionable outfits and dazzling jewellery worn by the Queen during the year. There is also the inside story on her mock skydive into the stadium at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The People's Jubilee captures a more personal side of the Queen, including pictures of Her Majesty in a moment of reflection at the Service of Thanksgiving and attending the Diamond Jubilee concert while the Duke of Edinburgh was in hospital. Author Victoria Murphy says: "While the Queen has demonstrated a steadfast and unerring devotion to her subjects for 60 years, she opted to rededicate herself to her people in 2012. In time it will come to be seen as a defining year, with the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games almost bringing ordinary life in Britain to a standstill. "The Queen has been a constant presence through six full decades of unprecedented change. It is my hope the book will evoke many memories, not just of previous coronations and jubilees, but of 2012, which has been such a momentous year for the Queen, the Royal Family and Britain as a whole." The author Victoria Murphy is the Daily Mirror's Royal Reporter. She provided extensive coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011 and continues to travel the world reporting on the Royal Family. Earlier this year, Victoria authored Sixty Glorious Years, a book documenting the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II. To win one of these fantastic books, all you have to do is answer the following question: How many decades has the Queen been on the throne. Please send your answers to The Peoples Jubilee Competition, The Wigan Courier, Suite 107, The Standish Centre, Cross Street, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0HQ. The closing date for the competition is Friday 30th November, 2012. You can enter by post or email to

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Christmas fair

FRIENDS of Haigh Hall and Country Park are holding a Christmas Fair at Haigh Hall Stables Courtyard on December 1st 2012 at 10am-3pm. Tombola, gifts, raffle and christmas cards will be on sale.



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Why choose expensive concrete imitations for your patio when you can enjoy the lasting beauty of real NATURAL STONE for less? New natural Sandstone Paving Slabs £15.00 sq mtr New natural Limestone Paving Slabs £15.00 sq mtr Choice of colours and sizes available from stock also MASSIVE STOCKS of Circle Features, Stone & Granite Cobbles, Stone Walling, Copings, Rockery, Decorative Stone, Troughs, Slates, Bricks, Reclaimed Yorkshire Flags & Much More. At trade prices New Oak Railway Sleepers (Untreated) £20 Old Oak Railway Sleepers (Grade A) £15 All Our Products Are Top Quality & Everything Is Available Ex Stock. Why not let our expert design and installation team create your Dream Garden or Driveway. Our work is second to none. Call now for a free no obligation quotation from the experts. Full masonry workshop facility on site, we can make you just about anything in beautiful natural stone. Please enquire. Visitors welcome to view our display areas. Delivery service available.

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NAMING A car after the boss of the company worked out well for Ferrari, with the Enzo – but will it be a similar success story for the Adam? It’s named after the founder of Vauxhall’s sister company, Adam Opel, and it’s predicted that over half of Adam buyers will be new to Vauxhall. The stakes are high for this car, then – and the competition is fierce. The aim with the Vauxhall Adam was to take on retro rivals like the Fiat 500 and MINI, while offering an i n t e r e s t i n g alternative to the straight-laced Audi A1. There’s a choice of three petrol engines: a 69bhp 1.2-litre and a 1.4-litre with 86bhp or 99bhp. All come with a five-speed manual gearbox and the option of stopstart – and as a result they emit between 119g/km and 129g/km of CO2 and claim to return fuel economy of well over 50mpg. We tested a 99bhp 1.4-litre model with stop-start. It doesn’t sound like a recipe for driving thrills, and we were worried it would feel sluggish with its official 060mph time of 11.5 seconds. But on the road, the keen engine thrives on revs and gives the Adam an

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eager, nippy character. Our test model was a top-spec Slam – it sits above the Jam and Glam in the range – and featured sports suspension and optional 18-inch alloy wheels, so it resisted body roll well in corners. But the biggest surprise was the well weighted steering and brakes, which

give you the confidence to chuck the Adam around like the best city cars. This set-up makes for quite a firm ride, but crucially it’s never uncomfortable – even over large bumps in the road. In contrast to its competitors, there’s nothing nostalgic in the Adam’s design. There are clear nods to the rest of the

Vauxhall line-up – with the familiar creases in the doors from the Astra GTC giving the car a sporty stance – but details like the contrasting floating roof and slim bonnetmounted headlights are unique to the Adam. The new car looks a bit like a miniature A1, but the quirky styling is designed to be a blank canvas that buyers can then personalise however they want to. The three trim levels use themes that can be upgraded with a vast array of options to suit each owner’s personal taste. Standard kit is very generous whichever model you go for, and even the cheapest Adam gets 16-inch alloy wheels, air-con, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and cruise control. Given that prices start at just £11,255, that makes the car good value, and also puts it well within the reach of the younger

Possible rebellion over fuel tax

THE Government faced a backbench rebellion against the planned 3p increase in fuel duty.

Labour put forward a Commons motion on Monday calling for a three-month freeze in the levy, which is already the highest in Europe. MPs fear the rise – which was delayed from August – will cause outrage as it coincides with New Year rail and bus fare increases and will come a week before cuts in child benefit hit the better-off. Conservative MPs said: 'This is the number one issue raised by backbenchers with the Chancellor of the Exchequer's team because it is causing so much concern. John Walker, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: 'The ever-increasing cost of fuel and utilities is the main cause for rising business costs for small firms. 'We support the call to cancel the 3p per litre duty increase in January and urge the Chancellor to look at this at the Autumn Statement.'


buyers Vauxhall is targeting. Our Adam Slam was at the other end of the scale, with such a broad variety of optional extras that the price had risen to an eyewatering £18,655. That puts it in the same bracket as a well kitted-out MINI Cooper or A1 S line – and the Vauxhall’s interior is a match for both of these cars in terms of quality and design. Stunning details like the thickrimmed leather steering wheel and deep-cowled silver dials are a world away from the flimsy plastics we’re used to

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Things are looking up!!

IT HAS to be said; so far so good for Wigan this season. Yes, there have been a couple of disappointing games where our performance should have merited some points on the board.

Junior Rugby: Orrell RUFC v Wigan RUFC

Wigan rivals play at Ashton

WIGAN RUFC Lions Under 7s and 8s got a double game day on Sunday when they played both the home side, and local rivals Orrell who were also at the club.

Results: Wigan Lions 17 Ashton-on-Mersey 17 Wigan Lions 15 Orrell 12

Junior Rugby: Wigan RUFC v Preston Grasshoppers

Lions tame Preston

WIGAN RUFC Lions Under 7 and under 8 team travelled to Preston Grasshoppers and played the home side's under8s, coming away with two well won victories. The first game against hoppers’ Under 8s was won 6-5, and the second was won 65. Our pictures showing the Wigan team in action with coach Stuart Carter are courtesy Stuart Shaw.

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There has also been the odd occasion where the lads simply didn’t ‘turn up’ and where we were doomed from the start (think Man Utd at Old Trafford). However, on the whole, it has been a decent start with the club steering well away from the dreaded drop zone and even eyeing up a mid-table position. A slick passing display against West Ham at the DW secured the first home win of the season, with Ivan Ramis giving the Latics an early lead with a superbly taken volley. BBC Radio 5 Live reporter Stuart Hall was lavish with his praise for the Spaniard, saying it was the best goal he had ever seen! James McArthur capitalised on a poor clearance, scoring with a 15yard strike and doubling the lead. West Ham could have gone up to fourth in the table had they won, but failed to trouble Al-Habsi until James Tomkins headed in a late consolation. Overall it was a deserved win for Wigan, and the result never looked in doubt after Ramis’ wonder-goal. Next up was a highly disappointing League Cup tie against Bradford. There is nothing like a good Cup run to ignite the passion of both the fans and players and you feel Martinez has missed a golden opportunity to make a good season, a great one. We dominated the game, but frequent mistakes by Jordi Gomez and Ronnie Stam meant that our chances were often wasted. Boselli looked vulnerable on his own up front and whilst McManaman made a blistering start with a couple of mazy runs, he faded rapidly in the second half. The match went to penalties, with Watson and Jones scoring the first two. Maloney blazed over the third, and the pressure was on to score the forth. Guess who stepped up to take

Opinion straight from the goalmouth

Watson scored the only goal, a close range effort, and the lads created at least three clear-cut chances with their incisive passing and clever movement. Maynor Figueroa took a powerful free kick towards the end of the game with an American Football-style run up that unfortunately went just wide of Brad Friedal’s goal. We held on for the 1-0 victory, and confidence grew ahead of the next game at the DW against West Brom. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live

By our Latics columnist Sam Oliver it? The worst performing player of the game, Jordi Gomez. Bradford ‘keeper Matt Duke saved his tame effort, securing The Bantam’s place in the Quarter Finals. FA Cup, anyone? Arguably our best performance of

up to the hype. Ben Watson claimed

a starting place after last weeks’ heroics at White Hart Lane, and he had an early thunderous strike saved by Baggies ‘keeper Myhill.

We were generally comfortable in

possession, but somehow Chris

Brunt managed to worm his way

past our defence and whip in a cross for Morrison, who slammed the ball past Al-Habsi into the bottom right corner of the net. Pressure from

West Brom midfielder Jones forced an own goal from Caldwell in the 43rd minute, but seconds later Kone

scrambled in his fourth of the season at the other end of the pitch.

The score remained 2-1, which was harsh on Wigan who had created

plenty of chances; the difference was that West Brom took the opportunities that came their way,

and consequently secured their first

Ben Watson - great goal at Spurs the season, so far, came against Tottenham away where we dominated the game and more than deserved the three points. Ben

away win of the season.

The tough games will continue, as

Latics face both Liverpool at

Anfield and Man City at the DW within the next three fixtures. Let’s

hope we can rise to the occasion,

put in a good performance and get some more points on the board. In

Wigan’s poor run over


Bowdon 7 Wigan 54 South Lancs & Cheshire Div 1 Saturday November 10th 2012 WIGAN'S indifferent run of four straight defeats in October came to an end with an eight try romp over Bowdon at Clay Lane. Fielding a much stronger side than of late it was soon apparent that Bowdon would have difficulty containing Wigan's strike runners as they were repeatedly driven back over the advantage line. Andy Whittle slipped through a gap close to the line for the first. The outside half added a penalty before converting Mike Jones's effort, the full back taking advantage of a break by Mike Rigby and slotted a second penalty for 0-18 at the interval. The game ended as a contest within 10 minutes of the restart, Jon Hogarth, making his first appearance of the season, proving too strong scattering the defence to touch down twice. Whittle converted his second effort before Paul Bamber capped an effective debut with a try finishing off a handling move to cross unopposed. Luke Farrow went in for the sixth with Peter Rigby closing matters off with two further tries,

Bobby we trust!

Whittle kicking just one conversion during this period. To their credit Bowdon never threw in the towel and were rewarded with a late pushover try. Vale of Lune 4th 7 Aspull 51 Raging Bull Shield 1st Round Saturday November 10th 2012 ASPULL eased their way into the 2nd round of the Raging Bull shield following a comprehensive 7-51 win away to Vale of Lune 4th. Chad Boyce crossed for four, Neil Duddy notched up a hattrick with Harry Finch and man of the match Graham Smith over for one apiece. Neil Myers was successful with three conversions. Aspull have been drawn at home in the second round against local rivals Wigan 3rds on Saturday 1st December. Wigan defeated Preston Grasshoppers 5ths 32-5 at Douglas Valley in their first round match. Wigan 2nds are drawn against Orrell 2nds defeated Littleborough 2nds 22-11 in the first round of the Raging Bull Trophy, and will play Tyldesley 2nds in the second round at home. Wigan 2nds had a bye in round 1 and have been drawn at home against Ashton-on-Mersey 2nds in the second round (Geoff Lightfoot)



Joe Egan dies at 93


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Underwhelmed by internationals....

JOE Egan – one of Wigan Rugby League Club's best known players has died at the age appearances for Wigan between 1938 and 1949, and had a fiver year spell as coach, of 93. taking Wigan to championship success in the He was the first rugby league player to receive the Challenge Cup from a reigning monarch when King George VI presented it to him after Wigan's 83 victory over Bradford at Wembley in 1948. Joe, pictured above right, made 362

1959–60 season and Challenge Cup finals in 1958, '59 and '61 He was the first player to receive the Challenge Cup from royalty when King George VI presented him with the silverware after guiding his side to an 8-3 victory over Bradford in front of more than 91,000 fans in 1948. Joe also won two Championships with Wigan, in 1946 and 1947. He remained a big supporter of the club and attended games well into his 90s.

Call for more Wigan sport volunteers

SKATE SESSION: Champion inline skater Jenna Downing lead Wigan volunteer sessions

VERY MUCH a sporting town, Wigan is aiming to build on the fantastic 150 sports volunteers it has at present to have the highest number of “Sport Makers” in the whole of Greater Manchester.

The 150 people have signed up to carry out a minimum of 10 hours volunteering within their local communities and, with two more inductions due to take place in the next few weeks, Sports Devlopment staff at Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust are hoping to top the 300 mark.

Inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic

Games Makers, the 70,000 volunteers who contributed so much to a fantastic summer of sport in the UK, a national project called Sport Makers aims to continue the Olympic legacy though volunteering and by inspiring people to play sport. In Wigan and Leigh, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s (WLCT) Sports Development Unit are leading on the initiative in partnership with Greater Sport. Stuart Murray, Chief Executive of WLCT, said: “Wigan already has a strong voluntary sports club sector but we’re delighted that so many people have already signed up to take part. “Many of those taking part want to give something back to their club or community but there are also a large number of students looking to gain employment in the sports sector at the end of their courses who also see this as a wonderful addition to their CV.” British Champion inline skater Jenna Downing, pictured, lead two induction sessions at St John Rigby College where new Sport Makers pledged to uphold the Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship. Wigan Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Chris Ready, said: “One of our main aims is to create a confident Borough with confident people, and this initiative has a major part to play in that. Volunteering can increase confidence, creates a closer connection with the community, and can lead to employment. “We’re delighted how the people of Wigan are leading the way.” Anyone over the age of 16 can join the Sport Maker programme, which hopes to give those taking part the knowledge, information and connections to help make sport happen. For more information call Rob Burrows at Wigan Sports Development on 01942 488 495 or email Rob at

A FEW FANS have been in contact with me this last few weeks to tell me how underwhelmed they've been by the recent international tournament. I must admit, it's not been especially exciting. The sight of England - not even the strongest England team we could field, in my opinion absolutely trashing the Welsh and, more worrying still, the French, a non-existent drama played out in half-empty stadia, has hardly got the juices running for next year's World Cup, or even for next season. By the time you read this article, the tournament will be complete, and working on the basis that the final match won't be much too write home about either (oh, how I'd love to be proved wrong on that!), it may be looked back on as yet another of those international RL disasters that the game seems to specialise in these days. By contrast, in preparation for its own World Cup in 2015, the Rugby Football Union has announced that it will be investing £26 million at grassroots level to capitalise on the expected surge of interest. England Rugby Union have four scheduled autumn internationals. They play Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. All are expected to sell out. To those who know the two sports, and have even half a clue about the disparity in terms of entertainment offered by the average match, this contrast seems like a cruel injustice, but to some extent Rugby League has

Paul Finch is

The Insider

Wigan Warriors from the Inside Out... PAUL FINCH weighs up the pros and cons of the autumn international series brought this on itself. International fixtures used to be the most exciting events in the 13-a-side calendar. Just throw your mind back a few years and try to recall the excitement we all felt when a Kangaroo tour was in prospect. Every club game would be packed out. The Test matches would see venues like Wembley and Old Trafford filled to the rafters. Fanfare The terraces used to move beneath your feet as the green and gold of the Aussies and the red, white and blue of the Lions marched out side-byside to a fanfare of trumpets. The belly-roar of the crowd would be deafening. In 1992, the World Cup Final at Wembley saw an exhilarating, brutally-fought battle between the two old foes, Australia just pipping Great Britain by 10-6 (exWigan great Steve Renouf scoring the only try), in front of 73,631 ecstatic fans. At the time, this particular match, which was screened late at night down under, broke Australia's overnight television ratings record. But it wasn't just the presence of Australia that used to fire the imagination of British RL supporters. In

Hoylake edge Wigan Picture special by Marc Taylor

Wigan 8 Hoylake 15 South Lancs & Cheshire Div 1 Saturday October 27th 2012 DOMINATING the opening quarter, without threatening the Hoylake line, Wigan found themselves 3 points down from a penalty against the run of play. This deficit was only temporary as Andy Whittle then slotted one of his own. With the game going into the second quarter Hoylake seized the initiative and their stand off capitalised on some weak tackling to squeeze over. The conversion stretched the margin to 10-3. Though Wigan pressed they then presented Hoylake with a second try as they raced away from deep in their own half having gathered a loose ball put down in the Wigan threequarters. The second half saw a transformation as the Wigan pack stepped up a gear and dominated the set piece. Continuity and support play also improved as Wigan subjected Hoylake to spells of pressure. During this period Simon Barton ruled the lineout, the front row


Flanker Tim Grundy pulled up in a textbook tackle

1995, England v Fiji drew an attendance of 26,263 to Central Park, England v South Africa drew 14,041 to Headingley, while 15,385 watched Wales v Western Samoa at Vetch Field. It all seems like such a long time ago, and yet it isn't in real terms. It's just that such events now feel so alien to us that they can only be part of ancient history. But if nothing else, it shows that the potential is still there for Rugby League to be a happening sport in the British Isles. In terms of Sky viewing figures, Super League still attracts a very healthy audience. More British players than ever are being targeted by clubs in the NRL - I don't approve of that, incidentally, as I feel it could catastrophically weaken the British domestic competition - but at least it shows that, despite the financial constraints of these difficult times, we are producing conveyor-belt loads of quality players. But there is still this inescapable feeling that things were once better in the past. The current play-off system for example, is an absolute joke: the British champions

who will take on Australia's top dogs at the start of next year actually finished fifth in the final table. There are still forces in the game seemingly hell-bent on resisting any raising or modification of the salary cap, even though most top Rugby League players appear to be on target lists for the NRL or Rugby Union. Struggling Even if the cap was raised, it would cause problems, as, despite its impressive sounding title, Super League still contains several clubs who seem to be struggling to make ends meet, and they're not just the minnows: the unexpected loss of Celtic Crusaders at the start of last season was followed with almost indecent haste by the very embarrassing Bradford Bulls debacle, and now there are unsubstantiated rumblings about Salford and Hull KR. It's perhaps no wonder that a recent summit meeting was held between the various Super League chairmen, at which Wigan boss Ian Lenagan called for extensive changes across the board. Not every subject that was supposedly up for discussion filled me with optimism. Some parties harbour a desire for a return to promotion and though I relegation, personally would revile such a move - if Super League wants to be taken seriously as a top-level professional sport, it can't afford to be carrying 'yoyo' clubs. However, other areas of debate sound more promising. Rumours are rife that moves are underway to expand the World Club Challenge. Who wouldn't

carried effectively and the Rigby brothers put in their usual shift. Steve Peacock hit it up well in the centre and Mike Jones looked assured on his return. The margin was reduced following some some strong drives by the pack

applaud that? The WCC is one of the few showpiece events in the game today, and if the Aussies could be brought fully on board - it something for them to look forward to rather than tolerate - that would give Rugby League a flagship occasion that Rugby Union could never hope to match. As always, the canny Lenagan kept his cards close to his chest and wouldn't be drawn on the particular points that he raised, but he's a big fan of the international game and is well-known to favour the advancement of French team, another possibly Toulouse. That would certainly make sense, given the recent poor performances of the French international side.

Weaker And none of this a pipedream. Catalan Dragons have been a great success. The creation of a local rival for them can only strengthen their position, so both the spirit and the flesh are willing down in southern France. All we'd need then is the removal of one of two of SL's weaker clubs (thus concentrating the talent where it can make most impact), a tighter, more streamlined competition and moves like these may also be afoot - and the job's sorted. Well ... it sounds good. Let's see if the European game has the gumption to put it into practice. An exciting future may only be a few brave decisions away.¬

which then saw the ball flash across the line to Jon Blan who showed good pace to cross in the corner. Though plenty of time remained Wigan couldn't find a way through and had to settle for a bonus point.

Wigan centre Danny Hornby is brought up short by the Hoylake defence.

Wigan hooker Matt Gregory leads the charge against Hoylake




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G Ex-skipper’s lunch for Joining Jack

FORMER Wigan RUFC captain Danny Barker is organising a festive lunch for the Joining Jack charity at the Douglas Valley club on Saturday December 15th.

The meal will be an opportunity to raise funds for research into Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, the condition that young Jack Johnson, son of former Warriors’ player Andy, has been diagnosed with. The lunch kicks off at 12 noon in the clubhouse, and will be followed by

the league game between Wigan and Broughton Park. Tickets are just £20 per person and can be obtained from the club or from Danny Barker on 07769701077, e-mail daniel.barker.220@btinte For more information about the Joining Jack charity, go to

G Badminton tournament

ON the weekend of 8th and 9th December, Wigan Sports Development will be hosting the Wigan Badminton Tournament (Formerly Badminton Bonanza) at Robin Park Sports Centre. The tournament has separate categories to accommodate Social & League players as well as a Boy’s & Girl’s section for Under 16s & Under 14s. Categories are: Men’s & Ladies Singles (Social & League) Men’s & Ladies Doubles (Social & League) Mixed Doubles (Social & League) Boy’s & Girl’s Singles (Under 16’s & Under 14’s) Boy’s & Girls Doubles (Under 16’s & Under 14’s) Mixed Doubles (Under 16’s & Under 14’s) Entry Fees are Senior events - £5 Badminton England Members, £6 Non Badminton England Members. Junior Events - £3 Badminton England Members, £4 Non Badminton England Members. The closing date for entries is Friday 30th November 2012. The tournament secretary is Richard Smith, Robin Park Arena, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 OUH. Telephone 01942 488480 email:

WINSTANLEY ST. AIDANS FC players are the proud owners of a new team kit thanks to a Brighter Borough Fund (BBF) contribution by local councillor Clive Morgan. Winstanley Ward Councillor Morgan presented the new kit to club stalwart and Chairman Bob Ledson and team captain Martin Thomas, who acted as team model for the day! The £1,000 BBF donation was also used to purchase other football accessories for the club. A keen sportsman, Cllr Morgan was

only to happy to assist and support the club when he was approached by Bob Ledson. Cllr Morgan said: "Sport is a great way to meet new people, keep fit and healthy and provides an outlet for the talents of our young people. "Winstanley St. Aidans FC are a credit to our area and they consistently achieve success on the pitch, so the purchase of this striking new away kit will make them the best dressed team as well!" G Our picture shows Councillor Morgan with St Aidan’s Chairman Bob Ledson and team captain Martin Thomas,

Robins topple Saints in thrilling derby match

THE FIRST-EVER league derby between Wigan Robin Park and St Helens Town ended in a very comfortable 30 victory for the Robins. The eagerly-awaited match was given extra spice with 11 of the 16-man Town squad being ex-Robins. Add in the fact St Helens are managed by Ian Granite - who guided Robin Park reserves to the title last year - then it was a mouth-watering prospect that awaited the Park faithful. With vital points and bragging rights at stake the game was maybe surprisingly - played in an excellent spirit with both teams respecting each other and looking to play football at all times. Saints had the better of the early exchanges but on 15 minutes - and with the Robins

Picture special by Marc Taylor

first meaningful attack - they opened the scoring. Mike Wood played a lovely through ball to Richie Livingston who crossed to the back post where Joe Hull headed back to Phil Howard for a tap-in. Eight minutes later the Robins doubled their lead when a corner was met by Ian Rowlands: His powerful header was palmed away by Lee Novak but it went straight to Livingston who lobbed it over the stranded Town keeper. It was now all Robins as their midfield began spraying the ball around the pitch. Livingston was denied his second when Novak saved at his feet, Colin Quirk hit the bar with

G Charity soccer tournament

THE Ultimate Football Tournament is a nonprofit event organised by Falling Leaf and ALL funds will be going towards their chosen charities, Joining Jack and Macmillan Cancer Support. Taking place on the Sunday 25th November at the Soccerdome, Wigan, it’s a full day of excitement and competitive football. 16 teams and over 3 hours of football all fighting for the same goal, to be crowned the champions of the Soccerdome. Entry fee is £80 per team, minimum five players, maximum eight. More info at

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Howard goes close with another effort.

Andy Neafcy wins the ball back in midfield.

Phil Howard, last seasons joint player of the season makes a welcome return to the starting XI.

a thunderbolt from 25-yards while Howard and Hull both went close. Hull was to get his reward on the stroke of half-time with the goal of the game. It was similar to the first goal when another Livingston cross to the back post (this time) found Howard who returned the favour for Hull to head home from close range. The second half was just a matter of seeing the game out for the Robins which they managed to do with considerable ease. St Helens were limited to longrange efforts with their best attempt coming from Shaun Judge whose 35-yard shot stung Jay Foulds hands. The Robins looked for more goals as Livingston, Howard and substitute James Edgar all went close but the second half remained goalless. The opposition gave the manof-the-match accolade to the classy Quirk while Livingston picked up the Robins’ supporters award. After the game assistant

back, Richie Livingston is proving the find of the season and Quirky will have to move to a bigger house soon to

Ryan Small skips clear of a challenge.

G Back to basketball

WIGAN Sports Development’s Back to Sport programme will be hosting the 2nd GM Back to Basketball Tournament on November 24th at Leigh Indoor Sports Centre. This follows the success of last years’ tournament which attracted a total of 10 teams from various boroughs in the Greater Manchester area. The event is open to males & females aged 16+ and is aimed at social basketball players. Therefore club players are not eligible to enter.For more details on the tournament and to print off an entry form, please click on

Three and in, WRP celebrate there third goal of the afternoon.

Midfield dynamo Quirk races past his St Helens counterpart.


Goal scorer Livingstone unleashes another thunderbolt.

manager Jay Foulds was a contented man saying: “It was strange playing against a load of lads that are mates of ours, but I thought we were superbly professional throughout. “Ian Rowlands was class at the

accommodate all his man-of-the match trophies. “Most importantly the result keeps us in touch with the leading pack and at the minute we are about where we thought we would be.”





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