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CONSTRUCTION of a new £5 million Cancer Care Centre and Pathology Services Laboratory at Wigan Infirmary has begun.

Being developed by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) in partnership with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and Salford Royal Foundation Trust , the state of the art Cancer Care Centre will feature purpose built clinical accommodation, 12 chemotherapy treatment patient areas, counselling facilities, a complementary therapy suite and a new Macmillan Information and Support facility for the residents of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh. “The new Cancer Care Centre at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary will ensure fast access to effective, safe and convenient patient-centred cancer treatment

and care in an NHS facility designed specifically to meet the needs of local patients and staff, including one stop chemotherapy treatment,” says WWL Director of Strategy, Silas Nicholls. Located on the ground floor will be the Cancer Care Centre with direct access from the main hospital car park. The Pathology Essential Services laboratory is to be located on the first floor and both services will be directly connected to a new extension of the main hospital corridor.


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As part of the national ‘Chemotherapy Closer to Home’ initiative, the new Cancer Care Centre plans to develop a joint service with The Christie to undertake certain chemotherapy treatments currently provided at their Manchester site. The aim is to improve services for cancer patients requiring chemotherapy by reducing the burden of travelling to Manchester, sometimes weekly, and justifies the work WWL has already done to deliver a local chemotherapy service for patients. “A significant number of cancer patients currently travel to The Christie for their treatments. When the new Cancer Care Centre opens, we plan to offer some patients who currently travel to south Manchester the choice of being treated locally here in Wigan,” says Dan Pearce, WWL Manager for Cancer Care. “We anticipate the large majority of patients will choose to be treated closer to home, so it vital to ensure local patients receiving their cancer treatment and care here in Wigan do so in a purpose built, high quality facility,” adds Dan Pearce The Cancer Care Centre is due to open in September 2014.


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DEREK MOSS, the man that runs the 15 inch gauge train at Haigh Country Park, is looking for some help with the railway.

He needs people to help him with different projects such as the training up of guards and drivers, help with the track, painting the trains and the carriages, and some routine gardening around the stations.


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BUDDING MEDIA stars of the future are flocking to Wigan & Leigh College, as the Media department sees its largest ever intake of students.

The Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media has had record numbers of enrolments this year, as many look to start on the path towards a career in the industry, which brings in around £36 billion a year to the UK economy, and employs around £1.5 million people.

Taught by tutors who have all worked in the sector, the students learn a range of skills and have access to state of the art facilities, including fully equipped TV and radio studios. The students can also make use of dedicated editing suites and industry standard technology designed to given them experience of working in all aspects of the industry. During their course, the students are involved in ‘on-location’ and studio work and also have the opportunity to take on roles in the Cooperative British Youth Film Academy feature film. The College is one of the leads in the Film Academy and many have used this additional experience to launch their professional careers. Wigan & Leigh College tutor, Stephen Christie

Action plan for families Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has welcomed Labour’s plan for

families announced late September, which will see an expansion of free childcare for three and four year olds from 15 to 25 hours per week for working parents. Around 440,000 children aged three or four years old and where all adults in the household are in work would benefit from this policy.

The extra 10 hours of free childcare (on top of the 15-hr early years entitlement) would be available to households with 3 and 4 year-old children where all adults are in work – either single-parent households

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said: “It’s brilliant to have so many students choosing to come to Wigan & Leigh College for this course and with links to the industry; the course is a great way to get that all important foot in the door. “Students who come here get hands on experience and a strong grounding in all aspects of the work involved. This prepares them for transitioning into Higher Education, or for a wide range of professions within the sector. “We’re seeing a rise in interest across the board for all our Media courses, and with Media City opening in Manchester, the sector is a growing one across the North West.”

where the single parent is in work, or couple households with both adults in work. The 15-hour early years entitlement will remain universal. As with the 15-hour early years entitlement, the new 25-hour offer is for 38 weeks a year. The value of this extra childcare support is over £1,500 per child per year. The next Labour government will increase the bank levy rate to raise an extra £800m in order to meet the cost of this extra childcare support for families. In the last financial year, the banks paid a staggering £2.7bn less in overall tax than they did in 2010. Over the last two years the government’s bank levy has raised £1.6 billion less than they said it would. At a time when resources are tight and families are under pressure that cannot be right.

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MP Lisa checks in at Art Studios

CROSS STREET Arts members welcomed their MP Lisa Nandy to the sudios in the Standish Centre in Standish to give her a tour of the studio space and gallery, explaining their processes, aims and ambitions for providing access to contemporary art in the Wigan community.

Painters, sculptors, photographers, textile, mixed media and installation artists shared their influences, ideas,and let Lisa see the creative work spaces in which the art works are made.

Cross Street Arts also recently worked in association with Manchester-based arts organisation Castlefield Gallery on launching a new pop up project and exhibition space for artists in Leigh. Cross Street Arts provides studio space for professional artists to work and their own gallery to exhibit work from national and international artists, recently showcasing work from established American

and Scottish artists to promote art from far and wide within the community. Artist and director of Cross Street Arts Steven Heaton told the Courier; “Keeping art available and

accessible to all people and promoting the importance within the educational system in an ever diminishing current governmental void is imperative for the future health of arts and artists in our country”

Longest serving lecturer Stewart retires

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WIGAN AND Leigh College’s longest serving member of staff is preparing to hang up his overalls as he retires this month.

The 64-year-old worked his way up through the ranks having started his career there as a technician. But, his relationship with the College started long before, as he completed his apprenticeship there having enrolled to study in 1964 aged 15. He said: “I’ll be sad to leave Wigan & Leigh College as it has been such a large part of my life. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every minute of working here and have worked alongside some incredibly talented and skilled people. “Over the years there has been some fantastic work produced by our students, and it has always given me

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considerably over the years, including the significant investment across its wider campus, especially the state of the art engineering facilities at the Pagefield Centre, where I have been based. “I’m looking forward to spending my retirement indulging in my hobbies and having more time with my family.” Cath Hurst OBE said: “Stewart has been a dedicated and loyal member of staff and we would like to thank him for allhis hard work over the past 42 years. He’ll be missed by all his colleagues and students alike, and we wish him all the best for the future.”

MAKERFIELD MP Yvonne Fovargue has been promoted by Labour leader Ed Miliband in a reshuffle of Labour’s shadow ministerial team.

Mr Miliband called Yvonne personally earlier this month to ask her to join the Shadow Defence Team, working alongside Shadow Secretary of State Vernon Coaker MP.

The promotion marks a whirlwind start to her parliamentary career for the former Chief Executive of St Helens CAB. She was promoted to the Whips’ Office in Jan 2011, before joining the Shadow Transport team in October 2012. Yvonne told the Courier: “I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of Transport, but there is no greater responsibility facing politicians in Government or

Opposition than the protection of our country and its people. “I firmly believe that we have the very best Armed Forces, and I am pleased that Ed Miliband believes that I can make a positive contribution in this vital area.” “My priority is and will always remain to put Makerfield first and I will give my all in the fight to secure prosperity for our area in Parliament. We are still in a very difficult economic climate with many in our community suffering as a result of this Tory Government’s failed policies, and my focus on these issues will continue alongside my Defence role.”

Thousands quit smoking for Stoptober

MORE than 1,000 people across Wigan Borough chose to turn their back on cigarettes as part of the 28-day stop smoking challenge, Stoptober.

Figures show that 1,202 Wigan Borough residents signed up to the scheme, the second highest across the Greater Manchester region and an increase of nearly 50 per cent in sign ups compared to the year before. The new ex-smokers are celebrating their first steps towards a healthier, smokefree life. Smokers who signed-up to Stoptober received a ‘stop smoking’ pack and received daily text messages with advice and encouragement. They also could download a mobile phone app and chat to fellow quitters via social media. Wigan Council and Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust backed the campaign, which was run for the second year by Public Health England. Smoking is the single biggest cause of ‘preventable’ deaths in Wigan Borough, with 606 residents dying prematurely because of smoking in 2009. It costs the council £94million through a loss of productivity due to early death, illness, NHS costs, waste and fires. Councillor Paul Prescott, joint-chair of the Wigan and Leigh Tobacco Control Alliance (TCA), which is supported and led by Wigan Council, said: “I am delighted that more than


1,000 Wigan Borough residents signed up to Stoptober. The TCA and Wigan Council have been very supportive of the campaign, smoking can be a very difficult habit to break but it is important the number of smokers in the borough falls, as it will benefit their health in a huge number of ways.” Andrea Crossfield, director of Tobacco Free Futures, the North West regional body responsible for tackling tobacco, said: “Stoptober has been a huge success. As well as saving money, everyone that managed to stay smokefree will already be experiencing significant physical improvements including a better sense of smell and taste and more energy. Longer term, these quitters will reduce their risk of heart disease and lung cancer as well as protecting others from their secondhand smoke. Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health and bank balance today.” The average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which equates to 364 cigarettes every four weeks. Stoptober would have saved them £141 each over four weeks, and if they remain smokefree, they could save £423 by Christmas and £1,696 in a year. It is not too late to start your own 28-day challenge - for more information visit or call 0800 022 4 332.

Police hail success of anti-crime crackdown



G R E A T E R MANCHESTER police are hailing the success of Operation Challenger: more than 100 warrants have been executed and dozens of people have arrested and been charged after the largest ever multi-agency response to tackling organised criminal gangs (OCGS) in Manchester's history. Over the five days of the operation, 116 warrants were carried out by numerous agencies to root out the drug dealers, loan sharks, rogue landlords and counterfeit good suppliers who are the lynchpins of these criminal networks.

A total of 76 people have been arrested for a variety of offences including drugs, firearms, immigration and money laundering offences. More than 30 of these people have been charged with criminal offences. £32,700 has been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act, a 3D printer, chemicals and potential component parts for a 3D gun were seized together with high powered air weapons. More than 50 tonnes of Counterfeit Goods, with an estimated value of more than £2,000,000 were recovered and class A and B drugs with an estimated street value of £455,000 seized. In addition six weapons: a baton, a stun gun, pepper spray, a ball bearing gun, two high powered air weapons and three live shotgun cartridges were also recovered and 12 vehicles including an Audi, Lexus and Subaru and a car stolen from a burglary, worth over £20,000 have been seized. Chief Superintendent Rebekah Sutcliffe, who headed Operation Challenger, said: “The operation has been a complete success, and reinforces our unwavering commitment to disrupt, dismantle and destroy the gangs


that bring misery to the streets of Greater Manchester. “I would like to thank all the partner agencies that have joined in our fight to make Challenger the success it has been. “The arrests have been numerous and the seizures significant and that is all down to the determination, commitment and dedication of the hundreds of officers who have been involved this week.” In addition to the warrants, GMP has been working with partners on an operation to raise community awareness of loan sharking in the Openshaw West area and more than 10,000 leaflets have been distributed to the communities of Greater Manchester to raise awareness of organised crime. The force has also made more than fifteen referrals to partners at RSCPA, housing associations, the DWP, UK Border Agency Immigration Service and HMRC. Chief Superintendent Sutcliffe added: “By utilising and sharing resources we have shown we can make a very real difference, especially in those areas where up until now residents have been living in fear of organised crime gangs. “Sharing information and resources means we are seeing the picture clearer and in much more detail than before and this allows us to provide the most efficient and effective response: we can attack these gangs from every angle. "Through this partnership approach, Challenger will unmask every single organised crime group in Manchester and use every available tool to bring them crashing down."

Mayor opens new childrens’ facilites

WRIGHTINGTON, Wigan & Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust has officially opened its new paediatric outpatient unit at the Thomas Linacre Centre on Parsons Walk.

His Worshipful The Mayor of Wigan Councillor Billy Rotherham joined children, parents, WWL executives

and paediatric staff to celebrate the official opening of the £1.2 million facility with a plaque unveiling ceremony.“Our wonderful new paediatric outpatient facilities exceed the expectations of children and their families by providing high quality paediatric healthcare within the community,” says Dr. Mark Robinson, WWL Clinical Director for Child Health.


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“Children and young people have unique care needs and need to be cared for in an environment that promotes their well being. Now the children and young people in Wigan Borough have access to excellent new facilities for paediatric healthcare thanks to this facility funded by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.”

The new paediatric clinic at the Thomas Linacre Centre provides care for infants, children and adolescents from aged 0-16 years old and offers five treatment rooms for paediatric care alongside a clean utility room. “The NHS in Wigan has provided quality healthcare for local children for over 60 years,” said The Mayor of Wigan. “The dedicated and skilled paediatric doctors, nurses and staff – both at Wigan Infirmary and here at the Thomas Linacre Centre are commended for their devotion to the health and wellbeing of our children and young people.“ Refurbishment of the new Paediatric Outpatients Department has been designed specifically to ensure the highest standards of privacy and safety for children and parents, who began using the new facility during the summer. “Our new improved paediatric services centre around a comfortable environment for children, families and staff, who were heavily involved in choosing

furnishings and designing the layout,” added Dr Robinson. The main waiting area has been designed to bring the outside in with a kite sculpture as the focal point with cloud seating areas, hills and sky and bird murals. There is also a games console to keep teenagers occupied, disguised within the sunshine feature. Silas Nicholls, WWL Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy commented: “Moving paediatric outpatient services out of Wigan Infirmary and into community facilities close to Wigan town centre makes access easier for patients, parents and staff. Our aim has always been and continues to be to provide excellent health care for the children of Wigan and Leigh within both hospital and community settings.” Our picture shows WWL Chairman Les Higgins, The Mayoress of Wigan Janet Lumley, The Mayor of Wigan Councillor Billy Rotherham, WWL Clinical Director of Child Health Dr Mark Robinson.

Volunteers reopen Shevington Library 6


SHEVINGTON on board to open the Library has facility from 10am12noon every Saturday. reopened its doors Rob Sanderson, of at the weekend WLCT, said: “Saturday to a opening hours at thanks p a r t n e r s h i p Shevington Library were lost in April due to between leisure funding pressures, culture however customers fed and provider WLCT back to councillors that they really wanted to see and the local these reinstated, community. particularly for those Volunteers have come people



access the library during the week. “We carried out a campaign to recruit volunteers and had a really positive response. We offered training to those who wanted to get involved and now, a month on, it’s going really well. We’re really pleased that we have been able to find an innovative way to continue providing this couldn’t much valued service to the community at the

weekend.” Cathy McGoff, one of the volunteers, is a mum of two whose family use the library regularly. She said: “Having the library open at weekends is a valuable service for the community and I wanted to give something back so decided to volunteer. “Everyone is really nice to work with and it’s been a great learning experience - there are so many services the library offers that you just don’t realise!” Pauline Eccles, another

volunteer, said: “I really missed the library being open on a Saturday and am very glad that I volunteered to help - I’ve made new friends and learned new skills in the process.” Cllr Chris Ready, Cabinet

member for leisure and culture, said: “This is a great example of what can be achieved when organisations work in partnership with the community for the benefit of everyone. The local councillors did

a fantastic job in driving this forward, helping to make a real difference in difficult times. I am delighted that this approach has proved such a success in Shevington.”

Wigan’s Go Getters!

THEY'VE learnt together, laughed together and grown-up together and now it's time for the members of a Wigan Borough-based young people's disability support group to move on.

For more than a decade the Go-getters group has helped to bring young people with a range of disabilities together to enjoy shared experiences and a whole host of really big adventures.

Aimed at the under 25s, the Go-getters meet once a week to take part in activities, socialise and make friends. Over the years the group, which is co-ordinated by Wigan Council's Voice and Engagement Service, has seen more than 40 young people taking part in activities from art and dance to archery and bowling and much more. Youth Worker Elaine Evans, who organises the group, explains: “The Go-getters is aimed at young people with a range of disabilities including moderate to severe learning difficulties, Down's Syndrome, Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. It was originally created to help the young people make friends, build up their confidence and self-esteem and encourage


them to become more independent.” “There has been plenty of fun but the young people have also developed skills for life such as cooking, basic first aid and staying safe. The young people have learnt so much and they've become much more than just friends over the years. They are a real inspiration to us all.” But all good things must come to an end and now as the members of the group are all reaching the age of 25, it's time to move on. Elaine says: “Because Voice and Engagement cater for the up to 25’s, the members of the group are now making the transition into Adult Services. However the young people and their parents found that the type of group they wanted to access didn’t exist within Adult services. The young people decided to highlight this gap in provision and campaign for such provision to exist. They wanted to have their voices heard by key decision makers and they felt the medium to do this was in the form of a DVD.” Working with Borough-based not for profit organisation, One Vision Media, the young people planned, scripted, directed and produced their own 20 minute epic all about life as a Go-getter. It showcased the benefits, achievements, social development, pride and passion with the culmination being a fantastic DVD that was both

inspirational and poignant. The finished film was premiered in October at a special screening for friends, family and invited guests at Ince Community Resource Centre. Following the show, the Gogetters were all presented with their very own 'Oscars' and special certificates of achievement. The group now plan to show the video to as many groups as they can at venues around the borough. The other thing for certain is wherever the future takes the last of the Go-getters, they want to stay together. Speaking after the performance, Go-getter Ian Hurst, 24, said: “I am really pleased with the way tonight went. I think a lot of people have got more of an idea of who we are and what we do. Many of us have been members of this group for over 10 years so we really are like family. The video shows that we all want to move forward together.” Whilst Go-getter Charlotte Morris, 24, added: “We've had a great time and we're all really good friends. The group has helped us all to learn and grow. We're now looking at ways we can continue to get together and keep to spirit of Go-getters going.” Our picture shows The Gogetters: Ian Hurst (centre) with Laura Williams, Charlotte Morris, Chloe Leyland, Robert Hughes, Leah Thompson, Craig Houghton and Thomas Adedeji.


Success for Standish in Bloom Courier


AT a glittering and extensive ceremony in the Southport Conference Centre, representatives of Standish in Bloom were presented with a certificate to signify their award of ‘Silver Gilt’ in the North West in Bloom competition.

This is a remarkable achievement considering that Standish, by virtue of its population, is placed in the ‘Large Town’ category, and hence competing against places like Altrincham and Colne with more extensive resources.

Standish marks Lancashire Day

ON Wednesday 27th November at 10.45pm in the around The Cross, Market Place.

A laying of a red rose and the reading of the Lancashire Day Proclamation will take place.

This success is partly down to the weekly working parties throughout the summer when weeds are removed and ‘grot-spots tidied up. Anyone wishing to contribute to improving their local environment should make themselves known to Keith Douglas. Our entry into this competition is sponsored by Cllr Emma McGurrin. Now is the time of the year to install plants which will survive the winter frosts before bursting into colour in the spring, and the Standish in Bloom team fulfil this task at several locations in the Standish township. Our photograph shows a group working in the Market Place along with Cllr George Fairhurst who supported the purchase of plants through the council’s Brighter Borough Scheme.

£60 Million scheme for Wigan town centre

A £60million masterplan that could transform Wigan town centre has been unveiled by developers. The scheme to turn the Galleries shopping centre into a modern retail destination could create 400 jobs. The plans include space for a cinema, gym, restaurants and leisure complex.

If the privately-funded scheme gets the go-ahead it would also involve re-establishing the town’s old street pattern and moving Wigan Market to a new location on Market Street, where it was originally located. The developers are expected to put in a planning application to Wigan Council within the next few months. Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council and cabinet member for the economy, said: “This is a tremendous vote of confidence in Wigan Borough. Here we have a private company wanting to invest a huge sum of money in our town during a challenging time for the economy. It’s fantastic news and demonstrates again the massive potential of this area. “At the moment, the town centre is coping comparatively well with the tough economic climate and changing retail habits. But we’ve got to move forward. I think if this scheme goes ahead, Wigan

would be the best retail destination in the North West outside of the major cities. “Moving the market could be a challenging process and the council will want to consider carefully how that is managed. But I think this could be a shot-in-the-arm for the traders as the proposed new market location puts them right in the centre of the town’s retail heart and is opposite the bus station, which is also set to undergo a multi-million pound transformation and expansion.” The development plans include remodelling the Galleries to accommodate larger retail units and

refurbishing the car park. The Makinson Arcade would remain with some work to update it. The entire centre could be renamed the Makinson Quarter. The developers, Vale Retail, are now seeking the public’s views on the plans before putting in an application to the council. They are holding two public consultation days on Friday 22 November and Saturday 23 November in the Ashton Gallery on the first floor of the Galleries centre. Information about the plans is also being distributed locally.

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Local Wigan Central Councillor George Davies was taken round the exhibition by the heritage assistant Lorraine Quilliam, family local history officer Rita Musa and Sue Maiden the Museums learning officer. Also at the exhibition were

children from Hindley All Saints CofE Primary School assisted by teacher Hannah Davies, who discovered the story of Rugby through hands-on League activities and events. Councillor George Davies said: This exhibition is a

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MOUNT Zion Independent Methodist Church in Enfield Street, Pemberton are holding a Christmas Fayre on Sunday 16th November from 1.00 p.m. onwards. Admission is 50p with all accompanied children free of charge. Stalls will include cakes, handicraft, books, toys, woodcraft, toiletries, tins, jewellery, Christmas goods, bric-a-brac and refreshments. There will also be a Santas Grotto at a charge of £1.00 along with face painting. Start your Christmas shopping at the fair, everyone welcome. Proceeds in aid of Church funds.

Santa’s Rotary Float dates

WIGAN Rotary Club has announced its Santa’s Float Schedule for Christmas 2013. Santa will be appearing on the town’s streets once again as the big man himself and his team of pixies spread Christmas cheer in their valuable fundraising efforts. Sat 30-Nov, Asda Newtown from 10am to 8pm Sun 01-Dec Asda Newtown from 10:00am to 4pm Appley Bridge from 5pm to 8pm Mon 02-Dec Winstanley Tan House from 6pm to 8pm Tues 03-Dec Winstanley Pepperwood from 6pm to 8pm

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All Saints Appley Bridge Christmas Fayre

THE traditional All Saints Christmas Fayre will take place in the school on Saturday 30th November.

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Childrens party at Community Centre

STANDISH Community Centre in Moody Street, Standish are holding a childrens party on Saturday 14th December.

For children aged 4 - 10 years the fun will start at 12.30 p.m. until 3.30 p.m. Food will be served along with party games and presents and the best clown in town. Book early to avoid disappointment. The party is free but children need to be accompanied by an adult. For more details and to book please all 01257 421048.

Door to Door Santa is back

THE CHARITY of this year’s Mayor, Councillor Rotherham, is All for Alzheimer's & Dementia, plus Heartbeat 2.

And in support of the Mayor and for just £8 per child, which includes a letter and a present, Santa will pay a visit to your child personally this Christmas. Santa visited more than 600 children last year, so you need to book early to avoid disappointment. To book Santa for a visit call 01942 886452 (weekdays) or 01942 894262 (after 5 p.m.). On December 1st at 7.00 p.m. Santa Claus will be visiting the Memory Tree to raise fund for Alzheimer's and Dementia Charities. You can pick up one of our special Christmas tags at

a cost of just £2.00 from the shop at Prospect House, 32 Bolton Road, Atherton (next to Town Hall). You can then write a message with your loved one to help remind them of Christmas or a message of someone who has passed away to show they our still in your hearts and we will hang it on the tree. Carols will be sang on the night, and Mayor Councillor Rotherham will turn on the Christmas lights. If you can't make it on the night then feel free to come anytime and purchase your special Christmas tag from the shop throughout December, and we will hang it on the Memory Tree.

St. David’s Christmas Fair

ON Sunday 17th November at 11.00 a.m. in the Parish Hall, Copperas Lane, Haigh a Christmas fair will be held.

Christmas stalls for presents and cards will include sweets, jewellery, tombola and lucky dip. There will also be a draw for a Christmas hamper on the day along with home made cakes on sale. St. David’s School Choir will be singing at 11.00 a.m. and refreshments will be served from 11.15 a.m. A new competition is being held this years for home made cakes and preserves and will be judged by Don and Nora Howcroft who were runners up in the TV show ‘Food Glorious Food’, so get your entry form from Betty Walls and start baking. We will be welcoming Shaun Wane, Head Coach at Wigan Warriors along with the Challenge Cup and League Champions Cup which will both be on display. All funds raised are in aid of St David, Haigh and Aspull Primary Church.

Pemberton Community events Christmas Tea Dance

THE Pemberton Community Association are hosting a Christmas Tea Dance at the Pemberton Masonic Hall on Saturday 23rd November.

The event has a 1940s theme and includes food and old time dancing, including professional dancers, and an old time sing along and ending with Christmas Carols. The Association would like to thank Pemberton Cooperative funeralcare and Pemberton ward Councillors for helping to fund the event.

Children’s Christmas Party

THE Pemberton Christmas party will be taking place at the Pemberton Masonic Hall on Sunday 15th December from 1pm.

DAZZLE teh clown will be entertaining children and adults with fun, games and magic, Party food is included, and the afternoon is ended with a visit from Santa who will give the children a present. The Association would like to thanks R. Banks & Son (Funerals) Ltd, Pemberton and Orrell ward councillors for sponsoring and supporting the party this year.

Christmas Switch On

THE Pemberton Community Association are holding this regular event on Sunday 1st December at the White Swan on Ormskirk Road.

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participants has grown from year to year. There were 26 schools taking part this year.

2013 COMPETITION Monday, October 14th 2013 heralded the beginning of the sixth annual ‘Junior Speaks.’ Due to the large number of entrants, it was necessary to hold three preliminary heats, and our thanks go to Standish Woodfold,, Highfield St. Matthews and Shevington Vale for hosting these events. The final of Junior Speaks took place on Monday 21st October with the previous year winners Standish St. Wilfrid’s kindly acting as hosts. A total of 6 teams had reached the final, and they each rose to the challenge wonderfully. In fact, it is

To be able to speak with confidence on such occasions is a very useful life skill. In recognising this fact, and in order to provide a forum to help develop and challenge young people in the area,

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true to say that these young people never cease to amaze and delight us with the quality of their presentations. The judges, as a result, had a very difficult job and there was little to separate some of the teams. However, there could be only one winner and the Hoddinott Shield for 2013 went to Highfield St. Matthews who spoke about Education for All and whose team were Chair Samson Price, Speaker Olivia Taylor, V of T Ellie Cheetham and Reserve Ben Hogg. The trophy, certificate and dictionaries were presented, by Mrs. Doreen Hoddinott and Wigan Rotary President Terry Hogan, to a very excited team, who also received an invitation to Rotary lunch at The Owls at Standish on November 7th in order to repeat their winning performance for the

and each child with an Usborne dictionary, to mark their achievement. It was a wonderful morning and a delight to witness such amazing, confident presentations from such young people! For further information contact Mel Finch at or by phone ( H ) 01257462839 or (M) 07749 543 712 If you would like more information about the Rotary Club of Wigan or one of the other 100+ Rotary Clubs across the Greater Manchester area please visit The winning Highfield St Matthews team (Top Left) being presented with the Hoddinott Shield from left to right: Samson Price (Chair), Olivia Taylor (Speaker), Ellie Cheetham (Vote of Thanks) Ben Hogg (Reserve) and Mrs Doreen Hoddinott

members of the Club. Second place was awarded to the pupils from Woodfield Primary School, who spoke about Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover and who were hot on the heels of the winners. The third spot went to St. Wilfrids who spoke on Deforestration - “What is All the Fuss About”. The other finalists were Aspull Church School’s The Bubbles, Our Lady’s Christmas Crackers and St. Mark’s Book Club. Each school was presented with a certificate,

(Runners-up Woodfield Voices on Fire, (Above right) pictured from left to right: President Terry Hogan with Cameron Brown (Chairman), Samuel Donlan (Reserve) Liberty Gower (Speaker), and Aaliyah Swift (Vote of Thanks) Third placed team Standish St. Wilfrids (Above) pictured from left to right: President Terry Hogan with James Barrow (Chairman), Jack Ray (Speaker), Annabell Stewart (Vote of Thanks) and Adam Moogan (Reserve).



Spooky success


MEMBERS of the Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade raised more than £200 for the youth organisation by getting spooky.

The Parents’ & Friends’ Association of the Standish-based youth club organised a Spooky Night for members, family and friends to raise funds for the organisation. With games such as the Mysterious Matching Game, Pop the Pumpkin, a Bewitched Bingo and a hot pot supper the night was full of tricks and treats.

A total of £256 was raised. All monies raised by the Parents’ and Friends’ Association fund the running of the Standish St. Wilfrid’s Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade. The Brigade is open to anyone age between five years-old to sixteen years-old. For more information about the Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade contact Company Officer, Ian Brown by dialling 07712 140 933.

Rip roaring Halloween success

THE Halloween event at Haigh Stables on Sunday October 27th was a riproaring success.

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ON FRIDAY November 22nd, Cancer Research UK Wrightington & Wigan Group of Friends will be holding a Hot-Pot Supper and Sing-a-Long at Mossy Lea Village Hall, Mossy Lea Road, Wrightington.

The event runs from 7pm-10pm and starts with a 2course hot-pot supper followed by a sing-a-long and raffle. Tickets cost £6 each and numbers are limited. All proceeds to Cancer Research UK. On Sunday November 24th, Wrightington Parish Council will be holding a Christmas Craft and Gift Fair, between 11am and 3pm, at Mossy Lea Village Hall, Mossy Lea Road, Wrightington. There will be an assortment of gifts and craft items for sale all of which will make ideal Christmas Presents. Tables cost £5 each and are limited so book early. Why not come along and do all your Christmas Shopping under one roof. For more information or to book for either of these events please contact Carolyn on 0771 457 4478

Hospice fun night

STANDISH Wigan and Leigh Hospice shop on Cross Street, Standish is organising a fun night to celebrate 30 years of Hospice care for local people.

This will be held at the Standish Unity Club on Thursday 28th November from 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £5.00 each and will include a hot pot supper. On the night there will be Irish Bingo, Dutch Auction, a fun quiz, raffles and tombolas. You can purchase tickets from the Hospice shop at Standish.


Pemberton Halloween fun

THE Pemberton C o m m u n i t y Association joined forces this year with the Lamberhead Green Workingmens Club to provide over 60 children and their parents with an afternoon of fun and games.

All the children came in fance dress, and a prize was on offer for the best costume, also a prize was up for grabs for the best pumpkin. Several stalls were also at the event, including cakes, sweets, tombola and also a stall with knitted dolls. The entertainer had parents and children involved in games, including wrapping up their parents in paper to

STANDISH St. Wilfrid’s Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade band has reached the national Traditional Youth Marching Bands Association (TYMBA) final.



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The 16 member-strong band, with an average member age of 11, was awarded first place in the Contest Class at the Manchester TYMBA competition to secure a place in the national final, to be held in late November. Awarded first place for Drum Major, Wind and Percussion, the band impressed the judges with their entertaining performance. The band is now working extremely hard to prepare for the TYMBA Finals, held in Dewsbury, on Sunday

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‘WOULD you like to get involved in our new local fundraising group for Marie Curie Cancer Care? We are currently 8 strong, 50% male, 50% female and very enthusiastic about raising funds locally which will be used locally to give end of life care to people with terminal illness (not just cancer). Our group is looking for additional members from the Standish area to help us fulfil our objective which is to organise a range of fundraising events to be held in and around Standish in order to generate funds. Already arranged is the Christmas collection at Morrisons Store in Wigan Town Centre on Friday 15 and Saturday16 November. Our next group meeting is to be held on Tuesday 26th November at 6.30pm at The Beeches in Standish. Come along and see what we are doing and decide whether you would like to join us in our future ventures. For more information contac the secretary, Joan Nield on 01257 473934’

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November 24th, where they will compete against three other marching bands from across the UK. Band Master, Ian Ashton said: “To achieve first place in the Contest Class at Manchester TYMBA competition is a fantastic achievement, especially considering the age of some of our members.” “The band is now looking ahead to performing at the national finals in Yorkshire. I was very proud of all the members at Manchester and I am hoping we can recreate the same success at the national final and bring some trophies back to Standish.” For more information about Standish St. Wilfrid’s Church Lads’ and Church Girls’ Brigade contact Company Officer Ian Brown on 07712 140 933.

Pemberton Brass Band Concert

ON Saturday December 7th at the Trinity United Reformed Church, Milton Grove, Wigan the Pemberton Old Wigan DW Brass Band are having a concert.

This starts at 7.30 p.m. Tickets: £10 Adults £5 Children on the door but if you want to order in advance please call Ted Walmesley on 01942 396285 or 077092 16512. Tickets include refreshments All proceeds in Aid of Rotary Charities

Murder Mystery at St. Lukes

ST Luke's Church Orrell is presenting a 'Murder Mystery ' in the church hall on Lodge Road on Friday 22nd November at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets are £7 including supper (bring your own drinks!) available by contacting Margaret on 01695 622380. St Luke's is also holding its Grand Christmas Fair in the Church Hall, Lodge Road on Saturday 30th November from 11 a.m. Lunches will be served 12 noon.





New deal for homebuyers from NatWest and RBS

NATWEST and RBS customers can now apply for a 95% mortgage under a new scheme designed to help people ‘get on with their lives’.

Customers will need to find only 5% deposits to let them buy their first home or their next home as long as the value of the house is less than £600,000.

From today, the bank is offering a 2-year fixed rate deal at 4.99% and a 5-year fixed rate deal at 5.49%, based on 95% loan to value, through the Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee. Ross McEwan, RBS Group CEO, said, "A home is the most important asset many of us will ever buy. For some people it doesn’t matter how much they save each month, That first step on the ladder, or that chance to move to a bigger home sometimes isn’t possible without a bit more help. That’s why we are taking part in the Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee. We want to help young people and families across Britain to get on with their lives, and make that next move." Opening hours will be extended in over 740 branches across the UK (449 branches in England

and Wales and 293 branches in Scotland) to help with customer demand. The scheme is the first of its kind to offer help with a mortgage on a new build or an existing property right across the UK, up to 95% LTV. RBS and NatWest aim to help 25,500 first time and next time buyers through the scheme over three years. Lloyd Cochrane, Head of Mortgages at RBS and NatWest, said: "We’ve had lots of interest in Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee already, it’s clear that for many of our customers this scheme will make the difference and enable them to buy that next property. I bought my first home with a 95% mortgage, so I understand how hard it can be to save for a large deposit. This scheme will make that challenge to pull together a deposit a little bit easier. From today customers can visit any of our 2,000 branches or call us to find out how we can help them through the scheme." Funds are available to draw down as soon as a mortgage is approved. Homebuyers can call us to find out within 10 minutes how we can help through the scheme or visit any branch.

Understanding Asbestos

ASBESTOS was used in virtually every building and construction site in Britain in the 1960’s and 1970’s due to its heat resisting properties.

WIGAN water supplier United Utilities is supporting the launch of WaterSafe – a new scheme to make it easier for local householders to find a good plumber.

WaterSafe is the UK’s first ever industry-wide plumbing assurance scheme designed to heighten standards within the UK’s plumbing sector. The new online search facility and assurance scheme recognises competent plumbers in the Wigan area – helping protect homeowners and businesses seeking water supply plumbing work, while contributing to the safety of drinking water supplies. Charmian Abbott, water quality and public health

manager at United Utilities, said: “This is a huge step forward in improving safety standards for the UK plumbing industry. “People will be able to see straight away which local plumbers are properly qualified – taking the guess work out of engaging a contractor. As well as promoting good plumbing practice and compliance with the Water Fittings Regulations, WaterSafe will help to drive out rogue plumbers and give approved plumbing businesses the recognition they deserve.” The WaterSafe scheme brings together the seven existing Approved Contractors’ Schemes operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and is also supported by all of the water companies and key plumbing bodies in the UK. For further information please visit

Step in right direction for students

THE FIRST group of students to attend a new training scheme designed to help jobseekers find work in retail have completed their course.

The ‘Step into Retail’ programme is delivered by Wigan & Leigh College in partnership with Wigan Council and provides a practical package of training to build skills and knowledge as well as helping to boost confidence.

The partnership has also launched the new Retail Skills Shop, which aims to improve productivity for local retail businesses and their staff through providing a range of high quality training and development programmes. Gareth Sutton, Wigan & Leigh College Developments Director, said: “This course is designed to both benefit jobseekers and local businesses by offering high quality, structured training, specifically tailored to the retail sector. “We’ve had great feedback from the learners so far, and we hope that the knowledge they take away will enable them to secure jobs in the near future.” One of the students on the course, Karen Hilton, said: “I have really enjoyed the two week course. It has given me a real insight into retail and given me more confidence to apply for jobs”. To find out more about Wigan Retail Skills Shop contact or call 01942 761859.

It found its way not only into our homes but into schools, hospitals, offices and public buildings. Workers such as builders, plumbers, electricians, joiners, construction workers, labourers, shipyard workers and dockers are most at risk but the list does not end there. Wives who washed their husband’s dusty overalls and people who lived near to asbestos factories were also at risk.

Asbestos related disease has many names and can cause confusion. The gravity of the disease can also range in nature as can be seen below. Pleural plaques are the least serious forms of asbestos disease. Plaques are scars on the lung, rarely producing symptoms for you. They do indicate that you have been exposed to asbestos with a small risk of developing something more serious in the future. Pleural thickening is scarring and thickening along the linings of the lungs. It can be a disabling condition and can put you at risk of developing other asbestos related diseases in the future. Asbestosis is scarring of the lungs which can cause mild to severe breathlessness. Some people experience very little symptoms or disability and others are seriously breathless and are prone to developing chest infections or a bad cough. Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, some of which may be due to asbestos exposure. It is mostly due to smoking. This type of cancer forms in the lung tissue. Mesothelioma is also a form of cancer that can occur in the lining of the lungs and the linings of certain other organs. The vast majority are caused by exposure to asbestos dust and is not caused by smoking. As well as receiving civil compensation you may also be eligible for payments from the UK Government. These include Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance. These are paid weekly or monthly. You may also be entitled to a one off lump sum payment under the Pneumoconiosis, Etc (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 or the Diffuse Mesothelioma 2008 Scheme. Although compensation is generally not the first thought that goes through someone’s mind at the time of diagnosis, it is important to get legal advice as quickly as possible.

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Aspull RFC 1st team squad 2013-2014

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Priest, Jimmy Walsh (President), Christian Walsh, Mike Walsh. Front row: Garrie Chadwick, Harry Shape, Ollie Parker, Samuel Stent, Micheal 'had a good game' Webb, Ian Robertson (Capt), Andy Hair, Joel Prescott, Neil Myers, Paul Carmoody.  ASPULL RFC stalwarts Joey Heaton and Ian Parker

IT ALWAYS seems bizarre how Wigan Athletic can go from one extreme to the other in the space of just a few months.

Last season our defence was shocking; we conceded far too many sloppy goals that ultimately cost us our place in the best league in the world. However, we always looked threatening when attacking. We managed to score 47 league goals during the campaign, which was the same amount as Swansea who finished in ninth position. Despite this, we ended up conceding a woeful 73 goals down the other end of the pitch. This season has been the complete opposite. Owen Coyle has made massive improvements defensively, bringing in James Perch, Thomas Rogne, Ryan Shotton and Stephen Crainey, who have all made positive starts to their Wigan Athletic careers. With the leadership of the ever-present Emmerson Boyce we’ve managed to concede only 12 league goals so far, which works out at an average of one per game. But the problem can be summed up in one word: goals. Put simply, we need more of them to get promoted this season. Injuries have plagued main front-man Grant Holt for the past few weeks and he seems to lack the pace needed to get into threatening positions. Similarly, MarcAntoine Fortune can be a menace in the box, but we can

have organised a beer and sausage festival at the club. It's the 'King Jimmy Of Aspull's Beer and Banger Festival' set for Saturday 16th November. Eight pints and your sausages are included in the £20 ticket price. I's a unique beer festival and a first for the club, matching good

hardly rely on a 32-year-old striker to run the opposition defence ragged for the full 90 minutes. Nick Powell has been an asset so far, but I still see him more of a midfield player than a striker. This dilemma was demonstrated in the 0-0 draws against both Charlton and QPR. Whilst we looked confident in defence with young goalkeeper Lee Nicholls showing massive potential, we simply look too lethargic to consistently trouble the opposition goal. Is this as a result of Owen Coyle’s tactical setup? Roberto Martinez’s swashbuckling attacking play often left us vulnerable at the back, but you always felt we could outscore the opposition if we needed to. This season I’m not so sure. Despite this, we have managed to grind out some consistent results recently. Wins over Blackburn and Huddersfield, as well as the aforementioned draws against Charlton and QPR, have seen us rise to twelfth in the table with two games in hand at the time of writing. If we make the most of our next two league games against Brighton and Derby, we could be pushing for the play-offs just before the notoriously difficult Christmas period. Our results in the Europa League have also been

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promising. Although we lost 10 in Russia against Rubin Kazan, the hardest team to beat in the group, we are still in second place. Decent results against Zulte-Waregem at the DW and Maribor in Slovenia would see us through to the knock-out stages: that really would be a phenomenal achievement for ‘little Wigan’. Kudos also has to go to the fans that made the 4,000-mile roundtrip to Russia last week, giving up the best part of two or three to support the club. They By our Latics days are the life-blood of Wigan columnist Athletic and should never be underestimated. Sam Oliver You get the feeling that a play-off position, as well as a good run in Europe, could really be on the cards if we start firing in those goals. Coyle has worked wonders with the defence but bigger challenges lie ahead. However, we are Wigan Athletic, and with this football club anything can happen!

Opinion straight from the goalmouth

Glossop 12 Wigan 6 South Lancs and Cheshire Div 1 Saturday November 9th 2013 WIGAN WERE disappointed to come away from third in the table Glossop with only a losing bonus point. The game was played in atrocious Pennine weather with standing water on the field suiting the heavyweight Glossop pack, although for the most part they were matched by the Wigan forwards at both scrum and line-out. Glossop were first to score, their scrum half scrambling over from a ruck on the Wigan line. From a period of sustained Wigan pressure Wigan’s Andy Whittle slotted a penalty with a second effort just drifting wide of the posts. From the second half restart, Wigan mistakes and poor kicking allowed Glossop to enjoy a sustained period of attack in the Wigan half, but good defensive work and hard tackling kept home side out. Wigan eventually worked their way back into Glossop territory and began once again to attack the Glossop line but Whittle was wide with two difficult penalty attempts. With ten minutes remaining Glossop attacked the Wigan line again and eventually, taking advantage of a loose clearance and some poor Wigan tackling, slipped in under the posts, the conversion sealing the win with a late penalty from Whittle giving his side a losing bonus point to remain fifth in the table. Orrell 8 Southport 11 South Lancs and Cheshire Div 1 Saturday November 9th 2013 A LATE penalty denied Orrell two points in dreadful conditions at St.John Rigby. Southport put Orrell under pressure from the kick off, but the home side gradually came into the game and took the lead with a penalty by full back John Wilson. Southport again attacked but great defence held them up over the line with man of the match Jon Pegg saving a certain try tackling the Southport winger into the corner flag. Eventually the pressure told and from a penalty line out drove over for a try to take the lead. Just before the break, in an incident that appeared to involve the Orrell touch judge, the Southport hooker was red carded. Orrell 3 Southport 5 at half time. Orrell were unable to take advantage of the extra man and in a mainly forward battle due to the wet conditions neither side were able to put further points on the board until half way through the second half when Southport extended their lead with a penalty. Orrell however came back and after a number of pick and drives near the Southport line, Pegg and Alex Simpson combined to put Martin Kelly in at the corner to level the scores. Orrell went in search of the win but it was Southport with the late penalty who took the honours. Aspull 43 Fylde Vandals 5 Rogerson Homeserve Div 4N Saturday November 9th 2013 ASPULL continued their impressive form with a convincing 43-5 win at home to Fylde 5th, a result that left the Woodshaw Park side in third place in the division. Aspull tries were scored by Aidan Clarke, who played well throughout, Michael Webb, man of the match Andrew Seddon, Tom Johnson, Chris Laithwaite, and Oliver Jump, who was also successful with four conversions. WIGAN 2nds were beaten 15-12 at home by Littleborough 2nds in County Courier div 2 north, and Wigan 3rds went top of div 4N with an impressive 500 home victory over Leigh 4ths

Win tickets to Betfair Chase Day at Haydock Park FANS OF jumps racing are set to descend on Haydock Park Racecourse in big numbers for the Betfair Chase Festival on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November. The centrepiece of the major day on the Saturday is the Grade 1 £200,000 Betfair Chase, one of the most sought-after prizes in British horse racing and a race which promises to be one of the best ever renewals in 2013. A galaxy of stars has taken part in the three-mile race before and 2013 is set to be no exception, with the event poised to be a classic contest involving Bobs Worth, Long Run and defending champion Silviniaco Conti. Since the inaugural Betfair Chase in 2005, the winners have included the greatest steeple chaser of the 21st Century, Kauto Star,

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WIGAN Warriors Community Foundation has launched its new ‘Warriors Tots' programme, aimed at children aged between 2-5 years old. The sessions will take place down at Central Park every Saturday at 10am for an hour of fun-filled rugby league activity in which Warriors Tots learn and develop their key functional movements and skills. There are three payment options from which to choose: Pay as you play £5 - Turn up and pay

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PUPILS from Aspull Church School met members of the visiting Tongan rugby league team during a visit to the Museum of Wigan Life.

learn more about the Tongans, who were training in Leigh for the Rugby League World Cup. Patrick Politoni, Jason Taumalolo and Glen Fisiiahi also signed autographs and had their photographs The museum hosted taken with the a question and answer children. session so that the Lynda Jackson, school children could

Community History Manager at the museum, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Tongans and it was a fantastic experience for the school pupils to meet these sportsmen and have the chance to ask them more about their experiences playing rugby league.”

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