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JAZZ acts from around the world will converge on Wigan this week as the town’s premier music festival returns.

The 28th annual Wigan International Jazz Festival kicks off on Thursday (11 July) and includes a world class itinerary over four days, including performances from Igor

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Butman Big Band and the Dutch College Swing Band. Sponsored by Manchester Airport, the festival takes place at Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre, with free events in the town centre and Mesnes Park also on the agenda. Festival Director Ian Darrington said: “I’m delighted that the festival is almost here and am looking forward to welcoming all this year’s acts to Wigan. “There really is something for everyone on the and I’d programme encourage people to come along to see some of the talented bands and individuals that we have attracted to the town for this music extravaganza.” Other star acts appearing at the festival include the Darius Brubeck Quartet with special guest Brandon Allen, the Skelton Skinner All Star Big Band and Give a Little Love Jazz Orchestra with a tribute to the music of Horace Silver. Budding musicians can also take advantage of

aqua: improvisation and vocal workshops with Linley Hamilton & His Trio, members of Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra and Dana Masters. The full list of entertainment during the festival can be found at www.wlct.org Tickets are available at www.quay.it/wiganjazz or by calling 0843 208 0500. There will also be the opportunity to buy tickets on the door. This year’s Wigan International Jazz Festival is sponsored by Manchester Airport, alongside a series of Wigan businesses including Lowri Beck, PA Hull and Co, Stephensons Solicitors, Wigan Dry Cleaners, Leisuretec (UK) Ltd, Grant Thornton Accountants and Wigan Jazz Club.

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HistoricBoundaryStonerestored THE HISTORIC boundary stone sited on Wigan Lane and shown in the photograph has recently been refurbished and restored to its original livery. It is one of only two in Lancashire that involves a UDC boundary rather than parish boundaries, and is worthy of preservation.

Unfortunately, successive resurfacing of the pavement at that point meant that about one third of the stone was buried and hence much of the lettering was obscured. The need for restoration was identified to Standish Community Forum by the Milestone Society, a national charitable organisation campaigning for the conservation of milestones and other historic waymarkers. The Forum consulted the Planning Department at Wigan Council who, having granted planning consent, encouraged the Highways Department to raise the stone to the intended level of the pavement. The repainting was implemented by volunteers from the Milestone Society and the cost of the materials provided by a councillor for Wigan West Ward. What a marvellous example of team work this is. It’s amazing what can be achieved when a group of like-

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OVER THE past ten years, Wigan Borough has more than tripled its recycling rates from just 12% to 45% and reduced the amount of waste sent to landfill by 40% over the last three years.

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Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for environment at Wigan Council, said: This is a tremendous achievement and one which would not be possible without the continued efforts of our residents. I’d like to thank them and our environmental officers. I’m confident that we’re well on our way to meeting our 50% recycling target by 2020, keep up the good work. In the 10 years that Recycle Week has been running, local authority recycling schemes across the country have collected materials worth £2.4 billion. Residents can find out what they can recycle in their area by visiting Wigan Council’s website at www.wigan.gov.uk.

FOUR Wigan Councillors who visited the new Council Depot on Makerfield Way unite with new 20 mph signage which are being made for the introduction of the new speed zones in residential areas throughout the borough.

Councillor George Davies, Wigan Central says: “Wigan Council has pledges to make our streets and estates safer by introducing 20 mph speed zones, this initiative will improve road safety for everyone especially children who will be able to walk and cycle in their own areas in

safety.” Our picture shows left to right: Councillor Brendan Bowen, Astley Mosley Common, Councillor Steve Dawber, Wigan West, Councillor George Davies, Wigan Central and Councillor Norman Bradbury, Atherton.

Laura takes on her grandad’s trade as a bricklayer

“Being able to also go and get hands-on above, from Wigan is currently the only female student on Wigan & experience at Hughes Brothers gave me Leigh College’s Level 2 Diploma in some extra knowledge on the tricks of the trade, helping to build on the skills I’ve Brickwork Course.

FEMALE bricklayers are worker is not letting that stand something of a rarity, but one in the way of her dreams. budding young construction 18-year-old Laura Amedee, pictured

The teenager is following in the footsteps of her granddad who has now passed away; he worked as a bricklayer before becoming a site manager and Laura is using him as inspiration to progress far in the construction sector. As part of her course, Laura recently undertook a three week placement with Leigh based firm, Hughes Brothers. There she spent time learning on the job and shadowing an experienced bricklayer. Laura said: “My course at Wigan & Leigh College has taught me a lot about the industry and although I’m the only girl on the course, I’ve not been treated any differently by my tutors or classmates. I feel very much part of the team here.

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already learnt, and it was a really valuable experience. “My friends and family have encouraged me to pursue bricklaying as a career, my grandma is really proud of my achievements and I know my granddad would be too.” Yvonne Barber, Divisional Manager for Construction Crafts at Wigan & Leigh College said: “Laura is proof positive that gender doesn’t come into play when choosing a career path that is right for you. She is an exceptional student who is well respected by her classmates and should act as an inspiration to other girls looking to get a career in construction.”

Show some respect for Walking Day

From: Mr Keith Douglas Sir, It appears that my opportunities to show-off by singing the hymn ‘The Church’s One Foundation’ all the way through without a hymn-sheet have been greatly reduced! My familiarity with this particular hymn is related to its traditional airing at the conclusion of the annual Walking Day procession in Standish Market Place. Alas, this specific piece of Standish history, as with so many other ancient traditions and customs, has been allowed to disappear, as the procession now terminates in a schoolyard. Walking Day in Standish dates back further than any living person can remember. The equivalent ‘Whit Walk’ parade in Manchester and Salford this year(2013) was the 211th and there is good reason to assume that the Standish walk, and those of other Wigan churches, originated at about the same time. The traditional ‘procession of witness’is most common in the North West of England, more usually occurring at Whitsuntide(Pentecost), and sprang out of the Sunday School movement first pioneered in 1784. Naturally, after so long, walking days in Standish and elsewhere have changed and evolved. Nothing stays the same forever. The most significant change of course, which I fully approve of, is the expression of Christian unity by the three Standish churches in holding a joint walking day for the last 25 years or so. But I think I can put forward a good case for the procession to terminate in the Market Place with a short ceremony in the shadow of the one symbol which unites all Christians in Standish. The argument against retaining this ancient custom revolves around the apparent difficulty in closing the Market Place to traffic due to the prohibited left turn at the traffic lights. This is a spurious argument for two reasons. The first is based on our right to peaceful procession. The London police regularly close-off sections of the city to accommodate anti-war, BNP, trade union and other marches. Our local police should be required to make similar concessions. The Manchester police had no difficulty closing city centre streets!! Secondly, traffic coming up Rectory Lane can be diverted for a short time via St Wilfrid’s Road and Glebe Road. Where there’s a will………… Yours, Keith Douglas, Cross Street, Standish.


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HUNDREDS OF Wigan people to gathered support Wigan’s first ever charity duck race which raised over £4,500 for Wigan and Leigh Hospice. The fundraiser took place on the Leeds Liverpool Canal and saw over 1,000 ducks take to the water. The fundraiser was the idea of four year old Corey Coggins from Standish. Corey lost his father, Ric Coggins, to Bowel Cancer in 2011 and wanted to hold the event in memory of him.

Investment Centre included two races. The first was for businesses with 40 North West companies battling to win the title of the corporate race winner. Wigan Metropolitan Development Company claimed the prize and received Spitting Pig Hog Roast for 100 people. The following race was for families and the top prize was a large cuddly toy and Frankie and Benny’s voucher. Ric’s widow, Carrie Coggins, was delighted with the success of the event. She said: “I can’t believe how many people came along especially as the event is in its first year. The support we have received from both businesses and

diseases Bowel Cancer and Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency which was one of the key messages behind the event.” Julie Houston, Community Fundraiser, from Wigan and Leigh Hospice said: “We are delighted that the boys choose to donate the money raised from this event to the hospice. The hospice relies on the generosity of local people and businesses to ensure it can continue to deliver the much needed services it does. We can’t thank the boys, and all those that attended the event, enough for their support.” To keep up to date with the duck race and plans for next year please follow @DaddysDuckRace on

Local MP’s Lisa Nandy and Yvonne Fovargue showed their support too as they officially started the races alongside Corey and his friends Bobby and Ted Goode, who also lost their father, Stuart Goode, in 2009 to the disease Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. The event which took place at the Wigan

individuals has been overwhelming. Corey had an amazing day and it was wonderful to be able to make his idea a reality.” Charlotte Goode, who is Stuart’s widow, said: “It has been a fantastic day and a lovely way for Bobby, Ted and Corey to remember their fathers. We have also raised more awareness of the

Twitter or like www.facebook.com/dad dysduckrace on Facebook. For more information about Bowel Cancer and A l p h a - 1 visit http://www.haveigo tbowelcancer.com and http://www.alpha1.org.u k/. Details about Wigan and Leigh Hospice can be found at http://www.wlh.org.uk/

Our pictures show The boys cheering on the race. L-R Bobby Goode, Corey Coggins and Ted Goode and the families and fire brigade. Clockwise Lisa Nandy MP, Bobby Goode, Charlotte Goode, Ted Goode, Manchester Fire and Rescue, Corey Coggins and Carrie Coggins.

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THE NEONATAL department at Wigan’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary received a special gift in June. Brian Halliwell and some of his close friends cycled over 42 miles to Southport and back to raise money for the Unit and raised more than £300.

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Lead Nurse – Brian says: “I wanted to raise Neonatal Care, Diane Halliwell, some money for the unit after they Brian’s daughter, holding baby did a brilliant job of looking after Isobelle. All the staff on the unit Isobelle and Brian Halliwell. Armstrong,

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Brian raised the money as both himself and several members of his family have been in hospital recently including his one year old granddaughter, Isobelle who had been cared for on the Unit after a nasty bout of tonsillitis.

RAINBOW Ward, the children's ward at Wigan Infirmary, received an amazing donation from regional charity MedEquip4Kids in June.

Representatives of Lions Clubs from Leigh, Douglas Valley and Upholland Tawd Vale worked together to raise a fantastic £1,100 to complete the funding of a new multisensory

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room for children on the Lions Clubs means that this Fundraising Officer for Rainbow Ward at the target has now been Three Wishes added, “It is reached. Work will begin fantastic that the Trust and hospital.

The new multisensory room will feature bubble tubes, soft floor padding, fibre optic displays, sound and smells for visually impaired patients. It will mean that children who have special needs or are extremely anxious about treatment have somewhere they can relax and calm down during a hospital stay. The equipment for the new multisensory room will cost over £13,000. The money has been raised by the WWL's Finance Charity Fundraising Committee carrying out various fundraising events. MedEquip4Kids stepped in to help them reach their target with the final £4,000. The donation from the

on installing the multisensory equipment in the next few weeks. Janine Stott, Play Specialist on Rainbow Ward, said: “The new room will make such a difference to our children. We’re so grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to raise the money to make this possible.” Vicky Bunnage, Projects Co-ordinator for MedEquip4Kids, said: “Thanks so much to all the members of Lions Clubs International who have supported us. We really do appreciate it and we can’t wait to see the room in use for all the children who need it at Wigan." Elizabeth Titley, WWL’s

Three Wishes have received this magnificent donation from MedEquip4kids. Three Wishes is continuing its fundraising in support of its other campaigns Heart Beat 2 appeal and a tranquil sensory garden at the new Cancer Care Suite. We will be holding events throughout the year to support these appeals.” Our picture shows L-R: Lion Evan Jones of Douglas Valley Lions Club, Jenny Lynam, Staff Nurse, Vicky Bunnage, MedEquip4Kids, Janine Stott, Play Specialist and Lion Thelma Jones of Upholland Tawd Vale Lions Club.

New affordable homes WIGAN COUNCIL will get at least £300,000 from the government to transform derelict properties into affordable homes.

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The money will be used to bring buildings currently standing empty back into use. The council says at least 25 privately-owned properties will be refurbished and turned into affordable housing. Wigan Borough will get £300,000, which will attract an additional £600,000 private sector investment. There is a possibility the grant will increase if the scheme is judged a success. It’s part of a £91 million investment project by the government’s Homes and Communities Agency. Councillors say derelict homes that have led to problems such as damage to neighbouring properties, pest infestations and crime will be targeted first. Councillor Chris Ready, Wigan

Council cabinet member for housing, said: “The funding will help us bring a new lease of life to properties that have stood empty for some time. Derelict buildings can often create problems in our communities so it’s great we’ll be able to deal with some of them and at the same time address our housing shortfall.” Wigan Council has been working hard to reduce the problem of empty private homes. Other initiatives include a leasing scheme, enforcement action and the use of Compulsory Purchase Orders. This latest scheme will create at least 25 new properties. It comes as the council works towards meeting its ambitious home-building programme. More than 170 new council homes have being built or are under construction with plans for a further 250 in the coming years.


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AS PART of Wigan Council’s initiative to promote safe cycling, healthier living and sustainable transport the Pier to Pier cycle route was launched on Sunday 16th June.

Autumn/Winter Stock Now Arriving Cyclists with ages ranging from 7 to 83 years met near Wigan Pier before cycling to Burscough Wharf, along the canal route, to meet up with cyclists who had set off from Southport Pier.

Council, launched the event in Wigan and then cycled to Burscough, to be met by the Mayor of West Lancashire and representatives from Sefton Council. Councillor Ron Conway said ‘Peter Wickett and the Council Councillor Ron Conway, Officers who organised the event pictured above right, the should be congratulated. “The day was a huge success Cycling Champion for Wigan

and cyclists from Wigan and Southport thoroughly enjoyed the ride and the activities that had been arranged at Burscough Wharf. “I will certainly be making good use of the Pier to Pier cycle route and would encourage other cyclists to use it to exercise and enjoy our lovely countryside at a leisurely pace.”

Big Wigan ideas to share £2m

VOLUNTARY groups and social entrepreneurs from across Wigan Borough will get a £2 million boost thanks to a community cash fund set-up by Wigan Council.

Local organisations and individuals doing valuable work in their neighbourhoods will be able to bid for money to pay for new projects aimed at tackling some of the borough’s biggest problems.

The council has put £2 million into its Community Investment Fund and is asking people with “big ideas” to come forward and claim it. The council wants to hear from anyone with suggestions for tackling issues such as childhood obesity, youth crime and unemployment. Voluntary organisations, groups and individuals are all being encouraged to apply if they have a plan to use the money to make a difference in their area. Lord Peter Smith, Leader of Wigan Council, says the council wants to help people help their communities. He says: “We want people to come up with ideas to help transform where they live. The world has changed. We know the council doesn’t have all the answers and we certainly no longer have the resources to do everything we’d like to. So this is about taking a new, people-led

approach to some of our serious social issues. “What we want is people or organisations passionate about where they live, and with a track record of doing excellent community work, to bring us plans with the power to make a positive contribution. “It could be a sports club working to promote the benefits of healthy eating and improving physical activity or an older people’s group providing a drop-in service to elderly residents. We’re really open-minded about what it could be. But the bottom line is it has to help address an issue in a positive, community-focused way.” Trevor Barton MBE, chairman of Leigh Centurions Community Foundation and chair of The Pelican Group commented: “Having worked with the voluntary sector for over 30 years I am fully supportive of this initiative and can honestly say it is one of the best things to happen to the community. This could make a real difference. “I have faith that the right people will come forward with the right ideas and I will work with the council to help the community achieve their ambitions.” The scheme was launched on Monday 24th June and groups have one month to apply. Don’t delay with applications as the closing date is Sunday 21st July. Information about how to apply is available online at the council’s website /bigidea

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Top fun at Top Lock fete

ASPULL and New Springs ward Councillors Ron Conway and Chris Ready opened the very popular fun day at Top Lock, New Springs last month. Councillor Conway commented on how this event gets better year on year, and events like this really bring communities together and hopes that long may the Top Lock fun day continue. The three ward Councillors also helped to fund this event through there brighter borough fund. On the day there was karaoke, BBQ, bouncy castle and lots of different stalls. Jean fieldhouse who is one of the committee members who organised the event said: "It was a great day although the weather wasn't kind to us and I would like to thank our Councillors who help us every year." Our pictures show the Councillors and residents relaxing at the fun day, enjoying the cake stall and the children enjoying the bouncy castle.

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EXAMS, peer pressure, the stresses of modern life...being a young person these dayscan be a complicated business.

With everything that's going on in life, it's inevitable that sooner or later, most children and young people are going to need a little of help, support and guidance. But whatever the issue is, we can work it out together! That's the message at the core of a children and young people's group that seeks to tackle the issues they face. Access to Opportunities (A2O) is aimed at children and young people aged from 11 to 19 who are finding life difficult. The weekly gathering at Ince Community Centre, uses group support, activities and the chance to learn new skills to give the boost the children's confidence and raise their self-esteem. Organised by Wigan Council's Voice and Engagement Service, A2O is providing a valuable lifeline to young people who need to talk about their problems and looks at creative ways of working through them. Youth worker Vicky Fletcher, who leads the group, explains: “Some young people just want to make new friends but others may be facing troubles at home, at school or in a relationship. They could be feeling lonely, depressed or isolated. Whatever the issue is, the group exists to let them know that they are not alone and they do not have to struggle with their problems without help.” Vicky adds: “We use arts, creativity and the chance to learn new skills to give the young people the chance to express themselves. It's a chance to meet people and share experiences.” There are currently 25 children and young people who are regular visitors to the A2O sessions. They have taken part in activities that range from crafting their own works of art to hopping down a Hobbit-hole in North Wales! Members of the group recently visit the stunning eco-retreat of Cae Mabon in Llanberis for a back to nature retreat full of songs and stories. “It was a chance for the children and young people to experience an environment that is completely different to the one they are used to,” says Vicky. “With no televisions or video games, it gave them the opportunity to talk, think and reflect without the pressures of every day life.” /more... The next 'adventure' for the A2O group is to create their own art exhibition called “I Scream', all about self-expression. Joseph Rendle, 17, is typical of the young members of A20. He joined the group to meet new friends. “I have a visual impairment and because of this I felt quite isolated,” says Joseph. “Since joining the group I have learnt a lot. I have met some great people and taken part in loads of activities. It's really helped me with my confidence. The message behind the group is that it is ok to talk about your problems and to say that you need a bit of help. I certainly don't feel isolated anymore.” •A20 meets every Wednesday between 6pm and 8.30pm at Ince Community Centre on Manchester Road. For more information you can contact Vicky Fletcher on 01942 487402 or 07986 129877.


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YOU really have to see Imagine Kitchens to believe it! Billy and his team provide their customers with high quality, bespoke services from designing to installing the finest kitchens in the area. Here at Imagine Kitchens we have built up a great reputation in assisting families and homes with a friendly, reliable and very honest service to give them that new kitchen that they are looking for to complete their home. Our service is a start to finish professional and personally overseen procedure were everything needed to refurbish your kitchen is done by our fully qualified tradesmen. This includes: • Fully Fitting Service • Electrics • Plumbing • Plastering • Tiling • Painting If all the above is not required we also offer a supply only service. Also if you’re looking for a new bathroom you’ve come to the right place. At Imagine Kitchens we pride ourselves in offering a

huge range of quality, affordable bathroom products in a variety of styles. Whatever your requirements you’re sure to find what you are looking for, from designer suites and stunning freestanding baths through to quality shower enclosures, taps and accessories. As customers of Imagine know, the company caters for all tastes incorporating modern and contemporary to traditional and practical but far more importantly they always focus on the quality of the product and installation. There is a wealth of exquisite stock to view and all kitchens are made to order and built by cabinet makers, no mass production here! The kitchen of your dreams is available under one roof, all it takes is a no fuss 30 minute home survey with none of the pressure of the hard sell tactics. We are open 6 days a week for customers convenience to take a peak and to obtain some styles and ideas. For further information on our services visit our webiste www.imaginekitchenswigan.com Book a FREE design appointment call Billy on 01257 403003 or Mobile: 07835 639759.

Thanks for all you helpful advice & guidence Thanks for a job very well done on time by excellent craftsmen who were pleasent efficient and very tidy. Will use again in the next house Thanks again Ann & Keith Middleton"

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WIGAN MP Lisa Nandy is urging Wiganers to nominate for the annual 4Children and Take a Break Family Heroes Awards. The Family Heroes Awards celebrate unsung heroes around the country who go above and beyond the call of duty to support families through tough times.

The awards are open to everyone, from people who work or volunteer to support families to those who take self sacrifice and care for their own family to a whole new level. 12 regional family heroes will be selected, with one inspirational hero being selected as the overall national Family Hero 2013 and thanked for their selfless devotion with a cash prize of £5,000. Lisa said: “Families are at the heart of our communities and the Family Hero Awards are a great way to celebrate and thank those that have made a real difference in helping to support families and children across the UK.” The Families Heroes Awards are looking for outstanding individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. A Family Hero could be: • Someone who has shown amazing courage to protect or support a family member in need • Someone who has helped a young person turn their life around after having a bad experience • Someone who has supported a friend with postnatal depression • Someone who is a young carer looking after a disabled parent If you know or are related to someone who you think is a true family hero, show your appreciation by nominating them for this prestigious award. To nominate your Family Hero, download or fill out a nomination form online at www.4children.org.u/familyheroes or for further i n f o r m a t i o n , contactAmelia.Sewell@4Children.org.uk / 0207 522 6970. Nominations close on 31 August.

Tom raises £120 for Joining Jack

A KIND-HEARTED Standish lad has raised more than £120 for local charity Joining Jack. 11-year-old Tom Goodman, a pupil at St. Wilfrid’s Primary School Standish, organised a cake sale at his school raising £125 for Joining Jack, a local charity set up by former Wigan Warriors player Andy Johnson. The rugby league legend established the charity, which raises awareness and helps research Duchenne muscular dystrophy, after his young son, Jack, was diagnosed with the muscular disease two years ago. Tom wrote to St. Wilfrid’s Primary School Headteacher Mrs Kneale for permission to hold a cake sale during break and lunch and to all parents explaining what he was organising. “I wanted to raise money for Joining Jack because it’s a great Wigan charity and it’s supported by one of my favourite sporting heroes, Bradley Wiggins. I’m too young to run the Wigan so I decided to organise a cake sale at school,” explained Tom. “I wrote to parents asking for help and in total we made more than one hundred cakes, which all sold.” Proud mum Julie Goodman said: “I’m so proud of Tom. To raise £125 for such a worthy charity at the age of 11 is fantastic. “He did all the preparation and organising for the sale. This is the first time the school has allowed a pupil to organise a cake sale by themselves and it was a great success. “I hope that the hard work Tom has done encourages other young people to organise events for charities.”

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Mossy Lea craft workshop

including knitting, crochet, sewing, felting, weaving, embroidery and kumihimo (Japanese braiding). All materials and support are provided but booking is essential and children must be accompanied by an adult. For further information or to book contact Andrea Gaskell on 07590 116912 or Carolyn Cross on 01257 423128.

THERE WILL be a Summer holiday craft workshop in Mossy Lea Village Hall for children aged 5 plus and adults with Mossy Lea Crafters. The event will take place on Friday 16th August and there will be two sessions from 10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. or 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.. The cost is £3.00 per child (adults FREE) with any profit going to Cancer Research. Come along to try a new craft WHAT IS ‘Creative Writing’? Words on

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Abram Parish All Saints Church Church News presents The Songs of Praise a 60s night performances recently

ON September 13th at Maypole Community Club and Sports Bar (formerly Abram Labour Club), Warrington Road, Wigan, there will be a 60s night, featuring T'Others, which is a five piece band. The night starts at 8.00 p.m. and will also include bingo, raffles and refreshments. For tickets please contact Jessica on 01942 866170 or email Kath at etcheskath@yahoo.co.uk

recorded at Blackburn Cathedral will be televised on September 1st 2013 and January 5th 2014. Details will be in the July issue of ‘The See’. The Junior Church sessions will restart on Sunday September 15th after the Summer break. However, there is still the family day to look forward to, weather permitting and this will be held on Sunday 21st July at Worden Park, Leyland.

a page? Self-expression? Therapy? In fact, it can be all three – but it is also much more. Creative Writing offers a dynamic approach through which to explore ideas using active imagination and brain storming, as well as developing other psychological tools useful for problem solving. CREATIVE MIND Writers Group has a weekly cost of just £3. In return you will find a stimulating environment where the aspiring and already published meet to write, share work and give feedback. The sessions encourage you to develop your ideas and turn them into poems or stories. You will also learn about different types of writing, such as flash fiction and writing for Kindle. Creative writing can also improve confidence and presentation skills, making you more attractive to the job market. At the CREATIVE MIND

St Anne’s Space Academy

LOCAL CHILDREN are set for a week of fun and games at St. Anne’s Shevington annual holiday club. The week will be full of 01257 400026 We will be meeting at games, crafts ,drama, Worden Park car park at music, video presentations 1.00 p.m. If the weather is and bible stories as the poor we will meet at in our children learn the story of Daniel. Church. There will be a guided walk The holiday club runs from across Morecambe Bay on August 12th - 16th at 10 Saturday July 31st, leaving 00am - 12noon in StAnne’s Arnside at 2.00 p.m. A Parish Centre and is open to coach has been booked for all children aged 5-11 years. transport from Appley Registration is on Friday Bridge and the return July 12th 9am- 12 noon, journey. Details are at the 3pm-6pm in the Parish back of the Church, Centre. together with a list for For more information signing and sponsorship contact Brenda Harrison on 01257 400084. forms. Any new from your church for our readers? contact us on info@courier-online.net, or find us on Facebook - Wigan Courier

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Writers Group in Horwich, within view of the stunning West Pennine Moors, tapping into your creativity may be a little easier: here creativity comes first! We want more people to take advantage of this terrific local resource. We meet on Thursdays, 10am – 12noon; at Bolton Arts Studios, Hampson Street (behind the Original Bay Horse Pub, Lee Lane), BL6 7JH. Contact: Michelle on 07846 286205/ creativemindwordpress@outlook.com. www.creativemindwriters.wordpress.co m

Forty-four members, together with 9 guests, attended and enjoyed a demonstration by Anne Foster from Colour Me Beautiful. The president was left wondering if orange was the flattering colour she had thought it was !! The group has gone from strength to strength since being set up in March of this year and now has a walking group and plans for a theatre/cinema group and a baking group in addition to a monthly speaker. Other activities are also planned. Standish WI meets on the second Thursday of each month at Ashfield House Hotel, starting at 7pm. Telephone Diana on 01257 404078 for STANDISH WI had a very successful meeting recently at its new and excellent further information or just come along on the night. venue, Ashfield House Hotel.

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Galleries gifts I pads to childrens’ Rainbow Ward

THE GALLERIES Shopping Centre has donated two iPads to the Rainbow Ward at Wigan Hospital. The iPads will be used and enjoyed by children in the ward whilst waiting for treatment. The iPads will be used alongside children’s reading books which are used to distract the patient from their imminent procedure. Rainbow Ward staff also use a series of photos to prepare children for treatment explaining in detail the procedure they are about to undergo, with the aim of reducing fear and anxiety. Various games and images will be shown on the iPads adding a fun, modern, interactive touch to the ward and its mini patients. Richard Paxton, centre director of The Galleries commented "The Galleries are keen supporters of the Rainbow Ward and are delighted to help make

the little ones hospital stay a little more bearable with the purchase of these gleaming new, high tech iPads.” The Galleries have supported the rainbow ward with the hugely popular Easter Egg appeal which saw hundreds of generous donated shoppers chocolate eggs for the children on the ward to enjoy. The centre also raised a new initiative – a Toy Appeal inviting shoppers to donate new toys for children to enjoy on the ward. The Rainbow Ward in Wigan Hospital is a general pediatric ward and has a mixture of beds and cubicles and is also the children's emergency and long stay admission ward which is built around the playroom. The ward has children attending for a variety of medical procedures and reviews. Our picture show centre director Richard Paxton presenting the iPads to Hospital Play Specialist, Janine Stott and Rainbow Ward patients.

Surroundings at Standish Gallery

CROSS Street Gallery are holding an exibition, which is a collection of exploratory images by Colin Serjent and Neil Warburton. The exibition is open Thursday, Friday and Saturdays up until 19th July between 12.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. The Gallery is located in the Standish Centre on Cross Street, Standish, Wigan, WN6 0HQ.

PUPILS at Wrighington Mossy Lea Primary School enjoyed their traditional sports day in the glorious sunshine at the end of June. Parents, grandparents and friends came along to cheer them on as they took part in obstacle courses, sack race and relay races. One parent said, “I love watching them having so much fun at sports day. I think a traditional sports day is lovely.” The school is especially lucky to have such large school grounds and with only 52 pupils, each child has plenty of room to run!

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DISCERNING fans of Indian food inevitably wend their way to Standish Tandoori, on Pole Street, in the centre of the village. The long-established and award winning food establishment, which include Master Chef and Roll of Honour awards, offers fast and fresh service by its friendly helpful staff who will talk you through the extensive menu and make sure you choose the right dish for you. Their delicious new menu has something for everyone’s taste. They

A GROUP of children from Chernobyl were the first to use n e w l y refurbished crazy golf at Haigh Country Park recently.

have a great range of tasty starters from Onion Bahaji, Samosa (meat or vegetable) Kebab to Plum or Mushroom Garlic which are priced from £1.50. The extensive main courses are very reasonably priced and include Karahi, Curry, Vindaloo, Madras, Bhuna, Biryani, Korma and Dhansak dishes. The Indian Breads and Rice include Plain, Keema, Garlic, Peshwari Nan, Boiled Rice, Basmati, Mushroom, Vegetable, Keema or Egg Pilau Rice, Garlic Rice and Chips. House special dishes can be ordered

along with English and Continental meals. Standish Tandoori have the set meal deals from £9.50. Any other dish can be prepared on request if possible. The takeaway is open seven days a week Monday to Sunday 4pm until Midnight, including Bank Holidays. You can order by telephone on 01257 423737 or 01257 423317 or pop in and have a free coffee while you wait for the preparation of your delicous Indian feast! We at the Wigan Courier thoroughly recommend it!

The children are currently visiting the area as part of a longstanding support programme in Wigan for the young people of the community blighted by the terrible nuclear accident in 1986.

The course will now be open at weekends, until 20th July, when it is planned to open every day during the school holidays (volunteers and weather permitting). The Friends group would like to thank the public for their donations, which have made renovations possible. Thanks also to Jewson Building Supplies and to Longmate’s, Hindley Green, who supplied materials at a much

reduced cost. Restoration has also been made possible with help from WLCT and the management and staff of Proco, who were responsible for renovating the original obstacles. Thanks must also go to the volunteers who worked tirelessly to

enable the course to reopen. The Friends of Haigh Country Park will be holding their first Festival on Sunday 25th August at Haigh, anyone wishing to book a stall (free of charge) should contact edna.hulme@friendsof

haighcountrypark.org. uk for further details. New members and volunteers are always welcome and can be contacted through the Friends website, Facebook or by telephoning 07776 350831.

Brass band to take on Three Peaks

A BRASS band – mostly made up of musicians who grew up in Wigan – is taking on the infamous Three Peaks Challenge with the aim of raising £10,000 for the MS Society. The 30 piece ensemble, called Three Peaks Brass, will climb the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours and play the countries’ respective national songs at the top of each: Flower of Scotland at the summit of Ben Nevis, Jerusalem on Scafell Pike and Land of my Fathers on Snowdon. The band has dubbed the challenge ‘Three Peaks: Three Pieces’. Organiser, James Parkinson, lived in Orrell for 20 years. There are also players from Pemberton, Ashton-inMakerfield, Bryn and Upholland. This is thought to be the first time that the Three Peaks challenge has been attempted with a band, and the group has already completed several training walks with instruments. They will need to work as a team to carry the usual walking equipment alongside a full complement of 30 brass instruments including four tubas weighing 12kg each. James Parkinson, whose mother has had multiple sclerosis (MS) for more than 20 years, is following in the footsteps of his father, who attempted a similar challenge in the 1980s for the MS Society, taking a band up Ben Nevis to perform at the summit. “My dad did get to the top and raised money for charity, but the music-making was thwarted as the valves on the instruments seized up in the cold October temperatures,” James said. “We’re hoping to avoid this by doing our more ambitious challenge in August… and taking plenty of valve oil with us.” James, 28, explained his motives behind putting on the event. “My father and his friends worked tirelessly during

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the 1990s to raise thousands of pounds for the MS Society. In a cruel twist of fate one of his best friends Keith, who was a major catalyst in much of the fundraising, himself was diagnosed with MS three years ago. So we’re doing this to raise money to support research into treatment which will benefit people like Keith, who gave our family so much support over the years.” Three Peaks Brass will start the challenge at 3pm on Saturday 24 August at Ben Nevis in Scotland. The band will then travel in minibuses to the Lake District to climb Scafell Pike, before heading on to Snowdon on the afternoon of Sunday 25 August. The evening before the challenge, on Friday 23 August, a concert’s being held at St Thomas Church in Aston-inMakerfield. It will feature the St Helens Youth Brass Band, it’s free entry and donations will be taken at the end. You can sponsor the band at: and you can find out more information at: twitter.com/3peaksbrass or facebook.com/3peaksbrass

Orrell Book Cycle

A NEW and exciting facility has opened to the public in Wigan. Book-Cycle, a volunteer run charity has stepped in to reopen the former Orrell library, running a donation based community bookshop from the property. The concept is simple: customers are invited to choose up to three books a day and decide the price they would like to pay. Proceeds keep the book facility running and forward the charity’s aims; sending educational books to children in developing countries and tree planting in Wigan. The organisation has been offered a two year lease for the premises and over the last few weeks volunteers have been revamping the space, building shelves and sorting books ready to open the doors to the public. Sakeenah, a BookCycle volunteer said, “This is such an exciting venture for us to be apart of and we hope that many people will get behind the projects we are going to run from the former library. We hope this facility will become a vibrant community hub. If this proves a success the council will extend the lease on a permanent basis.” The grand opening was on June 29th and had an open invite for all to go along, peruse the bookshelves and enjoy the festivities. Local produce and craft stalls, food, live music, and kid’s entertainment were on offer on the day which ran from 12-6pm. In the future other facilities such as a seed bank, film & documentary showings and groups will be run from the Book-Cycle outlet. Book-Cycle Orrell also has a facebook page; facebook.com/bookcycle. orrell More information about Book-Cycle can be found at www.book-cycle.org


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VICTORIA Trundle is a mother of two, Charlie age 7 and Annie age 4.

Charlie and Annie have both attended Early Birds Private Day Nursery in Coppull since they were babies.

It’s Anniversary success for Belmont Packaging

LEADING UK packaging specialist Belmont Packaging is celebrating 35 years in business with a triple-whammy of achievements: the launch of a new European wide e-commerce site, a sizeable new order from a new Australian client and the appointment of seven new members of staff.

The Wigan-based company is almost unrecognisable from its humble beginnings overlooking Belmont Village in Bolton – which quickly gave way to premises on the outskirts of Leigh and, finally, a factory in Hindley Green, Wigan. Today the corrugated specialist boasts 80,000 sq ft of manufacturing and office facilities and over 50 members of staff, producing over 50 million units a year for national and international clients in the pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetics and electronics sectors.

Belmont Packaging has spearheaded the development of classleading machinery and software to become the first high volume producer of corrugated packaging using digital technology. Sophisticated artwork is printed directly onto corrugated board in production runs from a single unit up to 10,000 - without any origination or plate cost. Belmont’s new members of staff have been recruited to underpin the company’s development of its digital offering, amongst other areas, and will join a highly skilled workforce dedicated to the highest levels of customer service and product quality. Belmont has also forged success with online retail, via its e-store brand , which has led to the firm becoming the biggest packaging manufacturer on eBay UK. Building on this success, the company has just launched a Spanish version of its retail site in response to increasing demand from Europe. Finally, after almost three decades of exporting its products into Europe, Belmont has clinched a new contract from the opposite side of the world – providing protective packaging to a leading framing and mounting company that supplies the Australian picture framing market. Belmont managing director, Sean Moloney, explained: “Belmont’s vision has always been to offer customers high performance packaging with both cost and environmental advantages. By anticipating trends in our target markets – such as the retail trade’s move into shelf-ready display packaging and now the growth of online retail – investing continually in our infrastructure and operations, we have been able to stay one step ahead of the competition and maintain our leading position.” “We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved in the last 35 years and with the continued support of a great team of hard-working, dedicated staff, we’re aiming for even greater success in the future.” Visit or follow Belmont on Twitter @belmontpack.

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Victoria has just completed her first children's story called 'The Magic of Manners' and what is also very special is that it has been illustrated by her two lovely children. It is a lovely story that really reinforces the importance of manners. Victoria recently

attended the nursery and read out the book which spells out a very simple message about the importance of manners in our children. All the children were really excited and enjoyed the story very much. Our picture shows Victoria with the children from the nursery.


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Trading for 40 years, Speaks of Blackrod has quality products ranging from dining sets and desks to lounge suites and recliners. Manager Philip Hurst said their successful business comes from superb service and customers who can’t help but come back time and time again.

Speaks is currently offering reductions on a wide range of products such as fabric and leather suites, dining sets, television units and occasional furniture and beds. The renowned Vale/Bridgecraft ranges and Sherborne range of upholstery including leather are available in store at competitive prices. The company works with a variety of manufacturers to ensure there is something for everybody regardless of taste or age, this combined with excellent customer service has made Speaks of Blackrod a popular business in the North West. In addition to their range of furniture, Speaks of Blackrod also offer a re-upholstery workshop service. A free delivery service is available for local residents - to place the furniture in the room of the customer’s choice. Speaks of Blackrod is situated five minutes from Middlebrook Retail Park and has ample FREE parking along with FREE delivery.

Wellshine offers exactly those services and many more. We have recently expanded our operation within Wigan and across the villages that surround the town. We offer a commercial cleaning service tailor designed to meet each customers individual requirements and pride ourselves on providing high quality cleaning with well trained staff who are all CRB checked and fully insured. Our services range from domestic and commercial cleaning, ironing and laundry to walking the dog and pet care. Well Shine uses a full range of cleaning products that can also be purchased via our website www.wellshine.co.uk We currently have an offer on for customers making block bookings which is £12.00 for first 2 hours plus FREE home security check and if you recommend a friend you will receive FREE shopping vouchers. If you would like to contact us with any questions please give us a call or email and we will get back to you and discuss that tailor made package that meets all your requirements. Please visit our website www.wellshine.co.uk for more information and our clients testimonials. It is well worth that telephone call!

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MESNES Park celebrates The Wigan International Jazz Festival next weekend as part of a music extravaganza.

The Big Gig, taking place on Sunday 14 July from 12 noon-4pm, offers an afternoon of live entertainment which will include Bolton-based Jeriatric Jazz. Other music acts performing on the day are Anvil St. Drummers, Secret People, Wigan Ukulele Band and Wigan Community Theatre.

Visitors are invited to come along, enjoy the music, try one of Fredrick’s delicious ice creams in the new café at the Pavilion, and explore the park as it is brought back to live through the £1.6 million restoration project. Ian Darrington, Director of Wigan International Jazz Festival, said: “The excitement is really building for the start of the jazz festival next week. The Big Gig offers a free

family-friendly event for not just jazz fans but all music lovers alike, and I’d encourage people to take a trip to the park to enjoy the entertainment.” Wigan International Jazz Festival, sponsored byManchesterAirport, takes place between Thursday 11 July - Sunday 14 July and includes artists from as far afield as Russia and Holland, with the Igor Butman Big Band and the Dutch Swing

Linley Hamilton will be turning on the style on Sunday

College Band rolling into town. Other star acts include David Lyttle and Interlude, performing with Jason Rebello; Nearly Dan, who will be taking to the stage to pay homage to Steely Dan; and homegrown talent, vocalist Georgina Jackson. Any budding musicians can also take advantage of improvisation and vocal workshops with Linley Hamilton & His Trio, members of Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra and Dana Masters.

The full list of entertainment during the festival can be found at www.wlct.org You can book tickets a t www.quay.it/wiganjazz or by calling 0843 208 0500.

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The Dutch Swing College Band appear at Robin Park on Saturday July 13th.

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Thu, 11 Jul • Double Header Big Band Night Fri, 12 Jul • Al Wood ‘My Life in Music’ Fri, 12 Jul • Georgina Jackson Fri, 12 Jul • Darius Brubeck Trio CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Fri, 12 Jul • David Lyttle and Interlude | Nearly Dan Sat, 13 Jul • Improvisation workshop with Linley Hamilto Sat, 13 Jul • Vocal workshop with Dana Masters Sat, 13 Jul • Georgina Jackson: The Story So Far Sat, 13 Jul • Wigan Schools Swing Band and Wigan Youth B Sat, 13 Jul • Snake Davis and His Band Sat, 13 Jul • Wigan Jazz Club’s Reunion Dream Band Sat, 13 Jul • The Dutch Swing College Band | Igor Butman Sun, 14 Jul • Barry Forgie, My Life in Big Band Music Sun, 14 Jul • Give A Little Love Jazz Orchestra Sun, 14 Jul • Linley Hamilton Sextet Sun, 14 Jul • Skelton Skinner All Star Big Band


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The car now looks like a more traditional MPV – still not the most elegant design around, but unlikely to draw as many glances as the awkward Rodius. Under the new body is a slightly tweaked version of the old car’s platform, so it retains

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The Turismo is powered by a 153bhp 2.0-litre diesel developed by SsangYong. In our top-spec EX model, it’s hooked up to a five-speed automatic gearbox and fourwheel drive, which results in disappointing 35mpg economy. No official 0-62mph time has been announced yet, but it should be about 12 seconds, with reasonable acceleration and smooth shifts from the Mercedes-sourced box. Not much engine noise disturbs the cabin, while the suspension seems to have been softened up, so it soaks up bumps better than the Rodius. The bodyshell itself isn’t that rigid, though – you can feel it flexing and hear thuds and creaks every now and then. Slow steering means lots of arm twirling, while there’s a fair bit of body lean through corners. SsangYong expects the Turismo to start at £17,995, with our top-spec model costing from around £23,995. That makes this four-wheeldrive seven-seater – complete with heated leather seats, satnav and air-con – £7,000 cheaper than an equivalent SEAT Alhambra. Add SsangYong’s excellent fiveyear, unlimited mileage warranty, and it’s suddenly not so easy to poke fun at this renamed Rodius. Dash materials have a slightly higher-quality feel, and while they’re still a bit cheap, most owners will be won over by the seven-seater’s practicality. Dash materials have a slightly higher-quality feel, and while they’re still a bit cheap,

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Aspull improvements continue

ASPULL RFC members took part in NatWest RugbyForce on 15th & 16th June, a nationwide programme developed in partnership with the RFU, which aims to help community rugby clubs become stronger businesses.

St Jude’s win Counties Cup Picture special by Marc Taylor

WIGAN St Judes retained the U13’s North West Counties cup on Saturday June 29th with a 36-10 derby match victory over local rivals Wigan St Pats. Our match action pictures come from Marc Taylor. More pictures at www.kt8photograp hy.co.uk/index.php ?page=gallery

Injury forces Prescott retirement WIGAN WARRIORS Prop Paul Prescott has today announced his retirement from the game due to injury with immediate effect. Paul, 27, made his Wigan First Team debut back in July 2004 against Castleford and has gone on to make 145 appearances for his Hometown Club. In 2013, Paul has managed just one appearance in the season opener at Salford and has been unfortunate with a problematic back injury. Paul said; “After consultation with some of the best surgeons in the country, it is with great sadness that I am forced to announce my retirement as a Rugby League player with immediate effect after failing to overcome a back injury. “I leave the game with an enormous amount of pride at representing the Club I supported since the age of 5 for over 10 seasons and the invaluable memories and winners medals from the 2010 Grand Final

and 2011 Challenge Cup. “I would like to thank my family and partner for their continued support through this difficult period. The support and advice given to me by the entire medical staff as well as Kris Radlinski, Shaun Wane and Ian Lenagan has been comprehensive and accepted with massive gratitude. Head Coach Shaun Wane commented; “I feel hugely sorry for Paul that he has been forced to come to this decision through injury. Paul has been a model professional and is also a great person and he will be missed on the field by everyone who has played with or against him. I have seen Paul come through our Under 18’s and Under 21’s to become a regular in the Wigan First Team Squad and he must feel extremely proud to have represented the Club for over ten years. I am certain he will go on to be a huge success in whatever he decides the future holds for him and I wish him all the very best.”

More than 20 club members, along with mates roped in for extra support, improved the club’s facilities by repainting external walls and changing rooms along with railings around the pitch, and relaid paving flags on the terracing area and replaced damaged brickwork around the sides of the clubhouse, with a long term goal of making the club a more financially viable business.

Martin Jump, club Chairman, told the Courier: “It’s days like this when you see why we play rugby, there is a sense of community and of responsibility to the community you don’t see in many sports. “NATWEST support has enabled us to improve the appearance of our club with funds the Club simply doesn’t have. “It also is a chance to get members together in the off season to enjoy each others company.” Our pictures show the lads hard at work on various projects during the weekend.

Coyle rings the changes... IT ONLY seems like ten minutes since the FA Cup final, but Wigan Athletic’s players are already back in training for the new season. I think it’s fair to say Owen Coyle’s appointment was initially greeted with scepticism, but so far he seems to be doing a fine job of assembling a squad fit for promotion. He was left with just 14 first team players at the start of July, with three of them (Ivan Ramis, Gary Caldwell and Ali Al Habsi) out with long-term injuries. The rebuilding job has begun, and with Arouna Kone set to join Everton for £5 million, Coyle is getting stuck in and securing players not just for the toil of the Championship, but also a Europa League campaign. And at the time of writing, six, yes SIX, new players have been confirmed; that’s already two more than Martinez brought in last summer, and the transfer window is still open for another eight weeks. So who are the new boys? The first signing of the fresh regime was Burnley’s Irish midfielder Chris McCann, who was a free agent after his Turf

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Moor contract expired. He worked with Coyle at Burnley and was part of the team that got promoted in 2009. McCann will add depth to the centre of the field, providing cover for the Scottish duo of McCarthy and McArthur. Next in was veteran Blackpool defender Stephen Crainey, who also has experience in the Championship as well as the Premier League. With Emmerson Boyce the only senior defender at the club, Crainey is a shrewd signing who will slot straight into the first team and be vital in our Europa League matches. Another exciting prospect is Thomas Rogne, the Norweigan defender signed from Celtic.

Dubbed the ‘most exciting prospect from Norway in his generation’, Coyle secured his signature, unbelievably, on a free transfer. Given that the SPL is similar in style to the Championship in terms of physicality, it shouldn’t take too long for Rogne to adapt to life across the border. The trio of new defenders has been completed with the addition of James Perch from Newcastle for around £700,000. The 27-year-old played for Nottingham Forrest before joining the Magpies in 2010, and has agreed a four-year contract with the Latics. The next signing was probably Coyle’s most controversial so far; former England goalkeeper Scott Carson from Turkish club Bursaspor. Is he really needed? We already have Ali Al Habsi (although currently out through shoulder surgery) and Mike Pollitt (who has recently signed his annual one-year contract). The arrival will also dash the hopes of England under20’s goalkeeper Lee Nicholls, who has been patiently waiting for his chance in the first team. Coyle could also face a backlash from the fans if Carson permanently replaces club legend Al

Habsi as his first choice. Lastly, Marc-Antoine Fortune (yes, I did have to use Google to check I spelt his name correctly!) has joined on a free from West Brom. Although the 32year-old striker isn’t going to knock in 20 goals this season, he provides yet more depth following the departure of Franco Di Santo and, inevitably, Arouna Kone. Coyle still needs a big, powerful striker to replace Kone as the key scorer; Grant Holt has been linked with a £4 million move, but I fear the Norwich man is fast approaching the twilight stage of his career and may just be after a bigmoney move. Despite the managers’ wheeling-and-dealing in the transfer market, question marks still hang over the style of football that will be played. Will he build on Martinez’s silky passing game? Or will we be playing a much more direct style of football come August? The current squad surely suggests that the latter option is the most likely. However, expectation is high ahead of the new season and you get the feeling that we might just have a shot of returning straight back to the big time. Bring on Barnsley!


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Company’s £4,500 boost to RU Vets’ Charity Fund

WIGAN Rugby Union Veterans received a massive boost to their charity fundraising efforts when Chartered Surveying company Fisher, German, Priestner Limited made a stunning donation of £4,500 for the Vets’ fund for Christies Hospital. Vets organiser Malcolm Holland explained: “One of our playing colleagues, and former Salford player, Kieran Havard works for the company, and so impressed were they with our fundraising activities over the years they donated this huge sum, which I know has been extremely well received by all at the

Christies Hospital. “For a company to donate such an amount in these times of austerity demonstrates the utmost generosity, which makes all our efforts worthwhile.” The former veterans of Wigan RUFC take to their bikes again on Saturday the 6th of July in the second of their three annual charity rides: this time the ride is for the Steve Prescott Foundation which supports Christies and Try Assist. The ride is from The Golden Lion at Higher Wheelton, where the riders will first watch the British Lions third and final test match, before

Hawks win at Standish

STANDISH Owls hosted Highfield Hawks in the Wigan 20/20 Cup, Highfield won by 23 runs after scoring 120 runs in

there innings compared to Standish who were all out for 97. Our match pictures are by Marc Taylor.

embarking on their challenge, via ‘pit stops’ at Botany Bay, Cowling, Adlington and Red Rock and finally finishing once again at Sams Bar in Scholes. Organiser Malc Holland is hoping for another big turnout after the recent hugely successful Gerry Cooper Memorial ride for Christies. Our photograph shows Kieran, to the right, presenting the mammoth cheque to Malcolm and colleagues at the Vets regular Wednesday night ‘Tick and Argue’ sessions at Robin Park. Full details of the next ride are on the vets’ website www.wiganvets.com.

THERE IS MORE than a bit of doom and gloom among the fans on the Wigan terraces at present, and possibly I contributed to it with last month’s editorial concerning the ‘superstar’ status of Sam Tomkins and the apparent inability of Super League to provide an adequate stable for such talent.

Judging from some of the responses we’ve had since then, much discontent is still smouldering on – with or without my stoking the fire. If an outsider were simply to glance at some of the Wigan fans’ online message boards at present he might imagine the Warriors are in a kind of premature decline. It would be even easier for him to imagine that if he then looked at some of their recent results. Okay, Wigan’s team of walking-wounded went down gallantly by 22-12 in an epic encounter at Warrington on June 24, but the 4-18 battering they suffered at the hands of Castleford less than a week later – the first time Wigan have lost two matches on the trot since May 2009 – was less permissible. On paper at least, it looked bad. But then Wigan fans have always been very hard to please. And isn’t it the case that some of us – and again I include myself in this – need a reality check from time to time. The Wigan Warriors school of 2013 is, at the time of this writing, top of the Super League table and still in with a very good chance of making both major finals this season. They’ve played some scintillating rugby, racking up by far the most impressive points

difference in the competition, and have braved some ferocious assaults by their closer rivals. Not only that, they’ve achieved all this without the guile and experience of a number of regulars, who departed at the end of 2012. It’s a simple equation that you don’t lose the likes of George Carmont, Tommy Leuluai, Brett Finch, Stuart Fielden, Gareth Hock and Jeff Lima in one go without it having a notable impact on your ability to function, and yet Wigan Warriors have continued to function – impressively and at the highest level. That has got to be a huge thumbs-up for coach Shaun Wane, not to mention the youngsters with which he and chairman Ian Lenagan have now flooded the Wigan first team squad. At the same time, away from all the clamour surrounding the rumours about Sam Tomkins, and the frustration felt about Pat Richards, Lee Mossop and Chris Tuson who have also announced their departures at the end of this year, the club has been quietly rebuilding. Welsh giant Andy Powell may have been pitched more quickly into the fray than he expected last week against Castleford, but sometimes needs must. In any case, he was always going to have to play his first game at some point, and it was always going to be a baptism of fire, and even though Wigan lost, the sturdy Celt did nothing to disgrace himself. He’ll have learned more about professional Rugby League in that one twenty minutes or so than he would in half a dozen training sessions. And now there are two more new acquisitions to bulk up Wigan’s depleted pack for next season. Highly-rated Leigh youngster, Sam Hopkins,

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who can play prop or second row, will head to the DW at the end of this year, while West Tigers’ 25-year-old barnstormer, Eddy Pettybourne, has also signed for next season. Pettybourne may not be the most famous NRL recruit in the history of Wigan Warriors, but those in-the-know will be impressed. He is a Samoan international and was highly rated by Michael Maguire, who tried to sign him for Wigan two years ago. The club have been tracking his progress ever since and are now delighted to swoop. To those who are not blown away by the capture of players like Hopkins and Pettybourne – perhaps because they aren’t household names – I’d draw everyone’s attention to the good old days of the late 1980s and early 1990s, when some of Wigan’s best signings initially raised eyebrows all over the British game. Terry O’Connor, Billy McGinty and Neil Cowie all arrived at Central Park with a reputation for being, at best, unknown journeymen, and yet under Wigan’s tutelage all would go on to become firstchoice internationals and big names in the British game. Still not impressed? Well no-one had ever heard of the ‘Dangerous Brothers’ either – Tony and Kevin Iro – when they first signed for Wigan, and yet in a very short time both had established themselves

as world class players. Just because you haven’t heard of them before, that doesn’t mean they won’t go on to do a sterling job for you, and I for one am very excited about seeing Hopkins and Pettybourne in the Wigan colours next year. ON A SLIGHTLY sadder note, I was depressed this week to hear that Wigan prop Paul Prescott has been forced into early retirement. Paul – who by his own admission had been a Wigan fan since his was five years old, and fulfilled a lifetime’s dream in lifting the Challenge Cup for the Cherry and Whites in 2011 – has been struggling with a wellpublicised back problem for quite some time now. The ultimate and perhaps inevitable diagnosis was that Paul’s sports career must be brought to a close even though he’s only 27 years old. The good news is that Paul is a highly educated chap and will have many other opportunities ahead of him; on top of that, he can retire in the full knowledge that he’s given everything he was physically capable of for the club he’s been close to all his life. We’ll all miss you, Mr., Prescott, but you’re clearly making the correct decision. For regular Warriors gossip, look out for my column, TERRACE TOPICS, in the Wigan Warriors match-day programme.

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Castleford dampen Wigan hopes

A USEFUL debut by Andy Powell was the only highlight of a second successive defeat for the injury-hit Warriors at home to Castleford on a very damp Friday evening at the DW Stadium. Cas outscored Wigan three tries to two, with only the dependable Josh Charnley able to cross the whitewash on the night. The defeat came four days after Monday’s reverse at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

St Aidans retain their league title Picture special by Marc Taylor

WINSTANLEY St. Aidans retained the G a r s w o o d Trophies Premier Division finishing the season two points clear of 2nd p l a c e Bickerstaffe,. Our pictures here are from Winsyanley’s last home game of the season were they chalked up a 2-2 draw with Digmoor, which mean’t Winstanley had to wait a couple of days to pick up the title away at Newburgh with a convincing 3-0 victory.

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