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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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THE Standish Community Centre, in Moody Street, Standish is open daily from 9.30 a.m. till 12.30 p.m. for drinks and light refreshments.

It is also available for room hire, for one of bookings or repeat bookings 7 days a week. This includes parties, functions, meetings, events and classes etc. The main room has an overhead projector with sound system and a full working kitchen. Call Alison on 01257 421048 for any bookings and more details. We offer very competitive rates!!

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