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Welcome to the new Wigan Now magazine, jam-packed with information to help improve your wellbeing. Working as your lifestyle partner, WLCT offers a range of products and services to promote healthier, happier communities across the borough. Whether you’re ready to throw on a pair of trainers and get in shape at one of our leisure centres or want to learn new skills by signing up for a course at your local library, we’re here to give you the support you need. People in Wigan are getting healthier, with those taking part in sport and active recreation for 30 minutes, three times a week now above the Greater Manchester average at 26.7%. We’d like to see that figure continue to rise. There’s loads to get involved in this spring, including the Formula Fun Family Cycle Event at Three Sisters Race Circuit, Sport Relief at Robin Park Arena and Leigh Sports Village and the Bank Holiday Heritage Day at Trencherfield Mill.
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If you like what you read in Wigan Now today, visit our website at wigannow.org to find out how we can support your healthy, happy lifestyle.
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There are also plenty of regular exercise and activity sessions taking place in our leisure centres and outdoors, and I’ll certainly be joining in some of these as I get ready to take on the challenge of the Wigan 10k later this year. Whilst every care has been taken in compiling the information in Wigan Now, WLCT cannot guarantee its accuracy and will not be liable for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of using it. Links to other community groups are not in any way endorsed by WLCT, and WLCT will not be liable for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of using them. Got a question? Call 01942 828 508 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Saturday 1 March, 10am - 4pm Sunday 2 March, 10am - 4pm Craft Fair Leigh Indoor Sports Centre
50 stalls of card crafts. Browse and buy at your leisure. £3.50 entrance fee. For further information telephone 01942 487 800.
Monday 3 March, 2pm - 3pm Paleography Practice Museum of Wigan Life Medieval to modern handwriting for experts. Free informal drop-in sessions for those with a basic understanding of paleographic styles over the ages, transcribing original documents from the archives in a group. For further information telephone 01942 828 128.
Tuesday 4 March, 12pm - 1.15pm Growing Up Girls Our Grandmothers and Mothers in the Early 20th Century Museum of Wigan Life As part of Women’s History Month, join author and historian Elizabeth Roberts to talk about the expectations and experiences of girls growing up in Lancashire 100 years ago. How were they given the facts of life? What was their knowledge of sex and relationships? Find out more, based on original interviews. £2.50 including tea/coffee. Places are limited so please book on 01942 828 128.
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Tuesday 4 March, 6pm - 9pm Haigh’s Pancake Supper Haigh Hall An early evening event packed with family fun – children’s entertainment, games and delicious pancake themed supper. £11 adults, £6 children, £28 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). Booking essential, telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
Tuesday 4 March, 7pm start Dine and Demo Haigh Hall Part of the 2014 Wigan Food & Drink Festival. Haigh Hall's Chefs, Andrew Sturgess and Chris Lomas share their culinary skills with you and cook a three-course meal. £25 per person. For further information and to book tickets telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
Thursday 6 March, 11am - 12.30pm Georgian Food with TV Food Historian Dr. Annie Gray Museum of Wigan Life Part of the 2014 Wigan Food & Drink Festival, TV food historian Dr. Annie Gray will be giving a fascinating insight into Georgian food and recipes. Free, includes refreshments. Places are limited so please book on 01942 828 128.
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Thursday 6 March, 2pm - 3.30pm Georgian Food: A Talk and Tasters with Food Historian Dr Annie Gray Wigan Library Part of the 2014 Wigan Food & Drink Festival. Dr Annie Gray is a TV food historian, who has regularly appeared on popular cookery shows. She will also bring along food tasters, made to authentic Georgian recipes. Free but booking essential, telephone 01942 827 621.
Friday 7 March, 7pm - 12am World Wines Haigh Hall Part of the 2014 Wigan Food & Drink Festival. A floor of red and rosé and a floor of whites, champagne lounge and tasting room. Including Saddleworth Cheese tasting with Sean Wilson. £2 advance tickets or £2.50 on the door. For further information and to book tickets telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
Saturday 8 March, 2pm - 3.30pm Bread: The Story of Greggs: A Talk by Ian Gregg Wigan Library Part of the 2014 Wigan Food & Drink Festival. Join Ian Gregg as he talks about his entertaining memoir and how he transformed his humble family business into a hugely successful national brand with a multi-million pound turnover. Free but booking essential, telephone 01942 827 621.
Sunday 9 March, 1pm - 3pm Spring Baskets Haigh Country Park Come along and make a spring basket or hanging basket to brighten up that shady place in your garden. All materials provided. For children aged five years and over. Children must be accompanied. Cost £5. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
Saturday 8 March, 11am - 12pm Let Them Eat Cake! Wigan Library Part of the 2014 Wigan Food & Drink Festival. The Clandestine Cake Club invite you to taste their cakes, find out more about the club and get some hints and tips for creating your own mouth-watering creations. Free – just drop in on the day.
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by Carole Ogden Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things
by Guy Bass
Written in an engaging and poignant style, Wake tells the stories of three very different women in 1920, coping with the aftermath of WW1: a sixpence-atime ballroom dancer, a bereaved mother and a wealthy woman who lives to work. Their stories are cleverly intertwined with another about the return of the Unknown Soldier. An impressive debut novel that was February’s BBC Radio 2 Drivetime read.
This award-winning children’s book is full of disgusting, scary, gloopy things that children love! The story of Dinkin being afraid of just about everything is told in a funny way, with lots of rhymes. All Guy’s characters are great and his new book is The Legend of Frog. Age 6-11 and great for reluctant readers.
Joe Hunter books by Matt Hilton A series of books, they can be read as standalones, but there is a pleasure in getting to know the hero better with each book. Often compared to Lee Child, Matt’s ‘Joe Hunter’ series runs from Dead Men’s Dust to his latest, The Lawless Kind. Fast-paced, hard-hitting thrillers that will have you on the edge of your seat.
by Anna Hope
If you want to be the first to read new books and share your opinions, get involved with one of our reading groups. Ask your local library for details. If you like these books, come and hear the authors themselves at the Words Literature Festival which takes place 12-24 May. Check out the Words website closer to the time at wlct.org/words.
Catherine Hankin, 27, lives in Abram and works as a teaching assistant in a primary school.
My experience of Lose Weight Feel Great has been life changing. I have gone from being unhappy, having zero confidence in myself, doing no exercise and eating too many ready meals to being a much happier, healthier, fitter person. I have been on a massive journey and I love the new me! I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 16 and to say I was devastated is an understatement. I was put on steroids to ease the pain and that’s when the weight gain began. I would eat anything and everything, and my self confidence reached an all-time low. I even had to have one hip replaced just before my 21st birthday and my other hip when I was 24. I wasn’t happy with how I looked and in May 2013 I mentioned this to my rheumatologist, who suggested Lose Weight Feel Great (LWFG). I was unsure at first - the thought of doing the exercise gave me nightmares as I thought I would be in agony. However, I was so unhappy with myself I made the call. I went to my first LWFG class a week later and I really enjoyed it. I kept thinking that I was going to be in pain the day after. To my surprise, I wasn’t.The more I went, the more I enjoyed it. Week after week, I pushed myself that little bit further and my joints were doing great. After completing my 12-week programme I was really happy with my 14lb weight loss and had really surprised myself at how much exercise I could do. I was disappointed that my 12 weeks had ended, but Julie from WLCT said I could carry on taking part in the exercise if I wanted to so I was made up!
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A group of us from LWFG signed up for the Wigan 5km in September 2013, and I jogged a large part of a 5k in 37 minutes. Crossing the finishing line was a relief but also overwhelming and a massive sense of achievement! I now attend the Wednesday night jogging sessions at Aspull and really enjoy them. I am loving jogging so much that I am hoping to do a few Race for Life events in 2014 along with the Wigan 10k. Friends and family have given me nothing but compliments about how well I look and say that I beam when I talk about my new love for jogging.
My advice to anyone with arthritis looking at joining LWFG is give it a try. You never know what your body is capable of. I have never looked back and it’s all thanks to the lovely people involved in LWFG.
Catherine joined LWFG in May 2013. She still attends Slimming World and WLCT exercise sessions and is now at her target weight with a total loss of one stone 10.5 lbs. 6 wigannow.org
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I have gone from being unhappy, having zero confidence in myself, doing no exercise and eating too many ready meals to being a much happier, healthier, fitter person.
factfile • On behalf of Wigan Council, WLCT and Slimming World have helped more than 16,000 people lose a combined total of over 72,000kg since Lose Weight Feel Great launched in January 2009. • The programme offers 12 weeks of free Slimming World and WLCT physical activity sessions, with additional reducedcost exercise opportunities and motivational support for up to 12 months. • Sessions take place across Wigan borough in various venues such as community centres, church halls, schools and social clubs. There are 60 sessions per week to choose from, and 70% of these sessions are delivered during evenings and weekends. • In 2008, Wigan borough had the highest levels of obesity in the north west, with 28.5% of the adult population being much heavier than they should be. The latest figures show that this figure has dropped to 25.8%. • There are a number of different services available on Lose Weight Feel Great, to find out more or to book a place call 01942 496 496 or visit wlct.org/activeliving or lwfg.co.uk
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Thursday 13 March, 10.30am - 12pm Coffee Cake & Culture Her Majesty, God Bless Her Museum of Wigan Life
Sunday 23 March, 10am Sport Relief Robin Park Arena and Leigh Sports Village
As part of Manchester Histories Festival come reminisce, have a chat and enjoy a drink and piece of cake. Did you wave your flag when a member of the Royal Family visited the borough? Come and find out about the ancient and loyal town of Wigan and its very special visitors. £3 per person. Places are limited so please book on 01942 828 128.
There will be two Sport Relief miles taking place in Wigan borough - one in Wigan and one in Leigh. Participants can choose from one, three or six miles and raise money for Sport Relief. £6 adults, £3 children, £15 family. sportrelief.com or contact Emma Martin on 01942 488 481 for local information.
Sunday 16 March, 1pm - 3pm Tree Dressing… With A Difference Haigh Country Park
Sunday 23 March, 10am - 4pm Barry Stockton Toy Fair Leigh Indoor Sports Centre
Using natural materials we will be making decorations that will feed the birds, one for Haigh and one to take home. For children aged five years and over. Children must be accompanied. Cost £3. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
Wednesday 19 March, 10.30am start Haigh Hall History Tour Haigh Hall Enjoy a history tour plus a two-course lunch in historic Haigh Hall. Hear about the history of the Hall and its occupants from Medieval times to the last Lord Crawford, from Lady Mable of ‘Mabs Cross’ fame, to the ghosts, go up into the attics and see rooms not open to the general public. £13 per person. Discounted rates for parties of 10 or more. Booking essential, telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
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Model train & toy collector fair, stalls and exhibits with model railways, model cars, Meccano, toy soldiers etc. An entrance charge will apply. For further information telephone 01942 487 800.
Sunday 23 March, 1pm - 3pm Cycle Treasure Hunt Haigh Country Park Use your bike, the clues and a map to find the hidden treasure. Some off-road cycling is involved. Bring your own cycle and helmet. For children aged eight years and over. Children must be accompanied. Cost £3. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
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Wednesday 26 March, 10am - 3pm Carry On Cleaning @ Wigan Archives Leigh Town Hall If you’ve ever wondered how we preserve historic records, come along to Wigan Archives to join in with our ongoing project to clean and document the records of Wigan’s Victorian courts. Join our team of volunteers in revealing the stories of crime and punishment in Wigan, and learn how to help preserve the borough's history. Free. For further information telephone 01942 404 430.
Thursday 27 March, 6.30pm start Haigh Hall History Tour Haigh Hall
Sunday 30 March, 10am - 4pm Antiques Fair Leigh Indoor Sports Centre 100 stalls of antiques and collectables to browse and buy at your leisure. £3.50 entrance fee. For further information telephone 01942 487 800.
Sunday 30 March, 12pm - 4pm Mother’s Day Carvery Haigh Hall Four-course carvery menu and a gift for all mums. Accompanied by resident pianist. A Sunday to remember. £19.95 adults and £9.95 children. Booking essential, telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
Enjoy a history tour plus a two-course supper in historic Haigh Hall. Hear about the history of the Hall and its occupants from Medieval times to the last Lord Crawford, from Lady Mable of ‘Mabs Cross’ fame, to the ghosts, go up into the attics and see rooms not open to the general public. £13 per person. Discounted rates for parties of 10 or more. Booking essential, telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
Saturday 29 March, 10am - 2pm Borsdane And Back Haigh Country Park Take in the beautiful scenery with a guided walk starting at Haigh and onwards to Borsdane Woods and then back for afternoon tea. Approximately eight miles. Stout footwear and waterproofs required. For children aged eight years and over. Children must be accompanied. Cost £2.50. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
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Thursday 3 April, 1pm - 3pm Art Masterclass Museum of Wigan Life
Thursday 10 April, 1pm - 2.30pm Bunnies and Bonnets Museum of Wigan Life
A chance to meet the artist and guest curator behind our latest exhibition. Anna FC Smith will be leading a special workshop discussing her findings which have made this show, and demonstrating how she created her ink drawings on display. This is a hands on workshop so be prepared to get involved! To celebrate Purring – Sport of the People exhibition. £2.50 including tea/coffee. Places are limited so please book on 01942 828 128.
Come along for some egg-cellent Easter fun at the museum. Make a bonnet or bunny ears and create your own springtime masterpiece to take home. £2.50 per child. Places are limited so please book on 01942 828 128.
Monday 7 April, 2pm - 3pm Paleography Practice Museum of Wigan Life
Have you danced at the Empress Ballroom in Wigan or did you go to the Country Playhouse to catch a film? How did we entertain ourselves? £3 per person. Places are limited so please book on 01942 828 128.
Medieval to modern handwriting for experts. Free informal drop-in sessions for those with a basic understanding of paleographic styles over the ages, transcribing original documents from the archives in a group. For further information telephone 01942 828 128.
Tuesday 8 April, 1pm - 2.30pm Bunnies and Bonnets Museum of Wigan Life Come along for some egg-cellent Easter fun at the museum. Make a bonnet or bunny ears and create your own springtime masterpiece to take home. £2.50 per child. Places are limited so please book on 01942 828 128.
Wednesday 9 April, 1pm - 3pm Hunt The Dragon Three Sisters Recreation Area Jabberwock your way around Three Sisters and help St. George hunt the mighty Ashton Worm. Use the map and follow the clues to find the dragon’s treasure. Family friendly. Turn up any time between 1pm - 3pm. Cost £1.
Friday 11 April, 10.30am - 12pm Coffee Cake & Culture Going Out Museum of Wigan Life
Friday 11 April, 11am - 12.15pm and 1pm - 2.15pm Archery For Beginners Haigh Country Park Join us on a taster session of this popular medieval sport. All equipment and tuition provided. For children aged eight years and over. Cost £3. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
Sunday 13 April, 11am - 1pm Food For Free Pennington Flash Country Park Join us for a guided walk around Pennington Flash to find edible and useful plants. Then enjoy a light lunch cooked on an open fire using our ingredients. Stout footwear required. For children aged six years and over. Children must be accompanied. Cost £5. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
Tuesday 15 April, 1pm - 2.30pm Bunnies and Bonnets Museum of Wigan Life Come along for some egg-cellent Easter fun at the museum. Make a bonnet or bunny ears and create your own springtime masterpiece to take home. £2.50 per child. Places are limited so please book on 01942 828 128.
Wednesday 16 April, 1pm - 3pm Easter Crafts Mesnes Park Make your own Easter basket, decorate eggs and play Easter themed games in the park. For children aged five years and over. Children must be accompanied. Cost £3.50. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
Thursday 17 April, 1pm - 2.30pm Bunnies and Bonnets Museum of Wigan Life Come along for some egg-cellent Easter fun at the museum. Make a bonnet or bunny ears and create your own springtime masterpiece to take home. £2.50 per child. Places are limited so please book on 01942 828 128.
Friday 18 April, 10am - 3pm Get Active in the Forest Haigh Country Park Book your place on this exciting family day camp in the wonderful woods at Haigh. Learn bushcraft skills, use Kelly Kettles, try foraging and make a willow platter for your campfire lunch. Explore the ponds and forest looking for bugs and enjoy our stone animal orienteering course. Lunch provided. For children aged five years and over. Cost £10 per person. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
Sunday 20 April, 6am for stall holders, 7am - 1pm for buyers Car Boot Sale Leigh Indoor Sports Centre Indoor car boot sale. Browse and buy at your leisure or you can book a stall for yourself. Tables and chairs are provided. £12.00 per stall, pay on booking. £1.00 adults, OAPs and children are free. For further information telephone 01942 487 800.
Sunday 20 April, between 12pm - 3pm Easter Egg Trail Haigh Country Park Search for hidden eggs on the woodland trail, discover the jumbled word and claim your chocolate treat. Turn up any time between 12pm - 3pm. Family friendly. Cost £1.
Monday 21 April, 12pm - 3pm Hunt The Bunny Pennington Flash Country Park Bring your family and hunt for the hidden bunny rabbits, solve the puzzle and claim your chocolate treat. Turn up any time between 12pm and 3pm. Family friendly. Cost £1.
Monday 21 April, 12pm - 4pm Easter Monday Carvery, with Walkden & Farnworth Brass Band Haigh Hall Four-course carvery. £19.95 adults and £9.95 children. Booking essential, telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
with Graham Workman Wigan’s countryside really comes alive in early spring with woodlands full of wildflowers and birdsong. Wetlands buzzing with life, dragonflies and damselflies hunting over the water, and the rare and secretive water vole and thousands of birds visiting the areas for feeding and nesting. One of my favourite birds that becomes very obvious in spring is also one of our most colourful and exotic looking birds, and can be found in our woodlands and wetlands. It also has a fascinating history as a visitor that stayed here! Just when pheasants did arrive in Britain has been debated for many years, but the most plausible theory is that pheasants were imported to these shores by Roman officers who bred them for the table (the bird having been brought to southern Europe from Asia). The call of the male pheasant is a very loud, double-noted crowing sound which is easily recognised. Some WLCT sites where you may encounter or hear pheasant are – Haigh Country Park, Borsdane Wood Local Nature Reserve, Low Hall Local Nature Reserve to name just a few.
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• In March, April and May frogs, toads and newts will be breeding in lots of our ponds. • Spring is especially good for woodland wildflowers and as well as the expected bluebells there are dozens of others plants that are well worth discovering! • Early spring means some of our butterflies are out and about – look out for Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone. • May is the time when the dawn chorus reaches its crescendo with dozens of species adding to the early morning choir practice. • Late spring is great for bats. Wigan has quite a few species and watching them can be fascinating. Why not join us for one of our bat night expeditions.
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WLCT offers many wildlife experiences where you can get close to nature. For more details visit wlct.org/wigan.
Tuesday 22 April, 12pm - 3pm Family Orienteering Trail Pennington Flash Country Park Enjoy a trek around the Flash whilst improving your navigation skills. All tuition and maps are provided by Activity Leaders. Turn up any time between 12pm and 3pm. Family friendly. Cost £1.
Saturday 26 April, 10am - 4pm North West O Gauge Modellers Leigh Indoor Sports Centre North West model railway trade show. An entrance charge will apply. For further information telephone 01942 487 800.
Sunday 27 April, 10am - 4pm Antiques Fair Leigh Indoor Sports Centre 100 stalls of antiques and collectables. Browse and buy at your leisure. £3.50 entrance fee. For further information telephone 01942 487 800.
Wednesday 30 April, 10am - 3pm Carry On Cleaning @ Wigan Archives Leigh Town Hall If you’ve ever wondered how we preserve historical records, come along to Wigan Archives to join in with our ongoing project to clean and document the records of Wigan’s Victorian courts. Join our team of volunteers in revealing the stories of crime and punishment in Wigan and learn how to help preserve the borough’s history. Free. For further information telephone 01942 404 430.
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Mother and Tots Group allsaintschurch.co.uk
Tuesday 29 April, 10am - 2pm Just Join In Inclusive Festival Leigh Harriers Athletics Track Wigan Schools event for young people with a disability in KS2-KS5, participants will take part in skills sessions and fun competitions based around athletics and tri-golf. Free. For further information contact Rachael Dashouri-Darling 01942 404 997 or email email@example.com
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Sunday 4 May, 6am for stall holders, 7am - 1pm for public Car Boot Sale Leigh Indoor Sports Centre
Indoor car boot sale. Browse and buy at your leisure or you can book a stall for yourself. Tables and chairs are provided. £12.00 per stall, pay on booking. £1.00 adults, OAPs and children are free. For further information telephone 01942 487 800.
Sunday 4 May, 12pm - 4pm Afternoon Tea Haigh Hall A selection of delicious sandwiches and cakes served in the splendour of Haigh Hall. Adults £11.95, children £5.95. For further information and to book telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
Monday 5 May, 11am - 5pm Bank Holiday Heritage Day Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine, Wigan Pier Quarter Wigan’s Trencherfield Mill will host a bumper Bank Holiday Heritage Day. Classic cars, traction engines, funfair rides, canal trips, vintage attractions, crafts, activities and street theatre provided by the award winning drama school ALRA. Refreshments available at the Red Pepper Café in the Wigan Investment Centre. Free parking available at Wigan Investment Centre WN3 5BA. Some activities will incur a small charge. For further information telephone 01942 828 128.
Sunday 11 May, 1pm - 3pm History of Haigh Grounds by Bike Haigh Country Park
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A ride exploring Haigh Hall and Country Park through the grounds and the more obscure constructions. Bring your own cycle and helmet. For children aged eight years and over. Children must be accompanied. Cost £3. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
Monday 12 May to Saturday 24 May inclusive The Words Literary Festival Workshops, readings, and themed events for all ages in venues across the borough. See wlct.org/words for more details.
Friday 16 May, 6pm - 8.30pm Museums at Night Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine, Wigan Pier Quarter
Join us for a truly monstrous Museums at Night experience! We will start with an out-of-hours tour of the mill, to see the giant Trencherfield steam engine, followed by some rank rhymes and terrifying tales (well, not too terrifying!) If you are still not ready to run, we will then share what makes us shiver, and create our very own mutant mill monster out of whatever we can find. We are all working together on this (including the adults!), and by the time our fearsome friend is finished, we will have written a poem about him too. Then, when we all think it couldn’t get more grisly, we will sit down and listen to award winning children’s author Guy Bass, who will tell us all about his marvelous monster masterpieces and his brand new book, The Legend of Frog. All this and you can still be safe in bed by 9.00pm, as long as there isn’t a monster hiding under it… Tickets £2 per child. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 128. wigannow.org 15
Saturday 17 May, 10am - 3.30pm Lady Mabel Walk Haigh Country Park Join us as we follow in the footsteps of old Mab, tracing out her 14th century journey of penitence from Haigh Hall to Mabs Cross, then on to Wigan Parish Church to see the effigies of Lady Mabel and Sir William Bradshaigh, returning via the River Douglas and Haigh Estate. The walk covers a distance of approximately seven miles (11km). Please arrive suitably dressed for the weather and with suitable footwear. Bring a packed lunch. Meeting in the Stables Courtyard at 10am. Suitable for adults and children over eight years of age. £5 per person. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
Saturday 17 May, 7pm - 9pm Dance Fusion Lowton Rose Centre Borough wide dance festival. £3 per ticket For further information contact Vicky Fletcher, Community Wellbeing Arts Officer. Telephone 01942 827 404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday 18 May, 1pm - 3pm Family Navigation Pennington Flash Country Park Enjoy a day out at your local park and learn how to navigate the course and locate the markers with tuition and map provided. Good family fun. Stout footwear required. Turn up between 1pm - 3pm to take part. Cost £1.
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n Famil y Navigat io Tuesday 20 May, 10.30am - 12pm Coffee, Cake & Culture Spare the Rod Experience Museum of Wigan Life Love it or hate it, we all went to school. Did you enjoy your school days and is it true children were seen and not heard? An interactive workshop not for the faint hearted! £3 per person. Places are limited so please book on 01942 828 128.
Sunday 25 May, 6am for stall holders, 7am - 1pm for public Car Boot Sale Leigh Indoor Sports Centre Indoor car boot sale. Browse and buy at your leisure or you can book a stall for yourself. Tables and chairs are provided. £12.00 per stall, pay on booking. £1.00 adults, OAPs and children are free. For further information telephone 01942 487 800.
is running at libraries across Wigan and Leigh to support people in securing their dream job. From writing a CV to boosting interview skills, the sessions offer a raft of help to job hunters like Julie Bradshaw. Julie, aged 41, visited the WorkClub at Hindley Library for five weeks before being offered a new job at Greenhalgh's bakery. She said: “I did already have a job and thought there may be some stigma because I wasn't out of work but it wasn't like that at all. We were all people in the same situation - for one reason or another we were looking for work - and everyone was so supportive of each other. “Before I went to WorkClub, I only had a hard copy of my CV and applying for jobs online was a real barrier for me. WorkClub taught me how to put my CV onto a memory stick which made things so much easier, and I also learned some valuable computer skills and tips for searching for jobs online.
WorkClub takes place at …. Leigh Library, Mondays, 10am-12 noon; Tuesdays, 2pm-3.30pm for people aged 18-24 (01942 404 404) Wigan Library, Mondays, 2pm to 4pm (01942 827 619) Standish Library, Mondays, 2.30pm - 4.30pm (01257 400 496) Golborne Library, Thursdays, 10.30am - 11.30am (01942 777 800) Ashton Library, Thursdays, 2pm to 4pm (01942 727 119) Hindley Library, Thursdays, 2pm to 4pm (01942 255 287) Marsh Green Library, Fridays, 1pm - 3pm (01942 760 041)
“Before I knew it, I had been invited for two different job interviews and ended up being offered the job at Greenhalgh's where I'm now working as a sales assistant and have just passed my baking assessment. It was an amazing feeling when I got the job and I'm so much happier now. “I'd encourage anyone who feels WorkClub could help them to go along. It's helpful, the people are friendly, and it can really make a difference.” If you’d like to find out more about WorkClub in Wigan and Leigh, visit wlct.org/workclub
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Sunday 25 May, 1pm - 3pm What Lies Beneath Three Sisters Recreation Area Discover what creatures lurk beneath the surface on this popular pond dip. Then make your own pond creature to take home. For children aged five years and over. Children must be accompanied. Cost £3.50. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
Thursday 29 May, 1pm - 2.30pm Making a Racket! Museum of Wigan Life Come down and make some noise with our half term activities inspired by George Formby. Music and craft for children of all ages. £2.50 per child. Places are limited so please book on 01942 828 128.
Tuesday 27 May, 1pm - 2.30pm Making a Racket! Museum of Wigan Life Come down and make some noise with our half term activities inspired by George Formby. Music and craft for children of all ages. £2.50 per child. Places are limited so please book on 01942 828 128.
Wednesday 28 May, 10am - 3pm Carry On Cleaning @ Wigan Archives Leigh Town Hall If you've ever wondered how we preserve historic records, come along to Wigan Archives to join in with our ongoing project to clean and document the records of Wigan's Victorian courts. Join our team of volunteers in revealing the stories of crime and punishment in Wigan and learn how to help preserve the borough's history. Free. For further information telephone 01942 404 430.
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Sunday 1 June, 1pm - 3pm Wildf lower Walk Pennington Flash Country Park
Enjoy a guided tour of the Country Park and discover wildflowers of the wayside. Stout footwear required. For children aged 8 years and over. Children must be accompanied. Cost £2.50. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
Monday 2 June, 2pm - 3.30pm Paleography Practice Museum of Wigan Life Medieval to modern handwriting for experts. Free informal drop-in sessions for those with a basic understanding of paleographic styles over the ages, transcribing original documents from the archives in a group. For further information telephone 01942 828 128.
Saturday 7 June, 1pm - 3pm Nature Walk and Recycled Bugs Three Sisters Recreation Area Hunt for creepy crawlies in the woods and then create your very own bug to take home using recycled materials. For children aged five years and over. Children must be accompanied. Cost £3.50. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
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Sunday 8 June, 6am for stall holders, 7am - 1pm for public Car Boot Sale Leigh Indoor Sports Centre Indoor car boot sale. Browse and buy at your leisure or you can book a stall for yourself. Tables and chairs are provided. £12.00 per stall, pay on booking. £1.00 adults, OAPs and children are free. For further information telephone 01942 487 800.
Sunday 8 June, 12pm - 4pm Afternoon Tea Haigh Hall Treat yourself to a memorable afternoon in Wigan’s Georgian Hall. Adults £11.95, children £5.95. Booking essential, telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
Sunday 15 June, 11am - 1pm Dad’s Day Out Haigh Country Park Join us for a Father’s Day with a difference. Take part in an archery session with that special someone, then have lunch cooked on an open fire. For children aged eight years and over. Cost £5. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
Sunday 15 June, 12pm - 4pm Father’s Day Carvery Haigh Hall Four-course carvery. £13.95 adults and £6.95. Booking essential, telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
with Claire Thomas Tea loaf is a good cake for beginner bakers very little effort and maximum return on taste. There’s no butter, and far less sugar than a chocolate cake so a small slice makes a lovely weekend treat. Once you have the hang of the basic tea loaf you can experiment with the flavour. Try using different flavour tea bags – chai will give it a warm and spicy hint, while Earl Grey has a floral note. Look for different bags of mixed fruit; maybe trying an exotic mix or simply mix up your own favourites.
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Method • Make a pot of tea and allow it to cool. When cool, pour over the fruit in a bowl so it just covers it. Allow to steep for a couple of hours, or even overnight. Drain off any remaining tea but keep it to one side • Pre heat oven to 175ºc/350ºf/gas mark 4 • Line a 2lb loaf tin • Mix the nuts, sugar, flour and egg into the fruit. If it is a bit dry and not coming together, add a bit of the tea you put aside earlier. Don’t pour all of the tea in at once- just add a little until the mix comes together • Pour the mixture into your loaf tin and smooth off the top • Cook for 70-90 minutes - it is cooked when a skewer inserted comes out clean. Keep an eye on it after an hour to make sure the top doesn’t catch – you may want to turn it down a touch or put a piece of foil loosely over the top • Turn out onto a rack and allow to cool Enjoy plain, or spread with jam. A cup of tea on the side is a must!
Monday 16 June, 3pm - 8pm Formula Fun Family Cycle Event Three Sisters Race Circuit Dig your bike out of the shed and join us for a family cycling event to celebrate the start of National Cycling Week - timed laps on the race track, visit our Bike Doctor, climbing wall, kiddies bike agility course, adapted cycles, archery and much more! Free. Contact Active Living on 01942 488 481 for more information.
Sunday 22 June, 1pm - 3pm Bushcraft Experience Haigh Country Park Learn how to build shelters, cook on a campfire, use Kelly Kettles and forage for food on this exciting event. Stout footwear required. For children aged eight years and over. Children must be accompanied. Cost ÂŁ5. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
Wednesday 25 June, 10am - 3pm Carry On Cleaning @ Wigan Archives Leigh Town Hall
Friday 27 June, 10am - 2pm Greater Manchester Disability Games Leigh Sports Village
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Participation based secondary schools event for young people with a disability. Participants will compete in one of seven sports against teams from boroughs across Greater Manchester. Free (school entries only) For further information contact Rachael Dashouri-Darling 01942 404 997 or email email@example.com
Saturday 28 June, 1pm - 3pm Parachuting Picnic Teddies Haigh Country Park Bring along your favourite teddy to prove how courageous he or she is. All equipment is provided and a certificate is awarded to all those who make a successful jump. Max teddy weight 3lbs (1.3kg). Then enjoy a teddy trail and party games. Bring a picnic and a blanket. For children aged one year and over. Children must be accompanied. Cost ÂŁ2.50 per child. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
If you've ever wondered how we preserve historic records, come along to Wigan Archives to join in with our ongoing project to clean and document the records of Wigan's Victorian courts. Join our team of volunteers in revealing the stories of crime and punishment in Wigan and learn how to help preserve the borough's history. Free. For further information telephone 01942 404 430.
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Back to Sport Leisure Centres programme Robin Park Indoor Sports Centre Time
Pay & Play
5:30pm - 7:00pm 8:10pm - 9:00pm
Back to Badminton
2:00pm - 4:00pm 6:30pm - 7:30pm 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Over 50’s Badminton Walking Football Back to Netball
Sports Hall Powerade Hall Powerade Hall
£3.00 £3.00 £3.00
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ball Again Basketball
12:15pm - 1:00pm
Pay & Play
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Over 50’s Racket Sports
Women’s Only Badminton
Pay & Play
Badminton for All
Leigh Indoor Sports Centre
(Badminton, Table Tennis, Short Tennis)
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Ashton Leisure Centre Time Friday
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Howe Bridge Sports Centre Time
Pay & Play
6:30pm - 7:30pm
10:00am - 12:00pm
Back to Badminton
Pay & Play
10:30am - 12:00pm
Squash and Table Tennis
Hindley Leisure Centre
Contact Richard Smith on 01942 488480 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Dementia Workshops
WLCT Leisure Centres
Dementia support in Scholes is available. Pre-book one of our contented dementia workshops. Pre-book one of our workshops on 01942 828 128.
WLCT works with local authorities to provide you with incredible leisure centres.
Dates for People with Dementia People with dementia can enjoy an hour long reminiscence workshop and meet other people for a trip down ‘memory lane’. All workshops take place at Central Day Centre at 1:30pm and are free but pre-booking is essential on the Museum of Wigan Life booking line 01942 828 128. The following workshops are available: 5 March - Lotions Potions & the Poultice how we kept healthy before the NHS. 3 April - Schooldays - our memories of school. 7 May - Highdays & Holidays – happy days. 28 May - Make Do, Milk Bars & Mini Skirts 1940s 1950s and 1960s.
Date for Dementia Carers Come and have a break and join in a Washdays Reminiscence Workshop, 8 May at the Museum of Wigan Life at 1.30pm. Places are limited so to pre-book your place. Telephone 01942 828 128.
There are six gyms and four pools across the borough, all with great facilities, friendly staff and exercise classes for everyone. We have great value for money membership packages tailored specifically for you and your lifestyle, or you can use facilities on a pay as you go basis – there really is something for everyone! With excellent facilities and numerous classes for all ages and abilities, both in and out of the pools, your local WLCT leisure centre is the place to be. As our lives get busier, it's essential to spend more time recharging our batteries and our leisure centres are perfect places to do that. Come along, exercise and unwind - we look forward to seeing you!
Choose your local leisure centre Come and visit us or call us and find out what we can do for you.
Ashton Leisure Centre 01942 720 826
Hindley Leisure Centre 01942 253 142
Howe Bridge Sports Centre 01942 870 403
Leigh Indoor Sports Centre 01942 487 800
Robin Park Arena & Sports Centre 01942 828 550 (Centre) 01942 404 950 (Arena)
The Healthy Living Zone – Wigan Life Centre 01942 489 611 Visit wlct.org/wigan/leisure-centres for more information.
with WLCT’s golfing guru lan Lee No other fundamental has a greater influence on your golf swing than your set up.
In a round of golf we aim at a different target all the time, so next time you are at the range or on the course check where you are aiming.
Yet few people outside the PGA Tour practice this!
From my experience 90% of amateurs set up incorrectly. And yet it’s so easy to improve your game by following a few simple rules. One key area in your set up is how you aim your body at address.
Did you know that a round of 18 holes of golf burns 2,000 calories? That is similar to jogging on a treadmill for 3 hours.
Picture a line from the ball to the target. Then picture a line through your body - feet, knees, hips, forearms and shoulders which should be parallel to where your ball is aiming. If done properly your body should be aiming well left of the target.
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To book a round call Haigh Golf Complex, Wigan on 01942 828 280 or Pennington Golf Course, Leigh on 01942 682 852.
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Strength training for women with Emma MacSymons Most women are not content with their bodies. We’re all bombarded daily with different ways to achieve the look we all desire. Celebrities claiming that lifting light weights is how they stay thin, advertisements showing thin yogis saying that Pilates and yoga will give them the “long” and “lean” muscles that are so desirable, magazines stating that cardio is the only way to burn those extra pounds hanging around the mid-section. So what’s the solution? Well, it goes by many names: resistance training, lifting weights, strength training. Whatever you choose to call it, one thing is for sure, it works! Here are the top five most common strength training questions asked by female participants: 1) How much weight should I use? Some celebrity trainers swear by using only very light weights for a ridiculous number of repetitions. There are hundreds of studies showing greater strength improvements in men when using heavier loads, but the literature for females is scarce. However, there are several studies examining the difference between using light and heavy weights with women. The results are clear: heavier weights increase muscular strength and decrease body fat more than light weights, even in women. In simple terms the more work a female does, the more calories she will burn. 2) Won’t I get bulky? Absolutely not, unless you train specifically for that. An increase in muscle size will occur after 6-8 weeks of resistance training, but this will not lead to bulkiness.
3) Should I include yoga and Pilates in my training? Both are great forms of exercise and I would say yoga and Pilates are a great addition to strength training, but not a replacement. Any type of exercise where you spend more time lying down than standing is not going to cause major weight loss. As women age, osteoporosis and decreased bone mineral density (BMD) is inevitable, so women must work hard to maintain their BMD. The only way to do so is to perform weight-bearing activities. Walking and jogging are considered weight-bearing activities, but they only increase BMD in certain areas. In order to substantially increase BMD, women must perform things like squatting, lunging and dead lifting with a significant amount of weight. 4) Won’t I get tight and inflexible if I lift? No, training with a full range of motion during your lifts will actually increase flexibility. Many athletes used to stay away from lifting because of the belief that their performance would be hindered from being muscle bound. That belief is long gone and has been disproved by research. 5) How hard do I have to work? Research has shown that intensity is likely the most important factor to stimulate muscle growth. A repetition range of 1-12 reps has elicited greater muscle hypertrophy than a high repetition range. Want to know more about strength training and how it can help with weight loss and body shape? Contact one of WLCT Leisure Centres today and book in for a consultation and programme.
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street dancer? Young people looking for a new activity to try are being encouraged to take part in sessions run by WLCT, in partnership with Wigan and Leigh Housing and Wigan Athletic Community Trust. Katie Shone, of WLCT's Sports Development team, said: “These free sessions provide the chance for young people to get active in their community. It's a chance to make new friends and learn new skills - and have lots of fun in the process. “The sessions can offer up real opportunities as well. Last year we were invited to perform at Rugby League World Cup 2013 matches, so who knows what stage you could find yourself on if you get involved!”
Anyone aged eight or over who is interested in taking part should contact Katie Shone, 01942 404 982, email email@example.com or visit wlct.org/sdu/
SHOWCASE EVENT Young people who take part in street dance sessions run by WLCT, in partnership with Wigan and Leigh Housing, will be showcasing their work at the Rose Club (Monaco Ballroom), Hindley, on Thursday 27 March from 7pm-10pm. To book tickets and check availability please contact Katie Shone on 01942 404 982.
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SOME of the biggest names in the music business are taking to the stage in July at this year’s Wigan International Jazz Festival, sponsored by Manchester Airport. Popular composer, pianist, bandleader and broadcaster Jools Holland will be opening the festival on Thursday 10 July. He’ll perform with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, featuring original Squeeze band member and drummer Gilson Lavis, special guest stars Mel C and Marc Almond, and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall. Other highlights over the following three days include British jazz sensation Clare Teal singing with a 16 piece Hollywood Orchestra to celebrate Doris Day’s 90th birthday; Wigan Jazz Club’s Reunion Dream Big Band, with special guest American trumpeter Jon Faddis; and the SK2 Big Band paying tribute to the music of Stan Kenton. Ian Darrington, Festival Director, said: “This is going to be one of the biggest years so far for Wigan International Jazz Festival and we’re looking forward to welcoming all the acts and putting on a truly amazing show for lovers of jazz and all kinds of music.” This year’s festival is also set to include spectacular performances from talented singer AJ Brown; the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra; a Merseyside Jazz Showcase featuring The Weave; Mike Smith Quartet; the Jazzuits; Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, with guest soloists Andy Greenwood and Dean Masser and the Greater Manchester Music Hub Schools Jazz Showcase. For full details of the gigs and to find out about ticket availability and booking, please visit wlct.org/jazz The Jools Holland Concert is in association with Bradshaw, Gass and Hope.
Your Museum and Archives
Want You! What’s the first thing you think of when someone says, ‘archives’ or ‘museums’? Dusty, dirty documents and old stuff no one wants? We’d certainly hope not – the reality couldn’t be more different. We’d like to think our museum and archives are exciting, intriguing and informative places to visit, somewhere you can get a taste of Victorian clog fighting, trace a lost ancestor or relax in the company of an eighteenth century Wiganer – or their diary! How do we make it all possible? An awful lot of effort from our dedicated staff helps, but the icing on the cake is the hard work of our team of 60 volunteers.
The stories our volunteers uncover are always interesting and often bizarre. Recently we’ve collected a few together. Did you know… • that in the 1870s a man from Wigan was prosecuted for stealing nightsoil – another for stealing ducks from the canal at Appley Bridge; • Westleigh Colliery owner, James Diggle, sent a herd of cows down one of his mines to protect them from an outbreak of foot and mouth in 1866; • that a Wigan solidier, John Gleaves, was recommended for a Victoria Cross in the First World War but it was never awarded; • in the 1840s, the combative Vicar of Leigh, James Irvine, refused to bury irregular churchgoers or baptise any child whose parents could not provide satisfactory sponsors; • and in the 1820s, every two months Leigh Workhouse ordered over a gallon of “medicinal gin”. We can but wonder what use that was put to? We’re now working on a new exhibition on local music, from eighteenth century glee clubs to Northern Soul. If you’re curious to join our volunteers to find out more, fancy getting behind the scenes at the Museum and Archives or can think of nothing better than spending an afternoon helping us reveal the hidden histories of Wigan borough, we’d be delighted to hear from you!
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Letâ€™s Get Digital with Dave Thackeray I went out for a byte to eat the other day. I came back with a bag full of microchips. Technology isn't slowing down any day soon. Take it from me, as WLCT's web and social media officer supposedly in tune with how everything works these days. Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, there's a very good chance computers have changed the way you live. There is definitely a digital divide. And that gulf, between those who work with websites and apps on a daily basis - forever prodding their tablets and smartphones - and those who try and live more traditional lifestyles, is only getting wider. But we're all humans (reading robots haven't arrived, yet) which means there's always someone there to help. People like WLCT's Get Online Champions, at Wigan's libraries, who are ready to give you a hitch-up when it comes to matters online.
Hel p to demystify digital There are many organisations helping demystify digital among those new to computers. The BBC was one of the first to recognise how the world was changing through technology, and now offers a great website explaining everything in great and easy-to-understand detail (bbc.co.uk/webwise/0/). Our Get Online Champions are people who have experience working with modern technology and love to share that experience. It's a voluntary role and one that brings with it enormous satisfaction in helping those new to the internet to get along with all those WWWs. If you're into the internet and have a few hours weekly or monthly to spare for showing others the basics of getting online and what to do when you get there, find out more information about Get Online Champions and apply to become one at http://wlct.org/get-online/. Alternatively, call in at your local library to find out how you can spend an hour with a Get Online Champion and get to grips with this digital world.
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walks Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. Spring is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the local green spaces – whether you are on your own, or with company. WLCT Active Living deliver over 60 walks per week, thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers. Just remember to wear sturdy footwear and bring a drink with you. All walks can be found at wlct.org/activeliving or call the team on 01942 488 481 to request a brochure.
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factfile Did you know walking can: - Make you feel good - Keep your heart strong - Give you more energy - Reduce high blood pressure - Help to manage your weight - Help to reduce stress, anxiety and depression - Help you sleep better Why walk? - It’s a chance to meet people and make new friends - Almost anyone can do it - You can do it anywhere, anytime - You don’t need any equipment - just comfortable walking shoes - There’s very little risk of injury and it doesn’t hurt! - You can start slowly and build up gradually - It's FREE!
WORKCLUB Looking for a job and not sure where to start? Why not join a WorkClub at your library?
WorkClub offers: — Free access to computers and internet — Signposting to jobs and training
support for job seekers
— Support and guidance when you need it from friendly, trained staff — The chance to work with others, to share ideas and skills
WorkClubs are FREE and take place in libraries across the borough. To book, or for more information, call into your local library or go online.
Welcome to the first issue of the lifestyle magazine packed with events and experiences for the people of Wigan and Leigh.