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Welcome to the Wigan Now magazine, jam-packed with information to help improve your wellbeing. It's only a couple of months until I join the thousands of people taking part in the second Wigan 10k. Signing up for a challenge like this involves a lot of hard work even before you get to the start line, and I've been running 10k at weekends plus taking part in shorter sessions once or twice a week to prepare. Back in March I completed a 10k in 69 minutes, but seeing as my time for last year's Wigan event was 64 minutes it was clear there was room for improvement! Let's hope all the training pays off and I can smash my personal best on 7 September. In addition to the running, the imminent arrival in England of The Tour de France has inspired me to rescue my bike from the back of the garage. After putting on a fresh pair of tyres, it was good to go, though I needed a bit of practice! Luckily there's plenty going on in Wigan Borough to encourage cycling, including regular group rides and events like the Family Formula Fun Day which took place in June, so I've been able to regain my confidence on two wheels - so much so that I'm getting ready to take on The Christie's Manchester Blackpool bike ride on Sunday 13 July.
I'm also looking forward to enjoying more creative pursuits this summer, and on Thursday 10 July Iâ€™ll be in the audience at the Jools Holland concert that heralds the start of this year's Wigan International Jazz Festival. It looks set to be another exciting year for the festival, with big names including Marc Almond, Melanie C and Jon Faddis on their way to perform. Visit www.wlct.org/jazz if you want to make any last minute bookings. Enjoy your summer and stay active!
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Until 30 August Coal, Soul and Rock & Roll Exhibition Museum of Wigan Life
View our new family friendly exhibition exploring the rich sounds of Wigan borough. Northern Soul, brass bands, jazz, Bickershaw Festival, choirs and pop – our borough has it all! Do you remember Wigan Casino? Did you know that The Beatles played in Leigh? Find out more about local talents like George Formby, The Beat Boys, Georgie Fame and the Verve. There's something for the whole family from original memorabilia to dressing up and singing on stage! Look out for our special events to accompany this exhibition. Free. For further information telephone 01942 828 128. Opening times for Museum of Wigan Life: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am 5pm, Saturday 11am – 3pm, Wednesday and Sunday closed.
Tuesday 1 July – Saturday 13 September Summer Reading Challenge WLCT Libraries You’ll be amazed at what’s going down at your local library this summer. The 2014 summer reading challenge is bigger and better than ever! Collect your posters and stickers as you read your way through the holidays and there are lots of mythical events as well. Free. For further information visit your local library or www.mythical-maze.org.uk.
Sunday 6 July, 12pm – 4pm Community Fun Day Jubilee Park Delivered by the Friends Group of Jubilee Park. The Fun Day caters for young people aged 8 - 14 and families in the local community. A garden party consisting of sport activities including football, tennis, volleyball, rounders, cricket and more. Free event.
Thursday 10 July, 12pm – 1.15pm From Lytham St Annes to Sao Paulo Brazil: How Football Became the World Game by Tony Collins Museum of Wigan Life World Cup fever has arrived so join in the celebrations and find out more about the history of the FIFA World Cup. How has the football World Cup competition grown from 13 countries in 1930 to nearly 200 teams today? Why was England so late to join the party? Find out the real story behind the drama in this fascinating talk. £2.50 including tea/coffee. Places are limited. To book please telephone 01942 828 128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Friday 11 July, 12.30pm AJ Brown & His Band Robin Park Sports Centre AJ’s repertoire includes music from Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Matt Monro. His own popular compositions are always included as part of his performances. Part of Wigan International Jazz Festival 2014. £12 per ticket. For further information or to book telephone 01942 828 271. Or visit boxoffice.wlct.org to book online.
Friday 11 July, 2.45pm Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra Robin Park Sports Centre The band is joined by leading UK jazz artists and WYJO alumni Andy Greenwood and Dean Masser for a thrilling programme including the music of Bobby Shew and Maynard Ferguson, as well as the premier of an exciting new composition. The band will perform its last gig in the UK at the Wigan International Jazz Festival before preparing for it’s forthcoming concert tour to Czech Republic. Part of Wigan International Jazz Festival 2014. £12 per ticket. For further information or to book telephone 01942 828 271. Or visit boxoffice.wlct.org to book online.
Saturday 12 July, 9.15am Greater Manchester Schools Jazz Showcase Robin Park Sports Centre Featuring The Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra, directed by Richard Iles: Trafford Jazz Collective, directed by Hywel Lewis: Bury Youth Big Band, directed by Ruth Evans and Wigan Youth Big Band, directed by Andy Morel. Part of Wigan International Jazz Festival 2014. £6 per ticket. For further information or to book telephone 01942 828 271. Or visit boxoffice.wlct.org to book online.
Saturday 12 July, 9.30am – 3pm Wigan Rounders Tournament Wigan Rugby Football Union Club, Douglas Valley, Leyland Mill Lane The Wigan Rounders Tournament is perfect for both male and female players looking to play rounders, meet new people and have fun! New and existing rounders players are welcome to enter. £20 per team. For further information telephone Richard Smith on 01942 488 480 or email email@example.com
Friday 11 July, 8pm Clare Teal & Her Hollywood Orchestra Robin Park Sports Centre A celebration to mark Doris Day’s 90th birthday. The programme includes many of the songs that made Doris Day famous including: Secret Love, Move Over Darling, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, Deadwood Stage, It's Magic, and many more. Part of Wigan International Jazz Festival 2014. £23 per ticket. For further information or to book telephone 01942 828 271. Or visit boxoffice.wlct.org to book online. 4 wigannow.org
Saturday 12 July, 11am Free Wigan Town Centre Concerts
Saturday 12 July, 9am – 5pm Dickinson’s Real Deal Leigh Indoor Sports Centre
Directed by Andy Morel. This concert is sponsored by Wigan Rotary Club 11am – Wigan Schools Swing Band. 12pm - Wigan Youth Big Band. Part of Wigan International Jazz Festival 2014. For further information telephone 01942 828 271.
Dickinson’s Real Deal is currently one of the most popular daytime shows on ITV and is regularly watched by over a million people. Back for an 11th series, David Dickinson and the dealers are travelling around the country looking for some more bobby dazzlers brought in by members of the public! As usual David Dickinson will be keeping an eye on the deals and giving advice about whether to take the dealers’ cash OR gamble at auction. But the final decision lies with our contributors and it’s up to them to decide which option is the REAL DEAL! Telephone 0117 970 7618 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 12 July, 12pm Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra Robin Park Sports Centre Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra has been described as one of the world’s top young big bands. It was unbeaten in the BBC National Big Band Competition for 20 years, including the final year of the competition in 2006. It has received international awards in the USA and Canada, and has worked with many of the finest jazz musicians in the world. Directed by John Ruddick. Part of Wigan International Jazz Festival 2014. £12 per ticket. For further information or to book telephone 01942 828 271. Or visit boxoffice.wlct.org to book online.
Saturday 12 July, 2.45pm Merseyside Jazz Showcase Robin Park Sports Centre Three 45 minute sets from some of the brightest sounds in Merseyside jazz: The Mike Smith Quartet, The Jazzuits and The Weave. A collection of some of Liverpool’s best established jazz musicians. Part of Wigan International Jazz Festival 2014. £12 per ticket. For further information or to book telephone 01942 828 271. Or visit boxoffice.wlct.org to book online.
Saturday 12 July, 7.30pm Jon Faddis & WJCRDB & Helen Sung Quartet Robin Park Sports Centre Opening the night will be the Helen Sung Quartet, she is a rising star not to be missed. One of the world’s most respected jazz trumpeters, Jon Faddis, is appearing with the Wigan Jazz Club Reunion Big Band – a 17 piece big band with the best professional players in the business. Part of Wigan International Jazz Festival 2014. £23 per ticket. For further information or to book telephone 01942 828 271. Or visit boxoffice.wlct.org to book online.
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Sunday 13 July, 12pm SK2 Jazz Orchestra Salutes The Music of Stan Kenton Robin Park Sports Centre
Sunday 13 July, 12pm - 4pm Afternoon Tea Haigh Hall
Bringing the music of Kenton, pianist, composer and arranger, to a new audience, the SK2 Orchestra play his hits with an all star line up. Part of Wigan International Jazz Festival 2014. £12 per ticket. For further information or to book telephone 01942 828 271. Or visit boxoffice.wlct.org to book online.
A unique and memorable afternoon in Wigan’s Georgian hall. Accompanied by our resident pianist, Ken Robson. Classic Afternoon Tea: A selection of over-filled sandwiches, homemade savouries, cakes and unlimited tea and coffee £11.95 per person. Premium Afternoon Tea: Includes a glass of Prosecco £14.95 per person Deluxe Afternoon Tea: Includes a bottle of Champagne £59.95 Reservations are essential. For further information and to book telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
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Sunday 13 July, 2.45pm University Of South Florida Jazztet Robin Park Sports Centre
Jazz in the Park Sunday 13 July, 1pm Jazz in the Park Mesnes Park A free concert in the band stand at Wigan's historic Mesnes Park. Echo 42, a big band from Yorkshire, will be performing as a 1940s RAF swing - style band featuring many classic jazz numbers.
The 2014 edition of the USF Jazztet will be performing music by John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, JJ Johnson, Wes Montgomery and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, along with some exciting original contemporary jazz compositions. Part of Wigan International Jazz Festival 2014. £12 per ticket. For further information or to book telephone 01942 828 271. Or visit boxoffice.wlct.org to book online.
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Super C B ig Band Sunday 13 July, 8pm Super C Big Band Robin Park Sports Centre Dedicated to the memory of Derek Watkins one of the world’s best trumpet players. Part of Wigan International Jazz Festival 2014. £20 per ticket. For further information or to book telephone 01942 828 271. Or visit boxoffice.wlct.org to book online.
Sunday 20 July, 10am – 12:30pm Activity Leader Walk Haigh Hall Country Park Join your guide for a tour of Haigh Hall Country Park and discover some of the history of this fascinating place and its people. Approximately 3km walk on some uneven paths, please dress accordingly. Dogs welcome. £5 per person. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
Sunday 20 July, 12pm - 4pm The Haigh Summer Carvery Haigh Hall 4-course carvery and the subtle sound of pianist – Ken Robson. £13.95 adults, £6.95 children. For further information and to book telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info.
Join WLCT Activity Leaders during the summer holidays for a holiday club with a difference - and Go Wild! Clubs take place at various outdoor locations including Haigh Country Park and Pennington Hall Park, Leigh (with indoor provision for wet weather) and they are suitable for children aged 8 - 12 years. Activities include bug hunts and pond dipping, bushcraft skills and survival, navigation, treasure hunts, craft activities and much more! Prices start from just £12.50 per day. Call 01942 828 271 for more information.
Throughout the Summer Holidays Libraries Summer Holiday Fun WLCT Libraries Summer holiday fun for children and families across the borough. There will be lots going on in libraries with a programme of events for all ages. Call in your local library to book a place. £1. Visit your local library or www.wlct.org/libraries
Friday 25 July, 7.30pm The BBQ Ball Haigh Hall Take cocktails on the terrace overlooking the Douglas Valley (weather permitting) followed by a 4-course dinner prepared on the BBQ courtesy of the chefs. Then take to the dance floor with our live music and DJ. A brilliant event in 2013 - don’t miss out in 2014! £35 per person. Reservations essential. Book your place early. For further information and to book telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
with WLCT’s golfing guru lan Lee Golf is a mysterious game. You may never have played but you could putt as good if not better than a regular golfer. Many non golfers enjoy crazy golf and putting greens in a park, often imagining ‘this one to win the British Open!’ ‘A man who can putt is a match for anyone’ is a statement backed up by Tiger Woods, the world’s best golfer in recent years who, when he dominated the game, was also the best putter. Probably the best tip I can give anyone is that putting is an art, not a science! I see too many golfers who get wrapped up in all sorts of thoughts and become rigid and too mechanical instead of trusting their instincts and letting go. Yes, there are several basics that you need to get right - a good set up with the putter face aiming correctly and keeping your body still as you swing the putter back and through. However, most players do not focus enough on the overall ‘feel’ of the stroke and the line before they putt. Too many make a practice stroke that is far removed from the putt they are about make - too fast, too short or far too long. Next time you watch the best players in the world on TV, compare their practise strokes to what your playing partners do. Try this. Stare at the hole and take two practice strokes, feeling the stroke you are about to make. Now look back at the ball, keeping the hole vividly in your mind’s eye, and just let go, repeating the practice stroke you have just made. ‘To gain control is to lose control’ - in other words, trust your stroke and let it happen.
Learning to read a green is a skill and rarely practised by the average golfer. At Haigh, we have the Himalayan Putting green just by the golf shop. This green has lots of undulations and can be enjoyed by anyone, golfers and non golfers. You can use your own putter or use one for free. This a great facility where anyone can have great fun whilst at the same time instinctively learning how to allow for all the slopes and undulations, judging the correct line and speed.
HEALTH FACT….. Regular golfers live on average 5 years longer than non-golfers. Take up golf and live longer!
Find out more at www.wlct.org/wigan/golf
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Saturday 26 July, 12pm – 1.15pm The Pretoria Pit Disaster and Wingates Band Museum of Wigan Life On a December morning in 1910 a massive explosion ripped through Pretoria Pit in Westhoughton. 344 local men and boys died that morning in what was to be Britain’s third worst mining disaster. Before these terrible events, Westhoughton had been best known as being home to Wingates Temperance, one of the finest brass bands in the country. At least seven band members lost their lives that day along with five more thought to be associated with the band. Find out what happened at Pretoria Pit that day and to the band in the aftermath of the disaster. Special event to celebrate Coal, Soul and Rock & Roll exhibition. £2.50 including tea/coffee. Places are limited so to book please telephone 01942 828 128 or email email@example.com
Tuesday 29 July, 12.30pm – 2pm and 2.30pm – 4pm Summer Family Theatre (Outdoor Performances)
The Dragon Who Lost His Home Haigh Hall Country Park Walled Gardens All tickets £7, one adult free with every two tickets purchased. Telephone 01942 832 895. For tickets visit www.haightickets.co.uk
Meet the Romans Tuesdays 29 July and 5, 12, 19 August, 1pm – 2.30pm Meet the Romans Museum of Wigan Life Travel back in time with our fantastic family activities. Children will love getting stuck into Wigan’s Roman past with a chance to see original objects made by the Romans. Get making with our amazing mosaics or headdresses and take home your own crafty masterpiece. £2.50 per child. Places are limited. To book please telephone 01942 828 128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursdays 31 July and 7, 14, 21 August, 1pm – 2.30pm Meet the Egyptians Museum of Wigan Life Travel back in time with our fantastic family activities. Children will love finding out more about the land of the Pharaohs with a chance to see original objects from Ancient Egypt. Get making with our amazing activities and take your own crafty masterpiece home. £2.50 per child. Places are limited. To book please telephone 01942 828 128 or email email@example.com.
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with Graham Workman Lazy, hazy days of summer are a great time to get out and explore what your local countryside has to offer. Woodlands are now much quieter than in spring but there are still many surprises to discover. The fruits and nuts that will feed our wild friends through autumn and winter are just starting to develop and a host of new wildflower species will be on show. Wetlands are definitely ‘buzzing’ with life at the moment. Some of it is very welcome and fantastic to watch such as the many species of dragonflies and damselflies that call our wetlands home. On the other hand, there are the less welcome ‘biters’ such as midges and clegs that delight in sinking their mouthparts into us for lunch, dinner or supper! One of my favourite butterflies is now out and about. Not that long ago, seeing Comma butterflies here in Wigan was a rare sighting – now they have colonised the whole borough and are a pretty common sight. The butterfly gets its name from the white marking resembling a comma on its underwing. When resting with wings closed, the Comma has very impressive camouflage. The tatty appearance of the wings looking like a withered leaf virtually makes the butterfly disappear when resting on a tree trunk or when hibernating. Some of WLCT sites where you may see Comma butterflies are Haigh Country Park, Borsdane Wood Local Nature Reserve and Low Hall Local Nature Reserve.
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• June, July and August are great times to look out for our butterflies and bees. Did you know that there are around 250 species of bee in the UK - 24 species of bumblebees, around 225 species of solitary bee and just a single honeybee species? • Summer is the start of the fungi season and woodland is a great place to start looking for the hundreds of species that can be found in them. • How about digging out a pond in your garden to create your own mini-wetland, then sit back and watch the wildlife that will soon colonise it? • Summer is a great time for bats – Wigan has quite a few species and watching them can be fascinating – why not join us on one of our bat night expeditions? WLCT offers many ‘wildlife experiences’ where you can get close to nature. For more details visit our website www.wlct.org/wigan
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Monday 4 August Library Photography Club Libraries across the borough A touring exhibition of local amateur photography work on the theme of remembering WW1 in Wigan. Photography groups from Wigan and Golborne are capturing images from how Wigan was influenced by the Great War and will be exhibiting at libraries around the borough. Free event.
Monday 4 August – 24 December Poppy Artwork Project Libraries across the borough Local communities are helping remember the First World War with a poppy wall of flowers at libraries across the borough. Adults and children can make a poppy at their local library and display it on the flower wall. Free event.
Tuesday 5 August, 10am – 11am Leigh WW1 Centenary Cemetery Walk Leigh Cemetery To commemorate the anniversary of the First World War these cemetery walks will look at the stories of those affected. Meet by the entrance. £3. Booking essential. For more information please telephone 01942 404 559 or email H.Turner@wlct.org
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Tuesdays 5, 12, 19 August, 1pm – 2.30pm Meet the Romans Museum of Wigan Life
Travel back in time with our fantastic family activities. Children will love getting stuck into Wigan’s Roman past with a chance to see original objects made by the Romans. Get making with our amazing mosaics or headdresses and take home your own crafty masterpiece. £2.50 per child. Places are limited. To book please telephone 01942 828 128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 6 August, 10am – 3pm National Play Day! Haigh Country Park Haigh once again plays host to one of the borough’s best FREE family fun day. This year, expect games, demonstrations, live entertainment and much, much more for the children. National Play Day is a celebration of children's right to play, and a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children's lives. The event is open to all and is FREE for all children. Car parking costs £1.50. For further information telephone 01942 828 271 or email email@example.com
Tuesday 5 August, 12.30pm 2pm and 2.30pm - 4pm Summer Family Theatre (Outdoor Performances)
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Thursdays 7, 14, 21 August, 1pm – 2.30pm Meet the Egyptians Museum of Wigan Life Travel back in time with our fantastic family activities. Children will love finding out more about the land of the Pharaohs with a chance to see original objects from Ancient Egypt. Get making with our amazing activities and take your own crafty masterpiece home. £2.50 per child. Places are limited. To book please telephone 01942 828 128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 10 August, 10am – 4pm Antiques Fair Leigh Indoor Sports Centre 100 stalls of antiques and collectables, browse and buy at your leisure. £4 entrance fee. £3.50 for OAPs and children. Telephone 0161 283 1255 or 0161 766 2012 for further information.
Tuesday 12 August, 12.30pm – 2pm and 2.30pm – 4pm Summer Family Theatre (Outdoor Performances)
Alice Haigh Hall Country Park Walled Gardens All tickets £7, one adult free with every two tickets purchased. Telephone 01942 832 895. For tickets visit www.haightickets.co.uk
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Sunday 17 August, 12pm - 4pm Afternoon Tea Haigh Hall A unique and memorable afternoon in Wigan’s Georgian hall. Accompanied by Lisa Harman on Piano. Classic Afternoon Tea: A selection of over-filled sandwiches, homemade savouries, cakes and unlimited tea and coffee £11.95 per person. Premium Afternoon Tea: Includes a glass of Prosecco £14.95 per person Deluxe Afternoon Tea: Includes a bottle of Champagne £59.95 Reservations are essential. For further information and to book telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
Tuesday 19 August, 12.30pm – 2pm and 2.30pm – 4pm Summer Family Theatre (Outdoor Performances)
The Railway Children Haigh Hall Country Park Walled Gardens All tickets £7, one adult free with every two tickets purchased. Telephone 01942 832 895. For tickets visit www.haightickets.co.uk
Saturday 23 August, 10am – 12pm Local Baby Sale Leigh Indoor Sports Centre Sell or browse and buy at your leisure. An easy way for parents to re-cycle unused or unwanted baby items, whilst providing customers with a cheaper, easier solution of buying top quality products for a fraction of the price. £10 per table. Visit www.localbabysale.co.uk or telephone 07766742166 for further information. wigannow.org 15
Sunday 24 August, 11am – 5pm WW1 Summer Event Haigh Country Park Come along for a day of fun for all the family delivered by the Friends of Haigh Country Park. To commemorate the anniversary of WW1 there will be all sorts of fun activities on offer, including: Donkey Rides, a BBQ, craft stalls, Punch & Judy, magic show plus the return of the Haigh Road Train plus much more! Free event.
Tuesday 26 August, 12.30pm – 2pm and 2.30pm – 4pm Summer Family Theatre (Outdoor Performances)
The Emperor’s New Clothes and Other Stories Haigh Hall Country Park Walled Gardens All tickets £7, one adult free with every two tickets purchased. Telephone 01942 832 895. For tickets visit www.haightickets.co.uk
P icnic Pr oms Saturday 30 August, 6pm – 10pm The Picnic Proms – Part of the ‘Between the Crosses’ Commemorative Concert Weekend Mesnes Park A fantastic evening for all the family. Take your place with your picnic and your flags in front of the concert stage, for a very special evening of live music featuring the Tyldesley Brass Band and the Swingtime Big Band. Plus children’s rides, entertainment and a firework finale. Tickets in advance. Adults £10. Concessions (OAPs and children under 16) £7. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) £28. Tickets on the day (subject to availability). Adults £12. Concessions (OAPs and children under 16) £8. Family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) £34. Gates open 6pm. Fireworks 9.50pm. Picnics and picnic furniture permitted. (No BBQs). Alcohol permitted subject to license. Limited tickets. Early booking advised. Box Office: 01942 828271. Boxoffice.wlct.org Booking fees apply.
Your Local Libraries As well as borrowing books, you can access a range of services at your local library including: • Free access to computers and the internet • WorkClub to help and support job seekers • Get Online sessions to guide you through the basics of using the internet • Apply for Universal Credit using our free computers and WiFi access • Regular activities across the borough for children and adults
Can’t make it in? Download the free libraries app for your smartphone. You can renew your books on the go, and search and reserve our extensive catalogue so you don’t miss out on the latest best seller.
Contact your local library for further details. Ashton Library Aspull Library Atherton Library Golborne Library Hindley Library Hope Community Library Ince Library Lamberhead Green Library Leigh Library Marsh Green Library Platt Bridge Library Shevington Library Standish Library Tyldesley Library Wigan Library
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Shevington Library is home to the Village Art Gallery, providing a place for the display and sale of a range of artwork. The gallery has a changing exhibition programme, with new artists being featured each month. Upcoming exhibitions include: July August
Paintings by Margaret Headley. Digitally created art by Nick Oliver, as featured in Lancashire Life magazine. September Work by Margaret Walsh.
The Gallery is open during library opening hours: Monday 10am - 2pm Tuesday / Wednesday 1pm - 5pm Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 12pm For enquiries about booking the space for an exhibition, please contact the library on 01257 252618.
Sunday 31 August Remember Them: Festival of Sound – Part of the ‘Between the Crosses’ Commemorative Concert Weekend Mesnes Park
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A FREE afternoon of live music performance. Featuring Sarah Denis and the piano of Howard Broadbent. The Wigan Youth Brass Band, North Ashton Brass Band, Wigan Youth Concert Band and Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra. Gates open 12pm.
Sunday 31 August, 12pm - 4pm The Haigh Summer Carvery Haigh Hall 4-course carvery and the music of our resident pianist. £13.95 adults, £6.95 children. For further information and to book telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
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Our 30 minute Health on Wheels cycling sessions are an ideal way to help regain your confidence with 1-1 support with one of our volunteers. They take place on traffic free routes from one of our six pods across the borough, and cycles and helmets are provided at no charge. Visit www.getactivewiganandleigh.co. uk or contact our Active Living team on 01942 488 481.
SEPTEMBER Saturday 6 September – Sunday 30 November Local Arts Groups Exhibition Museum of Wigan
LifeLocal art groups from across the borough have come together to create a permanent visual record of WW1. Working in partnership with The Veterans Council, the artists gained a unique insight into the stories of local people and those recorded as taking part in the war. Free event.
Wednesday 3 September, 1.30pm – 3pm WW1 Centenary Walk The walk will look at the memorials and the stories of local men commemorated in Wigan Cemetery. Meet at the Cenotaph. £3. For more information or to book please telephone 01942 828 128 or email R.email@example.com
Saturday 6 September, 1pm First World War Centenary Exhibition Museum of Wigan Life This new exhibition reveals the impact on the First World War on the people and places of our borough. The show will include many objects on display for the first time from trench art, wartime souvenirs, munitions and shrapnel to uniform and even a prosthetic arm. Discover the local stories behind this global catastrophe. Find out more about the hidden histories of women in munitions and other factory work, pit brow lasses and men in reserve occupations down the pit. This exhibition explores everything from bombing raids over Scholes to the German Prisoner of War camp near Leigh. Watch out for our special events programme to accompany the exhibition. Free.
Horses for t he War Saturday 6 September, 1pm – 2pm Horses for the War by Nigel Neil Museum of Wigan Life When the First World War broke out, the War Office had to source 150,000 horses in just 12 days. Draught and riding horses were requisitioned by the government from businesses, farms and houses to pull guns, transport supplies, evacuate the wounded, and occasionally mount cavalry charges at the front. Most of the million or more war horses and mules that Britain eventually needed actually came from the USA and Canada, and more than a quarter of these were trained at Lathom near Ormskirk in Lancashire. These animals suffered huge losses from artillery and machine gun fire as well as the cold and difficult conditions of war. Listen to the fascinating story of the last war in which horses would be used on such a huge scale. £2.50 including tea/coffee. Warning – contains some distressing images. Suitable for ages 12+. Places are limited. To book please telephone 01942 828 128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
with Claire Thomas A salad isn’t just a side dish – this chunky, warm salad makes a perfect evening meal for the warm summer nights. Bring all of your ingredients out of the fridge about 15 minutes before you start using them as being super cold can dampen flavours. That’s why many people don’t keep their tomatoes in there! Serves 4 • 2 chicken breasts • 20g feta cheese • 1 small courgette • 10-12 new potatoes • ½ cucumber • 1 yellow or orange pepper • ½ red onion • I carrot
What you do • Loosely wrap your chicken in foil and place on a baking tray. Cook in an oven pre-heated to 200ºc for 20 minutes or until the juice runs clear • Put your new potatoes in a pan of boiling water and simmer for 10-15 minutes until just cooked then drain • Cut your cucumber and pepper into chunky matchsticks • Using a potato peeler, peel your carrot and discard the skin. Then peel again creating ribbons of veg • Heat a non stick frying pan or griddle to medium high • Cut the courgette in to thin slices (don’t use the peeler as this will be too thin). Using your hands, rub a small amount of olive oil over the slices (1 tsp will be enough to cover them all) and season with pepper and sea salt • Place your courgette slices carefully in the pan and cook for approx. 2 minutes each side until soft • Remove the chicken from the oven and shred or cut into chunks • Plate up: place all of the elements onto a large serving platter or individual plates and tuck in!
Variations • Use a couple of boiled eggs instead of chicken for a meat free meal • Warm halloumi cheese can be used in place of both the chicken and feta. Simply cut in to slices and put in a hot frying pan (no oil) for a couple of minutes each side • Easy dressing: mix 3 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar or lemon juice – season to taste and drizzle over your salad
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You can read Claire’s news and views about food at her blog goodeggfoodie.com
Improve your game with Richard Smith
Badminton is the fastest and most played racket sport in Britain, with over 24,000 courts available, and more than 500,000 players taking to the court on a weekly basis. Here are my 10 tips to improve your badminton game and take you to the next level. 1. Racket – It’s important to use a racket that suits your ability. A good quality racket for beginner to intermediate players can be purchased from most sports stores for around £30. As you improve, you should upgrade your racket to match your ability. 2. Footwear – Like your racket, it’s important to have good quality footwear for badminton. Specialist indoor court footwear will enable you to move more efficiently and will also help prevent injury. 3. Coaching – If you can access some good quality coaching from a Badminton England qualified coach, your game will improve no end. It’s important to eradicate bad habits from your game as soon as possible. Keep an eye out for WLCT’s Badminton Essentials adult coaching courses. 4. Play regularly – In order to improve, you must play regularly. Play at least once a week and play all formats of the game. Singles is great for fitness and men’s/ladies’ doubles and mixed doubles require an element of team work. 5. Learn the rules – Knowing the rules of badminton will improve your game as you will have a greater knowledge of court dimensions and an understanding of the scoring system. All rules can be found on the Badminton England website www.badmintonengland.co.uk 6. Play against different players – Personally, I think the most effective way of improving is to play against different players and players that are better than you. By playing against new players with different styles, you will learn to adapt your game and improve your weaknesses. 7. Enter competitions – It’s important to test yourself in a competitive environment and apply the skills you have developed during practice sessions in a pressure situation. WLCT regularly hosts individual and team competitions for social badminton players and more established league players.
8. Diet (food/water) – This may sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised how a poor diet and dehydration can affect your performance on court. Make sure you always have water on hand when playing and try to maintain a balanced diet throughout the week. Also, don’t play badminton within one hour of eating a meal. 9. Don’t over play – Although it’s important to practice and play matches regularly, it is equally important to rest and allow your body to recover before taking part in sport again. If you take part in a strenuous training session or play in a tournament, allow a minimum of 24 hours for your body to recover before exercising again. 10. Enjoy playing badminton – In order for you to continue improving and playing over a sustained period of time, it’s important to enjoy badminton. Take all these points into consideration and vary your badminton activity. It’s great to become involved in a club as you can enjoy the social side of badminton in addition to the hard work you put in on the court. For more information on weekly badminton sessions, coaching courses, events, tournaments and any other badminton-related questions you may have, contact Richard Smith in WLCT’s Sports Development team on 01942 488 480 or email email@example.com
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 Back to Cricket Back to Netball
Sports Hall Powerade Hall Powerade Hall
£3.00 £3.00 £3.00
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Ball Again Basketball
11:00am – 1:00pm
Over 50’s Badminton
12:15pm - 1:00pm
Pay & Play
Over 50’s Racket Sports
Women’s Only Badminton
Pay & Play
Badminton for All
Leigh Indoor Sports Centre Time Monday
3:00pm - 5:00pm
(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
Back to Badminton
10:00am - 12:00pm
Back to Badminton
Pay & Play
10:30am - 12:00pm
Squash and Table Tennis
Hindley Leisure Centre Saturday
All these activities are FREE for Profiles Plus members. Contact Richard Smith on 01942 488 480 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 6 September, 1pm Wigan Junior 1, 2 and 3k Running Event Robin Park Arena Outdoor Track Junior running event around track. Under 8s Registration from 10am-10.30am for the 1k. Age 9 to 12 - Registration from 10.30am11am for the 2k. Age 13+ - Registration from 11am-11.30am for the 3k. £1. All proceeds will go to Joining Jack charity. For further information telephone 01942 404 950.
Sunday 7 September, 10am Joining Jack 1Ok Run Wigan Town Centre The Joining Jack Wigan 10k is now in its 2nd year. The run starts and finishes in the town centre and runs through the picturesque Mesnes Park. Or come along to offer your support to friends and family taking part. There will be live music, a European Market and attractions for the younger members of the family within the town centre and a funfair in Mesnes Park. Register now for the 10k at www.WIGAN10K.co.uk Entry to the race is £19.50 or £17.50 for UKA affiliated runners. Joining Jack are dedicated to raising awareness and funding research into the study and cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Find out more at www.joiningjack.org
Tuesday 9 September, 6.30pm - 9.30pm History Tour Haigh Hall Enjoy a History Tour plus a 2-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. £13.50 per person including 2 course supper. Booking essential, telephone 01942 832 895.
Saturday 13 September, 10.30am – 3pm Leigh for All – Heritage Open Day Civic Square, Leigh Town Hall and Leigh Library To celebrate Heritage Open Day there will be a variety of events in and around the Civic Square themed around the commemorations of the First World War and a celebration of Edwardian Leigh, including a local and family history fair, guided tours of the church and the town hall, family activities and much more! Free but some activities may have a small charge. For further information please telephone 01942 404 430 / 01942 404 559. Email: A.Miller@wlct.org / H.Turner@wlct.org
Saturday 13 September, 7pm – 10pm Last Night of the Proms Pennington Hall Park Featuring live music from Tyldesley Brass Band and firework finale. Tickets In advance: Adults £10. Concessions (children and OAPs) £6. Family Ticket (2 Adult and 2 Concessions) £28. On the day: Adults £12. Concessions £8. Family Ticket £34. Gates Open 6.00pm. Fireworks 9.50pm. Limited tickets. Early booking advised. Box office: 01942 828 271 / boxoffice.wlct.org. (Booking fees may apply)
fosters? Sue Whittle (49) from Leigh is a foster carer with her husband Sam m (61) (61). Just one year after tying the knot, I realised I had more than enough love to go round and embarked on a career in foster care. Since 2001, I’ve fostered an astonishing 73 children. I’ve lived on the same street in Leigh my whole life. While I knew another foster carer who lived close by it had never occurred to me that I might follow the same path. I saw a little boy playing in the street one day. His clothes were scruffy and he looked as though he wasn’t being looked after very well. Seeing that little boy made me feel helpless and sad. For the first time in my life it dawned on me that behind closed doors you don’t know what’s going on. I just presumed that every family was like mine - happy, safe and warm. But that day I found out that that it isn’t always the case and I wanted to do something. Currently I’m looking after two cheeky brothers, Charlie and Gary who came to me two and half years ago. Charlie was just a baby
and Gary was a toddle er. When they came to me they were very different to the way they are today. They had a lot of emotional and behavioural issues. One of the hardest things to deal with was their relationship with food. Before they were put into care they’d often go for days without food. Soon after we took them in we started to find food stashed all over the house. I would encourage people to consider fostering; it’s a really worthwhile job. Being able to see the improvement of the children is wonderful. Of course you fall in love with them and it can be difficult letting them go, but knowing that they’re going to a loving family makes it much easier.
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Health & Fitness with Emma MacSymons WHO wants ‘beach body’ abdominals?
Exercise and training programs should incorporate movement patterns in all three planes of motion and not isolate a joint or muscle group in only one.
All too often the thought of ‘training’ the abdominals comes as an afterthought in the fitness program. Frequently done at the end of the exercise session or between sets of other body part training, we think three or four sets of endless crunches is enough to adequately strengthen the abdominals.
Ask your fitness instructor to demonstrate some new exercises to help you achieve maximum function and integration of the whole core. A strong, stable abdominal region will directly affect the lumbar spine and serve as a bridge from the lower body to the upper body. If these muscles are worked and developed through an integrated tri-plane approach, this will have a great impact on the activities of your daily living, health and well-being.
But should we re-think our approach to training of the abdominals to optimise their function?
YES WE SHOULD …
Visit wlct.org/wigan for all our exercise class timetables.
The abdominals are the ‘command centre’ when performing any movement pattern. They are actively involved in walking, running, cycling, swimming, jumping, turning, pushing, pulling, bending, extending, reaching, throwing and lifting. In each of these activities, the abdominals go through a lengthening phase and then a shortening phase. They are most efficient when they first pre-load (lengthen) then unload (contract). The muscle will contract more forcefully and efficiently when it lengthens before it shortens. For instance, when a football player throws a ball from the side line, he or she first brings the ball overhead and then propels a forceful throw into play. If the throw were attempted without the overhead ‘preload’, the throw would be considerably less forceful. However, most of the traditional training of the abdominals, for example through abdominal crunches, has been focused only on shortening, and not lengthening, the muscle when performing. In addition to this, traditional abdominal training only involves movement within one of the body’s three ‘planes of motion’. These ‘planes’ define the way the body moves around in its three dimensional environment and include flexing and extending, abducting and adducting, and rotating.
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Keep on Moving with Bob Bramah
WHEN it comes to sprains, strains and sports injuries, Bob Bramah has seen it all. When the chartered physiotherapist isn’t tending to the needs of his Wigan clients, he can be found travelling the world working with national sports stars at high profile competitions. Most recently, he accompanied the England cricket team on a three week trip to the West Indies for the World Cup, which he describes as the ‘greatest job in the world’. This is the latest in a line of impressive achievements including working with premiership football and rugby clubs and at the Olympic Games in Athens and London. He’s also lined up to volunteer at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland this summer. Bob runs Timeless Performance, which offers a full range of sports massage, injury and rehabilitation services. The company works in partnership with WLCT at its bases at Robin Park Sports Centre and Howe Bridge Leisure Centre. If you’d like to find out more about Timeless Performance, contact Bob at email@example.com or on 01942 828 574. Website: http://timelessperformance.co.uk Twitter: @TimelessPerform Facebook: Timeless Performance Sports Massage & Physiotherapy
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Sprained your ankle? Pulled a muscle? Time for the
No not the boys in blue, POLICE stands for what you should do in the first few days of recovery from a soft tissue injury. Soft tissue means muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, bursa and the cling film-like capsule that surrounds your joints so the POLICE rules cover just about everything except breaking bones. It stands for:PROTECT from further damage: Stop what you are doing. If you have pulled a muscle you are not going to be able to 'run it off'. You will make the healing process take longer. OPTIMUM LOADING: Medics used to tell you to rest but current thinking is that doing nothing also holds up the healing process, so move as much as you can without pain. This doesn't mean push yourself until it hurts as that will also slow down the healing process. It means gentle movement in a pain free range. ICE: Cooling the injured area takes away the pain and helps to ensure that you don't get excessive swelling. Ice cubes in a plastic bag placed against the injury for 10 minutes every hour you are awake will work wonders. Spare a couple of cubes for a nice cold drink but not alcohol as sadly that will slow down recovery as well. COMPRESSION also helps control swelling. Wrap a good old fashioned crepe bandage around the injury. ELEVATION: The best cure for excessive swelling is gravity, and it's free. Hold the injured part so that the grunge that forms the swelling drains away from the injury. You should follow this plan for the first 48 hours after the injury or until the initial pain and swelling starts to go away. If it isn't getting better within five days, seek help from a medical professional. During this time don't take anti-inflammatory medication. You need some degree of inflammation to start the healing process. Ibuprofen, Volterol and the like may have a role to play later but not now. Pain killers such as paracetamol can be bought over the counter but always follow the instructions on the packet and if you have any doubt consult the pharmacist.
Saturday 13 September, 11am and 1pm Museum Building Tours – Heritage Open Day Museum of Wigan Life Visit the museum for tours of this Grade II listed building designed by Alfred Waterhouse and opened in 1878. This beautiful building was the former library in which George Orwell researched his famous book ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’. Free but booking essential. To book please telephone 01942 828 128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 14 September, 12pm - 4pm Afternoon Tea Haigh Hall A unique and memorable afternoon in Wigan’s Georgian hall. Accompanied by our resident pianist, Ken Robson. Classic Afternoon Tea: A selection of over-filled sandwiches, homemade savouries, cakes and unlimited tea and coffee £11.95 per person. Premium Afternoon Tea: Includes a glass of Prosecco £14.95 per person Deluxe Afternoon Tea: Includes a bottle of Champagne £59.95 Reservations are essential. For further information and to book telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
Black and white photograph of meeting and demonstration in thecrowd at war bonds crowd consists mostly of women First World War, in wor kers clot hing, Wigan, c. 1914-1918 Tuesday 16 September, 10.30am – 12pm Coffee, Cake and Culture Families at War Museum of Wigan Life The prolonged effects of the First World War touched every family. Carried along within a wave of euphoria local men of the borough enlisted. Rallying to Kitchener's call, believing in a rapid end to conflict. Mothers, wives and children wept as Wigan and district lost many sons. Within this interactive workshop we will look at the impact of the First World War and the effect it had on local families and those who survived the conflict. A special event as part of the First World War exhibition. £3 including tea/coffee and cake. Places are limited. To book please telephone 01942 828 128 or email email@example.com
Sunday 21 September, 12pm - 4pm The Last of the Summer Carvery Haigh Hall 4-course carvery and the piano of Ken Robson. £13.95 adults, £6.95 children. For further information and to book telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
Thursday 25 September, 12pm – 1.15pm We Shall Remember Them: Rugby Footballers in Khaki Museum of Wigan Life A look back at the rugby players of the Leigh and Wigan area who gave their lives during World War One. The casualty list included ten Leigh players with League Championship winners Sam Whittaker and Paddy O’Neill and Wigan’s star winger Lou Bradley. Mike Latham gives the background to their careers, time in the services and tragic ends serving King and Country. A special event as part of the First World War exhibition. £2.50 including tea/coffee. Places are limited. To book please telephone 01942 828128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 28 September, 7am – 1pm Indoor Car Boot Sale Leigh Indoor Sports Centre Browse and buy at your leisure or you can book a stall for yourself. Tables and chairs are provided. £12 per stall, pay on booking. £1 adults, OAPs and children are free. Open at 6am for stall holders. For further information telephone 01942 487 800.
Saturday 27 September, 6pm The Haigh Hall Restaurant Night Haigh Hall The kitchens of Haigh Hall are highly regarded and its chefs talented. This evening, Haigh Hall opens up the upstairs Douglas Suite as a one-off restaurant. The chefs will create an A la Carte menu that celebrates the Hall and its heritage. Dinner will be served in the dining room of Lord Crawford with stunning views over the Douglas Valley. Reservations essential. For further information and to book telephone 01942 832 895. haighhall.info
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Join your guide for a tour of Haigh Hall Country Park and discover some of the history of this fascinating place and its people. Approximately 3km walk on some uneven paths, please dress accordingly. Dogs welcome. £5 per person. Booking essential, telephone 01942 828 271.
Mother and Tots Group allsaintschurch.co.uk
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Monday 29 September, 1.30pm – 2.30pm Secret Lives of Suitcases Leigh Library, Turnpike Gallery A magical and wondrous puppet theatre show from the Unicorn Theatre, the UK’s leading theatre for young audiences. Aimed at children aged 4 to 7 it is a wonderful opportunity to join Larry in ‘The Secret Life of Suitcases’ as his world gets turned upside down and he discovers the thrill of an adventure and the joy of coming home again. £2. For further information telephone 01942 404404 or email
Wigan Music Society, Trinity United Reformed Church Wigan trinityurcwigan.org
Wigan Choral Society website wiganchoral.org.uk
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Let’s Get Digital with Dave Thackeray Now summer's officially here, it's time to put your photography skills to the test. Smiling faces and hundreds of great activities across the borough are the perfect marriage when it comes to making and recording memories lasting a lifetime. A few years ago, it would take months to do the friends and family circuit with photos shot during warmer months. Today, showcasing your best images takes minutes, mainly thanks to Facebook. One of the best tips I got as a journalist was always trousering a notebook to gather ideas on the move. Invariably I forgot - but these days all you need to record everything, from making notes to taking photos and even shooting video, is a phone in your pocket. And when was the last time you left that at home? Everybody's fanatical about photography right now, and summer's the ideal time to get to grips with the amazing camera on your phone. Assuming you're not still packing a Nokia Cityman from 1987, you're probably in possession of some pretty nifty photographic technology. All you need is a helping hand to bring it to life. Before I get into the dirty business of imagerelated apps for your digital devices powered by Google's Android or Apple's iOS operating systems, here are a few basic tips on snapping with your smartphone: 1. Always shoot in well-lit situations: we’re not there yet with tiny sensors being able to cover your back in moody or concert-style environments.
3. Use filters sparingly. There’s nothing worse than rubbish photos being tarted up by 15 different lomography effects. You’ll get a reputation. Better learning some basic photography skills and finishing them off with added contrast in one of the apps I’ve mentioned. Now on to apps. Apple fans can get their iPhoneography training wheels on with VSCO Cam, a free app making it easier to shoot, edit and share great images. Photo Editor by Aviary, another freebie, gets extra points for its familiar user experience. When you’re ready to splash the cash, around £3 buys you Camera+, the best photo app for iPhone and iPad. And how about if you have spotty pals? There’s an app for that: Facetune, which removes imperfections using complicated algorithms but doesn’t let you share results automatically with the fashion editor of Vogue magazine. Android also touts a fair share of great apps. If you want to get creative with montages and hundreds of effects and filters, Pixlr Express is the one to go for. Like another Android favourite Camera FV-5 Lite and, making another appearance here, VSCO Cam, it’s completely free. I’m also a big fan of Snapseed, which really does hold its own when it comes to ease of use. A couple of quid will get Camera Zoom FX on your Android phone or tablet. This is a really nice app that does it all, capturing and editing images and looking beautiful on larger screens. Get iOS apps from App Store on your iPhone or iPad; for Android apps, click Play Store. Why not share your best summertime snaps with us on Twitter @WiganNow We'd love to share your favourite moments.
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Wigan at War with Alex Miller
Interesting Facts • The first Auxiliary Hospital in the Borough opened in October 1914, part of the Woodlands Hospitals. Local hospitals, including the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, continued to receive men from around the country throughout the war;
Black and white photograph of from H. H Timber lake Wigan, in munit ions staff Memorial. Main ly female wor ker front of Boer War s, productions also in the picture, examples of their Wigan, 1915-01 When we think of a single image to encapsulate the First World War, what comes to mind? Artists’ depictions of trench warfare? Lord Kitchener’s recruitment poster? Poppies growing in Flanders fields? These powerful images resonated long beyond the silencing of the guns in 1918 and, for many people alive today, shape their understanding of the conflict. At Archives and Local Studies we felt there was more to the story – hidden histories that we wanted to tell. We’ve been going deeper into the surviving records, especially those that relate to local people – men and women from all walks of life whose lives were affected by the war. Our volunteers have uncovered some fascinating, remarkable and heartbreaking stories. The First World War touched every city, town and village the length and breadth of the country. Wigan Borough was no different. With new sources going online and a fascinating new temporary exhibition about the Great War, at the Museum of Wigan Life, opening in September, this is a small idea of what we’ve found and how you can find out more…
• Belgian refugees began arriving in the Borough in late 1914, but the reaction of local people was on occasion hostile and complaints were made to the Refugee Committee; • In February 1915 the first German prisoners arrive at the Prisoner of War camp at Etherstone Mill, Leigh. The camp remained open until 1919; • In May 1915, a mass meeting was held on Wigan Market Square to protest against the sinking of the Lusitania. Five people from the local area were on the Lusitania when it sank; • Local women received badges to show they were employed in war work and at least three women munitions workers living in the Borough died as a result of their work in factories turned over to the war effort; • The poet Wilfred Owen, who fought with the Manchester Regiment, described his fellow soldiers in the 1/5th Battalion thus: ’The generality are hard handed, hard headed miners, doggish, loutish and ugly. (But I would trust them to advance under fire and to hold their trench;) blond, coarse, ungainly, strong, ‘unfatigueable’, unlovely Lancashire soldiers, Saxons to the bone…’
A series of events are taking place in Wigan and Leigh to commemorate the First World War centenary. Keep up to date with what’s on at www.wlct.org/whatson
Getting on Track with Greg Broughton Greg Broughton, an apprentice with WLCT’s Sports Development team, talks about his time on The Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust’s Get on Track programme, which gets young people active, motivated and ready for work and is managed in Wigan by WLCT. “When I heard about the DKH programme, I had recently finished two years at Runshaw College studying sports science. I had a part time job at the weekend and did bits of coaching at Robin Park during the evenings. The DKH programme seemed interesting so I attended an induction day and booked on to the course. “The programme included many trips and days out with a group of people who I have become good friends with. The trips and travel were all paid for and the days out were fantastic - we went to Manchester Football Museum and the Chill Factor. As well as the trips, we also had the chance to do something for the community. We as a group planned and delivered a sports day for a school class which was a fun, exciting and successful event.
“If you are struggling to choose a career path or looking at what to do next, have a look at the DKH programme – it’s a fantastic programme run by an amazing group.” •
Wigan was the first area in the north west to run the Get on Track programme
94 per cent of individuals who took part in the course in October 2013 have now entered employment, education or training 24 per cent higher than the national programme average.
And there has been a 62 per cent increase in the number of young people who completed the courses in January and October 2013 now participating regularly in sport and physical activity.
WLCT have another Get on Track programme starting in October this year. If you think you or somebody you know would like to sign up then please contact Rob Burrows on 01942 488495 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
“One of my favourite days of the programme was our trip to Rampworx, an indoor skate park, where we were able to freestyle over the jumps and ramps on the bikes and scooters - and when you’re as good as I am fly over the handle bars. “Throughout the course I managed to complete qualifications that included a Level 1 Leadership award and I completed an FA first aid course. The programme finished with an awards evening when we all got together in our suits and dresses to receive our awards and certificates and had an overview of the course which was a fantastic evening. “The programme did a lot for me and all the other people involved in it. It’s given me the chance to do what I love and others experience in something they never thought they’d do. I am now an apprentice for WLCT’s Sports Development Unit working with a cracking team of people.
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Walk this Way
with volunteer Roy Nuttall So here we are at Pennington Flash. It’s Monday and it’s 11am – time for ‘the hour walk’. A sea of happy walkers are waiting for the off so we welcome any new arrivals and then we’re off at a nice steady pace. We head towards the canal, past the bird hides that allow visitors to find and enjoy the many species that make this one of the best bird-watching sites in the region. We have a brief stop before we climb the steps to the canal path and turn left. Heading towards the marina, the weather is not too windy and we get a cheery ‘good morning’ from the occupants of a passing narrow boat. A whistle blows as a cyclist alerts us to his presence and as we move over he thanks us and goes on his way.
Pennington Flash Country Park is one of the premier bird watching sites in the north west and a great site for families to visit. As well as the f lash – a 70 hectare lake - visitors can enjoy walks, cycle rides and bridle paths, bird watching in the nature reserve and a children’s play area. Nature lovers can look out for the dragonf lies, damself lies, butterf lies and over two hundred species of birds. A nine-hole golf course is also open to the public and fishing permits are available. You can find the park in St Helens Road, Leigh, WN7 3PA. www.wlct.org/parks
Roy Nuttall We have another rest stop at the swing bridge and discuss the work taking place to redevelop the marina. Then we’re off again, single file down the slight slope, then it’s a left by the car park and back into the park. We walk up the steep hill, taking it steady, and with everyone safely at the top we pause again to admire the wonderful view over the Flash before setting off on the last leg which is all downhill. We pass lots of dog walkers and parents and grandparents out with the kids for the day. On the home stretch, we can see the cabin and smell coffee. The walk ends with a drink and a biscuit or two. It’s been another success, roll on next Monday! If you fancy taking a stroll on one of our guided walks visit www.getactivewiganandleigh.co.uk, call 01942 488481 or email email@example.com
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