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Pesto at the Dicconson Arms marks its second birthday with a week of celebrations
Tuesday 21st February, 2017
Italian restaurant, Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, is inviting customers to join them in a week of celebrations to mark its second birthday. Pesto at the Dicconson Arms opened its doors on March 2nd 2015 following a £300,000 investment by the privately-owned restaurant group Pesto. The investment saw an extensive refurbishment of the historic pub, bringing the I...More

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2017
Thursday 16th February, 2017
Yvonne Fovargue MP is supporting local charity Wigan & Leigh Citizens Advice Bureau and National Energy Action’s (NEA) Fuel Poverty Awareness Day by pledging to do more to ‘tackle cold homes’. Fuel Poverty Awareness Day is a national campaign to highlight the problem of fuel poverty, which currently sees over four million households unable to afford the energy they...More

Hundreds join the Spring Clean in Wigan Borough
Thursday 16th February, 2017
Dust off your broom and pull on your gardening gloves– a spring clean is set to sweep through Wigan Borough. As part of The Deal, at least 30 community clean-ups have already been organised with hundreds of volunteers planning activities to tidy up their neighbourhoods. Wigan Council has backed the national Great British Spring Clean campaign, supported by Keep Bri...More

Destination Digital
Wednesday 15th February, 2017
A 35-tonne truck filled with robots and gadgets will roll into Wigan this week with one goal: to inspire the future generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) experts. Pupils from four lucky schools will be boarding the truck in Wigan town centre on Friday 17th February where they’ll be greeted with the latest tools in digital innovation incl...More

Video maps making a difference for people with autism
Wednesday 8th February, 2017
An innovative online interactive map of three leisure facilities in Wigan Borough will encourage more people with autism to get active. The new videos will help to tap into the growing market for autistic friendly services like quiet shopping which many stores have brought in to reduce the sensory overload people with autism can experience in public places. Anyone ...More

Find out about adoption at drop-in session
Wednesday 8th February, 2017
Become one of the many forever families who are making a difference to young people across Wigan Borough. There were 27 new adopters approved in Wigan Borough in 2015/16 who were ready to open their lives to children and young people who are looking for a family. Anyone interested in finding more out about adoption can find out more at a drop-in session taking plac...More

Work starts on new homes
Tuesday 7th February, 2017
Work to build new homes on a former recycling site in Wigan Borough has started. The 51 new homes are being built on Frog Lane, close to Wigan town centre, after planning permission was granted to Gleeson Homes & Regeneration Ltd last year. The Prince’s Park development is expected to be complete by 2018 and will include a mixture of house styles and sizes availa...More

Save to Win
Tuesday 7th February, 2017
Speaking today, Yvonne Fovargue MP highlighted the need to make saving more exciting if it is to appeal to those on low incomes: “We all know instinctively that we should save for a rainy day but for most of us the thought of saving is deadly dull. Where is the thrill, many will say, in putting money away for a financial shock that might never happen? What we need ...More

Help is at hand to tackle those winter fuel bills
Tuesday 31st January, 2017
Winter can bring more than just frosty weather for some who find themselves snowed under by crippling heating costs. But for anyone who feels the burden that those fuel bills can bring there is help at hand – and they can find out how at a session taking place in Atherton in February. The drop-in session will have a range of services on hand with advice that could ...More

A man was dragged to the floor and repeatedly kicked during an assault in Norley Hall, Wigan
Tuesday 31st January, 2017
A man was dragged to the floor and repeatedly kicked during an assault in Norley Hall, Wigan. At about 7.30pm on Saturday 7 January 2017 the 32-year-old victim left the Shop and Save shop on Norley Hall Avenue when he was confronted by a group of youths. The group - aged between 15 and 20 – surrounded him and as the victim attempted to walk away they pushed him and ...More

Wednesday 4th January, 2017
As the last of the mince pies are digested and the Christmas clean up commences, Pesto at the Dicconson Arms is helping local people put their old Christmas cards to good use with a recycling station at the restaurant throughout the month of January. With the special donation station, customers in Wigan can tidy up and do good in the process by turning their f...More

Yvonne Fovargue MP backs new campaign targeting the cruel UK puppy trade
Wednesday 21st September, 2016
Yvonne Fovargue MP has lent her support to a new public awareness campaign launched by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to target the growing problem of the illicit and cruel UK puppy trade. The puppy industry is booming, but with many UK breeders and puppy smugglers across Europe producing puppies solely for profit, all too often these animals suff...More

Wigan and Leigh residents invited to take up a pedometer challenge and learn more about their local health services
Wednesday 14th September, 2016
Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Bridgewater) is inviting people in Wigan Borough to attend its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 9.30am on Thursday 29 September at Bolton Whites Hotel. The event will provide the opportunity to learn more about the Trust, which provides over 50 community NHS health services in Wigan borough such as District Nurs...More

Win Big With Wynsors’ Back to School Shoe Fitting Service
Thursday 11th August, 2016
Before you know it the kids will be back to school and parents will be forking out for a new school uniform, shoes, and gym kit. To highlight the importance of having shoes that fit well, Wynsors has launched an in-store competition, giving families the chance to win a fantastic “back to school” hamper. The competition is taking place in-store in Wigan on August ...More

MPs prediction that people will be ‘priced out’ of challenging employers confirmed by a Parliamentary Report
Tuesday 21st June, 2016
Yvonne Fovargue MP has today said that, at their current level, employment tribunal fees are making it unaffordable for many people to challenge employers who break the law, such as by discriminating against them or withholding their wages. The influential Justice Select Committee of MPs has published a report that finds that major changes are needed to make sure p...More

Creative Emotions to build resilience of Wigan’s children
Friday 10th June, 2016
Creative Emotions has come to Wigan to create a resilient future generation. Janine White of Creative Emotions is combining many years of training and experience to provide creative ways to explore feelings. Janine says that: ‘By providing a safe, non-judgemental and empathic setting for children to gain resilience, self -awareness and emotional regulation they ...More

Charity Summer Fete taking place to raise money for little boy’s cancer treatment

Charity Summer Fete taking place to raise money for little boy’s cancer treatment
Wednesday 8th June, 2016
Buttons & Bows Private Day Nursery in Atherton is hosting a charity fundraiser for 4-year-old Charlie Taylor, who needs £250,000 for vital cancer treatment. Charlie’s grandmother Veronica says: “Charlie is just four years old; he deserves the chance to become a man.” A local nursery is holding a summer fete to help raise money for a local boy’s cancer treatment. ...More

Local MP Yvonne Fovargue pledges support to help create Carer Friendly Communities in Wigan for Carers Week 2016

Local MP Yvonne Fovargue pledges support to help create Carer Friendly Communities in Wigan for Carers Week 2016
Wednesday 8th June, 2016
Yvonne Fovargue MP today pledged her support to carers across Wigan as part of the National Carers Week 2016 awareness campaign, which runs from 6-12th June. There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend, of which over 34,800 carers are in the three parliamentary constituencies of Leigh, Makerfield and Wigan. The seven charitie...More

Police release image of man suspected of £300 distraction theft in Wigan

Police release image of man suspected of £300 distraction theft in Wigan
Wednesday 8th June, 2016
Police have released a CCTV image of a man suspected of stealing £300 from a 79-year-old woman in Wigan. At around 2.25pm on Friday 27 May 2016, the victim was withdrawing cash from an ATM outside Lloyds TSB on Market Street, Wigan, when she was approached by a man. He distracted her, and while her attention was diverted away from the machine he stole £300 from her...More

Murphy creates new wetland at local high school
Tuesday 31st May, 2016
Leading building and engineering firm J. Murphy & Sons (Murphy) will help officially open a new biodiversity Wetlands project in Golborne on 1st June. Murphy created the biodiversity scheme for free at Golborne High School, working alongside GoaLCo, The Golborne and Lowton Cooperative Learning Partnership and Leisure Trust, inspiring healthy lifestyles, on behalf o...More

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