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Residents’ delight at fourth flower show win
Thursday 20th July, 2017
Tenants from Wigan Borough are celebrating winning an award for their ‘dreamy nostalgia’ themed garden at this year’s RHS Tatton Flower Show. Wilf and Sue Ford, along with Alan Harper and other residents, are tenants at Sussex Close, Hindley, and scooped Silver Gilt in the prestigious flower show at Tatton Park on Wednesday 19th July. Their garden is a beautiful ri...More

Inspirational volunteer groups celebrated
Thursday 20th July, 2017
A number of local volunteer groups who have won the national Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services have been recognised. A reception was hosted at Wigan Town Hall by the Mayor of Wigan Borough, Councillor Bill Clarke to celebrate all of the hard work that the three groups have put into their communities over the years. Vice Lord-Lieutenant Paul Griffiths DL a...More

Nominate your local sporting hero before it’s too late!
Thursday 20th July, 2017
Now is the time to reward and recognise grassroots sport in Wigan Borough, with just one week remaining to nominate sporting heroes for the 2017 Believe Sports Awards. The borough has plenty of sporting talent and dedication to shout about and your nominations deservedly put the spotlight on volunteers, coaches and clubs who put their hard work and passion into loca...More

Council backs Lydia’s beautiful bee tribute
Thursday 20th July, 2017
A school girl’s creative way to support the victims of the Manchester terror attack has been backed by her local council. Lydia Melling, aged 13, from Standish High School was at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena when the bomb attack happened in May. Lydia and her mum Sarah were within metres of the explosion but thankfully escaped injury. In the weeks...More

Grab your passport for Wigan Libraries' Holiday Readathon
Thursday 20th July, 2017
There’s much more than meets the eye for children in Wigan Borough’s libraries this summer thanks to Ollie’s Holiday Readathon and Trail. Wigan Libraries’ mascot Ollie the Alien needs help filling his passport and by reading five books throughout the summer holidays, children can help him do so whilst collecting prizes and certificates. Each child will receive a co...More

Borough’s parks are flying the flag as some of the UK’s very best green spaces
Tuesday 18th July, 2017
Four parks in Wigan Borough have once again been hailed as among the best green spaces in the UK. Jubilee Park, in Ashton, Pennington Hall Park, in Leigh, and Mesnes Park and Alexandra Park, Wigan, have been recognised by the Green Flag Award scheme as some of the very best in the world. The parks are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spaces that wil...More

Yvonne Fovargue MP calls on Government to take action to bring fairer energy prices for all
Tuesday 18th July, 2017
Yvonne Fovargue MP has today supported calls for energy market action, as shocking figures calculated by Octopus Energy show people in Makerfield are over-paying £5.9 million a year on their energy bills. Horrified by the extent to which the energy market is failing energy customers, a cross-party group of MPs has written to the Government urging it to make sure al...More

Wigan confirmed as gateway to HS2 in the North West
Tuesday 18th July, 2017
Business and council leaders today welcomed final approval from Government of the HS2 route which confirms Wigan as the North West’s gateway to high speed rail. The decision to approve the phase 2 HS2 route was announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today (Monday) and was hailed by business leaders as a major inward investment opportunity for the borough. ...More

New business venture for former asylum seeker Obi
Tuesday 20th June, 2017
A former asylum seeker who fled war in his African homeland to create a new life in Wigan has spoken of his love for the people of the area as he opens an exciting new town centre business. Obi Oderinde, aged 23, fled Nigeria with his family and became an asylum seeker in Manchester aged just 10. From there Obi and his family were moved to Wigan Borough where they ...More

Tenants wanted for new housing panel
Tuesday 20th June, 2017
Housing tenants in Wigan Borough who want to make a difference in their communities are being encouraged to join a new group. The Housing Advisory Panel will play an active role in addressing local concerns on behalf of other tenants and will discuss and influence important decisions. The independent group will report to Wigan Council now Wigan and Leigh Homes h...More

Watch a live mummy wrapping at the Museum of Wigan Life
Tuesday 20th June, 2017
Watch science (un)-fold as experts demonstrate a real animal mummy wrapping to a live audience. Dr. Campbell Price, Dr. Lidija M. McKnight and Dr. Stephanie Atherton-Woolham from Manchester Museum will come to the Museum of Wigan Life on Thursday 22nd June to give an exciting talk about how mummies were wrapped in Ancient Egypt. Using a soft toy resembling the size...More

Chance to showcase your blooming good garden
Tuesday 13th June, 2017
Forget Chelsea, this year it’s all about showcasing Wigan Borough’s gardens in the first borough-wide annual gardening competition. Applications for the In Bloom competition are now open with six titles up for grabs, including ‘Best Individual Garden’ and ‘Best Communal/Community Garden’. In previous years the competition has just been for housing tenants but is ...More

Council tenants encouraged to download ReportIT
Tuesday 13th June, 2017
New ReportIT app developments allow all residents, including council housed tenants, to report even more issues at the tip of their fingers. Wigan Council’s free application for mobiles and tablets has been updated again so users can report issues in parks, greenspaces and play areas and also now includes a special category specifically for council housed tenants P...More

Young people set to challenge health habits
Tuesday 13th June, 2017
Young people in Wigan Borough are being encouraged to challenge their friends and families poor health habits as part of an innovative new health champion programme being organised by Wigan Athletic Community Trust. The 12th Man programme will see the Community Trust work in partnership with Wigan Council to deliver lifestyle workshops to 90 young people a year invo...More

Your vote, your voice
Wednesday 7th June, 2017
The chance to have your say in the General Election is almost here, don’t lose your voice. On Thursday 8th June Wigan Borough will cast their votes on a number of important issues such as child care, education, health, policing, transport and also funding of public services. If you haven’t already registered to vote unfortunately it’s too late, but if you have make...More

A taste of the continent hits Wigan
Wednesday 7th June, 2017
The streets of Wigan will be filled with the aromas of delicious delicacies as it welcomes a continental street market this week. RREvents will be bringing their continental market to town following on from the success of the Christmas Markets they hosted in the borough last year. The market, which is free to enter, will be offering delicious hot and cold food at S...More

Libraries the place to be this Wellfest
Wednesday 7th June, 2017
There is more in store than you might think at libraries across Wigan Borough for Wellfest. A packed schedule of events has been lined up for the first week of Wellfest action. From healthy themed sessions for youngsters to great opportunities for people to get out and meet others there is something for everyone at their local library. Regular sessions such as Gig...More

New picnic areas at Haigh
Tuesday 6th June, 2017
Picnic benches will soon be installed at a number of beauty spots around Haigh Woodland Park to give visitors plenty of space to relax and eat their lunch at the popular tourist destination. New benches and picnic areas will be added next to the park’s main attractions in close proximity to the Walled Gardens and Kitchen Courtyard, giving visitors easy access to en...More

It’s the little things that make a difference
Thursday 1st June, 2017
To mark national Volunteers’ Week (1st – 7th June) residents in Wigan Borough are being encouraged to sign up to make a difference in their communities. Hundreds of residents already devote their spare time to giving something back but, as part of The Deal, Wigan Council wants to recruit even more. There are a whole host of volunteering opportunities available in t...More

Savings on track
Thursday 1st June, 2017
Wigan Council has exceeded its latest savings challenge – cutting more than £15m from its annual budget in the last financial year. The council’s annual financial health check – its statement of accounts – will be presented at this month’s Audit Committee in draft form. The latest figures, which are published on the council’s website each year, show that despite ...More

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