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Local Chronology, 1934-35.


Dec. 21.
Death of Mr. W. T. Armitstead, retired colliery cashier, aged 72 years.
Dec. 23.
Mayor's visit to Wellwishers while packing Christmas parcels at the Drill Hall, prior to distribution on Christmas Eve.
Dec. 24.
Death of Mr. T. Y. Greener, mining engineer, aged 79 years.
Dec. 25.
Christmas Day.
Dec. 29.
Presentation to Mr. R. P. Roberts to mark his retirement from active journalism. - Report of presentation to Wigan Library of Dr. Bullock's Royal Wedding Anthem, autographed by Prince George and Princess Marina.
Dec. 31.
Death of Father Richard Corcoran, Parish Priest of St. Mary's R.C. Church, Birchley, aged 61 years.


Jan. 1.
New Year Honours List included the name of Sir Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, of Rufford Hall, and who is made a baron. - Death of Sir James Openshaw, J.P., D.L., in his 64th year. - Portrait Gallery of Noble Men presented at Methodist Church, King Street, Wigan.
Jan. 2.
Wigan Town Council Meeting: Conservative criticism of Corporation Farms.
Jan. 3.
New Year's address to Wigan Rotary Club by Rotarian the Rev. E. Lisle Marsden. - London Wedding of Miss Gladys Ranicar, Wigan. - Y.M.C.A. treat to children at the Drill Hall, Wigan.
Jan. 4.
Territorial Officers entertained 250 children at the Drill Hall, Wigan.
Jan. 5.
Report of work of Wigan Wellwishers' Fund. - Report of appointment of Canon C. C. Thicknesse, Rector of Wigan, as a Chaplain to the King.
Jan. 9.
A Nativity play produced at the Church Hall, Wigan.
Jan. 12.
Gipsy Smith, famous revivalist, opens five days' mission at Queen's Hall, Wigan.
Jan. 14.
Death of Mr. Benedict Turner, managing director of Ben Turner, Ltd., butchers, Wigan, aged 71 years.
Jan. 15.
Water Tank Burst at Springs Branch Locomotive Depot. - Presentation at Pemberton to Rev. H. E. Wraige, who had been appointed Rector of Vryburg, Bechuanaland, South Africa. - Mr. Harry Winstanley elected President of Wigan and District Butchers' Guardian Association.
Jan. 16.
Presentation to Mr. J. T. Gee, J.P., in recognition of his 25 years as chairman of the governors of Wigan and District Mining and Technical College.
Jan. 17.
Borough Treasurer addressed Wigan Rotary Club on some old Wigan Charities.
Jan. 18.
Upholland Grammar School prize day: address by Professor J. F. Duff, M.A., of Manchester University. - Deputation to the Town Clerk from the Wigan Ruri-Decanal Conference concerning the programme of slum clearance in the town.
Jan. 19.
Announcement that Rev. M. H. Gaskell, Everton, Liverpool, has been appointed Rector of Golborne. - Methodists' united peace demonstration in Wigan. Report of decision to remove war tank and guns from Mesnes Park. - Induction of Rev. John Wright to pastorate of Salem Congregational Church, Orrell.
Jan. 21.
Presentation to Mr. Peter Pigot, who had retired from the position of clerk to Orrell District Council, in appreciation of his 47 years' service to the Authority. - Liuet. Martin Lindsay, leader of the British Trans-Greenland Expedition, read a paper on the subject before the Royal Geographical Society in London.
Jan. 22.
Lord Crawford's address to electrical engineers in Manchester. - Alderman F. J. Pagett presented with new chain of office as president of the Northern Markets Authorities Association.
Jan. 23.
Ministry of Health inquiry at Golborne as to application for a loan of £3,500 to purchase and equip Lime House, Lowton, for use as Council Offices. - Death in Scotland of Mr. J. H. Taylor, J.P., cotton mill owner, in his 73rd year.
Jan. 26.
Mr. Peter Knowles, J.P., elected unopposed a member of Wigan Town Council, to fill a vacancy in Pemberton West Ward.
Jan. 27.
Lecture in St. John's Hall, Wigan, by Fr. G. Buisseret, on the land movement.
Jan. 28.
Traffic Commissioners' public inquiry at the Town Hall.
Jan. 29.
Rev. A. E. Hamm instituted vicar of St. Catharine's, Wigan. - Mr. Frederick Hickson appointed clerk to Hindley District Council in succession to Mr. T. Robey, retired.
Jan. 30.
Canon A. White instituted vicar of Billinge Parish Church. - Wigan Chamber of Trade annual dinner. - Opening of new organ at Bethel I.M. Church, Newtown.
Jan. 31.
2lst annual general meeting of Wigan Chamber of Trade; Mr. W. J. Atkinson, F.R.G.S., elected president.
Feb. 1.
Poolstock Church Bazaar in aid of repair fund. - Annual Council Meeting of Wigan Parish Church.
Feb. 2.
Report of Dr. J. E. Smart's election as president of the Association of Directors and Secretaries for Education. - Announcement that Mr. C. W. Waghorn had succeeded Mr. P. F. Laughton as manager of the Westminster Bank, Wigan.
Feb. 4.
St. Patrick's (Wigan) Amateur Operatic Society's performances of "A Runaway Girl."
Feb. 6.
Wigan Brewster Sessions: Notices of objection served on four licensees. - Death of Mr. William Burton, J.P., Wigan, aged 92 years. - Wigan Town Council meeting: appeal for economy.
Feb. 7.
Mr. A. Herbert, of the British Broadcasting Company, addressed Wigan Rotary Club on the policy of the B.B.C.
Feb. 9.
Annual dinner of Wigan Grammar School Old Boys' Association. - Announcement that Wigan Territorials would camp in the Isle of Man this year. - Report of annual rally of Wigan and District C.E. Union.
Feb. 11.
Address on local land scheme for unemployed at a meeting of Wigan Trades Council and Labour Party.
Feb. 12.
Coming of age dinner of Wigan Old Boys' Rugby Union Football Club.
Feb. 13.
Opening of the Grammar School New Fives Court on the Mesnes sports ground. - Sir Walter Greaves Lord, K.C., M.P., appointed a High Court Judge. - Wigan County Brewster Sessions.
Feb. 15.
Final lecture on "English Architecture" to Wigan Education Society by Mr. F. W. Holford.
Feb. 16.
Performances by Wigan St. Michael's Rover Players. - Official opening of Newtown Working Men's Club. - Report of tests of pocket wireless receiving set, constructed by two members of the Borough Police Force. - Report of purchase of Billinge and Parbold farms by the Order of Friends, for the benefit of unemployed men - Church of England Men's Society meeting in Wigan.
Feb. 18.
Annual meeting of Wigan Auxiliary of British and Foreign Bible Society. - Funeral of Mr. E. H. Morton, a director of Messrs. W. Morton and Sons Ltd., wholesale grocers, Ince and Wigan. - Sixth annual general meeting of Wigan and District Nursing Association (Queen's Nurses).
Feb. 19.
Annual prize distribution and exhibition of work done by students of St. John's Evening Institute, Wigan. - Protest against the Means Test at a meeting in Greenough Street School, Wigan.
Feb. 20.
Ernest Tyldesley, famous cricketer, presented the prizes at Orrell Cricket Club meeting. - Performances by Wigan All Saints' Players' at Church Hall.
Feb. 23.
Death at Soutbport of Dr. E. H. Monks, J.P., aged 74 years. - Change Ringers at St. James's Church, Poolstock. - The 109th anniversary of "Earl of Surrey" Lodge of Oddfellows celebrated at Standish. - Reports that Mr. James Green, Wigan, had been appointed director of education at Darwen, that Mr. James Wright, Ashton, bad been appointed to supervise mining operations of the Kentan Gold Areas, Ltd., Tanganyika, and that Mr. William Georgeson had been elected president of the Wigan Parent Total Abstinence Society.
Feb. 24.
Civic Reception at the Town Hall to Dr. David, Bishop of Liverpool, who preached at Wigan Parish Church.
Feb. 25.
Grocers' Association annual meeting in Wigan: Late closing of shops considered. - Annual meeting of Wigan Auxiliary of the Church Pastoral Aid Society. - Lecture on "Local Government in Wigan in the 17th and 18th centuries," given to Wigan Historical Association, by Mr. Wm. Scrivens. - The Mayor (Councillor D. Rourke) entertained members of St. Patrick's Amateur Operatic Society. - "Pageant of Noble Women" by Wigan Scarisbrick Street Baptist Church in the Salvation Army Hall.
Feb. 26.
Deputation of unemployed workers interviewed Wigan Borough Public Assistance Committee. - Address by Mr. J. Butterworth, Wigan borough treasurer, at a meeting of the Wigan Round Table, No. 78; subject "Local Government Finance."
Feb. 27.
New Ince Water Softening Plant opened. - Lower Ince Old Folks' Treat.
Feb. 28.
Talk on Wigan Territorials by the Commanding Officer, at a meeting of the Wigan Rotary Club. - Annual meeting of Wigan Cricket Club. - Meeting of West Lancashire Cricket League. - Whist drive and dance of Wigan Athletic A.F.C. - Annual meeting of Ashton Property Owners' Association: Discussion on the New Housing Bill.
Mar. 3.
Death at The Trench, Wem, Salop, of Lieut.-Col. N. ff. Eckersley, J.P., aged 77 years.
Mar. 4.
Adjourned Borough Licensing Sessions: Two houses referred for compensation.
Mar. 5.
Meeting of Wigan Trades Council and Labour Party: Resolutions regarding the forthcoming Jubilee Celebration.
Mar. 6.
Monthly meeting of Wigan Town Council: Addresses by an unemployed deputation. Other subjects included: Bus station for the Market Square and sanction of loan for a new Cemetery.
Mar. 7.
Robbery at a Wigan Auctioneers' Office.
Mar. 8.
Silver jubilee of Wigan Education Society.
Mar. 9.
Full text of Mayor's letter to the Minister of Labour as to a land clearance scheme.
Mar. 10.
Labour demonstration in Wigan against the "Means Test."
Mar. 11.
Broadcast talk by Mr. L. R. Missen, director of education for Wigan. Subject "The Taking of Baghdad, 1917." - Corporation deputation interviewed the Labour Minister in London, to place before him the serious position in Wigan through having 5,000 unemployed mine workers.
Mar. 12.
Standish ambulance men's Gas Mask Demonstration.
Mar. 13.
Fourth annual Wigan and District Musical and Dramatic Festival. - Wigan Hope Players present the comedy "Fishpingle." - Hindley and Abram Grammar School: Prizes and certificates presented by Lady Barlow, of Manchester.
Mar. 16.
Report of appointment of nine new Wigan Magistrates. - Fox Hunt at Parbold. - Farm Fire at Aspull.
Mar. 17.
St. Patrick's Day celebrations: Special sermon at St. Patrick's Church, Wigan. - Rev. Dr. Ernest G. Braham, secretary National Sunday School Union, at King Street Baptist Church, Wigan.
Mar. 18.
Performances at the Hippodrome by Wigan and District Dramatic Society: "The Farmer's Wife" and "If I Were King." - Hindley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society's presentation of "Les Cloches de Corneville." - Nominations for District Council Elections.
Mar. 19.
Address on "The Life of Johann Sebastian Bach" by Mr. W. O. Minay, to the Wigan Round Table, No. 78.
Mar. 21.
Education Authority accept Wolverhampton firm's tender for the building of the new Wigan Grammar School. - Annual meeting of Wigan Branch of the League of Nations Union. - Address on the History of the Wigan Parish Church organ, at Rotary Club's weekly luncheon.
Mar. 22.
Institution of Rev. M. H. Gaskell as Rector of Golborne.
Mar. 23.
Report of details of £1,000 organ presented to the Wigan Grammar School by Mr. George A. Christopher.
Mar. 25.
The Peace Ballot: Counting the votes in Wigan.
Mar. 26.
Presentation to Mr. Thomas Robey, clerk to the Hindley District Council, on retiring from the office. - Property Owners' Association annual meeting in Wigan. - Mock Parliament held by Wigan Women's Labour Party.
Mar. 27.
Sunday School Union Choral Society performed Handel's "Samson" in the Methodist Church, King-street, Wigan. - Budget statement at Wigan County Borough Council meeting: Rate of 14s. 9d. in the £ levied. - Wigan Education Authority and scheme of Instruction Centres.
Mar. 28.
Roadside emergency first-aid boxes inaugurated at Standish.
Mar. 29.
Annual meeting of Wigan Education Society: The new president and the new chairman. - Annual meeting of Old Comrades' Association, Wigan Territorials.
Mar. 30.
Dedication of bells at St. Peter's Church, Hindley, after re-hanging and renovation. - Publication of results of Peace Ballot in Standish, and Orrell. - Presentation to Mr. Joseph Hurst on retirement as registrar, Hindley Cemetery. - Life-Boat streets collection in Wigan. - Reports of Wigan and Standish and other plans for celebrating the King's Silver Jubilee on 6th of May.
April 1.
Wigan Grocers' Association discuss proposed early closing order for shops.
April 2.
Monthly meeting of Wigan Trades Council and Labour Party: Discussion on the appointment of Magistrates. - Wigan Borough Quarter Sessions: Sequel to Wigan Office Safe Robbery.
April 3.
Ministry of Health inquiry at Golborne into the Council's application to borrow £126,191 for Sewerage Scheme. - Wigan County Borough Council Meeting: Fascists and the use of Baths Assembly Hall; New parking arrangements for King Street. - Funeral of Wigan Spiritualist Leader. - Annual meeting of Wigan After-Care Committee for Consumptives. - Death at Chesterfield of Dr. Herbert Peck, M.D., a native of Wigan, in his 74th year.
April 4.
Presentation to Lord Derby at Preston.
April 5.
Duchess of York on the Edinburgh to London express, which stopped at Wigan.
April 6.
Reports of Peace Ballot results at Hindley. - Pedestrian Crossings for Wigan. - Daffodil Day at Winstanley Hall. - Death of Mr. Samuel Swire, solicitor, Parbold, aged 74 years.
April 9.
Ministry of Health inquiry in Wigan in reference to a Pemberton Clearance Order.
April 10.
Annual meeting in Wigan of St. Margaret's Home, Goose Green.
April 11.
Presentations in Wigan to two members of the staff of Blackburn Assurance Company.
April 13.
Publication of Wigan Peace Ballot results. - Mr. W. Gorman, K.C., re-elected president of North-Western Federation of Young Liberals. - Presentation to ex-president at annual meeting of Wigan Anglers' Centre in Shevington.
April 14.
Territorial Band, making their first public appearance in scarlet uniforms, give concert in the Drill Hall.
April 15.
Mr. Ralph Wall, Wigan, elected president of Lancashire, Cheshire and Derbyshire Federation of Weekly Newspapers. - Deaith of Mr. Thomas Wilkie, well-known agriculturist, aged 93 years.
April 17.
Ministry of Health inquiry at Standish relating to Council's Clearance Orders. - Settlement of Maypole Colliery dispute. - First working railwayman appointed chairman of Ince District Council.
April 23.
Wigan Parish Church: "Urgent matters" raised at annual vestry meeting.
April 24.
Death of Mr. Joseph Fairhurst, J.P., Pemberton, in his 60th year.
April 25.
Death of Mr. Douglas Johnson, solicitor, Wigan. - Death at Norwich of Mr. Frank Buckley, former Wigan Tramways Manager.
April 26.
Funeral of Mr. Harry Carrington Pope, of Gathurst. - Death of Mr. John Wood, engineer, of Elmfield, Boar's Head, aged 56 years. - Mr. J. Holding appointed surveyor and sanitary inspector to Wigan Rural District Council.
April 27.
Sixty-second annual meeting of L. and C. Miners' Permanent Relief Society. - Arrangements announced for celebrating the King's Silver Jubilee. - Enginemen's and Boilermen's Federation meeting in Wigan. - Letter to "Wigan Observer" from a Wiganer in Baghdad. - Illustrated article in "Observer" on St. George's Church (Wigan) renovation scheme.
April 28.
Annual Service of Remembrance at Upholland.
April 29.
Opening of new filtration plant at Wigan Corporation Baths.
April 30.
Annual meeting of Wigan Trades Council and Labour Party. - Fourth annual meeting of Wigan and District Competitive Musical Festival. - Annual meeting of Wigan Personal Service Committee.
May 1.
Wigan Town Council discuss flag days.
May 2.
Arts League of Service travelling theatre players at the Church Hall, Wigan. - Death of Mr. R. D. Roberts, journalist, aged 68 years. - Death of Mrs. Marie Gertrude Walmesley, widow of Major Humphrey Jeffrey Walmesley, Lord of the Manor of Ince-in-Makerfield, aged 80 years.
May 3.
Interment of Mrs. Cook, of Standish Hall. - Wigan and District Sunday School Union annual meeting: Rev. S. Cooper the new president.
May 4.
Notice of book, "The employment of Leisure," by Mr. L. R. Missen, Director of Education for Wigan, appeared in the "Wigan Observer." - Illustration in "Wigan Observer" of changing the course of the river Douglas at Newtown. - Announcement of Billinge Peace Ballot results.
May 5.
Labour May Day demonstration on Wigan Market Square. - Civic Sunday at Hindley.
May 6.
Celebrations of the Silver Jubilee of the King and Queen in Wigan and district: Thanksgiving Service at Wigan Parish Church: Presentation of gold chain of office for Wigan's Mayoress: Four beacons ablaze in chain of fires. - Death of Mr. William Hart, former Hindley Rating Officer, aged 65 years. - Stone beacon on Billinge HilI seriously damaged by Jubilee bonfire.
May 8.
Sir Reginald Neville, Bart, K.C., opened bazaar in aid of St. George's Church reconstructional fund, the Queen's gift being on view: Bishop of Liverpool and Sir Reginald were guests of honour at a luncheon party at the Town Hall. - Rev. Walter D. Mason inducted minister of Ashton Congregational Church. - Presentation to Councillor W. Rigby at Orrell. - Special meeting of Wigan Town Council: Business licences for dog racing tracks.
May 9.
Death of Mr. William Price, former president of Wigan Free Church Council, aged 70 years. - Death of Councillor Caleb Smith, J.P., Upholland, aged 73 years. - Big fire at May Mill, Pemberton.
May 11.
Pictures of local Jubilee Celebrations in "Wigan Observer." - Death of Mr. William Mack, Upholland, in his 80th year. - New Drill Hall opened at Golborne.
May 12.
Mayor's Visit to St. Patrick's Church: Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving. - Opening of training farm at Priorswood Hall, Parbold. - Orrell Council attended Jubilee Service at St. Luke's Church. - First Church Parade of Ashton District Council.
May 14.
Mayoral visit to Pagefield Ironworks, setting in motion a mammoth air compressor. - Opening of Methodist Synod in Wigan.
May 15.
Death of Mr. Walter Patterson, well-known oyster merchant, aged 89 years.
May 16.
Butchers entered Window Dressing Competition, arranged by the New Zealand Meat Producers' Board.
May 17.
Heavy fall of snow in Wigan and district: Racing at Haydock Park cancelled. - Abram Colliery Band's wireless broadcast concert.
May 18.
Pubiication of the King's thanks for Wigan's loyal address on his Majesty's Silver Jubilee; also names of local recipients of the King's Jubilee Medals. - Report of presentation to a Wigan Journalist. - Announcement of a visit of the new patron of St. James's Church, Poolstock. - Announcement of Wigan Librarian's booklet outlining Wigan's History.
May 20.
Wigan Motor Tyres Case at Borough Police Court.
May 22.
Wigan Cotton Ball at Empress Hall.
May 23.
The Mayor cut first sod of foundation of new Grammar School.
May 24.
Archbishop of Armagh (Dr. C. F. D'Arcy), Primate of All Ireland, preached at an Empire Day Service in Westlioughton.
May 25.
Announcement of formation of Wigan Jubilee Aero Club. - Announcement that the firm of Burland and Son was being refloated. - Report of umpire's ruling re trainees under Catholic Land Scheme, Parbold. - May Day Horse Parade in Wigan. - Five new Wigan County Magistrates appointed. - Report of a paper read by Mr. A. J. Hawkes, Wigan Borough Librarian, before Wigan Round Table.
May 27.
Wigan Canine Society's Show. - United Missionary rally in the Church Hall, Wigan, under the auspices of the Wigan Deanery Missionary Association. - Meeting at the Town Hall in connection with the Mayor's fund for King George's Jubilee Trust. - Two Wigan licensed houses referred for compensation.
May 28.
Presentation ceremony at Wigan Infirmary in connection with the Ladies' Linen League.
May 29.
The Mayor and Mayoress opened new hard tennis courts of the Elms Club. - May Queen Festival at St. Michaels School, Wigan.
May 31.
Mayoress of Wigan inaugurated new cheap telegram service, sending first telegram from Wigan at new rate to the Prince of Wales.
June 1.
Dedication of new vestries and other gifts at Bickershaw Parish Church. - Death of Mr. Thos. Nixon, grocer, Wigan, aged 54. - Lancashire Junior Scholarships: List of successful local candidates in "Wigan Observer." - New Ince Ice-Cream Making Industry described in "Wigan Observer." - Report of fossilised tree found at Shevington. - Lancashire Coal Scheme: Text of Order. - Rose Queen Ceremony, St. Mark's, Newtown. - Death of Mr. T. W. Shaw (colliery manager) whilst playing on Hindley Hall Golf Course, aged 41 years. - Death of Councillor James Twist, of Golborne, aged 53.
June 3.
Inquest at Orrell on Wm. Cheetham, retired colliery contractor, whose skeleton was found in a wood after a disappearance of seven years.
June 4.
Mr. F. Makin, railwaymen's delegate, elected president of Wigan Trades Council and Labour Party. - Annual meeting of Wigan, Leigh and District Workshops for the Blind at Wigan Town Hall.
June 5.
Profits of Electricity and Gas Departments reported at Wigan Town Council meeting. - Death at Fowey, Cornwall, in her 95th year, of Mrs. Emily Augusta Heron, widow of the late Mr. Arthur Penson Heron, of Wigan.
June 6.
Lecture on "Youth Hosteling" at Wigan Mining College.
June 7.
Death of Mr. Wm. Simm, Harvey House, Gathurst, in his 78th year.
June 8.
Report of presentation of portrait of the late Stephen Walsh, M.P., to Wigan Library. - Annual report of North-Western Divisional Mining Inspector: Abandoned mines in the Wigan area.
June 9.
Territorials depart for camp at Ramsey, Isle of Man.
June 10.
Death of Mr. Charles Stamp, a former Wigan resident, and father of Sir Josiah Stamp, aged 82 years. - Catholic procession: Civic reception to Dr. H. Downey, Archbishop of Liverpool.
June 12.
Meeting of members of the proposed Wigan Jubilee Aero Club.
June 15.
Article on the History of British Agriculture in the "Wigan Observer." - Publication of 62nd annual report of Wigan Infirmary Work.
June 16.
Hail storm in Wigan.
June 19.
Wigan Tradesmen's Holiday. - Education Society's architectural tour of Liverpool. - Death of Mr. J. H. Worswick, managing director of Wigan Entertainments Co., in his 71st year.
June 20.
Third annual meeting of Wigan Athletic Supporters' Club. - Wigan Blind people's annual outing. - The Mayor and Town Clerk flew from Blackpool Airport to Ramsey, Isle of Man, on a visit to the Wigan Territorial Camp.
June 21.
Motor Tyres Case: Sentences at Liverpool Assizes.
June 22.
Centenary celebrations of the Independent Order of Rechabites. - Standish Jubilee Carnival. - Abram Colliery Band won Blackpool Corporation's 50-guinea trophy. - Pagett Bowling Cup final in Mesnes Park.
June 23.
Return of Wigan Territorials.
June 24.
Annual Wigan Women's Labour week begins.
June 25.
Annual meeting of Wigan Football Club, Ltd. - Wigan Infirmary annual meeting. - Presentation to Mr. Joseph Hurst, retiring registrar of Hindley Cemetery. - Coroner Brighouse quoted Tom Hood's pauper lines at an inquest on a Dalton farm labourer.
June 26.
Sir Francis R. Ince Anderton, J.P., presented the prizes at the annual sports of Ince Schools in Walmesley Park. - Meeting of Wigan Education Authority; increase in annual grant to Notre Dame High School. - Funeral of Mr. James Seddon, bank official. - Church of England Temperance Society meeting at Winstanley Hall.
June 27.
Lancashire Football Alliance annual meeting in Wigan.
June 28.
Wigan Welfare Football League: Annual presentation of prizes.
June 29.
Report of sale of the tank and guns in Mesnes Park. - Display by National Fire Brigades' Association at Springfield Park. - Article in "Wigan Observer" on a Hindley student as Cambridge Wrangler. - Publication of Lieut.-Col. N. ff. Eckersley's Will; large charitable bequests. - Girl cyclist killied in Wigan.
July 1.
Traffic Commissioners sitting in Wigan.
July 2.
Standish Council accept from Mrs. Walsh, wife of the late Mr. Stephen Walsh, M.P., a number of books covering the whole work of the House of Commons during the 23 years Mr. Walsh was the member for Ince. - Death of Mrs. Lucy Ann Baron, Mesnes Park Terrace, in her 80th year. - Death of Mr. James Halliwell, former Wigan Rugby footballer, aged 65 years.
July 3.
First "Belisha Beacons" installed at new pedestrian crossings in Wigan. - Wigan Council and the letting of the Market Square to Army Field Battery. - Ladies' day at Wigan Subscription Bowling Green. - Abram Council road inspection; visit to Wigan.
July 4.
Applications to Borough Licensing Court.
July 6.
Reports in "Wigan Observer" of Mr. Alfred Peck's gift to Boy Scout troops, in commemoration of the King's Silver Jubilee. - Wigan Parish Church bells to be re-hung in new steel frame. - Rev.W. Adderley, curate of St. Mark's, Newtown, appointed vicar of Stamford Bishop. - Union of Lancashire and Cheshire Institutes examination results. - Flag day in Wigan, in connection with the Mayor's appeal for King George's Jubilee Trust Fund.
July 7.
Wigan's Peace Campaign: Meeting on Parbold Hill.
July 8.
Annual meeting of Wigan and District Rugby League. - Death of Mr. John H. Makinson, J.P., formerly Wigan businessman, aged 62 years. - Princess Helena Victoria passed through Wigan. - Reconstruction of Wrightington Bridge began. - Sixty-eight Wigan Pilgrims leave for Lourdes.
July 9.
Duchess of York visited Wigan for the first time; inspected Parbold and Upholland Land Schemes.
July 10.
Cutting first sod on site of New Abram Parish Church. - Ladies' day at Bellingham Bowling Green. - Shevington case at Preston Sessions. - The Mayor's annual cricket match at Bull Hey in aid of Wigan Infirmary.
July 13.
Wigan's Royal Jubilee Carnival; a spectacular success. - Pagett Bowling Shield final at Great Acre, Whelley.
July 15.
Milk Week began in Wigan: the Mayor opened a series of demonstrations at Hope Hall. - Cricket final for the Salter Cup.
July 16.
Opening of Allotment Scheme in Park-road, under the auspices of the Wigan Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association. - Special parade of County Constabulary at Wigan Drill Hall to meet Captain A. F. Hordern, the new Chief Constable of Lancashire. - Death of Major Wm. Taberner, at Orrell Hall, in his 82nd year.
July 17.
Ministry of Health Inquiry in connection with Wigan Rural District Council's Clearance Orders.
July 18.
July meeting of the Council of Wigan Chamber of Trade: report of progress of this year's exhibition.
July 20.
The King reviewed the Police Forces of Great Britain in Hyde Park, Wigan district representatives being present. - Economic Study Club campaign. - Illustrated report in "Wigan Observer" of Women's Free Church Council Garden Party at Orrell Mount. Also articles on Wigan Parish Church bells, and the Pierpoint Morgan collection of Miniatures. - Wireless message broadcast from Wigan Central Police Station results in arrest. - Opening of New Spiritualist Church at Hindley. - Platt Bridge Churches united schools' procession.
July 21.
Death of Mr. William A. Bywater, of Upholland, aged 87 years.
July 22.
Mayor and Mayoress accompany Crippled Children's outing to Southport. - Death of Mr. James Ainscough, popular Wigan musician, aged 60 years.
July 23.
The results of the Peace Ballot laid before the Prime Minister by a deputation of 40 persons.
July 24.
Outing of Public Assistance inmates to Lytham.
July 25.
Wigan Corporation's scheme for reclamation of old pitheaps and flashes, and finding work for unemployed.
July 26.
Wigan Girl Guides leave for camp at Waddow Hall, Clitheroe.
July 27.
Report on Wigan's position in the Horse Census. - Photograph in "Wigan Observer" of Miss Kate Jermyn, Wigan's oldest working weaver. - Parbold Annual Carnival. - Celebration of 21st anniversary of Platt Bridge Labour Club.
July 28.
Fire at Railway View Farm, Golborne. - Ambulance Brigade's Church Parade; Memorial Service at Queen's Hall.
July 31.
Inspection of Borsdane Wood, Hindley; visit of Mrs Leigh Pemberton. - Wigan Town Council meeting; new shelter for Mesnes Park.
Aug. 3.
Wigan Holiday Week began. - Report in "Wigan Observer" of interview with Mr. Samuel Dean (Lamberhead Green) who took part in the expedition for the relief of General Gordon. Also report of retirement of Mr. John Mears, after nearly 58 years' service with Messrs. Peace and Ellis, solicitors, Wigan. - Intimation that the Wigan Parish Church bells had gone to Loughborough and that the church clock was out of action.
Aug. 4.
Hindley Territorials entrain for Camp at Caernarvon.
Aug. 5.
Forty-second annual Wigan County Police Sports at Springfield Park, Wigan. - Mayoral opening of Wigan Hippodrome, after reconstructions. - Death of Mr. Thomas Fazackerley, Wigan estate agent, aged 55 years.
Aug. 6.
Death of Father Henry F. Milner, at St. Joseph's College, Upholland, in his 71st year.
Aug. 8.
Death of Mr. William Charnock, of Norley Hall Farm, Pemberton, aged 73 years.
Aug. 9.
Experiment of "Matrimonial Courts," by Wigan County Bench.
Aug. 10.
Reports in "Wigan Observer": Memorial to Dr. Herbert Peck, at Hasland Church, Chesterfield; Rev, Arthur Finch's important appointment; Discovery of old cargo boats in the River Douglas at Gatburst; Drowning fatality at Blackpool, young Hindley man the victim; Appointment of Mr. J. C. Darbyshire (Carnforth) as station master at Wigan (L.M.S. Railway); Announcement of the retirement of Mr. Wm. Lea, water inspector to the Standish District Council, after 32 years' service; Haigh Foal Show.
Aug. 11.
Fire at the Carcomon Farm, Hindley Green.
Aug. 13.
Commercial Users' Association meeting: address by Colonel A. Jerratt.
Aug. 15.
Announcement of the appointment of Rev. E. B. Bull as vicar of Ince.
Aug. 17.
Hindley Allotment and Garden Show. - Garden Fete and Baby Show at Hindley. - Account of a visit of Liverpool Hospital Officials to Wigan Infirmary appeared in "Wigan Observer"; also report of work of Douglas Catchment Board.
Aug. 20.
Funeral of Mr. William Clayton, builder, of Hodges Street, Wigan. - Visit of Methodist Conference ex-President, Rev. Wm. Younger, to Orrell.
Aug. 24.
Orrell Horticultural Show. - Report of Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Emanuel Taylor, Wigan. Report of Wiganers' experiences in Channel ship collision. - Wigan Women's Labour Party Garden Fete. - High-water Tower felled at Top Place Works.
Aug. 26.
Meeting at Hindley to consider reopening of Prospect Weaving Mill. - Tommy Handley at Wigan Hippodrome.
Aug. 28.
St. Thomas's Church Mothers' Union outing to Parbold by horse-drawn canal boat. - Wigan Education Committee: Worsley Mesnes School dispute decision. - Opening of River Douglas drainage scheme at Gathurst. - Public meeting in Wigan of Workers' Educational Association.
Aug. 31.
7th annual summer show of Wigan Horticultural Society. - Report that Golborne Colliery was to be re-opened. - Death recorded of Dr. G. G. Macdonald, a director of Pendlebury and Co., Wigan.
Sept. 1.
The Mayor of Wigan acted as a canopy bearer in Sutton Monastry Procession.
Sept. 3.
Death of Mr. William Morgans, 54 years member of the staff of Messrs. Peace and Ellis, solicitors, aged 68 years.
Sept. 4.
New Mesnes Grammar School Playing Field used first time, a physical display being given by four hundred school children. - Welcome to new Methodist Ministers at King Street and Standishgate Churches. - Mass meeting of Hairdressers in Wigan.
Sept. 6.
Death of Mr. William Cotterill, Pemberton, aged 84 years.
Sept. 7.
Report of interview at Pemberton with Dr. Mary Tomlinson, medical missionary, in "Wigan Observer." - Wigan and District Peace Council formed. - Sir Alan Cobham's Air Circus at Standish.
Sept. 8.
Mr. Joseph Jones, president of Miners' Federation of Great Britain, addressed meeting on Market Square.
Sept. 9.
Miss Marie Ault, the actress, visited Wigan, her native town, over the week-end: Civic luncheon at the Town Hall. - The Record Spinning Mill, Ashton, purchased by Messrs. T. Crompton and Sons, hinge and lock manufacturers.
Sept. 10.
Mr. Ernest Brown, Minister of Labour, opened a new Employment Exchange in Dorning Street, and also inspected pit heaps and flashes.
Sept. 11.
Wigan Parish Church garden fete.
Sept. 12.
Death of Dr. Robert Richards, son of a former Mayor of Wigan, in his 73rd year.
Sept. 14.
Brass Band Contest in Mesnes Park in connection With the Mayor's Infirmary Appeal. - Third and final instalment of Alderman John McCurdy's diary impressions of his cruise to North European Capitals, in "Wigan Observer." - Re-dedication of St. George's Church after restoration.
Sept. 16.
Mr. Arthur Greenwood addressed meeting in Wigan.
Sept. 18.
Military Wedding at St. James's Church, Poolstock.
Sept. 21.
Mayor's House to House Infirmary Appeal. - Illustrated report of the Mayor's visit to new works at Pemberton. - Illustration of New Grammar School in "Wigan Observer."
Sept. 22.
Dedication of British Legion Standard, Ashton. - Wigan Parish Church Council decide on re-casting the church's peal of bells.
Sept. 23.
The Mayor (Councillor D. Rourke) laid foundation stone of new £35,000 Grammar School.
Sept. 25.
Dalton Water Scheme officially opened. - Presentation to Mr. C. T. Peers on retiring as superintendent of Wigan Post Office after 47 years' postal service.
Sept. 26.
Mr. Charles Turner, father of Miss Eva Turner, the opera star, and formerly of Ashton-in-Makerfield and Standish, died suddenly at Covent Garden while awaiting the appearance of his daughter in the role of Agatha in "Der Freischutz." - Mr. W. O. Minay, Wigan Parish Church organist, gave an organ recital at Manchester Cathedral.
Sept. 28.
Announcement that there were to be 66 Pedestrian crossings in Wigan. - Members of Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire visited Wigan and Haigh Hall.
Sept. 30.
Mr. James Moorfield retired from headmastership of All Saints' Schools, Hindley, after twenty-eight years as headmaster.
Oct. 1.
Interment of Mr. Charles Turner, father of Miss Eva Turner, the opera star, at Standish.
Oct. 2.
Ministry of Health inquiry re clearance area appeal at Hindley. - Wigan Corporation General Purposes Committee meeting: "No action" decision on air-raid precautions. - Professor A. J. Grant, president of the Wigan Education Society, delivered his presidential address at Wigan College.
Oct. 4.
Miss Margery Booth, the famous Wigan-born soprano, sang at concert organised by her at Queen's Hall, Wigan, in aid of Mayor's Wigan Infirmary Fund. - Safety Badge Classes for pit boys inaugurated at the Wigan Mining and Technical College.
Oct. 5.
Wigan Medical Officer's annual report for past year published in "Wigan Observer" shows lowest death-rate on record.
Oct. 6.
Fire, which did damage estimated at £20,000 at Vigour Dog Food Works, Golborne.
Oct. 7.
Lord Bishop of Kimberley and Kuruman spoke at annual meeting of Wigan Deanery Branch of Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.
Oct. 9.
Madame Oda Slobodskaya, the famous Russian soprano, sang at Ashton-in-Makerfield Choral Society's concert. - Silver Jubilee Cup presented at Ince District Council meeting to George Robinson, the only baby born in Ince township on the day of the King's Silver Jubilee.
Oct. 10.
Dr. David, Bishop of Liverpool, described his seven years' scheme for the provision of spiritual facilities for new housing areas which lack churches, to a meeting of representatives of churches in the Wigan Deanery.
Oct. 12.
Announcement of the retirement of Councillor Charles A. Mather, J.P., as registrar of births, deaths and marriages for Orrell, Bilhinge, Upholland and Dalton districts, a position be had filled for 31 years.
Oct. 16.
Announcement at meeting of Wigan Education Authority that the Trustees of the Carnegie Trust United Kingdom had decided to make a grant of £5,400 towards the proposed Wigan Institute of Leisure. - Chancellor H. C. Dowdall, K.C., at Liverpool Consistory Court granted a faculty for the re-casting and rehanging of eight bells in the present peal in the tower of Wigan Parish Church and the addition of two new treble bells.
Oct. 17.
Mayor of Wigan (Councillor D. Rourke) presented prizes to the tenants in the garden competition of the Wigan Corporation Housing Estates.
Oct. 18.
Two-days' sale concluded of freehold ground rents of Hodges Estate in Wigan district, £18,854 15s. 9d., being realised. - Death of Rev. D. A. Rowlands, first vicar of Bickershaw, in his 78th year.
Oct. 19.
Announcement of appointment of Father Thomas Turner, Procurator of St. Joseph's Catholic College, Upholland, as Procurator of the new Liverpool Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King. - Biographical sketch, with portrait, published in "Wigan Observer," of Sir Leslie Frederick Scott, K.C., a member of a distinguished Wigan legal family, on his appointment as a Lord Justice of Appeal.
Oct. 20.
Archbishop Downey presided at mass meeting in connection with the 19th annual conference of Wigan District Branches of the C.Y.M.S. of Great Britain in County Playhouse, Wigan.
Oct. 21.
Lecture on "Silicosis in the Coalfields" by Dr. W. E. Cooke, pathologist at Wigan Infirmary, before Past and Present Mining Students' Association at Wigan Mining and Technical College.
Oct. 23.
Wigan and District Permanent Building Society annual meeting: Mr. J. T. Gee resigned presidency after 36 years. - Dr. Mary Tomlinson, a former Pemberton pit-brow girl, gave an interesting address at Wesley Hall, Standishgate, describing her work as a Medical Missionary in India. - Lord Crawford opened three-days' bazaar at St. Stephen's, Whelley, in aid of new church fund.
Oct. 25.
Resignation of Mr. Robert Alstead, J.P., of Wigan, as prospective Liberal candidate for Preston received with regret by the Council of the Preston Liberal Association. - Death of Mr. James Ohm, M.A., headmaster of Wigan Grammar School from 1883 to 1891, aged 82 years.
Oct. 26.
Illustrated article on the Diamond Jubilee of Douglas Parish Church, Parbold, published in "Wigan Observer." - General Election Writ for Wigan received by Mayor (Councillor D. Rourke). - Mr. Gordon Macdonald re-adopted as Labour candidate for the Ince Division. - Lancashire Association of Change Ringers held their annual dinner in Wigan for first time. - Annual convention of the Lancashire and Cheshire Federation of Christian Endeavour Unions in Wigan.
Oct. 28.
Mr. John Allen Parkinson re-adopted as Labour candidate for Wigan. - Lord Clanfield, President of Lancashire and Cheshire Association of Boys' Clubs, addressed Wigan meeting, when it was decided to form a Boys' Club for Wigan. - Cheese Week began in Wigan organised by the Milk Publicity Board. - Dr. P. Herbert, Bishop of Blackburn, preached at Diamond Jubilee celebration service of Douglas Parish Church, Parbold.
Oct. 30.
Four-days Empire Bazaar at St. Mark's, Newtown, opened by Lady E. D. Simon. - Sir Walter Greaves-Lord, an old boy of the school, presented the prizes at the Wigan Grammar School Speech Day.
Oct. 31.
Mr. Robert Grant Ferris adopted as National Conservative candidate for Wigan. - Annual meeting of Wigan and District Branch of National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. - Mrs. Macnamara, J.P., National President, addressed anniversary meeting of Wigan and District Women's Free Church Council.
Nov. 1.
Wigan Municipal Elections: Seven contests, one Labour gain from Conservatives. - Mr. Herbert T. Ryan, M.A., adopted as National Conservative candidate for the Ince Division. - Anti-War Exhibition opened at Wigan.
Nov. 3.
Standard of the Garswood and North Ashton Branch of the British Legion dedicated at Ashton-in-Makerfield Parish Church.
Nov. 4.
Nomination Day for General Election: Contests in Wigan, Ince, Newton, Westhoughton, Chorley and Ormskirk Divisions. - Work commenced on the new block for paying patients at Wigan Infirmary. - Death of Councilor Thomas Taberner, of Orrell, aged 68 years.
Nov. 6.
Mayor of Wigan (Councillor D. Rourke) hands cheque for £1,002 raised during his Mayoralty to the Infirmary.
Nov. 7.
Mayor and Mayoress (Councillor D. and Mrs. Rourke), Members of the Town Council and Corporation Officials planted trees in Wigan, in commemoration of King George's Silver Jubilee. - Mr. R. S. Hudson, Minister of Pensions in National Government, spoke at Conservative campaign meeting in Baths Assembly Hall, Wigan.
Nov. 8.
Mr. William Halliwell, the well-known Wigan brass band conductor, presented with the Silver Medal of the Royal Victorian Order by the King at Buckingham Palace. - Rev. Edward Benjamin Bull, M.A., instituted vicar of Christ Church, Ince.
Nov. 9.
Wigan Mayor-Choosing Day: Councillor Thomas Smith (Cons.) elected 689th Mayor of the Borough, Coundilor A. C. Fairhurst being appointed Deputy Mayor. - New Mayor of Wigan (Councillor T. Smith) presented cup and trophies at 5th Manchester Battalion Dance. - Annual Poppy Day in Wigan: £442 collected. - Wigan Co-operative Choral Society gave Haydn's "Creation" at Queen's Hall, Wigan: Sir William Dudley, chairman of the Co-operative Wholesale Society, addressed the meeting. - Wigan and District Horticultural Society's 6th annual Chrysanthemum Show.
Nov. 10.
New Mayor's State Visit to Wigan Parish Church.
Nov. 11.
Armistice Day celebrations in Wigan and neighbouring townships. - Mlners' Ballot began in Wigan and district and the country generally on the question of pressing for an advance of 2s. per shift for adults over 18 years and 1s. per shift for youths and boys under 16, even to extent of tendering notices to enforce the claim.
Nov. 13.
Grey Owl, the celebrated Canadian-Indian naturalist, known as the "Modern Hiawatha," visited Wigan and spoke in St Paul's Church, Standishgate. - Death of Mr. George Phythian, farmer, of Carter's Fold Farm, Garswood, aged 80 years. - Death of Mr. James Cooper, a well-known Wigan bandsman and the oldest trombonist in the country, aged 80 years.
Nov. 14.
General Election: Polling in Local Constituencies, being Wigan, John Allen Parkinson (Lab.) 27,950, Robert Grant-Ferris (Nat. Cons.) 17,646; Ince Division, Gordon Macdonald (Lab.) 26,334, Herbert Felix Ryan (Nat. Cons.) 9,928; Westhoughton Division, R. J. Davies (Lab.) 21,093, H. O. Dixon (Cons.) 13,851; Newton Division, Sir Robert Young (Lab.) 19,992, R. C. Essenhigh (Cons.) 14,201; Ormskirk Division, Sir S. T. Rosbotham (Nat. Lab.) 27,624, F. V. King (Lab.) 19,579; Chorley Division, Douglas H. Hacking (Cons.) 23,061, A. Whiting (Lab.) 17,286, R. Edwards (I.L.P.) 1,365.
Nov. 16.
Annual prizes distribution of Central and South West Lancashire Homing Combine at Wigan.
Nov. 17.
Annual Parade of Wigan and District Ex-Servicemen: Service at St. Thomas's Church. - Wigan Division of Girl Guides' Annual Church Parade at Wigan Parish Church.
Nov. 18.
Death of Mr. Joel Magraw, oldest member of Wigan Bowling Green Ltd., aged 85.
Nov. 19.
Death of Mr. Charles John Wood, for over 40 years secretary of Messrs. John Mawdsley Ltd., Wigan, aged 73 years.
Nov. 20.
Result of Mine Workers' Federation Ballot re wages advance claim published, showing majority of 380,136 for authorising strike, if necessary: 409,351 for, 29,215 against. - Wigan Girls' High School Annual Speech Day: Mr. J. L. Paton, former high master of Manchester Grammar School, presented the prizes. - Lamberbead Green, Orrell East Ward, Annual Old Folks' Treat.
Nov. 23.
Announcement in "Wigan Observer" that Pemberton Manufacturing Co., had acquired Peel Bridge Mill, Ramsbottom. - Farewell meeting at Rodney Street Church of Christ, Wigan, to Mr. W. Georgeson, B.Sc., and Mrs. Georgeson, of Wigan, on their return, after being home on furlough, to missionary work in Central Africa.
Nov. 24.
Death of Mr. Robert Shaw Daglish, member of well-known Wigan family, at Huyton, Liverpool, aged 75 years.
Nov. 25.
Presentation to Mr. Hugh Caunce on retiring after 37 years as superintendent of Wigan Parish Church Infants' Sunday School.
Nov. 26.
Ashton-in-Makerfield Grammar School Annual Speech Day: Mr. Gordon Macdonald, M.P., distributed the prizes. - Fire at No. 2 Mill of Messrs. T. Taylor Bros. Ltd., Wallgate. - Death of Dowager Lady Braye, a member of the Walmesley family, of Westwood Hall, Ince, at Datchet, Buckinghamshire, in her 89th year.
Nov. 27.
Annual Founders' Day of Wigan Mining and Technical College: Professor A. M. Carr Saunders, of Liverpool University, presented the prizes. - Upholland Grammar School Annual Speech Day: Mr. F. F. Potter, Director of Education for Cheshire, distributed the prizes.
Nov. 29.
Announcement that Mr. Douglas H. Hacking, Conservative M.P. for Chorley Division, had been appointed Under Secretary for the Dominions. - Mr. W. H. Tyrer, O.B.E., LL.B., Town Clerk of Wigan, gave a lecture on "A Century of Local Government," before the Wigan Education Society. - Sir Richard D. Holt, of Liverpool, opened bazaar at Park Lane, object being to raise funds to install electricity in Park Lane Unitarian Chapel.
Nov. 30.
Report in "Wigan Observer" of return of peal of bells to Wigan Parish Church after being re-cast at Loughborough. - Clara Serena. the famous Australian contralto, at Wigan Queen's Hall Celebrity Concert.
Dec. 1.
Clara Serena sang in "The Messiah" at Queen's Hall, Wigan. - Memorial Cross unveiled at St. Mary's Church, Birchley, to Father Joseph Rigby, parish priest for 20 years.
Dec. 2.
Institution of Archdeacon John Percy Baker as Rector of Winwick in succession to Bishop H. Gresford Jones.
Dec. 3.
Death of Princess Victoria, sister of the King: Wigan visits recalled. - Visit of Romany (Rev. Bramwell Evans), well-known B.B.C. broadcaster, to St. Paul's Congregational Church, Standishgate. - Dr. Harvey Grace, editor of the "Musical Times," played at annual Musical Trust Fund organ recital at Wigan Parish Church.
Dec. 4.
Annual meeting Wigan Ladies' Life-Boat Guild.
Dec. 6.
Death of Mr. John Edward Lowe, former Wigan Rugby forward, who played against Maoris at Wigan, on 17th December, 1888, aged 77.
Dec. 7.
One man killed and three injured in underground electrical accident at Holland Colliery, Crawford Village. - Foundation stone of new Abram Parish Church, to cost £11,000, laid by Earl of Bradford. - Annual meeting of Lancashire Schoolmasters' Association in Wigan. - Announcement that. Mr. Harold M. Dawber, F.R.C.O., Wigan musician, had been appointed Professor of the Organ at Royal Manchester College of Music.
Dec. 8.
Dedication of oak screen at Dalton Parish Church by Archdeacon C. F. Twitchett. - New East Window in St. George's, Wigan, unveiled by Canon C. C. Thicknesse, Rector of Wigan. - Dr. Townsend, president-elect of Baptist Union, at King Street Baptist Church.
Dec. 10.
Billinge District Council decide to build 60 houses at Birchley. - Mr. John Turner, uncle of Miss Eva Turner, the famous opera singer, died while cycling on Parbold Hill, aged 74 years. - Two German mining experts killed in Belgian air-liner disaster at Tatsfield, near Surrey-Kent border, whilst on their way to Kirkless, headquarters of Wigan Coal Corporation, to discuss a new design of mine roof arch: 11 passengers lost their lives in the disaster.
Dec. 11.
New pipe organ dedicated at Northumberland Street Methodist Church, Goose Green.
Dec. 13.
Sir Arthur A. Haworth, of Manchester, opened League of Nations Exhibition at Wigan Girls' High School. - Death of Mr. William Foster, former member of Ince District Council, and a branch secretary of Lancashire and Cheshire Miners' Federation, aged 60.
Dec. 14.
First drag hunt organised by Arley Riding School, held at Arley. - Announcement that Rev. John Schofield, Vicar of. Haigh, and Aspull, had been nominated to benefice of St. Faith, Great Crosby. - Mr. Shoran S. Singha, B.A., Indian missionary, spoke at Queen's Hall, Wigan, on native life and trade problems. - First Wigan "Flying Flea" tested at Hindley. - Second annual show of Wigan Cage Bird Society: Reference to the Society's proposed appeal for a public aviary in Mesnes Park. - Announcement that Northern Counties' Motor and Engineering Works, Wigan Lane, which had been closed down, would be re-opened by a new private company in the New Year.
Dec. 15.
Rev. C. E. Hains dedicated Book of Remembrance at St. George's Church, Wigan. - Death of Mr. Arthur Wilson Bibby, the Merseyside shipowner, who was a son-in-law of the late Mr. Thomas Heald, a former Mayor of Wigan, in his 90th year.
Dec. 16.
Approaches to Wrightington Bridge closed to vehicular traffic for three months from this date during reconstruction of the bridge, which is scheduled as an ancient monument.
Dec. 17.
Unemployed Deputation to Wigan Borough Public Assistance CommIttee.
Dec. 18.
Annual dinner of Wigan and District Building Trades Employers' Association. - Wigan Savings Bank at annual meeting reported record year, increase in funds being largest in history of the bank. - Prince's Cinema, Wigan, sold, total cost freehold reported to be in region of £50,000.
Dec. 21.
Announcement that Rev. Thomas Halliwell, vicar of St. George's, Wigan, had been appointed vicar of St. Peter's, Chorley. - Mayor and Corporation attended service of hallowing of Wigan Parish Church bells, after the re-casting of the peal.

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