THE winners of last edition’s Haigh Music Festival competition were Adam Southern of Platt Bridge, who went to see top indie band The Courteeners and Adelle Winterbottom of Swinley, who took son Adam, aged seven, to see Peter Andre.
Both winners were the first out of the hat with the correct answer to the question: who first played a sell-out concert at Haigh Hall in 1998? The answer was – The Verve.
Engineers are replacing the bridge on the A579 north of Atherton.
A routine inspection showed that the Bolton Road bridge was suffering wear and stress to its girders and had a limited capacity of three tonnes.
Two of its three spans must be completely replaced and concrete beams added.
The work means the road will be closed to traffic from 13th September to 3rd December.
Wigan Borough is celebrating ‘Older People’s Day’ on 1 October. In the week running up to the Older People's day, a series of five free information events for older people will be held across the borough.
Anyone living in the local community is also welcome to come along.
The events programme for the week is: Monday 26 September – Clarington Place, Ince; Tuesday 27 September – Cherry Tree Court, Standish; Wednesday 28 September – The Rowans, Mosley Common; Thursday 29 September – Leigh Court, Golborne; Friday 30 September – Elliot Gardens, Worsley Mesnes.
Events will run from 10am-2pm each day. Find out more about Older People’s Day (external link)
There’s detailed information about the food hygiene at restaurants, cafes and supermarkets available. Look out for bright green and black food hygiene stickers showing a rating from zero to five. Access the national database at Food Hygiene Rating (external link) and see the whole of Greater Manchester, as well as an increasing number of other authorities across England and Wales.
A new debt advice leaflet is available from libraries and council buildings. Debts against the council can have serious consequences such as imprisonment for Council Tax evasion or eviction for rent arrears. But people can access the Valuation Tribunal if they believe the council has acted incorrectly on a Council Tax billing matter and the Appeal Tribunal can be consulted for decisions on Housing Benefit claims. Officers are anxious that people in debt with Council Tax and rent speak directly to them rather than approaching loan sharks or other agencies.
Former borough mayors Cllr Eunice Smethurst, a ward member for Abram, and Cllr Mark Aldred, member in Atherleigh, have been appointed to senior positions on the Transport for Greater Manchester committee, which owns the region's bus stops and stations and pays for essential bus services in the region.
World number two Great Britain won gold at the international Boccia Championships at Robin Park this summer. The version of Boules for people with disabilities is a major sport and Wigan has become a centre for the annual championships. Brian Allen of Boccia England said: “This was the biggest Boccia Championships we have held so far with 14 countries and 95 wheelchair athletes competing, it was a tremendous success.”
Fred Chisnall, on duty on Liverpool Road in Hindley, became the borough's Lollipop Idol 2011 after the popular St Peter’s CE Primary patrol was voted tops by pupils. Fred was nominated by 8 year old Chloe Langton.