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Local Life - Wigan - May 2018

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10 In loving memory A new community garden on Tracks Lane, Billinge, has been dedicated to Ellen Higginbottom. Local volunteers with the help of Wigan Council have created a community garden in memory of Ellen Higginbottom who was murdered in Orrell Park last year. After her death, the garden area became a focal point for floral tributes to the popular Winstanley College student. Corin Lomax, a local volunteer involved in the Earn extra cash! Local Life require distributors for the following areas; Up Holland Ormskirk Road/Dingle Road & Rivington Drive area Highmeadow/Dewberry Fields estate Hawkley Navenby Rd/Whitecroft Rd estate Interested? Please email your name, address, landline number and date of birth to LocalLife garden project from the beginning, said: “It was the obvious spot to leave floral tributes to Ellen, so transforming the entire area into a memorial garden inspired by her was a natural progression.” A bench complete with memorial plaque and a box hedge has been installed by volunteers from Wigan Council’s greenspaces team, and Moss Bank Nurseries in Leigh donated bedding plants which will be replenished by Moss Bank as the seasons’ progress. The locals who have volunteered to maintain the site hope visitors will use Ellen’s garden as a place of quiet reflection and contemplation. Organisers and volunteers also hope the garden will eventually become eligible to enter the Wigan in Bloom competition. And local artist, Vikky Crompton, plans to make big mosaic stepping stones for Ellen’s Garden alongside anyone who is interested. To get involved with the mosaics or help with garden maintenance, please contact Joe Taylor on 01942 700060 or email

11 For Nathan A family fun run is being held in memory of Nathan Christy who sadly lost his life to suicide in 2016. The event, held at Haigh Woodland Park, will raise awareness of the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Sunday, May 6 would have been Nathan’s 27th birthday, and so it is fitting the fun run will be held in his honour. Arrive at 8.30am for a 9am start, and run or walk 1km or 5km and raise awareness for mental health. Organisers said: “We are encouraging people to start talking about their mental health issues with the aim of stopping the stigma surrounding mental health issues and preventing loss of life by suicide. Entry fees are £3 for children (up to 16 years) and £5 for adults (17+). Participants can sign up at https:// Not much time in your life? Try our 20 minute Treatments Rejuvenate problem facial areas; • Eye Lift • Jowl Lift • Lip plumper •Wrinkles Call us today to book your treatments Expressions Of Beauty 161-171, Main Street, Billinge, WN5 7PA 01744 894 214