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Local Life - Wigan - May 2018

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72 Junior Beginners

72 Junior Beginners Sailing Saturday, June 9 to Saturday, June 30, 1pm-4pm The 6 week courses follow RYA & BCU training schemes for beginners in Sailing, Windsurfing and Kayaking. New participants will get free membership to the Tuesday evening activity club. To book, email outdooradventure@wlct.org or call 01942 828508 for more information. Cost: £60. Scotmans Flash, Rushdene, Wigan, WN3 5HJ. Tel: 01942 324870 Summer Fair Saturday, June 23, 11am-2pm There’s lots planned including: guest appearances (including Lightning McQueen), barbecue, bouncy castle and slide, donkey rides, face painting, Morris dancers, penalty shoot-out, plus many more stalls and games to play. Marus Bridge Primary School, Kelvin Grove, Marus Bridge, WN3 6SP. Tel: 01942 248129 Community Fete Saturday, June 30, 11am-4pm With stalls, rides, games, live music, food, craft fair, community info and more. Games, tug ‘o’ war, races and entertainment will be held on the Recreation Ground. For more info on how to get involved, email elaineellams@aol.com or for stall bookings shevingtonfete@outlook.com Gathurst Lane, Shevington, Wigan, WN6 8HW Midsummer Ball Saturday 30th June 2018, 7.00pm for 7.30pm Wigan MS Therapy Centre Ltd., a registered charity based in Marsh Green, will be hosting a Midsummer Ball to raise funds for their projects. Bar until 1am, Carriages 1.15am. Live entertainment + DJ. Three Course Meal. Tickets are £30 each. Call 07702025280 or 07759735301 for details and tickets The Marquee, DW Stadium Wigan Wigan Summer Baby Rave Sunday, July 8, 10am-11am There’ll be free glow sticks, UV face painting, dance routines, bubbles, multi-sensory play and huge dance anthems. Get your neon gear on and glow crazy!! Tickets £4 per person. Minimum of 1 child ticket per booking. Tickets are available at www. littleravers.co.uk/book-tickets Pemberton Masonic Hall, Chapel Street, Pemberton, WN5 8JP. Tel: 07858 604590 Barking Mad Dog Festival Saturday, July 14, 10am-6pm Displays, an agility race for you and your pooch, Flyball, dog show, Microchipping and health checks with one of the on-site vets. Grab a drink at the bar and your favourite food. Kids can spend their time on the fair and bouncy castle and slide. Thompson House Equestrian Centre, Pepper Lane, Standish, WN6 0PP. Tel: 01257 422618 Wigan Bike Ride 2018 Sunday, July 22, 9.30am The organisers of the inaugural Wigan Bike Ride are delighted to confirm the event has returned with a 50 mile main ride and a 5 mile family ride. For more info and to register, please visit http:// wiganbikeride.co.uk/ Mesnes Park, Wigan, WN1 1TU. Wigan Pride 2018 Saturday, August 11, 11am-5pm Wigan Pride is back. It promises to be a free, fun, family friendly event jam packed with artists and local talent on the main stage and a range of different market stalls. This year it’s celebrating equality and diversity whilst encouraging everyone to get involved in their communities. It’s inclusive, diverse and tolerant for all. Autism Friendly. Market Place, Wigan, WN1 1PJ

73 Small really can be beautiful by Angie Barker So many of us have small gardens these days but any outside space is a wonderful addition to a home which is why we should make the most of every inch of space and make our gardens attractive, as well as practical, outdoor rooms. Small gardens need extra consideration however and here are a few pointers when thinking about the design of a small space: Decide what style you are going for and stick to that theme. So a contemporary garden, choose plants which will complete the look – Phormiums and Bamboos for example and go with straight lines. A courtyard garden should use Buxus sempervirens (Box) hedges and topiary. A more traditional style can use sweeping curves and circles. Don’t try to cram too much into a small space – less is more! Plants need to earn their keep so choose specimens which have long seasons of interest and a good balance of evergreens. Also limit your colour palette because too many colours in a small garden will make the borders appear cluttered If your garden is shady make the bold decision to remove the lawn as it will always struggle. There is a fantastic range of paving products available now and small cobble setts really suit a small space You should incorporate a focal point - a large pot (unplanted) can do the trick perfectly. Similarly a bird bath, sun dial or sculpture Use the walls and fences to grow climbers which will green up the space and make it feel larger There are lots of clever storage solutions available these days like benches with hinged seats and screening ideas to hide away those dreaded wheelie bins. And one of the best things about a small garden is that you can get close up and personal with your plants and really look at their beautiful detail. One of the best for May must be Dicentra spectabilis (Lamprocapnos spectabilis is the new name) or Bleeding Heart. There is a white form called ‘Alba’ which is simply stunning. Award Winner I’m always telling Hubby that the best things come in small packages – he is not very tall at 5 feet 8 inches – but what there is of him is perfectly designed ! Angie is a qualified award-winning garden designer who will plan your garden to your needs from start to finish, supplying reputable contractors and the ideal plants. Call Angie now for your free consultation! Angie Barker Dip GD (Inst GD) BA (Hons) Garden Design For All Seasons Tel: 01942 522 405 Mob: 07857 008 383 Award Winner www.angiebarker.co.uk