Welcome to your weekly email newsletter from Wigan Council


This week’s vaccination data has been released
 A total of 473,757 vaccines have been given to Wigan Borough residents.

67% of Wigan Borough residents have had both doses.

The vaccine is most effective to protect you against the coronavirus when you have had both doses. If you’ve only had your first dose, please come forward for your second.

21,720 have had an additional booster dose. If you’re invited to have a booster dose, please take up the invitation.

If you have not had your first vaccination yet or if you need to have your second dose, please call into one of the borough’s walk-in clinics.

There will be medical staff on hand to answer any questions you might have about the vaccination.
Click here to find your nearest walk-in clinic
This week’s Covid-19 tracker has been published
It shows:Wigan has the fifth highest rate of new cases in Greater Manchester for the latest complete week (9-15 October). Wigan currently has the 6th highest total rate in GM.
The rate of new cases in Wigan is higher than the previous week.Wigan is lower than the Greater Manchester and North West average for rate of new cases in the latest 7 days.
On 19 October, there were 20 COVID-positive patients in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh hospitals.
There are small things that all of us can do this Autumn to reduce our chances of getting colds, Flu, and the coronavirus.

Washing hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water after you’ve been out and about and before you eat, can make a big difference. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water isn’t available.

Wearing a mask and keeping your distance from others (if possible) when on public transport and in busy public settings such as supermarkets can help protect you from germs.

Regularly cleaning points in your home that are touched frequently, such as door handles and light switches, can also make a difference. 
Click here to read the full tracker
Little Amal visit 
Little Amal will visit Wigan town centre as she nears the end of her 8,000km journey from the Turkish-Syrian border to Manchester.

We’re working with Manchester International Festival to welcome 10-year-old Little Amal – a 3.5m tall puppet– to the town centre as part of ‘The Walk’, an artistic depiction of a refugee child in search of her mother.  
She will begin her visit at Trencherfield Mill at 3pm on 31 October and will make her way to The Edge Conference Centre via Southgate, which will take 45 minutes.
Lots of vibrant and exciting cultural experiences will be on offer during the visit including a performance from WigLe Dance and music from Wigan’s Youth Brass Band. 

Visitors are then invited to watch an installation produced by Manchester Street Poem, an art collective of people with lived experience of homelessness, at 4pm in The Edge where they will read stories to Little Amal. 
Click here to find out more
Olympic BMX bronze medallist Declan Brooks at Howe Bridge! 
We are very excited to announce that Olympic BMX Bronze Medallist, Declan Brooks will be joining us Tuesday 26 October to celebrate the reopening of Howe Bridge Leisure Centre Extreme Zone!

Get your FREE ticket to see Declan who will be talking about his BMXing career, answering your questions, and showing off some of his skills! 
Click here to find out more
Frost Fest 2021
 The popular ‘Frost Fest’ will soon return for its third year!

From next month, there will be a mix of new and traditional festive activities to get involved with from Christmas light switch on events and Santa parades to light trails a new impressive artwork.
Our friends over at This is Wigan will be sharing updates over the coming weeks, so make sure you’re following them on social media so you’re the first to know!

One event we’re particularly excited about is Light Night, a new programme celebrating two of the borough’s watercourses with a two-day light trail at Wigan Pier and a 10-day installation by internationally renowned artist, Luke Jerram, at Pennington Flash.

There’ll be more information coming out soon on the Luke Jerram installation.
Click here to book your free tickets for the Wigan Pier event
Be the face of UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 and join the volunteer programme! 
Wigan & Leigh will host UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 next summer, and this is an exciting opportunity to get involved in the tournament in a unique way.

Volunteering not only gives you a chance to learn new skills and make new friends, but it’s great fun and a chance to give back and experience memories to last a lifetime.

Applications are now open and will close at 3pm on 1 November. 
Click here to find out more about volunteering at UEFA Women’s EURO 2022
Make sure you’ve applied for your child’s secondary school place

If your child will turn 11 between 1st September 2021 and 31st August 2022, they will transfer to secondary school at the start of the new school year in September 2022.

The closing date for applications to secondary schools is 31st October 2021.
Click here to get more information
Wigan and Leigh short film festival

The Wigan and Leigh Short Film Festival 2021 has unveiled its line-up and the details of its showcase of zero-budget, grassroots film-making.

After Covid-19 forced last year’s event online, the organisers are excited to be putting on an in-person event for the eighth edition of the festival.

The event, which takes place on Saturday 20 November, will for the first time be held in the surroundings of Leigh Spinners Mill, the home of the Leigh Film Society.

A packed programme of 14 short films has been selected which will take audiences on a journey through thought-provoking dramas, coronavirus-related comedy, animations and much more.
Click here to find out more
Have your say on active neighbourhoods
Leisure activities, pedestrians and cyclists are all prioritised in new proposals for Leigh.

A consultation is now open to gauge local opinion on transforming the north-west section of Leigh town centre into an ‘active neighbourhood’, which prioritises the movement, health and safety of people over cars.

If taken forward, the changes will focus on the Atherleigh Way/Twist Lane/Leigh Road area giving locals space to walk, cycle, play and chat without the concern of through-traffic and rat-running.

A second round of consultation has also launched for the Worsley Mesnes project.
Once complete, the active neighbourhood will complement the wider regeneration of Worsley Mesnes, which includes new housing and business opportunities.
Click here for more information and to have your say about the plans for Leigh before 15 November
Click here to have your say about the Worsley Mesnes plans before 31 October
Woodland Wanderer returns for half term at Haigh Woodland Park    
The Haigh Woodland Wanderer bus will return for the half-term school break with families encouraged to hop on and take a trip to Haigh Woodland Park. 

Operating from Wigan town centre the service will be available each day from Saturday, October 23 to Sunday, October 31.
Click here to find out more