Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A day of celebration for Winstanley Tennis Club

Saturday, 27th September represented a landmark in the history of Winstanley Tennis Club when Club President, Dr. Ken Walker, cut the ribbon and declared the new clubhouse ‘officially open’.

The opening ceremony was the culmination of a long haul and commitment on the part of Club Officials and Members to upgrade the clubhouse to the state-of- the-art facilities now in place.

The club can now boast an attractive Members’ lounge with comfortable seating, television and bar, kitchen, changing rooms and bathrooms with disabled facilities as well as an adjoining office for the club’s coaching staff and storerooms.

This £200k project was first conceived in 2006 and has been led to completion by former Chairman, Geoff Bradshaw, and current Chairman, John Elmer, drawing upon the services of local contractors and the voluntary labour and dedication of club members. It has been financed through Club subscriptions and fund-raising activities by club members, while small-grant awards administered by Wigan Council and financial support and encouragement from Tennis Lancashire and the Lawn Tennis Association have also played their part and are much appreciated.

The Club has 200 members and is always ready to welcome new players of all abilities, offering a range of membership options and catering for all age-groups – from tiny tots to veterans. On its six courts there are opportunities for social tennis, regular club tournaments, team competition in the Warrington and District and Bolton leagues as well as coaching classes. Membership enquiries may be made to Adult Membership Secretary, Howard Platt on 01942 510186, or to Junior Membership Secretary, Sue Preston on 01744 892860.

Yvonne Fovargue MP said, "I was delighted to attend the opening of the new clubhouse. The whole project has been run by a dedicated group of members who care about the future and success of their Club.  The new building is a fantastic asset for Tennis in the Borough and I know that the club want to involve and welcome more people to come along and play."

Cllr Marie Morgan said, “Sport is a great way to keep fit, meet new friends and I am proud that Wigan Council was able to support the new clubhouse via Brighter Borough Funding. The club has a proud tradition and since 1921 has provided opportunities for generations of tennis players. The clubhouse and wider facilities on site are state of the art and a credit to the club.”

The Club is also keen to make the new facilities available to the wider community and they are already being used by sections of the local U3A, dance groups and for private functions such as christenings; enquiries about venue-hire can be made through Geoff Bradshaw on 07710 956342.

Further information about the club may be found here.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Bring It Back Campaign Victory

The campaign to reinstate a right turn option from Warrington Rd into Clapgate Lane received a major boost this week with news that Highway Chiefs are to begin work in the early New Year at the same time as changes to the Marus Bridge Roundabout are implemented.

Your Labour Team are delighted with this outcome and Cllr Marie Morgan thanked the 1,000+ local people who signed the petition.

The detailed plans can be viewed here and it is hoped that both works will be completed by April 2015. Your Labour Team is encouraging people to drop in and attend the public information event on Tuesday, 30th Sept from 1pm - 7pm at The Grange Centre, Highfield Grange Ave.

Council Highway Officers will be on hand to explain the proposal and answer questions.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Local Post Office Boost

The Post Office are to invest in a modernisation programme of our local post office based at the shopping precinct on Holmes House Ave.

Our local Post Office is one of 8,000 across the country which have been or shortly will be transformed. Post Office Bosses have confirmed to your Labour Team that the new look office will open on Monday, 27th October following a short closure period from Thurs, 16th Oct whilst the necessary work is undertaken.

Alternative post offices in the area which will be open during the short closure period include Clap Gate Lane and Robin Park.

Opening hours will also be extended (Mon -Sat 9am -5.30pm. Closed Sunday).