Made in Wigan Blog

Thank you from everyone at Made in Wigan


We would like to share a huge thank you to everyone who attended our first Made in Wigan Charity Event on the 24th August at Bickershaw Village Club. We are extremely proud to announce that the evening raised £2,300 and this money will continue to support the excellent community businesses in Abram Ward.

Dave and his team would like to extend their thanks to the wonderful staff and volunteers who organised the event and helped the night run smoothly. Additionally, a huge thanks to Pianos, Pies and Pirouttes for showcasing amazing music, dance and poetry acts, all Made in Wigan. Finally, thank you to More Than Words CIC for their performance on the night and continued support and encouragement over the years.

“The evening was fantastic and undoubtedly one of my proudest moments from working in the community over the last 2 years, the artists were incredible”. David Baxter Principal Officer at Abram Ward Community Cooperative.

We are really looking forward to this weekend to celebrate our first Made in Wigan Charity Night

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This bank holiday weekend we will welcome our first Made in Wigan Charity Event run via Abram Ward Community Cooperative. We are especially looking forward to this evening as we will be celebrating 20 years of Platt Bridge Community Zone and as many will know, this community hub was the main driver behind the development of Abram Ward Community Cooperative.

During the evening we will be showcasing the wonderful Art and Culture talent in our Borough. We are working in partnership with Alan Gregory and his Piano, Pies and Pirouettes organisation, and all the artists performing are truly Made in Wigan.

Thanks to our events committee; Alan Gregory, Pete Smith, Jackie Lowe, and the Events Lead; Gen Smith and special thanks to the sponsors and donators of this event:

Experience Days
Watson Fuels
Barclays Bank
Hotel Old Trafford
Wigan Mens Sheds
Tastebuds Cafe
Betty’s Cafe Bickershaw
Bickie Lads and Lasses
Jean Reflexology
Amans Lowton
Delta Force
Wigan Roller Rink
Tatton Park
Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester
Storck UK
Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden
Breakout Rooms Manchester
Comedy Club Manchester
Mountain Monkey’s
St Andrews Golf
Empire Cinema Wigan
Breakout Room Liverpool
Wigan Little Theatre
Old Courts Wigan
Cottons Hotel Knutsford
Liverpool Royal Philamonic Theatre
Carrington Riding Stables
Blue Planet Aquarium Cheshire Oaks
Team Sport
Wigan Warriors
TransPennine Express
Great Western Railway
Play Factore Trafford Park
Knowsley Safari Park
Martin Mere WLT
Belle Vue Speedway
Dunes Splashworld Southport
Ashton Leisure Centre
Salford Arts Theatre
Lancashire County Cricket Club
Great Rail Journeys
Sandcastle Blackpool
Everton FC
Andies Cafe St Helens
Monopoly Events

Tastebuds Community Café


In June we launched our Community Garden project at Platt Bridge Community Zone, funded via Wigan Council. 

We are looking to support local people in Abram Ward to get involved in food growing, with all our food grown forming our menu inside the Cafe. Thanks to Harold Baxter and Ricky Parkinson, two of our local residents for bringing your fruit and veg to our Cafe, all grown locally.

The first batch of potatoes grown in our community garden at Platt Bridge Community Zone are now being placed on the menu, one of our dishes this week is a Potato Salad.

If you would like more information on how to get involved, please message us on

Our new Made in Wigan shop is now open in the Galleries in Wigan Town Centre!


After a complete transformation and a successful opening event the new Made in Wigan shop is open. This will provide us a platform to help more people to set up their own Community Businesses across the Borough, plus provide a sales platform for our Community Business and the products they make.

You can now access free support to turn your ideas into a community business Drop in to the hub on Hope Street, Monday- Friday 10am-2pm for more information #MadeInWigan

Jeremy Graham from @millikeneurope joined David and Andy from @madeinwiganorg at the opening of the shop. Thanks so much to Milliken for the donation of the modular carpet and logo mat for the new shop.

‘We Count You In’ Gathering

Come to our ‘We Count You In Gathering’

Friday 5th April—6-8pm

At Platt Bridge Community Zone, the home of Made In Wigan

Come along and celebrate the history of shops, shopping and small business in Abram Ward:

  • See the unveiling of a new artwork by professional artists which local people have contributed to
  • Savour the delicious FREE buffet
  • Meet friendly local people running community and local businesses
  • Find out about how Made In Wigan can help you
  • Comment on the community-led plans for changing our communities for the better

This is an Abram Ward event for everyone, especially those who:

  • Support community and local businesses
  • Have a business idea you want to take further
  • Have an interest or skill and you’d like support to turn this into a product or service
  • Support people and organisations making a positive difference in our area

Let us know you’re coming by signing up using this Eventbrite link:

New artwork celebrating shops in Abram Ward

New artwork to be revealed very soon!

The ‘Picture This’ project has finished collecting in stories, memories and photos celebrating the history of shops, shopping and small business across Abram Ward.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the over 100 stories – how fantastic! So what’s next?

The professional artists Helen Mather (lead) and Cath Long (associate) have taken your contributions and are making a textile artwork to be permanently displayed at Platt Bridge Community Zone, home of Abram Ward Community Cooperative and several community businesses.
Come along to the unveiling of this beautiful new artwork, which celebrates everyday life in Abram, Bamfurlong, Bickershaw, Platt Bridge and Spring View on Friday April 5th 6-8pm.

This free event is entitled the ‘We Count You In Gathering’ – it’s for people living in Abram Ward, please come along.

Go to this blog post to find out more!

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An ‘Eventful’ Autumn!

The past two months have flown by and have seen me buzzing about all over the borough and indeed the country attending events.

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