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The branch magazine, 'Swiggin in Wiggin', has just returned from the printers. Look out for it in a pub near you very soon.

If you can't wait, view a copy online at

Next weekend is a cracker for beer festivals!! First-ever sour beer festival at Wigan Central, other beer festivals at Cricketers Arms in St Helens; Warrington Wolves stadium; The Continental in Preston and the ever-popular Hawkshead Brewery. For more,

Don't forget ...... monthly branch meeting tonight at the The Wayfarer in Parbold. 8pm start, all welcome and includes voting for Pub of the Season, nominations are - Real Ale Revolution One, Winstanley ; Twisted Vine Ale House, Ashton ; Wigan Central ; Masons Arms, Billinge.

What a great weekend to be in Wigan. A beer festival at Wigan Central with 30 cask beers, 25 keg beers and 15 ciders. A tap takeover by Wily Fox at the Cherry Gardens. A new bar opening with 3 cask handpulls - Gin Lane at 53 Wigan Lane opens to the public at 2pm on Saturday.

Very sad news if this happens. Quality beers.

For those on today's social trip by train to Hebden Bridge, to save money get a 'split' ticket - Wigan to Rochdale return and Rochdale to Hebden Bridge return. Should cost £6.50 and £5.60 respectively, £4.30 and £3.70 with a railcard. Catch the 10.57 from Wigan Wallgate.