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Welcome to Leigh and Wigan where our latest Local Exchange residency is taking place. 

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We are starting to meet and build important partnerships with groups and individuals and have just recruited a very committed ambassador group.

We are having some inspiring conversations with our partners who include, Wigan Council, The Turnpike Gallery, Leigh Spinners Mill, Leigh Film Society, The Canal & Rivers Trust (Bridgewater branch), Umbrella Arts as well as many schools from across the area. However, we are still looking for more people to get involved, so if you’re interested then don’t hesitate to drop us a line. Please contact Engagement Manager Jack Bamber on 0161 833 9333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a chat.

Our favourite story so far came from several Leigh residents who told us all about Jessie ‘The Cropper’. Jessie became famous for cutting peoples hair in return for a brick. Over many summers Jessie slowly and carefully built his family home with these infamous bricks. We can’t wait to hear more stories from across Leigh and Wigan.