Wigan Rotary Community Day

Standish Lipreading Society Members braved torrential rain and high winds to help at Saturday’s Wigan Rotary Community Day.  £60 was raised on the day to go towards funds and several people showed an interest in joining.  Thanks to everyone who helped on the day and also behind the scenes.  Some members were pictured with the Mayor of Wigan, Debbie Parkinson.

Afternoon Tea

We’re a social lot here at Standish Lipreading Society. Some of our members who were unable to attend the Charnley Arms, Standish, enjoyed afternoon tea recently at The Secret Garden, Standish. 

Struggling with hearing loss?


Struggle no more!! At Standish Lipreading Society, we are offering 3 free lipreading classes.

Why not give us a try?  What have you got to lose?  You’ll be amazed at how Lipreading lessons will help you manage your hearing loss.


Dragon's Den

Congratulations to Christine whose bid for funding at Wigan Rotary’s Dragons Den was successful and the Society was awarded  £400.  These funds will go towards updating equipment for our lending library and a projector.

Getting out socialising

Members of Standish Lipreading Society enjoyed lunch at The Charnley Arms, Standish last week. Thankyou to Wigan Brighter Borough funding for supporting the Society.

The King's 2024 Voluntary Service Awards

Standish Community Centre has been put forward, along with other groups, for the 2024 Kings’ Voluntary Services Award.

Joyce Dalgliesh, our Chair, attended a meeting at the Centre to meet Gerry Yeung OBE, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester to discuss the above award application and the benefits the groups get from using the Centre.

We wish the community centre the best of luck.

Christmas 2023

This year, it was decided to hold a Christmas Buffet for the Society at the Standish Community Centre. In addition to members contributing food and items for the Christmas Raffle, the Centre Staff prepared the room for this event. It looks as though everyone enjoyed themselves and Gill, a member of the Monday group, made gorgeous little Christmas Cakes. Don’t they look cute

End of Term Celebrations

We do like an end of term celebration. This year is no exception. The Olive Garden was the venue. Enjoyed by all. If you want to join us or find out more about the society, please contact us.

Time for breakfast and a chat

Members met up recently for breakfast at The Secret Garden in Standish. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. If you fancy getting involved and enjoying like minded company, contact us for details.

Afternoon Tea

Members of the Society enjoyed afternoon tea at The Secret Garden, Standish recently. A special thank you to Joyce, our Chair, for organising the event.

Fundraising For Hearing Dogs

Once again, members of Standish Lipreading Society helping to raise funds for Hearing Dogs …

Cake Treats!

Gill from the Tuesday Class made everyone in the class a little Christmas Cake – they are just beautiful!

Thank you so much Gill for your hard work, specialist knowledge and caring thoughts.

Christmas Meal

The Standish Lipreading Society went on a Pre-Christmas meal at The White Lion, Wrightington. Everyone had a great time – as you can see from the photos.

A Trip To the Theatre!

A few members enjoyed a musical performance of Brief Encounter at Bolton Octagon.

It was a really refreshing musical that had all emotions; joy, humour, dependence, adoration and guilt, performed by a cast of multi-talented actors, singers and musicians. The visit was enjoyed by everyone.

Thank you once again Standish Lipreading Society, the National Lottery Community Fund and Christine Scholes, our Chair, who organised the event.

Dragon's Den Success!

Standish Lipreading Society applied to Wigan Rotary’s Dragons Den for £500 towards payment for the £200 Deaf Awareness/Introduction to BSL Signs and £300 towards tutor costs.

One of our members, Christine Aldcroft-Colling, was brave enough to take on the task and was successful on behalf of the Society in securing £500. Many congratulations to Christine – the Society is over the moon at her successful presentation. Other members of the Society, including Anne Keating who applied for the grant, Joyce Dalgliesh, Linda McKeown, and Sandra Dutson were present at the presentation and supported this bid. Well done to everyone.

Open Day

We are holding a couple of Lip Reading Awareness sessions in Standish  Community Centre.

Monday 10 October 12:45 – 14:45

Tuesday 11 October 10:15 – 12:15

Everyone welcome. See you there!

Jubilee Celebrations

Members of the Standish Lipreading Society recently visited The Olive Garden, Standish for an End-of-Term meal.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the event as the photos show. Ray, our resident David Bailey, took the photos.

Jubilee Celebrations

We couldn’t let this year’s festivities pass us by.

Staff from the Standish Community Centre put on a Jubilee Lunch for our members. 


One of our Member’s carers managed to raise a fabulous £144 from a Street Party in Appley Bridge.


Well done everyone and THANK YOU

Collection for Hearing Dogs

We were happy to support a recent collection for Hearing Dogs.

One of our members (Ray) has been involved in Hearing Dogs for some time now and, a few members of the Standish Lipreading Society joined him in raising awareness and money for Hearing Dogs a few days’ ago at Bolton branch of ASDA. I’m attaching a few photos, plus a bit of blurb written by the organiser.

Gaynor Cavanagh, Community Fundraising Manager – North West said “A huge thank you for coming along to help at Asda on Saturday. We raised a whopping £448.85! More than any of my other north west collections in a single day! “

She thanked everyone for their help and says that she’s looking forward to working together in the future.

Afternoon Tea!

Standish Lipreading Society members celebrating getting back to Face-to-Face lessons by having an Afternoon Tea at The Secret Garden, Standish. Thanks so much to Joyce for organising it.


Theatre Visit To Bolton Octogon

Members of Standish Lipreading Society recently enjoyed a visit to Bolton Octagon Theatre for a performance of Kes. A special thank you to our Chair and our Chauffeur, plus all of our Sponsors.


Thank You National Lottery!

A huge thank you to the National Lottery Community Fund for their generous contribution to allow Standish Lipreading Society to continue to offer lipreading classes and support to those hard of hearing.


Lipreading Classes Are Coming Back

Feels like such a long time since we were together in the classroom. As life slowly (and cautiously) returns to normal, we are planning to return to the classroom in September. Please get in touch if you would like to join us.


See you soon


The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that we have added a new page to our website.

Under this News section tab you will now see a Newsletters tab. On this page you will be able to read each newsletter we publish. Enjoy.


Our 1st Newsletter
We are still not holding group activities face to face however we are having zoom calls. We do appreciate that some of our members are unable to join us on these so here is our 1st newsletter for you.




Here is the first copy of the SLRS Newsletter keeping members in touch with all the latest information about the Society.  If there is any news, information or anything else you would like to share with other members please contact Linda by email.

Zoom lipreading classes

We now have 14 members attending the class.   Many thanks to Alison (Tutor) for all her hard work and making the classes so interesting!  We are now on week 7 out of 10 classes.  Christine (Chair) is hoping to arrange for another Block of Lessons in 2021, so watch this space!

Zoom social chat (Christine ac)

Our resident Zoom Expert Christine has organised a Zoom Social Chat for all members whether they attend Lipreading Classes or not.  It is held on a Tuesday Evening 7.00pm to 8.00pm.   To receive your invitation (Meeting ID and Passcode) to attend please contact ChristineAC by email.

whatsapp group(ruth)

Ruth organised the group at the beginning of lockdown where members can keep in touch with information, chit chat, sharing pictures and GIFs (Graphic Interchange Format).  So, if you would like to join please contact Ruth by email giving her your mobile number.

Wigan Rotary Donation£150

The Society has received a donation from Wigan Rotary for £150.  Many thanks to Ananda (Tuesday member) for putting our Society forward for this Grant.This donation will go towards paying the fees for Zoom and Lipreading Tutor.


Happy Birthday to Anne who celebrated her birthday on 9 November; I am not giving the year away!

CLOSING message (Christine – chair)

“I hope that you are all keeping well, at this difficult time.  Phones and computers are useful for keeping in contact with family and friends.  Please feel free to contact Linda, or myself, if you want the email address or telephone number of any member.”

Best wishes Christine

Update on Standish Lipreading Society and the Coronavirus

Please note that all group activities are suspended until further notice.We would like to reassure everyone that, as soon as we are able, Standish Lipreading Society classes will run as usual.

In the meantime, KEEP SAFE!

What are we up to in lockdown?
Despite not being able to meet face-to-face during ‘lockdown’, members of Standish Lipreading Society are busy helping the NHS by sewing scubs for Royal Preston & Chorley Hospitals in support of front line staff in the fight to combat Corona Virus.contribution which will help to ensure that classes continue.

Other members have formed a Whatsapp group enabling members to keep in touch and to get to know each other better as well as share ideas of what they are doing to occupy time whilst being isolated. 

Both our tutors, who happen to work in care homes, have reported that so far, homes are virus free.  Well done to everyone!

Thank you Slimming World
Thank you very much to Michelle, from Slimming World, who came to present a £100 donation to Standish Lipreading Society.  She presented it to Joyce Dalgliesh, our Deputy Chairperson during one of the Tuesday classes.  We are extremely appreciative of the Michelle’s Groups’ contribution which will help to ensure that classes continue.
Trip to the theatre
Members recently enjoyed a captioned performance of Shirley Valentine.  It was enjoyed by all.
Wigan Networking Event
Members of the Society attended a successful Wigan Networking Event at St Marie’s Church Hall on 30 January 2020.
Christmas Celebrations
We can’t let the festivities bypass us. This year, our members enjoyed a lunch at The Charnley Arms in Standish.
Thank You ASDA
Standish Lipreading Society wish to thank Asda’s Green Token Giving Programme for their generous donation of £200. In particular, Charlene, Asda’s Community Champion at the Robin Park Superstore, who kindly presented the £200 cheque yesterday.
Standish Library Garden Dig

Christine Scholes, Chair and Joyce Dalgliesh, Vice Chair of Standish Lipreading Society planting a perennial in The Mayflower border at Standish Library Garden Dig held on Saturday 5 October.


ASDA Collection
Anne Keating, our Fund Raising Manager, organised a Collection and Awareness day at Asda, Robin Park, Wigan recently.  A total of £311.50 was collected which will be used to ensure the continuity of our Society.  Thankyou to everyone who helped to organise, collected and donated to our cause.
Dragon’s Den

Standish Lipreading Society qualified for the finals of the Rotary grant award.  In a Dragon’s Den style presentation, Dave Johnson, with the support of Alison Wareing (our Tuesday class Tutor), did an excellent job and at the end of the evening the Society was awarded a cheque for £944.  Thank you so much to Wigan Rotary Club for their their support.
(This took place last Wednesday Evening at Norley Hall Sports Centre in Pemberton.)
The first photo was taken by the Chief Executive of the Local Life Magazine.  This is a group photo of presentation winners and Dragon judges
The second photo includes SLRS members celebrating their success

Sensory Team Visit

Members of Standish Lipreading Society enjoyed a visit from Sue Porter and Ruth Bimson from Wigan Social Services, Sensory Team who give a talk and demonstration of equipment to assist people with hearing loss. It was a really worthwhile and enjoyable session and both Sue and Ruth patiently answered all our questions.  A very big thank you to both of you …

February Raffle


Did you win one or even more of these fantastic raffle prizes? If not we are terribly sorry, but you may be comforted by the fact that tickets bought from us raised a mammoth £214! This money will help pay towards our lip-reading sessions at the Standish Community Centre and Standish Library. Thank you to all who kindly donated the prizes, those who purchased tickets and most important of all our Anne, the fundraising officer (pictured), who organised and managed the event. celebrating their success

Other members have formed a Whatsapp group enabling members to keep in touch and to get to know each other better as well as share ideas of what they are doing to occupy time whilst being isolated. 

Both our tutors, who happen to work in care homes, have reported that so far, homes are virus free.  Well done to everyone!