About us

Standish Voice was created at a public meeting in July, 2014, in the wake of Wigan Council’s planning committee agreeing to a number of housing schemes for the village.

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Standish Voice believes the building of these new homes is bringing major challenges for the village, but can also bring opportunities, and local people need to have a say in the planning and delivery of these estates and the infrastructure required to serve them.

Wigan Council has acknowledged that substantial infrastructure investment is needed to ensure the new homes fit in with the existing community and Standish Voice will campaign to get the level of funding that is needed.

Standish needs a strong voice, which is why we applied to become a Neighbourhood Forum. Our application was successful and now we are the first statutory body representing the whole of Standish for more than 40 years.

A Neighbourhood Forum has the power to create Neighbourhood Plans for the village, which are blueprints for the improvement of our community over the coming decades.

We want Standish people to be at the heart of shaping those plans and consult widely in order to do that.

We also believe the community spirit within Standish needs to be enhanced and we continue to publicise and organise events to help do that, including Standish Christmas Market.

Standish Voice also tries to be an ‘umbrella’ organisation for all the great clubs and gro_MG_6380 copiaups already in Standish by bringing them together when necessary and publicising the great work they do, if they wish.

Please help us by becoming a member (you can sign up on this website or can do so at one of our meetings), give us your opinions, become part of the committee when we have a vacancy or join one of our sub-groups.

Above all, Standish Voice believes Standish is, at heart, a great place in which to live and work – and, with your help, it can become even better!

Standish Voice holds its Annual General Meetings in January where reports are given, our accounts are presented and committee members and officers are elected.

Each committee member serves a three-year tenure before standing down. They can ask to be re-elected. If you want to stand as a committee member, please read our constitution and contact us about how you can contribute.

Click on the links to read our constitution and our values. Our constitution was altered at the 2017 and 2020 AGMs to reflect the changing priorities of Standish Voice.


Currently, the 15-person committee, who serve a maximum three-year term before standing for re-election if they wish, is:

Gill Foster – chair

Paul Ogden – vice chair

Karen Bliss – treasurer

Ron Wade

Fran Aiken

Janet Monks

Sarah Djali

Kathy Robertson

Rev Andrew Holliday

Dave King

Judith Atherton

Ian Trafford

Nicky Ogden

Allan Foster

Diane Gore

To get in touch with us, email standishneighbourhoodforum@gmail.com

Facebook Policy updated

Debate on our posts on the Standish Voice Facebook page is warmly welcomed but this needs to be carried out in a respectful manner. We engender discussion on the challenges we face in Standish but this must be done in a respectful way.

We will not tolerate people making untrue or derogatory comments about Standish Voice, its committee or its members. There are other forums where these remarks can be published. We have around 1,600 members and 15 of them are on our committee. We are all volunteers who want the best for Standish and put in lots of hard work to make the village better for everyone.

Our policy is to delete comments made on the Standish Voice Facebook page – or its sister Facebook pages of Standish Christmas Market and Support Standish – which include libel, swearing, racism, abuse, overt aggression or malicious untruths. Our Administrators will decide if our rules have been breached.

People we believe have flagrantly disregarded these rules will be warned and then banned if they continue. If the breach is egregious they will be banned outright. If a comment is deleted, that is a warning. Other comments of a less serious nature will be ‘hidden’ from public view.

Standish Voice has 11,000 people following its Facebook page (May 22, 2022). We will not let a handful of people poison it for all the others. We live in a community and we need to respect each other.

As of May, 2022, only eight people have been banned from commenting on the Standish Voice Facebook page.

Facebook users have the ability to tag or add photos to comments but this ability can be prevented if the site admin decides this.

The site admins are Standish Voice vice chair Paul Ogden – a fully qualified media professional with 30 years of experience as a journalist for news organisations who is now a communications manager – and committee member Ian Trafford.

Standish Voice may also use Question And Answer sessions to put over information to make sure truthful information is given out. Q&As will be for a set time and only one comment or statement will be allowed to give time for us to respond properly. Any other comments, or comments made out of the set time, will be deleted. People will be warned if they abuse this.

UPDATED MAY 22, 2022


Below, are Standish Voice’s accounts, which are presented at each AGM. Click on each link to read them.

If you have any questions about the accounts, please contact our Treasurer, Karen Bliss, via our email address, standishneighbourhoodforum@gmail.com

Accounts: 2015

Accounts: 2016

Accounts: 2017

Accounts: 2018

Accounts: 2019

Accounts: 2020

Accounts 2021