Westhoughton Community Network

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Westhoughton Art Group

About Us

Westhoughton Art Group display at WCN Community Fayre 21 April 2012 WAG is a social and educational self-help group. We are fully inclusive and open to anyone within the community and aim to encourage our members to achieve their goals in art.

The membership is made up of a very wide spectrum of abilities from beginners onwards. The media used is mainly watercolour but we have frequent sessions featuring Acrylics, Pastels, Drawing and other art media. The group invites an artist/tutor to complete a demo or lesson every third week where they are taught skills that they can then practise during the other weeks.

We are now based at the John Holt Centre on Birch Avenue in Washacre (BL5 2NR), and meet for a 3-hour creative session on Mondays at 9:30am until 12:30pm.

Westhoughton Art Group student at work during WCN Community Fayre 21 April 2012Our first home was Westhoughton Learning Centre, and our first meeting was 6th September 2010 and the group is building 'organically' with friends of friends joining. We will continue to grow in terms of membership and have been increasing in size and popularity such that a second art session is being considered. There is a burgeoning collection of artwork from our students which we have been able to display at community events and at our art exhibitions. We are a self-financing, self-help group. There are currently over 30 members. We will continue to build links with both the local community in Westhoughton and the Art Community in Bolton and Greater Manchester.

Art Exhibition 2017

Westhoughton Art Group 2017 exhibition at Westhoughton Library poster - 2017 expo runs for two weeks from the Thursday 23rd March. Following the great success of previous Westhoughton Art Group Art exhibitions, a new free exhibition of artwork will took place upstairs at Westhoughton Library over 2 weeks (21st March - 1st April). The fifth since the inaugural display of student art back in 2012. These popular shows allow the public to view the work of our students, showing the variety of styles and techniques of the artists, with work by both newcomers and the more experienced. The quality is high and feedback very encouraging - the exhibits showing the development and passion of the group.

The artists on hand on certain days and the weekend, doing live displays; always happy to talk about their art, techniques, and how a budding artist might get involved or take up the hobby. With some work available for sale - a good way to support local artists, and to own a unique piece of art to display at home or in a workplace.

Westhoughton Library is open from 9:00am to 5:30pm. Closed Wednesday and Sunday. Late opening to 7:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday. More info 01942 634640.

Key objectives for the group

To raise awareness though publicity and word of mouth; raise funds for equipment for possible future exhibitions, and to find an alternative venue. Through WCN we hope to connect with other groups with a goal of growing the group and accessing resources and facilities, e.g., storage; and also to discover what groups and interests are covered in Westhoughton, and contribute to life in the town.

Another Chance to Develop Your Art Skills

One of our former students, Elise Nimmo, has developed her art and is now teaching students in her own right, running two 2-hour classes at the Hope Centre on Thursdays - one from 10:00am, then another from 12:30pm. These classes are open to people of all abilities, and cover a variety of styles and techniques; and are an additional art and creative offering in Westhoughton.

For more information call 07796 463852 or visit Elise Nimmo Art.

Create realistic animals with charcoal and pastels - workshop 23rs April 2016.Art Courses

Watch out for occasional day-courses - such as the 'Charcoal and Pastel Workshop' - offering a chance to develop your art skills run by WAG's Elise Nimmo, here students were given tips and techniques on how to create convincing animal figures, bringing your creatures to life. Further details, contact WAG or Elise Nimmo.

Westhoughton Art Group display at WCN Community Fayre 21 April 2012Contact Information

Main contact is Dave Hendry (Chairman). For further details email: Westhoughton Art Group


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Community Events

  • Wizard of Oz Auditions
    Wed 14 Feb (7:15pm)
    The Bethel, Leigh Rd (BL5 2LW)
    Preparations under way for September's youth production. 'Wizard of Oz' open/info evening Wed 14 Feb (7:15pm). Auditions for parts - Principals Sun 18 Feb (1pm); Munchkins/Chorus parts Sun 25 Feb (1pm). Children need to be accompanied by an adult for mtgs.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    WH Market: Thurs 22 Feb (12-1pm)
    John Holt: Tues 27 Feb (9:30-11:30am)
    Information about
  • Rotary Christmas Float
    Rotary Club of Westhoughton very grateful for public support and donations in the run up to Christmas. £7,431 was raised for local charities and groups to be distributed in the spring.
  • Friends of Westhoughton Station
    Meeting Sundays from 10am, volunteer group undertake clean-up and ambient improvement work at Westhoughton Station benefiting local commuters. Excellent progress. All welcome.
    . Finalists 'Community Rail Awards' 2015. Town Council 'Certificate of Achievement'. Recent clean-up
  • Hope Community Centre
    Central Drive
    Updated programme. Group activities and events; available for hire for community groups - also parties. 'Grub tub' available for Foodbank donations - 9:30am to 3pm on Mondays.
  • WOW! Women of Westhoughton
    Thursdays from 7:30pm
    Hope Centre (Central Drive) BL5 3DS
    Est. 2013, women's group for shared interests, talks, outings & social networking. Updated programme.
  • Westhoughton Poetry Group
    Thurs 22 Feb (from 2pm)
    Get poetic - budding Wordsworth or Pam Ayres? - monthly mtg of creative writing group. Newcomers welcome. Contribute or just listen. Free.
  • George Formby Society
    Wed 28 Feb (from 7:30pm)
    Mercury Bolton, Manchester Road (BL5 3JP)
    Free. Fans of George Formby and the ukulele gather to talk, play and be entertained. Last Wed every month.
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