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Friends of Daisy Hill Station

About the Group

Daisy Hill Station today viewed from road bridge Our aim is to enhance the appearance, improve the environment, develop facilities at the station, so helping to deliver a better travelling experience for local commuters. Networking with other Friends of Stations groups we hope to work to develop our railway stations to make them more pleasant and community-focused.

Work began in November 2013 with fortnightly Saturday work sessions; those sessions moving to Sundays from 2015, with the addition of a more social meeting taking place monthly on a Tuesday mornings at the John Holt Centre (BL5 2NR).

In February 2018 the group was awarded a Westhoughton Environmental Award by the Town Council for their hard work and dedication both keeping the station tidy and in adding environmental touches such as planters, benches and bird boxes. Write-up (Bolton News).

Below is the 2020 Friends of Daisy Hill Station work and meeting schedule dates and times. Everyone is welcome to participate in volunteering any time available in helping to transform one of our local railway stations.

Meeting Days
Tuesdays 9:30am to 11:30am
John Holt Centre
7th January
4th February
3rd March
7th April
5th May
2nd June
7th July
4th August
8th September
6th October
10th November
8th December
Working Days
Sundays 12 noon to 2pm*
Daisy Hill Station
12th January
9th February
8th March
12th April
10th May
7th June
12th July
9th August
6th September
11th October
15th November
13th December
*Come for as long as you can, when you can

2020 Schedule (download).

About Daisy Hill Station

The station is located 14 miles (23km) west of Manchester Victoria and operated by Northern Rail. Onward trains to Kirkby and Southport via Wigan Wallgate. Annual rail passenger usage was 106,257 in 2005/05, rising to 241,480 in 2010/11. 2013 marks the station's 125th year.

Steam train at Daisy Hill Station in 1952The station has seen many changes over the years; in years gone by there were additional rails either side for express trains. There was once in the past a cast iron roof, similar to that seen at Atherton Station, covering a good portion of the platform.

In 2008, in light of increased station use, a new car park was created by the Council with 77 places to the left of the station (formerly a 5-a-side pitch), adding needed capacity to the existing car park across the road from the station. Electronic displays were also added to the platforms improving passenger information.

As part of railway investment by Network Rail, Daisy Hill Station had its usable platform extended in 2019 to accommodate longer trains. Funding has been allocated for a lift at the station. It is hoped further amenity improvements will be part of the investment package.

Daisy Hill Station of old The Daisy Hill area of Westhoughton in 1965, mostly post-war development

Getting in Touch

Main contact: Jack Speight (Chair).

For further information call 07977 262022 or email: Friends of Daisy Hill Station.

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  • Social Distancing (Covid-19)
    In light of arrival of virus and advice given by Govt, all WCN groups and community orgnisations are having to suspend meetings and activities for time-being. Summer and now Autumn events programme hit. Other news amd updates on our
    Westhoughton.net Facebook Page.
  • Autumn Civic Events
    In light of current restrictions upcoming events will be subject to cancellation or changed format: Remembrance Sunday (8 Nov - service, wreath laying & parade); Schools Carols Services & Christmas Lights Switch-on (Fri 27 Nov); Pretoria Remembrance (Fri 21 Dec).
    Poppy Appeal 2020 - all-important collections likely to be impacted. How you can help? Wreaths, lamppost poppies, collections:
  • Daisy Hill FC Fixtures (Home)
    League Division 1 North
    New Sirs (BL5 2EB)
    ◊ Mon 7 Oct - Nelson (Abandonned 1-1 - rain)
    ◊ Sat 10 Oct - Prestwich Heys (Re-arranged)
    ◊ Mon 26 Oct - Chadderton
    After Covid-19 resulting in terminatiton of a decent season for 'The Cutters' in 2019/20, a delayed new season has begun with measures in place to keep everyone safe. Support your local team. If you want to watch live football, New Sirs in the place to be. KO Sat 3pm or Mon 7:30pm. £5 adults / £3 concession / £2 U18s / U12s free w/ adult.
    WCN providing community news and features for home game programmes.
  • St. James Church (Daisy Hill)
    Heritage Lottery funded restoration work on the bell tower completed. Now off the 'at risk' register. Fascinating short about the project.
    1st Sat of mth (10-12) open for Grub Tub donations.
  • Town Centre Masterplan
    Proposals for investment in Town Centre (Market street focus) reaches public consultation stage. Drop-ins at Library took place on 12 & 15 Feb. Closing date for feedback 23/3/20. Significant investment and changes proposed inc. Carnegie Hall and Town Hall. Final meeting conducted via Microsoft Teams (18/8). Final report pending.
  • Library Schedule
    Westhoughton Library
    Did you know as well as books, computers and newspapers, your local Library provides Bolton Council One-Stop Shop services and is a base for many community groups and special events!
    Library open for lending services and computer use with 'Covid-Safe' measures. Community meetings and activities suspended.
  • Bolton College Survey
    Adult Learning Provision in Westhoughton
    Wigan & Leigh College have a number of FREE online courses available aimed at wellbeing/public sectors to teach about mental health, leadership and social care. Adults >24, or 19-23 (see conditions).

    Prior to Lockdown Bolton Council and Bolton College consulting with WCN and other partners to reintroduce Adult Learning Provision to Westhoughton.
  • Civic Awards 2020
    Westhoughton Town Council Civic Awards for service to the local community. Presentation evening 25/1/20
  • Rotary Christmas Float
    Rotary Club of Westhoughton is very grateful for public support with donations of £6,253 received during the run-up to Christmas 2019. More raised helped support 21 local charities. Rotarians working out how to do a Santa Float in 2020 in light of social distancing. Using Zoom for 3rd Thursday Speaker events.
  • Tribute to Tony
    Tony Berry Tribute Concert at St. Bart's 22 Nov 19 - . £2,716 raised; shared between Cancer Research and St. Bart's Tower Fund.
  • Hope Community Centre
    Central Drive
    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. Centre currently closed.
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