Westhoughton Community Network

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Library and Museum Services

Regular Events at Westhoughton Library

As well as books, newspapers, reference materials and computers, Westhoughton Library offers its facilities to the community. Be it for regular exhibitions or for sessions with one of the many groups that are based there. All events are free and there's no need to book unless otherwise stated.

Update (21/10/20) - Matt Keogh (Manager): Although the community group activities and meetings are still suspended due to the pandemic, Westhoughton Library is welcoming anyone who would like to come and browse and borrow books, use our public computers (one free hour per day), or do any printing or photocopying. Membership is free, and there are currently no fines for any late returns. The library is 'Covid secure'. It is hoped people will return to the library - existing users and newcomers.

Group Day / Time (Currently Suspended)
Libraries Get Lively Mondays 10am - 11am
Tai Chi Mondays 12pm -12:45pm
Scrabble Group Mondays 1pm - 3pm
Card Making Group Mondays 1pm - 3pm
Reading Buddies Mondays 4pm - 5pm
Baby Stay and Play Tuesdays 10am - 11am
Hearing Aid Clinic Tuesday 10am - 12pm 2nd Tuesday)
Writing Group * Tuesday 1pm - 3pm monthly)
Reading Group * Tuesday 1pm - 3pm (monthly)
Tuesday Club Games, Crafts, Quizzes…) Tuesdays 1pm - 3pm
Children's Tabletop Games Tuesdays 4pm - 5pm
Creative Writing Tuesdays 5-7pm
Local History Group * Thursdays 10am - 12pm (1st & 3rd Thursday)
Thursday Craft Club Thursdays 1pm - 3pm
Poetry Group Thursday 2pm - 3:30pm (last Thursday)
Toddler Tales Story Time Fridays 10am - 10:30am
Computer Mentor Sessions ** Fridays 2pm - 3pm & 3pm - 4pm
Saturday Club (Children's Craft activities) Saturday 10am - 12pm (1st Saturday)
Reading Buddies Saturdays 10am - 11:30am
* Ask staff for more details of these groups' meetings | ** Booking required
Call 01942 634640 | Download Schedule

New Services, Activities & Events at the Library

Summer 2019 - With children on their long summer holidays, Westhoughton Library aims to support parents with a programme of events to keep them occupied and stimulated. Also watch out for details of off-off events.


Adult Learning - The Library is working with Bolton College and other partners to identify need and bring these courses back to Westhoughton. Surveys and research is ongoing; funding for Adult Learning provision is geared towards helping people into work.


Meet the Author! Watch out for these special events introducing local writing talent. Refreshments provided. Last time (21/11/19) we welcomed local author Stehen Freeborn to talk about and tell some stories from his time as a pharmacist. His book 'Keep Taking the Tablets' now available on Amazon. Steve, well known in community circles, is the chair of volunteer group Friends of Westhoughton Station..


Summer 2018 saw five weeks of Friday afternoon fun and educational sessions for children during the school holidays with Fantastic Fridays, from Dinosaurs to Magic Tricks to Disguises; hopefully these popular sessions will return in the future.


Children's Coding Club - Fridays 3:00-4:00pm - summer holiday sessions to help boost children's IT skills and familiarity with computer coding.

Bolton Council One-Stop Shop - following a review and reorganisation, in 2018 the library took on Council services (benefit, housing enquiries, etc.,) previously available at Westhoughton Town Hall. Staff have undergone training, and a new desk and equipment installed, staff will be able to help with enquiries, with more complex matters including Universal Credit dealt with via a direct phone link to the Bolton Centre. The service will operate during existing library opening hours.

Displays & Exhibitions (Upper Floor)

2019 Art Exhibition at Westhoughton Library opened by Town Mayor Cllr Arthur Price. Westhoughton Library is often used by local groups to stage exhibitions… such as the current Westhoughton Art Group exhibition running on the upper floor throughout March. It features the work of local artists producing work of extraordinary quality during the weekly arts classes around Westhoughton. A variety of styles and subjects. There will be occasional live demonstrations by tutors. Some of the pieces of art will be available for sale.

The most recent exhibition was Westhoughton Local History Group telling the story of the Peterloo uprising and massacre of 1819. Two key figures representing the 'Establishment', Sir William Hulton and Colonel Ralph Fletcher, had very close ties with Westhoughton. At the other end of the social spectrum, some of the poorest members of Westhoughton society, primarily working people from the Wingates district, marched to Manchester in support of the objectives of the assembled crowd. On Thursday, 15th August a special launch event took place in the adjacent Carnegie Hall when a dramatic production based on the Peterloo Massacre was enacted. The WLHG exhibition then transfered to the Library (Upper Floor) for people to visit until the end of September. 'Peterloo Bi-Centenary' (Overview).

'Aspects of Howfen' - Westhoughton Historic Timeline commissioned by Westhoughton Local History Group

As part of the 2017 exhibition, 'Aspects of Howfen', a new, historic Westhoughton Timeline was unveiled (23/9/17). It is now a permanent feature, promoting Westhoughton's rich heritage and showcasing the dedicated and forensic work of the Local History Group, certainly one of the north west's premier heritage groups.

Westhoughton in the Wake of World War One -  Westhoughton Local History Group Exhibition (2018)There are annual art exhibitions in the spring by Westhoughton Art Group, showing off the impressive work of local artists. There are regular exhibitions by Westhoughton Local History Group which focus on the town and its history - last year saw fascinating displays taking visitors into the world of 'Westhoughton in the Wake of World War One', detailing 100 years after the Armistice the impact of the war on the town; those who never returned, those who fought and survived, and how the town picked up the pieces. See also permanent exhibits showcasing Wingates Band and their long history, approaching 150 years, upstairs at the library.

There are some fascinating displays, photos, artefacts and models covering local history, clubs and organisations, and the changing face of the town - from mining to cricket to railways to housing estates. Worth a look, and of interest to young and old, whether born here or a newcomer.

Short Courses

Watch out for occasional short courses run in conjunction with Bolton College or learning providers, such as the 4-week Computer Tablets and a Family History. Ask at Library for upcoming courses - or suggest things of interest.


Westhoughton Library
Library Street
Westhoughton
BL5 3AU

Telephone: 01942 634640
E-mail: westhoughton.library@bolton.gov.uk

Website: Bolton Library and Museum Services | Westhoughton Library.

Opening Hours
Monday & Friday - 9:00am to 5:30pm
Tuesday & Thursday - 9:00am to 7:00pm
Wednesday - CLOSED
Saturday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday - CLOSED

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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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