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.

Card Making Group
Scrabble Group
Hearing Aid Clinic
Reading Group *
Writing Group *
Tuesday Club (Crafts)
Local History Group*
Craft Group
Baby Stay and Play
Poetry group
Computer Mentor **
Toddler Tales Story Session
Dementia Friendly Session
Children's Craft Club
Day / Time
Mondays 1pm-3pm
Mondays 12:30pm-3pm
2nd Tuesday in month 10am-12pm
One Tuesday a month 1pm-3pm
One Tuesday a month 1pm-3pm
Tuesdays 1pm-3pm
1st & 3rd Thursday each month 10am
Thursdays 1pm-3pm
Last Thursday in month 10am–11am
Last Thursday in month 1pm-3pm
Fridays 2pm-3pm and 3pm-4pm
Fridays 10am-10:30am
3rd Friday in month 11:30am-1pm
1st Saturday in month 10am-12pm
* Ask staff for more details of these groups' meetings | ** Booking required

New Services, Activities & Events at the Library

Autism Friendly Sessions – Spectrum Buddies is a new group made up of parents, friends and siblings who want to help our primary school children with Autism Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD) learn new social skills and make friends; offering the children small group play and social groups in order to meet new friends and maybe find a buddy to play with. Plans are to run regular sessions twice per month on Thursday evenings.

Introductory drop-in session to meet the volunteers running the session too place Thursday, 3rd January. Email spectrumbuddies@gmail.com for more information.

One-off FREE events this February (no need to book) aimed at helping people with technology and staying safe from scams:
Anti-Scam Talk - aims to give people information to protect people and prevent them from becoming victims of online or telephone scams. Tuesday 12th February 10:00am to 11:00am.
ICT and Biscuits - Drop-in session where people can bring in any computers/phones or ask basic technology questions they have, and advisers will do their best them solve tech issues or give them some basic tech help. Thursday, 14th February between 11:00am and 1:00pm. Tea and biscuits will be available.

Baby Stay and Play – Aimed at parents with children aged 0-2, an interactive story session and singing. After the stories and songs have finished parents and children are encouraged to stay, play, chat with one another. Drinks and biscuits are provided. Last Thursday of each month 10:00am to 11:00am.

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, the library is to take 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)

Westhoughton in the Wake of World War One -  Westhoughton Local History Group Exhibition (2018)Westhoughton Library is often used by local groups to stage exhibitions… such as the current exhibition running until the end of the year: 'Westhoughton in the Wake of World War One', detailing in this 100th anniversary year of 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 and developed taking us up to the 1926 General Strike - a fascinating and immersive collection of facts, exhibits and stories put together by the dedicated members of Westhoughton Local History Group. The group's major projects are usually accompanied by books, booklets, illustrations and cards, which are available for sale at the Library.

'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.

There are annual art exhibitions in the spring by Westhoughton Art Group, showing off the impressive work of local artists. Wingates Band have a permanent exhibit showcasing their long history, approaching 150 years, upstairs at the library, and will occasionally join the history group for their exhibitions.

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

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

Website: Bolton Library and Museum Services

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

Now available a Home Library Service - a free home delivery service for Bolton residents subject to eligibility.

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Community Events

  • Panto Time!
    Oh yes it is! Pantos from local amateur dramatic groups…
    Westhoughton Methodist ADS - 'Aladdin' > info
    Fri/Sat 8/9 & 15/16* Feb (*matinee 2:30pm)
  • 'Open Mic'
    Westhoughton Golf Club (BL5 2BR)
    Fri 22 Feb (from 8:00pm)
    Chance for local musicians to take to stage and try out some songs; get some live experience. Compered by Linda J from 'The Voice'. Bar. Free entry.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    WH Market: Thurs 21 Feb (12-1pm)
    John Holt: Tues 26 Feb (9:30-11:00am)
    The HUB: Mon 4 Mar (7-8pm)
    Information about
  • 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. Donation boxes at local shops.
    . Finalists 'Community Rail Awards' 2015. Town Council 'Certificate of Achievement'. Recent clean-up
  • 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.
  • 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.
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