Westhoughton Community Network

group for and run by community groups in Westhoughton

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.

Group
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)

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.

'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

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

  • George Formby Society
    Wed 26 June (from 7:30pm)
    Mercury Bolton, Manchester Road (BL5 3JP)
    Fans of George Formby and the ukulele gather to talk, play and be entertained. Last Wed every month.
  • Hoodwinked
    Fri/Sat 21/22 28/29 June
    The Bethel, Leigh Rd (BL5 2LW)
    Latest Bethel Crowd show from the Junior workshop is a musical take on Robin Hood story. Performances 7:15pm, with 2:15pm matinees on Saturday. Tkts £4.
  • St. James DH Concert
    Fri 28 June 7:30pm
    Latest in St. James (Daisy Hill) Concert Series - a virtuoso Guitar & Cello Duo performance by Ithoni Duo. Tkts £8 (U16 free) inc refreshments. Pay on door.
  • Murder Mystery
    Fri/Sat 5/6 July (7:15pm) |
    Westhoughton Methodist Church Hall, Wigan Road (BL5 3QD)
    Special send-off for Rev. Lesley Dinham as she heads for pastures new. A Murder Mystery: 'Who Killed The Vicar?' Can you solve the case? Fun, entertaining evening. Tkts £7 inc supper/refreshments.
  • Wingates Band Concerts
    Fri 5 July (7:30pm)
    Blackrod Community Centre (BL6 5TG)
    Friday Night is Music Night! Last of 4 monthly themed music concerts at Blackrod Community Centre July is Audience Favourites. Tickets £10 with pie supper.
    Flyers.
    News and information about the brass band and upcoming concerts, and details of Supporters Club - info.
  • 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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  • Bolton College Survey
    Adult Learning Provision in Westhoughton
    Bolton Council and Bolton College consulting with WCN and other partners to reintroduce Adult Learning Provision to Westhoughton. A survey is launched, with follow-up events planned.
  • Barking Berry's Fun Dog Show
    Took place at Central Park, Westhoughton on Sat 22 June. 7th year for this popular event raising money for animal charities. £1,561 raised on day.
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  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    WH Market: Thurs 11 July (12-1pm)
    John Holt: Tues 16 July (9:30-11:00am)
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