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.

Group Day / Time
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! Join us at the Library for a special event with free refreshments as we welcome local author NJ Cartner, to Westhoughton for a meet and greet, and book-signing event to celebrate the success of debut novel 'Lost in Manchester, Found in Vegas'. This took place Tuesday, 30th July (6-7pm). Info.


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.

Coming Soon! The next exhibition is by 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 there will be a special event in the Carnegie Hall (10am) when a dramatic production based on the Peterloo Massacre is to be staged (invite only). The WLHG exhibition will then transfer 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

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

  • St. James DH Concert
    Fri 18 Oct (7:30pm)
    Latest in St. James (Daisy Hill) Concert Series promoting up and coming musicians and taking advantage of fine acoustics of St. James - Polaris Duo - Harp & Sax. Tkts £10 (U18 free) inc free drink. Pay on door.
  • Daisy Hill FC Fixtures (Home)
    League Division 1 North
    New Sirs (BL5 2EB)
    Sat 19 Oct - AFC Blackpool
    Sat 26 Oct - Prestwich Heys
    Great start to new football season for 'The Cutters'. Support your local team. KO Sat 3pm or Mon 7:30pm. £5 adults / £4 concession.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    John Holt: 22 Oct (9:30-11:00am)
    Information about
  • New Library Schedule
    Westhoughton Library
    Did you know as well as books, computers and newspapers, your local Library provides Council One-Stop Shop services and is a base for many community groups and special events!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • St. James DH 'Open Doors'
    Sat 2 Oct (10-12)
    Monthly 'Open Doors' at St. James Church (Daisy Hill). Pop in for tea/coffee/cake; lean about Concert Series and refurbishment & community plans. Second hand book stall. Children welcome.
  • George Formby Society
    Wed 30 Oct (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.
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