Westhoughton Community Network

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Library and Museum Services

Regular Events at Westhoughton Library

As well a 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 *
The Tuesday Club (Crafts)
Local History Group*
Craft Group
Poetry group
Computer Mentor **
Toddler Tales Story 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, 1pm-3pm
Friday mornings, 10am-11am & 11am-12pm
Fridays 10am-10:30am
First Saturday in month 10am-12pm
* Ask staff for more details of these groups' meetings | ** Booking required

Displays & Exhibitions (Upper Floor)

Westhoughton Under Threat of Siege - 2015 Westhoughton Local History Group ExhibitionWesthoughton Library is often used by local groups to stage exhibitions… such as in late 2015 'Westhoughton and the Threat of Siege' by Westhoughton Local History Group, detailing the fascinating story of the growth of Westhoughton through development, from the Salford and Manchester 'overspill period' (1960-63) and beyond - a collection of facts, exhibits and stories from Westhoughton Local History Group; the schemes, the battles, the emergence of S.W.A.N. (Save Westhoughton Act Now), the changing face of the town…

This group produces fascinating exhibits and history's of Westhoughton's rich past.

'Aspects of Howfen' Exhibition

From Saturday 23rd September to Tuesday, 31st October 2017

A brand new, free exhibition from the Westhoughton Local History Group; a major project that profiles the many facets of the Westhoughton's rich industrial, social, cultural, educational and sporting history.

'Aspects of Howfen' comprises material expanding upon the new 'History Timeline' panels, supported by water-colour paintings illustrating the Westhoughton of yesteryear by Tom Newton MBE.

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

The new Timeline, unveiled on the 23rd September, will be a permanent feature, promoting Westhoughton's rich heritage and showcasing the work of the Local History Group, one of the north west's premier heritage groups.

There are annual art exhibitions 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, such as the 4-week Computer Tablets course (April 2016). Ask at Library for upcoming courses - or suggest things of interest. For those interested in family trees, a Family History course is planned for later in the year (October).

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

  • Wizard of Oz Auditions
    Wed 14 Feb (7:15pm)
    The Bethel, Leigh Rd (BL5 2LW)
    Preparations under way for September's youth production. 'Wizard of Oz' open/info evening Wed 14 Feb (7:15pm). Auditions for parts - Principals Sun 18 Feb (1pm); Munchkins/Chorus parts Sun 25 Feb (1pm). Children need to be accompanied by an adult for mtgs.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    WH Market: Thurs 22 Feb (12-1pm)
    John Holt: Tues 27 Feb (9:30-11:30am)
    Information about
  • Rotary Christmas Float
    Rotary Club of Westhoughton very grateful for public support and donations in the run up to Christmas. £7,431 was raised for local charities and groups to be distributed in the spring.
  • 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. All welcome.
    . Finalists 'Community Rail Awards' 2015. Town Council 'Certificate of Achievement'. Recent clean-up
  • Hope Community Centre
    Central Drive
    Updated 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.
  • Westhoughton Poetry Group
    Thurs 22 Feb (from 2pm)
    Get poetic - budding Wordsworth or Pam Ayres? - monthly mtg of creative writing group. Newcomers welcome. Contribute or just listen. Free.
  • George Formby Society
    Wed 28 Feb (from 7:30pm)
    Mercury Bolton, Manchester Road (BL5 3JP)
    Free. Fans of George Formby and the ukulele gather to talk, play and be entertained. Last Wed every month.
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