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. LIBRARY CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE.

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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  • Lockdown information (Covid-19)
    For 16 months life and community was disrupted by measures to deal with the pandemic. It has been a long and impactful period, thankfully things are opening up again as things return to normal. Watch for updates as community re-engages here and on
    Westhoughton.net Facebook Page.
  • Daisy Hill FC Fixtures (Home)
    League Division 1 North
    New Sirs (BL5 2EB)
    ◊ Sat 11 Sept - Nelson
    ◊ Mon 13 Sept - Campion
    ◊ Sat 18 Sept - Bacup Borough
    After disruptions of recent times The Cutters are now playing again. New management, new signings and clubhouse improvements. Support your local team. KO Sat 3pm or Mon 7:45pm. £5 adults / £3 concession / £2 U18s / U12s free w/ adult.
    WCN has been providing community news and features for home game programmes.
  • Speaker Events
    Both and the have been holding monthly 'open' Zoom speaker events. See Facebook for details.
  • 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. Heritage Open Day Festival 13-19 Sept (online); Church Open 18-19 Sept.
  • WOW! Women of Westhoughton
    Thursdays from 7:00pm
    John Holt Centre (BL5 2NR)
    Est. 2013, women's group for shared interests, talks, outings & social networking. The group is to resume meetings from 2nd September at its new home. Updated programme.
  • Town Centre Masterplan
    Proposals for investment in Town Centre (Market Street focus) were consulted upon in 2019-20 with a Steering Group meeting to discuss plans for £4m investment and significant changes to Market Street, Central Park, Carnegie Hall and Town Hall. Revised plan now approved.
  • New Support Services
    Two new services have commenced during Lockdown to support local community and vulnerable: Covid Assist and Westhoughton One Stop Shop.
  • 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 now open for book lending and computer use, will open for community groups again in September. A Libraries & Museums Service Review (2021) affecting opening hours pending.
  • Civic Awards
    Recipients of Westhoughton Town Council Civic Awards 2020 for service to the local community 2021 are David Kaye and Linda Winrow, who will also share the Harold Daniels Trophy. Presentation evening 2020 (25/1/20)
  • Hope Community Centre
    The Central Drive church and community space is currently closed pending refurbishment discussions with Bolton Council.
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