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Rainbow Crafts

About Us

Rainbow Crafts group meeting and sharing skills at Westhoughton LibraryEstablished in 2014, formed as a group for people to share their crafting skills or to learn new ones - including knitting, crochet, card making etc., and to make new friends, meeting on Tuesday afternoons 1-3pm, upstairs at Westhoughton Library. They held various fundraising and social events throughout the year - including trips and meal out.

Rainbow Crafts at the Love You Local Market event at Westhoughton Market in 2014Rainbow Crafts celebrated its first anniversary with a party at The Mercury Hotel (details below). As a group and with local partners, it has been involved in organising events in Westhoughton, with the intention of doing something a little different and bringing the community together.

The successful fundraising Christmas Fayre in December 2014 and the ambitious two-day, first 'Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival ' in 2015 (4th & 5th July), which brightened up the town, entertained and brought people together. Great involvement and feedback. The event returned in 2016 over the weekend of 2nd & 3rd July (info).

The 2015 Christmas Fair at the Carnegie Hall took place on Saturday, 5th December - building on the success of the 2014 inaugural event, another good turnout as the public joined the ladies of Rainbow Crafts for a festive afternoon of crafts, entertainment and refreshments

Rainbow Crafts Christmas Fair
Saturday, 5th December 2015 (10:00am – 3:30pm)
at the Carnegie Hall (Library Street).

  • Hand knits & craft stalls
  • Home-baked cake stall
  • Themed stalls
  • Tombola & Raffle
  • Bottle stall raffle

Children's Activities - letter to Santa; make a Christmas card for mum & dad.

Refreshments from 10am until 3pm – drinks, toast; hot mince pies, mulled wine…
Afternoon Teas is served – sandwiches, cake, tea/coffee - great value £4.50

Raising money for their chosen charities.

Previous Events

Christmas Fayre (2014)

Rainbow Craft's 'big event', the Victorian themed Christmas Fayre, took place at the Carnegie Hall on Saturday, 6th December, running throughout the day. There were craft stalls, a special Afternoon Tea, and entertainment from a local pianist and also Wingates Band. For children there was 'Grandma's Corner' helped by Westhoughton Community Queens Association. Also in attendance were Pippa Panda from the Community Police and Peppa Pig. In the adjoining Library, number of groups will had stalls, including the Local History Group, Friends of Westhoughton Station, Wingates Band and there was a truly impressive photographic exhibition by Bolton Digital Photographic Society. All part of the wider event in the town involving Westhoughton Market. Having fun, making available gift ideas for Christmas, entertaining, bringing together the community and raising money for good causes.

Rainbow Crafts - Grandma's Corner Christmas Fayre 2014The Victorian Christmas Fayre was a tremendous success, it was good to see so many people attend. The group feels very proud at what was achieved. Over £1,200 was raised for their chosen charities (The Stroke Association [£1,000] and Help For Heroes [£300]. As well as money, Rainbow Crafts were able to donate leftover toys to Urban Outreach (Bolton) to give to children whose families are suffering hardship, and have donated scarves, gloves, hats, bed socks… to Shelter. Additionally, some baby clothes will be offered to the Premature Baby Unit.

A video of the event has been produced by Ted Wisedale. Ted is an accomplished video producer who has produced a number of videos celebrating Westhoughton and some of the many community events - available via his YouTube Channel or Westhoughton Local History Group.


First Birthday Party

To celebrate Rainbow Crafts first year of activities a thank you celebration party at The Mercury Bolton Hotel, Westhoughton was held on Wednesday, 4th March. An an evening of fun and great entertainment, with top class singer and entertainer Martin Gregory-Lambert. There was supper, both ticket draw and raffle to raise funds. The evening saw a cheque for £1,300 being handed over to the Stroke Association, the culmination of fundraising activities over Rainbow Crafts' busy and successful first year.


Getting in Touch

Rainbow CraftsIn 2016, the group evolved to become 'The Tuesday Club'… activities still take place at the Library on a Tuesday afternoon (1-3pm); whilst there are still crafts, there is more of an emphasis on social activities.

We are on Facebook Rainbow Crafts Facebook groupRainbow Crafts Facebook Group.

 

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Community Events

  • Social Distancing (Covid-19)
    In light of arrival of virus and advice given by Govt, all WCN groups and community orgnisations are having to suspend meetings and activities for time-being. Summer and now Autumn events programme hit. Other news amd updates on our
    Westhoughton.net Facebook Page.
  • Autumn Civic Events
    In light of current restrictions upcoming events will be subject to cancellation or changed format: Remembrance Sunday (8 Nov - service, wreath laying & parade); Schools Carols Services & Christmas Lights Switch-on (Fri 27 Nov); Pretoria Remembrance (Fri 21 Dec).
    Poppy Appeal 2020 - all-important collections likely to be impacted. How you can help? Wreaths, lamppost poppies, collections:
  • Daisy Hill FC Fixtures (Home)
    League Division 1 North
    New Sirs (BL5 2EB)
    ◊ Mon 7 Oct - Nelson (Abandonned 1-1 - rain)
    ◊ Sat 10 Oct - Prestwich Heys (Re-arranged)
    ◊ Mon 26 Oct - Chadderton
    After Covid-19 resulting in terminatiton of a decent season for 'The Cutters' in 2019/20, a delayed new season has begun with measures in place to keep everyone safe. Support your local team. If you want to watch live football, New Sirs in the place to be. KO Sat 3pm or Mon 7:30pm. £5 adults / £3 concession / £2 U18s / U12s free w/ adult.
    WCN providing community news and features for home game programmes.
  • 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.
  • Town Centre Masterplan
    Proposals for investment in Town Centre (Market street focus) reaches public consultation stage. Drop-ins at Library took place on 12 & 15 Feb. Closing date for feedback 23/3/20. Significant investment and changes proposed inc. Carnegie Hall and Town Hall. Final meeting conducted via Microsoft Teams (18/8). Final report pending.
  • Library Schedule
    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 open for lending services and computer use with 'Covid-Safe' measures. Community meetings and activities suspended.
  • Bolton College Survey
    Adult Learning Provision in Westhoughton
    Wigan & Leigh College have a number of FREE online courses available aimed at wellbeing/public sectors to teach about mental health, leadership and social care. Adults >24, or 19-23 (see conditions).

    Prior to Lockdown Bolton Council and Bolton College consulting with WCN and other partners to reintroduce Adult Learning Provision to Westhoughton.
  • Civic Awards 2020
    Westhoughton Town Council Civic Awards for service to the local community. Presentation evening 25/1/20
  • Rotary Christmas Float
    Rotary Club of Westhoughton is very grateful for public support with donations of £6,253 received during the run-up to Christmas 2019. More raised helped support 21 local charities. Rotarians working out how to do a Santa Float in 2020 in light of social distancing. Using Zoom for 3rd Thursday Speaker events.
  • Tribute to Tony
    Tony Berry Tribute Concert at St. Bart's 22 Nov 19 - . £2,716 raised; shared between Cancer Research and St. Bart's Tower Fund.
  • 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. Centre currently closed.
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