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Rainbow Craft Group

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. They hold various fundraising and social events throughout the year - including trips and a Christmas meal; and will likely be seen at community events around Westhoughton.

The group meets on Tuesday afternoons 1-3pm, upstairs at Westhoughton Library - no experience necessary. And no age restrictions! Men are welcome too!

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 CraftsYou can meet or join up, or find out more by popping into Westhoughton Library on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon.

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

 

In 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.

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Useful Links

Community Events

  • Wingates Band - Concert & News
    Sat 21 Oct (7:30pm)
    St. Bart's Church - 'Best of British'
    One of Top 30 Brass Bands in World, Wingates Band return to Westhoughton for a Last Night of the Proms Concert. Tkts £8 (2 for £15); U16 Free. Flyer.
    News and information about the brass band and upcoming 2017 concerts - info.
  • History Group Exhibition
    23 Sept - 31 Oct
    Westhoughton Library (upstairs)
    New exhibition: 'Aspects of Howfen' profiles the many facets of the Westhoughton's rich industrial, social, cultural, educational and sporting history. Free. New historic timeline unveiled.
  • Friends of Westhoughton Station
    Now meet every Sunday from 10am
    Volunteer group cleaning up and improving Westhoughton Station for local commuters. Excellent progress. All welcome.
    More...
    . 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.
    More...
  • George Formby Society
    Wed 25 Oct (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.
  • Westhoughton Poetry Group
    Thurs 26 Oct (from 2pm)
    Bolton Library (for NPD)
    Get poetic - budding Wordsworth or Pam Ayres? - monthly mtg of creative writing group. Newcomers welcome. Contribute or just listen. Free.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    Info.
    WH Market: Thurs
    John Holt Centre: Tues
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