Westhoughton Community Network

group for and run by community groups in Westhoughton

WCN notes & update from St. John's Church meeting, Wed, 15 February

The last meeting of Westhoughton Community Network took place Wednesday, 15th February at St. John's Church, Wingates. Attended by 20 people representing some 10 groups, with 5 groups sending apologies - turnout was down on previous meetings.

The meeting itself was an interesting one, with a visit and presentation on grant funding by Mark Grundy of Bolton CVS, who made us aware available funding, changes to the way grants are handed out locally, and the tips for grant bids applications. We will post information on Mark's presentation and funding opportunities in due course.

As well as the information share there was an update on both the progress of the WCN sub-committee who are looking at a Community Fayre Event to be held at Westhoughton Market, and an update on the fast-approaching Luddite Bi-Centenary Event on Mill Street (Sunday, 22nd April) which promises to be both spectacular and entertaining.

Other events coming up are: Wingates Band 'White & Red Roses Brass' concert at Victoria Hall, Bolton (17th March); Westhoughton Community Queens Fundraiser (22nd April); >WACO 'It's A Knock Out' (27th May); Westhoughton Market Jubilee Celebration (2nd June) Washacre FM 2012 (22nd - 25th August).

Future WCN meetings

The next meeting will be at The John Holt Centre on Tuesday evening, 15th May venue/refreshments courtesy of HACFRA.

We will look to have a presentation on a topic that is interest to groups and are open to suggestions. For the August/September meeting we will be inviting Solicitors Fieldings Porter to talk about legal aspects of charities and community groups. We are of course open to ideas for meetings and welcome agenda items.

Community Fayre (update)

A date of Saturday 26th May had been pencilled in for a meet the community groups event at Westhoughton Market, however, it was felt that preparations for Sunday's WAKO event would preclude a number of groups. There was a suggestion of doing an event on the Luddites weekend, i.e., Saturday 21st April subject to groups being able to and wishing to have a stall; with the possibility of repeating such an event later in the summer.

WCN Newsletter February 2012

In February a new-style newsletter was sent out to WCN members, should for any reason this not have been received, can please add our email to the safe senders list to avoid it being classed as SPAM.

The aim of the newsletter will be to update on WCN news/meetings, but also to promote group events and link to community websites. It is hoped to be able to do one newsletter a month. If you have any item that you would like to go in get in touch.

Website & Online Calendar

The website will be updated and developed as content is provided. The online calendar is now live and events should be sent to us (Event Name, Date, Time, Description with if applicable pricing/contact information)

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Community Events

  • History Group Exhibition
    Now open! (Runs until year end)
    Westhoughton Library
    Coinciding with #Armistice100, new, fascinating and immersive exhibition: 'Westhoughton in the Wake of World War One' profiles post-war years - those lost, those returning, rebuilding after war years.
  • St. James DH 'Open Doors' and Concert
    Sat 24 Nov (10am-12pm)
    Chance to visit church last Saturday of month for coffee, chat, contemplation. Learn about community plans.
    Fri 30 Nov (7:30pm) - latest in St. James (Daisy Hill) Concert Series with a virtuoso Cello Duo performance. Tkts £8 (U16 free) inc refreshments. Pay on door.
  • Casino Evening
    Sat 24 Nov (7:00pm)
    Daisy Hill FC (New Sirs) (BL5 2EH)
    Join supporters, ex-players and friends of Daisy Hill FC for fundraising Casino Evening as Las Vegas comes to Westhoughton. Champagne reception. Bar, refreshments. Tkts £15.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    John Holt: Tues 20 Nov (9:30-11:00am)
    WH Market: Thurs 29 Nov (12-1pm)
    New regular evening session at Hub starting soon . Information about
  • 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. Donation boxes at local shops.
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    . Finalists 'Community Rail Awards' 2015. Town Council 'Certificate of Achievement'. Recent clean-up
  • George Formby Society
    Wed 28 Nov (from 7:30pm)
    Mercury Bolton, Manchester Road (BL5 3JP)
    Back from appearance at Royal Albert Hall before Queen. Fans of George Formby and the ukulele gather to talk, play and be entertained. Last Wed every month.
  • Westhoughton Poetry Group
    Thurs 29 Nov (from 2pm)
    Westhoughton Library
    Get poetic - budding Wordsworth or Pam Ayres? - monthly mtg of creative writing group. Newcomers welcome. Contribute or just listen. Free.
  • 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.
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