Westhoughton Community Network

group for and run by community groups in Westhoughton

WCN notes/update from St. John's Church meeting, 15 February 2012

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

  • Social Distancing (Covid-19)
    In light of arrival of virus and advice given by Govt, all WCN groups and community organisations are having to suspend meetings and activities for time-being. End of year Civic Events such as Poppy Appeal / Remembrance Sunday (8 Nov); Schools Carols Services/Christmas Lights (27 Nov); Pretoria Remembrance (21 Dec) and Rotary Santa Float fundraising tours (7-19 Dec) cancelled or impacted. Programmes continue to be hit. Other news and updates on our
    Westhoughton.net Facebook Page.
  • 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)
  • Rotary Club of Westhoughton
    In an unusual year with no Christmas Santa Float Tours possible due to Covid, Rotarians are pleased to report donations of £6,772 via 'Just Giving' for 2020 - grateful for public and business support. Money raised will help support local charities. Active on Facebook, they are using Zoom for 3rd Thursday Speaker events (open to all).
  • 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 currently closed. Community meetings and activities suspended.
  • Daisy Hill FC Fixtures (Home)
    League Division 1 North
    New Sirs (BL5 2EB)
    After Covid-19 resulting in termination of a decent season for 'The Cutters' in 2019/20, a delayed new season had begun with measures in place to keep everyone safe, though now suspended again.
    WCN has been providing community news and features for home game programmes.
  • 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). Revised plan now approved.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. A bench in his honour at Ditchfield Gardens unveiled on 27 Sept 2019.
  • 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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