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Westhoughton Community Network

Westhoughton Community Network

Newsletter - February 2012

A reminder that the next WCN meeting is coming up:

Wednesday, 15th February 2012 - from 7:00pm

at St. John's Church, Wingates BL5 3PR (A6, opposite La Scala)

This is a change of venue from that previously announced. Our thanks to Andy Glynn and his church for the offer of the venue/refreshments for the evening. If we could have a couple of volunteers to help in the kitchen during the break that would be welcome.

The working Agenda is as follows:

  • Welcome/Apologies/Review of Minutes
  • Group intros
  • Presentation on Grant Funding by Mark Grundy of Bolton CVS
    Recently, Council funding for local groups has been handed over to the Big Bolton Fund. Mark will talk about funding criteria, current procedures, funding available, and other possible sources of funding for community groups. There will be an opportunity for questions.
  • Break
  • Volunteer Week Community Fayre meeting update (6th February)
  • Luddites Bicentenary Event update by Ted Wisedale (Local History Group)
  • Westhoughton Community Groups information share & events update
  • Any other business
  • Arrangements for future WCN meetings

We welcome the use of a venue to the north of the town, the room is cosy but can be arranged to accommodate our numbers - the Church is hopeful of establishing a community venue with some additional investment in the future. We would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance to give us an idea of numbers to expect.

If there are any issues you wish raised at the meeting please advise. Parking is on street around the Church. If there are people who cannot easily get up to Wingates, let us know, we may be able to arrange lifts.

Online Calendar

There is now a calendar available at the website, the idea being that groups can add events and a picture can emerge of what is going on in Westhoughton and will enhance the information share.

WCN Calendar

In order for events to be added, for the time being can information be sent to 'Events' for adding to the calendar - in the following format:

Event Name:

Day / Date / Time(s)
(State if a repeating event and the frequency.)

Where it is taking place

Short Description

Contact Name / Number / Website / Email
(if applicable and if you want this made public)

Victorian Market Event

Back in December a Victorian Christmas Market took place at the revamped and award winning Westhoughton Market. The event, a great success, in which a number of local community groups were involved, was in aid of the Mayor of Westhoughton's charities, featured farmers and craft markets, Santa's grotto, with stall holders getting into the spirit of things dressed in Victorian garb.

Put together by Ted Wisedale of the Westhoughton Local History Group, a short video of the event is available to view on YouTube.

Upcoming Events


Fun and thrills, and audience participation with the latest and the 31st offering from Westhoughton Methodist Amateur Dramatic Society who present "The Man in the Iron Pantomime Mask".

The Man in the Iron Pantomime Mask - Funny goings on in the latest presentation from The Westhoughton Methodist Amateur Dramatic Society!Very loosely based on the novel by Alexander Dumas, with script and direction by Bill Greenhalgh, intrigue, rumour and gossip are part of the everyday life at the court of King Louis 9 of France. The latest rumour concerns the identity of the mysterious prisoner in the Bastille, the famous prison in the middle of Paris. Who is he and why has he been forced to wear an iron pantomime mask? Could he even be the evil identical twin brother of King Louis 9 or perhaps King Louis 9 himself? more...

Suitable for all ages, performances take place Friday 10th / Saturday 11th, and Friday 17th / Saturday 18th February at the Westhoughton Methodist Church Hall on Wigan Road. Curtain Up is 7.15pm.

Tickets are 4.50 (Adults); 4.00 (OAPs /children) including refreshments and a programme. Available from the Church Hall from 10:00am to Noon on Saturday mornings or can be booked by calling Bill Greenhalgh on 01942 8125435 or email

Friends of Eatock Lodge Public Meetings

After a successful 2011 in which the group in conjunction with Lancashire Wildlife Trust both obtained funding for improvements around the lodge, and put on a series of family-oriented events, the friends are having public meetings to bring on board new members and come up with ideas for events for 2012.

There will be two chances to meet the group, hear about what was achieved last year and get involved:

Friday, 24 February and Monday, 5th March, both events at the Daisy Hill Community Centre from 7pm.

Westhoughton Community Network is a network of voluntary organisations and community groups based or offering a service in the Westhoughton area. The purpose of the network is to provide an effective means of communication between groups and to give all groups a stronger voice - achieved through: Information Sharing; Collaboration and Co-operation; Mutual Support and Advice, and Building relationships.