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Westhoughton Townswomen's Guild

Townswomen, regardless of politics, age, religion or circumstance, meet together to develop and exchange new ideas whilst, at the same time, learning to become better citizens in their own, national and worldwide communities.

The Organisation has been in force since 1929 when, following the lead of the Non-Militants, the Suffragists, campaigned for women’s rights. Since then, members have carried on that service, educating women in their lives, in their communities and their neighbours at home and abroad. Most importantly, the Townswomen provides the opportunity for women to find what they desire, be it support, encouragement, companionship…

Westhoughton Townswomen Guild at Westhoughton Community Network Fayre April 2012The Westhoughton Guild has an Annual programme of meetings which include Speakers on a variety of subjects, demonstrations and social activities. The AGM is usually held in March.

Members each receive the National magazine - Townswoman - to keep them updated on the many activities held nationally and also, the campaigns to support those who are disadvantaged. Recently, topics such as the Environment, Caring for the Elderly, Parental Accountability have been researched and follow-up practice undertaken.

The Townswomen's Guild always has an open door to any lady seeking a friend in a meeting, listening to Speakers with entertaining - serious - thought-provoking topics, as we aim to have mixed subject levels to suit everyone along the way. During a recent meeting, members did their best to perform Speech Therapy procedures; a later meeting found us laughing our way throughout the 1940s in the company of Norman Nuttall (a much recommended speaker). And what to make of what Mike O’Connell has to say with his with his 'Murder Mystery' talk? Our meeting are interesting, fun, enlightening… for any lady, the Guild says – give us a try, don’t be shy, we’d love to meet you!

In 2012 the Westhoughton Guild celebrated a significant milestone with a 60th Birthday with a dinner at held at Brookfield Masonic Hall in which it also welcomed friends from neighbouring Guilds. Still going strong and continuing to offer support and things of interest to our members.

Westhoughton Townswomen's Guild meets monthly at
The John Holt Youth & Community Centre on Birch Avenue (BL5 2NR).

Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month, commencing at 7.30pm. Exceptions being June, when members celebrate our 'birthday', and in December when the Christmas party is held at a local restaurant.

Admission is £1.50 at the door and that includes the tea/coffee and biscuits. All ladies welcome to come along to any meeting.

The 2017-18 programme - speakers, trips and evenings together. Our thanks to our many speakers.

Upcoming Meetings

  • 18th Sept - Barbara Wilkinson: "Fragrances for you and in your home"
  • 16th Oct - Joan Halliwell: "Betsy, the Scullery Maid"; Sales Table: Kitchen Items
  • 20th Nov - Judy Popley: "Her life in Granada"

Fundraising

Westhoughton Townswomen Guild at the Brinsop for Christmas Lunch with their Foodbank donation - 11 December 2013Each year the Westhoughton Townswomen Guild nominated a charity for which they embark on fundraising activities such as coffee mornings or craft stalls at events. Pictured are the ladies at their Christmas lunch at the Brinsop in December 2013 - in the spirit of Christmas items were collected and a donation made to the local Foodbank initiative, so that those families in our Community who are struggling might have a few treats over the Christmas period.

In 2014 the group raising money for the Children's Air Ambulance… with a September fundraising Charity-Social event with strawberry scones and tea with a number of stalls at Sacred Heart Church, raising money for this new and important service.

The Children's Air Ambulance Service had only been in operation for the past 12 months but, with the use of a specially designed helicopter, the service is able to transport young children and babies to the hospital they desperately need to get to, cutting time in an emergency and potentially saving lives.

Doreen Booth, Westhoughton Guild Secretary, reported that the Townswomen Guild ladies and friends in the community and church in giving up their time for such a good cause were able to raise a significant sum and make a donation of £480.


As the Guild's Secretary, I would welcome any contact from interested ladies, either by e-mail sent to Doreen Booth or telephone 01942 791270.

Official Townswomen Guild website Link to Townswomen Guild website for news and information

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Community Events

  • Lockdown information (Covid-19)
    For 16 months life and community was disrupted by measures to deal with the pandemic. It has been a long and impactful period, thankfully things are opening up again as things return to normal. Watch for updates as community re-engages here and on
    Westhoughton.net Facebook Page.
  • Daisy Hill FC Fixtures (Home)
    League Division 1 North
    New Sirs (BL5 2EB)
    ◊ Sat 11 Sept - Nelson
    ◊ Mon 13 Sept - Campion
    ◊ Sat 18 Sept - Bacup Borough
    After disruptions of recent times The Cutters are now playing again. New management, new signings and clubhouse improvements. Support your local team. KO Sat 3pm or Mon 7:45pm. £5 adults / £3 concession / £2 U18s / U12s free w/ adult.
    WCN has been providing community news and features for home game programmes.
  • Speaker Events
    Both and the have been holding monthly 'open' Zoom speaker events. See Facebook for details.
  • 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. Heritage Open Day Festival 13-19 Sept (online); Church Open 18-19 Sept.
  • WOW! Women of Westhoughton
    Thursdays from 7:00pm
    John Holt Centre (BL5 2NR)
    Est. 2013, women's group for shared interests, talks, outings & social networking. The group is to resume meetings from 2nd September at its new home. Updated programme.
  • Town Centre Masterplan
    Proposals for investment in Town Centre (Market Street focus) were consulted upon in 2019-20 with a Steering Group meeting to discuss plans for £4m investment and significant changes to Market Street, Central Park, Carnegie Hall and Town Hall. Revised plan now approved.
  • New Support Services
    Two new services have commenced during Lockdown to support local community and vulnerable: Covid Assist and Westhoughton One Stop Shop.
  • 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 now open for book lending and computer use, will open for community groups again in September. A Libraries & Museums Service Review (2021) affecting opening hours pending.
  • 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)
  • Hope Community Centre
    The Central Drive church and community space is currently closed pending refurbishment discussions with Bolton Council.
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