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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

Participating Groups

Local Amenities

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Useful Links

Community Events

  • St. James Christmas Spectacular!
    Fri 8 Dec (7:30pm)
    St. James Church, Daisy Hill (BL5 2HE)
    Brass Quintet 'Salutation Brass' perform. "An evening of your favourites mixed with a large dose of festive cheer" Includes Complimentary Seasonal Refreshments… Tkts £8 (under 18 Free) - Bob 01942 811691. Proceeds for Church Funds.
  • Christmas with Wingates Band
    Sat 9 Dec (7:30pm)
    Victoria Hall, Bolton (BL1 2AS)
    Traditional festive concert from Westhoughton's renowned brass band, supported by Warrington Male Voice Choir. Tkts £10 (U16 free). Supporters Club Members free. Box Office 01204 522569.
    Flyer.
    News and information about the brass band and upcoming concerts, and details of Supporters Club - info.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    Info.
    John Holt Centre: Tues 19 Dec (9:30-11:30am)
    WH Market: Thurs 28 Dec (12-1pm)
  • 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...
  • Westhoughton Poetry Group
    Thurs 25 Jan (from 2pm)
    Get poetic - budding Wordsworth or Pam Ayres? - monthly mtg of creative writing group. Newcomers welcome. Contribute or just listen. Free.
  • George Formby Society
    Wed 31 Jan (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.
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