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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

  • 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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