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Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2016
Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July
Westhoughton Town Centre
Ditchfield Gardens | Market Street | Mill Street | White Lion Car Park
Westhoughton Library | Westhoughton Leisure Centre

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Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2nd / 3rd July 2016 - Westhoughton Town Hall Westhoughton's second Yarn Bombing Festival built on success of the inaugural event, this time with an Alice in Wonderland theme, and a full programme of entertainment and other attractions over the two days. Colourful, entertaining, fun and of and for the community. This year the displays promoting each other's event were exchanged with the Blackrod Scarecrow Festival organisers.

Once again there were some very impressive displays from community and business. The Mad Hatter's Tea Party on Sunday was very popular with local children. The Library was kept open all weekend for the Art Exhibition and art demonstrations. As with all outdoor events the weather can be an issue; Saturday was testing, especially during the entertainment - the show went on!. Better weather on the Sunday brought out the crowds.

After months of preparations, organisers pleased to have put on event that showed Westhoughton at its best. A taster of photos from the weekend below (click photos for a bigger image).

Yarn Bombing Festival 2015 | Yarn Bombing Festival 2016

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  • Westhoughton Library
    Library now open again for books, general reading and computer access. Some activities downstairs, but with referbishment still ongoing upstairs access for community activities will remain closed for time being. Info.
  • History Group - 'At Home'
    Sat 14 May (10am-4pm)
    Arts Theatre, High School (BL5 3DN)
    **Special Event** at Westhoughton High School, 'At Home', an Open Day conference celebrating some key moments in Howfen's history (Flyer).
    Whilst library closed to community groups meetings continue at The Hub. News and updates followed by Speaker. .
  • 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 Doors' drop-in - refreshments (also Grub Tub donations) - next 4/6. Messy Church (Kids activities). Plants Sale (28/5).
  • Allotment & Gardening Society
    John Holt Centre (BL5 2NR)
    Initial mtg of new Westhoughton volunteer group (21/4//22) aiming to take on upkeep of plants and floral displays around town centre, as well as other gardening projects.
  • 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.
  • Daisy Hill FC Fixtures (Home)
    League Division 1 North
    New Sirs (BL5 2EB)
    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.
  • 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 there is a return to normal. Watch for updates as community re-engages here and on
    Westhoughton.net Facebook Page.
  • 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.
  • Hope Community Centre
    The Central Drive church and community space is currently closed pending refurbishment discussions with Bolton Council.
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