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Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2017
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August
Westhoughton Town Centre
Ditchfield Gardens | Market Street | Daisy Hill Station

Following on the inaugural event in 2015, and the 2016 'Alice in Wonderland' themed event, Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival will return this August during Bolton Wakes Week.

Volunteers and knitters are keen to festoon the town centre with colour once again, with displays of yarn creations along Market Street and in Ditchfield Gardens (near the Pretoria miner statue). There will be displays further afield, such as down at Daisy Hill Station. Groups, schools and businesses are invited to get involved, either by contributing to the yarn displays or by helping with the event (putting up and taking down displays).

The two-day event was organised by Westhoughton Craft Group, which meets at the Library on a Thursday afternoon (1-3), with support from WCN. Areas were allocated and individual groups responsible for putting up and taking down their displays.

Westhoughton Market joined in the fun with family-friends events and activities over the two days, including a visit from Little Barn Farm - the mobile petting zoo - on the Sunday.

The winning display as judged by our distinguished panel was that of Friends of Daisy Hill Station.

The Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival will return in 2018 over the weekend of 14th-15th July. Those interested are invited to join in, get knitting or support this colourful community event. >>> Details.

Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival 2017 19th & 20th August

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What is Yarn Bombing?

Yarn Bombing is the name given to the idea idea of decorating a town, street furniture or parks with wool and yarn in a way that is colourful, eye-catching brightening up the locality for a few days. In the spirit of community, fun and residents coming together, whilst encouraging arts and crafts. An idea that stated in America in Texas in 2005 as a creative way of using leftover and unfinished knitting projects, and has since spread worldwide. Here in the UK, there have been Yarn Bombing Festivals in Bath, Southport, Clitheroe, parts of London, Leigh… and now thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work over recent months of WCN group, Rainbow Crafts, it was brought to Westhoughton in 2015 in a festival of colour, community and entertainment. Young and old, women and men, skilled and novice needlers getting involved in crocheting, knitting or weaving squares, long strips or coverings, all to brighten up the town centre for a few days. The idea really catching on with arts groups, community groups, churches, local businesses, all contributing to the spectacle.


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  • 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
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  • 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)
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    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
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  • 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
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    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
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