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Rainbow Crafts

About Us

Rainbow Crafts group meeting and sharing skills at Westhoughton LibraryEstablished in 2014, formed as a group for people to share their crafting skills or to learn new ones - including knitting, crochet, card making etc., and to make new friends, meeting on Tuesday afternoons 1-3pm, upstairs at Westhoughton Library. They held various fundraising and social events throughout the year - including trips and meal out.

Rainbow Crafts at the Love You Local Market event at Westhoughton Market in 2014Rainbow Crafts celebrated its first anniversary with a party at The Mercury Hotel (details below). As a group and with local partners, it has been involved in organising events in Westhoughton, with the intention of doing something a little different and bringing the community together.

The successful fundraising Christmas Fayre in December 2014 and the ambitious two-day, first 'Westhoughton Yarn Bombing Festival ' in 2015 (4th & 5th July), which brightened up the town, entertained and brought people together. Great involvement and feedback. The event returned in 2016 over the weekend of 2nd & 3rd July (info).

The 2015 Christmas Fair at the Carnegie Hall took place on Saturday, 5th December - building on the success of the 2014 inaugural event, another good turnout as the public joined the ladies of Rainbow Crafts for a festive afternoon of crafts, entertainment and refreshments

Rainbow Crafts Christmas Fair
Saturday, 5th December 2015 (10:00am 3:30pm)
at the Carnegie Hall (Library Street).

  • Hand knits & craft stalls
  • Home-baked cake stall
  • Themed stalls
  • Tombola & Raffle
  • Bottle stall raffle

Children's Activities - letter to Santa; make a Christmas card for mum & dad.

Refreshments from 10am until 3pm drinks, toast; hot mince pies, mulled wine…
Afternoon Teas is served sandwiches, cake, tea/coffee - great value 4.50

Raising money for their chosen charities.

Previous Events

Christmas Fayre (2014)

Rainbow Craft's 'big event', the Victorian themed Christmas Fayre, took place at the Carnegie Hall on Saturday, 6th December, running throughout the day. There were craft stalls, a special Afternoon Tea, and entertainment from a local pianist and also Wingates Band. For children there was 'Grandma's Corner' helped by Westhoughton Community Queens Association. Also in attendance were Pippa Panda from the Community Police and Peppa Pig. In the adjoining Library, number of groups will had stalls, including the Local History Group, Friends of Westhoughton Station, Wingates Band and there was a truly impressive photographic exhibition by Bolton Digital Photographic Society. All part of the wider event in the town involving Westhoughton Market. Having fun, making available gift ideas for Christmas, entertaining, bringing together the community and raising money for good causes.

Rainbow Crafts - Grandma's Corner Christmas Fayre 2014The Victorian Christmas Fayre was a tremendous success, it was good to see so many people attend. The group feels very proud at what was achieved. Over 1,200 was raised for their chosen charities (The Stroke Association [1,000] and Help For Heroes [300]. As well as money, Rainbow Crafts were able to donate leftover toys to Urban Outreach (Bolton) to give to children whose families are suffering hardship, and have donated scarves, gloves, hats, bed socks… to Shelter. Additionally, some baby clothes will be offered to the Premature Baby Unit.

A video of the event has been produced by Ted Wisedale. Ted is an accomplished video producer who has produced a number of videos celebrating Westhoughton and some of the many community events - available via his YouTube Channel or Westhoughton Local History Group.


First Birthday Party

To celebrate Rainbow Crafts first year of activities a thank you celebration party at The Mercury Bolton Hotel, Westhoughton was held on Wednesday, 4th March. An an evening of fun and great entertainment, with top class singer and entertainer Martin Gregory-Lambert. There was supper, both ticket draw and raffle to raise funds. The evening saw a cheque for 1,300 being handed over to the Stroke Association, the culmination of fundraising activities over Rainbow Crafts' busy and successful first year.


Getting in Touch

Rainbow CraftsIn 2016, the group evolved to become 'The Tuesday Club'… activities still take place at the Library on a Tuesday afternoon (1-3pm); whilst there are still crafts, there is more of an emphasis on social activities.

We are on Facebook Rainbow Crafts Facebook groupRainbow Crafts Facebook Group.

 

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Community Events

  • Panto: 'Rapunzel' - Bethel Crowd
    Fri 23, Sat 24* Feb (7:15pm)
    Peace Community Theatre, Rishton Lane, Bolton BL3 2BN
    Always good fun! The Bethel Crowd travel to Bolton to perform their latest Panto. *Extra matinee show Saturday 24 Feb at 2:15pm. Tickets £7.50
  • Daisy Hill Station Improvements
    March to December 2024
    As part of 'Access for All' improvements station will see changes to ticket hall and installation of a lift and toilet, as well as car park changes. £4m project. Some disruption but services continue. Details of Friends of Daisy Hill stage page -
  • History Group
    Monthly meetings - 3rd Thurs (10:30am)
    Westhoughton Library
    After a busy 2023 including the Wingates Band Story exhibition celebrating the brass bands 150th anniversary (Q323), schedule resumes with speakers and special events for this popular heritage group. Next mtg 21/3 st March - Speaker Ruth Duckworth: My Life in Cricket (Part 2)
  • Rotary Christmas Float 2023
    During December Rotary Club of Westhoughton were out and about visiting local estates and will at Sainsbury's ahead of Christmas. As well as Santa and his Rotary Elves bringing Christmas cheer to young and old, it is an important fundraiser; this year £6,249 was raised to be shared out with local community organisations. £5,640 raised and shared in 2022 - Presentation evening 20/4/23; 19 organisations receiving cheques.
  • Hub at Westhoughton
    The Hub at Westhoughton on Central Drive is home to a range of groups and activities serving the community. Information Leaflet.
  • Westhoughton Library
    Library now open for books, general reading and computer access. With current refurbishment complete, community activities on both ground and upper floor have resumed. Info | Community Plans.
  • Robert Shaw / Book of Quint
    Special event with Ryan Dacko, author of 'The Book of Quint' took place at Wetherspoon's 1st July, celebrating Westhoughton-born Robert Shaw and introducing the backstory of the shark hunter from Jaws. It was a great success with people coming far and wide, leading to Amberley publishing deal.
  • 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. New meeting venue. Updated programme.
  • Daisy Hill FC Fixtures (Home)
    League Division 1 North
    New Sirs (BL5 2EB)
    Cutters season in full flow. 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.
  • 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.
  • Hope Community Centre
    The Central Drive church and community space is currently closed pending refurbishment discussions with Bolton Council. Hope Church services take place in the Hub.
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