Westhoughton Community Network

group for and run by community groups in Westhoughton

WCN notes/update from St. John's Church meeting, 15 February 2012

The last meeting of Westhoughton Community Network took place Wednesday, 15th February at St. John's Church, Wingates. Attended by 20 people representing some 10 groups, with 5 groups sending apologies - turnout was down on previous meetings.

The meeting itself was an interesting one, with a visit and presentation on grant funding by Mark Grundy of Bolton CVS, who made us aware available funding, changes to the way grants are handed out locally, and the tips for grant bids applications. We will post information on Mark's presentation and funding opportunities in due course.

As well as the information share there was an update on both the progress of the WCN sub-committee who are looking at a Community Fayre Event to be held at Westhoughton Market, and an update on the fast-approaching Luddite Bi-Centenary Event on Mill Street (Sunday, 22nd April) which promises to be both spectacular and entertaining.

Other events coming up are: Wingates Band 'White & Red Roses Brass' concert at Victoria Hall, Bolton (17th March); Westhoughton Community Queens Fundraiser (22nd April); >WACO 'It's A Knock Out' (27th May); Westhoughton Market Jubilee Celebration (2nd June) Washacre FM 2012 (22nd - 25th August).

Future WCN meetings

The next meeting will be at The John Holt Centre on Tuesday evening, 15th May venue/refreshments courtesy of HACFRA.

We will look to have a presentation on a topic that is interest to groups and are open to suggestions. For the August/September meeting we will be inviting Solicitors Fieldings Porter to talk about legal aspects of charities and community groups. We are of course open to ideas for meetings and welcome agenda items.

Community Fayre (update)

A date of Saturday 26th May had been pencilled in for a meet the community groups event at Westhoughton Market, however, it was felt that preparations for Sunday's WAKO event would preclude a number of groups. There was a suggestion of doing an event on the Luddites weekend, i.e., Saturday 21st April subject to groups being able to and wishing to have a stall; with the possibility of repeating such an event later in the summer.

WCN Newsletter February 2012

In February a new-style newsletter was sent out to WCN members, should for any reason this not have been received, can please add our email to the safe senders list to avoid it being classed as SPAM.

The aim of the newsletter will be to update on WCN news/meetings, but also to promote group events and link to community websites. It is hoped to be able to do one newsletter a month. If you have any item that you would like to go in get in touch.

Website & Online Calendar

The website will be updated and developed as content is provided. The online calendar is now live and events should be sent to us (Event Name, Date, Time, Description with if applicable pricing/contact information)

Community Events

  • 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.
  • 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 6/8. Messy Church (Kids activities).
  • 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. New meeting venue. Updated programme.
  • History Group
    Regular meetings and historical projects. Whilst library closed to community groups meetings continue at The Hub. News and updates followed by Speaker. .
  • 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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