Meeting Place: Westhoughton Library

Meetings take place on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month in the room above Westhoughton Library in a friendly and convivial atmosphere.

For those who are new to Westhoughton, the Library is situated at the side of the Town Hall in Market Street.

Come along one Thursday morning between 10 and 12 to gain a fascinating insight into the life and times of yesteryear. Admission £1, which includes tea or coffee and a biscuit and time to meet others interested in our past.

All are welcome.


Events in 2019

3 January     WHLG in 2018 - A Loss and Many Gains with David Kaye and Phil Wood

                   with guest speaker Wilf Dillon

17 January    A Westhoughton Miner’s Story - Ron Shambley

                    Ron lost relatives in the Pretoria Pit Disaster in 1910. He will tell you

                    about his early working in Westhoughton coal mines and illustrate

                    his story with mining artefacts  

7 February   Georgian Kings - Graham Stirrup

                   Graham will tell us about the four Georgian kings who ruled England

                   between 1660 and 1830.

18 February  MONDAY - Trip to Houses of Parliament.

21 February  Ernest Shackleton - John Ramwell

                   John is a Westhoughton resident with a special interest in the polar 


7 March        Rivington Reservoirs - Ruth Duckworth

                   Ruth concludes her research into this amazing story of the building

                   of the reservoirs at Rivington

21 March      Charles Dickens and his Children - Veronica Walker

                   How many of you know about his children, Veronica will enlighten you.

4 April          Medals from around the World - Tony Foster

                   Tony making his fourth visit to the Group will tell you about tracing his

                   father’s war medals.

18 April        Building the Meccano Bridge - Dr. Paul Hindle

                   The story of how the Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal Society built the

                   the Meccano Bridge at Nob, Little Lever.

2 May           Educating Rita - Dr Steve Harrington   

                    Steve will you about the education of Westhoughton’s women and what

                    his extension research has uncovered.

16 May         Trip : Hardwick Hall

6 June           Life in the 14th Century - Linda Sawley

                    Linda will take you back to the 14th century with a story of everyday life

                    700 years ago.

20 June         The Highlight of the Rural Year - Dr Stephen Caunce

                    The agricultural “Hiring Fairs” of Northern England 1890 - 1925 had a

                    practical purpose in linking employers with workers looking for jobs.