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Christmas Entertainment

The entertainment for this year's Christmas 'special' on Tuesday 13th Dec. at Horwich Community Centre will be provided by 'Young Once' a comedy & music group who will have you 'rolling in the aisles'.

The event starts at 7.30pm, tickets (in advance) are £3 which also includes refreshments. There is a 100 limit so get your tickets as soon as possible from the Heritage Centre.


Welcome To Horwich Heritage Centre

Horwich Heritage was formed in 1985 following a series of public meetings aimed at re-establishing a sense of local pride in the wake of the closure of Horwich Locomotive Works the previous year.

The Society first began holding its meetings in the Public Hall, moving to Horwich Resource Centre in 1990 where its monthly meetings still take place. It opened its first Heritage Centre within the Resource Centre in 1995 and moved into its current premises in 2006. It gratefully acknowledges the support given by Horwich Town Council, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council and the Resource Centre in the development of its activities.

Membership currently numbers around 200 and the Society not only runs its own Heritage Centre and meetings but produces its own books and DVDs on subjects of local interest.

The groups aims are:

  • To stimulate public interest in and appreciation of our area.
  • To provide suitable premises for the display of social and industrial history.
  • To secure the preservation, conservation and improvement of features of general or historic interest.
  • To promote tourism and encourage use of the surrounding countryside as part of a heritage framework.
  • To encourage research into the history of Horwich and Rivington and to publish the results.
  • To provide a social and educational service, giving advice and information and to act as a coordinating body to cooperate with local services.
  • To raise funds to enable the pursuit of our objectives.

On this website you will find details of how to become a member Horwich Heritage, dates of forthcoming meetings and events, a list of publications available frm the society and information about the exhibitions and archives at the Heritage Centre.

As the Society approaches its 31st year, we look forward to further developing our activites based on our much-admired Heritage Centre where we have the opportunity to do justice to the rich and varied history of Horwich and all the people who have helped to make us so proud of the town today.

We hope you find that Horwich Heritage has something to offer and welcome your interest, suggestions and support.

Stuart Whittle, Chairman

 


 

Download Our 2017 Programme

Our 2017 programme has now been finalised, featuring our popular Open Days, Monthly Meetings and Joining Information.

You can download your own PDF copy by clicking here: Horwich Heritage - Events Programme 2017

 


 

Family History Course

Val Leese will be teaching a Course, lasting ten weeks, for anyone who wants to find out about their own Family History.

The course costs just £25 payable to Horwich Heritage for the whole ten weeks and begins at 11am, in the Horwich Heritage Centre on Monday 26th September 2016.

Anyone wishing to enrol for the course can Val on 01204 468126 or 0778 473 7660 or val.leese@btinternet.com.

WHAT'S ON

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Tuesday 13th Dec. at Horwich Community Centre

OPEN DAYS

SATURDAYS 10am - 1pm

March 11th 2017
10 years of Horwich Heritage Centre

April 8th 2017
Family History

May 13th 2017
St. Catherine's Church Exhibition

June 17th 2017
Lost Businesses in Horwich

July 15th 2017
Local Walks & Beauty Spots

August 12th 2017
60 years since the last Steam Loco built at Horwich Works

September 9th 2017
Family History / Heritage Weekend

All 'Open Days' Admission - FREE

MONTHLY MEETINGS

TUESDAYS 7.30pm

January 10th 2017
Jonathan Ali - "World War One Illustrated"

February 14th 2017
David Lloyd - "Bolton 66 Tram Restoration"

March 14th 2017
Donna Hughes - "Life & Times of Samuel Crompton"

April 11th 2017
Elaine Taylor - "Astley - A Picturesque Park"

May 9th 2017
David Kaye - "From Horwich to Hyderabad"

June 13th 2017
A.G.M. - Royal Occasions in Bolton & Horwich

more what's on >

Latest News

 

WHY NOT JOIN US IN OUR 31st YEAR?

This year's programme is turning out to be another good one and the leaflet with the list of speakers & Open Days for the second half of 2016 is now available from the Heritage Centre. Please renew your membership now. If you are not a member why not join? Only £10 for 11 talks.

HORWICH HERITAGE CENTRE is open every weekday 2- 4pm & Saturdays 10 - 12.30pm. It has a shop, shows and sells films about Horwich and has a range of professional exhibitions and displays to delight all the family. Help is also available for family history and other research. ADMISSION IS FREE!

The monthly OPEN DAYS provide additional exhibitions on topics of local interest. Special EXHIBITIONS currently running include: Horwich Loco Works, A Victorian Kitchen, The Way We Were, World War II, Winter Hill Mines & the Turnpike Roads. School Parties and other groups welcome. Contact 847797.


MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAIRMAN

Dear Members, I was just finishing my report on what has been another busy & successful 6 months of speakers, Open Days/Exhibitions & events when I received the sad news that our dear friend and founder member, Geoff Waine, had died.

Suddenly the images of what we have achieved as a Society over the past 31 years with Geoff as our 'elder stateman' flashed before me - and I felt so very proud to have shared all that with Geoff along the way. No doubt there will be many tributes from other organisations in the town who have benefitted from Geoff's guidance & expertise, but we at Horwich Heritage will always remember his special contribution to our Society. His dream was always to have our own Heritage Centre and thankfully he saw that happen.

Thanks Geoff. Rest in Peace. - Stuart Whittle

'The Founding Fathers of Horwich Heritage' - taken at one of our many appearances in 'period dress' at Horwich Carnival.

At the 30th Anniversary celebrations of Horwich Heritage