History

Our club has now been going for over 5 years, beginning its life in the upstairs room of The Railway pub in Bromley Cross, Bolton where it steadily grew in membership as well as status. Our monthly guest night attracted a growing number of local and not-so-local residents, all eager to hear live music. This alternated with our singers and musicians night which itself grew in popularity

Around the middle of 2010 we moved from The Railway to Bradshaw Cricket Club which gave us both a greater audience capacity and accessibility for those with disabilities, something we couldn't offer at The Railway

Thanks to certain members of the club committee we began an association with The Barlow Institute in Edgworth and, in February, 2011 our singers and musicians night moved to that historic building and we all gathered in the delightful Reading Room to make our music. Before long the popularity of the singers and musicians evening and the new venue forced a small move upstairs to the much larger library room where, at the last count we had around 40 to 50 attendees, over three quarters of whom were performers.

After the singers and musicians night proved that The Barlow was a successful and much-liked venue the decision was taken to move the guest nights there also and so, in May, 2011 our first guest night featuring Barry and Ingrid Temple took place there and was a great success.

After making our decision to move to The Barlow, we decided that it was important that we helped contribute to the effort to keep the building from being lost, as earlier that year Blackburn Council had decided to cut funding to it. We therefore joined forces with the newly created Barlow Institute Management Committee to organise the Edgworth Folk Day which took place on the 8th October, 2011 and, thanks to the organisational skills of the two commitees, the local sponsors and the time and services given free by the performers and instructors who appeared, it was a roaring success.  Subsequently this has expanded into a festival weekend which we now hold each October.

 

A review of our pre-opening get-together that took place in early January of 2009 was done by Kat Dibbits of The Bolton News. You can read the review and watch the associated video here.

 

 

Fund Raising

The club successfully runs fund-raising evenings. These have been very well attended and thanks to the generosity of our patrons, we were able to raise £60.00 for Bolton Hospice in 2009, £50.00 was raised to help the Bolton Society for Blind People in 2010 and £200 for Norma Waterson this year.