Membership Events


These are dates which may be of interest to members of the Friends of Smithills Hall.

Please support these activities. You will be made very welcome.

Also watch the ‘Events for all’ page on this site for details of activities for everyone.


Annual General Meeting 2018

The Annual General Meeting will be on Wednesday 6th June starting with a buffet at 1pm.

Elaine Taylor is giving a talk on Rivington Gardens – also known as the Chinese Gardens.

AGM details have been sent to members and your invitation to the AGM and social will follow this week.


Garden Party 2018

Stop press: the date has been set for Sunday 8th July from 12noon to 4pm. The Friends are sponsoring ‘circus skills’ one of the many attractions. More details nearer  the day.


Ghost Nights 2018

The next ever popular History with Ghosts tour of the Hall will be on 18th October and  22nd November 2018 from 7pm – 9pm.

Prices are £8 and £7 for concessions.

Place booking needed. Payment to be made when booking which is via the staff of Bolton Council on 01204 332377


Christmas Social 2018

The Friends Christmas Social will be on Thursday 6 December – details will be sent to members nearer the event.


Christmas Carol Service 2018

This will be on Wednesday 12th December starting at 7pm. Details will be sent to members nearer the event.


Chapel Wreath Laying 2018

The 2018 wreath laying event at the 1914-18 Memorial, led by the Friends of Smithills Hall, will be held on Friday 9th November in Smithills Chapel. The event starts at 10.45am.
This year will be the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1914-18 War.


Christmas Decorations 2018

The Friends decorate the rooms in the Hall prior to Christmas using decorations appropriate to the period of the room. Thank you to the Friends volunteers for their splendid work for Christmas 2017.

Decorations will go up again on 30th November 2018.


Below are pictures of a small sample of last years (2017) decorations.

Friends Christmas Social 2017

By popular demand we invited Joanne Halliwell (Betsy) to perform for us again at our Christmas Social on Thursday 7th December 2017 in the Devey Room .

Joanne (Betsy) entertained members and friends with a splendid portrayal full of humour and pathos. The evening was well received thanks to the fine organisation and work of Friends volunteers. Thanks to them all.

Carol Service 2017

This years’ service was on Wednesday 13th December 2017

About 40 people congregated to hear readings, sing carols and listen to the message of  Christmas. They enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies after the service. Our thanks go to the Revs. Vincent Whitworth and Michael Taylor for their substantial contributions. Our thanks also  go to Joan Sheppard and Ruth Ellison,  who were jointly responsible for organising the event, and to the volunteer readers and all those who helped out with the after-service refreshments..