Membership of the Friends

Membership of the Friends of Smithills Hall .

Membership is open to all. If you become a member of the Friends of Smithills Hall you will join a group of people who ‘love’ the Hall and seek to preserve its history and environment and have a lot of enjoyment whilst doing so.

You have the opportunity to attend activities run by the Friends including social events with interesting speakers including the Annual General Meeting, Christmas Social, Christmas Carol Service etc.

You will receive a free quarterly Bulletin with news of what is happening in the Hall, articles and forthcoming events.

Membership activities have been suspended for the duration of the coronavirus lockdown.

Friends Bulletins 

As a member you can help reduce Friends’ postage costs if you have an email address and are happy to receive the Bulletin to your email address.

Bulletin 40 has been posted to members or emailed to members.  If you are a member and have not had your copy of this Bulletin please contact us using the contact form on this site or contact us on 01204 338722.

Comments, and articles for the Bulletins are always welcome. Next Bulletin is ‘Autumn 2020’ subject to the end of the lockdown.

The Friends of Smithills Hall is a registered charity whose objectives include:-

The preservation and improvement for the public benefit of Smithills Hall, being a building of historical, architectural and constructive interest. To advance the education of the public. To promote the benefit of visiting the Hall to the inhabitants of Bolton and surrounding district and by providing facilities in the interest of social welfare, for recreation and leisure time occupation, with the object of improving their conditions of life.

The Friends work very closely with Bolton Council and their staff to offer practical, and financial support through fund raising where possible. They conduct research into the history of Smithills Hall, and help with the recruitment and development of volunteers.


If you have any time to spare and feel you could help there are opportunities to spend time at the Hall in company with others of like mind. You choose how much time you can spare and when you can spare it (subject of course to the Hall being open but gardening volunteers can work any day!) Those who do volunteer find it a pleasurable, satisfying and stimulating experience. If, for example, you are waiting to start work why not volunteer to keep your skills honed or acquire new ones, and help your CV at the same time.

Volunteer activities include:-

Guiding and Stewarding

The following are the thoughts of a volunteer.
I began guiding under the tutelage of an experienced guide, by following other guides around the Hall to see how they delivered the script, and when I felt more confident found myself giving a tour without even my prompt cards. There were things in every room which acted as an aide memoir and so I was off! I still enjoy guiding to this day showing visitors our lovely Hall with all its extensive history. Perhaps you could find time to join our team of guides and enjoy the history of this house with us.
Guiding helps to learn about the plethora of interesting facts and stories there are about Hall and area history.

As a steward you will help to secure the museum objects on busy days whilst helping the public enjoy their visit.


The Friends wish to improve the state of the gardens which surround the Hall. Activities include clearing ivy from the borders and keeping the paved areas free from weeds and litter. The gardens around the house are easier to maintain thanks to the work and hours spent by Friends volunteers. We would like to stay on top of this work but need more volunteers to help maintain the beds.

The Committee have been helping to keep the parterre tidy and weed free – but more volunteers are still needed to help with the maintenance of the formal gardens.

Volunteers in the Parterre

Craft activities

There is an opportunity to take part in craft related activities (e.g. making Christmas decorations and artifacts). Materials will be provided.


Become part of a group of like minded people. Materials are available for activities including repairing costumes, sewing etc.

Are you interested?

Contact Ann on 07889 833914 or Allun on 07903 395233

Other volunteer activities

Friends volunteers put up Christmas decorations in the public rooms and help with annual deep cleaning in the Hall. They also help with the organisation and running of events at the Hall. All activity depends on how much time you can spare and are physically able to do.

Membership subscription rates:

Members £10
Retired or Unemployed Members £7.50
Life Members £100
Families  £25
Affiliated Members £20

If you join midway through a year (1 May to 30 April) you will pay only half of the annual membership.

Membership Application Form

An Application Form can be downloaded by clicking Form or collected from the Smithills Hall reception desk or by phoning the Friends office (please leave a message if there is nobody there) at (01204) 338722. A form can be requested via the Contact page of this website.

If you require more information about membership please contact:-

The Secretary
The Friends of Smithills Hall
Smithills Dean Road

Protecting Members Data.

As a Charity the Friends of Smithills Hall is committed to ensuring information given us by members or those applying for membership is fully protected.  Our commitment is set out in our Privacy Policy as required under the General Data Protection Regulation set out via the Data Protection Bill 2017-19, which comes into force from 25 May 2018. To see a copy click Privacy Policy.

Friends Bulletins

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 Friends Bulletin 20          Friends Bulletin 31

Friends Bulletin 21           Friends Bulletin 32

Friends Bulletin 22            Friends Bulletin 33

Friends Bulletin 23            Friends Bulletin 34

Friends Bulletin 24            Friends Bulletin 35 

Friends Bulletin 25             Friends Bulletin 36

Friends-Bulletin-26             Bulletin 37 Summer

Friends Bulletin 27            Bulletin 38 Autumn 2019

Friends Bulletin 28

Friends Bulletin 29

Friends Bulletin 30


Bolton Archaeology & Egyptology Society

The Friends have an associate membership of this society which entitles members of the Friends to attend lectures without subscription (you will need to show your FOSH membership card). Lectures , normally, £5, will cost the Friend’s member £3.

Details of lecture dates, subject, venue etc, can be found on the BAES website at