Christmas in Worsley 2016

The Worsley Village Community Association have put together a great program for the run up to Christmas this year.

Starting this week on Wednesday 23rd November, there’s a Tinsel Fair in the library from 10am to 2pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available for £3. Soup will be served from noon to 2pm for £5.

The big Christmas lights switch on is on Friday 25th November from 6pm. There will be free drinks and cakes for children, with mulled wine and mince pies for the grown ups for £3. As is Worsley tradition, Father Christmas will arrive by canal with a sail past of illuminated boats from Boothstown Marina. After he’s arrived, children can meet Father Christmas in his grotto.

The popular “Santa’s coming for breakfast” will take place at 9am on Sunday 27th November in the library. The cost is £6 per child. This event has limited spaces so you will need to purchase tickets in advance. To do, pease call Ann on 0161 728 6783, Beryl on 0161 794 9627 or Karen on 0161 794 1574. Alternatively, you can collect them from the library on Friday mornings.

Once Santa’s breakfast is done, the library will stay open with refreshments, Christmas cards and tickets for a raffle for a Fortnum & Mason hamper (draw on 16th December).

On 30th November, the library will host a golden Christmas chocolate afternoon, with drinks, cakes, a raffle and a quiz based around chocolate. The library will be open for this form 2pm to 4pm. All proceeds to the mayor’s charities.

In the evening, the library will host a Christmas quiz night from 7:30pm with a licensed bar. Entries are welcome from teams of up to 6 people for £3 per person.

On Wednesday December 5th, the Moorfield choir will sing songs for Christmas in the court house from 2pm to 4pm. Entry is £5 and includes mullled wine and mince pies.

Worsley Village Festival

With summer upon us, it’s time for the flurry of local events that is the annual Worsley Village Festival.

It all starts tomorrow night with the free Concert on the Green – fingers crossed for decent weather, though the forecast couldn’t be much better – warm with light winds, patchy clouds and most importantly, no rain!

The festival includes a couple of guided walks, around Worsley Woods and one for the more health conscious. If you’d like to see the scenery without putting quite as much effort in, how about a cruise along the canal? A cruise with lunch is available, or one afternoon with a talk about the canal improvement works that are coming up over the next year or two and cream tea.

If history is your thing, you might like to go along to an illustrated talk about an effort to make tens of thousands of local images available to all. Perhaps you could even get involved and help this project move forward?

There are plenty more events throughout the festival so hopefully something for all.

For more information on any events or for tickets, call Beryl on 0161 795 9627 of Karen on 0161 794 1574. Both are representatives on the Worsley Village Community Association. Alternatively, call into the library on any Friday morning.

Bridgewater Canal Regeneration

Whilst plenty of people enjoy a walk along the Bridgewater Canal, it’s fair to say that it could do with a bit of a spruce up. Worsley Delph is overgrown, the towpaths are often muddy and the signage is lacking for people interested in learning about the history of the canal and Worsley. Given the canal’s historical significance, more could very easily be done with this wonderful local asset.

It’s therefore great news that the Heritage Lottery Fund last week approved a £3.6m grant for the regeneration of the Bridgewater Canal from Boothstown to Barton. We’re right at the heart of this here in Worsley; it was for taking the coal from Worsley to Manchester that the canal was constructed between 1759 and 1761.

Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, Sara Hilton, said: “The Bridgewater Canal is of immense local and international importance due to its pivotal role at the start of the industrial revolution. [The] HLF grant will fund extensive restoration plans, including conserving and revealing the canals heritage features, including Worsley Delph and Barton Aqueduct, and vastly improve the surrounding paths and walking routes for better public access. We’re particularly delighted that the local community, who have been a key part of the project so far, will be heavily involved through an exciting range of volunteering and learning activities.”

The plan for the regeneration of Worsley Delph can be seen on Salford City Council’s website.

Activities and events sparked off by the announcement are due to start in April, with the real work taking place in 2015 and the first half of 2016. When it’s done, the Delph should look something like this:

Worsley Delph on the Bridgewater Canal after regenerationWorsley Delph on the Bridgewater Canal after regeneration

Welcome to What’s on Worsley

Last year we moved to Worsley, what a wonderful place! The only problem we found was no online listing of upcoming events; things kept happening and we had no idea they were coming. The final straw was last year’s Christmas lights switch-on. I drove home from work to find the whole area crawling with people, lots going on by the canal and a brilliant party atmosphere. Sadly I’d already missed most of the event as I simply had no idea it was going to happen.

That’s when I resolved to do something about it. Of course, life has a habit of getting in the way and finding the free time to work it out pushed things back a month or two. Finally, this site is the result. I’ve pulled some events from various places but the list is far from exhaustive. I’ll be in touch with people whose contact details I can find but if you have an event you’d like to see listed, just get in touch from the contact link above and we’ll be happy to put the word out. Alternatively you can tweet us @WhatsonWorsley if you prefer!