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Welcome to this year’s second Newsletter. January and February have been very active months.

Demand at the club for meetings is growing and we are determined to keep the booking fee low to ensure it remains accessible to local groups and activists. Volunteers keep 16 Wood St going and their freely-given time is a vital contribution to the good health of Bolton’s radical heartbeat. Please support them whenever you can.

The club refurbishment plan is moving forward. A new kitchen has been installed and the area behind the bar refitted, at a cost of £2,952. Phases to be completed are the flooring in the entrance hall and kitchen, sealing against damp on the outside wall of the downstairs loos, and redecoration of toilets, dining room and hallway. Estimated cost of this additional work is £3,000. At the moment our fundraising has brought in approximately £2,000 in donations and pledges, so we still have a way to go to cover the cost of the refurbishment programme. Grateful thanks to Unite Bolton and Leigh branches, NUT Bolton and all individual donors who have contributed so far. If you haven’t already done so, please consider asking your union branch for a donation. If you would like to make a regular donation of whatever size, via a Direct Debit, please contact Liz, who will take you through the very simple process.

Our Saturday night gigs are selling out fast so make sure you avoid disappointment by buying tickets in advance from Steve and Julia on 01204 848279 or julia_simpkins at yahoo.co.uk

The Wood Street Writers creative writing group is flourishing. It meets every second Saturday of the month from 10.00-12.00. If you feel like exercising your creative talent in a welcoming and supporting company please come along.

Lots of good things coming up, including the announcement of our next season of Saturday night gigs, so watch this space.

Chris

Clarion Choir

Moira invites anyone interested in singing good socialist songs to come and join in on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month 2.00 to 4.00pm

Friday 27th February 7.45 pm: Red Friday: The Spirit Level - Inequality and Capitalism:

The Spirit Level, the groundbreaking 2011 book by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, provided clear evidence for the first time of the socially ruinous effects of inequality. Tonight’s talk by the Equality Trust develops these themes and discusses the social and political consequences of unregulated capitalism.

Admission free.

Monday March 2nd 7pm - Ruth Edmonds on Palestine & Israel: Where Are We? Where Are We Heading?

Ruth Edmonds has lived in Israel/Palestine on and off for 16 years. She will speakfrom her extensive experience as an Israeli Jewish activist, struggling against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

A BDS Sponsored event

Friday 6th March 8pm Red Friday: Conscientious Objectors in WW1

In this talk Barry Mills explores the lives of the people who stood by their principles of non-violence between 1914-18, and the price they paid as a consequence.

Admission free

Sunday March 8th 2.00-4.00 International Women’s Day Celebration

With singer songwriter Clare Mooney and Bolton based poet Abi Idowi. Plus the world famous Wood Street tea and cake-fest. All welcome.

Free event.

Friday 13th March Music Night with Steve and friends.

Join us for a convivial evening of singing, playing, maybe some poetry and a lot of fun.

Saturday March 14th Bolton Climate Awareness Group Benefit Bash

Bard Company and Bernadette Murphy entertain. After a day of campaigning for a frack-free, carbonless, climate-job-filled future, join the campaigners for an evening of comedy, poetry and song by top NW performers.

Free event.

Friday 20th March 7.45 pm Red Cinema: Tony Benn – Will and Testament

2013 documentary, winner of the audience award at the Edinburgh festival.

“Hope is the fuel of progress and fear is the prison in which you put yourself.” Tony Benn

Admission free. Bucket collection.

Saturday 21st March 8.00 pm

Bolton Socialist Club and Love Music Hate Racism present: Robb Johnson.

The brilliant singer/songwriter returns to Bolton with his incisive political lyrics, fabulous melodic lines and beautiful ballads. A proud and fully paid up member of the awkward squad!

"Britain's finest songwriter since Richard Thompson" Venue

£7 and £4 in advance

Friday 27th March Jameela’s Kitchen

Palestinian Women's Resistance through food. The preservation and passing on of the culture to the next generation is an essential part of resisting the occupation. A 10 minute film introduces Jamimla and the women members of the Gaza co-operative. This will be followed by a small demonstration of how to make simple Palestinian food, in which all ingredients are linked to the Boycott issue and the theft of water. A beautiful cookery book, "Recipes of Resistance" and sets of Recipe cards will be on sale for £5 each. Proceeds to Jameela's Kitchen project.

Friday 3rd April 8.00 pm Music Night with Steve and friends.

Join us for a convivial evening of singing, playing, maybe some poetry and a lot of fun. FREE

Friday 10th April Red Friday - How Green is Your Kitchen? Food Production, Waste, Miles, and Carbon Emissions.

Lydia Meryl and Cath Brown present the shocking truth and recipes to help rectify matters.

Friday 17th April 7.45 pm Red Cinema: Pride(Dir. Matthew Warchus 2014)

Gay activists work to help Welsh miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. Based on a true story. One of the most uplifting films of the year. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and everything in between.

“Imelda Staunton is part Mother Courage, part Hilda Ogden.” Morning Star.

Admission free. Bucket collection

Friday 24th April Live from Worktown, Bolton's Poetry Festival, presents:

The launch of Hovis Presley's 'Poetic Off Licence' with contributions from local poets and singers