Welcome to our April/May Newsletter.

Our refurbishment programme and fundraising continues. We’ve now installed new spotlights for our performance nights, bought some new chairs and are in the process of constructing a moveable stage. We plan to decorate the downstairs loos and dining room in the spring, then replace the flooring in the hallway. In the autumn we’ve scheduled work on the flat area of our roof, essential work before winter. All this costs money and we hope you’ll continue to support our efforts to improve the fabric and aesthetic of the club.


Our new series of Saturday concerts in conjunction with Love Music Hate Racism has been announced. It’s a stunning line up. You’ll notice ticket prices have increased. Our guest performers have been very generous with their fees, but if we are to continue to attract such talent to our small venue we need to pay them fees closer to going rate. We think £10 for two quality acts in such intimate surroundings still represents great value.  The concessionary ticket is now priced at £5 and is specifically aimed this at people on low income, which we are defining as income below the living wage. This has been the subject of much debate. We decided it was unfair to expect people on, say, minimum wage to pay more than people receiving pensions well in excess of this.  At the same time, we have to be aware that with too many people claiming the concessionary ticket, we couldn’t afford to put on the concerts. So we are asking for people to make a judgement in the interests of the club based on their income rather than their status. We think this is fair and hope you support this change. Season tickets are £50 and £25 for all six concerts and are available to members only.

The line up for this season is:
April 25 The Lovenotes
May 23rd Josephine
June 27th Ewan McLennan
September 19th Reem Kalani
October 24th Jerome Macmurray
November 21st Merry Hell

Tickets are available from Steve and Julia on 01204 848279 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The concerts help raise money, bring new people to the club as well as raising funds for specific causes. Most importantly the concerts provide our members with an opportunity to enjoy great artists in the intimate surroundings of our unique venue. Please continue to enjoy and support .

As well as the Saturday concerts we have a great programme of events lined up. Highlights include Razia and Sufrana’s world famous Curry Night, our May Celebration Evening with a return visit from Bard Company, and Whitman Day. This year we’ve expanded the event to include contributions from poets in the US through a trans-Atlantic link-up, and a welcome return visit from Joey Cain, the San Francisco based poet, activist and bookseller, of whom many at the club will harbour fond memories.

Finally, make sure you get out and vote! Whatever you think of the state of our democracy, it’s the only one we have, so use it as effectively as you can.

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

Wood Street Writers
Wood Street Writers is a creative writing group meeting on the second Saturday of every month from 10.00 am - 12.00. Workshops are led by Paul, Peter and Chris, all of whom have experience in the field. Our starting point may be a theme, a technique or a method of approaching creativity. Experience and level of expertise is immaterial, all you need is to feel an urge to write in stimulating and supportive company. All welcome.
Weekend events programme

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 event.

Friday 10th April
How Green is Your Kitchen? Food Production, Waste, Miles, and Carbon Emissions.
Lydia Meryl  and Cath Brown present the shocking truth,  with recipes to help rectify matters.
Free event.

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.
Free event. Bucket collection

Friday 24th April 8pm
Bolton's Poetry Festival “Live from Worktown” presents:
Hovis Presley's 'Poetic Off licence'
10 years after the death of the much loved poet and comedian Hovis Presley, we celebrate his life with  performances from poets and singers.
Free event. Bucket collection

Saturday 25th April 8.pm
Boltons Socialist Club and Love Music Hate Racism present:
The Lovenotes.
The superb Manchester based acapella outfit in performance. Support from the She Choir.
£10/£5 low income

Friday 1st May
May Day Celebration
Bard Company
The anarchic quartet return with their irreverent mix of poetry, comedy and song just in time for the general election. With a keynote speaker from the trade union movement and guest vocalist (TBA) this will be a night to remember.
Free event. Bucket collection

Friday 8th May 8.00pm
Music  Night with Steve and friends.  Join us for a convivial evening of singing, playing, maybe some poetry and a lot of fun.
Free event.

Saturday 9th May
Bolton's Poetry Festival “Live from Worktown” presents:
 Write Out Loud
The Bolton based spoken word group perform original work. Personal, political, laugh out loud and emotionally potent.
Free event. Bucket collection.

Friday 15th May
Red Cinema.
Still the Enemy Within (Dir. Owen Gower 2014)
The 1984-85 miner’s strike. No experts. No politicians. 30 years on this is raw first-hand experience of those who lived through Britain’s longest strike. The film follows the highs and lows of that life-changing year.
“Gower’s film is a heartfelt tribute to the communities who were hammered by political, not economic, forces. They look bloodied, but unbowed.”  Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“..important and truthful cinema, at once bitter, nostalgic and unexpectedly uplifting.”   Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
Free event. Bucket collection.

Friday 22nd May
Red Friday
The Theft of Democracy?
TTIP will allow corporations to sue governments for loss of profits, and override the democratic will of the people. DecoManc will hand massive powers to an unelected mayor and fragment the NHS, with public consultation.  Secret discussions, no transparency, no accountability - is this the future of democracy in Britain?
 Invited speakers (TBA) will discuss these twin threats and place them in a wider context of financial deregulation, privatisation and growing inequality.
Free event

Saturday May 23rd
Bolton Socialist Club and Love Music Hate racism present:
The brilliant Manchester-based singer with roots in folk, jazz and soul performs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izvzh32-npg
Support from Cathy Murphy.
£10/£5 low income

Friday 29th May
Curry Night.
In support of the Gaza Women’s Educational Fund. The best curry in Bolton for £10 a head.
£10 per head.

Saturday 30th May
Whitman Day
2.00 Barrow Bridge roundabout (and bus terminus). Join the walk on to the moors, read Whitman’s poetry, share the loving cup in “loving comradeship.”
7.30 onwards at Wood St.
A celebration of Whitman’s life and Bolton’s long established links. With readings, reminiscences, a trans_atlantic link-up with US poets plus a return visit
from San Francisco poet/activist, book-seller Joey Cain. An unmissable event.
Free event.