Bolton CND and Stop The War campaigns will be laying a wreath of white poppies at the ceremony in the Town Hall Square on Sunday. The tradition of laying a wreath of white poppies was started by some years ago by WW2 veteran and peace campaigner Bertie Lewis, who fought for many years for the right to do this in the official remembrance ceremony. It has become an important local tradition that is not replicated in many other places. Anyone who wishes to bear witness to the wreath laying should meet at Cook's in the square at 10.30. White poppies will also be available, price 50p.
The Armistice Tour Featuring Joe Solo & Rebecca Findlay plus The Crows of Albion Two shows to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. No ordinary 'celebration' of the Great War but songs with first person portraits of the trenches that pull no punches, and a reminder that a hundred years on, the promise of a “land fit for heroes” remains unfulfilled. Free entry. Donations in support of homeless welcome
Liverpool singer songwriter Alun, composer of “I Want Rosa to Stay,” “My Name is Desi Warren” and other contemporary anthems, discusses his musical and political influences. A long time champion of worker’s rights, his music reflects his political passions and deep sense of humanity. Julia asks the questions and cues the music. Free event.
Richard Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Bolton Citizen’s Advice Bureau, discusses how the impact of government legislation leaves increasing numbers of people locked out of even basic safety net welfare. Includes a contribution from a victim of the Windrush scandal who lost his income and very nearly his home as a result of Theresa May’s “hostile environment.” Free event
Weʼre raising £900 to help fund an inscribed memorial bench in memory of Denis Pye at the Clarion Teahouse in Roughlee, Lancs Please copy the link below into your browser and go to the Just Giving page to make your donation. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/denis-pye
Monthly meet-up for the local poetry and spoken word group. A very informal and supportive atmosphere, and open to all. NW legends Jefferama and Gordon Zola lead proceedings. £1 plus raffle
This month’s workshop launches the group’s project for the Walt Whitman bicentennial in 2019, an anthology of work inspired Whitman, his poetry and ideas. This will be one of several projects taking place next year ranging across the town to commemorate Bolton's historic link with the father of American poetry. If you are interested in contributing please join us for this introductory session. £2 donation
The service is at Bury Cemetery, St Peter's Road, Bury at 10.30 am , with everybody gathering on Tuesday 9th October at the Fishpool, Liberal Club, 79 Nelson St, Bury, BL9 9HX, to celebrate his life, after the cremation.
Maxine Peake stars as a comedian who draws on her troubled past as material for her stand-up routine, as she tries to rise through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England's working men's clubs. “... a hypnotically belligerent performance from Peake, whose anti-heroine explodes like a firework, burning herself to an ashy crisp.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.
Free - Bucket Collection.
Nat has been stalwart of the local music scene for many years, as a performer, writer and activist. An expert on the work of Bob Dylan, Nat’s music emerges directly from the lived experience of the underdog and oppressed. Tonight he discusses the music that has inspired him and helped shape his view of the world. Julia asks the questions and cues the music. Free event.