Our Featured Meetings

Our meetings are usually held on the 1st Wednesday of the month. Whilst these meetings have been arranged, it may be that Covid-19 regulations could change at any time. Please check here before travelling to find out about times and safety requirements for the meeting.

Christmas Words and Music

7 Dec 2022 - LIVE EVENT ONLY

Geoff Scargill - has told us he is a retired headteacher and magistrate. I love music, cricket, politics and history. I am a distant relative of Arthur! I am the chair of the Watkin Society, which aims to make known a forgotten great man of the 19th century, Sir Edward Watkin MP, and have just had a book published about him: “Victoria’s Railway King”.

Geoff gives talks to support a professor, who is a cancer specialist, and led the team that performed an 8-hour op. on our son, Peter. He said it was the most complicated operation he had ever performed. I decided to pay him back literally, by giving talks. 

Geoff comes highly recommended. 

More festive arrangements to be announced nearer the time. 

  • Date: 7th Dec 2022
  • Wednesday 7.30pm
  • Bolton Golf Club (Live event only)
  • Speaker: Geoff Scargill
  • Booking: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cath Cole, authoress, educator, nurse - her story

4 Jan 2023 - Hybrid

Cath Cole - had a working class upbringing in a northern town. She trained as a nurse and health visitor and eventually a lecturer and nurse tutor. She had a successful career in further education, becoming a principal of a further education college. After rescuing a failing college she was awarded the OBE.

The impact of nurse training has underpinned her professional success. She was awarded a Master of Arts (Creative Writing) from Edge Hill University in 2013.

  • Date: 4th Jan 2023
  • Wednesday 7.30pm
  • Bolton Golf Club & Online via Zoom
  • Speaker: Cath Cole
  • Booking: Eventbrite details here

Where we meet

Our Meeting Rooms

From April 2022 We intend to hold our meetings at Bolton Golf Club, Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL6 4AJ. There is ample seating and also room for a helpdesk, and a stationery (for sale) table. Coffee and tea is available and the bar is open. The room opens at 7-00pm for the helpdesk and meetings start at 7.30pm.

Our Venue

Bolton Golf Club has ample car parking facilities, access to the first floor is by stairs, and a lift for those with mobility problems. The venue is easy to get to by car and meetings are always popular and well attended.

About Our Meetings

Important Things to Know


From April 2022 physical meetings resumed, with meetings now also broadcast on Zoom. We will keep the system under review as we start to move on after the pandemic.


It is no longer necessary to book for the physical meetings, however we may have to restrict numbers in the room to comply with fire regulations. You still need to book for Zoom attendance.

Check first

As bookings are confirmed we shall provided dates for the meetings. Please check these pages and social media before travelling to ensure that the meetings are able to proceed as planned.

Bolton FHS meetings are usually held at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month (please check first).

[First Floor],
Bolton Golf Club,
Chorley New Road,
Bolton, BL6 4AJ

The Society is a friendly group who are happy to welcome visitors [entrance fee £3] and ALL members of the MLFHS.  Tea / Coffee [£1] is available from 7.00pm, as are drinks from the bar.

The talk starts at 7.30pm. There is a table of free information/advice leaflets and old genealogy magazines and facilities to purchase stationery and various publications, and we have a Help Desk before and after every talk.