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The former Community College was taken over by Westhoughton Vision in 2017 with the support of Bolton Council, local councillors and enthusiastic volunteers, with the aim of both saving the building (now vacated by Bolton College), and providing a vibrant and useful hub for activities and groups within Westhoughton.

It is an ambitious project led by management group and a small committee taking on the centre and finding the right mix of activities and viable use that will see The Hub into the future. In its first year it is proving to be a great success and has brought into it many regular activities and some innovative ideas for people of all ages to mix, learn and have fun.

For enquiries call 01942 635985 or email admin@thehubwesthoughton.com.


Howfen Radio

Howfen Radio - Internet Radio broadcasting from the Westhoughton Community HubAfter months of preparation, training and speaking with the community, Westhoughton launched a brand new internet-based radio station (30th April 2018), giving local presenters a chance to host shows and provide content with something for everyone.

The new station is based here at The Hub, and details of shows and how to listen can be found on the Howfen Radio website.

Howfen Radio is broadcast between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.

Hub's First Year

In September Westhoughton Community Hub celebrated its first year anniversary.

Changes to the Management Team were announced, and it was business as usual as the project strives to provide a first class community hub and resource for local people and groups.

A special event took place in early September as The Hub invited survivors' groups from the Manchester Arena Bombing to visit and take part in a celebration of life, survival and coming together.

What's On at The Hub

Download Timetable (April 2018)


  • Daytime
  • Art - 9:30am to 12:30pm / 1:00am to 3:30pm
  • BAND Skills and Support Group - 10:00am to 11:30am
  • Bolton College English - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Minecraft Woodwork Classes 4:00pm to 5:00pm
    Build your own Wooden Mob and other Minecraft accessories (£2.50)
  • Evening
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineering - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
    Teaching children (5+) how to bring objects to life (£3.00 per child)
  • Educ8 Academy - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineering - 5:00pm-6:00pm
  • Aspire Dance & Stage


  • Daytime
  • Sewing Group - 9:30am to 12:00pm
  • BAND drop-in - 11:00am to 1:00pm
  • Tuesday Group - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Pre-school Music Time - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Fun and interactive session for babies, toddlers & pre-school children (£3.00 per child inc. refreshments)
  • Connexions - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Family Woodwork - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Minecraft Code Kingdom - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Evening
  • Minecraft Code Kingdom - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Community Resident Association Meeting - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Aspire Dance & Stage


  • Daytime
  • Tiny Treasures (0-6 mths): Art & Crafts family fun - 10:00am to 12:00pm[Monthly]
  • Go Blue Music T - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    For children with Autism & Asperger's (£3:00 per child inc. refreshments)
  • Evening
  • Code Blue Minecraft | Code Kingdom - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Moky-Hit | Moky-Fit Westhoughton - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Corflex - 7:00pm to 8:00pm / 8:15pm – 9:15pm
  • Aspire Dance & Stage


  • Daytime
  • Baby Discovery (5-15 mths): Art & Crafts family fun - 9:45am to 10:45pm
  • Salsa - 11:00am to 12:00pm
  • Little Explorers (16mths-5yrs) - 11:15am to 12:15pm
  • Create Club | After School Club - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Evening
  • Yoga Flow - 7:00pm to 8:00pm / 8:15pm to 9:15pm
  • Aspire Dance & Stage


  • Daytime
  • The Hubs Walkie-Talkies - 11.00am to finish
  • Woodwork Classes - 11.00am to 12.00am

Watch out for special events and activities such as Bikeability, Minecraft Stay and Play, Creation Station, Woodwork - The Hub is open during school holidays with extra activities.

The Community Centre is available for hire for events meetings and parties.

A Grub Tub is available for donations to the Urban Outreach foodbank scheme. Items can also be donation for the 'Fresh-as-a-Daisy' campaign (feminine hygiene).

Visitors are welcome to find out more, drop-in for a chat or find out more about volunteering at The Hub.

Getting in Touch

Westhoughton Community Hub (The HUB)
Central Drive

Call 01942 635985 or email admin@thehubwesthoughton.com.

The HUB (Westhoughton) website.

Westhoughton Community Hub Social Media - Facebook John Holt Centre on Facebook Twitter Twitter - Westhoughton Community Hub.

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Community Events

  • Bolton College Survey
    Adult Learning Provision in Westhoughton
    Runs until 30th April
    Bolton Council and Bolton College consulting with WCN and other partners to reintroduce Adult Learning Provision to Westhoughton. A survey is launched, with follow-up events planned.
  • Bird Song Walk
    Sat 27 Apr (7:30am)
    Eatock Lodge (Hoskers entrance)
    Join local bird expert for informative walk around the lodge listening to and identifying bird life. Children welcome. Duration 1 hour.
  • Wingates Band Concerts
    Blackrod Community Centre (BL6 5TG)
    Starting Friday 5th Apr (7:30pm), monthly themed music concerts at Blackrod Community Centre. Sun 14 Apr, Pyramid Warrington, Masterclass and Concert.
    News and information about the brass band and upcoming concerts, and details of Supporters Club - info.
  • Murder Mystery
    Fri/Sat 10/11 May (7:15pm) |
    Westhoughton Methodist Church Hall, Wigan Road (BL5 3QD)
    Another Premier for WMADS' 40th year presenting brand new murder-mystery by local playwright. Can you solve the case? Fun, entertaining evening. Tkts £7 inc supper/refreshments.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    John Holt: Tues 23 Apr (9:30-11:00am)
    The HUB: Mon 29 Apr (7-8pm)
    WH Market: Thurs 16 May (12-1pm)
    Information about
  • Hope Community Centre
    Central Drive
    Programme. Group activities and events; available for hire for community groups - also parties. 'Grub tub' available for Foodbank donations - 9:30am to 3pm on Mondays.
  • WOW! Women of Westhoughton
    Thursdays from 7:30pm
    Hope Centre (Central Drive) BL5 3DS
    Est. 2013, women's group for shared interests, talks, outings & social networking. Updated programme.
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