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W.A.V.E. (Westhoughton Active Volunteer Enterprise) managing the John Holt Community Centre John Holt Centre

Background

John Holt Community Centre, Birch Avenue, Westhoughton Located on Birch Avenue on the Washacre estate in Westhoughton, the centre was originally built and run by Bolton Council to provide a youth centre, community support and a meeting facility for local residents. The centre became the base for HACFRA (Hindleys and Clough Farm Residents Association), whose volunteers helped run it, organising events, trips and activities - high profile events included Summer Fun Days and the annual Washacre FM community radio broadcast. In 2013, the management and running of the centre was taken on by WAVE (Westhoughton Active Volunteer Enterprise), a Community Interest Company (CIC), with the centre leased from the Council. The management team, as well as day-to-day operations, is responsible for budgeting, fundraising, programming, as well as making sure the John Holt Centre serves the wider community of Westhoughton.

The Centre comprises of a large room which has a café facility, suitable for meetings of up to 50 people, dance and fitness classes; a smaller room for smaller meetings or group activities; an office and toilet block, and a smaller interview/studio room. Space outside is dedicated to a large MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area) for sport and entertainment; there is a children's play area, and a car park.

An integral and vital community resource, the John Holt Centre is used by many agencies to provide services to the community including: Bolton Council (Area Forums), Greater Manchester Police (drop-ins and PACT meetings), Bolton at Home (Work Club)… many community groups use the centre, and Westhoughton Community Network is a frequent visitor for its meetings.

For enquiries call 01942 859535 or email wave.cic@live.co.uk.

Summer 2018

  • The John Holt Centre is the Westhoughton distribution point for Urban Outreach BL Lunches scheme, where children who receive free school meals can pick up a lunch-time lunch pack. Runs 23rd July to 31st August.
  • Ahead of the return to school the centre is collecting and distributing second hand school uniforms as donated by parents. Clothes range from trousers, skirts, shirts and blouses, polo tops, sports kit, blazers… Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30pm.
  • The Hindleys and Clough Farm Residents Association End of Summer Family Funday takes place at the centre on Saturday, 25th August (11am-4pm) with HACFRA inviting local residents for a day of family fun! Giant slide, sporting activities, stalls, name the teddy raffles, tombolas, hot food…

What's On at the John Holt Community Centre

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Monday

Tuesday

  • Daytime
  • Community Café/Computer Drop-in - 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Police Drop-in with Pcso - 9.30am to 11:30am [fortnightly]
  • Keep Fit With Lyn (Seated Tai Chi) - 1:00pm to 1:50pm | Lyn 07936 527924
  • Keep Fit With Lyn (Standing Tai Chi) - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Evening
  • Mediumship Development Class - 7.30pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday

  • Daytime
  • Making Strides (Health & Wellbeing Group) - 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Community Bingo - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Evening
  • Beavers (18th Bolton Scouts) - 6:00pm to 7:00pm | Sarah Jones 07976 815204
  • Cubs (18th Bolton Scouts) - 7:15pm to 8:15pm

Thursday

  • Daytime
  • Keep Fit With Lyn (Standing Tai Chi) - 11:45am to 12:45pm
  • Evening
  • Junior Youth Club (ages 5-9) - 5:30pm to 7.15pm
  • Senior Youth Club (ages 10-15) - 7:30pm to 9:15pm

Friday

  • Daytime
  • Tots and Toddlers - 9:15am to 11:15am
  • Community Café/Work Club (Bolton at Home) - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Family Sports Session - 4:00pm to 5:30pm [term-time]
  • Evening
  • Junior Youth Club (ages 5-9) - 5:30pm to 7.15pm
  • Senior Youth Club (ages 10-15) - 7:30pm to 9:15pm

Saturday

  • Daytime
  • Children's/Teenager's Street Dance Class (XDC) - 11.30am to 1:30pm
  • Community Cinema - 3:00pm [frequent showings]

Sunday

  • Daytime
  • Yoga and Pilates with Glenn Jones - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The John Holt Community Centre is available for hire for private parties, meetings and functions. Ideal for children's parties. Kitchen facilities; WiFi; Disables Access. Prices start from £10/hour.

A Grub Tub is situated in the foyer for donations to the Urban Outreach foodbank scheme.

Getting in Touch

The John Holt Community Centre can be contacted as follows:

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John Holt Community Centre
Birch Avenue
Washacre
Westhoughton
BL5 2NR

Call 01942 859535 or E-mail.

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Community Events

  • Two One Act Comedy Plays
    Fri/Sat 28/29 (7:15pm)
    Westhoughton Methodist Church Hall, Wigan Road (BL5 3QD)
    Always good fun! WMADS present latest productions - 2 short plays / 1 evening: 'The Miasma in Mostyn News' and 'Easy Stages'. Tickets £6 - inc refreshments.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    John Holt: Tues 25 Sept (9:30-11:00am)
    WH Market: Thurs 4 Oct (12-1pm)
    Information about
  • George Formby Society
    Wed 26 Sept (from 7:30pm)
    Mercury Bolton, Manchester Road (BL5 3JP)
    Back from appearance at Royal Albert Hall before Queen. Fans of George Formby and the ukulele gather to talk, play and be entertained. Last Wed every month.
  • Westhoughton Poetry Group
    Thurs 27 Sept (from 2pm)
    Westhoughton Library
    Get poetic - budding Wordsworth or Pam Ayres? - monthly mtg of creative writing group. Newcomers welcome. Contribute or just listen. Free.
  • St. James DH 'Open Doors'
    Sat, 29 Sept (10am-12pm)
    Chance to visit church last Saturday of month for coffee, chat, contemplation. Learn about community facility plans and concert series. Book stall. Local History Group to exhibit looking for contributions to their Westhoughton After WWI project info.
  • WOW! Women of Westhoughton
    Thursdays from 7:30pm | Table-Top Sale
    Hope Centre (Central Drive) BL5 3DS
    Est. 2013, women's group for shared interests, talks, outings & social networking. Updated programme.
    More...
  • Friends of Westhoughton Station
    Meeting Sundays from 9am, volunteer group undertake clean-up and ambient improvement work at Westhoughton Station benefiting local commuters. Excellent progress. All welcome.
    More...
    . Finalists 'Community Rail Awards' 2015. Town Council 'Certificate of Achievement'. Recent clean-up
  • Hope Community Centre
    Central Drive
    Updated 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.
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