Westhoughton Community Network

group for and run by community groups in Westhoughton

Washacre FM (87.7FM)

Your very own Community Radio Station

Background

Starting in 2006 Washacre FM, was an annual and award-winning community radio event that not only reached the heart of the community but got it involved, and was a highlight of the Westhoughton calendar through to 2005. Broadcasting from the John Holt Centre (BL5 2NR), the broadcast was the result of much planning, organising, producing and 'making it happen'… with a mix of music, local content and features, fun stuff, drama, competitions and generally anything that will get local residents involved.

In the studio Lisa Reilly preparing for Washacre FM A major undertaking, local people were given the chance to be presenters, engineers or could help in a variety of ways to bring this broadcasting feast to the airways. Obtaining a special broadcast licence and reaching out across Westhoughton and beyond, it was a chance for the local community to shine and do something a bit different! The broadcast began as a project between HACFRA (Hindleys and Clough Farm Residents Association) and Bolton at Home, with support of DBBC (Diversity in Barrier-Breaking Communications) who helped with initial training and technical expertise, and went from strength to strength reaching out to all of Westhoughton - and beyond. Overseen by Station Manager, Doug Cunliffe, and managed by a team of hardworking and enthusiastic residents and volunteers, and with experience and knowledge the broadcast got better and better.

With each year and another successful broadcast, Washacre FM was able to introduce new presenters, have a mix of music, local interest, chat, interviews, supplementary pre-recorded pieces, humour and 'Keawyed' banter; a particular success being the 2014 radio play, which brought two Westhoughton community groups together - Washacre FM and the Westhoughton Methodist ADS. The broadcast coming to its conclusion with the final day presenter send-offs and open mic sessions, of course, the celebratory Showcase Day - a great buzz with many highlights. All thanks to the tireless work behind the scenes from HACRFA, presenters, technicians and volunteers. The transistors barely cooled, talk and planning begins for the next broadcast and new challenges ahead!

Unfortunately, the station was unable to reach its 10th year of broadcasting, however many gaining experience behind the mic or behind the scenes have gone on to develop their skills in other areas; several presenters from online station Howfen Radio cutting their teeth whilst part of the John Holt Centre set-up. You can get a flavour of the broadcasts via the links on these Washacre FM pages.


Info about previous broadcasts:
Washacre FM 2015 (Schedule)
Washacre FM 2014 (Schedule | Radio Play)
Washacre FM 2013 | Washacre FM 2012.


Contact Information

For further information call 01942 859535 (the John Holt Centre) or email: WashacreFM

Facebook WashacreFMWashacreFM Facebook Group | Twitter Washacre FM@WashacreFM / #washacrefm.

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Community Events

  • Westhoughton Library
    Library now open again for books, general reading and computer access. Some activities downstairs, but with referbishment still ongoing upstairs access for community activities will remain closed for time being. Info.
  • History Group - 'At Home'
    Sat 14 May (10am-4pm)
    Arts Theatre, High School (BL5 3DN)
    **Special Event** at Westhoughton High School, 'At Home', an Open Day conference celebrating some key moments in Howfen's history (Flyer).
    Whilst library closed to community groups meetings continue at The Hub. News and updates followed by Speaker. .
  • St. James Church (Daisy Hill)
    Heritage Lottery funded restoration work on the bell tower completed. Now off the 'at risk' register. Fascinating short about the project.
    1st Sat of mth (10-12) 'Open Doors' drop-in - refreshments (also Grub Tub donations) - next 4/6. Messy Church (Kids activities). Plants Sale (28/5).
  • Allotment & Gardening Society
    John Holt Centre (BL5 2NR)
    Initial mtg of new Westhoughton volunteer group (21/4//22) aiming to take on upkeep of plants and floral displays around town centre, as well as other gardening projects.
  • WOW! Women of Westhoughton
    Thursdays from 7:00pm
    John Holt Centre (BL5 2NR)
    Est. 2013, women's group for shared interests, talks, outings & social networking. The group is to resume meetings from 2nd September at its new home. Updated programme.
  • Daisy Hill FC Fixtures (Home)
    League Division 1 North
    New Sirs (BL5 2EB)
    After disruptions of recent times The Cutters are now playing again. New management, new signings and clubhouse improvements. Support your local team. KO Sat 3pm or Mon 7:45pm. £5 adults / £3 concession / £2 U18s / U12s free w/ adult.
    WCN has been providing community news and features for home game programmes >> .
  • Speaker Events
    Both and the have been holding monthly 'open' Zoom speaker events. See Facebook for details.
  • Lockdown information (Covid-19)
    For 16 months life and community was disrupted by measures to deal with the pandemic. It has been a long and impactful period, thankfully things are opening up again there is a return to normal. Watch for updates as community re-engages here and on
    Westhoughton.net Facebook Page.
  • Town Centre Masterplan
    Proposals for investment in Town Centre (Market Street focus) were consulted upon in 2019-20 with a Steering Group meeting to discuss plans for £4m investment and significant changes to Market Street, Central Park, Carnegie Hall and Town Hall. Revised plan now approved.
  • New Support Services
    Two new services have commenced during Lockdown to support local community and vulnerable: Covid Assist and Westhoughton One Stop Shop.
  • Hope Community Centre
    The Central Drive church and community space is currently closed pending refurbishment discussions with Bolton Council.
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