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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

  • Art Group Exhibition
    From 7 to 31 Mar
    Westhoughton Library (upstairs) *FREE*
    Public exhibition of artwork from Westhoughton Art Group as local artists show off their work. Range of styles & high quality work. Exhibition runs to end of month. Some artwork available for purchase.
  • Lent & Easter 2019
    6 Mar to 21 Apr
    CoE Churches, Westhoughton Parish
    Beginning Ash Wednesday (6th March), Lent and Easter are busy times for our community Churches. There is a 'Lent Course' at St. John's. Exhibitions at St. Bart's (1st-5th April). Services open to all throughout period. Easter Weekend - 19th/21st April.
  • Great British Spring Clean
    Community Litter Picks…
    Sat 23 Mar (11am) - Eatock Lodge (LNR)
    Sun 30 Mar (2pm) - Daisy Hill (SJC)
    Local Friends' groups organising litter picks to tidy up streets and parks ahead of warmer weather. Chance to do some good. Families welcome! Equipment provided.
  • GMSF v2 Planning Consultation
    8-week consultation (ends 18 Mar) on revised GMSF. Proposed development of housing, industry and infrastructure to 2037.
    Documents (GMCA).
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    WH Market: Thurs 21 Mar (12-1pm)
    John Holt: Tues 26 Mar (9:30-11:00am)
    The HUB: Mon 1 Apr (7-8pm)
    Information about
  • Friends of Westhoughton Station
    Meeting Sundays from 10am, volunteer group undertake clean-up and ambient improvement work at Westhoughton Station benefiting local commuters. Excellent progress. Donation boxes at local shops.
    . Finalists 'Community Rail Awards' 2015. Town Council 'Certificate of Achievement'. Recent clean-up
  • 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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