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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 Gaynor Ratcliff 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 westhoughtonhub@gmail: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 11am and 3pm Monday to Friday, and 11-4 on Saturdays.

World Record Attempt!

Westhoughton Community Hub participating in Children's activities week World Record attempt 30 April 18Westhoughton Community Hub took part in the Children's Activities Week Guinness World Record Attempt! (30/4/18.)

The Hub and partners, The Creation Station Horwich, Lostock & Westhoughton, welcomed regular users, visitors and the BBC's CBeebies Sid Sloane together with the Morton Michel Bears, as thousands of children and grown-ups from across the UK were be part of the action!

What's On at The Hub

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  • 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-4:00pm
  • Minecraft Woodwork Classes 4:00pm-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
  • Howfen Radio


  • 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
  • Howfen Radio


  • 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
  • Howfen Radio


  • 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
  • Howfen Radio


  • 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
Central Drive

Call 01942 635985 or email westhoughtonhub@gmail:com.

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Community Events

  • Yarn Bombing Weekend
    Sat/Sun 14/15 July
    Town Centre / Other Locations
    Crafters and knitters decorating Market Street and Ditchfield Gardens with colourful yarn displays. Events at Market inc. performance by Travellin' Strings. Also John Holt Centre & Daisy Hill station
  • Washacre Summer Fair
    Sat 14 July (11:30-4:30)
    John Holt Centre (BL5 2NR)
    Popular annual summer fair and fundraiser organised by Friends of Washacre. Games and activities for children, stalls and entertainment.
  • Pre-season Friendly
    Sat 14 July (3:00pm) *CALLED OFF*
    New Sirs (BL5 2EB)
    First pre-season game for Daisy Hill FC (The Cutters). Friendly v Charnock Richard. £3 adults / £2 concession. Support your local team. .
  • Festival of Ageing
    2 to 15 July
    Free taster events for the over-50s across Gtr Manchester, with events in Westhoughton organised by Senior Solutions. Health, leisure, new interests, learning, volunteering. Info Page.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    John Holt: Tues 17, 31 July (9:30-11:00am)
    WH Market: Thurs 12 July (12-1pm)
    Information about
  • Barking Berry's Fun Dog Show
    6th Fund Dog Show took place on Central Park (16/6) with its mix of competition, stalls, attractions. Very good turn out… £2,030 raised, with £550 each going to chosen animal charities - Care For The Paw, Dogs Trust Merseyside, Harley's Heroes and Rochdale Dog Rescue.
  • 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. All welcome.
    . 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.
  • 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.
  • George Formby Society
    Wed 25 July (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 26 July (from 2pm)
    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, 28 July (10am-12pm)
    Chance to visit church last Saturday of month for coffee, chat, contemplation. Learn about community facility plans and concert series. Book stall.
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