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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 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.

Hub's Big Birthday Bash

Westhoughton Community Hub celebrating its 1st year with a big party! Sept 22ndWesthoughton Community Hub celebrates its first year with a big party and community event on Saturday, 22nd September.


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
Central Drive

Call 01942 635985 or email westhoughtonhub@gmail:com.

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Community Events

  • Wizard of Oz
    Fri/Sat 14th/15th & 21st/22nd Sept (7:15pm)
    The Bethel, Leigh Rd (BL5 2LW)
    Latest show from the Bethel Crowd is RSC stage version of famous film. Enduring story with Dorothy and companions as they search for the Wizard. Great songs. Tkts £6. Saturday Matinees at 2:15pm.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    . 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.
  • 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.
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