Westhoughton Community Network

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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.

JHC News

  • 2019 'Great Get-together': Join the local community at the John Holt Centre on Sunday, 23rd June 2-4pm for a Community and Family Picnic funded by the late-MP Jo Cox legacy donations.
  • HACFRA has organised one of its occasional trips to the seaside with a coach day-trip to Whitby on Sunday, 14th July. Departing at 8am and heading back at 4:30pm. Tickets are £13 - contact Dave (07543 272486) or Maxine (07713 914512) to book.
  • Proposed MUGA (Multi-Unit Games Area) for John Holt Centre (2019). The JHC Team is very grateful for all the support in its fundraising for a new MUGA (Multi-Unit Games Area) which included Crowdfunding, special events and Facebook raffles. A much-needed community facility, plans include an outdoor gym, a fully marked out five-a-side football pitch, basketball courts, community gardens, benches, timed floodlights, and a general makeover of the existing facilities. (Bolton News 14/3/19).
  • By arrangement with local shops the John Holt Centre regularly receives short-dated food which is offered free to the local community. Watch Facebook for announcements.
  • A new Art Group - Art by Elise - has begun at the John Holt Centre - Wednesdays 12:30pm to 2:30pm. This is a class for all abilities, so if you've ever wanted to have a go then just turn up. There are no 'term times' so you can start any week that you like.
  • During the summer 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. In addition, 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…

What's On at the John Holt Community Centre

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Monday

Tuesday

  • Daytime
  • Community Café/Job Club - 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
  • Little Bakers - 4:15pm to 5:45pm [term-time] | Melisa (07495 318559)
  • Mediumship Development Class - 7.30pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday

  • Daytime
  • Making Strides (Health & Wellbeing Group) - 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Art By Elise - 12:30pm to 2:30pm | Elise Hendry (07796 463852)

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
  • Little Bakers - 1:15pm to 2:45pm [term-time] | Melisa (07495 318559)
  • 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:

Pop-in:
John Holt Community Centre
Birch Avenue
Washacre
Westhoughton
BL5 2NR

Call 01942 859535 or E-mail.

John Holt Community Centre Social Media - Facebook John Holt Centre on Facebook Twitter Twitter - John Holt Centre.

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Community Events

  • George Formby Society
    Wed 26 June (from 7:30pm)
    Mercury Bolton, Manchester Road (BL5 3JP)
    Fans of George Formby and the ukulele gather to talk, play and be entertained. Last Wed every month.
  • Hoodwinked
    Fri/Sat 21/22 28/29 June
    The Bethel, Leigh Rd (BL5 2LW)
    Latest Bethel Crowd show from the Junior workshop is a musical take on Robin Hood story. Performances 7:15pm, with 2:15pm matinees on Saturday. Tkts £4.
  • St. James DH Concert
    Fri 28 June 7:30pm
    Latest in St. James (Daisy Hill) Concert Series - a virtuoso Guitar & Cello Duo performance by Ithoni Duo. Tkts £8 (U16 free) inc refreshments. Pay on door.
  • Murder Mystery
    Fri/Sat 5/6 July (7:15pm) |
    Westhoughton Methodist Church Hall, Wigan Road (BL5 3QD)
    Special send-off for Rev. Lesley Dinham as she heads for pastures new. A Murder Mystery: 'Who Killed The Vicar?' Can you solve the case? Fun, entertaining evening. Tkts £7 inc supper/refreshments.
  • Wingates Band Concerts
    Fri 5 July (7:30pm)
    Blackrod Community Centre (BL6 5TG)
    Friday Night is Music Night! Last of 4 monthly themed music concerts at Blackrod Community Centre July is Audience Favourites. Tickets £10 with pie supper.
    Flyers.
    News and information about the brass band and upcoming concerts, and details of Supporters Club - info.
  • 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.
    More...
  • Bolton College Survey
    Adult Learning Provision in Westhoughton
    Bolton Council and Bolton College consulting with WCN and other partners to reintroduce Adult Learning Provision to Westhoughton. A survey is launched, with follow-up events planned.
  • Barking Berry's Fun Dog Show
    Took place at Central Park, Westhoughton on Sat 22 June. 7th year for this popular event raising money for animal charities. £1,561 raised on day.
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  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    WH Market: Thurs 11 July (12-1pm)
    John Holt: Tues 16 July (9:30-11:00am)
    Information about
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