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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

  • HACFRA has organised one of its occasional community days out 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. There are usually 3 trips a year - Spring, Summer and Christmas.
  • 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…
  • 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). NOw progressing, part-funded by Sport England, WAVE looking at contractors for the work (2020 start). Further fundraising and community support will be needed to make this ambitious project a reality.
  • 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.

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
  • 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
  • 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.

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Community Events

  • St. James DH Concert
    Fri 18 Oct (7:30pm)
    Latest in St. James (Daisy Hill) Concert Series promoting up and coming musicians and taking advantage of fine acoustics of St. James - Polaris Duo - Harp & Sax. Tkts £10 (U18 free) inc free drink. Pay on door.
  • Daisy Hill FC Fixtures (Home)
    League Division 1 North
    New Sirs (BL5 2EB)
    Sat 19 Oct - AFC Blackpool
    Sat 26 Oct - Prestwich Heys
    Great start to new football season for 'The Cutters'. Support your local team. KO Sat 3pm or Mon 7:30pm. £5 adults / £4 concession.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    John Holt: 22 Oct (9:30-11:00am)
    Information about
  • New Library Schedule
    Westhoughton Library
    Did you know as well as books, computers and newspapers, your local Library provides Council One-Stop Shop services and is a base for many community groups and special events!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • St. James DH 'Open Doors'
    Sat 2 Oct (10-12)
    Monthly 'Open Doors' at St. James Church (Daisy Hill). Pop in for tea/coffee/cake; lean about Concert Series and refurbishment & community plans. Second hand book stall. Children welcome.
  • George Formby Society
    Wed 30 Oct (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.
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