Westhoughton Community Network

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Washacre FM (87.7FM)

Your very own Community Radio Station

Background

Starting in 2006, the annual, award-winning community radio event that is Washacre FM not only reaches the heart of the community but gets them involved, and has is become a highlight of the Westhoughton calendar. Broadcasting from the John Holt Youth and Community Centre (BL5 2NR), the broadcast is the result of much planning, organising, producing and 'making it happen'… with a mix of music, local content and features, fun stuff, drama, competitions and generally anything that will get local residents involved.

In the studio Lisa Reilly preparing for Washacre FM A major undertaking, local people are given the chance to be presenters, engineers or may help in a variety of ways to bring this broadcasting feast to the airways. Obtaining a special broadcast licence and reaching out across Westhoughton and beyond, it is a chance for the local community to shine and do something a bit different! The broadcast began as a project between HACFRA (Hindleys and Clough Farm Residents Association) and Bolton at Home, with support of DBBC (Diversity in Barrier-Breaking Communications) who helped with initial training and technical expertise, and has gone from strength to strength reaching out to all of Westhoughton - and beyond. Overseen by Station Manager, Doug Cunliffe, and managed by a team of hardworking and enthusiastic residents and volunteers, the broadcast seems to get better and better.

With each year and another successful broadcast, Washacre FM is able to introduce new presenters, have a mix of music, local interest, chat, interviews, supplementary pre-recorded pieces, humour and 'Keawyed' banter; a particular success being the 2014 radio play, which brought two Westhoughton community groups together - Washacre FM and the Westhoughton Methodist ADS. The broadcast comes to its conclusion with the final day presenter send-offs and open mic sessions, of course, the celebratory Showcase Day - a great buzz with many highlights. All thanks to the tireless work behind the scenes from HACRFA, presenters, technicians and volunteers. The transistors barely cooled, talk and planning begins for the next broadcast and new challenges ahead!

2016 Washacre FM Broadcast

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances this year's broadcast, and what would have been the 10th anniversary, will not take place. However, it is hoped to run some training sessions at the John Holt Centre for would-be radio presenters and engineers. The popular Showcase Day will still take place in and around the centre with community involvement, family fun and entertainment.

Washacre FM will return in 2017. New volunteers are most welcome, both for on-mic work and behind the scenes. Are you a 'future broadcast star?' It's challenging, fun, and a chance to develop new skills and work as part of the broadcast team, reaching out into the local community.


Info about previous broadcasts:
Washacre FM 2015 (Schedule)
Washacre FM 2014 (Schedule | Radio Play)
Washacre FM 2013 | Washacre FM 2012.


Contact Information

For further information call 01942 859535 (the John Holt Centre) or email: WashacreFM

Facebook WashacreFMWashacreFM Facebook Group | Twitter Washacre FM@WashacreFM / #washacrefm.

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Community Events

  • Fantastic Fridays
    27 July - 24 Aug (2-3pm)
    Westhoughton Library
    School holiday fun and learning at local library. Series of fun, child-friendly sessions on a Friday afternoon. More info.
  • St. James DH 'Open Doors'
    Sat, 25 Aug (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.
  • HACFRA Funday
    Sat, 25 Aug (11am-4pm)
    John Holt Centre (BL5 2NR)
    Join Hindleys and Clough Farm Residents Association for a day of family fun as HACFRA invite you to their Summer Funday! Giant slide sporting activities; stalls… name the teddy raffles, tombolas, hot food.
  • Howfenbury
    Sat 25 Aug (12-8)
    White Lion Car Park, Bolton Road (BL5 3AN)
    Free music event from Howfen Radio/Holt Breweries! Day of live performances: local talent, singers, dancers, bands… Kids attractions/activities.
  • George Formby Society
    Wed 29 Aug (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 30 Aug (from 2pm)
    Get poetic - budding Wordsworth or Pam Ayres? - monthly mtg of creative writing group. Newcomers welcome. Contribute or just listen. Free.
  • Flower, Fruit & Veg Show
    Sun 2 Sept (2-4pm)
    Daisy Hill Cricket Club (BL5 2EB)
    Organised by Daisy Hill in Bloom, local residents show off their horticultural expertise and exploits. Various classes. Entries welcome on the day.
  • Eatock Lodge Family Funday
    Sun 2 Sept (12-4)
    Popular event at Eatock Lodge (Local Nature Reserve) with Lancashire Wildlife Trust providing educational activities, nature themes and attractions. Family fun in a beautiful setting.
  • Community Police
    Informal, confidential drop-ins held by Pcsos, chance to discuss local issues, seek advice on security & crime prevention.
    John Holt: Tues 28 Aug (9:30-11:00am)
    WH Market: Thurs 6 Sept (12-1pm)
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    . 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.
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