Westhoughton Community Network

group for and run by community groups in Westhoughton

Washacre FM (87.7FM)

Your very own Community Radio Station

Background

Starting in 2006 Washacre FM, was an annual and award-winning community radio event that not only reached the heart of the community but got it involved, and was a highlight of the Westhoughton calendar through to 2005. Broadcasting from the John Holt Centre (BL5 2NR), the broadcast was 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 were given the chance to be presenters, engineers or could 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 was 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 went 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, and with experience and knowledge the broadcast got better and better.

With each year and another successful broadcast, Washacre FM was 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 coming 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!

Unfortunately, the station was unable to reach its 10th year of broadcasting, however many gaining experience behind the mic or behind the scenes have gone on to develop their skills in other areas; several presenters from online station Howfen Radio cutting their teeth whilst part of the John Holt Centre set-up. You can get a flavour of the broadcasts via the links on these Washacre FM pages.


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

  • Social Distancing (Covid-19)
    In light of arrival of virus and advice given by Govt, all WCN groups and community organisations are having to suspend meetings and activities for time-being. End of year Civic Events such as Poppy Appeal / Remembrance Sunday (8 Nov); Schools Carols Services/Christmas Lights (27 Nov); Pretoria Remembrance (21 Dec) and Rotary Santa Float fundraising tours (7-19 Dec) cancelled or impacted. Programmes continue to be hit. Other news and updates on our
    Westhoughton.net Facebook Page.
  • Civic Awards
    Recipients of Westhoughton Town Council Civic Awards 2020 for service to the local community 2021 are David Kaye and Linda Winrow, who will also share the Harold Daniels Trophy. Presentation evening 2020 (25/1/20)
  • Rotary Club of Westhoughton
    In an unusual year with no Christmas Santa Float Tours possible due to Covid, Rotarians are pleased to report donations of £6,772 via 'Just Giving' for 2020 - grateful for public and business support. Money raised will help support local charities. Active on Facebook, they are using Zoom for 3rd Thursday Speaker events (open to all).
  • Westhoughton Library
    Did you know as well as books, computers and newspapers, your local Library provides Bolton Council One-Stop Shop services and is a base for many community groups and special events!
    Library currently closed. Community meetings and activities suspended.
  • Daisy Hill FC Fixtures (Home)
    League Division 1 North
    New Sirs (BL5 2EB)
    After Covid-19 resulting in termination of a decent season for 'The Cutters' in 2019/20, a delayed new season had begun with measures in place to keep everyone safe, though now suspended again.
    WCN has been providing community news and features for home game programmes.
  • Town Centre Masterplan
    Proposals for investment in Town Centre (Market street focus) reaches public consultation stage. Drop-ins at Library took place on 12 & 15 Feb. Closing date for feedback 23/3/20. Significant investment and changes proposed inc. Carnegie Hall and Town Hall. Final meeting conducted via Microsoft Teams (18/8). Revised plan now approved.
  • St. James Church (Daisy Hill)
    Heritage Lottery funded restoration work on the bell tower completed. Now off the 'at risk' register. Fascinating short about the project.
    1st Sat of mth (10-12) open for Grub Tub donations.
  • Bolton College Survey
    Adult Learning Provision in Westhoughton
    Wigan & Leigh College have a number of FREE online courses available aimed at wellbeing/public sectors to teach about mental health, leadership and social care. Adults >24, or 19-23 (see conditions).

    Prior to Lockdown Bolton Council and Bolton College consulting with WCN and other partners to reintroduce Adult Learning Provision to Westhoughton.
  • Tribute to Tony
    Tony Berry Tribute Concert at St. Bart's 22 Nov 19 - . £2,716 raised; shared between Cancer Research and St. Bart's Tower Fund. A bench in his honour at Ditchfield Gardens unveiled on 27 Sept 2019.
  • 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. Centre currently closed.
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