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, 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

  • 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.
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  • 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)
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