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Washacre FM 2015

During the lead-up and broadcast week, the John Holt Centre on Birch Avenue is abuzz with activity… there is much planing and organising to be done for Washacre FM to happen. An important aspect being the support that local businesses give in responding to our requests for donations to help us raise money to keep us going.

Meetings began for Washacre FM 2015 with a September feedback session, and look at a new management structure for the station. With a new constitution and committee chaired by Alex Bond, Washacre FM is now independent of HACFRA; a self-financing project with new blood and fresh ideas to build on success to date and grow the station and its activities.

A Training Day took place Saturday, 9th May at the John Holt Centre, for people to get to know a bit about the broadcast, meet the presenters, try out the studio, and volunteer for roles that will help make Washacre FM 2015 and its Showcase Day a successful community event.

Planning meetings taking place monthly, with extra meetings on Tuesdays (7pm) in the lead up to the broadcast. Studio ready and available for training / refreshers for presenters and technicians. A second 7-part Radio Play - 'Robin Hood and His Merrie Men' - was produced for broadcast with the Westhoughton Methodist ADS providing both story and actors - now online.

This 2015 broadcast took place between Monday, 1st June and Sunday, 7th June, coinciding with National Volunteer's Week, and presented a variety of shows and community features.

To end the broadcast, the traditional Community Funday (Showcase Day) took place on the Sunday 7th June (12-4pm) in and around the John Holt Centre with Washacre FM Roadshow, stall, entertainment and raffles (to raise funds for future broadcasts). Entertainment included: XDC Dance troupe, Zumba, a first public performance by the Choralation Choir and sets from the 'Soul Band' from Westleigh High School.

Washacre FM 2015 Photos (Showcase Day) (Flickr).

westhoughton's Washacre FM 2015 - Showcase Day Photo Selection album on Photobucket

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


Washacre FM 2015 - Poster

Washacre FM 2015 Showcase Day - Poster


 

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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