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Westhoughton Age Support Project (W.A.S.P.)

About Us

On 17th July 1982 the 'Friends of Winifred Kettle house' was dissolved. Soon afterwards, the remaining members held an initial meeting in the hope of forming a service for Westhoughton's Senior Citizens. The meeting held at the home of a local resident, involved committed individuals, the then headteacher of Washacre CP School and representatives from Bolton Social Services. With the blessing of a small boy who had collected 50p for the cause, and after much discussion a suitable name chosen - Westhoughton Age Support Project - or the now commonly used and understood W.A.S.P. was formed. (Members are called 'The WASPs'.)

The new group would soon establish what its aims were, draw up an official constitution and have recognised committee members and a treasurer. Working with but independent of the local council, these steps would allow W.A.S.P., a voluntary group, to apply for recognition with the Charities Commission and be recognised as a Registered Charity (515388) some 12 months later. In the September of 1982, a working committee of ex-members of 'the Friends' was formed and so began monthly meetings and the Friday craft session, and new members would come along and join the new group. In December 1983, negotiations with Bolton Education Department took place and W.A.S.P. was to base itself at the new community centre for £2 a session.

Run by volunteers, for over 35 years W.A.S.P. has played a key role in supporting senior citizens in Westhoughton by providing regular activities, trips and friendship, enriching the lives of its members and contributing to community life in Westhoughton. There is a Management Committee overseeing who take care of general business, activity planning and fundraising; an AGM takes place every May.

W.A.S.P. receive a Co-op Members' cheque from the Local Causes fund for £8,588 (24/11/18) This is a popular group and well respected by the wider community. In 2015 W.A.S.P. received the most votes at the community funding event 'Westhoughton You Decide' organised by Greater Manchester Police - the group was featured in the Bolton News (18/2/15). In 2018 the group was chosen to receive money from the Co-op Local Causes Fund; Co-op customers donating £8,588, helping to fund activities for the next year and beyond.

Download the information leaflet: W.A.S.P. - What We Do.

Regular Weekly Activities

  • Monday afternoons at the John Holt Centre, Birch Avenue, Westhoughton.
    Drop-in from 1:00pm to 3:30pm for cards, dominoes, bingo and refreshments.
  • Thursday evenings at the Winifred Kettle.
    Bingo night with fabulous prizes and refreshments, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Upcoming Trips and Events

2014 W.A.S.P. Christmas Party at Brookfield Hall - the Force's Sweetheart entertains Len and Wilf Throughout the year W.A.S.P. organises a number of special trips, usually once a month, which will include food and entertainment, such as Llandudno, The Lake District, St. Annes, Harrogate… or nearer trips such as to Rivington Barn to enjoy a 4-course lunch and show. There is also a much-anticipated Christmas Party. Costs are covered by W.A.S.P. from funds raised throughout the year with member contributions of £10 for trips - the budget for activities this year is over £10,000.

Programme of Events - 2019

  • Monday, 20th May (1pm to 4pm) - W.A.S.P.'s A.G.M. at the John Holt Centre. Carr's Pasties, free bingo and raffle.
  • Friday, 24th May (12:30pm to 4:30pm) - Afternoon Tea at the John Holt Centre. Entertainment to be provided after lunch, along with free Bingo. Own transport.
  • Wednesday, 26th June - The Bedford Hotel, Lytham St. Annes**. Leave Westhoughton 11am for a 4-course lunch and entertainment afterwards. Return journey leaves 4:30pm.
  • Friday, 26th July - The Headway Hotel, Morecambe**. Leave Westhoughton at 11am for a 4-course lunch, followed by entertainment. Return coach leaves 4:30pm.
  • Friday, 16th August - Seats at the variety show 'We'll Meet Again'** at the Lowther Gardens, Lytham. Following the show, Afternoon Tea is provided at the Clifton Hotel. Coach leaves Westhoughton at 12:30pm, with the return from the Clifton Hotel departing at 6:30pm.
  • Friday, 11th October - The Doric Hotel, Blackpool**. Leave Westhoughton at 11am for a 4-course lunch, followed by entertainment. Te, coffee and biscuits served at 3pm. Leave 4:30pm for return journey.
  • Friday, 15th November - '49 Club' Party. A four-course lunch at the Mercure Bolton Hotel (Georgian House). Own transport. Arrive at 12 noon for lunch from 12:30pm. Entertainment after from The Travellin' Strings. Event ends 4:30pm.
  • Sunday 15th December - W.A.S.P.'s Christmas Party at the Brookfield Masonic Hall, Peel Street, Westhoughton. Own transport. Arrive 12 noon for a 12:30pm lunch. Entertainment. A gift for everyone from Santa. Leave approximately 4:30pm.

The pick up point for all events is the Park Gates, King Street, Westhoughton.

** A contribution of £10 per person is required to attend these events. Subject to availability, non-members may be allowed to attend; cost to them being £22.

Previous Year events for W.A.S.P. have included: trips to The Eagles Head Inn, at Over Kellet, Carnforth; taking in a fish and chips supper at Bolton's Olympus Chippy followed by the Wingates Brass Band 140th Anniversary Concert at the Victoria Hall; seeing the wartime nostalgia musical 'We'll Meet Again' at the Lowther Pavilion at Lytham St. Annes, and a visit to the world-renowned Whelan's Fish and Chips Restaurant.


2014 W.A.S.P. Christmas Party at Brookfield Hall - Jean Green in period costume Getting in Touch

You can meet or join up or find out more about W.A.S.P. at any of the regular events. You can also contact W.A.S.P. through the Westhoughton Community Network website and we will pass on any contact.

Westhoughton Age Support Project (W.A.S.P.)

Registered Charity No. 515388

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