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  • Wed
    Unitarian Chapel, King Edward Street, Macclesfield


    Macclesfield Quakers hold meetings twice a month.

    You're invited to join us for Meeting for Worship at the beautiful King Edward Street Unitarian Chapel.

    The Quaker Way is firmly based in the belief that everyone has equal access to the Divine.

    Simple, silent group communion with the Divine - however it is thought of - is at the core of the British Quaker Way.

    There is no service and no priest, just the willingness to directly experience the Sacred as a group, rather than through a mediated service or personal meditation.

    During this simple yet rich worship, anyone may be deeply moved by the Spirit to speak, enriching the silence rather than interrupting it.

    Meeting for Worship begins at 2.30pm for one hour, followed by refreshments and informal discussion.

    The chapel provides a wheelchair ramp for access from the street, a loop system for the hearing impaired, and accessible toilet facilities. There is ample car parking across the road."

    Quaker Meeting for worship is held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at the Unitarian Chapel on King Edward Street from 2.30-3.30pm.

    Contact Jill Maguire on 01625 432437 or email

  • Thu
    7:30 pmMacclesfield Library, Brunswick Street entrance

    Membership of the Macclesfield Literary and Philosophical Society for the 2020-2021 season costs £20 per person which covers entry to all meetings.

    For those not wishing to become members a guest fee of £5 is payable on the door for each meeting. 18 year-olds and under are admitted free.

    2020/2021 Programme

    Thursday 24th September 2020 (Zoom)
    Becoming Human: a Post-humanist Archaeology
    Rachel Crellin is a lecturer in archaeology at Leicester University. Her research interests lie in archaeological theory and the development of a feminist post-humanist archaeology, the Neolithic and Bronze Ages of Britain and Ireland and metalwork wear-analysis.

    Tuesday 13th October 2020 (Zoom)
    The Idea of the Brain

    Matthew Cobb is a Professor of Zoology at Manchester University. He studies the sense of smell and the history of science. In this talk he explores the past present and future of our understanding of the brain.
    The AGM will follow the talk and discussion.

    Thursday 19th November 2020 (Zoom)
    Aurora-the Greatest Light Show on Earth (and other planets)

    Colin Forsyth is a NERC Independent Research Fellow at the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory. He studies geomagnetic substorms-large scale disruptions of the Earth’s magnetosphere.

    Tuesday 19th January 2021
    Little Nephews: George Orwell’s Big Brother and his Literary Offspring

    Adam Stock is a lecturer in English at York St John University. His expertise is in utopian studies, modernism and contemporary literature.

    Thursday 25th February 2021
    Music, Magic and Dance in Latin America

    Grevel Lindop is a freelance poet, biographer and travel writer. His book Travels on the Dance Floor was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. He represented the UK at the Granada, Nicaragua Poetry Festival in 2012.

    Tuesday 23rd March 2021
    Joseph McCabe
    Dr Bill Cooke teaches philosophy and religious studies at Priestley College in Warrington and is president of the Warrington Lit & Phil. Joseph McCabe was born in Macclesfield in 1867. He was the author of more than 50 books and hundreds of pamphlets. One of the 20th-century’s pioneering popularisers of science, he paved the way for people like Isaac Asimov, Julian Huxley and Richard Dawkins.

    Thursday 22nd April 2021
    Counting People: Stories in the History of Census Taking in England and Wales

    Kevin Schürer is Professor of English Local History and a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University. His interests are in aspects of historical demography and the history of the family, together with social and economic history, primarily in the 19th and early 20th-centuries.

    Tuesday 18th May 2021
    Ancient Dumps, Modern Treasures: the Modern Market in Papyrus Manuscripts

    Roberta Mazza is an Italian ancient historian and papyrologist. She is honorary academic curator at the Manchester Museum and Research Fellow of the John Rylands Research Institute.

    Covid-19. The first three talks of the season will be on-line only via Zoom at the usual starting time (7.30 pm). We will review the situation for the new year after these. Members will be informed of the means of accessing Zoom talks beforehand.

  • Sat
    10 am to 2 pm

    Join the RSPB Macclesfield Wildlife Explorers on Saturday 10th October for a free virtual outdoor and nature themed event.

    The event – Welly Walk and Nature Needs You – will run on the Macclesfield Town Council Facebook page from 10 am to 2 pm.

    The popular storytelling will return with tales from both the Mayor of Macclesfield, Cllr Sarah Bennett-Wake and local storyteller Emily Anslow. The creepy crawlies will also be featured on the day so tune in for a guided tour of the mini beasts. Mother Nature will be making a special appearance to remind us all to look after our precious plants and Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers will be providing video activities of outdoor themed activities to do at home.


    Helena Gowler, Community and Events Manager for Macclesfield Town Council commented that ‘When Welly Walk and Nature Needs You comes around, we know that autumn is truly here. There is something special about the changing seasons and pulling wellies on to play outside. This year, sadly we can't all gather together in the park but we can join in with the virtual event and use it to inspire our activities at home. With this event, we hope to inspire children and families to spend more time outdoors and making connections to the natural world, even when it is cold and wet!’


    The free virtual event which is organised by Macclesfield Town Council, is designed to encourage outdoor play throughout the cooler seasons. This is the fourth time the event has been held and will be delivered together with Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers.


    Queries should be directed to Macclesfield Town Council on 01625 374142 or