Talks & discussions

  • 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

  • Tue
    The Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD


    Meetings of the group are held at The Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD – starting at 7.30pm.

    Cars can park in the Churchill Way car park (free in the evening). There is limited parking in front of the building for the less mobile.

    Meetings are open to the public and admission is £2 per meeting including refreshments

    For further details please contact;

    2017 Programme:

    24th January 2017
    The Maiden and the Diplomat – a Georgian Scandal – a talk by Eric Millward.
    The elopement of Edward Gibbon Wakefield and Ellen, the heiress of William Turner, a wealthy merchant of Shrigley Hall.

    28th February
    Did work make you ancestor ill? a talk by Alan Jones.
    Some occupational hazards from the past, before the days of workplace Health and Safety Officials.

    28th March
    The 7th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment a talk by David Hill.
    The part the 7th Battalion (many recruited in Macclesfield) played in WWI.

    25th April  
    Macclesfield’s Jews and World War Two; Life, Art and Enterprise a talk by Basil Jeuda.

    23rd May  Starts at 2.00pm  
    A demonstration of TWILE by Kelly Marsden one of its founders.
    With Twile you can create a visual timeline of your family history, made up of events and photos, which all the family can explore and add to. BOOKING ESSENTIAL

    27th June
    Catherine Booth ‘The Mother of the Salvation Army’ a talk by Danny Wells. Catherine Booth was the co-founder of The Salvation Army, along with her husband William Booth.

    25th July  Starts at 11.00am
    A visit to Archives+ at Manchester Central Library with a guided tour. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

    22nd August
    Getting Organised in Family History Computing a talk by Geoff Johnson. The focus is on how to best organise things on your computer, cutting down the paper and being able to easily find & verify information.

    26th September  
    Short AGM, followed by Short Talks from members.

    24th October 
    Dating Old Photographs a talk by David Guyton.

    28th November
    The Silk Industry in Macclesfield a talk by Mike Nevell.

    No Meeting.

  • Tue
    Macclesfield District General Hospital’s Lecture Theatre

    Health Matters

    All are welcome to attend the event but places are limited, so please book in advance and secure free parking if required by contacting the Communications and Engagement Department on freephone 0800 195 4194 or email:

    Health Matters

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  • Sat
    Dunham Massey House and Gardens, Altrincham

    With the autumnal season fast approaching, Dunham Massey is kicking off A Taste of Autumn season with a Beer, Bangers & Cider event on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September which showcases some award winning local produce.

    Over the coming weeks there will be a whole host of events and activities for foodies, wildlife lovers and walkers.

    'We are celebrating all things autumn with wildlife spotting and autumnal colour making this a very special time of year.' says Jessica Webb, Dunham’s Visitor Experience Manager. 'A Taste of Autumn will showcase local produce on the wider estate and reveal some autumn rituals visitors may not know about. Personally, I am looking forward to trying this year's honey!'

    The Dunham Massey estate isn’t only made up of the deer park but extends to a much wider 3000 acre estate that produces food and drink sold by local suppliers, including Dunham's shop. You can treat your taste buds on our ‘A Taste of the Estate Guided Walk’, stopping at three locations for free samples of locally produced apple juice, beer and farm produce from Little Heath Farm Shop.

    The garden is still full of colour in September including the rose garden which continues to bloom.  Eagled-eyed visitors who have strolled through the rose garden might have spotted the bee hives. On Monday 4 and Monday 11 September, the beekeepers will be on hand to chat about beekeeping in the garden and will have an observation hive on show. Later on that month they will be harvesting the honey and spinning it in front of visitors ready for jarring, which will then go on to be sold in the shop.

    For wildlife watchers you can pick up a ‘Deer Discovery Trail’ to discover the herds autumn rituals and for those wanting to get a closer look, the Ranger led ‘Rut Walks’ offer the perfect opportunity. One of Dunham’s rangers, Jon Lucas says, “The rut is all about a show of strength – it’s so competitive! The sound of clashing antlers and the distinctive bellowing never fails to impress’. If an early morning walk isn’t for you, come along to ‘Park after Dark’ to see what stirs after we’ve all gone home.

    To get a taste of autumn at Dunham Massey go to

    A Taste of Autumn runs from 2 September – 15 November. See our website for details.

    Rut Walks take place on Saturday 14 & 28 and Wednesday 18 & 25 October. Booking essential and are priced at £13.50 (including a bacon butty (or veggie option) and a hot drink!).

    Park after Dark takes place on Thursday 7 & 14 and Tuesday 12 September. Booking essential and priced at £12.50 (included a hot drink and cake).

    Normal admission applies at all events. Free for National Trust members. Additional charges and pre-booking applies for some events. For full details of Dunham Massey’s events this autumn, including timings, go to

  • Thu
    7:30 pmMacclesfied Library, Jordangate (Brunswick Street entrance)

    Membership of the Macclesfield Literary and Philosophical Society for the 2017-2018 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.

    Programme of Meetings 2017-2018

    Thursday 14th September 2017

    Some Colourless Green Ideas of Scientism: Philosophy and Science

    Leon Culbertson is Reader in Philosophy and Assistant Director for Postgraduate Research at Edge Hill University. His interests include the philosophy of mind and language, and the work of Wittgenstein.

    Tuesday 10th October 2017

    Oxford and the Pre-Raphaelites

    Jon Whiteley, a well-known art historian, is the author of a number of books on French and English 19th century artists. He was made a Chevalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters in 2009. Until 2016, he was senior assistant keeper in the Department of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

    The AGM will follow the talk and discussion.

    Thursday 9th November 2017

    King Arthur in Lincolnshire

    Kevin Leahy is a freelance archaeological finds specialist who works as the National Adviser for Early Medieval Metalwork for the Portable Antiquities Scheme and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Leicester University.

    Tuesday 16th January 2018

    Big Data

    Ed Griffen will provide an introduction to modern "Big Data": where it's working, where it probably won't and the threats and challenges it brings. Ed is a co-founder of MedChemica, a Big Data company that specialises in large-scale knowledge extraction for the life science industries.

    Thursday 15th February 2018

    Marital Roles and Tensions in Rural India Compared with the UK

    Wendy Olsen will describe Indian society with its caste and class systems, intense social networking and informal rural labour system. Her background is in development and labour economics. She is Head of the Department of Social Statistics at Manchester University.

    Thursday 15th March 2018

    Well Mannered and Well Bannered

    Helen Antrobus works at the People's History Museum. She is interested in the lives of radical women and how they are interpreted through their collections: and for this talk in particular, the suffragettes. She has an upcoming book Feminism and Museums and has taken part in programmes on Radio 4.

    Tuesday 10th April 2018

    Fracking and the Living World

    Nigel Hennerley is an environmental campaigner based in Cheshire, and Colin Watson is an engineer with many years experience in the nuclear energy sector.

    Tuesday 15th May 2018

    A Knight in the Peak

    Lud's Church and the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Lucinda Rumsey is Senior Tutor and a Supernumerary Fellow in English at Mansfield College, Oxford. She studied English at Westfield College and King's College London. She teaches Old and Middle English, and loves wild landscape and detective fiction. Her talk combines all these interests.

    Membership enquiries:


    Telephone:  01625 421505

  • Sat
    The Silk Museum, Heritage Centre, Roes Street, Macclesfield

    New textile art exhibition by Threadmill at The Silk Museum

    The Silk Route: A Never-Ending Journey

    The Silk Museum, 16 September - 10 November 2017 

    This autumn, The Silk Museum will be bursting at the seams with stunning stitchwork by North West textile artists, Threadmill. Founded in 1995, Threadmill have been working tirelessly to promote stitch and textiles through displays and workshops. For this exhibition, the group has taken inspiration from the museum’s collections to create a journey through the countries of the Silk Road.

    Each of the 14 members have a very distinct style, using different techniques to interpret the artefacts and express themselves. Their creations range from hand sewn to machine-stitched embroideries, with stumpwork, patchwork, knitted, crocheted, woven and needle-felted elements.

    Join Threadmill members for a drop-in craft workshop on Thursday 26 October between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Make a small fabric panel decorated with a Silk Road camel, and embellish it with colourful beads, trimmings and threads. £5 per person, no need to book. Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate.

    Threadmill Group Statement: “Threadmill was formed in 1995 by a group of like-minded artists in the North West of England. The members have a wide range of backgrounds; most have recognised vocational qualifications or degrees in Art and Design subjects and many also teach in schools and colleges. We all share an enthusiasm for creativity whilst using textiles as our principal means of artistic expression.

    By working in a group we hope to provide support to the individual and therefore allow each artist to develop, by giving a focus and setting targets. We meet regularly to exchange ideas and are keen to explore new avenues. To create a group identity we work to a theme for each exhibition; this ensures that the work has a common link while allowing individuals to express themselves freely.

    We are committed to the promotion of textiles as both a decorative and expressive art form and hope to increase awareness and education through our exhibitions and workshops.”


  • Wed
    Yorkshire Bridge Inn, Bamford and Hartington YHA

    Tourism businesses in and around the Peak District can learn how to achieve growth by welcoming cyclists.

    Two free half-day workshops are being run by Susie Brindley of Willow Business Support Limited on Wednesday 4 October at the Yorkshire Bridge Inn, Bamford and again on Tuesday 7 November at Hartington YHA.

    Susie is an expert in cycle tourism and the benefits it can bring to businesses.   Her experience includes welcoming major cycle events such as the Tour de France.

    Aimed at accommodation and other tourism businesses in the vicinity of popular Peak District cycle trails, the courses include a networking lunch.

    The workshops have been developed to explain the value, character and requirements of the cycling market and wider changes occurring in rural tourism. They also provide guidance on applications for Pedal Peak for Business grants and offer practical tips on product development and marketing.

    Rural tourism is a growing sector of the tourism industry. Day trips, short breaks and holidays which include cycling are growing in popularity with both domestic and international visitors.

    Places are limited to 20 per workshop. To book, please visit

    For more information about Pedal Peak for Business call: 01629 816297 or Email:

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