Talks and Discussions

Seminar, conference or just an informative evening, if it’s happening in Macclesfield and the surrounding areas, this is the place to tell our readers.

If you have an event you want publicised here then please email us via the contact form


  • 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 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

  • Mon
    3.30 to 5 pmThe Space Centre, 15-17 Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, Sku 7NN

    Launch 3.30 is an ASC After-school Club for the whole family to attend.

    Mon-Thurs 3.30-5pm during term time starting from Jan 2018, check out the website calendar for the dates.

    This is chance for the whole family to come together for a chat, chill and play after school,, (this includes siblings)

    Price is £2.50 per child inc drink and biscuit - parent/carers are free but the cafe will be open for light snacks and refreshments. Members will receive a discount in the cafe.

    We will have games, crafts, lego, trains and more but we ask parent/carers to supervise their children at all times.

    These sessions are open to all ages including college students who can attend on their own.

    Tel: 01625 617884 Email

  • Tue
    7:30 pmThe Salvation Army Church, Roe Street, Macclesfield SK11 6XD

    Meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield beginning at 7.30pm. Non members are very welcome. Admission £2.

    Tuesday 23rd Jan
    Vintage tools and other unusual items with John Hambleton.
    An entertainment in the form of a talk and a quiz about articles from the past.

    Tuesday 27th Feb
    What to do with 323 post cards a talk by Julie Bagnall.
    The background to the story of the cards that were in an Edwardian album left by two sisters.
    Bella married a Macclesfield man and had close connections with his family after her marriage.

    Tuesday 27th Mar
    The impact of Macclesfield’s Mayors in the Great War: Joseph Whitmore, Edwin Crew and Joseph Frost a talk by Peter Ramsden.

    Tuesday 24th Apr
    Tiptoe though the Tombstones a talk by Rina Tillinger.
    Uncovering poignant & quirky gravestone inscriptions and epitaphs many of which are local. £70+expenses from Chester

    Tuesday 22nd May
    Family History Top Tips a talk by Jean Ingram.
    Tuesday 26th Jun
    Reminiscences of Parkside Hospital a talk with many illustrations by Dennis Whyte.

    Tuesday 24th Jul
    A visit to King’s School with a chance to see the school and their archives.

    Tuesday 28th Aug
    The Munificent Sir John Leigh - the 'rags to riches' story of how his father (also John Leigh) developed into a leading cotton waste merchant a talk by Leslie Turner.
    Leslie talks about the closure and exhumation of 20,000 bodies from one of Manchester's top cemeteries, the horrors of the First World War, a story of landscape gardener Thomas H Mawson, the boll weevil and something about some of England's grand estates.

    Tuesday 25th Sep
    AGM & Talk about the FHSC website by Alan Bennett the webmaster.

    Tuesday 23rd Oct
    From copper to velvet; Havannah Cheshire's deserted village a talk by Ian Doughty. Havannah was one of the first industrial villages to be built. For over 200 years the village’s powered mills were used in the manufacture of copper sheet and brass wire, the spinning of silk, the production of Havannah cigars and of velvet. In the early 20th Century Havannah became a deserted village.

    Tuesday 27th Nov
    Monarchy and Dunham, the grey area - an illustrated talk by Peter Braun covering the history of Dunham Hall, the families, royal claims, intrigue, executions, power, passion and scandal.

  • Tue
    10 am to 2 pmSpace4Autism, The Space Centre, 15-17 Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7NN

    Disability Living Allowance Workshop

    Cerebra will be holding a free workshop on using their DLA Guide.

    The main focus of the workshop will be giving parents the skills, in conjunction with Cerebra’s DLA Guide, to be able to complete the DLA claim form. They will also learn about the issues and problem areas around claiming DLA and question whether they are getting the correct rate of benefit.

    If you are interested in attending this event, then please book via:

  • Sat
    10.00 am to 4.00 pmThe Silk Museum, Macclesfield Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Inspired by the new BBC Civilisations TV series, this study day will explore the impact and legacy of the silk industry, with exclusive access to items from The Silk Museum’s reserve collections and a private tour of Paradise Mill.

    A range of guest speakers will be offering insights into different aspects of the silk trade: Rachel Midgley, Curator at Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, Gawthorpe Hall, will be discussing silk fashions; Sara Jane Murray will be showing items from her personal collection and talking about the fascinating escape and evade silk maps printed in Macclesfield during World War II, which were re-used as fabric on the Home Front.

    £30, including lunch.  Booking is essential as places are limited; call 01625 613210 or pop in to The Old Sunday School shop.  Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements.
    For more details visit

  • Sat
    10.00 am to 4.00 pmThe Silk Museum, Macclesfield Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Under guidance from textile artist Anne Davis, you will learn the process of wet-felting, including simple techniques such as blending fibres, layering, and decorating a fibre base.  The workshop is suitable for complete beginners; all you need is lots of imagination.  Please bring an apron, old towel and a rolling pin.

    Materials will be available for purchase on the day.  £20.  For more information and to book contact Wilmslow Guild on 01625 523903 or

  • Sat
    11:00 amOld Sunday School and Heritage Centre, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    11 am (preceded by coffee and cakes at 10am)

    Celebrating the life and times of the Queen of Crime, including dazzling Deco fashions to intrigue and inspire.
    £10/£8 (Friends), purchase tickets in person at The Old Sunday School shop or call 01625 613210.

    Please let us know if you would like to join us for coffee and cake at the time of booking to receive your special ticket at no extra charge.


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

    Cwilt Cymru is a group of individual quilt artists, all living in, or with a connection to Wales. This is their third joint collection to be exhibited.

    The title of the exhibition, Cynefin, loosely translated means “a place or time where we instinctively feel we belong or feel most connected, a habitat; to be familiar with or accustomed to.” This unique layered Welsh word is pronounced ‘kerrnevin’.

    Each artist has interpreted the theme in their own way to produce related contemporary textile pieces.

    Included in entry to The Silk Museum, or £2 to visit just the exhibition.

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