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

  • 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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  • 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
    10 am to 4.30 pmKettleshulme Memorial Hall, Macclesfield Road

    William Thomson’s tankard

    Cheshire Villages Great War Society is hosting an exhibition of WWI history and memorabilia.

    For a location map, please click here.

    On display will be details of the 48 men who died in the Great War, along with information on another eighty servicemen who survived. Researchers will be available to answer questions about the displays.

    Full details:


    A WWI research help desk will be provided by the Macclesfield Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire.

    Free Admission  – Light Refreshments available

    If you have any information, documents, photos or other artefacts relating to a local person who was involved in the Great War – soldier, sailor, nurse, land girl, etc – please bring it along to share.

    Organisers are particularly interested in tracing the small tankards (shown above) which were presented to Prestbury men who served in the Great War. On Wednesday 14th January 1920, over 100 small silver tankards were presented to men from Prestbury, Butley and Upton who had served in the Great War and had returned, and to the relatives of those who lost their lives. Only three tankards, belonging to Harry Gibson and brothers William and John Thomson, have been traced so far, and these will be on display. If you have one of these tankards, or a photograph of one, please bring it to the exhibition, or phone Harry Carlisle on 01625 428331, so the details can be recorded.


  • Wed
    Little Moreton Hall, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 4SDe

    Ready for Yuletide. Tudor gentlewoman Anna Fielding decorates Little Moreton Hall ⓒ Alan Ingram/ National Trust

    If you like pre-Christmas celebrations with fun, music and all the razzmatazz, or if you prefer something more peaceful, Little Moreton Hall has the answer, Tudor-style.

    For the first time, the timber-framed mansion near Congleton will be open five-days-a-week during most of December for a Yuletide Festival.

    At weekends, jesters, musicians, singers and a storyteller will bring life and humour to the hall, which will be ‘dressed for Christmas’ with seasonal decorations and a Tudor feast laid out on its massive ‘board’ table.

    During weekdays, visitors will see some Tudor-style cooking, be able to sample some items of Tudor food, and explore in detail the way Yuletide was celebrated in the sixteenth century.

    Rebecca Alexander, Little Moreton Hall’s Visitor Operations Manager, said: “Our weekend celebrations on the run-up to Christmas have always been a big draw, but until two years ago Saturdays and Sundays were our only open days in December.   Last year, we experimented by opening on Fridays too, so that people who wanted to see the hall’s decorations and the Tudor feast in a quieter atmosphere could do just that. Visitors really enjoyed the experience and spent a lot of time chatting to our staff and volunteers."

    "It was so successful that this year we decided to extend those ‘quieter’ days to Wednesdays and Thursdays as well. We think we are now catering for everyone. Some may like to try the weekday and the weekend experience. We can certainly assure everyone of a warm welcome, at least as far as hospitality is concerned. Temperatures are a different matter. Whichever day you choose to come; wrap up in some warm clothes!”

    Little Moreton Hall is currently closed. It will open for Yuletide from 29 November to 17 December (Wed-Sun). Opening hours are 11am-4pm.                                     

    For more information visit or call 01260 272018.

  • Thu
    10.30 am to 3.30 pmQuarry Bank Mill, Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 4LA

    Visitors are being invited to help plant 2,400 bulbs in a border next to Quarry Bank’s historic glasshouse.

    Acting Head Gardener Ann Gaughan (pictured above) said it would be a great opportunity for the public to put their green fingers to good use on November 30.

    “The vinery border really came into its own this summer and this planting will make sure it gets a good start in spring,” she said. “It will be lovely for people to plant the bulbs and then come back to see them bloom in April and May.”

    The border runs parallel to the glasshouse, which reopened in Quarry Bank’s upper garden in February after more than a year of restoration. Herbaceous plants grew in it over the summer, but the public will be planting types of tulips including white triumphator and maja.

    On the volunteering days visitors will be provided with a trowel and kneeling mat and will be able to plant as many or as few bulbs as they would like.

    “It can be quite a therapeutic job in the garden,” said Ann. “It’s also satisfying because you can imagine what a good show you are going to get in spring.”

    In recent years the gardens at Quarry Bank have been transformed thanks to generous donors and funders including the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    They’re now looking better than ever and Ann said the glasshouse would offset the spring planting beautifully. “It looks stunning when the sun hits the glasshouse with the border in full bloom,” she said.

    To help with the planting visit between 10.30am and noon or 2pm to 3.30pm on November 30.

  • Tue
    Arley Hall & Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NAe

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  • 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.

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