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.

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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
    Macclesfied Library, Jordangate (side entrance in Brunswick Street(

    Membership of the Macclesfield Literary and Philosophical Society for the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019

    Thursday 13th September 2018
    Where the Wild Winds Are
    Writer and traveller Nick Hunt spoke to the society about his first book in 2016. He returns to start our season with a talk based on his second book. Where the Wild Winds Are is the story of following Europe’s winds.

    Tuesday 16th October 2018
    The Elephant in the Room: Donald Trump, Republicans and Conservatives
    The elephant in the room is big, orange and noisy. Jon Herbert is a senior lecturer at Keele University’s Research Institute for the Social Sciences. He has a particular interest in the American Presidency and the US government as a whole.
    The AGM will follow the talk and discussion.

    Thursday 15th November 2018
    Why Edit Literary Texts?
    Marcus Walsh was a Professor of English literature at Birmingham and Liverpool Universities. A literary editor by profession and inclination, he has edited works by Christopher Smart and Jonathan Swift. Currently he is a General Editor and volume editor for the OUP Writings of Alexander Pope.

    Tuesday 17th January 2019
    Mary Shelley and the Romantic Self
    Mary Shelley shared the Romantic era’s fascination with what makes a human self. In this talk Fiona Sampson, author of the acclaimed biography In Search of Mary Shelley, explores the Romantic ideas through the prism of Shelley’s life and work, including her novel Frankenstein.

    Thursday 14th February 2019
    Aka-doctor from Ba-light visits Remote Nepal Village
    Sarah Clarke is an independent optometrist based in Macclesfield. In March 2018 she visited Rukumkot in Western Nepal with a backpack full of donated glasses and a tenuous connection to the surgeons at Rapti Eye Hospital. “I was only planning to visit my daughter ... I got a little carried away.”

    Wednesday 13th March 2019
    The Ethical Roboticist
    Alan Winfield is Professor of Robot Ethics at the University of the West of England at Bristol, co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and is visiting professor at York. Alan is an advocate for robot ethics, actively engaged in the development of new ethical standards for robots.

    Wednesday 10th April 2019
    James Watt and Industrial Britain
    2019 is the 200th anniversary of steam engine pioneer James Watt’s death. Dr Malcolm Dick is director of the Centre for West Midlands History at Birmingham University, and he has published books on Joseph Priestley, Matthew Boulton and John Baskerville.

    Tuesday 7th May 2019
    The Scottish Clearances: Journeying to the Land of Freedom
    Fleur Houston has ancestral roots in the Scottish Highlands. She is a graduate of Aberdeen, Oxford and Cambridge universities and a minister of the United Reformed Church. Her book, You Shall Love the Stranger as Yourself: the Bible, Refugees and Asylum, draws on her extensive experience of refugee issues.

  • Tue
    7:30 pmSalvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield

    Meetings are held at the Salvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield, beginning at 7.30pm.

    Non members are very welcome.

    Admission £2.

    22nd January    
    Using Quarter Sessions Administrative Records for Family History a talk by Claire Moores.

    26th February
    Macclesfield: A Women's Town a talk by Allan Stevenson.
    The talk is based on his heritage walk around Macclesfield, highlighting nuggets of Macclesfield history alongside stories of the contribution women have made to the town.

    26th March   
    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.

    23rd April
    What did he die of? a talk by Sylvia Dillon.

    28th May
    The FHSC website a talk by Alan Bennett the webmaster.

    25th June  
    Quarry Bank Mill, Styal a talk by Shan Bristow.

    23rd July
    A visit to Quarry Bank Mill, Styal.

    27th August
    A forgotten Congleton suffragette a talk by Olivia Smedley.
    The subject is Elizabeth Wolstenholme-Elmy  (1833 – 1918).

    24th September  
    AGM & Display of WWII memorabilia with short talks by members.

    22nd October
    Not Forgotten a talk by Geoff Archer
    How, why, for whom, and by whom, were local war memorials produced.

    26th November   
    Quarries, mines & the Macclesfield Canal a talk by David Kitching.  The construction of the canal allowed industries to reach existing markets more easily and also encouraged expansion to new markets.

    December     No Meeting.

    tel: 01625430467


  • Sat

    On Saturday 2nd February 2019, Macclesfield will be celebrating its China silk links with a Chinese New Year celebration event organised by Macclesfield Town Council.

    Following a Chinese dragon parade from Market Place, everyone is welcome to the free event at the United Reformed Church for a photo opportunity with the dragon, to taste authentic Chinese food, view themed art installations and enjoy some art and craft activities. There will also be a unique opportunity for families to take part in a workshop to have a go at the Guzheng instrument, guided by a musician from the Manchester Chinese Centre.

    Food will be served until 2:30pm and the art installations will remain at the United Reformed Church to be viewed until Wednesday 6th February.

    Macclesfield Town Council has commissioned Macclesfield Community Artspace to work with local schools to produce Chinese themed artwork. This will be displayed at the event. The two art installations featured will be ‘A Whisper of Moths’ and ‘Great Wall of Friendship’. Children involved with creating these are invited to join in with the dragon parade which will leave Market Place at 11:45am, travelling to the United Reformed Church at Park Green for the opening of the event at midday.

    Helena Gowler, Community Engagement Officer for Macclesfield Town Council commented that ‘This is the first time we have held this event and if it is well received, we will look to build on this year after year. This is a free event for the community and we hope to see lots of people there’.

    Councillor Gareth Jones, Chair of the Silk Friendship Group said ‘The staff and councillors at Macclesfield Town Council have been working on this event for some time. We are looking forward to welcoming local people and visitors to a community event that will celebrate Chinese New Year (Year Of The Pig) and highlight the Silk Heritage that Macclesfield has to offer.’

  • Sun
    7:30 pmBuxton Opera House, Buxton, Derbyshire

    Joan Collins Unscripted will see audiences enthralled and titillated as Dame Joan reveals some of the exciting stories and secrets from her life long career.

    This ageless beauty, with dry wit and a wry, knowing smile, who became a household name during the 80’s on the long running US soap Dynasty will present an intimate first person narrative, of a behind the scenes tell all on her life, loves and Hollywood, delivered with her usual healthy cynicism and fun outlook.

    As an author and actress, Joan’s own delightful tales can easily compete with the most salacious of storylines. Her show will include an audience question and answer session.

    This show provides fans with a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend an entertaining and unforgettable evening in the company of a true legend of stage and screen.

    Joan Collins Unscripted will be on stage at Buxton Opera House on Sunday 24 February at 7.30pm.

    Tickets are priced at £42.50 -£49.20. Discounts are not available.

    To buy tickets contact Buxton Opera House Box Office, Tel: 01298 72190 or visit:

  • Sat
    Townley Street Chapel, Macclesfield

    TEDx Macclesfield has been awarded a licence to put on a 2019 TEDx event – to take place on 4thMay 2019 at Macclesfield’s Townley Street Chapel.

    The event will be strictly limited to 100 attendees, as per TEDx criteria and the focus will follow TED’s mission of ‘ideas worth spreading’ and the volunteer team promises to round up a wealth of interesting and engaging speakers, all with a connection to Macclesfield.

    Organised by Lynne Jones and Jude D'Souza, the duo hope the talks will once again be a platform for further discussion and encourage new connections and initiatives across the town. Lynne commented “last years’ event was a sell-out success with great audience feedback and it acted as a catalyst for opening up conversations in the community. We’re thrilled to be doing it again at TEDxMacclesfield 2019 and want to showcase more ideas ‘from and for’ Macclesfield from people who can inspire and educate us”.

    Professor Cathy Parker of Manchester Metropolitan University gave a talk at TEDxMacclesfield 2018 on her research into high streets and found it a “brilliant experienceand a great opportunity personally and professionally”. She added that “events like this can really strengthen the ties between people in the town and make great things happen”.

    TEDx Macc 2018 Cathy Parker
    All eight of last years’ talks were filmed and their contributions are available to watch now on www.TEDxMacclesfield.comor the dedicated TEDx YouTubechannel

    - Emmanual Botwe, headteacher at Tytherington School:How to change a community by asking one simple question

    - Christine Tacon, Groceries Code Adjudicator(supermarkets ombudsman):Curbing supermarkets power: is punishment the answer?

    - Clay Nikiforuk, performer, writer, formerly compere of MaccLaughs:Rethinking the story of mental illness
    - Kate Fletcher, Research Professor in sustainable fashion, University of the Arts, London: Usership: fashion beyond consumerism
    - Cathy Parker, Professor of Marketing and Retail Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University:Why some towns thrive and others don't
    - Matthew Baqueriza-Jackson, until recently Deputy CEO, Centre for Local Economic Strategies:Changing spending, changing lives
    - Sarah Bird & Rowan Hoban, Wild Rumpus CIC:We need to talk about nature
    - Mathieu Isidro, Deputy Communications Manager, Square Kilometer Array, based at Jodrell Bank:How the world is coming together to build a time machine.

    TEDx is an independently organised event under licence from TED. Tickets for this event are limited by the licence to 100 and will be sold online, organisers expect demand to be high. For more information on how to support, volunteer or be part of this exciting event go to