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
    05
    Aug
    2015
    Thu
    31
    Dec
    2020
    Unitarian Chapel, King Edward Street, Macclesfield

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    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 artscps@talktalk.net

  • Tue
    17
    Sep
    2019
    Wed
    13
    May
    2020
    Macclesfield Library, Jordangate, Macclesfield SK10 1EE

    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.

    2019/2020 Programme

    Thursday 19th September 2019
    The Peterloo Massacre
    In the 200th anniversary year of Peterloo, Helen Antrobus from the People’s History Museum in Manchester returns to the society to talk about the massacre.

    Wednesday 9th October 2019
    Tracing Lines, Crafting Worlds: Orkney, Stonehenge and the Strange Case of the Grooved Ware Pot
    During the 3rd millennium BC communities in Britain and Ireland started making pottery imitating the Grooved Ware of the Orkney Islands. At the same time timber and stone circles started to appear. Mike Copper is an archaeologist working at the Ness of Brodgar who also makes replica prehistoric pottery.
    The AGM will follow the talk and discussion.

    Thursday 14th November 2019
    Strange Plants
    Alasdair Glen has worked in chemistry and botany research as well as in medical chemistry. Until recently he was National Chairman of the British Cactus and Succulent Society. In this talk he introduces us to some of the more unusual plants.

    Wednesday 15th January 2020
    Radical 19th Century Women and Egypt
    In the second half of the 19th-century a group of educated, passionate, complex and multi-faceted English women played a leading role in developing the study of Ancient Egypt. Emma Anderson, Interim Director of Macclesfield Museums, shows how the objects that the museums contain tell the lives and travels of some of these women.

    Thursday 13th February 2020
    Is there more to Biodiversity than meets the eye?
    Pam Berry, Senior Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute Oxford University, examines what nature does for us for free and considers how we value it and how this could contribute to its conservation.

    Wednesday 18th March 2020
    To be announced
    Unfortunately the speaker planned for this date is now unable to make it. An alternative will be announced in due course.

    Thursday 23rd April 2020
    Boundaries and Fine Art
    Until his retirement Graham Coulter-Smith was a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory at Staffordshire University. He is the author of several books and e-books including Art in the Age of Terrorism and Deconstructing Installation Art.

    Wednesday 13th May 2020
    The Common Freedom of the People—John Lilburne and the English Revolution
    Michael Braddick, professor of history at Sheffield University, introduces the life of John Lilburne. Lilburne, who lived at the time of the 17th-century civil wars, was a leader of the Levellers in politics. Starting life as a Puritan he eventually became a Quaker.

     

    Web: http://www.litandphilmacc.org.uk
    Membership enquiries: membership@litandphilmacc.org.uk
    General enquiries: mail@litandphilmacc.org.uk

  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2019
    Sun
    19
    Apr
    2020
    Quarry Bank, Styal, nr Wilmslow

    One of Manchester’s greatest mills which stood at the very cusp of the Industrial Revolution is delving deeper into the working conditions of those who lived and worked at Quarry Bank in a new exhibition, ‘A Healthy Profit.’ Opening this month at the National Trust attraction, the exhibition delves into the realities of mill life and the physical, mental and emotional toil that kept the wheels of this industrial powerhouse turning.

    At Quarry Bank, mill owner Samuel Greg hired Peter Holland as the first known physician to work in a factory. This was partly motivated by genuine concern for the poor and partly by the mill owners’ religious beliefs as Unitarians. However, a healthy workforce was also a productive workforce, ensuring healthier profits.

    In this new exhibition, visitors can journey through different parts of the body, including the brain, eyes, ears, lungs, and skeleton to uncover how long, hard days in the mill affected the workers. Historical medical equipment including glass eyes and medical chests complete with powders and potions, as well as leech jars, inhalers and ear trumpets from the Thackray Medical Museum and Manchester Medical Museum will be on display. For the very first time, visitors can also see original documents from the mill archives accounting for accidents, injuries and even causes of death at Quarry Bank.

    Exploring the connections between people, place and health both past and present, the exhibition also considers how the body is impacted today. The effects of pollution, screen time, earphones and diet, as well as the significance of the environment and outdoor spaces feature in the exhibition.

    The mill in autumn at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

    Suzanne Kellett, Programming Manager at Quarry Bank says, ‘We’re excited to be launching this new exhibition exploring the historical pressures the human body was put through, whilst drawing parallels with our lives today. Our visitors will discover more about what working life was really like for the men, women and children of Quarry Bank and we’re encouraging them to reflect on their own wellbeing as well. There are lots of interactive elements for families which bring the subject to life and we’re looking forward to seeing what they learn along the way.”

    The National Trust has worked closely with the University of Manchester on new academic research looking into how the toil of mill work affected the body. The research has uncovered stories of what life was really like for those at Quarry Bank and how the mill’s healthy profit wasn’t necessarily driven by a healthy workforce. These findings have helped shape the new exhibition opening this autumn.

    Families visiting the exhibition will find plenty of interactive features including a giant brain revealing more about its different functions with a chance to put their concentration to the test and see how they compare to a mill worker. Visitors can also have a go at mee-mawing - a form of speech invented by the mill workers using exaggerated movements to allow lip reading over the clatter and bustle of the noisy machines.

    Throughout October half term there will be themed activities and science experiments getting families closer to what it was like to live and work at Quarry Bank.

    Inside the mill, visitors can see the historic machinery thunder into action and feel the floors shake beneath their feet. Guided tours of the Apprentice House and workers cottage also show where the men, women and children who worked at Quarry Bank lived, ate and slept after toiling for twelve hours a day in the mill.

    The new exhibition ‘A Healthy Profit’ opens on 19 October 2019 and runs until 19 April 2020. For more information visit nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank or followhttps://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank/features/a-healthy-profit-exhibition

  • Tue
    28
    Jan
    2020
    Fri
    31
    Jul
    2020
    7:30 pmSalvation Army Hall, Roe Street, Macclesfield, SK11 6XD.

    Meetings are open to the public, and admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members including refreshments.

    For more details please contact macclesfield@fhsc.org.uk.

    2020
    28th January
    History from Local Sources a talk by Ian Doughty.

    25th February
    Wagon’s West a talk by Ian Cameron.
    Three Cheshire brothers converted to Mormonism in its early years in England and in about 1850 set off for the US with their families, heading for Salt Lake City on sailing ships and on wagons crossing the Great Plains, with three entirely different outcomes.

    24th March
    Studying the three R’s: an introduction to School and Education Records for Family Tree research
    a talk by Claire Moores.

    28th  April
    What did he die of? a talk by Sylvia Dillon.
    Exploring causes of death and where you might find death records.

    26th May
    Women of Macclesfield  - short talks.
    Some you may have heard of and others may be new to you.

    23rd June
    Tabley House a talk by Claire Pye.

    July
    Visit to Tabley House (date to be arranged)

    25th August
    Researching Military Medals a talk by Peter Ramsden

    22nd September
    AGM and “Show and Tell” bring along a family heirloom or two and tell us why they are so precious to you.

    27th October
    Bollington History including some Bollington families
    a talk by Tim Boddington

    24th November
    What’s new in Family Search?
    a talk by Val Moss

  • Thu
    02
    Apr
    2020
    Thu
    09
    Apr
    2020
    Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6HS

    If you want to witness the wonders of nature this spring, head to Tatton Park’s Farm between 2-9 April and share the excitement of Lambing Week.

    Will you be lucky enough to see a lamb being born?

    Elly Edwards, Farm Assistant, works hard throughout the winter months to synchronise the ewes to all lamb at roughly the same time.  She told us “Lambing is our favourite time of year – a sure sign that spring has sprung. The 2-9 April is going to be a very busy week at the Farm and we cannot wait! Nothing is nicer than new born lambs. Come down that week and you may be lucky enough to see a live birth.”

    The results of our sheep scanning are in!

    Elly explains that the Farm uses the same technology as hospitals, when scanning pregnant women. “The results of our sheep scanning are in and we are very pleased. We are expecting 41 lambs in total – six singles, 16 sets of twins and even one set of triplets! Now we have this information, we can give the expectant ewes the correct care and feed for the number of lambs they are carrying, to ensure the best possible results for all the animals.”

    Want to learn more about Lambing?

    Throughout Lambing Week, Farm staff share their expertise with visitors twice a day, giving informative talks at the lambing shed. Learn how they spot the signs of lambing and how they look after sheep during this extra special time.

    Times and prices for Lambing Week:

    • Thursday 2 – Thursday 9 April
    • Closed on Monday
    • Farm open 12pm-5pm (last entry 4pm)
    • Normal Farm admission applies: £8 per adult, £6 per child, £21 for a family*
    • National Trust members enjoy half price entry to the Farm
    • Parkland vehicle entry £7 (including NT members)

    *2 adults and up to 3 children

    Secrets of the Lambing Shed 9 April

    Join Tatton Park’s resident sheep expert, Elly Edwards, to discover the secrets of a successful lambing period, meet our ewes and new born lambs and help out during one of our favourite times of year on the Farm. Suitable for both adults and children aged 12 years old and above. Thurs 9 April, 10:00am – 12:00pm. Price: £18 (includes park and farm entry). To book visit tattonpark.org.uk/events or call 01625 374428

  • Sat
    04
    Apr
    2020
    Sat
    11
    Apr
    2020
    Macclesfield Town Centre

    There’s a new and egg-citing – and completely free – event taking place on the two Saturday’s before Easter – 4th and 11th April.

    Mrs Greenfingers has a lovely garden (in the town centre), with a vegetable patch filled with carrots, lettuce, green beans … everything a rabbit can dream for!

    The naughty White Rabbit has been raiding the garden, but luckily, Mrs Greenfingers has a good idea for distracting the bunny from eating all her veggies – she’s enlisted the rabbit and a friendly fox for an Easter Trail and created maps and puzzles that will hopefully keep them busy.
    There’ll be eggs hidden throughout her garden in the town centre and her animal friends have been challenged to find them with the help of a local children.

    There’s a tasty carrot at the end for the White Rabbit, a tasty egg for the Fox – and a chocolate treat for every child who joins the fun!

    Trails start and end in St Michael’s church yard and set off at 11 am, 1pm and 2:30 pm on both dates.

    The event has been organised by Macclesfield Town Council.

    Cllr Sarah Bennett-Wake, Community Champion for Macclesfield Town Council said ‘We know it can be tricky sometimes to find things for children to do in the school holidays. We hope that the egg hunt being completely free will allow families to enjoy a fun few hours together in the town centre.”

  • Sun
    26
    Apr
    2020
    2 pm and 4 pmHollin House Hotel, Kerridge

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2020
    Queen's Park, Crewe, Cheshire

    Pride in the Park postponed - further details here

    The line-up for Cheshire East Council’s Pride in the Park 2020 event has been announced and there are some big acts leading the way, as it moves into its third year.

    The headline act for the event at Queens Park, Crewe on Saturday 20 June, is Bang Bang Romeo. The Doncaster three piece supported Pink last year on her European tour playing in front of huge crowds throughout the summer and recently released their debut album ‘A Heartbreaker’s Guide to the Galaxy.’

    Bang Bang Romeo

    Sam Callahan will also be appearing on the day at Queens Park. Sam was an X Factor finalist on the tenth series of the talent show and has become more and more involved in the  LGBT+ scene having performed at Pride events around the world. He’s also enjoying a prolific modelling career and has been on the front cover of Gay Times twice.

    Danny Beard is another big crowd-puller who will be at this year’s Cheshire East event. He is a performer, singer and cabaret artist who made his name as Drag Idol winner in 2015 before going on to be a semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent the following year.

    Councillor Jill Rhodes Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health and corporate services, said: “It’s brilliant news to be having all these top quality acts performing at our Cheshire East Pride event in Crewe and I know that residents and visitors will come in their numbers to support the day.”

    There will also be DJs, a magician and an opportunity for an open mic competition winner to appear at the Queens Park Pride event.

    The council’s first open mic event for Pride will be held at Tom’s Tap and Brewhouse on Thomas Street in Crewe on Sunday 29 March from 3pm. That event will be compered by William Read, who himself enjoyed success as part of the group ‘The Showbears’ on Britain’s Got Talent.

    Anyone can come along and have a go, it doesn’t matter what your act is!

    Councillor Stewart Gardiner, Cheshire East Council member equality champion, said: “I’m really looking forward to Cheshire East Pride mark three. Following on from two previous successful events I am sure this year’s will be even better. I am particularly excited to see that we are attracting a crop of current stars to our event.”

    Visit the Pride website for more details of the event. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Kathy Bradley