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Bollington Civic Society

Chairman: Ken Edwards
Tel: 01625−571126
web page

Membership: Open to all with an interest in the town. Subscription: Individual £5, Household £10.

Purpose: To promote high standards of planning and architecture; to discover and share with the public the geography, history, natural history and architecture of the town; to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest. 

Meetings: We meet monthly from September to May (but not in December) on the 3rd Monday of the month at the Community Centre in Ovenhouse Lane (from Henshall Road, far end on the left), starting at 7.30pm. See the programme. Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings.

Achievement: The society maintains a remarkable archive of old photographs of Bollington and its people covering the past century. We make awards annually to the best front gardens and baskets in the Bollington in Bloom contest.

Publication: The Civic Society are joint publishers of Bollington Live!

Discovery Centre: Open Wednesday 2-4, Saturday 11-4 and Sunday 11-4.

Photographic Archive

Curator: Fiona Swailes
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Bollington Civic Society maintains a collection of thousands of photographs of the town and its people dating back to the 1860s. We are always looking for photographs of the town, especially historic pictures showing buildings and other things of interest that may no longer be there or have been altered. If you have any or know the whereabouts of any pictures that could be of interest (and most are) then please contact Fiona Swailes, the curator of the collection. We will copy your pictures and return the originals to you if you wish.

The pictures can be viewed at the Bollington Discovery Centre.

Copies of pictures are available to the public on request for £5 (approx A5 size) or £10 each (approx 8"x10", A4 size).


Chairman: Kate Gooding

Editor: Annette Hurst
Tel: 01625−574953

Web page including all past editions online.

Our Nancy!Bollington Live! is published three times a year on a non-profit making basis with free distribution to households throughout the town. Under the editorial banner of "Bollington, a town in its own right!" we aim to promote local concerns. Contributions are very much welcomed by the editor.

Bollington Live! is published by Bollington Arts Centre, registered charity no. 515096, and Bollington Civic Society, registered charity no. 501544. All those involved in its writing, preparation and distribution are volunteers; only the print formatting, printing and finishing are paid for.

Contributions to: The Editor, c/o Bollington Printshop, The Old Stables, Queen Street, Bollington, Macclesfield SK10 5PS or by email.

Sponsors: As a free magazine, Bollington Live! has to find income to cover its total production cost. This is partly covered by advertising but also, most importantly, by corporate sponsorship.

Advertising: If you would like to advertise in Bollington Live! please email Vicky Cooper. Rate card

Distribution: Everywhere with a Bollington, Bollington Cross, Lowerhouse and Kerridge address plus Pott Shrigley hamlet, parts of Rainow including Spuley Lane. Oakenbank Lane, Smithy Brow, Blaze Hill, and Whiteley Green. If you live within that area and are not getting your copy please email.

If you are new to Bollington - just moved in - you may be able to get your free copy of the most recent edition at the Bollington Printshop, alongside Pool Bank car park. Just call in and ask if there is a spare copy for you. Back issues are also available from the Discovery Centre at Clarence Mill.

Please see the web page for much more about the magazine and access to past editions online.

Friends of Bollington Recreation Ground

Chairman: Carol Barnes
Secretary: David Naylor
Contact: Town Hall
Tel: 01625−572985
web pages

Membership is free and open to everyone! The Friends are the community organisation that ensures the Recreation Ground is kept in good condition, properly maintained and qualifies for a Green Flag award every year! The Friends co-ordinate with Cheshire East Council officers to manage the Recreation Ground. Occasional meetings. Please call the contact number to be included in the notification list.

Bollington Scibar

Contact: David Whalley

web pageExternal link (click for details of next meeting!)

Starts at 6.30pm (but you need to be there much earlier to get a seat!) Vale Inn, Adlington Road, Bollington. If you order food before about 6.00pm you will get it before the event starts, otherwise you will be asked to wait until after Scibar ends at 8.00pm latest.

Following the success of the Bollington Festival 2009 Scibar the science group developed it into a continuing group and arranged for their meetings to be held at the Vale Inn on the second Monday of each month.

Scibar meetings are discussions about science that take place while people enjoy a drink. If you have a general interest in science (or one of the topics happens to grab your attention), then it’s a good place to learn a bit more, or to ask speakers the questions you’ve always wanted answered. You don’t have to know about science – just turn up with an inquiring mind.

At a Scibar, a researcher or expert - often a university Professor - delivers a short introduction to their work, the background to it and where it is going. This isn’t a lecture but rather a way to get the ball rolling for a discussion. Once the introduction is over the floor is opened to general questions and discussion. Any level of question is welcome. SciBar is open to anyone, you don’t have to be a member and there’s no charge. Scibar is run entirely by volunteers!

Bollington Scibar takes place on the second Monday of each month at The Vale Inn, Adlington Road, Bollington. Events start at 6.30 pm and finish at 8pm. Arrive early for a chance to get a seat. Anyone from Junior School age onwards is very welcome! We always finish by 8.00pm.

Why Scibar? Sci is for Science, ba is for British (science) Association, and bar is because the events are held in the bar at the Vale Inn!

Well Dressing

Contact: Jean Broadhurst
Tel: 01625−572559 
Contact: Chris Gosling
Tel: 01625−574208
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This group puts together the wonderful well dressing boards that we see placed around the town each summer. They also organise the well dressing ceremony performed at the Greg Fountain, Bollington Cross in July to open the well dressing week. If you would like to take part in the preparetory activities do please get in touch with either of the two contacts listed above at any time of year.

Bollington Initiative Trust (BIT)

The Trust seeks to take over for the community the public and community buildings and spaces in Bollington that are no longer wanted by local councils and other public bodies.

Contact: Chairman, Will Spinks
Tel: 01625−573413
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Community Gardens Group

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This group was established at a first meeting held in August 2008 when ten gardeners set their objectives and arranged further meetings.

They have found suitable land for a community garden and they plan to develop this over the coming years for the benefit of the community..

KRIV Community Gardeners

Contact: Tom Swailes
(Please do not contact Savio House about this project)
Tel: 01625-575956
blogExternal link (follow progress here!)

This group was newly established in Spring 2012. They have been given permission to garden the huge walled garden at Ingersley Hall (Savio House). Although derelict at the start, all the basic infrastructure is still in place. The site is magnificantly located on a south west facing slope and surrounded by high and protective walls. Once the overgrowth of grasses and weeds was removed there is a garden of excellent soil in which to grow supperb vegetables, fruit and flowers. Additional active members are eagerly sought by this group! Do make contact!

Bollington Family History Club

Contact: via the web site

We are a group of enthusiastic amateur genealogists who meet at the Arts Centre, usually on the first Thursday of every month, between 10:30am and about 12:30pm, to share our successes and encourage each other with our research. We operate on a "drop-in" basis so that members can come and go at any time during the morning, and we would be delighted to welcome new members, whether beginners or the more experienced family historian. Please check our web site to confirm the date and location of our next meeting.

For those researching the history of Bollington families, don't forget to visit the Discovery Centre where you will find the picture database available on PCs, and now onlineExternal link - ideal for finding pictures and information about those from the past! And now the Old Bollington Family trees are being recorded on this web site - have a look!

Bollington/Thurles Twinning Committee

Contact: Mrs. Yvonne Houghton
Tel: 01625−575133

Bollington is twinned with the Irish town of Thurles. Regular exchange visits are organised to maintain and develop the relationship.

Bollington Cross & Lowerhouse Women's Institute



We meet at the Bollington Christian Life Centre, Hawthorn Road, on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7.30pm.

Bollington Probus Club

Secretary: Mr. John Trinder
Tel: 01625−575197

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month in the Civic Hall, Wellington Road, Bollington, at 10.15am to 12.00 noon. The club is for retired men of professional background to discuss topics of general interest. Trips organised to places and events. Bowls, walking and golf sections.

Kerridge Residents' Association

Hon. Secretary: Andrew Downes
Tel: 01625−572531
Web page

Friends of Hall Hill

Chairman: Nicole Roberts-Morris
Tel: 01625-576250

This group was established in early 2012 to protect the community interest in the open land known as Hall Hill fields. The threat of development on the fields has made it imperative that there is an active group organising the defence of the fields from the immediate threat of development. If you are interested in joining this group please email the chairman.

Hall Hill fields has a web page.

Canalside Residents' Association

Chairman: Jim Weselby
Tel: 01625−572948

The Macclesfield Canal Society


Canal Society web pages

Mary Sunley Canal Boat Trust

Contact: Information and bookings
Tel: 01477-537458
web page

Boat trips for the physically or mentally disabled. The boat is also available to hire for trips and functions with maximum accommodation of 12 per party.


Local organiser: Kim Creasey
Tel: 01625−573945

Badger Group

Local organiser: Kim Creasey
Tel: 01625−573945


Emergencies and general enquiries:
Tel: 0870 5555 999

Local Branch:
RSPCA Macclesfield, South-East Cheshire & Buxton Branch
Web site
Telephone: 01625−669620

Animal welfare charity. Animal re-homing.

Canalside Radio

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Bollington's own radio station was awarded a permanent broadcasting license and is on air full time. Please see their web siteExternal link for full up to date information.

Library Writing Group

Leader: Nik Perring
Tel: (Library) 01625−573058

The Bollington Library Writing Group meets every Tuesday 5.30 - 7pm. Cost: £4.50. All ages and abilities very welcome.

Reading Group

Bridgend Centre, 104 Palmerston Street, Bollington, Macclesfield SK10 5PW
Tel: 01625−576311
web site

This new group (May 2012) meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 2.00 - 4.00pm at the Bridgend Centre. There is a meeting subscription of £3 per session.