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Chairman: Ken Edwards
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.
Curator: Fiona Swailes
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",
Chairman: Kate Gooding
Editor: Annette Hurst
Web page including all past editions online.
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
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
Chairman: Carol Barnes
Secretary: David Naylor
Contact: Town Hall
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.
Contact: David Whalley
web page (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
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
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!
Contact: Jean Broadhurst
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
Community Gardens Group
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)
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!
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 online - 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
Bollington/Thurles Twinning Committee
Contact: Mrs. Yvonne Houghton
Bollington is twinned with the Irish town of Thurles.
Regular exchange visits are organised to maintain and develop the relationship.
We meet at the Bollington
Centre, Hawthorn Road, on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7.30pm.
Bollington Probus Club
Secretary: Mr. John Trinder
We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month in the Civic
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.
Hon. Secretary: Andrew Downes
Chairman: Nicole Roberts-Morris
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
Hall Hill fields has a web page.
Chairman: Jim Weselby
Society web pages
Contact: Information and bookings
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
Local organiser: Kim Creasey
Local organiser: Kim Creasey
Emergencies and general enquiries:
Tel: 0870 5555 999
RSPCA Macclesfield, South-East Cheshire & Buxton Branch
Animal welfare charity. Animal re-homing.
Bollington's own radio station was awarded a permanent broadcasting
license and is on air full time. Please see
their web site 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.
Bridgend Centre, 104 Palmerston Street, Bollington, Macclesfield SK10 5PW
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