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Bollington Borrowers

80 Wellington Road
SK10 5HT

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Bollington Borrowers is a community group dedicated to resource sharing and the reduction of waste. They keep a stock of donated useful items, especially items that one may require only occasionally. To become a borrower you need to become a member and then pay a small fee (you decide how much the borrow is worth to you) to borrow your chosen item. See the web page for full details and the inventory.

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  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).

Friends of Bollington Recreation Ground

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

Web page (click for details of next meeting!)

Normally held on the second Monday of each month, except August and December, and 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 (but not August).

SciBar meetings are discussions about science that take place while the audience 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! New volunteers are always welcome!

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: Chris Gosling
Tel: 01625 574208

Contact: Janet Beech
Tel: 01625 574618

Web page

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 preparatory 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.

Chairman, Will Spinks
Tel: 01625 573413

KRIV Community Gardeners

Contact: Tom Swailes
(Please do not contact Savio House about this project)
Tel: 01625 575956
Blog (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 magnificently 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 superb vegetables, fruit and flowers. Additional active members are eagerly sought by this group! Do make contact!

Bollington Family History Club

Contact: Carole Selby email 

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. 

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 a look!

Bollington Cross & Lowerhouse Women’s Institute

WI Secretary: Susan Whiteley
Web page

We meet at Bollington Community Centre, Ovenhouse Lane on the 2nd Monday of each month. Please check the web page for meeting start times which vary winter and summer.

Bollington Probus Club (men)

Secretary: Mr. John Trinder
Tel: 01625 575197

We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month in the Civic Hall, Palmerston Street, 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.

Bollington Ladies Probus Club

Contact Sue Jordan (01625 572861) or Sheila Cutler (01625 574369)

We meet monthly in the Civic Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at the Civic Hall, Palmerston Street, from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.

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

Secretary: Duncan Learmond
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
Contact: Karen McGowan on 07973 765260
Web site

Adelphi Mill, Saturdays 10 – 12am.

Animal welfare charity. Animal re-homing.

Canalside Radio

Web site

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.

Creative Writing

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

This group meets fortnightly on Wednesday from 2:15 – 4:15pm at the Bridgend Centre.

Reading Group

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

This group 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.

Reading Circle

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

This group meet on Thursdays from 11.00 – 12.30pm at the Bridgend Centre.