Membership: Open to all with an interest in the town. Subscription: £7.
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!
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).
Chairman: Kate Gooding
Editor: Annette Hurst
Tel: 07789 484933
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.
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.
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.
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!
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: Chris Gosling
Contact: Janet Beech
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.
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.
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..
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 a look!
Contact: Mary Foster (01625 573571) or Jenny Williams (01625 576511).
We meet at the Ovenhouse Lane Community Centre on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7.30pm.
Secretary: Mr. John Trinder
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.
Contact Sue Jordan (01625 572861) or Sheila Cutler (01625 574369)
We meet monthly in the Civic Hallon the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at the Civic Hall, Wellington Road, from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.
Chairman: Nicole Roberts-Morris
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.
Chairman: Jim Weselby
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 party.
Local organiser: Kim Creasey
Local organiser: Kim Creasey
Emergencies and general enquiries:
Tel: 0870 5555 999
RSPCA Macclesfield, South-East Cheshire & Buxton Branch
Contact: Karen McGowan on 07973 765260
Adelphi Mill, Saturdays 10 – 12am.
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.
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.
This group meets fortnightly on Wednesday from 2:15 – 4:15pm at the Bridgend Centre.
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.
This group meet on Thursdays from 11.00 – 12.30pm at the Bridgend Centre.
This group, established in January 2018, is determined to rid the town of single use plastics! It is part of the worldwide Transition network aiming to improve the environment by reducing the amount of plastic waste. For dates of regular meetings please see the Facebook page. Everyone welcome!