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Manchester-Based
Societies


Foundations,
Clubs & Associations in Greater Manchester, Lancashire & Cheshire

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  • Altrincham &
    District Natural History Society

    Contact Secretary: Claire Joures Tel: 0161-928 4513,
    or for queries about the programme, Anne Mason on 0161-980 8645.
    Meets at Hale Methodist Church Hall, Oak Road, off Hale Road, Hale at
    7.30pm on Tuesdays. 50 pence charge includes refreshments. Website:
    www.altnats.org.uk.

  • Aspull &
    Haigh Historical Society

    Meets at Our Lady’s Church Hall, Haigh Road, Aspull
    on 2nd Thursday in month, except July and August. Tel: 01942-256 145.

  • Bolton &
    District Civic Trust

    7 Sunadale Close, The Hawthorns, Deane, Bolton BL3 5RS. Tel: 01204-658699.

  • Bolton Astronomical
    Society, The

    The society was formed approximately 25 years ago, and are a group of
    enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Everyone is welcome, from beginners
    to experts. Meetings at the Ladybridge Community Centre on the first
    and third Tuesday of the month. Website: boltonastro.fateback.com .

  • Bolton Industrial
    History Society

    13 Forton Avenue, Breightmet, Bolton BL2 6JE. Tel: 01204-527401.

  • Bury & District
    Local History Society

    Meetings of the Society are held monthly (except August) in St. Marie’s
    Church Room, Manchester Road, Bury (near the Library). Website: www.burylhs.org.uk/links/.

  • Card Making
    Group

    Love Memories Card Making Group, meets every Wednesday from 6.00pm to
    8.00pm
    at theFriends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS (located
    behind Central Library). Email: lovecrafting@tiscali.co.uk for more
    details.

  • Chetham Society
    The society was founded in 1843 for the publication of ‘Remains Historical
    and Literary connected with the Palatine counties of Lancaster and Chester’.
    Website: www.chethams.org.uk.

  • Community Foundation
    for Greater Manchester, The

    Beswick House, Beswick Row, Manchester M4 4LA.
    Tel: 0161-214 0943 . FAX: 0161-214 0941.
    Email: nick@communityfoundation.co.uk. Website: www.communityfoundation.co.uk
    The Community Foundation is an independent non-profit grant making organisation
    that provides a one stop solution for those who want their giving to
    be for the lasting benefit of their local community. We make sure that
    all community investments are directed to local groups or projects that
    are in real need of funding and will make a genuine measurable difference
    to the community and people they serve.

  • Days Out West
    American Line Dancers

    Meets every Tuesday at St Marks Church Community Centre, Station Road,
    Swinton.
    1pm-3pm. All Levels of dancers welcome.
    Also meets
    every Wednesday at Beesley Green Community Centre, Greenleach Lane,
    Worsley from 1pm-3pm. For absolute beginners and returners. Contact
    Tel: Kerris on 0161-950 1711.

  • Egypt Exploration
    Society, The – Northern Branch

    The Manchester Museum, The University, Oxford Road, Manchester. M13
    9PL. Tel: 0161-275 2634.

  • Farnworth &
    District Local History Society

    Library, Market Street, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 7PG. Tel: 01204-332344.

  • Greater Manchester
    Bird Club

    Meet at St James’ Church Hall, Church Road, Gatley on Tuesdays at 7:30pm.
    Contact: Robert Sandling, Maths Department, University of Manchester
    M13 9PL.
    Tel: 0161-275 5807. £1 charge at meetings.

  • Greater Manchester
    Heraldry Society

    Founded in 1982 to foster interest in heraldry, particularly, but not
    exclusively, in relation to Manchester and the northwest. Meets at 2.00pm
    every first Saturday in the month from October to March at the Central
    Reference Library in Manchester city centre.
    Local visits to places of interest in summer months. Website currently
    in preparation but in meantime contact the Secretary by telephone at
    01204-532915. Website: www.greatermanchesterheraldrysociety.co.uk.

  • Irlam and Cadishead
    Natural History Society

    Contact: Mrs Ann Murphy, 49 Overdale Crescent, Flixton M41 5GR. Tel:
    0161-748 8153.

  • Lancashire Authors’
    Association

    An association not only for writers, but for anyone interested in Lancashire
    Literature and History. The LAA Library is housed in the Local Studies
    Department, Accrington Central Library, St James Street, Accrington,
    Lancashire. It consists of over 2000 volumes covering all phases of
    Lancashire Literature. The Association holds three Saturday afternoon
    meetings each March and October in Chorley and June in Lytham St Annes.

    Website: www.lancashireauthorsassociation.co.uk.

  • Lancashire and
    Cheshire Antiquarian Society

    The society was founded in 1883 to promote the study of the history
    of Lancashire and Cheshire.
    Website: www.landcas.org.uk

  • Lancashire Gardens
    Trust

    The Lancashire Gardens Trust exists to research, promote and protect
    historic parks and gardens in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.
    Join us for some live research!
    Contact the Membership secretary: Viv McCarron. Tel: 01253 876 484
    … or email: membership@lancsgt.org.uk. Website: www.lancsgt.org.uk.

  • Lees Street
    CC Amateur Musical and Dramatics Society

    Rehearsals on Monday and Thursday nights at Lees Street Congregational
    Church, Lees Street, Higher Openshaw, Manchester. To join or if you
    could help in any way then please contact Lees Street Musical Society
    on Tel: 0161-0231 0004. Email: Leesstreetccamds@yahoo.co.uk

  • Leigh &
    District Family History Society

    Meets at The Derby Room, Leigh Library, Leigh on third Tuesday of every
    month.
    Tel: 01942-741594.

  • Leigh Ornithological
    Society

    The society was formed in 1971 by a group of enthusiasts, some of whom
    had been observing and recording bird life in the area since the early
    part of the last century. They submitted records annually from the late
    1940s to regional bodies, initially to the Lancashire & Cheshire
    Fauna Society for possible inclusion in Lancashire bird reports and,
    since 1976, to the editor(s) of the Greater Manchester Bird Report.

    The aims of the Society are:
    — To further the studies of birds in the field and to assist in their
    preservation.
    — To co-operate with other bodies in the maintenance and management
    of local areas of ornithological / natural history importance.
    — To record bird life in the designated LOS area, through a bi-monthly
    newsletter and annual report. Website: https://www.leighos.org.uk.

  • Manchester
    & Salford Film Society

    Reputedly Britian’s oldest film society having been formed in 1930 –
    a founder member of the British Federation of Film Societies. Screenings
    are held at the Club Theatre, Oxford Road, Altrincham, every month from
    September to June. Website: mandsfs.org.uk.
    For a copy of the programme and details of how to join contact the Secretary:

    John Grieve Tel:
    0161-283 6565. Email: jpmgrieve@googlemail.com.

  • Manchester Amateur
    Photographic Society

    Platt Chapel, Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, Manchester M14 5LL.
    Website: www.manchesteraps.org.

  • Manchester Astronomical
    Society

    Website: www.u-net.com/ph/mas
    Founded originally as the North Western Branch of the British Astronomical
    Association in 1892, it can justifiably claim to have the longest continuous
    history of any provincial astronomical society in England.

  • Manchester Chamber
    Concerts Society

    Held at the Royal Northern College of Music.
    Tel Box Office: 0161-907 5555. Website: www.chamberconcerts.org.
    Promotes chamber music concerts each year at the Royal Northern College
    of Music in Manchester. The emphasis is on presenting leading international
    musicians as well as highly talented younger players.

  • Manchester
    Civic Society

    Worsley Mill, 8 Blantyre Street, Castlefield, Manchester M15 4LG.
    Tel: 0161-839 0202 Fax: 0161-833 3131.
    Email: info@manchestercivic.org.uk Website: www.manchestercivic.org.uk.
    Manchester Civic Society is a registered charity that, since 1995, has
    been ‘keeping a watch over the city’ and ‘fostering a
    sense of pride in Manchester’.

  • Manchester Cruising
    Association

    Website: www.manca.org.uk
    An association of people with sailing interests including, offshore
    and coastal cruising by sail & motor and racing.

  • Manchester &
    District Amateur Radio Society

    Website: www.manchester-wireless-society.co.uk. Meets 7.00pm on Tuesdays
    at the Simpson Memorial Community Hall, Moston Lane, Moston, Manchester.

  • Manchester Fuchsia
    Society

    Meet at Saint Anne’s Church Hall, Trinity Road, Sale, on the third Monday
    of the month at 7.45pm.
    Website: www.manchester.talktalk.net/fuchsiasociety .
    Originally founded as the Manchester Fuchsia Group in 1970 to promote
    and encourage interest in the cultivation of fuchsias.

  • Manchester Literary
    and Philosophical Society

    Learned society promoting interest in literature, science, arts &
    public affairs.
    Website: www.manlitphil.co.uk

  • Manchester Luncheon
    Club

    Website: www.manchesterluncheonclub.org.uk .
    PO Box 152, Sale, Cheshire M33 6XN. Tel/Fax: 0161-962 8464.
    Founded in 1922, the society holds a monthly lunchtime meeting, usually
    at the Freemasons Hall, Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BT, though occasional
    meetings are held at other venues. A two course lunch is followed by
    an address from a speaker of local or national renown, on a wide variety
    of topics.

  • Manchester Medical
    Society

    C/O John Rylands University Library, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PP.
    Website: www.mms.org.uk. The Manchester Medical Society was formed in
    1834 for the “cultivation and promotion of medicine and all related
    sciences”.

  • Manchester Microscopical
    & Natural History Society

    Website: www.manchestermicroscopical.org.uk.
    The Society was founded over 120 years ago to provide for the pursuits
    of those interested in microscopy and natural history. Today it has
    around 300 members.

  • Manchester Photographic
    Society

    Founded in 1855 is one of the oldest societies in the country. New members
    and guests always welcome.
    Website: https://manchester.great-british-pages.co.uk/Detailed/1884/

  • Manchester
    Salon, The

    The discussion group ‘Manchester Salon’ aims to make sure there is a
    forum for lively and intellectual debate in the north west. We meet
    every 4 to 6 weeks to discuss a book or topic of interest. Meetings
    are informal and fun with audience participation actively encouraged
    but not required. If you would like to attend, please drop us an email.
    We make a small charge at meetings to cover the cost of room hire and
    any speaker expenses. Contact Simon Belt on Tel: 07809 669824.
    Email: events@manchestersalon.org.uk. Website: www.ManchesterSalon.org.uk.

  • Manchester Society
    of Architects

    Website: www.manchestersocietyofarchitects.co.uk .
    The MSA is a branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects with
    a membership numbering approximately 800. It represents Architects in
    and around Manchester.

  • Manchester Statistical
    Society

    Founded 1833 and meeting at the Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre.
    Questioning Social and Economic Issues. Visit our website to find out
    more about the oldest Statistical Society in existence, at www.manstatsoc.org.

  • Manchester Thai
    Society

    Website: https://societies.su.umist.ac.uk/thai
    A society that collaborates all Thai students in four universities in
    Manchester: UMIST, University of Manchester, University of Salford,
    and Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Manchester Universities’
    Gilbert and Sullivan Society

    Website: www.mugss.org
    Commonly known as MUGSS, this society celebrated its 50th Anniversary
    in 2001.
    Performs Gilbert & Sullivan light operas by students in March each
    year.

  • North Cheshire
    Housing Association

    Armitt House, Monmouth Road, Cheadle SK8 7EF. Telephone: 0161-486 9911.

  • Northenden Civic
    Society

    Website: www.mymanchester.net/sites/northenden/index.htm
    A non-partisan amenity society concerned with the quality of present
    day Northenden. The Society keeps a watchful eye on all environmental
    matters, talking to the appropriate public bodies, private companies
    and individuals to ensure that new developments will be of benefit to
    the village as a whole.

  • North Manchester
    Camera Club

    First established in 1892 as the Simpson Memorial Camera Club.Member
    of the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union (L&CPU). Meetings
    held every Friday in Room 7 in the Simpson Memorial Community building
    on Moston Lane, Moston, Manchester M40 9NB. Meetings between 8:00pm
    and 10.00pm. Interested? Then come along any Friday, you’ll be most
    welcome, or contact Charles on 0161-682 9365 or Brian on 0161-682 3486
    for further details.
    Website: www.northmanchestercameraclub.co.uk.
    Supported by the Community Foundation for Greater Manchester.

  • North-West Group
    Societies

    Group Secretary: Chris Coffey, 37 Holbrook Close, St. Helens, WA9 3XH.
    Tel: 01744 817130. Email: chris.coffey@merseymail.com.

  • Northwest Amateur
    Radio Club (Wigan and district)

    Website www.northwest-arc.org.uk. Meeting every Tuesday evening from
    7pm at the Standish Community Centre, Moody Street, Standish WN6 0JYE.
    veryone welcome.

  • Oldham &
    Chadderton Chrysanthemum Society

    A fairly recently amalgamated Society that meets on the second Monday
    of the month (except for June and August) at 8:00pm at The Victoria,
    Hollins Road, Hollins, Oldham. Website: web.ukonline.co.uk/i.payne/occs%20chrysanths/.

  • Salford Hundred
    Heritage Society

    A society has been formed to research the archaeology and early history
    of Salford Hundred, initially with emphasis on the area covered by the
    NE of Salford Hundred. The society’s website is currently under
    construction, but there is a web blog at: https://salfordhundred.wordpress.com/

  • Salford
    Literary Society

    Now, sadly, defunct.

  • Scout Association,
    The
    95 Crossefield Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle SK8 5PD. Telephone: 0161-485
    1816.

  • South Manchester
    Camera Club

    Meets every Monday, except bank holidays, at 7.45pm at Didsbury Methodist
    Church, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20. One of the larger more
    successful camera clubs in the North West of
    England, with a large enthusiastic membership covering all abilities,
    interests and backgrounds. The Club caters for both digital and film,
    have regular club competitions and excellent guest speakers throughout
    the
    year. Website: www.smcc.org.uk .

  • Stockport Amateur
    Operatic Society

    Contact: Mrs Pat Marney (Chairman),
    3 Hazel Close, Marple, Stockport SK6 7QT. Tel: 0845 3 307 304. Email:
    PatBrimarn@aol.com.
    Meets on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm at St. Andrew’s Hall, Gorsey Mount
    Street, Stockport. Other rehearsals more frequent approaching time of
    annual show in mid-October each year. Annual musical show presented
    by Plaza Theatre, Mersey Square, Stockport – Tel: 0161-477 7779.

  • Stockport Birdwatching
    Society

    Contact: Dave Evans, 36 Tatton Road South, Stockport SK4 4LU.
    Tel: 0161-432 9513. Email: windhover@ntlworld.com
    Meet at Tiviot Dale Methodist Church, Stockport on the last Wednesday
    of every month at 7.30pm.

  • Stockport Photographic
    Society

    Meet Tuesdays at 7.30 pm in St George’s Parish Rooms, off Buxton Road
    Stockport SK2 6NU.
    Contact President Alan Towse LRPS on tel: 0161-439 2937. Email: alantowse@talktalk.net.

    We have lively talks slide shows and print evenings where you can learn
    how to get the best out out of your camera, digital or film. Regular
    competitions and guest speakers as well as meets with other clubs and
    visits to places photogenic.

  • Thursday Group,
    The

    Meets at the Boddington Arms, Racecourse Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9
    5LR.
    Contact Tels: John on 01625 429955 or Lynne on 07980 981218 or Carol
    on 07050 287082.
    The Thursday Group is a non-profit making social group for unattached
    people who might be widowed, divorced or who have simply not found a
    partner. Most members are from the South Manchester/Cheshire area, but
    some come from much further afield. The
    group’s activities are wide and various including walking, badminton,
    theatre, concerts, bridge, book club, dining out, weekends away, pitch
    and putt, BBQs, dancing, and many other activities. Something to meet
    most tastes.
    Website: www.manchestersocialgroup.org.uk .

  • West Didsbury
    Astromonical Society (WDAS)
    F
    ormed
    in May 2001 by a group of local astronomy enthusiasts. The society meets
    on the second Monday of each month, except August. Everyone is welcome
    at our meetings from beginners to those who have more knowledge about
    physics and astronomy. We are a diverse and friendly group from all
    walks of life and of all ages. Visitors are welcome – no charge. Membership
    £15 per year. Venue: William Hulme’s Grammar School, Lecture Room,
    First Floor, Zochonis Building, Spring Bridge Road, Manchester M16 8PR.
    Email: admin@wdas.org.uk. Contact tel: Lionel on 07850 426234. Website:
    https://wdas2.com.

  • West Didsbury
    Residents’ Association, The

    Formed in 1983. It aims to involve the local community in preserving
    and improving the amenities and environment of West Didsbury.
    Tel: 0161 434 2307. Website: www.westdidsbury.org.uk. Email: WDRA@westdidsbury.org.

  • West Pennine
    Housing Association

    2 West Street, Wardleworth, Rochdale OL16 2EN. Tel: 01706-345110. Fax:
    01706-713672.

  • Wigan Archaeological
    Society

    Meets at BP Centre (Scout HQ – Greenough Street) on first Wednesday
    of every month – 7.30pm. Tel: 01257-402342 or 01772-645000. Website:
    www.wiganarchsoc.co.uk.

  • Wigan Family
    & Local History Society

    Wigan Family
    History Society now meet at the Lady Bowes Lyon public house (the old
    Labour Club) at Beech Hill, Wigan every third Tuesday of the month (7.30
    for 8.00 pm start) except July and August. External speakers on history
    related topics and members’ evenings with a mini-talk. Our aim is to
    provide support, help, ideas and advice for members and non-members
    alike. Attendance fee is £1.00 for members and £1.50 for
    visitors. Light refreshments are served after the meeting which usually
    last about one hour.
    Tel: Sharon Weir
    (Hon Secretary): 01942 740369.
    Email: sharon.weir@blueyonder.co.uk. Website: www.wiganworld.co.uk .

  • Withington
    Civic Society

    Website: www.withingtoncivicsociety.org.uk.
    Aims to involve residents of all ages in protecting, regenerating
    and improving the amenities and the environment of Old Moat, Withington
    and Ladybarn.

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