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Area: Cheshire

Category Cheshire

'We are a group of enthusiasts who meet to share our enjoyment of orchids. Membership is open to anyone who is interested. Beginners are very welcome!'

'The aims of the Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association are to promote and further the craft of bee keeping. We do this through meetings, apiary events and educational courses ... We organise a full programme of indoor and outdoor meetings throughout the year.'

Category Gardens Trusts

'We are an organisation of volunteers who care about Cheshire’s rich heritage of parks, gardens and designed landscapes. Our membership encompasses those who simply enjoy visiting gardens to professional designers, horticulturalists and historians. Visits and talks run throughout the year where we visit parks and gardens, meet gardeners, owners and designers for that ‘inside’ view and understanding.'

'One of the world's oldest scientific societies going back to 1892. It hosts public lectures by amateurs and professionals alike and arranges visits to sites of technical interest.'

Normally held Mid November: 'One of the longest-running annual literature events in the country ... with a packed programme of visiting poets, writers, broadcasters, wordsmiths and actors'.

'We produce internationally excellent and world-leading research on a diverse range of contemporary issues and historic figures, movements and ideas. We have scholars working across religious studies, historical and systematic theology, biblical studies, and contextual and practical theology and theological ethics. At Chester, we are passionate about sharing our discoveries and about contributing our expertise to public debates. We ensure that the research we do informs the courses we design and deliver so that our students get to benefit from our interests.'

Category Runcorn

Member of the Gardening and Horticultural Societies - Cheshire Grouping

'Established in 2016 ...  the core tenets of the Institute of Gender Studies are inclusivity and interdisciplinarity. The team are committed to providing not only a platform for established researchers and practitioners working in the field, but also for undergraduate and postgraduate students from a range of disciplines.  As well as a regular seminar series, the Institute also offers an innovative and exciting MRes (Masters by Research).'

'We are a group with an interest in science who meet once a month for an informal discussion – with a drink – about a scientific or technical topic, led by an invited expert. Knutsford SciBar meetings are held on the second Monday of each month ... Usually there is no meeting in August. Time: 7.30pm – arrive early to get a drink and a good seat.'

Category Widnes

Member of the Liverpool & South West Lancashire Family History Society Grouping

'Macclesfield Astronomical Society is social group of men, women, juniors and guests, newcomers and veterans, novices and experts, in a sociable spectrum of involvement in astronomy. We have at least three regular events to participate in every month throughout the whole year, including an expert lecture every month, and other varied and informal talks, presentations, demonstrations and displays on a range of astronomical topics ... Our long-term aims are to provide a focal point for contact between local astronomers and to make astronomy accessible to the general public.'

Category Arts Festivals

'Macclesfield's Festival of arts, created with its community and powered by volunteers. Launched in 2010 it has reinvented the centuries-old tradition of celebrating St Barnabas' Feast day.' Held Mid June.

'The Macclesfield Canal Society, formed in 1984, has currently about 130 members, who mostly (but not exclusively) reside in the Macclesfield area. Its aim is to promote the canal by means of liaison with local authorities, the Canal & River Trust and the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) ... The Society holds monthly Meetings now on the third Friday of the month, September to May, when a speaker, usually from outside the Society, gives a presentation, often illustrated, on a subject related to canals, or of interest to canal enthusiasts.'

'Formed in May 2006 with the aim of providing a forum where people can discuss contemporary ideas in a wide range of topics from literature, philosophy, science, and the arts. We meet in Macclesfield Library eight times a year spread over the Autumn, Winter, and Spring months.'

'A warm welcome to Nantwich Museum, situated on Pillory Street, close to the centre of the historic market town of Nantwich in Cheshire. The building was once a Victorian library and stands on the site of the town’s former jail. We have a full programme of events including talks, school visits and changing exhibitions.'

'Spread across 64 acres with stunning views of the River Dee and North Wales ... Ness Botanic Gardens features a diverse variety of plants and planting areas. Constantly changing, there are always new things to see at Ness, including vibrant year-round colour and outstanding collections of Rhododendrons, Camellias, Snowdrops and Sorbus, amongst others.'  Since 1948, the Gardens have been owned by the University of Liverpool.

Category Local Heritage

'Norton Priory Museum & Gardens is one of Cheshire's hidden gems. Once home to a medieval church, this is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. Visitors can explore the 12th century undercroft with beautiful vaulted ceiling and the priory ruins showing the layout of the medieval buildings. The museum displays thousands of objects discovered at the site, which tell the 900 year history from priory to mansion house and the stories of the people who lived here.'

'The Society of Thirteen was formed in 1963 when a group of thirteen people met to form a new Society that would organise lectures and events of interest for the benefit of the people of Chester. Each year the Society presents a series of lectures on a wide range of subjects, given by local and national experts. From time to time, excursions are arranged to places or events of interest.'

'Dedicated to providing advice, support and encouragement to those people, in and around the South Cheshire Crewe & Nantwich area who have an interest in astronomy and related sciences and technology. There are no limits associated with age or experience - the only pre-requisite is an enthusiasm for the subject! We are a community none profit organisation run entirely by unpaid member/enthusiast volunteers ... Our regular scheduled meetings take place from September to May of the suceeding year.'

'Six times every year we hold stimulating lectures followed by a lively question and answer session on a variety of topics including science, art, history, politics, music and literature. You are welcome to join us either as a member for the year or as a guest for an individual talk.'

'The Art Appreciation Society is a group that organises lectures on all aspects of art history, exploring and analysing art forms throughout history.'

'Do you enjoy the countryside? Do you wish that you knew a little bit more about plants, insects, animals, and fungi? Why not join other enthusiasts as a member of the Wilmslow Guild's Natural History Society? During the winter expert speakers deliver illustrated talks on a range of natural history topics and, during the summer there is a programme of field trips.'

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