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Welcome to Withington Civic Society

The Society works to protect and improve the environment and amenities of Withington, Old Moat and Ladybarn in Manchester, U.K.

Withington is an attractive and thriving district of south Manchester, with a long history, a diverse population and a village centre which is a Conservation Area.

The Civic Society was founded more than 30 years ago and has provided a focus for celebrating and conserving our heritage, and ensuring that the area continues to be an attractive place for residents and visitors.

The Society welcomes new members
and new ideas. We offer an opportunity to take a positive role in building the future. If you care about the Withington area, we encourage you to support the Society and to become involved in our activities. Visit the Membership Page for details.

To keep informed about news and events in the Withington area, subscribe to the email newsletter.


Burn's Night Supper and PartyFriday, 26th January, 7.30pm at St. Chad's Community Hall, St. Chad's Road. An evening of traditional Scottish music, dancing and fun. Admission by ticket only, £8.50 per person, available from Trena Radcliffe: 0161 445 1327. More details.

Concert: Award-winning folk duo Megson31st January, 7.30pm. St Paul's Church, Wilmslow Road. This is the first time the church has been a venue for this type of concert, and there will be a licensed bar. Ticket price £14. Tickets from the church, or from: details.

Science and Religion Evening: The surprising power of Mathematics to explain the Physical UniverseWednesday, 7th February at 7.45pm in Ladybarn Community Hall (next to St. Chad's Church, St Chad's Road). There will be an accessible introduction to the topic, and an opportunity to discuss mathematics in the world and its religious significance. Admission £2, including refreshments. More details.

Withington Civic Society AGM and Open MeetingSaturday, 10th March, 2pm-4.30pm in St Paul's Church Hall, Wilmslow Road, Withington M20 4AW.  Hear about the work of the Society and what is happening in Withington, including plans for the future. See how you can be involved. There will be an opportunity to raise issues of concern. All welcome - this is an open meeting. Refreshments will be served.

"Litter picks". 17th March, 11.00-12.00, and 20th October, 11.00-12.00. Meet outside the library. Do come along and volunteer to keep Withington Village a clean and attractive place for everyone.

40th Anniversary Celebrations of Withington Civic Society: "Ruby Saturday Party":  Saturday, 28th April, 7.30pm-10.30pm in St. Paul's Church Hall, Wilmslow Road, Withington. To celebrate the Ruby Anniversary of the Civic Society, we are throwing a party with retro 70s theme! Quiz, fashion show, raffle, optional fancy dress. Bring your own alcohol. Soft drinks and buffet included in ticket price. Do come along for an enjoyable evening of celebrations. Numbers limited. Tickets available soon. 

Withington Village Campaign12th May, 11am-2pm, meet in Rutherford Place, outside the library. Stalls, activities and an opportunity to make a difference to the Village. All welcome.

Withington Popular Music Celebration: 40 years on from Factory RecordsSaturday 2nd June, in venues throughout Withington Village, including Fuel, Solomons, Indigo, Deco Records, Withington Baths and outdoor public spaces. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of Factory Records on Palatine Road, and the rich popular music heritage of the area that drove ‘Madchester’ . We present a free community event which reignites the music of the time, and provides a platform for a new generation of musicians and artists. Programme and event details later.

Makers Markets. Following the successful and very popular markets of craft, food and music held last year, three markets are planned this year, in April, July and September. Dates and details to be announced.

First Sunday of each month: Old Moat Park Volunteers. Picnic 1pm, litter-pick 2pm. All welcome. Come along for fun and improve your local park.

Over-50s activities in Ladybarn: Wednesdays and Thursdays 11.30am-1.30pm in St. Chad's Hall (next to St. Chad's church, St. Chad's Road). Activities together with a lunch. Full details are here.

Every Sunday 11-12Albemarle Allotments Association Visit the hut to meet the gardeners. The main gate is at the junction of Lynmouth Avenue and Minehead Avenue. Contact: or visit the website

Tuesdays at 7.30pm: Philharmonic Choir of Manchester: Meet St Paul’s Church, Wilmslow Road, Withington M20 4AW.


Withington library is closed for a few months for refurbishment. Some library services are available at the Methodist Church opposite. Do visit the renovated interior when the library reopens | The council is "minded to approve" the application by The Chrsitie for a multi-storey carpark, and is now considering conditions of approval | Visit Withington Baths to see a refurbished community space, gardens etc. | Blue plaque on Factory Records building New oral history of Withington: A collection of memoirs | St Paul's Primary School remembers WWI | Closure of the NatWest Bank in the Village | Award for Roger Smith, Civic Society Chair: See news page and community events page | The Civic Society's publication A walk through the history of Withington is now on sale in Withington Library | Christies Neighbourhood Forum | Withington Village Action Plan | MCC Twitter for Withington @mccwithington

Introduction to our history | History tourOral history: Memoirs of the Withington area | Old mapsBuildings and places | Churches and chapels, Public houses and Parks | Famous Withingtonians | Old Moat Ladybarn | Old photographs | Withington Library | Withington Baths | Withington Public Hall and InstituteWithington Green | Streams and brooks | Alexander Park aerodromeCotton Lane | The Manor of Withington | Withington Methodism | Withington Hall and Schill Rock Gardens Ladybarn Social Club | Lapwing Lane ArcadeWithington trough | Withington SynagogueWithington Hospital | Withington in the history of popular musicA compilation of Withington buildings of historical interest, and Listed Buildings | Pictures of buildings of historical interest | More pictures of buildings of historical interest Bibliography of our history


Problems in Withington with the maintenance of public spaces, with refuse, with drains, graffiti, poor paving, faulty lighting, excessive noise, etc. should be reported to (preferably), or phone 0161 234 5004, or email The more problems reported, the more action is taken.

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