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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.


Christmas in Withington. Friday 7th December, 5pm outside the Library. Including carol singing, Sale Brass Band, Old Moat Primary School Band, a newly-planted Christmas tree with decorations, the Lord Mayor, seasonal refreshments and festivities for all the family, and a spectacular arrival of Father Christmas. Do come along and celebrate Christmas in your community. All welcome. The library and the pop-up arts fair and market in the Old Bank (see below) will be open on Friday evening.

Lighting Up Ladybarn. 5pm Friday 14th December outside the Cooperative shop in Ladybarn. Carols around the tree and lots of festive treats, for all residents, local schools and community groups. All welcome. You may wish to "bring a tin" for the Fallowfield and Withington Food Bank.

Community Carol Service. 6pm, Sunday 16th December, St. Paul's Church, 491 Wilmslow Road M20 4AW. All welcome to this Christmas celebration, including community groups. Seasonal refreshments will be served.

The Curious Arts Fair pop up shop and market in the former Natwest Bank building. Open from now until Christmas on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10am to 6pm. Click here for details.  

Withington Library is now re-opened after extensive refurbishment of the interior with the newly-restored period features. This has been an extended closure because asbestos was found in the building. Do visit the library to enjoy the quality of the restoration and use the library services.

Whilst in the library, visit the new mini-exhibition on Factory Records and its Withington Associations, designed by Claire Hunt and Pip Cotterill, following the highly successful M20 Music Festival in Withington and celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Factory Records.
Withington Baths. Work is beginning on an open-plan co-working space above the Baths. This will be available for use to small businesses and the self-employed. New classes, free personal training sessions and vacancies for swimming lessons are also available. For detail and to register interest, visit the Baths website.

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.


Autumn 2018 Litterpick | The new public access defibrillator in the Village | The M20 Festival of music in Withington | The Christie: The Patterson Building (fronting onto Wilmslow Road) was damaged by fire earlier this year. The Christie plan to demolish the current building and build a new one on the site. They have submitted planning applications for the demolition and, if successful, propose to undertake this over the period November 2018-May 2019 | MCC has approved the planning application by The Christie for a multi-storey carpark, and is now considering conditions of approval including a Controlled Parking Zone | 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 in the history of Popular Music | The organ in St. Chad's Church  | Withington 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 and workhouse | Buildings of historical interest, including Listed Buildings | Pictures of buildings of historical interest | More pictures of buildings of historical interest Bibliography of our history | Withington wildlife


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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