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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.


The Christie Redevelopment Plans: Public Consultation: Drop-in sessions to view plans for the redevelopment of the Paterson Building:

- 2pm-8pm, Wednesday, 6th March 2019 in The Christie main entrance lobby on Oak Road, and

- 10am-1pm, Saturday, 9th March 2019 at Withington Library.

There will be opportunity to speak to members of the project team. From 6th March 2019, the plans will also be on the website deadline for responses is Friday, 22nd March 2019.

"To Let" Boards. If you are concerned about the large number "To Let" signs and their use in the area, please send your views via email to by the 25th February. This is important and will make a difference. Make sure you include your name, home address and area of concern in your response. The council need strong evidence to take action. A control scheme has worked well in other cities and we hope one will be introduced soon here. 

Plans for tree-planting at The Christie are available here and a map is here. The Christie have extended the deadline to accept comments and feedback on these plans. It is now Thursday, 28th February, 2019.

Withington Village Clean-Up. The next Village Clean-Up is Saturday, March 2nd, 11am-12 noon. Meet outside the Methodist Church on Wilmslow Road. It is fun and friendly! Do come along and help keep Withington a clean and attractive place for us all.

Building a Healthy Future. Free six-week course at Withington Library, starting at the end of February, for people living with a long-term physical condition and is suitable for anyone who wants to find ways of managing and improving their emotional wellbeing. Contact Ruth Rosselson 07527 127 786 to register for a place or to find out more. More details:

Civic Society Heritage Group Open Meeting. 7.30pm, Wednesday, 13th March. The Heritage Group is active in preserving and promoting the history of the area. If you are interested in any aspects of our history and heritage, you are welcome to come along to an Open Meeting. If you wish to come, please email by the 6th March:
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 details and to register interest, visit the Baths website.

Friends of Ladybarn Park Action Group: The Action Group meets every Tuesday 10am–12noon and the last Saturday of the month 10am-12noon. Friends meetings are bi-monthly 7pm in the Bowling Hut (see notice banner on tennis court fence). All welcome. Text 07421734656.  Facebook: Friends of Ladybarn Park. 

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.


The area has been awarded two substantial HLF grants: (a) Restoration of the historically-important pipe organ in St. Chad's Church, (b) Renovation of the Edwardian splendour of Withington Baths LoveWithingtonBaths.| 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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