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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.


Consultation on developments at The ChristieThe Christie hospital is proposing a replacement building on the site of the fire-damaged Paterson Building on Wilmslow Road. There is considerable concern over the height and size of the proposed new building and its effect on Withington. The Christie have submitted two documents for approval to the City Council and we have the opportunity to respond and comment on both.

      (a) Planning Framework: Responses as soon as possible - the council meet on Wednesday 26th June to consider this. This is a change to the general development framework for The Christie to accommodate the new building. See their website.

      (b) Planning Application: Deadline for responses is Tuesday 25th June. This is the application for permission to construct the new building. See the application.

If you wish to respond, there are sample responses that you may wish to use: Letter to Council (PDF), and Planning Application response (PDF). In addition, there is a website created by some local residents, and the Civic Society's response.

Ladybarn Park Community Fun Day and Fun Walk. Saturday 29th June, 12-4pm. Games, Stalls, Music, Refreshments, Dancers, Dog Show, Art Trail and Walk. All welome - fun for all the family. More details. The Civic Society has a stall and welcomes volunteers to help: contact Jane Watson ( or Rita Whitehead (

Science and Religion Evening. Monday 1st July, 8pm in St Chad's Church Hall, Ladybarn: Life, Artificial Intelligence and Robots presented by Scott Midson and Martin Yuille, examining the rise of "thinking machines" and its impact on us and our place in the world. More details. All welcome. Refreshments £3.00.

Cafe Concert at St Chad's Church, Ladybarn. 10.30am, Saturday 13th July, 2019. This is the final concert before the works (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) begin to renovate the historically-important organ. Refereshments served during the concert. All welcome.

Volunteer opportunities with a community theatre group. See poster for details to help with summer productions.

Withington Library. After the renovation, the library is pioneering an OPEN PLUS scheme to allow longer opening hours. For details, and for forthcoming events at the library, see their website.

Withington Baths. The new "coworking space" is now open, and other renovations completed. To find out more, or rent a space, contact Paul on 07805 664064 or

Friends of Ladybarn Park Action GroupThe 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.


Withington Campaign Day was a great success: Saturday 11th May, 2019 | 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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