An enthusiastic group attended our special evening with guest Sir Graham Brady MP. After introductions, Chair Judie gave an overview of work the society had been involved with during the year. Following a break for refreshments, Graham then outlined some of the local issues raised at his weekly surgeries which generated a lot of discussion. These included Expansion of Local Schools and associated parking problems, the future of the new Health & Wellbeing Hub and local Policing which was an ongoing issue he had raised with the Chief Constable. The route for HS2 was also raised as a concern. Chair Judie thanked Graham for making time for this meeting and it was hoped we could make it an annual event.



The Society AGM took place on Wednesday 28th November 2018 at Altrincham Town Hall.

Chair Judie Collins welcomed everyone to the meeting, thanked all her hard working committee and summarised the work that had been achieved throughout the year. In particular some planning issues were quite challenging but progress was being made. After the adoption of the Neighbourhood Business Plan, the Design and Working Groups have been a great resource ably led by Damian and Graham and supported by ourselves.

Mr David Eastwood (L) and Mr Vivian Labaton (R) presented Matt Colledge with his Don Bayliss Award. This was in recognition for his work as Chair of Altrincham Forward which led to the successful regeneration of Altrincham Town centre.

In thanking everyone Matt said it meant a great deal to receive an award from local people and that he was particularly glad to accept an award in Don’s name.

Chair Judie Collins then introduced our Guest Speaker Kirsten Warren, General Manager at Dunham House and Gardens for the National Trust.

Kirsten then gave an overview of her responsibilities at Dunham and some of the challenges involved. She went on to summarise achievements to date and set out some of their plans for the new year. After questions from the floor, the Chair thanked Kirsten and Kathryn for a most interesting presentation.


The neighbourhood plan referendum voted unanimously to instruct
Trafford Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Altrincham to help
it decide on future planning applications in the neighbourhood area.

The submitted Neighbourhood Business Plan relates to Planning Matters
concerning the use and development of land in Altrincham Town Centre
and has been prepared in accordance with the statutory requirements
and processes set out in the Town and Country Planning Act, 1990
(as amended by the Localism Act 2011)
and the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, 2012.

To read the full document  CLICK HERE


David Miller and our Late Vice President Don Bayliss,
have written a book which was released last year.


A study of Bowdon through land use, its unusual multiple openfield system
and the importance of the church in the area’s history and development.

The book is available to download in pdf format from

Click on the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page.



To mark Civic Day 2016 a free Guide to Bowdon Parish Church and the Surrounding Area
was published by the Civic Society to coincide with the induction of the new vicar
the Revd Ian Rumsey. It was written by local historians Judith Miller and Sue Nichols.
The well-illustrated booklet highlights the notable features of the church and also
describes significant buildings and past residents of the surrounding streets.
A map is included which depicts the historic pathways of the area.

This booklet is one of several projects undertaken by
Altrincham and Bowdon Civic Society supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund
in order to explore, celebrate and share our area’s rich heritage.

The booklet is available from the church, the Parish Centre,
local Bowdon businesses, Altrincham Library and Art with a Heart.


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