Members’ Meetings

Members’ Meetings – Open to all

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at Knutsford Methodist Church, Princess Street, at 2.15 pm– unless otherwise stated.  All welcome – no charge for non-members.   Refreshments available after the talk at a small charge.


Programme 2017/18 Speaker


14th December Geoff Scargill ‘The Last Laugh of the Railway King’ – A look of the life of Sir Edward Watkin 1819-1901.           Sir Edward Watkin MP, who lived and died in Northenden, is a forgotten great man of the nineteenth century. He started to dig a Channel Tunnel, erected an Eiffel Tower in London and led the campaign to provide parks for the people of Manchester. That is just a selection of his amazing schemes!

Geoff Scargill has been our meeting speaker several times. He is a retired Head teacher and Magistrate. His interests are politics, cricket and local history. All proceeds from his talks go to cancer research

11th January David Coggar  ’Two things my teachers never mentioned:  Coastal Change and Climate Change’
8th February Geoff Holman  ’Shakespeare – the Director?’Shakespeare’s text gives clear clues to actors as to how he wanted a line to be handled, or even how a scene should be paced. This talk will show and discuss how, from 400 years away, Shakespeare can still be the director at your shoulder with helpful advice.

Geoff Holman started his working life as a biochemist in medical research and spent most of his career working for ICI Pharmaceuticals (now AstraZeneca).  In parallel with this he did a lot of directing and acting at the Garrick Theatre in Altrincham.  He took early retirement to study for an MA in Contemporary Theatre Practice, specialising in the 20th century production and teaching of Shakespeare.  He then undertook training in acting  at Birmingham School of Speech and Drama.

He has been asked to talk about the actor’s approach to Shakespeare’s text on numerous occasions, in particular by the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.

For reviews of talks at several recent Members’ Meetings, use this link



Just to remind members attending general meetings who are hard of hearing that a loop system is in place at Knutsford Methodist Church.  This is activated when the sound system is in use and hearing aids should be switched to the ‘T’ position.  Please contact the Technical Team if you experience any problems.