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Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre

Knutsford Heritage Centre

2014 Quiz night at Toft Cricket Club

The Friends

The Friends of Knutsford Heritage Centre is an active group providing valuable support for the work of the Centre. The Friends raise funds through an annual subscription and fund-raising events enabling the purchase of much-needed items to enhance the centre. Recent donations have included funds for a garden shed for the cottage garden, the rebinding of rare books, special stationery to preserve archive material, a new shop heater and a time capsule to mark the 25th anniversary of the Heritage Centre.

The Friends are individuals and families who care about Knutsford and its rich heritage. They share the aims of the centre to preserve, protect and promote the historic past of the town and are able to play a role in conserving the cultural history of Knutsford for future generations.

Entertainment at ’The Heritage Arms’ - November 2013

Entertainment at ’The Heritage
Arms’ – November 2013

Friends’ Events

Throughout the year The Friends organise a popular and diverse programme of fund-raising and social events. The year starts with the February Forum, a series of four weekly Saturday lunch-time talks, which this year included an account of a journey in the Sahara, queenship in medieval England, the life and times of George Formby and crime in Victorian Manchester. Our summer event was a garden party at a Friend’s Arts and Crafts house, preceded by a guided walk of Richard Harding Watt’s Italianate villas along Legh Road.

Forthcoming Events

Tuesday 20 October 7.00 p.m: AGM with refreshments followed by a talk by Neil Forbes, Knutsford’s former mayor, titled Myths, Legends and a Year of Pomp and Circumstance. Free entrance but please notify the Centre of numbers.

Friday 20 November: Annual Quiz Evening with Supper at Toft Cricket Club. Ticket £12.50 for Friends. £14 for guests. Last date for booking is Monday 9 November.

Croquet on the lawn at Peover Hall - June 2013

Croquet on the lawn at Peover
Hall – June 2013

Becoming a Friend

As a Friend you will receive

  • a regular newsletter
  • advance notice of forthcoming events
  • 10% discount on ticket prices for Heritage Centre and Friends events

The annual subscription is:
Adult: £10 per year
Joint: £15 per year

For ease of administration subscriptions are renewable in September each year. Anyone joining between April and August need only pay £5 (£7.50 joint).

Special Offer: throughout the month of September 2015 FoKHC members are entitled to 10% off goods purchased in the Heritage Centre shop.

To become a Friend please download an application form here

We can be contacted by email at or telephone 01565 650506

Can you help?

We are always glad of help from the Friends. Please telephone us on 01565 650506 or email us at if you are able to offer any of the following:

  • Raffle prize donation
  • Give a talk or demonstration
  • Help with baking and/or catering
  • Display/deliver publicity material
  • Help organise a fund-raising event
  • Contribute an article to the newsletter
  • Give occasional help at an event (i.e. stewarding, collecting tickets)
  • Particular skills, interests, experience or useful contacts that you feel could benefit the Heritage Centre
  • Any suggestions for events/functions/activities you would like to see organised
Summer outing to Peover Hall - June 2013

Summer outing to Peover Hall –
June 2013


Great Rail Journeys


Knutsford was featured on a recent BBC2 Great Rail Journey programme featuring Michael Portillo in January 2016.Knutsford Heritage Centre worked with Boundless TV on the research for this programme during 2015. For the programme Michael Portillo visited Heathwaite House where Elizabeth Gaskell the town’s famous authoresslived as a child, the Unitarian Chapel where she is buried, and the Gaskell Tower built in 1907 by Richard Harding Watt in her memory. Diane Stenson accompanied Michael Portillo who chatted with him about Elizabeth Gaskell’s mostfamous novel ‘Cranford’, the inspiration which she drew from the many buildings and features of the town.

The picture here shows Diane Stenson, Michael Portillo and Val Bryant (Trustee) in front of the Gaskell Tower.


Memoir Writing

Memoir Writing

This 7-week course will guide you through the process of writing stories from your life for your grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Suitable for inexperienced and experienced writers, there will be lots of tips on how to make your memories vivid and engaging.  Just bring yourself, a pen and paper. Sessions last for 2 hours and will include stimulating, hands-on writing exercises and the opportunity to read out work in a friendly, supportive and constructively critical environment, guided by a former literary agent, Sarah Ganczarski M.A. in Creative Writing and teaching creative writing qualifications from MMU.

Start Date:     Monday 4th April 2016 (7 weeks)

Finish Date:  Monday 23rd May (1 week off 2nd May)

Venue:            Knutsford Heritage Centre

Time:              10am – 12pm

 Price:             £50 (inc refreshments)

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90A King Street, Knutsford,
Cheshire, WA16 6ED

Tel: 01565 650506

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