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North West branch

The North West branch roughly covers the counties of Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire. The exact area covered is determined by postcode regions and can be seen on our Post Code Map.

Tony Lyons (1978)

Upcoming Events

Unfortunately, there are no events currently planned in the North West. Events are currently at the planning stage, and so updates can be expected soon. Remember that members are always welcome at events organised by other branches

Previous Events

St Catharine's College and the St Catharine's Society in Manchester - Monday 25 June 2018

St Catharine's College and the St Catharine's Society in Manchester have the pleasure of inviting you to an evening drinks reception at The Portico Library on Monday 25 June 2018.

The early evening drinks reception will be in The Portico Library, 57 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3FF on Monday 25 June 2018.

Welcome drinks will be served at 6pm, prior to a short talk by the Master commencing at 6:30pm. Further refreshments will follow.

The dress code for the event will be lounge suit or equivalent.

You can register by completing the online form below. Unless all places are filled earlier, booking will close at midday on Monday 18 June.

If you have any questions about the event, please email events'at'

11th November 2015 at 7.00pm

Wine-tasting at Bistrovin, 63 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BB

Cost £20.00 per person, payable in advance. (Places are limited - please book early)

"Lord of the Flies"
Liverpool Everyman theatre

Suggested date is Thursday 4th February 2016 - please email Eleanor to express an interest in being included in a group booking

Sunday 26th June 2016 (provisional date)

Picnic & walk in Delamere Forest

Meet for a picnic at around 12.00pm, walks of various lengths & degrees of difficulty to be had on the forest trails. All welcome - young and old!

Full details of where to meet will be posted here nearer the time.

Branch Annual Report 2015

Previous Events

Thrills & Mills - NW Catz Society on tour in northern Manchester

Fifteen Catz alumni and family gathered in showery Piccadilly Gardens on Sunday 6th April to learn a little of central Manchester's amazing industrial and cultural heritage. After a relaxed and tasty lunch we set off around the self-proclaimed 'Northern Quarter' with our tour guide pointing out a number of modern art installations (which we confessed we may otherwise have overlooked!) We saw some renovated pre-industrial weaver's cottages and Manchester's last remaining Georgian 'back to backs' before moving on to Ancoats - Manchester's first 'industrial suburb'. Although now largely cleared what remains is magnificent and of great historical significance : the world's first steam-powered textile mills (some employing up to 1200 people) with their own subterranean connecting arms to the nearby canal systems. We learnt of the appalling working conditions (well documented) but a surprise was the scale and date of intervention to try and improve the quality of life, with Manchester Corporation building sizeable (and surviving) tenement blocks and terraces with indoor sanitation as early as the 1890s. Another fascinating insight was the significance of Italian immigrants during Ancoats' development and the shameful way in which they were treated at the outbreak of the Second World War.

We all thoroughly enjoyed our two hour voyage of discovery - which it was, even in the heart of a city many of us know well. Many thanks to Sibi, our knowledgable and approachable tour guide. It was lovely to see our first 'under 10' attendee and we really hope to continue to broaden the cross-section of Catz folk who come along to future events.' David Roberts (1983)

Last modified 17th July 2019