The ‘fascinating’ Cheshire village that produced a Nobel Prize winner
A ‘fascinating’ village in Cheshire with ‘fantastic’ community spirit is where a Nobel Prize winner was born. Bollington is based just outside Macclesfield and was home to Sir James Chadwick – a British physician who discovered the existence of the neutron in 1932. The village is steeped in history and once spun the finest cotton in the world, which was sought after by lace makers in Nottingham and as far as Brussels in Belgium.
of the top stories from across Cheshire here. But it isn’t just history that makes Bollington a ‘fascinating’ place. When CheshireLive visited the village, residents consistently spoke of an almost unrivalled ‘community spirit’.
And this spirit is the reason people ‘never move out’ and become ‘integrated’ into local life, according to Nick Wright.
A typical street in the village of Bollington (Image: CheshireLive)
Nick is the station manager at Canalside Community Radio based in Bollington and has lived there his whole life, claiming his family can be traced in the village back to the 1700s. He said: “One thing I would say, it’s a fascinating place and it has wonderful community spirit. “Most people that move into Bollington, never move out and they stay here, this why I love living here, people who come in very rarely go out.
“The togetherness and community spirit, they very quickly get integrated into that spirit, there’s something about it that makes you buy into it quickly. “For a village of this size, it has its own leisure centre, arts centre, community centre and own radio station, which is quite fascinating. “The togetherness and community spirit is why I love living here, people who come in very rarely go out.
“They very quickly get integrated into that spirit, there’s something about it that makes you buy into it quickly.”
The Dog & Partridge in Bollington (Image: CheshireLive)
Speaking exclusively to CheshireLive, Chris Bennett said he is ‘biased’ when it comes to the village, which seems to be a common theme among residents. The chairman of the Love Bollington festival said: “I’ve never lived anywhere else. I’m quite biased when it comes to Bollington because I have lived here all my life and I love the place to bits.
“I still feel it’s a great place to bring the family up, there is an air that people are all equal and all happy to talk with each other.”
Bollington Recreation Ground (Image: Cheshire East Council)
Chris said that throughout the pandemic, people in the community helped each other and feels the recreation ground is the ‘epicentre’ of the village. He said: “Throughout Covid, everyone has been happy to help each other out. “There’s great community spirit and so much for people do, the recreation ground in my opinion is the epicentre of the community.
“It’s used an awful lot, we are only one of seven recreation grounds in Cheshire East to have the green flag, which is the flag of excellence. “We were probably one of the first communities to plant a commemorative tree for people who had lost their lives in Covid. “We planted a Japanese flowering cherry tree back in April and made a little stone plaque.”
Another resident touched on how ‘welcoming’ Bollington has been to her since moving to the UK from India in 2016. Sunitha Southern, owner and chef at the Indian Goat food truck at the recreation ground, feels she has never felt like an outsider. She said: “It’s just a beautiful place and very community driven, as well as the most welcoming people.
“We have a lot of diversity here and the inclusion is just amazing. “I’ve never felt like an outsider here, there are people from all over and they’re always made to feel welcome.”
The River Bollin, Bollington (Image: Martin Gresty)
The 31-year-old feels the village everything you could ‘want and need’, including a range of businesses and scenic walks. “You have everything you could want and need in this village, we have all-round businesses here,” she said.
“There are lovely walks and it’s busy but quiet at the same time.
“Everyone just loves helping each other and being around.”
Up until the industrial revolution, Bollington was solely part of Macclesfield Forest, but it now stands as a thriving village where residents are clearly proud to live.
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