Groups & Amenities

  • Name
    Details
    Contact
  • Male singing group of all ages singing for pleasure and also raise money for charity

    Alan Barlow 0161 775 0617

  • Primary School

    Mrs Elaine Darwin 0161 775 2015

  • Friendly family morris dancing group based at Higher Irlam Social club

    Diane Lowry 07534 258283

  • Regular train travel between Manchester and Liverpool.

    0161 222 1923

  • Delightful venue with a café and bar which has local history, artefacts and railway memorabilia on view.

    0161 222 1923

  • Adult football club with 2 teams

    Martin Ivison 07808 786024

  • All ladies are welcome to join this bowling group for exercise and socialising

  • The club offers a range of indoor and outdoor facilities for all ages and have a number of rooms for hire.

    0161 775 2346

  • Separate building from the club house that is for hire

    0161 775 2346

  • Large Junior football club with 20 various aged teams

    Gareth Doe 07944 600924

  • Ladies football team who are always welcoming to new players from 16+

    Gareth Doe 07944 600924

  • Seniors bowling club for male bowlers aged over 60

    David Walker 0161 775 1921

  • Councillors surgeries for help and advice

  • ‘Give something back’ corporate social responsibility scheme with TalkTalk.

    David Taylor 0161 222 4003

  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

    0161 777 9108

  • Venue for hire to Community Groups

    Diane Hesford (Secretary)

  • Social gardening group who meet monthly and are welcoming to all

    Diane Hesford (Secretary)

  • Situated on the edge of Chat Moss, in an area once full of collieries, lies the picturesque village of Astley Green. In the heart of the village stands Astley Green Colliery Museum which, but for the foresight of Lancashire County Council and several leading figures within the community, would have suffered the same fate as the other collieries in the area, total demolition. It was the uniqueness of the 3,300 hp twin tandem compound steam winding engine that brought the demolition to a halt. As the result of the intervention, the museum houses Lancashire’s only surviving headgear and engine house, both of which now have scheduled monument and listed building status.

    The museum occupies some fifteen acres of the Astley Green Colliery site. To the south lies the Bridgewater Canal and Astley Moss, an important mossland site. The low-lying landscape ensures that the museum’s 98ft high lattice steel headgear can be seen for many miles, a fitting memorial to days now past.

    Apart from the steam winding engine and headgear the museum houses many exhibits, not least of which is the collection of 28 colliery locomotives, the largest collection of its type in the United Kingdom.

    The colliery began its life in 1908 to exploit coal reserves in the south Lancashire Coalfield. Had it not been for the increasing demand for coal, at that time, the project would not have been viable. The coal seams at Astley Green are very deep and overlain by 100 feet of wet and unstable ground. These factors made the sinking of the shaft a very expensive proposition. The novelty of many of the requirements tested the ingenuity of the engineers during the construction, so much so that a paper, on the sinking of the shaft, was presented to the Institute of Mining Engineers. The colliery had a lifespan of only 62 years, finally closing its gates in 1970. Because of its short and relatively recent history, a considerable number of written and photographic records have survived. This has enabled a detailed study to be made of the construction of the colliery and its subsequent operation.

    The museum is now run and maintained, on behalf of the community, by the Red Rose Steam Society Limited, a registered charity based in Lancashire.

    01942 895841-Answerphone

  • Scuba diving and snorkelling club from novices to experienced divers

    Alan Hewitt 0161 776 0250

  • Local wildlife area

  • The hub of the De Traffords Sheltered Housing

    0161 775 5136

  • Social Group based at Lucy Winskill House, The De Traffords

    Harold Bennett 0161 775 6881

  • Dads lead bike rides and workshops

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