Macclesfield Eye Society

Cllr Liz Durham, Mayor of Macclesfield, with Macc Eye Society Chairman, Michael Drapes.

140 Year Celebration Event!

On Friday 29th May we held a Celebratory Event at Macclesfield Town Hall to mark our 140th Birthday.

Over 150 blind and visually impaired individuals attended
the event, receiving advice and information from over 30 local and national organisations, including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Action for Blind People, Macclesfield Disability Information Bureaux, Macular Society, Age UK, Cheshire East Council’s Visual Impairment Team, Stroke Association,  Rotary Macclesfield Castle, and many more, – with refreshments hosted by Inner Wheel Macclesfield Castle.

Cllr Hilda Gaddum, attended in the afternoon as her first official engagement as Mayor of Cheshire East to draw the winners of Macclesfield Eye Society’s annual Grand Draw and present fundraising awards.

Macclesfield Eye Society Chairman, Michael Drapes, with Cllr Liz Durham, Mayor of Macclesfield

Chairman Michael Drapes, with Cllr Liz Durham, Mayor of Macclesfield


Newly appointed Mayor of Macclesfield, Cllr Liz Durham, attended in the morning to meet exhibitors and attendees and to support the work of Macclesfield Eye Society.






Macclesfield Eye Society (Macclesfield Society for the Blind) is an independent, registered Charity, which was established in 1875. The Society enables people affected by sight loss to lead fulfilling lives at work, at home and in the community.


To make a donation please visit our Just Giving page Donate with JustGiving and PayPal

The Society works with over 700 blind and partially sighted children and adults in East Cheshire.

Resource Centre

Our newly refurbished centre, at 15 Queen Victoria Street Macclesfield, demonstrates and sells a selection of daily living aids and specialised living equipment, including:


  • Talking Clocks
  • Watches
  • Microwave Oven
  • Bathroom and Kitchen Scales
  • An extensive range of magnifiers including specialised electronic magnifiers
  • Computer Software
  • Telephones (including mobile phones)
  • Anti Glare Shields and Filter Spectacles
  • Day light lamps

We are open Tuesday – Friday from 9.00am -1.30pm where our staff are able to advise on the full range of specialist equipment which can help you live as independently as possible.

For those looking to learn how to use a computer or to upgrade their computer skills, Macclesfield College provide one to one tuition with a specialist tutor to help people to achieve qualifications in I.T. using the screen reader JAWS.
JAWS speaks as you type and is also used to read documents, webpages, e-mails, etc. For further information please visit Computing for the Visually Impaired.

Tel: 01625 422602