Wow! That didn't take long to get the local forums up. Great work KBF!
I'm in Holmes Chapel, East Cheshire. It's a fairly quiet village, probably not bordering on a town yet, so I doubt there'll be many other members nearby so I may gatecrash another party once the groups become more established.
I haven't got a feel yet for the mood in shops etc. around here but I'll post any updates if there's anything worth mentioning.