Members Mornings meet at the Calvary Church, Earlsway, Macclesfield. Part social, for members to meet, chat and take refreshments and new members welcomed and part educational as most meetings have a Speaker or an introduction to a Group Activity.

Dates for your Diary
Bird Watching
Thu Jun 13th RSPB Dove Stone, Greenfield
Thu Sep 12th RSPB Conwy
Thu Oct 3rd T.B.A.
Thu Oct 10th Redesmere, Capesthorn
Thu Nov 14th RSPB Marshside and Hesketh Out Marsh, Southport
Thu Dec 12th Greenway Bank Country Park, Biddulph
Thu Jan 9th 2020 Prestbury, followed by lunch
Thu Feb 13th 2020 Doxey Marshes Nature Reserve, Stafford
Thu Mar 5th 2020 Annual Planning Meeting
Thu Mar 12th 2020 Alderley Edge
Thu Apr 9th 2020 Monyash, Bakewell
Thu Apr 30th 2020 Dawn Chorus Walk
Thu May 14th 2020 Goyt Valley
Thu Jun 11th 2020 Standing Stone, Macclesfield Forest
Bookworms 2
Thu Jun 13th All Quiet on the Western Front.Erich.Maria Remarque
Thu Jul 11th Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.Gail Honeyman
Thu Aug 8th Trespass. Rose Tremain.
Thu Sep 12th For Whom the Bell Tolls. Ernest Hemingway.
Thu Oct 10th A very British Revolution. Martin Bell.
Thu Oct 10th A very British Revolution. Martin Bell.
Thu Nov 14th The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Heather Morris.
Bookworms 4
Wed Jun 19th ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ by Rebecca Skloot
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Born a poor black tobacco farmer, her cancer cells – taken without her knowledge – became a multimillion-dollar industry and one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta's family did not learn of her 'immortality' until more than twenty years after her death, with devastating consequences . . .
Wed Jul 17th ‘Home Fire’ by Kamila Shamsie
Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she's accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Isma's worst fears are confirmed.
Wed Aug 21st ‘The Surgeon of Crowthorne’ by Simon Winchester
The making of the Oxford English Dictionary was a monumental 50 year task requiring thousands of volunteers. One of the keenest volunteers was a W C Minor who astonished everyone by refusing to come to Oxford to receive his congratulations. In the end, James Murray, the OED's editor, went to Crowthorne in Berkshire to meet him. What he found was incredible - Minor was a millionaire American civil war surgeon turned lunatic, imprisoned in Broadmoor Asylum for murder and yet who dedicated his entire cell-bound life to work on the English language.
Wed Sep 18th ‘I am I am I am’ by Maggie O’Farrell
A childhood illness she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. A terrifying encounter on a remote path. A mismanaged labour in an understaffed hospital. It is a book to make you question yourself. What would you do if your life was in danger, and what would you stand to lose?
Wed Oct 16th ‘The Reader on the 6.27’ by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
Guylain Vignolles leads a dull and solitary life. On the train each morning on the way to work, Guylain reads aloud to his fellow commuters the disparate pages that he rescues from the jaws of the monstrous pulping machine. One morning on the train, he finds a USB stick which contains the diary of a young woman. As Guylain reads the diary, he finds himself falling love with its author ....
Wed Nov 20th ‘Transcription’ by Kate Atkinson
1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past...
Members Morning
Thu May 23rd The science and mysteries surrounding Gemstones and Crystals: Robert D Wood.

A talk based on the science and mysteries that surround Gemstones and Crystals. Robert gives an insight into the many uses of Gemstones and Crystals, from lasers to computers, from gas lighters to the windows on the space shuttle. He Explores the many ‘myths’ associated with crystals including why they didn’t know how to cut a ‘Diamond’ until the 15th century. He also explores the many benefits associated with gemstones and crystals, including their connections with the Bible and birthstones and the Placebo effect.

Meeting held at Calvary Church, Earlsway, SK11 8RH.
Doors Open 9:45, Speaker at 10:30am, finish at Midday.
Free Tea and Coffee, Raffle and book stall.
Thu Jun 27th “Physick, Pothecary or Chirurgeon? ” Uncovering Cheshire’s Medical Men and their work : Claire Moores

Our modern age has developed advanced scientific methods for dealing with illness and well being. It has been a journey to get here and it is fascinating to look back at medical practices as the scientific age developed. Claire takes a look at the “Doctor Experience” before modern methods, knowledge and the NHS were established… a little knowledge can be a bad thing…… she reveals some interesting patient tales of early medical treatment!

Meeting held at Calvary Church, Earlsway, SK11 8RH.
Doors Open 9:45, Speaker at 10:30am, finish at Midday.
Free Tea and Coffee, Raffle and book stall.
Technology & Science
Tue May 28th Dr Helen Price, University of Keele

Leishmaniasis: new ways to tackle a neglected tropical disease

2pm Calvary Church
Tue Jun 25th Prof Sheena Cruickshank, University of Manchester

The human microbiome

2pm Calvary Church
Tue Sep 24th Paul Barron, University of Manchester

Nuclear Fusion

2 pm Calvary Church
Tue Oct 22nd Professor Sarah Heath, Dalton Nuclear Institute, University of Manchester

A Whistle Stop Tour Of Periodicity and The Periodic Table

2 pm Calvary Church

It is 150 years since Mendeleev devised the periodic table and 2019 is the International Year of the Periodic table
Tue Nov 26th Dr Richard French, Business Development Director,Econic Technologies Ltd

Catalysts to transform Carbon dioxide into valuable chemical feedstocks

2pm Calvary Church
Tue Jan 28th 2020 Dr Robin Preece, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Manchester.

Future Power Systems

2 pm Calvary Church
Tue Feb 25th 2020 Professor Francis Livens, Director of Dalton Institute, University of Manchester

Future of Nuclear Power in the UK

2 pm Calavary Church
Thu Jun 4th 2020 Visit to Airbus A350 wing factory at Broughton

10 am to 1 pm

Maximum 20 people. Details will follow.
Walking 5 milers
Thu Jun 6th Three Shire Head. Lead: Mike Bradley, An easy to moderate walk of around 5 miles. One short (30 metres) steepish section followed by a ladder stile.
One small section can be muddy if there has been a recent heavy rainfall. Meet at 10:00 a.m.,"Clough House Car Park, Wildboarclough, located about 1.75 miles from the Stanley Arms junction, Ankers Lane,
Walking Mondays
Mon May 27th Bob and Yvonne tel: 07870293785
Starts from Edale car-park SK124853 at approx. 10.15.
Distance 9 miles moderate/hard . Picnic lunch
Note:The hard part is going up Lose Hill but there is a lower route which keeps the walk to a moderate
Mon Jun 24th Frank Nicholson 01625 426796 07525 389888
Starts at car park in Rowarth SK 012892 at about 10.15
10 miles moderate. Picnic lunch