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 Feb 13th Doxey Marshes Nature Reserve, Stafford
Thu Mar 5th Annual Planning Meeting
Thu Mar 12th Alderley Edge
Thu Apr 9th Monyash, Bakewell
Thu Apr 30th Dawn Chorus Walk
Thu May 14th Goyt Valley
Thu Jun 11th Standing Stone, Macclesfield Forest
Bookworms 4
Wed Feb 19th

The Rings of Saturn by W G Sebald

The Rings of Saturn — with its curious archive of photographs — records a walking tour along the east coast of England. A few of the things which cross the path and mind of its narrator (who both is and is not Sebald) are lonely eccentrics, Sir Thomas Browne's skull, a matchstick model of the Temple of Jerusalem, recession-hit seaside towns, wooded hills, and Joseph Conrad.

Wed Mar 18th

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndam

The Day of the Triffids is a 1951 post-apocalyptic novel by the English science fiction author John Wyndham. After most people in the world are blinded by an apparent meteor shower, an aggressive species of plant starts killing people.

Wed Apr 15th

Snow falling on Cedars by David Gutterson

In 1954 a fisherman is found dead in the nets of his boat, and a local Japanese-American man is charged with his murder. In the course of his trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than one man's guilt.

Wed May 20th

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Jude Fawley is a rural stone mason with intellectual aspirations. ... But life as a social outcast proves undermining, and when tragedy occurs, Sue has no resilience and Jude is left in despair.

Wed Jun 17th

Pieces of Happiness by Ann Ostley

A novel of five lifelong friends who, in their sixties, decide to live together on a cocoa farm in Fiji, where they not only start a chocolate business but strengthen their friendships and rediscover themselves.

Wed Jul 15th

The Dry by Jane Harper

In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily when three members of a local family are found brutally slain.
Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown....

Wed Aug 19th

Shadowplay by Joseph O’Conner

1878- The Lyceum Theatre, London. Three extraordinary people begin their life together, a life that will be full of drama, transformation, passionate and painful devotion to art and to one another. Henry Irving, the Chief, is the volcanic leading man and impresario; Ellen Terry is the most lauded and desired actress of her generation, outspoken and generous of heart; and ever following along behind them in the shadows is the unremarkable theatre manager, Bram Stoker.

Wed Sep 16th

Dancing by the Light of the Moon by Giles Brandreth

The inimitable Gyles Brandreth revels in wordplay, rhythm and lyrical eloquence with this deftly curated anthology of poetry that runs the gamut from W.H. Auden to Rupi Kaur. A celebration of language and craft and a testament to the enduring power of the verse form.

Wed Oct 21st

Circe by Madeline Miller

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves

Wed Nov 18th TBA
Wed Dec 16th Bookworms 4 Christmas Party
French Conversation 1
Wed Feb 19th Meeting 2pm at 21 Sandringham Rd Macclesfield
Wed Mar 18th Meeting at 2pm at 10 Bluebell Close Macclesfield
Wed Apr 15th Meeting at 2pm at 17 Newmarket Close Macclesfield
Members Morning
Thu Feb 27th "The Plague Doctor" : David Bell

“When Hygiene was a dirty word” In a highly entertaining presentation, David explores the state of medicine used to deal with the plague in the 1600s, an echo of the world’s most devastating pandemic to date “the blackdeath” from the 1300s, killing an estimated 200Million people. Measures were ineffectual and weird, reflecting beliefs and prejudices of the time, seeming incredible now but taken seriously then. A sometimes shockingly funny source of material is used by David to give a sense of the desperation and hopelessness of the disaster, that only subsided when the cold Autumn came to kill off the real carriers of the plague. Prepare to look away… now.
Thu Mar 26th "From Barrow to Baghdad and Back" : Philip Caine

Born in 1950, in Barrow-in- Furness Philip’s working life began in the hotel business. His career developed in the oil industry and 30 years were spent in places such as the North Sea, Algeria, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Russia. From 2003, he spent 7 years in post war Baghdad, working with the American coalition, and a further 3 years running oil services companies in Dubai. He retired in 2015 and began WRITING & PUBLIC SPEAKING, since then he has spoken at over 250+ venues and written 6 fictional adventure thrillers.
Thu Apr 23rd Macclesfield U3A Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Notification of agenda and invitation to attend will be sent to all members during March. Early notification of agenda items, issues to be raised and concerns is appreciated.
Thu May 28th "Parkside Hospital And Me" : Jackie Boulton

Jackie is one of our own Macclesfield U3A members. The nature of U3A is such that many of our members have a wealth of life experience with tales to tell and anecdotes to share with our wider membership. For the many of us who are incomers to Macclesfield (Me included), we have no awareness of Parkside hospital or it’s story. Jackie enlightens us in an entertaining way and fills in some gaps for those locals who only know part of the tale.
Thu Jun 25th "Growing Up in South Africa" : Joy Kewney

Many of you will know Joy as a long standing member of Macclesfield U3A and a group leader. Joy has revealed a summary of her upbringing in South Africa in our 2018 year book. That short story piqued a lot of interest and Joy has been asked to share more. This is her response, sharing her experiences, impressions and thoughts about South Africa from first hand knowledge of growing up there. Delivering a fascinating insight to how she grew up and ended up in London, we get to understand what it is like to grow up in a land 5 times the size of the UK, with magnificent and imposing scenery and full of fascinating (and Dangerous) wildlife…
Technology & Science
Tue Jan 28th Dr Robin Preece, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Manchester.

Future Power Systems

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

Future of Nuclear Power in the UK

2 pm Calavary Church
Tue Mar 24th Dr Sebastian Cosgrove, School of Chemistry, University of Manchester

Go with the flow? The future of organic chemistry

2pm Calvary Church
Tue Apr 28th Professor George King, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester

Solar Energy: a Bright Future

2 pm Calvary Church
Tue May 26th Dr Justyna Kulczyk-Malecka, Research Associate, Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University

A hydrogen based future?

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

10 am to 1 pm

Maximum 20 people. Details will follow.
Mon Jun 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 151 years since Mendeleev devised the periodic table and 2019 was the International Year of the Periodic table
Tue Sep 22nd Dr Hywel Owen, Accelerator Physics Group, University of Manchester

The physics of Proton Beam Therapy

2pm Calvary Church
Tue Oct 27th Jack Saunders, Materials Science Group, University of Manchester

Watching Paint Dry: How to stop corrosion.

2pm Calvary Church
Tue Nov 24th Professor David Brough, School of Biological Sciences, University of Manchester.

How the Immune System affects Brain Disease

2pm Calvary Church
Walking Mondays
Mon Feb 10th Marion Grant and Pam Upchurch – Start point is SK 154 743
Tideswell Dale Pay Car Park. 6 miles. Moderate. Start about 10.15am. Lunch details to be confirmed
Mon Feb 24th Rachel Davies 01260 235671/07810726060 and Barbara Finan 01260 252458/
Starts from Agricultural Way car park, Bakewell, SK221684, at about 10.15am.
6 miles. Moderate. Picnic lunch for those who wish, and although no pub lunch will be organized there are also some eating places to choose from in Bakewell.
Mon Mar 9th 9th March 2020
Walk Leader Dave Hudson Starts at The National Park Car Park on The Monsal Trail at the old Miller's Dale station, SK138733 at 10.15, picnic lunch.The distance will be 8 to 9 miles with some steep climbs. Valerie will go to Fence Avenue opposite the storage company
Mon Mar 23rd Walk Leader Stewart Bradley 01625 873774 mob 07586841873 Starts at small car park on Goyt Valley Way at Hague Bar near New Mills. SJ986857 at 10.15 am.
9.2 miles moderate. Picnic lunch.
Meet at carpark in Upper Hurdsfield
Mon Apr 13th Walk Leader David Turner 01625 260973 mob 07811 564376 Starts at carpark off Hawkhill Road, Eyam (just past the Museum) SK216 767 (Use the second carpark on the right which is FREE).
Walk is around Eyam, Stoney Middleton, Calver, Coombs Dale and Foolow, starting at about 10.15 am
9.5 miles, moderate. Picnic lunch. Meet at Fence Avenue opposite the storage company
Mon Apr 27th Walk Leaders Jane and Dave Haigh. 07733 315479, 01625 429176
Start Point: Milldale Car Park. SK 138 547 at 10.15
Approx 9 miles. Moderate. Picnic Lunch. Meet at Fence Avenue opposite the storage company
Mon May 11th Walk Leaders Julie and John Dunsford 01625 424569 Mob. 07942 720121/07857 055360
Starts from Chelmorton. Park on roadside close to church and pub SK115702 at 10.15
8.5 miles, moderate. Picnic lunch.
Mon May 25th Walk Leader Malcolm Griffiths 01625 431203 / 07725 998030
Starts in Earl Sterndale. Park roadside SK090 670 at 10:15 .
9 miles moderate with a couple of steep ascents and descents which can be circumnavigated. Picnic lunch.
Mon Jun 8th no walk
Mon Jun 22nd Walk Leader Frank Nicholson 01625426796 / 07525389888
Starts in Birchen Clough car park on Snake Pass, SK109914 at 10.15.
9.3 miles moderate. Picnic lunch. Meet at Higher Hurdsfield car park
5 Milers 3 Month Walking Programme
Thu Feb 6th The Three Parish Walk (about 5 miles), led by Michael Bradley. Meeting at 10:00 a.m. the start point is at Lyme Park in main car park by the Hall. The walk, perfect for February is fairly easy with no long upward steep slopes and generally good underfoot (no mud!!) allowing the walker the benefit to admire some excellent vistas. The carpark is free to National Trust members.
Thu Feb 20th Walk on 20th February will be led by Frank Fallon.

The walk starts at the Poynton Coppice Local Nature Reserve car park on Shrigley Road, Higher Poynton SK12 1UE. Grid reference SJ942826. The walk is about 3.5 miles, it will probably be muddy and wet but generally level. There will be no scheduled cafe stop so please bring your own drinks and nibbles.
To reach the starting point leave Macclesfield on London Road towars Addlington. Turn right at the traffic lights by the (Leigh Arms) Toby Carvery Adlington onto Brookledge Lane then left onto Shrigley Road. The Coppice Car Park is about 2 miles on the left.

Departure at 10.00am.