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 Nov 14th Redesmere, Capesthorn

Please note amended location.
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 Nov 14th The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Heather Morris.
Bookworms 4
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 Oct 24th "A Flavour of Lancashire" Rob Mason

For many years part of the successful Lancashire Comedy Folk Group 'The Likes of Us' Rob has continued the tradition of good wholesome - come and have a 'reet good do' type of entertainment. Delivered with a large dose of Northern humour. ‘Do you remember when…' is a collection of stories, songs, audience participation and humour with a real flavour of Lancashire and the North. Come and see a morning of entertainment and insight to how we used to come together, socialise and entertain ourselves before the age of t’internet.
Thu Nov 28th "Mary Queen of Scots" David Templeman

Discover the fascinating story of Mary’s years in captivity in and around Cumbria, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and South Notts. This talk will reveal a story not found in any history book until now. Follow Mary on her journey as a captive Queen around Carlisle, Bolton Castle (Wensleydale), Tutbury Castle (Includes a 5 week stay In Coventry), Wingfield Manor, Chatsworth, Sheffield Castle and Manor Lodge, Buxton, Worksop Manor and Chartley Manor in Staffordshire. Rather than the benign period portrayed by her biographers, the talk conveys intrigue, passion, plots and escape attempts. (David’s book with the same name (Published 2016) is available on Amazon).
Thu Dec 12th

Christmas Party @ The Calvary

Thursday 12th December (11:30 to 15:00), 2nd Thursday of December
Christmas Party (Tickets Available September.)
Calvary Church, Earlsway, SK11 8RH.

Price £7.50, includes Free drink on arrival and full buffet meal with coffee to follow. Guests are welcome.

Tickets from:

Linda Clegg01625
Allan Trayes07803
Members MorningSep 26th/Oct 24th/Nov 28th

This event REPLACES the normal 4th Thursday Member's Morning Event.

Thu Jan 23rd 2020 "The Three E's and Climate Change" : Allan Trayes and Peter Roberts

We have one world. Our species needs two by 2050, when the U.N. model says there will be 11Bn of us (7.3Bn now). Right now we have an Energy Crunch, An Economic Crunch, and relentless Environmental issues with climate, pollution and resource depletion. And yet we pursue “Growth” as business as usual. These three “Es” are interlinked in the a closed system called the Earth. What happens from here on and how to we deal with. We need new Economic ideas that take account of resources and anthropology, Realism in our energy consumption habits and above all… acceptance of our environmental impact and the need to act now. Spoiler alert – New technology doesn’t fix it!
Thu Feb 27th 2020 "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 2020 "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 2020 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 2020 "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 2020 "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 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
Tue Mar 24th 2020 Dr Sebastian Cosgrove, School of Chemistry, University of Manchester

Go with the flow? The future of organic chemistry

2pm Calvary Church
Tue Apr 28th 2020 Professor George King, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester

Solar Energy: a Bright Future

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

10 am to 1 pm

Maximum 20 people. Details will follow.
Tue Sep 22nd 2020 Dr Hywel Owen, Accelerator Physics Group, University of Manchester

The physics of Proton Beam Therapy

2pm Calvary Church
Walking 5 milers
Thu Nov 7th 7th Nov - Rob Hooley location to be agreed
Thu Nov 21st 21st Nov - Details pending a walk being put forward
Walking Mondays
Mon Oct 28th Malcolm Griffiths 01625 431203, mob 07725 998030. Starts in Chinley in playground/social club car park SK 039 824 at 10:00 am. 8.5 miles. Moderate. Picnic Lunch.
( Route will take in Chinley Churn, South Head, Chapel Milton
Mon Nov 11th Bob and Yvonne Hallworth 01625875465 mob 07870293785. Start Lyme Park car-park SJ962824. at 10.00 am .circular round Kettleshulme.7 to 8.5 miles moderate
Picnic lunch and maybe a cup of tea at the end of the walk.
Mon Nov 25th Frank Nicholson 01625426796 mobile 07525389888
Meet at South Park at 9.30 or Starts at Gradbach Car Park. Map Ref: SJ999662 at 10.15.
8.2 miles, Easy/Moderate, Picnic Lunch.
Mon Dec 9th Dave and Mary Hudson Christmas Walk in Bollington. Details available nearer the time
Mon Jan 13th 2020 Dave Sinnott 01782 519854 mob 07803 166415 Starts from car park for Biddulph Grange Country Park, SJ 894 594 (just north of Biddulph Grange Gardens) at about 10.15am. 6 miles. Moderate. Pub lunch.
Mon Jan 27th 2020 Malcolm Griffiths 01625 431203, mob 07725 998030, Starts at The Old Hall Inn, Whitehough, Chinley, SK23 6EJ, Grid Ref SK 039 820, at 10:00 am. 5.5 miles. Moderate. Pub Lunch
Mon Feb 10th 2020 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 2020 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.