Marple Bridge & Mellor


Monthly Meetings:

Unless otherwise notified, the ordinary monthly meetings are held in St Paul’s Church Hall, Compstall on the third Tuesday of each month at 9-30am (for coffee and socializing). To enable members to use the bus service, the business of the meeting will start at 10-15 and will finish at 11.45 am approx.

Attendance fee is £1.00 for members and £1.50 for visitors.
When attending a meeting please show your Membership Card and have the entrance fee ready (preferably as a £1 coin).

You MUST show your membership card at all U3A events, including groups.

  • Please use the Etherow Country Park Car Park.
  • Please remember to bring and buy books and C.D’s at the monthly meetings.

Dates for your Diary
Tue Feb 18th Margaret Powell & Sharon Adamson "Mellor Country House".
Tue Mar 17th Paula Rabone "The History of Minshull Street Crown Court".
Dining Group
Wed Jan 29th An evening at the Maple Tree in Marple Bridge 6.45 for 7pm (this venue is due to popular demand) £20 for three courses Bookings will still be taken at the January Meeting.
Thu Feb 27th An evening at The Catering College Ashton 7pm: Five Courses for £21 (It used to be called Reflections its new name is RESTAURANT at TAMESIDE ONE). New Directions will be given with your booking form. Bookings will be taken at the January Meeting.
Local Theatre Group
Mon Jan 27th Iron by Rona Munro
Chads, Monday 27 January 2020, 7.45pm.
A drama set in a prison. A mother is convicted fifteen years earlier for the murder of her husband. Memories are gradually revealed.
Sat Feb 29th Veronica’s Room by Ira Levin
Carver Matinee, Saturday 29 February 2020, 2.30pm.
Mystery thriller. Students find themselves as guests enticed to a Boston Mansion.
Mon Mar 30th Fondly Remembered by Gareth Armstrong
Poynton Players, Monday 30 March 2020, 7.45pm.
Comedy. Friends are reunited for a memorial service, but is this the time to tell the truth?
Sat May 9th Salt of the Earth by John Godber
Carver Matinee, Saturday 9 May 2020, 2:30pm.
Drama. Spanning three generations, the play captures the dreams, ambitions, joys, tears and heartache of three sisters.
Mon May 25th Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan
Chads, Monday 25 May 2020, 7.45pm.
two interlinked one-act dramas. The plays share the same hotel setting where a number of relationships are witnessed between guests.
Mon Jun 1st
→Sat Jun 6th
Carver Theatre – 60th Anniversary One Act Play Festival
Monday 1 June - Saturday 6 June 2020 (? evening performances)
There will be 3 one act plays per evening with each play adjudicated by the Greater Manchester Drama Federation (GMDF) “on the fly” which can be exciting. Details of the GMDF plays to be seen by the Theatre Group will be announced early in 2020.
Wed Feb 12th People’s History Museum, “Free entry”
Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER 0161 8389190
People’s History Museum in Manchester is the national museum of democracy, telling the story of its development in Britain: past, present and future. Bookings at November and January general meeting. Organiser... Hazel Bhatt.
Meet at the Manchester Piccadilly station near platform 2 at 10:30am.
Mon Mar 9th The Bridgewater Hall Tour
plus an optional midday concert (£4pp + concert ticket price).
Join us on this Manchester’s iconic international concert hall guided tour. The entertaining guides will tell you about the history and architecture of the hall including the opportunity to visit parts of the building not usually open to the public, including the atmospheric undercroft where you can see how the hall is built on giant springs (please note the undercroft is accessed by a flight of metal steps). The tour will last approximately one and half hour. The midday concert is by Jess Gilliam saxophone & Zeynep Ozsuca piano. Jess is a finalist in the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year.
Price.....£ 4pp for the tour. ( minimum number of 20 required )
Bookings from November and January general meeting.
Organiser...Hazel Bhatt. Meet at the concert hall at 11am.
Wed Apr 22nd Rufford Old Hall
A trip to the “Hesketh” Family home since 16th century (a Grade 1 listed building) run by the National Trust has been organised. A Tudor Gothic style mansion filled with collection of Gothic revival furnishings, tapestries, stained glass, and arms and armour. Then enjoy a stroll in the formal gardens and woodlands.
Price.....£15 ( for coach hire and driver’s gratuity) + entry fee.
National Trust members free entry. None members...£9.50 (for group of more than 10 further reduction to £7.70).
Bookings.... November,January and February general meetings. Organiser.Hazel Bhatt 07808809795
Wed May 6th Bluebells at Renishaw Hall
Home to Sitwells family for nearly 400 years, Renishaw Hall, Renishaw Nr Sheffield is a hidden gem. It offer visitors both a cultural and visual spectacle as you enjoy the award winning gardens and historic hall especially the bluebells in the gardens and woodland at this of the year. Hope you can join us.
Price......£28 includes coach travel, driver gratuity, guided tour of the hall and entrance to the gardens.
Bookings...February, March, April general meetings.
Sun Jul 12th
→Sat Jul 18th
Isle of Wight Holiday
Date: Sunday 12th of July - Saturday 18th of July 2020
6 nights / 7 days Dinner, Bed and Breakfast at Bourne Hall County House, Shanklin, Isle of Wight.
Price............£788 (based on 25 passengers)/£850 (based on 20 passengers).
£50 deposit at the time of booking made payable to Andrew’s of Tideswell Ltd.
Insurance premium if required £39.50.
Bookings.....January, February and March general meetings.
Thu Nov 26th
→Sat Nov 28th
Thursford Christmas Spectacular 2020
We are planning a three day trip to north Norfolk, starting on 26th November 2020, to see this show and, as it is rapidly acquiring a national reputation, early booking is essential. Full details are in the appendix to the November newsletter and several videos are available on You Tube. Application forms will be available at our November meeting. The deposit is £50 per person, plus £23.50 per person for insurance if required, and cheques should be made payable to “Roy McCarthy Coaches Co Ltd”. We are looking far ahead here but we do have a limited number of spaces and it is possible that delay might result in disappointment. Organiser Alan Stanbridge.
Strolling Group
Tue Feb 4th Geoff Fogg and Shirley Hammond
Meet in the car park at Bredbury Hall, Osborne Street, Bredbury, Stockport, SK6 2DH.

The Stroll: Again we have tried to find somewhere that we can stroll without getting covered in mud.
However be aware of the time of year and wear suitable footwear and warm waterproof clothing!
we will stroll along Alan Newton way towards Chadkirk. As some of the side tracks could be muddy and involve steep inclines we will return along the same path.
we can then drive to Woodley Precinct for some refreshments.
Tue Mar 3rd David Taylor
Meet outside the Regent Cinema in Marple, at 10.30am.

The Stroll: Cross Stockport Road via the tunnel and proceed up lockside Road by the side of the locks.
Cross over the bridge where the Macclesfield Canal joins the Peak Forest Canal then stroll down past the Marina. Continue down the tow path by the side of the Peak Forest Canal to the bridge, before crossing Strines Road to the footpath. Stroll down the path (can be muddy at certain times of the year). Stroll down the steps (handrail) across the bridge over the railway line and down the steps along the side of the railway (downhill all the way). At the bottom turn right onto lakes Road, (worth a stop to view the dig taking place at Samuel Oldknow’s, Mellor Mill and lodge). From the dig, carry on along Bottom Mill Road and onto low lea Road taking you into the village of Marple Bridge.
We can finishing at The Midland for refreshments.
Distance: approx. 2 miles
NOTE: Outside The Midland is a bus stop for the 384 bus into the centre of Marple.
Or for the more energetic a brisk walk up Brabyns Brow, onto the side of the canal, through Memorial Park and back into Marple Centre.
Walking Group
Wed Jan 29th Kath Dack TBA.
Wed Feb 5th TBC 5m moderate +Carol Culley.
Tue Feb 11th Bramhall 4/5m easy Sheila Stafford.
Wed Feb 19th Alderly Edge/Hare Hill 4.5m moderate Judith Lynch. NATIONAL TRUST CARDS PLEASE!
Tue Feb 25th Local 5m moderate Irene Riley.
Wed Mar 4th TBC John Bloor.
Tue Mar 10th Greenfield to Uppermill 5m easy Jean Mitchell.
Wed Mar 18th Broadbottom 6m moderate Judy Rhodes.