Marple Bridge & Mellor


Corona Virus NEWS – Marple Bridge and Mellor U3A

Due to the Corona virus, Marple Bridge and Mellor U3A have regrettably cancelled monthly meetings at St Pauls Church Hall until further notice.

We are very sorry to do this but it is following government advice and that from the National U3A office.

Please look out for an email or a notice on the website to tell you when the meetings will start again.

Should you have any group activity, outings, meals, etc., booked for the coming months, please check about continuance. If in doubt, please directly contact your group leader or organiser of a particular event. Event organiser details will be on your booking form.

The Committee wish you all well during these circumstances.
If anyone has a particular difficulty, please contact a member of the committee using the contact page on this website.

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
Local Theatre Group
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.
Tue Jun 9th Ashford in the Water Well Dressing and Buxton Market Day
A trip to Ashford in the Water Well Dressing and Flower Festival. We will spend 2 hours in Ashford giving plenty of time to visit the 6 well dressings and the flower festival in the parish church. All are within easy strolling distance. Maps with a story of each well can be bought from the local shops. Take time to enjoy the river view from the low arched medieval Sheepwash Bridge and feed the ducks. We will then travel the half hours journey to Buxton where there is the regular outdoor market. There are plenty of places for lunch in Buxton or walk up to the Pavilion and Gardens for a picnic. We will spend approximately 2 hours in Buxton leaving about 4pm.
Price ....£13 pp which includes coach hire and driver’s gratuity.
Cheque only please made payable to MB&MU3A outings.
Bookings .... March and April general meetings.
Pickup points: Rose Hill Station 9:15am. Regent Cinema 9:20am. Marple Bridge bus stop 9:25am. N’thumbland Arms 9:35am Romiley Arms 9:45am.
Organiser.....Kath Leigh (07712 657595)
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 Aug 20th Southport Flower Show
You will see inspirational show gardens with unique features. The bandstand has a varied programme of music and there will be a range of entertainment in the arena. Visit Southport’s famous Lord Street. The show ground is located in Victoria Park which is a 10 minute walk to the town centre and the famous Lord Street.
Departure Times: Rose Hill Station 8.45am Regent Cinema 8.50am Marple Bridge 8.55am Northumberland Arms 9.00am Romiley Arms 9.05am
We will leave the showground at 4.30 pm, planning to arrive home at approx 6pm.
The cost of this great day out is £34.50 per head, including entrance ticket, coach travel and driver’s gratuity.
Bookings will be taken at the June and July meetings.
Organiser: Carol Rice.
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 Jun 2nd Olwyn Wych
Meet outside the Regent Cinema in Marple, at 10.30am Bring your bus pass.

The Stroll: Peak Forest Canal towards Strines Road.
We are blessed with stunning scenery particularly in spring to summer when the trees are full. This stroll of about 2.5 miles gives us glorious views across Marple Bridge and beyond, then towards Mellor and New Mills. The stroll will be mostly flat along the canal path but with gentle ascents and descents.
We will stroll along the canal tow path to Lock 16 where 2 canals meet, taking the left canal path towards New Mills. Eventually we’ll take the canal steps down to the old road (Peeres Road) where in C19th horse drawn waggons collected coal and goods from the canal. Strolling down to Strines Road we can get then a bus back to Marple.
We have a choice of venues for a drink, either before or after the bus journey back to Marple.
Members are recommended to wear strong walking shoes, waterproof jacket etc. (just in case) and don’t forget your bus pass for the return journey. Sorry no toilets.