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 Nov 5th 5 November Coffee Morning: St Paul’s Church Hall - 10am to 12 noon
Admission £1.00 - Come and share Parkin, treacle toffee etc.
Proceeds for Pure Insight, this years Charity.
Come along and bring your friends!
Tue Nov 19th 19 November Keith Warrender “Hidden Gems of Manchester” Unusal people and places around Manchester
Dining Group
Wed Nov 13th An evening Meal at the Oaklands Hall Hyde on Wednesday 13th 6.30 for 7pm. A three course Meal plus tea or regular Coffee £20. Bookings will be taken at the September meeting.
Wed Dec 4th An evening Meal at Peruga on December the 4th 7 for 7.30pm. A three course Meal plus tea or regular Coffee £21. Bookings will be taken at the October meeting.
Local Theatre Group
Sat Nov 9th When we are Married by JB Priestley
Carver Matinee, Saturday 9 November 2019, 2:30pm.
A farce. A group of old friends, all married on the same day in the same chapel, gather to celebrate their wedding anniversaries when they discover that they are not legally married.
Mon Nov 25th The Holly & the Ivy by Wynyard Browne
Poynton Players, Monday 25th November 2019, 7.45pm.
Comedy. Jenny must give up her love in order to care for her ageing parson father.
Mon Dec 9th Arsenic & Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring
Chads, Monday 9 December 2019, 7.45pm.
A farce, A theatre critic discovers his two beloved aunts have been killing off lonely single men.
Mon Jan 27th 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020
→Sat Jun 6th 2020
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 Oct 23rd Saltaire World Heritage Site
A visit to this model industrial village built by Sir Titus Salt has been organised. On arrival you are met by Salt's walks guide in costume and character who will take you for a walk around the village. For lunch there are several restaurants such as Salts Mill diner, Salt Bar & Kitchen and Don’t tell Titus restaurant and wine bar. After lunch visit Salts mill for David Hockney Gallery and much more. Cost for the tour is £25 pp which includes coach travel, driver gratuity, cost for the guided tour and refreshments on arrival. Places still available. Organiser...Hazel Bhatt. 07808809795.
Thu Nov 28th A traditional Fairytale Christmas at Tatton Park
Join us on this trip to Tatton on Thursday the 28th of November. We would have arrived early enough to visit the gardens or relax with friends in the cafe before exploring the decorated Mansion. Then learn to make and take home your own Pomander, an 18th century Christmas gift. Afterwards you are served a fabulous festive afternoon tea in the Mansion. The cost of this trip will be £36pp, this includes coach and the driver gratuity plus the Mansion entrance fee, craft activities and the afternoon tea. We will need a deposit of £5pp at the time of booking and the balance payable by end of July 2019. Fully booked, for cancellations contact organiser Hazel Bhatt mobile number 07808809795.
Thu Jan 16th 2020 GYPSY at The Royal Exchange
All tickets have been sold for this outing and will be available for collection at the Outings desk on Tuesday 17th September (General Meeting).
There is a waiting list for any cancellations.
Strolling Group
Tue Nov 5th Tuesday November 5th
We have realized this date coincides with the Coffee Morning arranged by our U3A and have therefore postponed Sue’s stroll to December.
We suggest that our strolling group meet each other at the Coffee Morning at St Paul’s Church Hall, between 10am and 12 noon. Instead of taking a stroll why not come and share parkin, treacle toffee and other bonfire treats. Entrance fee £1, with proceeds to this year’s charity. This event is open to non-members as well as members so bring your friends and introduce them to the joys of the U3A.
Some of you may choose to take a stroll later around Etherow Lake.
Tue Dec 3rd Tuesday December 3rd Sue Norcross
Meet at the Hare and Hounds Carpark, Werneth Low, at 10.30am.
The Stroll: We will head across the Low towards the Cenotaph. Before reaching it take a right turn and head back to the road. Cross over and stroll down to the stile leading onto the golf course. Then we will make our way back to the Hare and Hounds. There are some short inclines and a few steps to negotiate on this stroll.
The stroll is approximately 2 miles and should take about 1 1/2hours.
We will be able to enjoy some refreshments at the Hare and Hounds later.
Walking Group
Wed Oct 30th Padley Gorge 5m, Moderate. Judith Lynch.
Tue Nov 5th Buxton 5m, Moderate. Sheila Stafford.
Tue Nov 12th TBA Irene Riley.
Wed Nov 20th Bollington 5m, Easy. Sue Ward.
Wed Nov 27th Tame Valley 5m, Easy. John Bloor.