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
Dining Group
Wed Jan 29th 2020 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 be taken at the November meeting.
Local Theatre Group
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 Dec 11th Stockport Plaza at midday “ Free entry”
EDUCATE stands for early Dementia Users Co-operative Arriving to educate. This is an award winning group of people with dementia, who raise awareness about dementia. They are celebrating their 10th anniversary Christmas concert at Stockport Plaza. The intergenerational choir will be leading the singing of Christmas songs and carols. Why not combine your day out in Stockport with visiting Stockport Christmas market and ice sculptures trail.
Meet at the Plaza at 11:45am for the midday concert at 12 o’clock.
Thu Jan 16th 2020 GYPSY at The Royal Exchange
This trip is fully booked. There is a waiting list for any cancellations.
Wed Feb 12th 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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
Thu Nov 26th 2020
→Sat Nov 28th 2020
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 Jan 7th 2020 Tuesday January 7th Shirley Hammond
Meet in the car park at Dobbies Garden Centre, at 10-30am.
The Stroll: As the ground could be wet in January I’ve chosen a stroll over paved pathways to make progress easier.
We will head to Chadkirk Estate. Strolling towards the church, then across the river and strolling up the paved path, eventually joining the main road just above Dobbies.
The stroll is approximately 1 1/2 miles.
We can then enjoy some refreshments in the café at Dobbies.
Tue Feb 4th 2020 The next stroll will be February 4th 2020
Details to follow......
Walking Group
Tue Dec 10th Sheila Stafford New Mills 5 m, Easy+.
Wed Dec 18th Judith Lynch Mellor 3 or 4m, Easy+.
Xmas Lunch: Contact Judith if you will be attending the Lunch. 0161 449 7507 or email Judith Lynch.
Tue Dec 31st Impromptu: Meet at Brabyns.
Tue Jan 7th 2020 Jean Mitchell Fernilee 4.5m, Easy.
Wed Jan 15th 2020 Sue Ward Chapel en le Frith 5m, Moderate.
Tue Jan 21st 2020 Judy Rhodes Roman Lakes 6.5m, Moderate.
Wed Jan 29th 2020 Kath Dack TBA.