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 Apr 16th 16 April Annette and John Christopher “A Talk with a difference’’ Fun with Clay
Tue May 21st 21 May Paul Blakey MBE “Street Angels” Volunteer to help the vulnerable.
Tue Jun 18th 18 June Colin Alderson “ life in the Palace Kitchens” Chef to the Queen
Tue Jul 16th 16 July Steve and Carol Robson “Stormy Stories” Songs and Stories
Tue Aug 20th 20 August Charity Event
Tue Sep 17th 17 September Eddie Tarry “Living in Styal” Community Engagement Manager Styal Prison
Tue Oct 15th 15 October Geoff Scargill “Miracle in Manchester” Barbirolli and the Manchester Halle Orchestra
Tue Nov 19th 19 November Keith Warrender “Hidden Gems of Manchester” Unusal people and places around Manchester
Dining Group
Thu Apr 4th An Evening meal at Il PEPE NERO Romiley on Thursday 4th April 6.30 for 7.00
A three course meal plus Tea or Regular Coffee £19.00.
Bookings will be taken at the March meeting.
Wed May 8th Lunch at The Fisherman’s Table Marple on Wednesday 8th May
A Two course meal for £20 11.30 for 12.00
Bookings will be taken at the March meeting.
Local Theatre Group
Sat May 11th Harvey by Mary Chase
Book in by Date: 3rd April.
Date of Play: Saturday 11 May Matinee 2.30pm.
Play Venue: Carver, Marple.
Mon May 20th Communicating Doors by Alan Ayckbourn
Book in by Date: 3rd April.
Date of Play: Monday 20 May 7.45pm.
Play Venue: Chads Theatre.
Mon Apr 8th Join us on the walking tour of the landmarks of Manchester that Elizabeth Gaskell would have been familiar with.
The walk will be lead by the Manchester Blue Badge guide, start at the Cenotaph at 10:30 am and it will be for one hour duration. There will be a break for an hour for lunch between 11:30 am till 12:30pm.At 12:30pm we meet again with the guide outside The Manchester Art Gallery to catch a bus to the Gaskell house which is on Plymouth grove.12:45pm arrived at The Gaskell house for a tour of the home of Elizabeth Gaskell. At 1:30pm till 3:00pm we will be gathered in the servants hall for riotous tales of feisty regional women. There will be a break half way for a cup of tea / coffee and cakes. The cost of this trip will be £23 provided there are 25 members in attendance. Otherwise the cost will be slightly higher.
Thu May 16th West Side Story at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre
We are booked to attend the West Side Story at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre on Thursday the 16th of May. We are fully booked and some members haven’t collected their tickets! Please collect your tickets at the March general meeting.
Sun Jun 23rd Ednaston Open Gardens
We plan to visit Ednaston near Ashbourne ( within the Chatsworth estate) open gardens day on Saturday the 23rd of June from 1pm till 5pm. We hope to car share and would be grateful for a few volunteer drivers. Please put your name forward at the next three monthly meetings.
Strolling Group
Tue Apr 2nd Meet outside the Regent Cinema Marple at 10.30am: Pam and David Taylor
The Stroll - We cross the road via the pedestrian tunnel to Top Lock. We take the canal tow path towards New Mills, passing the marina, until we reach a stone bridge. Then over the stile onto the path to All Saints church. The first few yards of the path are a bit steep and rough under foot, but it then levels out and there are good views on a clear day. We proceed on the footpath, over another stile,through the church yard leading onto Church Lane. We continue our stroll up Church lane for about a quarter mile until we reach the footpath at the riding school (again there are lovely views here looking towards New Mills), then down the footpath, up the steps, over the bridge to the canal tow path on the other side which takes us back into Marple. We recommend strong shoes. There are 2 lych-gate stiles to cross on the walk, which is approximately 2 miles. Afterwards join us for a drink and a natter in one of the cafes in Marple.
Tue May 7th Meeting at Romiley Forum ( post codeSK64EA) in the centre of Romiley, at 10.30am
The Stroll - We will wander down to High Peak canal then through the woods to Chadkirk Chapel (this could be muddy) and back along the canal into Romiley. This will be about 2miles with one short steep climb, obviously we will take this very slowly. If this is too much (can decide on the day) we can miss Chadkirk out altogether and stay on the canal towpath, distance about 1 and half miles. Strong shoes recommended – could be muddy!
Tue Jun 4th Suggestions or offers for future walks please.
Walking Group
Wed Mar 20th High Lane 5m Easy, Leader: Sheila Stafford
Tue Mar 26th TBA Leader: Gillian Cheesman
Wed Apr 3rd Longdendale 6m Easy. Leader: John Bloor
Tue Apr 9th Lyme Park 5m Moderate. Leader: Sheila Stafford
Wed Apr 17th Castleton 5m Moderate. Leader: Sue Ward
Tue Apr 23rd Styal Woods 5m Easy+. Leader: Roy Bradshaw
Wed May 1st Werneth Low 6m Moderate. Leader: Judith Lynch
Tue May 7th Alderley Edge 6m Moderate. Leader: Gillian Cheesman
Wed May 15th Mellor Cross 5m Moderate. Leader: Val Bradshaw
Wed May 22nd Pilsbury Castle 6m Moderate. Leader: Irene Riley
Tue May 28th Ollersett Moor 5m Moderate. Leader: Maxine Wild