A Local Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan is an opportunity to set out a vision for our area for the next 20 years, giving voice to the views and feelings of local people. Our objective is to consult with residents and together use local knowledge and a sense of what needs to be held on to as well as what needs to change, in order to really make a difference. We aim to have sustainable local policies for our area covering housing, employment, transport, leisure, health and wellbeing, community facilities and the countryside.

We have already started a “Forum” with people from Compstall, Marple Bridge, Mill Brow and Mellor already involved. Anyone who lives in the Plan area can join this – there’s no membership fee or any commitment to do anything other than give your views and support the idea of a Plan. However, if you’d like to be more involved, this would be welcome.

At our next public event below, we’ll explain what the proposed area is, ask for people’s views and start to gather ideas and thoughts about what you’d like to see in the plan.
– The Steering Committee for the Mellor, Marple Bridge, Mill Brow and Compstall Neighbourhood Plan

 

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Spring 2018

Mellor Society Annual General Meeting 2018
The Constitution of the Mellor Society requires that we hold an Annual General Meeting to discuss the business of the Society directly with the membership. The business includes the approval of the previous AGM minutes, reports from committee members, fix the subscription rate, receive certified accounts and election of officers. Also, the consideration of any business brought forward by the committee or membership will be dealt with. Please note that any business brought forward from the membership needs to be in writing to the Hon Secretary (contact details above) and in good time for the Hon Secretary to notify the membership if necessary prior to the meeting.
If any member wishes to help delivering newsletters, collecting subscriptions or serve on the committee please contact The Chair and/or Hon Secretary before the date of the meeting. Importantly the position of Membership Secretary is currently vacant and if the Mellor Society is to continue your committee needs your support.
Refreshments will be available during the evening. The event will be held at Mellor Primary School commencing at 7:00 pm on Thursday 22nd March 2018.
This year the AGM business will be followed by the return of the Great Mellor Quiz and team entry forms can be obtained from Tim Lowe at lowe_tim@sky.com or 0161 449 5935
There will be a modest team entry fee which will be donated to the Mellor March supporting cancer charities.

The Mellor March
The annual walk that supports cancer charities takes place this year on Sunday 6th May – the first May Bank Holiday weekend. It is a ten mile walk but on a circular route so people can head for home at any stage. It basically follows the Mellor boundary taking moorland and wooded valleys with a stop at the Cow Shed Café approximately half way round. The March has raised almost £200,000 and as well as supporting cancer causes it promotes an appreciation of the wonderful scenery around Mellor.

War Memorial Park
Next WORK PARTY as usual, second Saturday of the month, MARCH11th, APRIL 8th,
Time 10-12. Coffee at 11. Yummy cake keeps appearing too!
Mark the Park ( Solutions SK Ltd) has completed an excellent job of pruning the scrubs, including making the 2 acuba bushes into a cat!
The volunteers are looking forward to seeing all the bulbs flower that were planted from Wayne at Greenspace.
The carpet of snowdrops and cyclamen under the yew are lovely at present.

Parking
A plea from a local councillor for all car drivers to park with consideration for others. If a pavement is blocked by cars someone pushing a pram or children have to step out onto the road with obvious danger. Parking cars on the brow of hill obstructs vision for other drivers.
Please show common sense when parking.

Mellor Well Dressing
The Mellor Well Dressing team will be meeting in the near future to plan the dressing for 2018 which will be mounted on the day of Mellor Church Fete in June. Anyone interested in being involved in the dressing or even the more muscular work of moving the boards please contact the Parish Centre.

Walklate Educational Foundation
The Walklate Educational Foundation dates back to 1639 and now supports developments at Mellor School and makes grants to students from the parish going into higher education or vocational training. The Foundation is going to support the refurbishment of the school library and would be keen to hear from anyone who might like to give financial support to this project. Details via the school website.

Mellor Country House
We are opening our wonderful charity again on 1st March to welcome our visitors for 2018 so they can enjoy a real break in the country side.
We had a good year last year including a great success on our first Ladies Super at the home. Everyone had a really fun evening and we hope to repeat the event this year. Christmas Delights at the home also went well as did the Winter Wonderland in the Bridge. We again sold fabulous non-drop Nordman Christmas trees which are becoming increasingly popular. Both these events raise much needed funds for the home to help pay the bills and subsidise the breaks for our visitors.
Our community has been very generous to us last year donating clothes, food, toiletries, and single bedding which has made a huge difference to us so thank you to you all. We are still in need of volunteers to help us with gardening and small handyman jobs around the house. Volunteers are also needed to be part of a team to manage a kiosk at the Etihad Stadium at the home football games of Manchester City Football Club. We need more helpers with our Plant Sale event as it has grown so much over the past couple of years. Extra people are needed not only on the days of the sales but in the week leading up to it. This year our Plant Sale is to be held on Saturday 19th May and Sunday 20th May 10am until 4pm. If you can spare a couple of hours to help (no heavy lifting) please do not hesitate to get in touch on 0161 427 1893. Even if you cannot be hands on but have good ideas about funding or administration please contact us as we would love to hear from you. Your help whether it is financially or giving time is always gratefully received. We achieve so much it is uplifting and heart-warming, giving us the encouragement to carry on. A big THANK YOU from myself and all at the home and let us make 2018 an even better year for Mellor Country House.
Margaret Powell
Chairperson and Fundraiser

Friends of Mellor Parish Centre
The Friends of Mellor Parish Centre have had a change of committee members at their recent Annual General Meeting. Four sitting committee members have been joined by five new members and our thanks go to all committee members for their efforts to maintain our valuble village resource. The committee has been responsible for arranging the many fundraising events over the years providing a wealth of varied, entertaining and informative functions. The Parish Centre is also host to various social groups and available for private functions.

Forthcoming Events
March 3rd at 7:30pm – Jennifer Lowe and Claire Dunham present: Dream a Little Dream.
An evening of Ella Fitzgerald songs from composers including George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Rogers & Hart.Tickets £10 available from The Parish Centre 01614845079 or Margaret Lowe 01614276589 mob 07765704077
Bar and nibbles available. There will also be a raffle.

March 17th Bridge Drive. Margaret Oldham is organising this event. Tickets are already for sale. Margaret Oldham’s phone number is; 427 5939 mob; 07544377419
End of April/May
Local art historian Michael Howard will give a talk on LS Lowry. This will most likely be on a Thursday evening. Details of cost, date, time and exact content will be available soon from the Parish Centre.

June 18th George Hoult’s cello recital accompanied by John Wilson on piano. Details yet to be confirmed, but put the date in your diaries. It is not to be missed!

You Don’t Have To Be a Master Chef
Marple Luncheon Club has been going for over 50 years, serving hot, homemade meals to the elderly residents of Marple. The food is prepared by volunteers and is run by the Royal Voluntary Service. It takes place in the Senior Citizen’s Hall every Tuesday and Thursday at 12pm and a 3 course meal costs only £4. Recently there has been a drop in numbers of both volunteers and diners. Sally Connor, who has just taken over the running of the Club said, “We are short of help and desperate to keep the service going. Volunteers are in a rota and cook just once a month and it is very rewarding to see how much our Senior Citizens enjoy a hot meal and companionship. We would also love to see more elderly people joining us for lunch.”
For details on volunteering or joining the lunch club, please contact Sally Connor on: 07904206071.

A Local Neighbourhood Plan
The Neighbourhood Plan is an opportunity to set out a vision for our area for the next 20 years, giving voice to the views and feelings of local people. Our objective is to consult with residents and together use local knowledge and a sense of what needs to be held on to as well as what needs to change, in order to really make a difference. We aim to have sustainable local policies for our area covering housing, employment, transport, leisure, health and wellbeing, community facilities and the countryside.
We have already started a “Forum” with people from Compstall, Marple Bridge, Mill Brow and Mellor already involved. Anyone who lives in the Plan area can join this – there’s no membership fee or any commitment to do anything other than give your views and support the idea of a Plan. However, if you’d like to be more involved, this would be welcome.
At our next public event we’ll explain what the proposed area is, ask for people’s views and start to gather ideas and thoughts about what you’d like to see in the plan. See the back page of this newsletter.

Autumn 2017

Message from Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Greater Manchester Lead for Planning and Housing, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett:
Last year the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, along with your local Council carried out a consultation on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) – the plan to provide land for jobs and new homes, which we believe will help make Greater Manchester be one of the best places in the world.

You, along with 27,000 other people across Greater Manchester responded to that consultation – and we thank you for taking the time to respond. We have now published those responses on our website.

These can now be viewed at www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/gmsf

Leaders from across Greater Manchester want to do justice to these responses and have subsequently agreed to a new timetable for the next draft of the framework. Through an open and transparent process, the second draft will take into account concerns raised previously. Work will continue on this in the coming months, and the new plan will be published in June 2018. This will be followed by a 12-week public consultation period.

The redrafted spatial framework will aim to make the most of Greater Manchester’s brownfield sites and reduce the impact on greenbelt – as that was the major concern raised through the consultation from local residents.

The amended plan will ensure we have the right mix of homes across the city region, including truly affordable housing to allow young people to find a home in communities where they want to live. This is really important as the framework is a huge part of securing the future success of Greater Manchester.

We will continue to listen to and engage with the public as the new draft of the plan is developed, as well as keeping people updated on progress. We want to communicate with you in a clear and consistent way – so to do this, we will primarily be using online methods to send regular updates to people about the development of the plan.

If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so by visiting www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/gmsf

We want people to feel engaged, involved and able to participate in the process, we hope that you will continue on this journey with us.
The spatial framework is a strategic plan for all of Greater Manchester, and is a key part of making the Greater Manchester strategy work, as well as helping our economy grow. Districts are also producing individual local plans alongside the spatial framework. To ensure that you are informed and engaged we will share your contact details with the local planning authority who will add you to their consultation database. If you don’t want your details to be shared please let us know at: gmsfconsultation@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk
Thank you again for your involvement so far, and we hope you continue to remain engaged with this process.

Andy Burnham and Paul Dennett

The Marple Area Committee
The Marple Area Committee meets every six weeks in the Senior Citizens Hall in the Memorial Park. The six Marple councillors attend and all local residents are welcome.
The Committee is very keen to encourage greater community involvement and is changing the format of the meetings to allow for more interaction. A new stand-alone website has been developed at http://www.stockportgov.uk/mac . The meetings will also be broadcast live on webcam and can be accessed through the same site.

Anyone wishing to get updates on local issues can register with stephen.fox@stockport.gov.uk

This is a very encouraging campaign by our Councillors to make sure that local democracy supports our community.

Keeping Our Villages Tidy
SMBC have engaged Keep Britain Tidy to work with them on a general litter and recycling campaign. SMBC Public Realm Officer has visited our area and been made aware of various issues (including dog fouling) and Knowle Road and Longhurst Lane will be one of the first targets for the campaign.

A Local Neighbourhood Plan
In recent issues of our newsletter we have made residents aware of the Neighbourhood Plan process for giving residents a say in the development of their village(s) and surrounding area over the next twenty years.
A public meeting was held at the time of our AGM and reported on in our Summer Newsletter. There is currently a group of interested residents, fifty in number, some of whom have formed a steering committee. This comprises Mellor Society members, residents and representatives from Marple Bridge and Compstall Associations and local Councillors to kick-start the Neighbourhood Plan Process.
The name of the Neighbourhood Plan is to be Mellor, Mill Brow, Marple Bridge and Compstall Neighbourhood Plan and a map is currently being drafted to cover the area including Mill Brow, Ludworth and part of Strines. The Mellor Society is currently publicising the activities of the group through our newsletter while Marple Bridge and Comstall Associations will be contacting their residents directly until a dedicated website/social media platform can be established.
As a starting point the steering group has been considering what is important to us in the above area using guidelines in established documents. The list currently includes, in no particular order, the following Policy Themes:
Employment, Town Centres and Retail, Housing, Urban Design, Historic Environments, Transport, Natural Environment, Health, Sustainability, Social Care, Cultural, Development, Education.

Not all these themes may be relevant to every Neighbourhood Plan and there may be other relevant issues not included above.
These could include:
Leisure and Recreation and Civil Society ( NGO`s, Faith Groups, Clubs and Societies etc.)

The Marple Neighbourhood Forum operate with the following Working Groups:
Town Centre and Retail, Pride in Marple, Getting Around, Community Space, Housing and Development, Heritage and Tourism, Employment and Education.

Please let us know what is important to you regarding the above, and/or if you wish to help on the steering committee, via the Contact the Committee facility on the Committee page of the Mellor Society website www.melsoc.org.uk or via any Mellor Society Committee Member.

We will pass any comments onto the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee.

Breakfasts for Bellringers
They gave you a Bit of Old Rope and Ring Me Sunshine, now the entrepreneurial campanologists of Mellor Church are publishing a book of breakfast recipes. After ringing the bell ‘Old Paddy’ on a Sunday morning they enjoy a hearty breakfast and the book, due to be released at the end of November, includes their favourite nosh.
Available from the Parish centre or online after December 7th from www.sycamoremp.co.uk

Friends of Mill Brow
In September the Friends of Mill Brow organised a work party to tidy up the verges in the village. People of all ages turned up and worked hard to cut back overgrown verges, clear balsam, nettles and brambles and make the place more in keeping with the lovely country village it is. Later in the Autumn the team will be planting bulbs, donated by the Council, in the verges which will give a colourful show next Spring.

War Memorial Park
Do you have any spare London Pride saxifrage plant or spare used compost from tomato growbags or compost from hanging baskets that can be put in the middle of the sedum bed? Last week volunteers put down some textile to wage war on the mares tails and now have partially covered it with compost and London Pride. But they need more.
If you are able to help, you can scatter the compost thinly on the textile or leave it nearby. The London Pride could be left on the textile too.
Glad to say SMBC men have done a great job keeping lawns mown, paths swept and volunteer gardener’s rubbish taken away. Last week they scraped moss off the paths and pruned the lavender.
The roses still look good. Probably because over the summer every week on a Tuesday at 4.30 one or two or maybe even six people have come and dead headed and weeded.
SMBC have given us 100 red tulip bulbs to put around the War Memorial . Also 100 crocus, 100 snowdrop and 100 tete a tete daffodil bulbs which are going to be scattered and plant in the stumpery bed.
The red wings have just arrived from Scandinavia in the last week of October and can be seen in the yew trees. They are like a thrush with eye liner and go zeep zeep and of course red underwing.
The monthly work party and cake eating is as usual on the second Saturday of the month between 10am and midday. Anyone is welcome to help as a volunteer and it is not essential to have a knowledge of gardening.

 

Summer 2017

‘Thirty somethings’
In days gone by when a computer was the size of a small car and the telephone an immovable object in the hall, Mellor was fortunate to have a large number of clubs, societies and community events with no shortage of volunteers to run them. Today there are still a large number of clubs, societies and community events but generally it is the same people still running them no longer thinking their children might enjoy the activities but now grandchildren or even great grandchildren.
Where are the ‘thirty somethings’  willing to take over these volunteer roles.
Starting with the Mellor Society there is a need for new young blood and most local committees would offer the same plea.
To paraphrase JFK – ask not what Mellor can do for you, what can you do for Mellor ?

Mellor Well Dressing
The annual Mellor Well Dressing this year took inspiration from the local canals. The process involves covering the boards with clay, pricking out an outline of the design and them decorating with natural materials. The whole process takes exactly one week. Local artist Louise Bradshaw produced the outline picture and a team of volunteers worked throughout the week proceeding Mellor Church Fete. The Vicar of Mellor, Rev’d Alex Sanders blessed the well as part of the Fete activities. Volunteers to join the well dressing team are always welcome.

One Voice Concert
Children from Mellor Primary School joined over 1000 school children taking part in the One Voice Concert in the Bridgewater Hall two weeks after the Manchester bomb. One Voice brings together people of all faiths to speak the message of tolerance and peace. The new Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham introduced the concert and thanked children, parents and teachers for still taking part in the concert saying that their presence gave the message that the terrorists will never win. Mellor Primary School was a driving force behind the concert. The fight against terror has to start with education.

The Mellor March 2017
The Mellor March was once again a great success with nearly £10,000 shared between The Christie, St Ann’s Hospice, The Little Princess Trust, Stockport Palliative Care and the Beechwood Cancer Care Centre. A date for your diary next year – the Sunday of the second May Bank Holiday.

Mellor Archaeological Trust News
Mellor Archaeological Trust continues to be busy as they move into the last six months of “Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy”, a Heritage Lottery Funded, project. The next important stages are the landscaping at Mellor Mill and the conservation and consolidation of the remains. This will be followed by the erection of interpretation boards and displays. Access to the digital information is via the project website: http://oldknows.com/ where it is possible to book onto events and download the “Oldknows Audio Tour and Quest” App from the App Store and Google Play. The App includes some impressive augmented reality images, virtual reality images and audio clips from experts.

The Trust is also just entering Year 2 of the European Funded STORM (Safeguarding Cultural Heritage through Technical and Organisational Resources Management) project. The UK project team has started to collect historical and current weather data that will help forecast weather patterns. The major risks, through climate change, to the cultural heritage on the Mellor sites of Mellor Hill Top, Shaw Cairn and Mellor Mill have been identified and work on mitigation strategies has commenced. There is strong collaboration with the other European sites of Ephesus in Turkey, Rethymnon in Crete, Troia in Portugal and Diocletian Baths in Italy.
B Humphrey-Taylor

Fact and Fun Day September 3rd at Roman Lakes
As well as having a great family day out you will be able to learn more about the Trusts projects at the Annual Fact and Fun Day, held in partnership with Friends of our Valley, at Roman Lakes Leisure Centre, Lakes Road, Marple SK6 7HB. This year’s event will be on Sunday 3rd September. Watch out for details on posters, flyers and Outlook the Mellor Parish Magazine and on website: http://MATrust.org.uk/

Mellor Church Country Fete 24th June 2017
Despite a gloomy forecast the weather held for the fete this year and the crowning of Rose Queen Ellie Wilson by retiring Rose Queen Rosie Easton took place on the Fete field keenly watched by the many people who attended the fete. Ellie then had her teddy catapulted over to the Maypole where the Rose Queen retinues were holding the ribbons ready to dance to the accordion music played by vicar Alex and under the watchful eye of dance teacher Margaret Leng. Through Margaret’s good works the Church now owns a Maypole that can be hired out, thanks to Glossop Caravans.
Rose Queen Ellie looking beautiful in a fuchsia pink dress and a long, blue velvet robe finished off with a pair of smart yellow wellies set off for the Well Dressing in Ann Hearle’s field. This procession was led by the Jazz band who have been attending the fete for 20 years now, including the trumpet player who can play while walking with a stick. How cool is that! Also following were Ellie’s rosebuds looking gorgeous in dark blue lace dresses and yellow wellies and Alex the vicar to bless the stunning well dressing of a canal barge with horse. Cards featuring the Well Dressing will be available to buy, please contact Alison Dowdswell.
Fete Chairman Guy Nicholls produced an excellent Punch and Judy show, a great hit with children and their parents. This was Guy’s favourite activity on the day surpassed only by visits to the bar where lovely locals bought him pints!
The Bubble man did a superb job of entrancing children and babies with enormous bubbles which picturesquely floated over the fete field. The entertainment continued when the Dogs and Ducks came into the area. After a careful display with the dogs and ducks performing well children were invited in to the area to take part in the display. Mayhem followed – the ducks went AWOL! Peter Williams found a new skill- catching ducks from around the bouncy slide.
The children from Mellor School entertained the crowd with Maypole dancing in pretty costumes and novice adults who managed a pretty pattern on the pole.
There was much on offer at the fete to buy – home-made cakes, biscuits and jams, jewellery for your Mum and Granny. There was a choice of a burger from Jane and Glynn or Hog Roast from Paddy and Richard or afternoon tea in the Parish Centre masterminded by Margaret Lowe assisted by a vast rota of helpers.
There were plenty of games to keep all amused, the “Human Fruit Machine” overseen by Helen Kennedy was something else! Not to mention Messy Church Tent, Bric a Brac, Teddy tombola, Bottle tombola, Toy tombola. Coconuts, Hook a Duck and The Great Mellor TriGolf Challenge with Alison Davies and helpers from Mellor and Townscliffe Golf Club.
Then there were 28 raffle prizes to draw, races run and tug of war tugged (won by girls).
Folk on the Hill started at seven with the drummers who had a workshop earlier with Ian Mellor and Steve Abbott. Then the Heyes Sisters sang and eleven Open Micers entertained the crowd, all sustained by the Beer Tent organised by Tom Howing.
A huge thank you to all who helped before, during and after the Fete; the sponsors and all those who attended and supported it in so many ways.
M Williams.

Friends of Mellor Parish Centre
Did you know we have a wonderful resource for everyone in our community which is used by many local groups and can be hired for corporate and family events?
The Centre costs £30,000 a year to maintain and we organise a variety of enjoyable events (bridge drives, quiz nights, talks and concerts) to raise money towards running costs.  For just £10 a year you can become a Friend, receive newsletters, advance notice and priority booking for our events.  New members joining after June 15th enjoy a 2017 discounted rate.
For further information, please contact Margaret Lowe on 0161 427 6589 or email memsecfompc@gmail.com
We look forward to welcoming you to our next event.

Mellor War Memorial Park 27 June 2017
Yesterday a passing visitor to the area said how much she liked the colour combination around the War Memorial – blue lavender with purple aliums, blue cat mint, white and magenta lychnis with ground cover of grey convolvulous.
If you have time, do walk up to the War Memorial and read the boards. They have information and photographs of local soldiers who died 100 years ago. Private Joseph Wild died on the 9th June 1917 aged 27; Private Albert Bradley died 11th July 2017 aged 27 and Private Thomas Marsland died 19th August 1917 aged 24.
In the garden below the memorial the “Friends” got very excited when men appeared on 21st June and tarmacked patches of path where there had been damage because of tree roots. The offending trees had been removed on 27th April 2017. I think we originally asked the council to remove the trees November 2015. It became apparent that the council tree men work their way around the Stockport Borough in a strict order which they will not be diverted from. It takes 3 years for them to get around everywhere. So, we probably won’t see them again until 2020.
The rose bed is splendid thanks to the manure that was put on. The climbers are even trying to ascend the posts.
The random seed bed is a riot of tall daisies with red poppies, blue cornflower, vipers bugloss, purple everlasting wallflower, mallows and a resplendent white companula that is definitely worth a special trip to see.
The astilbe bed looks great too. So all is well.
The council cut the grass and sweep the paths weekly. We do have trouble with the horse manure being full of little balls which the Blackbirds peck away at and then they roll onto the paths. We need less spherical manure in future.
The flower beds are maintained by anyone who wishes to volunteer on Tuesdays at 4.30 for an hour.
Also monthly on Saturdays from 10 until 12 on July 8th, August 12th and September 9th. (Second Saturday of the month).
We would ask anyone walking through to pull up a weed if they feel like it – especially the Mare’s Tail and put it in the bin.
M Williams.

​The Mellor Society Annual General Meeting, 30 March 2016
1 Apologies: none of our local councilors can attend due to a full SMBC Council Meeting tonight
2.a H Humphrey-Taylor and A Hearle proposed and seconded the approval of the minutes from the previous AGM and this was accepted by all present.
2.b Report of the Committee:
The purpose of the Society, which is the membership, is to protect and conserve the environment and amenities of our village/area and its business is administered by an elected committee supported by a team of newsletter deliverers and subscription collectors. During the past year the committee has been active on behalf of the membership working with local councillors and SMBC Officers on issues reported in our newsletters and website.
The Mill Brow recreation area reported on last year is now completed thanks to local volunteers (Save Our Rec), benefactors and SMBC.
We have continued to notify SMBC either directly or via our local councillors of road and street lighting problems. The proposed highway improvements/re-surfacing reported last year are now almost complete.
The high speed broadband network is being expanded in our area and is now available along Longhurst Lane as far as the Devonshire Arms.
The book prizes previously awarded to “good citizens at Mellor Primary School have now been replaced with an annual donation to the school library.
We have continued the Society’s membership of The Campaign to Protect Rural England.
We continue to make a donation to the Royal British Legion at the time of Remembrance Sunday when Margaret Simpson has again represented the Membership at the wreath laying ceremony in Mellor Memorial Park.
Friends of Mellor Parks continue to work in all weathers maintaining the Memorial Park and garden. This year the Society financed the information boards adjacent to the memorial from funds donated by the public for specific Memorial Park projects.
Last years donation to Mellor Open gardens 2016 to help provide free bus transport around the gardens successfully reduced traffic congestion on the day.
Local Councillors continue to attend our committee meeting in rotation and we thank them for their continuing support.
The Society continues to be supported by our newsletter deliverers/subscription collectors, Val Wallace at the Parish Centre who prints the newsletter and Annandale Solutions Ltd financing and hosting our website. The website is a very under-used resource and we welcome any features relating to or of interest to Mellor residents.
We thank all the above and others for their efforts and support.
Also, if anyone wishes to be a newsletter deliverer, serve on our committee or requires further information please contact I Davies, Hon. Secretary.
2c There is to be no increase in the annual subscription of £1/member
2d Copies of the certified accounts and membership report where available at the meeting and commented on in detail by the Hon Treasurer. I Morgan and A Papageorgiou proposed and seconded the approval of the accounts and this was accepted by all present.
2e There were no new volunteers to serve on the committee and I Dayz and N Cloughley proposed and seconded that the current committee remain in office. This was accepted by those present.
2f The business brought forward by the committee involved presenting the opportunity for a Mellor and Millbrow Neighbourhood Plan to the membership. This would be actioned at the Public Meeting to be held later this evening.
2g There was no business brought forward by the membership.
3. The formal section of the meeting was closed by B Humphrey-Taylor and attendees invited to enjoy the refreshments.

Public Meeting: A Neighbourhood Plan For Mellor And Mill Brow
David Ackroyd – Chair of Marple Neighbourhood Forum and resident of Mellor led the public meeting to discuss the opportunity for a neighbourhood plan for Mellor and surrounding area. David briefly reviewed the Neighbourhood Plan process and residents’ involvement in determining the continued development and wellbeing of our community.
Andrew Stunell, our former MP, supported David in his presentation stating that the process started in 2012 from 2011 legislation that he had been involved in drafting. Under the traditional route a developer would propose a scheme which can then be commented on by the existing residents. The Local Authority planners would then decide on whether the scheme would go ahead. Under the Neighbourhood Plan the residents decide the development options for their area and Local Authority planners consider the developers proposals within the plan. It was stated that currently there in new legislation being progressed to make the process simpler including defining communities’ involvement with future amendments.

SMBC is pro-Neighbourhood Plan and the national budget for such is being increased.

From commencement, the Neighbourhood Plan must comply with a timescale and achieve key milestones to qualify for continued financial assistance. Once accepted the Plan is in place for 20 years.

The approved Neighbourhood Plan has the same statutory power as the SMBC Plan as they are both statutory planning documents.

The following local areas are among those who are already well advanced in producing a Neighbourhood Plan: Chapel-en-le-Frith, Woodford, Brereton, Poynton and Marple. David Ackroyd referred to the Our Marple website for more information on our nearest proposed Neighbourhood Plan development.

A number of comments were voiced by those attending the meeting.
These included:
“no one will take more interest in our area than us”
“all Local Authorities seem to be concentrating on strategic issues”
“a Neighbourhood Plan helps bring local people together”
“the Plan is evidence based taking account of local heritage and needs determined by residents”

At the end of the meeting attendees registered their interest and/or desire to be involved in the process.
The proposal for a Neighbourhood Plan is currently being facilitated by the Mellor Society Committee who will eventually hand over the administration to the Neighbourhood Plan Committee and Forum who will be supported by a grant from Groundwork UK acting on behalf on Localities UK.
Meanwhile, if you are interested in participating in this exciting opportunity to influence the future of our area please contact the Mellor Society Hon Secretary.

Spring 2017

Mellor Society Annual General Meeting
The Constitution of the Mellor Society requires that we hold an Annual General Meeting to discuss the business of the Society directly with the membership. The business includes the approval of the previous AGM minutes, reports from committee members, fix the subscription rate, receive certified accounts and election of officers. Also, the consideration of any business brought forward by the committee or membership will be dealt with. Please note that any business brought forward from the membership needs to be in writing to the Hon Secretary (contact details above) and in good time for the Hon Secretary to notify the membership if necessary prior to the meeting.

If any member wishes to help delivering newsletters, collecting subscriptions or serve on the committee please contact The Chair and/or Hon Secretary before the date of the meeting.

Refreshments will be available during the evening.  The event will be held at Mellor Primary School commencing at 7:00 pm on Thursday 30th  March 2017.

This year the AGM business will be followed by a public meeting concerning the need for a Neighbourhood Plan for Mellor and Mill Brow, a topic featured in our Summer 2016 Newsletter Issue 68.

A Neighbourhood Plan For Mellor and Mill Brow
Do you think that the people of Mellor (including surrounding areas) should have a say about developments in the area over the next 20 years?

The Government has changed National Planning Guidance.
Greater Manchester is developing the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.
Stockport Council is working on its planning proposals.

What might all this mean locally and can we do anything to influence what happens about housing, transport, roads, tourism, businesses, heritage, greenbelt, wildlife conservation and so on?

If the area covered by the Mellor Society had a Neighbourhood Plan in place then we could influence all these important matters.  Once in place the Plan would have a life of up to 20 years so is important to our children too.

To produce a Neighbourhood Plan we would first have to set up a Neighbourhood Forum.  The Forum would need to have a minimum of 21 people who live or work in the area.  It would also need a Management or Steering Committee.

Marple Neighbourhood Forum is already in existence and is working towards what it might want to put in its Plan.  I will talk at the AGM about our experience so far.  Working towards a Neighbourhood Plan is an opportunity too important to miss.  Please come to hear about how we might grasp this chance to influence the future.

David Ackroyd
Chair of Marple Neighbourhood Forum and resident of Mellor

10,000 Years of History in Mellor
Did you know that Mellor Archaeological Trust (MAT), through its research and activities, has traced and recorded 10,000 years of history in Mellor.

The excavations, conducted over 12 years, at The Old Vicarage revealed evidence of human occupation of the hilltop stretching from the Mesolithic age (8,500BC) through to Modern times. Our excavations at Shaw Cairn excitingly gave us  more understanding of this Bronze Age (2,500BC) burial mound when a rare example of an amber necklace was discovered.  Excavations, over the past 6 years, at Mellor Mill in the Goyt Valley have given us a more detailed insight into life around the local area during the Industrial Revolution (C18).

You can view the detail of this history by visiting the MAT website at www.MATrust.org.uk and by going to look at the Stockport Story exhibition at Staircase House in The Market Place in Stockport.

Mellor Archaeological Trust encourages groups and individuals to contact them to arrange guided site visits and illustrated talks. Please use the contact option on our website to get further information.

Through the activities of the Trust some £4M+ of funding, both from UK sources and the EU, has been brought into the local economy. However, grants must be spent on their approved purposes and cannot be used to build up funds for “a rainy day”. The Trust must constantly fundraise to continue its work.  One way we fundraise is to invite you to become a Friend of the Trust.  You can become A Friend by visiting the website www.MATrust.org.uk home page and clicking on the “Become a Friend” link. Print off the form and return to the address at the bottom with your subscription.

Bob Humphrey-Taylor
Chair, Mellor Archaeological Trust

Friends of Mellor Parish Centre
Proceeds from all our events go towards maintaining  this valuable and much loved community resource which is available to hire for meetings,  parties,  conferences and weddings.

Membership of the Friends of Mellor Parish Centre costs just £10 per year and offers regular updates and  advance booking  for our popular events.   Subscription enquiries should be addressed to Margaret Lowe on 01614276589 or  margaretlowe3a@gmail.com

Saturday 25th March
Rubber Bridge Drive
1.30 – 5pm

Contact Val Wallace on 0161 427 4900

Saturday 25th March
Ceilidh and buffet supper
7.30 pm

Traditional Hoe Down with music by Ad Hoc; no previous experience required, welcoming atmosphere will guarantee fun for all the family.  £10 per adult (accompanied children under 14 free)

Tickets from Mellor Parish Centre ( 0161 484 5079) or Angela Stead (0161 427 1035)

Mellor Country House Charity
Mellor Country House is a UK charity housed in a building built in 1907, located in the attractive village of Mellor, Stockport. The charity is dedicated to providing self­ catering respite breaks for groups, families, carers and individuals primarily from the nearby deprived urban areas of Greater Manchester, Salford and Stockport because they know that many would not, or could not otherwise, have a break at all.

The Charity’s aim is to provide a safe, secure, relaxing, and uplifting environment for the financially and socially disadvantaged.

Accommodation for up to 26 guests is provided in 11 bedrooms in beautifully decorated facilities with a warm and friendly atmosphere.  There is a well-equipped kitchen, dining room, restful lounges and children’s playroom.

We believe passionately that for many of the people who stay at the house, this break from the hardships of their day-to-day existence can, literally, be a life­saver.

The grounds include a secure play area for toddlers, a patio with barbecue, a private lawn area with benches and seating for quiet reflection. This year there will be a large garden project to develop the grounds in several areas to make the most of the three acres we have so all the garden will be utilised. This garden project may be of interest to local business’ as part of their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility – business practices involving initiatives that benefit society) as there will be several great opportunities to get involved, either with sponsorship or team building days.

Mellor Country House is holding its annual Plant Sale fundraiser on 20th and 21st May 2017, 10pm until 4pm each day. A very popular event with great quality plants at bargain prices. Orders are taken in advance for beautiful hanging baskets and bedding plants please watch out for notices nearer the time. Supporters are always welcome to come along and enjoy a cream scone or bacon butty on the dates above. It would be good to see everyone again this year.

An order form can always be requested by ‘phoning the house on 0161 427 1893
or emailing on mellorcountryhou@btconnect.com
to place your order so you don’t miss out. The local community, which this charity relies on heavily, has become very involved over the years, supporting its very worthwhile cause. All contributions are very much appreciated and gratefully received and the staff and volunteers could not run the charity without the support of its neighbours and friends in the community.

Margaret Powell, Chairperson
Mellor Country House

For more information call ­ 0161 427 1893 or Email:mellorcountryhou@btconnect.com

Mellor Country House
299 Longhurst Lane,
Mellor, Stockport.SK6 5PP

Mellor and Townscliffe Golf Club www.mellorgolf.co.uk

Spring will soon be here and the start of the golfing season at Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club.  If you are considering joining a golf club or giving it a try contact the professional Carl Cross on 0161 427 5759 for more information on offers available.  Membership is free for under 16s.

On the social side there is a lot on offer at the Club beginning with the Open Season Party on the 25th March and an AC/DC tribute night on the 31st March. Tickets £5.00. On the weekend of 18th/19th March the club is hosting a Wedding Fayre on the Saturday and an Open Day on the Sunday.  The Open Day is a chance for people to visit the club, have something to eat, have a look around the facilities, talk about membership and the opportunity to book a 10 minute session in the golf studio with Carl. For information on this and other social and dinning options please contact Zoe on 0161 427 2208.

‘Hot Topic’ or ‘Wet Topic’?
Now you can look at what is actually happening, in real time, to the weather in Mellor.  Through the miracle of our digital age and European Funding, Mellor Archaeological Trust are delighted to announce they have installed three professional weather stations in our area.  The stations show what is happening now at three very different locations and elevations around our village.

It is amazing how different conditions can be when you climb up just a few hundred feet. Should you leave the washing on the line whilst you go shopping?

You can access the weather stations from the comfort of your home sat at your desktop or, when ‘out and about’, from a smartphone or tablet.

Here is how:

Download the Wunderground App to your desktop, tablet or smartphone.  Allow the App access to your location and it will show you where registered weather stations are located in your area.

A really fun thing is that there are in excess of 180,000 registered weather stations, located worldwide, that you can access.  So if, for instance, you have a friend on Easter Island then you can access the live weather conditions there.  As I write it is 72 degrees F, part cloudy with a 4mph WNW wind. Very comfortable.

In addition, there is a 7-day forecast and the opportunity to access up to the last 800 days of data. For the interested there is information on pressure, sunrise/sunset, rain accumulation, humidity, dew point and visibility.

Some weather stations have a webcam attached – our nearest is in New Mills.

If you are interested in this ‘hot/wet topic’ then this is definitely something for you.

Further information is available by contacting me:chair@MATrust.org.uk

Mill Brow Recreation Area
We are delighted to announce that the second phase of work on Mill Brow rec is to be completed shortly and the park will re-open by the end of February. The new play equipment includes a wooden trim trail, with climbing frames, slide and basket swings.

The Friends of Mill Brow group have been busy over the last few years, working hard to secure and improve this play area. They have been overwhelmed by the support they have received, including substantial support from Marple Bridge Association,  from the Greenspaces group at Stockport council and very generous contributions from local residents. Their chairperson, Jacqui Terry said ” None of the recent developments would have been possible without the support, generosity and tenacity of so many people in the local community…we are extremely grateful to everyone who has played a part in securing this fabulous play space for the local families.”

Ongoing fundraising events will continue in order to raise money for further developments, including improved fencing and picnic tables. The next event is a quiz night at the Hare and Hounds on Monday 20th March. Teams of 4 can register with Guy at the Hare.

Hedges and Verges
We have been asked to remind residents not to let their hedges overhang pavements to the extent that they obstruct pedestrian access. Nor to obstruct vehicle/driver sight-lines at road junctions and driveway entrances.

Car Crime
We are aware of a number of burglaries and car related crime in our area over recent months.

For guidelines, help and advice on keeping yourself, home and belongings safe and secure we refer you to the Greater Manchester Police web site home security section relating to security for your home and vehicle

Neighbourhood Plan

Do you think that the people of Mellor (including surrounding areas) should have a say about developments in the area over the next 20 years?

The Government has changed National Planning Guidance.

Greater Manchester is developing the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework.

Stockport Council is working on its planning proposals.

What might all this mean locally and can we do anything to influence what happens about housing, transport, roads, tourism, businesses, heritage, greenbelt, wildlife conservation and so on?

If the area covered by the Mellor Society had a Neighbourhood Plan in place then we could influence all these important matters.  Once in place the Plan would have a life of up to 20 years so is important to our children too.

To produce a Neighbourhood Plan we would first have to set up a Neighbourhood Forum.  The Forum would need to have a minimum of 21 people who live or work in the area.  It would also need a Management or Steering Committee.

Marple Neighbourhood Forum is already in existence and is working towards what it might want to put in its Plan.  I will talk at the AGM about our experience so far.  Working towards a Neighbourhood Plan is an opportunity too important to miss.  Please come to hear about how we might grasp this chance to influence the future.

David Ackroyd – Chair of Marple Neighbourhood Forum and resident of Mellor

Mellor Country House

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Mellor Country House is holding their annual Christmas Delights Evening on Thursday 17th November at 7.30pm.

Do not miss this lovely seasonal event supporting your very special local charity. Entertainment this year comes in the form of “Vintage Pearls” professional singers to put you in the festive mood. Jenni-fleurs will be giving a demonstration and there will be a variety of stalls including Handbags, Jewellery and Accessories, Gifts, lots of Toys and the usual raffle with great prizes.

Very importantly orders are being taken on the night for our very popular fabulous Nordman non drop Christmas Trees at great competitive prices with free Delivery.

To pre order phone Sharon on 0161 427 1893.

Thank you for your continued support.

Tickets £5 includes a slice of Christmas cake and a glass of mulled wine to warm you up for the evening. Looking forward to seeing you all there

 

 

Summer 2016

A Neighbourhood Plan for Mellor ?
Neighbourhood planning was introduced in 2011 through the Localism Act. Neighbourhood planning allows local residents and businesses to have their own planning policies in a Neighbourhood Plan that reflect their priorities, deliver tangible local benefits and have real weight in planning decisions. Local people can also grant permission for development through ‘neighbourhood development orders’ and ‘community right to build orders’.

The process is community led and the plan may deal with a wide range of social and economic issues or focus on the perceived specific needs of the area.
A Neighbourhood Plan will become part of the statutory development plan for the area. Across England many different communities have embraced neighbourhood planning.

In very simple terms, a Neighbourhood Plan is:

  • a document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area. (Planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications)
  • written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority.
  • a powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.

A Neighbourhood Plan is an important document with real legal force, therefore there are certain formal procedures that it must go through which are summarised as follows:

  • define the boundary of the Neighbourhood Plan
  • preparing the Plan
  • submitting the Plan to an independent examiner for consideration of any representations and check that it conforms to national and local policy and advising if any changes need to be made
  • once satisfied the local council will organise a referendum at which the majority of local people voting must support the plan if is to be adopted by the local planning authority
  • the local planning authority will bring the plan into force making it part of the formal development plan for the area

The local parish or town council may lead on neighbourhood planning in their areas. Where one does not exist then a community group known as a Neighbourhood Forum needs to be established to lead the process and this is what is proposed for Mellor and the surrounding area by The Mellor Society Committee. The SMBC Local Plan covers the whole district. The Neighbourhood Plan would be focused on local needs allowing the local community to specify in detail what their expectations are.
The Mellor Society Committee will not lead on a Neighbourhood Plan but will:

  • endeavor to establish if it is the wish of the residents in Mellor and Mill Brow (note that Marple Bridge, Ludworth and Compstall may be included if the area is the Parish of Mellor boundary) to develop a neighbourhood plan
  • recruit individuals to form the Neighbourhood Forum

The Neighbourhood Forum must comprise at least 21 people and will lead and co-ordinate the plan making process.
Under legal requirements the Neighbourhood Forum must have:

  • the express purpose of promoting or improving the environmental wellbeing of an area that consists of or includes the neighbourhood area concerned
  • a purpose that reflects the character of the area in general terms
  • a membership open to people living and working in the area and elected members for the area
  • a minimum of 21 members from the above groups

Neighbourhood Plans are being developed for a small area around the centre of Marple and other localities in our region and across the country.
Funding is available to finance technical/expert services and the process is supported, but not financed by Local Authorities.

If you are interested in working together as a community to conserve and develop our local area please give consideration to the following:

Do you support a Neighbourhood Plan for Mellor (and possibly the immediate surrounding area as defined by the Mellor Parish Boundary)?
What would you like to see included in a Neighbourhood Plan for Mellor and surrounding area?
Are you interested in becoming involved?
Have you any special skills that would benefit the process?
Do you wish to be kept informed?
If you have any views regarding the above please submit them via the ”let us have your views/Contact Us” section of the Mellor Society website or in writing to any Mellor Society Committee Member.

Mellor Primary School
Classroom Extension – Stimulating new spaces based on the ‘forest school’ ethos. Project Architect of the Year Award – Eleanor Brough, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects London.
Mellor Primary School extension provides a series of stimulating new spaces based on the school’s ‘forest school’ ethos. The low energy building aims to harmonise with its natural setting, using locally sourced natural materials while featuring a striking habitat wall which was designed and built in partnership with the school’s pupils.
From the outside, the remaining school building is typical of 20-year-old examples found across the country and is functional yet uninspiring. The architect has turned to the back of the site to provide an extension and remodelling, an area that may not have been first choice for some given its steep fall away from the building. Rather than eat up valuable play space however, this site presented the challenge and opportunity for the team to design a modest extension that nonetheless transforms the classroom experience. With a limited budget the architect has achieved what many education schemes on much grander scales fail to do; provide a series of indoor and outdoor spaces that will inspire and facilitate learning. The dedication of the project architect to achieving the best for the client was evident with a commitment that extended to real hands-on engagement and support beyond what could be normally expected.

STORM Project
STORM (Safeguarding Cultural Heritage through Technical and Organisational Resources Management)
Mellor Archaeological Trust is proud to announce it is part of a European wide environmental and conservation research project and has been awarded an EU grant of €400k to carry out its Work Packages. Starting from previous research STORM proposes a set of novel predictive models and improved non-invasive and non-destructive methods of survey and diagnosis for effective prediction of environmental changes and for revealing threats and conditions that could damage cultural heritage sites. STORM will also determine how different vulnerable materials, structures and buildings are affected by different extreme weather events together with risks associated to climatic conditions or natural hazards. An important output of STORM will be the safeguarding and management of environmental and other risks. Results will be tested in relevant case studies in five different countries: Italy, Greece, UK, Portugal and Turkey. The sites and consortium have been carefully selected so as to adequately represent the rich European Cultural Heritage. Associate partners that can assist with liaisons and links to other stakeholders and European sites are also included. The Project will be carried out by a multidisciplinary team providing all competences needed to assure the implementation of an effective solution to support all the stakeholders involved in the management and preservation of Cultural Heritage Sites.

Forthcoming events at the Mellor Parish Centre:
Saturday 10th September – Rainforest Roadshow
Interactive presentation begins at 2pm. An informative and entertaining view of rainforest life with particular emphasis on the lives of indigenous people and their role in the rainforest eco system.
Touch, taste, smell and hear the rainforest in this fun inter-active afternoon. Keen naturalists and amateur anthropologists, Dave and Sue Shaw have travelled widely in South and Central America, Malaysia, Borneo, Irian Java and Madagascar and will give us a unique insight into life in the rainforest. This event will appeal to and is suitable for children and adults of all ages. Useful for National Curriculum studies. Tickets: £10 per adult which includes free entry for up to 2 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Tickets are available from Angela Stead ( 0161 427 3571) or the Parish Centre (0161 484 5079). Membership forms are available from the Parish Office or c.dutson@btinternet.com

Mellor Open Gardens – 22nd May
Once again, Mellor residents demonstrated their enthusiasm for this cherished community event, which was the most successful since it started in 1992. Their generosity and willingness to volunteer to bake cakes, serve refreshments and manage car parking areas was invaluable and much appreciated by more than 1200 visitors. In the days leading up to Open Gardens Day, ‘Mogpotpeople’ accompanied by flags kindly provided by Julian Wadden, Estate Agents, appeared in front gardens and at Mellor Primary School, and helped to focus attention upon the Big Day.
A warm, sunny morning brought visitors from all over Stockport, and unexpectedly from further afield including Lincoln, Wakefield and Northampton – such is the influence of the internet! In addition to the 20 colourful and varied gardens on display, duck races in Mill Brow, a ‘Find the Well’ competition in one garden and Tony Husband’s famous cartoons added to the attractions. Four minibuses running constantly between Marple Bridge, Mill Brow, Moor End and the Parish Centre helped to keep visitors moving between all the gardens.
As a result, Cancer Research UK and Friends of Mellor Parish Centre will share the profit of just over £16,000 – the wonderful result of all the hard work by garden owners and volunteers.
Peter Oldham Chairman, Mellor Open Gardens 2016 Organising Group

Mellor Church Bell rings out for The Queen’s Birthday
A letter from Buckingham Palace now hangs in the belfry at Mellor Church thanking the people of Mellor for ringing “Old Paddy” the great bell for 90 minutes to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. The Mellor belfry is, we think, unique in hosting events with a large number of ringers and 90 people in 90 minutes must be a record. The money raised from the event supports the Church Fund and The Mellor March for Cancer Charities. As fame for the Mellor ringers spreads local MP William Wragg has invited them to view Big Ben before it is moth-balled for repairs. Perhaps “Old Paddy” will introduce The 10 o’clock News for a few months?

Mellor Country House
This local charity held its plant sale again this year breaking previous sales records. Approximately £19,000 worth of plants and hanging baskets were sold during the two-day event. The management committee would like to thank Lex Auto Lease Stockport, the army of helpers and all the customers and local community for supporting this fundraising event.

Healthwatch Stockport
The Mellor Society is a Group Member of Healthwatch Stockport, the company set up by Government to encourage lay people to have some involvement in the planning, delivery and monitoring of local health and social care services.
At its last Annual General Meeting in November of last year Healthwatch Stockport agreed significant changes to its organisation, claiming justification by the need to cut costs. This followed the cut in funding from Stockport MBC. The main change was in its leadership, discontinuing its wider elected group, called The Core, in favour of closer direction from the Directors, the Office and a small group of Leads. These Leads being members who head – up groups of members interested and prepared to be involved with social care, primary care, hospital care etc. All members are encouraged to consider being part of a group which is of special interest to them.
It is a very challenging time for health and social care in Stockport. Government funding leaves a shortfall. However, the Government has recognised the need for healthcare and social care to be more closely integrated and has set up the organisation to do this for all Greater Manchester. The draft plan for Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Devolution was published in December 2015.
Each of the local authorities making up Greater Manchester is publishing its own Locality Plan and Stockport’s Locality Plan is dated November 2015, and again there is a short period for consultation.
There are numerous initiatives that are now embraced within these plans or arising from these plans so we are going to be inundated with new names for these and for the unfamiliar organisations to drive things forward. Locally the Healthier Together initiative already has Stepping Hill FT as one of the four Specialist Hospitals in Greater Manchester and the Stockport Together initiative is the banner for changes locally.
In essence the present dependence on hospitals is deemed too expensive to be sustainable so the intention is to strengthen community services and meet people’s needs closer to home.
The shortfalls in funding are already apparent and are forecast to increase considerably so doing nothing is not considered an option.
The Healthwatch organisation attends some significant board meetings and so is in a key position to monitor progress, but Healthwatch Stockport has not, so far as I am aware, made clear how it will do so and report to its membership.
This is my understanding but remains a personal view.
Alan Watt – Ordinary member of Stockport Healthwatch, Feb 2016.

The Mellor Society Annual General Meeting
24 March 2016
1 Apologies: B&H Humphrey-Taylor, I Morgan
2.a T Lowe and A Davies proposed and seconded the approval of the minutes from the previous meeting and this was accepted by all present.
2.b Report of the Committee:
The work to protect and conserve the environment and amenities of our village/area and it’s business is administered by an elected committee supported by a team of newsletter deliverers and subscription collectors. The committee has been active on behalf of the membership working with local councillors and SMBC Officers on the following issues:
We are happy to report that after years of making representation improvements to the main drainage and highway maintenance in Mill Brow were undertaken last year and were severely tested during November. Mill Brow didn’t become flooded as has been the norm in previous periods of excessive rain. Last year we reported that SMBC funding had been secured to improve play equipment on Mill Brow rec. To-date there has been no improvement to play equipment and the site has further deteriorated. Your committee continues to enlist the support of local councillors to remedy this situation. Additionally Mill Brow residents have set up a “Save Our Rec” action group.
We have continued to notify SMBC either directly or via our local councillors of road and street lighting problems. We reported in our last newsletter that this year it is our areas turn for road improvements. This work has commenced. Residents in Mellor on Longhurst Lane have been notified that at last high speed broad band will be available later this year. The Mellor Society continues to provided two book token prizes to Mellor Primary School for their student “Good Citizen Award”. Last year we reported the Society’s donation to the school building fund which is now completed and some of us were fortunate to attend the official opening. The ceremony, in the presence of Prof Brian Cox, was fantastic and the students were a credit to their school and village.
We have continued the Society’s membership of The Campaign to Protect Rural England.
We continue to make a donation to the Royal British Legion at the time of Remembrance Sunday when Margaret Simpson has again represented the Membership at the wreath laying ceremony in Mellor Memorial Park.
Friends of Mellor Parks work very hard with SMBC to maintain the Memorial Park throughout the year. They are very dedicated but few in number and would welcome the help of volunteers. Please contact any committee member for details.
Four years ago the committee authorised a donation from Society funds to Mellor Open Gardens 2012. The donation was spent on helping provide free bus transport around the open gardens thereby reducing the risk of congestion which was of benefit to visitors and residents on the day. We have made a similar donation on behalf of the membership to support the free buses for Mellor Open Gardens 2016.
At last years AGM meeting Alan Watt volunteered to represent the membership on the Healthwatch Stockport Group. Our Society is a Group Member of this company set up by the Government to encourage lay people to have some involvement in the planning, delivery and monitoring of local health and social care services. Alan has provided a report on his involvement to-date which will feature in our next newsletter.
Mellor Society Committee Members Tim Lowe and Cynthia Garlick attended the recent Marple Area Committee Meeting where there was an Open Forum Debate with members of Marple Civic Society making a presentation in respect to the prospects for a Neighbourhood Plan for Marple.
We hope to feature more information on this issue in future newsletters.
We are fortunate to have the attendance of local councillors at our committee meetings and the committee wishes to thank a previous councillor Andrew Bispham for his many years service as ex-officio committee member.
The Society continues to be supported by our newsletter deliverers, the Parish Centre printing the newsletter and Annandale Solutions Ltd hosting our website.
We thank all the above and others for their efforts and continuing support.
If you have any issues that you need reporting in your newsletter or website please contact any committee member.
Also, if anyone wishes to be a newsletter deliverer or serve on our committee please contact I Davies, Hon. Secretary.
2c There is to be no increase in the annual subscription of £1/member
2d Copies of the certified accounts and membership report where available at the meeting and commented on in detail by the Hon Treasurer. G Abbell and E Jones proposed and seconded the approval of the accounts and this was accepted by all present.
2e There were no new volunteers to serve on the committee and those present accepted that the existing committee remain in office for a further year.
2f There was no business brought forward by the committee.
2g There was no business brought forward by the membership.
3. The formal section of the meeting was closed by T Lowe Acting Chair
Refreshments and the Great Mellor Quiz followed and a collection from participants raised £30 for The Mellor March.