Spring 2015

The Mellor Society Annual General Meeting…
…and‘The Great Mellor Quiz’(part 2)

This year the Society is again promoting ‘The Great Mellor Quiz’ to be held in conjunction with the AGM. The business of the Society comprising approval of previous minutes, reports, subscription rate, accounts and election of officers, together with the consideration of any business brought forward by the committee or membership will be dealt with followed by the quiz.

If any member wishes to bring forward any business or serve on the committee please contact The Chair or Hon Secretary before the end of February.
Refreshments will be available during the evening.

The event will be held at Mellor Primary School commencing at 7:00 pm on Thursday 26th March 2015.

Last years event proved this programme to be both interesting and enjoyable for those attending as well as increasing knowledge of our village and local area.

So please get together with your friends and neighbours and enter a team (of up to 6 people).

Each team is charged £5 to enter with all the proceeds going to the ‘Mellor March’ supporting cancer charities. Entry forms are available from Tim Lowe, 499 5935.

The Mellor March
The Mellor March will take place this year on Sunday 3rd May.
The walk supports cancer charities and has now raised over £150,000. It is a family event and as the route is circular walkers can select a distance that suits them and head for home at any stage. The bulk of walkers leave from the Royal Oak from 10.00am onwards. Enjoy beautiful scenery and good company while supporting a good cause.
All are welcome

Mellor Primary School
Building for the future
In 2011 when the school became an Academy it set about preparing for the future. The plan included finding the necessary funds for both extending the school facilities and restructuring existing spaces. The school employed the services of Sarah Wigglesworth, an award winning architect. Sarah’s brief to her team was to create a learning space that would sit in the environment using a range of organic materials. The resulting design will provide the school with a larger hall, better toilet facilities, new outdoor resources area, a covered outdoor space, new library, a room for small focus group work, music tuition or 1:1 support, a flexible community and learning space, a more effective admin room and a new classroom seated in the natural environment.

Alongside this, the feature wall at the end of the classroom, known as the habitat wall, will attract birds, bats and insects. The aim behind this extensive project is to provide a school with an excellent facility to enhance teaching and learning as well as enable it to be sustainable for the future.

To see the design in full you can visit Sarah Wigglesworth Architect at http://www.swarch.co.uk

The school design is in the project section along with additional information.
This development will be truly unique. Please see updates on their blog page or visit the school website at http://www.mellor.stockport.sch.uk

Friends of Mellor Parish Centre
Unless otherwise stated all tickets are from Angela Stead ( 0161 427 5371) or Mellor Parish Centre (0161 484 5079).

Saturday March 7th : Fun Quiz and Hotpot Supper at 7pm in the Parish Centre. Please note the earlier starting time. Tickets are £10 .The price includes the food and there will be a bar available. Numbers are limited to 60 and booking is open.

Saturday March 28th: Rubber Bridge Drive 1.30 pm Parish Centre Tickets at £5 per person or £18 per table, including a home-made afternoon tea, from Val Wallace (427 4900).

Thursday April 9th: ‘Garden Birds of Spring and Summer’ a talk by David Tideswell , who entertained us hugely a couple of years ago. 7.30 pm in the Parish Centre.
Friends’ booking opens Monday 26th February.
Public booking from Monday March 2nd

Saturday April 18th: Textile Journeys 5. Mellor Parish Centre 10am-4pm.
We are delighted that our keynote speaker will again be Elizabeth Wall, who gave us a really inspiring and entertaining presentation last year. Her new talk is entitled ‘Layers and Other Chickens’. Lizzie will also be leading a workshop. Anne Morrell, formerly Professor of Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University, world-wide expert and author of many best -selling books on embroidery will lead a handling workshop on Indian textile, including many antique and irreplaceable items. The third workshop, led by Meg Barley, will be an introduction to patchwork piecing using freezer paper, a technique devised by Ruth McDowell. Tickets are £40 which includes the talk, a choice of one workshop, a delicious homemade buffet lunch and drinks throughout the day. Ring Kitty Watt on 0161 427 1724 for more information and to book. Booking is open.

Friday April 24th: A Cartoon History of Here. 7;30pm in the Parish Centre. An impromptu evening of poetry and cartoons by the poet and BBC presenter Ian McMillan and his cartoonist friend Tony Husband . Tickets £15 Adult and £7.50 Child (with 1 child aged 10-16 per adult). Limited child tickets so book early. Friends’ booking opens Monday 9th March. Public booking from Monday 16th March .

Thursday May 14th: ‘Clouds, Thunderstorms and Climate’ 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. A talk by local scientist Dr. Clive Saunders, atmospheric physicist and former researcher in the University of Manchester. Tickets are £7.50. Friends’ booking opens Monday April 6th. Public booking from Monday April 13th.

Saturday June 13th. Cello Recital by George Hoult with Kathleen Threlfall, piano. 7.30pm in the Parish Centre. We are delighted to welcome George as he returns to his home at the start of his professional career. Tickets are £10. Friends’ booking opens Monday May 4th.Public booking from Monday May 11th.

Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club
Good news for Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club. Sport England have issued the following Press Release:

Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club awarded £52,755 of funding from Sport England

Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club is among 148 local sports projects to secure a share of £10 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

The club will receive £52,755 of National Lottery funding to refurbish the clubhouse and provide access to the premises, which celebrated its centenary in 1994. The club is an important player within the local community, but is under-utilised and it is hoped the repair of the access road and car park will encourage members and visitors from the local community to make full use of Mellor and Townscliffe.

The improved access will also provide a safe highway for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, as well as improving access to the local scout camp. Delivering the project will ensure that the club can maintain, nurture and develop our junior development programmes and also formalise and improve its work to attract more 18 – 40 year olds.

The club is keen to create opportunities for all members of the community to access the course and clubhouse.

Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we’ve invested £94 million into more than 1,800 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs. “It’s great to see Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”

Past Club President, Graham Davenport said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises and access to the clubhouse to match the quality of our course. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club as part of the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”

The club had a close relationship with our long standing but recently retired MP, Andrew Stunnell who supported this project. Mr Stunnell said: “Thank you for notifying me of the lottery funding the golf club has secured to carry out an array of work on the access road, top car park, disabled toilet and the rendering and refurbishment of one of your rooms. This is excellent news. Please pass on my congratulations to everyone involved at the club.”

For more details about the project, please contact Gail Salt (Lady Past Captain) on 0161 427 7474 or gailsalt@hotmail.com

Applying for funding has never been easier. Based on feedback from previous applicants, the Inspired Facilities Fund is now an open programme which means projects can submit applications as soon as they are ready rather than being restricted by a specific deadline. To find out more and
bid visit: http://www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities

Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy: Mellor Mill and the Peak Forest Canal in Marple
The Marple Lime Kilns

An element of the, Heritage Lottery Funded, Revealing Olknow’s Legacy project is to investigate the future feasibility of opening up to public viewing a section of the Marple Lime Kilns. This well hidden Industrial Heritage gem is reached via Lime Kiln Lane. The lane is off Strines Road opposite the recreation ground in Marple.

The Lime Kilns were built by Samuel Oldknow to burn limestone quarried in Dove Holes Derbyshire and transported by the Peak Forest Canal to Marple. After burning, the processed lime was transported by tramway, road and canal to be used for spreading on the fields, as a variety of building materials and other manufacturing processes.

Sadly the Marple Lime Kilns fell into disrepair and were in such a dangerous state that in the 1970’s it was decided to brick up the entrances and fill the limestone hoppers to prevent further access.
As part of the project, which also includes Mellor Mill and the Grand Marple Aquaduct, the Lime Kilns will undergo a structural survey and some investigative Community Archaeological Digs. These digs will inform the team as to what may be possible with the help of other grants in the future. The first of these two week digs will take place in October 2015 to be followed by a further 2 weeks in 2016 and 2017. Norman Redhead, Greater Manchester County Archaeologist, is the Chair of the group responsible for this aspect of the project. The Community Digs will be run by The Centre for Applied Archaeology (CfAA) based at Salford University.

The Community Dig will give the general public, schools and colleges an opportunity to discover the excitement of revealing yet more of our rich local Industrial Heritage.

If you are interested in becoming involved in this interesting part of the project then contact the project Learning and Interpretation Officer, Pamela Pearson, by email: Pamela.Pearson@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Mellor Mill
There has been a lot of work carried out at Mellor Mill over the winter months to prepare it for the start of the “digging season”. Many of the spoil heaps have been moved, an area prepared for the delivery of a welfare cabin, equipment store and toilets. Better site access has been created. Volunteers will recommence excavating in February. There will be a, two week, Community Dig taking place at the end of March. If you are interested in becoming involved then contact The Mill Site Director, Bob Humphrey-Taylor, by email: HYPERLINK “mailto:bobh-t@ntlworld.com”bobh-t@ntlworld.com

Marple Grand Aquaduct
The work at the Aquaduct has been progressing at a pace. The arboricultural work is largely completed, contractors have been abseiling down the sides to repoint large areas of the masonry and pathways and viewing points are being created. With Health and Safety in mind there is a proposal to install iron railings to the “offside” of the Aquaduct and information about that is available upstairs at Marple Library.
Even if you don’t feel you can offer some time volunteering at our sites it is well worth a visit to see what this great project is doing to bring our local Industrial Heritage to life.

Film on the Hill
A very brief explanation of the ‘On the Hill’ title.
Over the last few years some fairly resourceful people have been involved in the Church fete. It was decided by one of them that having put up so many tents for the afternoon fete, it was a pity not to utilise them for an evening event. It was decided to get some bands on the field to play in the evening with pizza and beer, etc. available. The name for the evening event was ‘Bands on the Hill’.

When Guy Nicholls thought of starting a local theatre group, he decided it would be a good idea to call it ‘Theatre on the Hill’. This, hopefully, will lead to putting ‘the Hill’ very much on the map for entertainment events.

Guy said he would like many other events to take place such as ‘Music on the Hill’, ‘Festival on the Hill’, ‘Opera on the Hill’. The possibilities are endless.

Another current idea is ‘Film on the Hill’. The idea is to show three or four a year. This, however, is an idea in progress.

The local pubs (at the bottom of the hill) do seem to benefit from these events so it is hoped for the whole ’On the Hill’ venue to build into something notable and which will be of benefit to the community.

Autumn 2014

Mellor School
Work is now underway for the extension to Mellor School that will include a new classroom and will enlarge the Hall. This was made possible by a £530,000 grant from the central education fund. The school has launched an appeal to find the additional £25,000 required. The school is obviously an essential part of our community and any offers of support by donation or fund raising will be greatly appreciated.

For further information contact the school on 0161 427 1052 or schooladmin@mellor.sch.uk

Snapshots of Mellor through the Seasons
The last few copies of this book of local photographs that capture the spirit of Mellor are available. Sold in aid of the Mellor Church Rose Queen Charity. An ideal present to post to family and friends no longer in the village.
Order on line http://www.sycamoremp.co.uk

The Friends of Mill Brow
This is an active group linked to the Mellor Society. A village sign and notice board are recent additions to the Mill Brow street scene. Successful campaigning has resulted in work to alleviate flooding problems on the road through Mill Brow.

A History Group is being established and the membership is looking for interested parties, contributions etc. Planning for a 70th Anniversary of VE Day is underway.
Please visit the Friends of Mill Brow website.

Christmas in Mellor 2014
This is a list of some of the events happening in the village over the Festive period.

Mellor Church
The Advent Carol Service is on Sunday 30th November.
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is on Sunday 21st December.
The Crib Services are on Wednesday 24th December at 4pm and 5.30pm.

Mellor School
Christmas Fair – Friday 28th November 5.30pm

Oddfellows Arms
Christmas menu available all of December 2014
2 courses £15.95
3 courses £18.95
Gala dinner New Year’s Eve with The Imposters playing all for £49

Hare and Hounds
The new winter menu will include some festive delights
Monday 22nd December – Carols in the Hare
Christmas Eve – Twas’ the Night Before Christmas.
Traditional reading of this famous poem by actor Guy Nicholls

The Devonshire Arms
Christmas menu available to pre-book throughout December
Saturday 13th December – Jazz at the Devy 3.00-6.00pm
Saturday 20th December – Hawk Green Band from 8.00pm
Boxing Day – Stomp and Chomp 12.00 onwards
New Year’s Eve – Pyjama Party Buffet

The Royal Oak
Mellor March Lantern Walk (to be confirmed)
A warm Oak welcome throughout the festive period.

Friends of Mellor Parish Centre
– raising funds for the upkeep of our valuable community centre.
Our forthcoming events:

Saturday 15th November 7.30pm
A Latin-American Evening.
A 3-course dinner and entertainment. The committee have been sourcing genuine South American recipes and enjoying tasting some of them. We hope you’ll agree they are delicious. And we have two of Manchester’s best South-American dancers for your entertainment after the meal. Priority booking for Friends opened on Monday October 6th, public booking on Monday October 13th.
Tickets are £17.50 from Angela Stead (427 3571) or the Parish Centre ( 484 5079)

Thursday 4th December 7.30pm
‘The Hysterical Historical Show’ presented by the theatre group Lip Service. Booking is open. Tickets are £10 from Meg Barley ( 427 4370), Kath Threlfall ( 427 1035) or the Parish Centre ( 484 5079)

Saturday 20th December 7.30pm
‘Figgy Pudding’ .
An evening of music and readings for Christmas. This is an event which has previously been held for several years at Bramhall Hall. The Friends were fortunate to be able to snap this up while the Hall is temporarily closed. Priority booking opens Monday November 10th, public booking Monday November 17th. Tickets are £15.50 from Angela Stead ( 427 3571) or the Parish Centre ( 484 5079)

As a ‘Friend’ you receive priority booking for our events, a regular newsletter and the satisfaction of helping a very worthwhile community cause.
To become a Friend contact our membership secretary Chris Walters on 0161 430 6714 or chris.walters60@ntlworld.com. Your support will be very much appreciated.

Friends of Brabyns Park
This local group has produced a questionnaire which can be accessed on their website. “The reasons for this survey is to obtain opinions of Brabyns Park, how it could be improved, how everyone in the community could be involved in park activities and to look at levels of interest in volunteering activities. The survey will be anonymous and data will be treated confidentially.”

Friends of Mellor Parks
This small group of Mellor Society members is still meeting throughout the year to work in partnership with SMBC to maintain and improve the Mellor Memorial Park. The results of their hard work will be to the forefront at the Remembrance Day Service and our thanks are expressed on behalf of the society membership. Volunteers are always needed so if you feel that you can lend a hand please contact any committee member for details.

“60 Second Security”
Last year over 200 people died in fires in the home. You’re at least 4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there’s no working smoke alarm.
When you test your smoke alarms you could help test the smoke alarm of an older family member, neighbour or friend too. It takes no time at all and gives your family and others a much better chance of surviving a fire.
Our local neighbourhood police team details can be found on http://www.gmp.police.uk
To report suspicious behaviour or non-urgent crime call 101, always dial 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, information can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Moorfield Arms Pub
Mellor Society Committee members recently attended a meeting arranged by the pub owners to announce the impending closure of the Moorfield Arms and explain the reasons and future intentions.

The pub has suffered a dramatic loss of trade over several years and is incurring substantial losses. Due to its relatively remote location and changing social trends its continuation as a pub is not viable. The owners have therefore been considering its future. They believe that the only likely viable use is for residential purposes. The pub has not been marketed as the local evidence strongly suggests there is unlikely to be any realistic interest.

The buildings could be put to a variety of uses such as retail and offices without planning permission, but these are also not considered to be viable.
Initial informal enquiries with the Council about conversion to residential use, which is considered by the owners to be the only viable use, have been cautiously encouraged. A team has now been assembled to put together all the information to make a planning application.

A variety of survey work is being/has been undertaken including site topography, building structure, landscape character, environmental/contamination, and history. The building is not listed, but has significant history, which is being researched and any information about its past would be welcomed.

The next stage is to generate development options to consider the optimum form of conversion. The extent of alterations and additions will be constrained by the green belt location, although there is an opportunity to improve the appearance of the building by removing some of the less appropriate additions and by reducing the large tar macadam car park and providing landscaping. This may allow some flexibility to create replacement buildings to complement the historic structure.

The proposal will raise various planning considerations including greenbelt policy, which will require very special circumstances to be demonstrated, as well as show that there is unlikely to be any impact on openness. In addition, the site is in an area of special landscape value.

Other issues to be addressed include accessibility, viability, sustainability, historic value and site access.

It was pointed out that although the Council has a housing land shortage, the greenbelt designation prevents the site being considered appropriate for housing development. An assurance was given that there is no intention to apply for a small housing estate and the development will be related to the existing buildings.

Mellor Community Choir
The Mellor Community Choir is now up to it’s full complement and is registered to participate in “The Festival of Brass and Voices” at the Royal Albert Hall. This event, to be held on 14th November 2015, is to raise money for Cancer Research UK and will involve over 50 choirs and two of the UK’s best brass bands. Rehersals are underway and the choir will be performing in support of the Mellor Parish Centre during the forthcoming months.

Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy: Mellor Mill and the Peak Forest Canal at Marple
A joint Heritage Lottery Funded Project being delivered in partnership by Canal and River Trust and Mellor Archaeological Trust

Whilst the visible excavation work at Mellor Mill has carried on over the summer there has been a flurry of activity behind the scenes. July 28th saw the Heritage Lottery Fund finally give us the official “Permission to Start”. That means that from that date the project can begin to draw funding down from the grant awarded in September 2013.

During the last couple of months the steering group for the project have made a number of key appointments. Fiona Turpin was appointed as the Project Officer and has been busy setting up systems to ensure the next three years of the project run smoothly. Pamela Pearson has been appointed as Learning and Interpretation Officer.

Pamela will be looking at how the project can be taken out to a much wider audience through a variety of ways and be responsible for the recruitment of volunteers across the project. On the ground, TAMAS has been appointed as contractors to provide the part time roles of Mill Site Director and the Archaeology Officer.

Bob Humphrey-Taylor and Rachel Miller will be providing the hands on management of the excavations and creation of a Small Country Park in an Industrial Heritage setting at the Mellor Mill site.

To oversee archaeological matters, across the project, CfAA (The Centre for Applied Archaeology) from Salford University have been appointed as the archaeological contractors. They will be responsible for running a number of community digs at the Mellor Mill and Lime Kiln sites, providing archaeological advice and training, processing archaeological information and writing academic reports.

Paul Hartley, Professional Support and Conservation Manager at Stockport Council Planning Services, has recently accepted the role of Chair to the Project Steering Group.

An important element of the project is the work that will be carried out by The Canal and River Trust at the Marple Aquaduct and other parts of the canal in Marple. Planning for these important works is now at an advanced stage.The contractors will be offering an opportunity for the public to view the proposed works at a date to be notified.

On the 16th November Mellor Archaeological Trust are pleased to announce there is to be a Samuel Oldknow Concert of music from his time.

The concert is to be at the Mellor Parish Centre. Tickets are available from Ann Hearle Tel: 0161 427 1149 or from the Parish Centre. The evening will be presented by two talented musicians Rosa Hartley, violin, from Royal College College of Music in London and Hayley Parkes, piano, from Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

On 30th November there will be a Canal Open Day based around Lock Number 2. At the Open Day there will be information and updates about the Oldknow Legacy project, an opportunity to explore inside a lock (it will be emptied of water!) along with other fact and fun activities. We understand that, weather permitting, “Samuel Oldknow” will also be attending the event.

Bob Humphrey-Taylor
Mill Site Director

The Mellor Society Committee wishes everyone a
Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year