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

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

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 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
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