Summer 2015

The Minutes of The Mellor Society Annual General Meeting on 26th March 2015 at Mellor Primary School.

Appologies:J Jackson, J and K Edleston

Bob Humphrey-Taylor (Chair) welcomed those present to the meeting and after covering Health and Safety issues explained the revised format of the evening. The formal business of the Society was to be dealt with first and after some refreshments the remainder of the evening will to be devoted to the Great Mellor Quiz. Bob reminded those present that only Society members could vote on any issues and copies of the accounts were available in the room from A Stevens (Hon Treasurer). Voting will be on a show of hands either for, against or recording objections.

2a. Minutes of Previous AGM
These had been published in Summer 2014 Newsletter 62, and accepted by those members present.

2b. Report of the Committee:
I Davies (Hon Secretary) delivered the following report on behalf of the committee.

  • The purpose of the Society is to protect and conserve the amenity of our village and it’s business is administered by an elected committee supported by a team of news letter 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 the following issues:
  • Improvement of the main drainage and highway maintenance in Mill Brow. It is hoped that these works will stop the flooding of the roadway which has been a recurring problem during very heavy rain for many years.
  • Securing Council funding for new play equipment in Mill Brow and up-grading play equipment at Mellor Recreation Ground.
  • The addition of 2 litter bins in Mill Brow.
  • Notifying SMBC of road and street lighting requirements.
  • Also, attending the development presentation for the proposed works at the Moorfield Arms pub. This development is in a Designated Green Belt Area and the owners were anxious to ensure that there was no adverse public comment/concern.

In addition the Society provided two book token prizes to the Mellor Primary School for their student “Good Citizen Award” and made a donation of £250:00 to the Mellor Primary School Building Fund – for further details of these works visit the architects website
This money is to be used to help fund a wireless camera system to provide viewing access to the nature wall feature in the new works.

We have continued the Society’s membership of The Campaign to Protect Rural England.

We have also made 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 Park work very hard with SMBC to maintain the Memorial Park, not only for the above ceremony but 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.

Jim Edleston who has served as Membership Secretary for a number of years has now resigned from the committee. The position of Membership Secretary will now be undertaken by Ilona Morgan. Janet Jackson has also resigned from the committee due to relocating to the south. Janet was the membership’s representative on the local NHS Healthwatch group. This organisation monitors performance of some NHS services and is active in promoting where services can be improved. We are looking for volunteer(s) to replace Janet in this role.
We wish to express our thanks to Jim and Janet for their services to the Society. The Society continues to be supported by our newsletter deliverers/subscription collectors and Michael Davies at Annandale Solutions Ltd hosting our website. We thank all the above and others for their efforts and continuing support.

Our thrice yearly newsletter and our website always need content and if you have any issues that you need reporting please contact any committee member.

Finally, if anyone wishes to be a newsletter deliverer or serve on our committee please contact I Davies, Hon. Secretary.

2c. Rate of Annual Subscription
It was stated that the subscriptions are to remain at £1 per adult. Our membership continues to fluctuate around 1000 which includes most of the adult residents in the villages of Mellor and Mill Brow.

2d. Present Certified Accounts
A Stevens (Hon Treasurer) had distributed copies of the accounts at the meeting and addressed them to the audience. There were no questions/comments from members and the accounts were accepted by those present as correct.

2e. Elect Officers and Members of the Committee
Bob Humphrey-Taylor confirmed that the standing committee comprising himself (Chair), Ian Davies (Hon Secretary), Ilona Morgan (Membership Secretary), Adam Stevens (Hon Treasurer), Cynthia Garlick, Ian Heaps, Guy Marsh, and Tim Lowe offered to continue in their current roles. There had been no offers of others wishing to serve on the committee.
It was agreed by those present that the standing committee continue for a further term.

2f. Transact Any Business Brought Forward by the Committee
No business had been brought forward by the committee.

2g. Transact Any Other Business Notified to the Hon Secretary
No other business had been notified to the Hon Secretary.
Bob Humphrey-Taylor presented Tim Lowe (Mellor School Governor) with a cheque for £250:00 from the Society for the school building fund which was received with thanks.

Bob Humphrey-Taylor then closed the formal section of the AGM inviting attendees to refreshments and introducing Tim Lowe who would conduct the Great Mellor Quiz…part two.

The Great Mellor Quiz.
This years quiz was again well supported and entrance fees raised £64 which was to be passed on to the Mellor March organisers which supports local charities. The Mellor Well Dressers won the quiz with Mellor Bellringers second and Mellor Marchers third. Our thanks to those and the other teams for making the event a success.

Mellor Open Gardens 2016
It’s happening again! This much-loved garden festival will be repeated on SUNDAY 22ND MAY 2016. Some 20 beautiful gardens in Mellor and Mill Brow will be on display to the public, with the proceeds being shared between the Parish Centre and Cancer Research UK.
Further information can be obtained from
Mary Hoult – 0161 427 7255,
Peter Oldham – 0161 427 5939,

Mellor Community Choir
Here in Mellor, we are justifiably proud of our community spirit, our generosity towards charitable events and our talented offspring! So in 2008 when two of our star singers, Jennifer Lowe and her brother Tom returned from abroad to give a fundraising concert in aid of the Parish Centre, it was an instant success and grew into a popular annual event. Later, thanks to Helen Kennedy, this was extended to include a small but enthusiastic chorus consisting of friends, singers and would-be singers. So, Mellor Community Choir was born and has now evolved into a ladies’ choir directed by Mary Hoult. It has an exciting venture in prospect, for on 14th November this year the choir is going to London to sing in the Royal Albert Hall – but not alone! It will be joining with many choirs from all over the country plus two top brass bands, to stage a massed triennial fundraising event – the Cancer Research UK Festival of Brass and Voices. If, over the next few months, you happen to encounter anyone behaving oddly, staring into space and muttering incoherently, it could be that she is a member of Mellor Community Choir and she’s working hard at memorising the words and music of fifteen different songs…

Please help to support Cancer Research UK and Mellor Community Choir
– Singing Out Against Cancer –
To support the fundraising activities, their conductor, Mary Hoult has enrolled on the CRUK sponsored ‘Shine’ walk (just the half-marathon) taking place overnight in London on 26th September. Mary is a long-term supporter of Cancer Research UK and is known locally for creating Mellor Open Gardens as well as for her charity show gardens at the RHS Tatton Flower Show. She was awarded a Flame of Hope in 2010 and is also an Ambassador for the charity. The aim of this venture is to support the work of Cancer Research UK – please help to raise funds. Mary can be contacted on 0161 427 7255 or donations can be made online at

Well Dressing
Using Louise Smith’s brilliant design the Mellor Well Dressing team produced another masterpiece, this year celebrating 150 years since the railway arrived in Marple. New ‘dressers’ are always welcome – basically all the effort is focused into one week ahead of the blessing that is held as part of the Fete on the last Saturday in June each year. Anyone interested please contact Anthea Nicholls via the Parish Centre.

New Footpath
You may have noticed some work going on along the southern boundary of the Mellor Sports Club sports field. The work is to create an all weather pathway between the Sports Club car park and Knowle Road.
For some years there has been an agreement, between Mellor Sports Club and Mellor Primary School, which encourages parents to use the car park and walk across the sports field to school.
Hopefully this new pathway will encourage even more parents to take advantage of the opportunity to park up in a safe area and take the stroll across the playing field to school.

Samuel Oldknow in the Goyt Valley – 6th September 2015
The Annual Fact and Fun Day based at the Roman Lakes Leisure Centre will take place on Sunday 6th September. The event is a joint venture between the Friends of Our Valley and Mellor Archaeological Trust. You will be able to enjoy Guided Tours of the latest excavations at Mellor Mill, talks by experts, good food, fun stalls for all the family and many other FACT & FUN events. Watch out for the posters on the village notice boards for more details.

Mellor Primary School Extension
The building works to the Mellor Primary School Extension are now almost complete. Based on a design by nationally renowned architect, Sarah Wiggleworth, the new development will provide extra space and give the school a really distinctive style. It was even complimented by the Secretary of State for Education in a debate in the Commons. There will be an Official Opening in September so watch out for further information. There has been considerable help from the community in creating the east facing Habitat Wall. The wall consists of 25 compartments filled with materials to encourage birds, animals and insects to take up residence there. It is believed to be the largest Habitat Wall in Europe. The Mellor Society has donated £250 for a wireless camera to be placed facing the habitat wall so that the comings and goings of the inhabitants can be viewed from inside school. An exciting and unusual opportunity has been created for our children to enjoy and learn from. We believe that Staff and Pupils will find the enhanced environment at the school an inspiration and delight.

VE Day 70th Anniversary
The front of the Hare and Hounds pub in Mill Brow took on the appearance of a set from Dad’s Army during the VE Day Celebrations. Dancing, music and games helped to create a fantastic period atmosphere. Mellor Church bell rang out for 70 minutes with the peal started by Erik Knusson who rang the bell 70 years ago on VE Day.

Mellor Country House Charity
Mellor Country House provides self-catering respite breaks for around 800 visitors each year, half of them children, from the most deprived and underprivileged areas of the inner-cities of Greater Manchester, Salford and Stockport. Each year they have to raise nearly £40,000 just to keep the home open for their visitors. The funding comes from very generous donations both from the public and local business’s. The Mellor Country House also organises several fund raising events throughout the year and greatly appreciates all the help from their supporters and volunteers.
If you would like to help and/or volunteer for the charity please do not hesitate to get in touch, telephone number 0161 427 1893. No matter how much or how little time you can spare, your efforts will make a huge difference to the charity and its visitors.
For further information see their website:

Mellor & Townscliffe Golf Club
On Sunday 2nd August the Golf Club is holding a Try Golf session for juniors (up to 10 years) and a Giggle Day for ladies. If you have considered golf this will be an ideal, fun way to start. To book in or for further information please contact the Club Professional, Carl on 0161 427 5759.