Spring 2016

The Mellor Society Annual General Meeting…and ‘The Great Mellor Quiz’ (part 3)
This year the Society is yet 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 and Hon Secretary before the end of February. Also, we always need volunteers to deliver copies of your newsletters and collect subscriptions (a task which involves visiting your neighbours three times a year).
Refreshments will be available during the evening. The event will be held at Mellor Primary School commencing at 7:00 pm on Thursday 24 March 2016.
Previous years events have proved this programme to be both interesting and enjoyable for those attending as well as increasing the scope of our general knowledge, 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, 449 5935.

Her Majesty 
To honour the Queen on her official birthday (10th June) the Bellringers of Mellor Church will be organising a celebratory ring with ninety ringers on Saturday 11th June. To sign up for a minute of ringing please view the Church website.

One Voice
An initiative that has brought together all the faith groups in the Armed Services has close links to Mellor. Flight Lieutenant Harriet Tadikonda, whose parents live in Mill Brow, gathered Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist and atheist service men and woman to sing with one voice recording the song ‘Path to Peace’. A documentary about the project is being filmed by former BBC producer, Chris Mann, who has the Mann Made studios in Mellor. The service personnel are backed by the Military Wives Choir and a video, that includes a shot from Cobden Edge, can be found by Googling
‘path to peace music you tube’
or via the link:

Mellor Primary School
Brian Cox the physicist from Manchester University who has become the face of science on television visited Mellor Primary School to open the wonderful new development that includes the Treetop classroom, a new library and what is believed to be the largest habitat wall in the country.
The inspirational Professor Cox treated the children and many invited guests to an illustrated talk about the planets in our universe and he was very impressed by the knowledge shown by the children at the end of a week of Science based activities.
The library has been named The Walklate Library in honour of the founder of the first Mellor School.
Local residents are invited to look around the new development on May 22nd when the school is one of the bases for refreshments at Mellor Open Gardens.

Auction of Art, Antiques and Collectables
An auction will be held at the Parish Centre in aid of Church Funds on 13th May. Time to search the attic for lost treasures – 20% commission to the church. Details to follow on the Church website.

Bellringers’ Breakfasts
The Bellringers of Mellor Church are planning to publish a book of breakfast recipes in aid of Bellringers’ Good Causes. Anyone who would like to submit a special recipe can contact the Belfry where a tasting will be held. It is rumoured that famous TV chefs are showing interest in being included in this prestigious publication. A release in time for Christmas is planned.

Friends of Mellor Parish Centre
Saturday 19th March 1.30
Mellor Parish Centre
Tickets from Val Wallace (427 4900)
All profits made by the Friends of Mellor Parish Centre go towards the up keep of Mellor Parish Centre.
Thank you for your continued support.

Mellor Country House Charity
Mellor Country House will be opening its doors again on the 1st March 2016 to provide much needed respite breaks for vulnerable people.
There is a new addition to the home for the residents of nearby urban areas of Greater Manchester and Stockport to enjoy: thanks to funding from Children in Need Mellor Country House Charity have purchased a fabulous new summer house from Cheshire Portable Building company in Altrincham.
We worked with Equity Housing Group again who not only paid for the concrete but put the charity in touch with one of their contractors, TDG Contracts Ltd who very kindly laid the base donating their time freely. The Seashell Trust Charity is providing a leather sofa, drawers and a television to furnish the Shed. Also, thank you to the local volunteer who has helped install electricity to the Shed, making it useable most of the time.
It will be a great place to chill out, play games and generally have fun. The summer house has been named “The Shed” because it was originally thought that sometimes the young teenagers need to have their own space and “the Shed” would be perfect. It is now realised that any of the visitors may want to get together to play on the football table so there is no restriction on who can enter the Shed.

Mellor Country House is sure that “the Shed” will be well used and enjoyed by many, a really good use of the grant from Children in Need, thanks to all who were involved in pulling this together and making it happen.

The Mellor Country House Charity main fundraising event is the Annual Plant Sale which has become very popular in the local community. This year it will be held on Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd May. The same weekend as the Mellor Open Gardens. It is hoped that this year will be busier than ever as Mellor Country House Plant Sale reputation is growing for having very high quality plants at the most reasonable prices around.
Your support for this worthy cause is always greatly appreciated, thank you.

Friends of Mellor Parks
Friends of Mellor Parks are making an appeal for the donation of annual seeds to use in one of the beds in the Memorial Park. We are asking for any old or out of date packets of seeds or seeds you have collected from seed heads. They can be dropped at the Mellor Society Chair’s house on Knowle Road.

The park will be open as usual on the Mellor Open Gardens Day, May 22nd and the Friends would like it to look its best by then. Any practical help you may wish to offer will be gratefully received.
Diana Cole who co-ordinates the Friends working parties can be contacted at diana.cole@tesco.net

Highways Improvements – Marple North
SMBC has secured funding of £100m to be expended over a nine-year period to improve roads and pavements throughout the Borough.
Some of this investment in re-laying and maintaining highways is to be undertaken
in our area during 2016 to 2017. The roads listed below are included in this section of the improvement scheme:
Longhurst Lane* (from Town Street to Highfield Road), Clement Road**, Clough Avenue**, Highfield Road**, Fernhill**, Gibb Lane*** (various sections), Whetmorhurst Lane*, Moor End Road*** (various sections), Shiloh Road*.
The asterisks denote the proposed type of works to be carried out as follows: *Surface Dressing – covering the carriageway with stone chips embedded in bitumen to seal the existing road surface, improve skid -ding resistance and restore visual and ride quality; **MicroAsphalt – covering the carriageway with a veneer of cold laid surfacing material to seal the surface, improve skidding resistance, restore visual and ride quality and also improve the profile of the road’; ***Carriageway Patching
Other roadworks will also be carried out during the same period in Mill Brow, Marple Bridge and Compstall.

Update on Mellor Open Gardens 2016
The gardens have been chosen and soon their proud owners will be tending to their manicured lawns, weeding their colourful flower beds and shrubberies and looking forward to all the spring blossom after the deluges of this past winter!
The success of the event depends largely upon the support of a small army of volunteers.
People are needed to direct cars parking, direct traffic, sell programmes, serve refreshments etc.
Meg Barley will be very glad to hear from anyone who can spare a couple of hours on the day.
Meg can be contacted at:
0161 427 4370, meg_barley@hotmail.com
This year there will be four free buses for visitors, running from Marple Bridge to Mill Brow, Mellor and the Parish Centre, and we will discourage visitors from touring around in their cars.
Advertising banners will be appearing, and programmes will be on sale, towards the end of April. The price will be £9.00, reduced to £7.00 if purchased in advance. As previously, all profit will be divided between Cancer Research UK and the Parish Centre.
The organisers are thrilled to have Tony Husband, the renowned and award-winning cartoonist as their Guest Personality, and he will be spending the day in Mellor. His cartoons have appeared regularly in the national press, satirical magazines and books over the last 30 years, and it is hoped that he will be able to produce some lively cartoons on the day!

For more information, please visit the Mellor Open Gardens 2016 website at http://www.melloropengardens.org.uk
or contact Peter Oldham 0161 427 5939, petermboldham@o2.co.uk.

In May this year, our whole community will be invited to participate in Mellor Open Gardens(MOG) by creating MOGpotpeople to decorate front gardens throughout the Mellor area.
This is your opportunity to use your creative skills and your spare plant pots to produce some friendly and entertaining characters (Bill and Ben? Or even Meg and MOG??). Your MOGpotperson can then be completed to show its support for Mellor Open Gardens with a special green MOG flag which will be available to buy from Jenni-fleurs in Marple Bridge.
You will be helping to support Cancer Research UK and our own community facility, as well as beautifying our village and enhancing the enjoyment of all our visitors on the Open Gardens day!

60 Second Security
If you are able please visit http://www.gmp.police.uk website then click on the Crime reduction page. You will find a list of crime reduction topics including their 60 Second Security initiative.
Greater Manchester Police have produced a series of ‘60 Second Security’ videos on simple security advice. They provide easy step by step tips including advice on products and how to install and use them helping to make you and your property that little bit safer.
The videos include Bogus Callers, Door Chimes, Shed Security, Personal Attack Alarms, Light Timers, Window Locks, Property Marking, Purse Bells and more…
There is also a section on Security For Your Home.
We would recommend you visit these web pages which are designed help reduce your risk of being a victim of crime.