MMMC Neighbourhood Plan Update


December 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to our latest update on the progress with our Neighbourhood Plan.

Our application for “designation” has now got through the initial stage and should be in front of the local Area Committee for approval this month. Assuming it passes this, we then expect it to be at the Stockport Council meeting of 17thJanuary. We hope designation is, at that stage a formality.

So at that point we’ll need to arrange an AGM to formally elect our Management Committee (up to 16 of us!) and get us going. We’d also hope to get an application for grant funding sent in to the Government department responsible. This would allow us to pay for all the minor things like room hire, communications to residents, maybe a letterbox drop as well as setting up a proper web page and commissioning studies to help our plan.

We know from contact with other plans this is the start of quite a long process, but it should be enjoyable, interesting and ultimately a good thing for our communities.

The steering group is quite small, and the active members are just a few of us. We’ll need lots of help when we get started. There is room for those who can’t commit much time but maybe want to do things from home, or just help occasionally when time permits. There’s also scope for those with a keen enthusiasm in particular areas, whether that’s one of our Topic Groups who’ll write the plan, or on the Management Committee. Here we need skills in areas such as communications, IT, marketing, Town Planning, archives and record keeping, secretarial, legal and so on. All offers of help are welcome and nothing is too much or too little. The main requirement is to be committed to the idea of a Neighbourhood Plan and to want to help us achieve this.

Publicity and engagement
We think we’ve done quite a lot of this as a steering group with no funds! However, we are hearing from people who haven’t come across us until now. Please do chat to your friends and neighbours about what we’re doing. We can send our brochure electronically to anyone who asks. To those newly affiliated organisations (of which we have more than 20) please help us by circulating this newsletter to your members. That’s a huge help towards spreading the communication further in the area of the Plan.

For those in the Marple Bridge area, you should have seen us in the brochure for Winter Wonderland and one of our team was on hand at the event, talking to interested people.

Meanwhile if you need to get in touch you can contact us on

or look at our facebook page at MMMC Neighbourhood Plan

Mellor Country House Christmas Trees 2018

Order your Non Drop Nordman Christmas trees from Mellor Country House Charity before the 2nd December for delivery on the 8th December or collection from the home.

Our usual very good quality, unbeatable prices and free delivery within 5 mile radius.

Enjoy the start of the season with the fresh smell of a real tree, can’t beat it to get you into the spirit of Christmas.

Don’t miss out, you can phone on 0161 427 1893 and we will have a stall at #WinterWonderland on 1st December in #MarpleBridge .

See you there



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



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


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



Christmas in Mellor 2015  

Mellor Church

Sunday 29th November, 6.30 p.m. – Advent Carol Service

 Sunday 20th December, 6.30 p.m. – Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols

 Thursday 24th December, 4.00 p.m. & 5.30 p.m. – Crib Services

  Friday 25th December, 10.00 a.m. – Christmas Parish Communion

Mellor Parish Centre

Saturday 19th December, 7.30 p.m. – ‘Figgy Pudding’, an evening of music & readings for Christmas

Mellor School

Christmas Fair – Friday 27th November, 5.30-8.00 pm

Hare and Hounds

Tuesday 22nd December,  8.30pm Carols in the Hare with the

Mill Brow Singers (no food)

Thursday 24th December, 10.30pm ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ reading by Guy Nicholls

Christmas Day  12.00 – 2.00pm  drinks only

Boxing Day  –  Soup special only

New Years Day – No food

Oddfellows Arms

Open as usual for food and drinks on Christmas Eve

Christmas Day open 12.00 – 2.00 pm for drinks only

Boxing Day we will be serving food 12.00 – 8.00pm.

 We also have the Impostors playing after the New Year Eve meal

We will be serving food 12.00 – 5.00pm New Year’s Day

Royal Oak

Sunday 20th December  Father Christmas at the Oak 5.00pm

31st December    New Years Eve Party   8.00 pm till late


Devonshire Arms

Under new management – normal pub hours when you will receive a festive welcome.



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.

In the past the charity has survived by just doing the very best that we can to gain support and it has become increasingly more difficult over the past years due to the turn in the economic climate. We are still learning about fundraising and we have been very fortunate to have achieved as much as we have.

Each year we have to raise nearly £40,000 just to keep the home open for our visitors and each year we somehow manage to do this just by a whisker. This is partly due to very generous donations both from the public and local business’ coming forward donating raffle prizes whenever there is a need. The other way we raise the much needed funds is by organising several great events which are fun for everyone and which are very well supported by the local community.

Our main fundraiser event each year is our Plant Sale where we take orders and sell a large variety of bedding plants, plants and shrubs, great hanging baskets of different sizes. We are renowned for the fabulous quality of our plants and our prices are extremely competitive for the area. Refreshments include tea, coffee, hot chocolate, juices and a bacon butty or an irresistible treat of one of our famous “cream teas” again at reasonable prices.

This event is on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2015, 10am until 4pm and has become very popular, growing each year into a flurry of activity for us. Order forms can be picked up from the home or sent from email, and need to be returned by 9th May 2015 in time for us to place them with our grower.

We look forward to this event as we meet supporters, new and old which is very engaging and helps us to reach out into the community to find people who are in great need of a respite break which is of course our whole purpose. We appreciate very much all the help of our supporters and volunteers, as without them we could not manage to achieve the remarkable work that we do, giving a helping hand to nearly 800 visitors each year.

If you would like to help and volunteer for the charity please do not hesitate to get in touch, telephone number 0161 427 1893 as no matter how much or how little time you can spare, your efforts will make a huge difference to us and our visitors.

Typical activities of the society

Planning Applications

The Society keeps an eye on current planning applications to ensure that they meet both the legal requirements and aesthetic considerations, remembering that much of Mellor lies within the Green Belt. However, when the Parish Field was sold for building purposes, the plot lay outside the Green Belt, and no objection could be raised on that score. The Society felt that five houses – which the original scheme proposed – were too many, and the number was reduced to four.

A recent major concern has been the application to build 21 apartments in three blocks on the site of the disused Cataract Bridge Mill. Accessibility for traffic, potential numbers of cars, height of the buildings and the possibility of overlooking nearby properties are matters which have exercised local residents. The Local Area Committee of SMBC considered the application on 27 October 2004, when both the applicant and one resident were allowed to present their respective cases. We now know that the application has been approved, but the roofline of the apartment blocks has been lowered, and more parking spaces have been provided. However, no development is evident at present.

Another matter for concern has been the proposed erection of mobile phone masts in various locations around the village. One application for a mast on Cobden Edge was withdrawn by the landowner, but permission has now been granted for a mast on Low Lea Road. The Society notified residents likely to be affected by the mast, and they were able to attend the planning meeting. Despite their objections, the application was granted. The Society continues to monitor the planning register, and will notify residents of any further such proposals.

The War Memorial and Park

The setting of the Memorial had become rather shabby, and the Park behind the cross was very neglected. In 2002, the Society suggested alterations in the general layout, and held site meetings with SMBC officials. Work has now started on these improvements to the Park. In addition to the efforts of the local authority, the Society has organised several working parties of Mellor residents to assist in the re-planting of the flower beds. The Society funded the purchase of plants and seeds for this task, and now the park has taken on an entirely new look. It is well worth a visit! Now the Society has been awarded a grant to fund the purchase of two benches (which have been installed), and there are hopes that a further grant for the purchase of more plants may be in the offing.

These activities have led to the formation of a sub-group of the Mellor Society: Friends of Mellor Parks, which will keep a watch on the management of both the Memorial Park and the Recreation Ground. A questionnaire is to be circulated asking residents what play equipment they would like to see on the Rec, especially for older children.


There are many problems associated with the roads in Mellor – potholes, parking, speeding, flooding, lighting . . . the list goes on and on! The Society is active in drawing the attention of Stockport MBC to these matters, and has had some recent successes. A current concern is the speed of a few drivers on Longhurst Lane, and a temporary speed warning camera was set up and the data recorded.

Public Toilets

Some years ago, an economy drive forced the closure of several public toilets in our area, including the ones adjoining the Recreation Ground. Bearing in mind the great number of walkers who frequent the local footpaths, and the need for such a facility near to a children’s play area, the closure caused the Society great concern. Continual pressure was placed on the Council to reinstate the toilets, and the toilets were officially opened on Thursday 5 December 2002. Two planters have now been purchased by the Society, and these have been installed near the toilets.

Other Matters

To celebrate the Millennium, three oak saplings and thousands of daffodils were planted on the Recreation Ground. Two of the oaks did not survive, but have now been replaced, and the daffodils appear in greater numbers every spring.

The public notice board on the Recreation Ground was badly sited, and the Society has been successful in having it moved to a position where it can be read more easily.