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



Summer 2016

A Neighbourhood Plan for Mellor ?
Neighbourhood planning was introduced in 2011 through the Localism Act. Neighbourhood planning allows local residents and businesses to have their own planning policies in a Neighbourhood Plan that reflect their priorities, deliver tangible local benefits and have real weight in planning decisions. Local people can also grant permission for development through ‘neighbourhood development orders’ and ‘community right to build orders’.

The process is community led and the plan may deal with a wide range of social and economic issues or focus on the perceived specific needs of the area.
A Neighbourhood Plan will become part of the statutory development plan for the area. Across England many different communities have embraced neighbourhood planning.

In very simple terms, a Neighbourhood Plan is:

  • a document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area. (Planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications)
  • written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority.
  • a powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.

A Neighbourhood Plan is an important document with real legal force, therefore there are certain formal procedures that it must go through which are summarised as follows:

  • define the boundary of the Neighbourhood Plan
  • preparing the Plan
  • submitting the Plan to an independent examiner for consideration of any representations and check that it conforms to national and local policy and advising if any changes need to be made
  • once satisfied the local council will organise a referendum at which the majority of local people voting must support the plan if is to be adopted by the local planning authority
  • the local planning authority will bring the plan into force making it part of the formal development plan for the area

The local parish or town council may lead on neighbourhood planning in their areas. Where one does not exist then a community group known as a Neighbourhood Forum needs to be established to lead the process and this is what is proposed for Mellor and the surrounding area by The Mellor Society Committee. The SMBC Local Plan covers the whole district. The Neighbourhood Plan would be focused on local needs allowing the local community to specify in detail what their expectations are.
The Mellor Society Committee will not lead on a Neighbourhood Plan but will:

  • endeavor to establish if it is the wish of the residents in Mellor and Mill Brow (note that Marple Bridge, Ludworth and Compstall may be included if the area is the Parish of Mellor boundary) to develop a neighbourhood plan
  • recruit individuals to form the Neighbourhood Forum

The Neighbourhood Forum must comprise at least 21 people and will lead and co-ordinate the plan making process.
Under legal requirements the Neighbourhood Forum must have:

  • the express purpose of promoting or improving the environmental wellbeing of an area that consists of or includes the neighbourhood area concerned
  • a purpose that reflects the character of the area in general terms
  • a membership open to people living and working in the area and elected members for the area
  • a minimum of 21 members from the above groups

Neighbourhood Plans are being developed for a small area around the centre of Marple and other localities in our region and across the country.
Funding is available to finance technical/expert services and the process is supported, but not financed by Local Authorities.

If you are interested in working together as a community to conserve and develop our local area please give consideration to the following:

Do you support a Neighbourhood Plan for Mellor (and possibly the immediate surrounding area as defined by the Mellor Parish Boundary)?
What would you like to see included in a Neighbourhood Plan for Mellor and surrounding area?
Are you interested in becoming involved?
Have you any special skills that would benefit the process?
Do you wish to be kept informed?
If you have any views regarding the above please submit them via the ”let us have your views/Contact Us” section of the Mellor Society website or in writing to any Mellor Society Committee Member.

Mellor Primary School
Classroom Extension – Stimulating new spaces based on the ‘forest school’ ethos. Project Architect of the Year Award – Eleanor Brough, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects London.
Mellor Primary School extension provides a series of stimulating new spaces based on the school’s ‘forest school’ ethos. The low energy building aims to harmonise with its natural setting, using locally sourced natural materials while featuring a striking habitat wall which was designed and built in partnership with the school’s pupils.
From the outside, the remaining school building is typical of 20-year-old examples found across the country and is functional yet uninspiring. The architect has turned to the back of the site to provide an extension and remodelling, an area that may not have been first choice for some given its steep fall away from the building. Rather than eat up valuable play space however, this site presented the challenge and opportunity for the team to design a modest extension that nonetheless transforms the classroom experience. With a limited budget the architect has achieved what many education schemes on much grander scales fail to do; provide a series of indoor and outdoor spaces that will inspire and facilitate learning. The dedication of the project architect to achieving the best for the client was evident with a commitment that extended to real hands-on engagement and support beyond what could be normally expected.

STORM Project
STORM (Safeguarding Cultural Heritage through Technical and Organisational Resources Management)
Mellor Archaeological Trust is proud to announce it is part of a European wide environmental and conservation research project and has been awarded an EU grant of €400k to carry out its Work Packages. Starting from previous research STORM proposes a set of novel predictive models and improved non-invasive and non-destructive methods of survey and diagnosis for effective prediction of environmental changes and for revealing threats and conditions that could damage cultural heritage sites. STORM will also determine how different vulnerable materials, structures and buildings are affected by different extreme weather events together with risks associated to climatic conditions or natural hazards. An important output of STORM will be the safeguarding and management of environmental and other risks. Results will be tested in relevant case studies in five different countries: Italy, Greece, UK, Portugal and Turkey. The sites and consortium have been carefully selected so as to adequately represent the rich European Cultural Heritage. Associate partners that can assist with liaisons and links to other stakeholders and European sites are also included. The Project will be carried out by a multidisciplinary team providing all competences needed to assure the implementation of an effective solution to support all the stakeholders involved in the management and preservation of Cultural Heritage Sites.

Forthcoming events at the Mellor Parish Centre:
Saturday 10th September – Rainforest Roadshow
Interactive presentation begins at 2pm. An informative and entertaining view of rainforest life with particular emphasis on the lives of indigenous people and their role in the rainforest eco system.
Touch, taste, smell and hear the rainforest in this fun inter-active afternoon. Keen naturalists and amateur anthropologists, Dave and Sue Shaw have travelled widely in South and Central America, Malaysia, Borneo, Irian Java and Madagascar and will give us a unique insight into life in the rainforest. This event will appeal to and is suitable for children and adults of all ages. Useful for National Curriculum studies. Tickets: £10 per adult which includes free entry for up to 2 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Tickets are available from Angela Stead ( 0161 427 3571) or the Parish Centre (0161 484 5079). Membership forms are available from the Parish Office or

Mellor Open Gardens – 22nd May
Once again, Mellor residents demonstrated their enthusiasm for this cherished community event, which was the most successful since it started in 1992. Their generosity and willingness to volunteer to bake cakes, serve refreshments and manage car parking areas was invaluable and much appreciated by more than 1200 visitors. In the days leading up to Open Gardens Day, ‘Mogpotpeople’ accompanied by flags kindly provided by Julian Wadden, Estate Agents, appeared in front gardens and at Mellor Primary School, and helped to focus attention upon the Big Day.
A warm, sunny morning brought visitors from all over Stockport, and unexpectedly from further afield including Lincoln, Wakefield and Northampton – such is the influence of the internet! In addition to the 20 colourful and varied gardens on display, duck races in Mill Brow, a ‘Find the Well’ competition in one garden and Tony Husband’s famous cartoons added to the attractions. Four minibuses running constantly between Marple Bridge, Mill Brow, Moor End and the Parish Centre helped to keep visitors moving between all the gardens.
As a result, Cancer Research UK and Friends of Mellor Parish Centre will share the profit of just over £16,000 – the wonderful result of all the hard work by garden owners and volunteers.
Peter Oldham Chairman, Mellor Open Gardens 2016 Organising Group

Mellor Church Bell rings out for The Queen’s Birthday
A letter from Buckingham Palace now hangs in the belfry at Mellor Church thanking the people of Mellor for ringing “Old Paddy” the great bell for 90 minutes to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. The Mellor belfry is, we think, unique in hosting events with a large number of ringers and 90 people in 90 minutes must be a record. The money raised from the event supports the Church Fund and The Mellor March for Cancer Charities. As fame for the Mellor ringers spreads local MP William Wragg has invited them to view Big Ben before it is moth-balled for repairs. Perhaps “Old Paddy” will introduce The 10 o’clock News for a few months?

Mellor Country House
This local charity held its plant sale again this year breaking previous sales records. Approximately £19,000 worth of plants and hanging baskets were sold during the two-day event. The management committee would like to thank Lex Auto Lease Stockport, the army of helpers and all the customers and local community for supporting this fundraising event.

Healthwatch Stockport
The Mellor Society is a Group Member of Healthwatch Stockport, the company set up by Government to encourage lay people to have some involvement in the planning, delivery and monitoring of local health and social care services.
At its last Annual General Meeting in November of last year Healthwatch Stockport agreed significant changes to its organisation, claiming justification by the need to cut costs. This followed the cut in funding from Stockport MBC. The main change was in its leadership, discontinuing its wider elected group, called The Core, in favour of closer direction from the Directors, the Office and a small group of Leads. These Leads being members who head – up groups of members interested and prepared to be involved with social care, primary care, hospital care etc. All members are encouraged to consider being part of a group which is of special interest to them.
It is a very challenging time for health and social care in Stockport. Government funding leaves a shortfall. However, the Government has recognised the need for healthcare and social care to be more closely integrated and has set up the organisation to do this for all Greater Manchester. The draft plan for Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Devolution was published in December 2015.
Each of the local authorities making up Greater Manchester is publishing its own Locality Plan and Stockport’s Locality Plan is dated November 2015, and again there is a short period for consultation.
There are numerous initiatives that are now embraced within these plans or arising from these plans so we are going to be inundated with new names for these and for the unfamiliar organisations to drive things forward. Locally the Healthier Together initiative already has Stepping Hill FT as one of the four Specialist Hospitals in Greater Manchester and the Stockport Together initiative is the banner for changes locally.
In essence the present dependence on hospitals is deemed too expensive to be sustainable so the intention is to strengthen community services and meet people’s needs closer to home.
The shortfalls in funding are already apparent and are forecast to increase considerably so doing nothing is not considered an option.
The Healthwatch organisation attends some significant board meetings and so is in a key position to monitor progress, but Healthwatch Stockport has not, so far as I am aware, made clear how it will do so and report to its membership.
This is my understanding but remains a personal view.
Alan Watt – Ordinary member of Stockport Healthwatch, Feb 2016.

The Mellor Society Annual General Meeting
24 March 2016
1 Apologies: B&H Humphrey-Taylor, I Morgan
2.a T Lowe and A Davies proposed and seconded the approval of the minutes from the previous meeting and this was accepted by all present.
2.b Report of the Committee:
The work to protect and conserve the environment and amenities of our village/area and it’s business is administered by an elected committee supported by a team of newsletter deliverers and subscription collectors. The committee has been active on behalf of the membership working with local councillors and SMBC Officers on the following issues:
We are happy to report that after years of making representation improvements to the main drainage and highway maintenance in Mill Brow were undertaken last year and were severely tested during November. Mill Brow didn’t become flooded as has been the norm in previous periods of excessive rain. Last year we reported that SMBC funding had been secured to improve play equipment on Mill Brow rec. To-date there has been no improvement to play equipment and the site has further deteriorated. Your committee continues to enlist the support of local councillors to remedy this situation. Additionally Mill Brow residents have set up a “Save Our Rec” action group.
We have continued to notify SMBC either directly or via our local councillors of road and street lighting problems. We reported in our last newsletter that this year it is our areas turn for road improvements. This work has commenced. Residents in Mellor on Longhurst Lane have been notified that at last high speed broad band will be available later this year. The Mellor Society continues to provided two book token prizes to Mellor Primary School for their student “Good Citizen Award”. Last year we reported the Society’s donation to the school building fund which is now completed and some of us were fortunate to attend the official opening. The ceremony, in the presence of Prof Brian Cox, was fantastic and the students were a credit to their school and village.
We have continued the Society’s membership of The Campaign to Protect Rural England.
We continue to make 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 Parks work very hard with SMBC to maintain the Memorial Park 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.
Four years ago the committee authorised a donation from Society funds to Mellor Open Gardens 2012. The donation was spent on helping provide free bus transport around the open gardens thereby reducing the risk of congestion which was of benefit to visitors and residents on the day. We have made a similar donation on behalf of the membership to support the free buses for Mellor Open Gardens 2016.
At last years AGM meeting Alan Watt volunteered to represent the membership on the Healthwatch Stockport Group. Our Society is a Group Member of this company set up by the Government to encourage lay people to have some involvement in the planning, delivery and monitoring of local health and social care services. Alan has provided a report on his involvement to-date which will feature in our next newsletter.
Mellor Society Committee Members Tim Lowe and Cynthia Garlick attended the recent Marple Area Committee Meeting where there was an Open Forum Debate with members of Marple Civic Society making a presentation in respect to the prospects for a Neighbourhood Plan for Marple.
We hope to feature more information on this issue in future newsletters.
We are fortunate to have the attendance of local councillors at our committee meetings and the committee wishes to thank a previous councillor Andrew Bispham for his many years service as ex-officio committee member.
The Society continues to be supported by our newsletter deliverers, the Parish Centre printing the newsletter and Annandale Solutions Ltd hosting our website.
We thank all the above and others for their efforts and continuing support.
If you have any issues that you need reporting in your newsletter or website please contact any committee member.
Also, if anyone wishes to be a newsletter deliverer or serve on our committee please contact I Davies, Hon. Secretary.
2c There is to be no increase in the annual subscription of £1/member
2d Copies of the certified accounts and membership report where available at the meeting and commented on in detail by the Hon Treasurer. G Abbell and E Jones proposed and seconded the approval of the accounts and this was accepted by all present.
2e There were no new volunteers to serve on the committee and those present accepted that the existing committee remain in office for a further year.
2f There was no business brought forward by the committee.
2g There was no business brought forward by the membership.
3. The formal section of the meeting was closed by T Lowe Acting Chair
Refreshments and the Great Mellor Quiz followed and a collection from participants raised £30 for The Mellor March.

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

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,
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
or contact Peter Oldham 0161 427 5939,

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 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.

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.


Autumn 2015

Mellor Open Gardens 2016
Mellor Open Gardens, to be held on 22nd May 2016, promises to be bigger and better than ever! Twenty-four gardens will be on display, including five in Mill Brow. Seven lovely gardens are totally new to the event, whilst two are returning after being absent in 2012. For the first time two gardens in Clement Road will be shown.

Preparations are now well under way, and details of the Organising Group will be found in due course on the event website

As always, the Organising Group greatly value the support of local residents, and Meg Barley (01614274370, would be glad to hear from anyone who can volunteer to assist for a couple of hours on the day.

The Organising Group welcome sponsorship to assist with meeting the expenses of the event.

Any resident involved in a local business who might wish to take advantage of a significant marketing opportunity is asked to contact Peter Oldham ( 0161 427 5939, )

William Wragg MP
London Mayor, Boris Johnson, officially opened the new office of our MP William Wragg. The office is on Stockport Road opposite the Regent Cinema and is open from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6.00pm. The Office Manager is Ryan Stinger.
Pupils from the Mellor School Parliament attended the opening and Prime Minister, Isobel Hannaford, asked Boris the question on everyone’s lips “Do you want to be Prime Minister ?” The reply was very diplomatic saying that there was no vacancy at present.
(When the time comes – Isobel or Boris ? – Vote Isobel).

Mellor Community Choir
The Mellor Community Choir came together originally to sing in a Christmas charity event in Mellor Church. It now a well-established choir and 21 of its members are going to perform in the Royal Albert Hall.
The Director of Music of the choir is Mary Hoult who over many years has been an active supporter of cancer charities. She was approached by Cancer Research UK to ask if the choir would take part in the ‘Festival of Brass and Voices’ to be held at the Albert Hall in November. The concert brings together 1000 voices and the Grimethorpe and Cory bands, two of the best brass bands in the country. Regional rehearsals have been held in the surprisingly magnificent Huddersfield Town Hall. The concert programme is varied with a patriotic flavour.
On the Sunday after the concert there is a Singalong at The Scoop, an open-air venue on the Thames Embankment near Tower Bridge.
Back in Mellor there will be an opportunity to hear the choir when they perform at Mellor Church on Saturday 30th January in concert with Tom and Jennifer Lowe, brilliant professional singers both born in the village. Tom was a member of the pop group North and South before moving to perform in musicals in the West End and later on Broadway while sister, Jennifer is an opera singer in Berlin.

Marple Lime Kilns
Samuel Oldknow was in many ways the Founding Father of Marple. When he arrived in Mellor in 1787 to build his enormous Mellor Mill on the Derbyshire side of the River Goyt the population distribution in the area was very different to what we know today. Mellor had roughly three time the population of Marple where there were just a few farmsteads with the local industry focused in Mellor.
Mellor Mill employed up to 550. The majority of the mill workers were women and children and many were brought in from outside the area. So, with little work for the menfolk at the mill other solutions had to be found.
Samuel was also a keen agriculturalist and in particular a proponent of spreading lime in the fields to improve soil quality by breaking down the clays. As any local gardener will know, we do have plenty of clay lurking just below the surface of our gardens!
Samuel had quarries, coal pits, farms and forestry which went some way towards occupying the men. He decided to also get into the lime burning business. To facilitate that he promoted the canal being brought into Marple from Buxworth Basin. A tramway was built from Dove Holes, where the limestone was being quarried, down to Buxworth canal basin and from there the limestone carried on its journey to Marple by barge. On arrival in Marple, in the area of what we now call “Top Lock” the limestone was off loaded into a series of lime burning kilns. Once burnt the resulting lime powder was transported off to be used in both the agricultural and construction industries. And so as Samuel’s workforce grew so did Marple to provide the infrastructure to support them.
As part of the, HLF supported, Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy project there are ongoing exploratory works at the Lime Kilns to investigate the possibility of eventually presenting some or all of the remains for public viewing.

Friends of Mellor Parish Centre
Our final event of 2015 is:
Saturday 19th December
‘Figgy Pudding’ 7.30 pm Mellor Parish Centre. An evening of music and readings for Christmas, with mulled wine and mince pies. A new programme for 2015. Tickets £16.
Booking for Friends opens Mon 9th Nov Public booking Mon 16th Nov
Tickets from Angela Stead (0161 427 3571) or the Parish Centre office (0161 484 5079)
A date for your diary : Tom and Jennifer Lowe with Mellor Community Choir will once again be entertaining us in Mellor Church on Saturday January 30th 2016. Booking will open Monday Dec 7th for Friends.
To become a Friend of Mellor Parish Centre contact Christine Dutson on 0161 427 3775 or You will receive advance booking for all events and a regular newsletter. All subscriptions and profits from our events are used for the maintenance of our Parish Centre, widely used by many in the community.

Mellor Country House Charity
Orders are being taken 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.

Friends of Mellor Parks
Mellor War Memorial Garden
The well used park is kept tidy and colourful by volunteer work parties and workers from the Council. There have been plantings of Alliums, Convolvulus cneorum and Roses, as well as transplanting some irises and other plants from Nuala James’s garden. The Liquidamber’s autumn colours have been stunning this year – it was planted two years ago.
Over the last few months there has been a monthly working party every 2nd Saturday from 10 to 12. Attendance has varied from 1 to 7 people turning up with spade and secateurs or whatever weapon you choose to attack the plants with.
Last time we had children of 10, 6 and 4 years who were really helpful in cutting back perennials and squashing the green wheely bin contents down.
We like to have refreshments at 11 which has varied from proper coffee to Aldi decaff, with biscuits! Occasionally Italian biscotti or Libby’s almond croissant – but you have to be lucky to get one of those…..
The Council Officers have kept the lawn well mowed, the hedges cut and paths clear. They also take rubbish away when we ask and they prune the larger plants. We have asked them to cut the hedges down to five feet. Also the roadside hedge is kept trim, to allow vehicles to have good visibility of Longhurst Lane.
Over a year ago we asked the Mellor Society Committee to organise the replacement of the unsightly yellow bin on the railings and the noticeboard on the gate by the War Memorial. As these have not yet been moved a further request will be made to SMBC by the committee.
The Rose bed planted in memory of Caroline Bell has proved challenging. It was lovingly watered when necessary by Anthea Mason, our unsung heroine. However, the soil is very poor in nutrients so we tried chicken pellets. We are now taking up Ruth Watson’s kind offer of horse muck. We will be arranging transport soon – any volunteers to help too?
Around the War Memorial the large round Alliums flowered well but oddly at different heights. The silvery underplanting Convolvulus cneorum is very effective and the Lavender continues to look good. The topiary has been clipped – well done Hilary Humphrey-Taylor!
In the main park we have two empty beds. Diana Cole has a plan to plant a ‘stumpery’ (ferns and tree stumps!) for the top one, which we hope to install over the winter.
In August and September two large patches of mushrooms appeared. They could be “cultivated mushroom”- Agaricus bisporus”. However, it is best to leave them unpicked. We were also interested to find out which Liverworts we had. Tony Smith from New Mills Nature Society assessed them and says we have two types, though nothing special. We have got 20 different mosses in the gardens though!!! He advised letting them grow on the path stone edges and tree stumps. Please ask Maggie Williams if you would like to see a copy of the report.
The park is well used by all ages and we have had positive comments, which is pleasing.
It would be great if we had more help, of any age or ability, on the second Saturday of the month for an hour or so between 10 and 12. No gardening knowledge is necessary as there are always varieties of tasks to do. We are always open to ideas if you have any!

Best wishes for Christmas
and the New Year from
The Mellor Society Committee

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.


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.

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

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

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

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:

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:

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 “”

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

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