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Our 2018 series of visits concluded with a trip to a Raptor Watch the RSPB had organised on Parkgate promenade. Thankfully the rain had cleared, the wind dropped and we had good conditions for some wonderful sightings. As well as regular sightings of several marsh harriers floating over the salt marsh in search of voles there was a peregrine falcon perched on a dead branch in the extreme distance.

However, our best spots were of a short-eared owl and a barn owl quartering the area right in front of us in search of their supper plus a hen harrier coming in to the marsh to roost. All three were so close their detail could be seen with the naked eye!

If you would like to join us, our programme for 2019 should be on our webpage by mid-February.

All good wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Fred and Dave

New Mills Golf Club buffet lunch
25 January 2019



Places available

See Outings group page for details



18 February 2019
Boundary Mills Colne

March 2019
Proposed outing to Leeds Armouries

17 October 2019
London (3 nights, 4 days)

Gorton Monastery Christmas concert
No more tickets available
New Mills Golf Club buffet lunch
Full payment now required

New Year Newsletter

Has your group, or you, done any interesting activities recently? Do you have any photos? Or would you like to announce your future meetings? If so please write a short piece for the newsletter.

We hope to publish the next newsletter in January. But to do so we need articles.

It had been hoped to publish a Winter Newsletter in December, but this was not possible because the Editor currently has insufficient copy.

Please send items, before the end of December, to Mike, the Newsletter Editor, at newsletter@newmillsu3a.org.uk



Newly added to the Creative Writing page on this website:

  1. short story by Ron Weston
  2. poem by Ethne Bailey
  3. poem by Peter Bailey

Indoor Bowls


Indoor Bowls1.30-3.30 pm at Providence Church, Mellor Road, New Mills.
Bowling is held in the downstairs room which is accessed from outside the church on the left hand side (facing the church)
New members very welcome. Bowls supplied.



New Mills U3A


See Group Page for latest information about the group.

Pétanque has finished for Summer 2018. 

We hope to recommence around April 2019 and details will be posted on the website/announced at a General Meeting.

Luncheon Club 2 has spaces for new members.  If you would like to join us to enjoy a lunch in good company, we meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 12.30pm.  We visit pubs and restaurants around the area. 

Next meeting:

December – The Three Bears, Poynton (at this lunch we will discuss the 2019 programme)

Please contact: groupscoordinator@newmillsu3a.org.uk

December 2018