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Next Meeting (13th Dec) : Craig Wright - 'A History of Rose Hill Station'

Meeting Details: At Marple Methodist Church, SK6 7AY 

Doors open 7:15pm ready for the meeting at 7:45pm

For the full list of the talks this season visit list

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 To the south of the station can be seen the connections to the goods yard and the brickworks.

As the end of year approaches, the Society is to make one final stop, on it’s journey through 2021. What better stop is there than the railway station which many a member uses for their first and final stop on a journey, Rose Hill Station.

Once on board the evening's train of discovery, Craig Wright will take us along a line of history.

  • from the first inception of the station on the 2nd August 1869, its near loss in 1966, to the present day,
  • from two platforms and a goods-yard, to a single platform and a car park that morphed from the goods-yard,
  • from the opulence of the 19c when the station had a porters’ room, station office, with a booking window, general waiting room, and a ladies’ waiting room with lavatories, to the minimalist 21c building, simply comprising a booking office and waiting room, with the benefit of a community library.

Season ticket holders, i.e. members just jump on board, day trippers will have to purchase a single ticket for evening at £3.

Single Ticlet Rose Hill to Manchester Piccadilly

No mince pies this year to enjoy post meeting, but a golden opportunity to escape card writing and present wrapping for at least, just one evening.

Significant Manchester Women - Andrew Simcock (Nov. 2021)

Pankhurtst StatueThe November talk was the story of a statue. Not just any statue but the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst, the iconic figure symbolising the fight for universal suffrage. And how fitting that she should be commemorated in Manchester, the city of her birth. Andrew Simcock took us through the various stages from conception to completion after introducing himself as a Manchester councillor for Didsbury East.

Read more:  Significant Manchester Women - Andrew Simcock (Nov. 2021)

Antarctica - Andy Smith (Oct. 2021)

antar 28Andy Smith began his talk on Antarctica by listing some superlatives for the seventh continent; perhaps we should examine some of them:

the coldest
No dispute there. The average temperature at Halley Research Station is -6.6⁰C - and that’s in summer! In winter the average is a chilly -28⁰C. And Halley Research Station is on the coast. If you want to know inland temperatures they would typically be -20⁰C in summer and, in winter, a bracing -60⁰C.

the driest
Precipitation is usually snow in the form of ‘diamond dust’ - tiny ice crystals formed from water vapour. Halley gets about 250 mm each year but the interior would get less than 50mm. This compares with about 600mm in London and 1050mm in Manchester. So yes, it is dry.

the windiest

The strong winds are the result of katabatic winds which arise when cold, dense air flows down towards the coast under gravity. Across much of the interior these winds average about 10 mph but towards the edge of the continent slope gradients become steeper. In some places the average annual wind velocity is nearly 50 mph.

Read more:  Antarctica - Andy Smith (Oct. 2021) 

Bentley Boys - David Skillen (Sept. 2021)

Flappers1920s 58a346bd3df78c4758d56c59It is always a little tense preparing for the first meeting of the year. Have we forgotten anything after a three month break? Will the new season be as good as last year? Will there be as many members? And the first meeting of the year this time was different from usual. It was the first meeting after eighteen months, not just three months. To cap it all we had a subject that was rather different from the usual programme - The Bentley Boys. Yes, it was history. It was a story of the Jazz Age, the Roaring Twenties, when “Anything Goes”. Would our members be interested in this aspect of history?

Pre-Covid we would expect to have over a hundred people at an average meeting. The first meeting of the year is normally less than that, say 80 or 90, because people are on holiday or away for other reasons. But Covid had changed the environment. Were some people still suffering after effects of the virus? Would people want to come to an indoor meeting? We took soundings and decided that we hoped we would

Read more:  Bentley Boys - David Skillen (Sept. 2021)

At a glance: Meetings 2021 - 2022 Season

Queen Victoria 1897

Queen Victoria’s visit to Sheffield in 1897

Season 2021 - 2022

  • 20th September:  David Skillen - 'Bentley Boys'
  • 18th October: Andy Smith -  'Living & working in Antartica'
  • 15th November: Andrew Simcock - 'The story of the Pankhurst Statue'
  • 13th December (2nd Mon.): Craig Wright - 'A History of Rose Hill Station'
  • 17th January:  Frank Pleszak -  'Second World War bombing of New Mills and Hayfield'
  • 21st February: David Kitching - 'The history of Norbury Colliery'
  • 21st March:  Ted Hancock - 'Queen Victoria’s visit to Sheffield in 1897'
  • 25thApril:  AGM &  Prof. Hannah Barker - ‘History through objects: what samplers tell us about the past’