“An opportunity to face and plan, together as a community,
the challenges that Climate Change will bring.”

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Following a workshop day on the environment and climate change organised by Marple Churches Together Justice & Peace Group in October 2009 MESS was formed and now includes people of all faiths and none.

MARPLE, MELLOR & MARPLE BRIDGE ENERGY SAVING STRATEGY is a local community project which aims to promote carbon reduction, raise awareness of climate change issues and find local solutions to some of the resulting problems.

In its first year MESS concentrated on promoting loft and cavity wall insulation. Working with the Energy Saving Trust and Stockport Borough Council 246 homes in the locality have benefited from the discounted scheme with a contribution of £10,500 from Stockport MBC. In February MESS held its first Energy Efficient SHOWCASE. This gave suppliers an opportunity to show off their products and answer questions from the large number of people who braved the freezing weather to find out how to save energy, save money and save the environment. Stall holders were delighted with the contacts made and many have already booked for next year’s event. The Showcase allowed MESS to fulfil one of its aims - to support and promote local businesses.

The need and desire for allotments is a problem faced in most areas. In the Marple area the waiting list can be 7 years long. MESS is looking for land in the area that could be used even if only for 2 or 3 allotment spaces. We are trying to be imaginative in finding solutions for this need. Do you know of land that, with negotiation could be used? The Shared Garden Scheme is also being investigated. A petition to the council is being drawn up.

Mess members are enthusiastic local people who are trying to offer ideas, knowledge and solutions to the challenges that we all face in these changing times. Call on us if you think we can help or you have ideas to share.


MESS News No.1 - June 2011

MESS News No.2 - Autumn 2011/Winter 2012

MESS meets monthly to discuss the scheme and matters arising and to plan the way ahead.

If you would like to join MESS or be kept in touch with our events and other issues relating to carbon reduction in the area please email us at:

Photos taken by Arthur Procter at MESS Showcase February 2011