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Magpie Cottage - Luxury Self-catering in Marple with Spa Facilities and Fishing

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 on: Today at 01:03:40 PM 
Started by rosehill7 - Last post by Harry

i can't believe anyone travels far to shop at a Waitrose or M&S, surely people drop in if they are passing.


Well they do. I have frequently seen one of our councillors doing his food shopping at M&S in Handforth Dean, and I've never seen him shopping in Marple.

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 on: Today at 12:44:56 PM 
Started by CromwellAvenuePark - Last post by inkboxofmarple
I spent my the majority of my childhood there so was very excited to take my son for the first time on Monday night, he loved it!

I've never seen a roundabout like that, its like a roundabout meets gladiators travellator (sp?)

well done to everyone who has worked on this project that is a fantastic space for all the local community to enjoy!


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 on: Today at 11:47:29 AM 
Started by Duke Fame - Last post by Duke Fame
Perhaps the Blackthorn audience and the contributors to this site may overlap more than you think: its just that many who contribute to and read this website may just have thought it wasn't for them but would have been pleasantly surprised had they come along. Last weekend this silver surfer was at the Blackthorn Festival, the weekend before the Halle at the Bridgewater Hall, the weekend before the Hazel Grove Orchestra and the weekend before that singing at the Marple Choral Society concert. Who says that you can't have diverse tastes? I enjoyed singing ABBA along with the ukelele group at Blackthorn just as much as as singing the John Rutter Gloria with Marple Choral Society and you can't get more different than that. The great thing was that the ukelele sing along group who took the stage during the interval would themselves, I am sure, not state that they delivered a polished, highly technical performance but they had the bottle to stand on a stage (a few of them, I suspect, for the first time) and sing to an audience , get the audience singing along and deliver an enjoyable performance so they have my admiration for having the bottle to stand there on the stage and make music for an audience. It was a priveledge to give them a round of applause.

There are very few festivals where a visitor will not find anything to like. Sadly i didn't go to the Blackthorn having only noticed the signs late last week.

Thanks for the report 'rambler, I hope it made enough money / broke even for the organisers to give it a go next year.

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 on: Today at 11:40:58 AM 
Started by rosehill7 - Last post by Duke Fame
Finally, if you want the ASDA just remember it when your house prices don't go up as much as they should, because like it or not, justified or not, an ASDA in a town holds down prices whereas a Waitrose or an M&S causes them to rise. I have no idea why that is other than I guess no-one travels far to go to ASDA whereas people will travel from other towns to shop at Waitrose or M&S but maybe its because of the effect they have on other shops nearby. Personally I won't be going there and I will be using the local shops as I mostly always have done anyway. I just hope they are still there in a year or two because one thing about the Co-op, they were not too damaging to the town centre. ASDA low prices will provide a much tougher challenge for several long established Marple businesses and I fear for their survival if people fall for the old ASDA jingly pockets. By the way, don't expect to see Julie Walters in there anytime soon. This may be a shock announcement to some people but I've heard she doesn't actually shop in ASDA! Is she a snooty???

If all people care about is the value of their house, I have to say there is not much to worry about.

I'd guess that posh areas attract the likes of Waitrose rather than the other way around. I personally think waitrose is over-priced & over packaged rubbish - if you care about your food, you will find far better fare at Archers, the fish man, the butchers, the greengrocers & poundplus than plodding around the co-op, Waitrose, Asda or any major supermarket. Supermarkets are a compromise, for me, I prefer to keep the compromise on the cheaper end and will use Aldi if I'm coming home by car.

i can't believe anyone travels far to shop at a Waitrose or M&S, surely people drop in if they are passing.

What Julie Walters has to do about the price of fish is beyond me.


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 on: Today at 10:56:04 AM 
Started by Russ - Last post by Russ
Latest update from GMP via emails on the Marple burglars. There is no mention of the Jewellers & s/h shops being prosecuted for handling stolen property?

Below is an overview of where we are up to with the prosecution of the 3 offenders. As you can see one is now remanded in Custody

Offender 1 is charged with 4 x Burglaries. He has been arrested on 3 occasions for breaching his bail conditions. On the last occasion, he was remanded in custody, however made a bail application and managed to convince the Judge to release him. This was despite the fact one of our detectives attended court over the course of 3 days to object.Offender 1  told various stories to the court about the reasons for the breaches, which we were able to disprove, however he was still granted bail. Since then he committed a further burglary, and went on his holidays to Zante using his brother's passport. He has since been arrested for Breach of Bail, escape lawful custody and passport offences, and has been Remanded in custody since 11/7/14.

Offender 2 is charged with 4 x Burglaries. He was bailed after his most recent arrest, however failed to appear at court. He was arrested for this on 15/7/14, and released by the courts, to attend at Minshull Street CrownCourt on 30/7/14. I believe will be a preliminary hearing as the matter is listed for trial in November.

Offender3 is charged with 3 x Burglaries . There have been no issues in relation to his bail. He has no conditions.

There is some overlap with the offences they are charged with, however, in total 7 offences of burglary dwelling have been attributed to these 3.

Quite a lot of property has been recovered from various second hand shops and jewellers all over the Greater Manchester area

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 on: Today at 07:57:37 AM 
Started by rosehill7 - Last post by Belly
Of course ASDA will have done their research!

Indeed they will have done. They would have noted a captive market of 30,000 people served by just one local supermarket. The same reason why there was a bidding war on the Hibbert Lane site - even with the Co-op in situ.

ASDA quality is fine. No different from all the other brands. Just cheaper.

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 on: Today at 07:46:43 AM 
Started by rosehill7 - Last post by Dave
to the person who said I am a troll: please look it up. I didn't start with the insults and I really would have a field day with you if I was a troll.

So being an obedient sort, I duly looked it up, and the OED defines trolling as 'Making a deliberately offensive or provocative online posting with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them'.  In other words, trolls do this:
I just came back out of interest to see how much vitriol I had generated

QED, I think  Wink

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 on: Today at 07:42:01 AM 
Started by rosehill7 - Last post by simonesaffron
A lot of (incorrect) assumptions in there but if it makes you feel better...

As you've strode forward with purpose to claim it and it obviously fits snugly - then wear it.

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 on: Today at 12:33:06 AM 
Started by rosehill7 - Last post by MarpleRes
You are of course right Dave, many will use it. We should have no loyalty to the Co-op we  have suffered their floundering  for too long now, with their empty shelves, erratic openings and closings and pricing policy based on the highest that the population of Marple will stand.

I live alone and my food bill is not a big expense. However that was not always the case and if I had a family to bring up now then I wouldn't do a big shop in the Co-op, I would go elsewhere and that is what people are doing, I have seen them.

Asda are not fools they will have done their research.

I buy most of my fresh produce from local business for no other reason than I wish to support them. Nevertheless, over the years I have purchased from every supermarket there is and apart from supermarket bread which is all tasteless and horrible (how do they all achieve this?) I have found little if any difference in quality from one to another. To me the assertion that Asda is low quality is nonsense and based upon some snooty myth as they are no different than anybody else. Perhaps somebody out there could enlighten me and let me know what the difference in quality is in; a tin of beans, a bar of soap, a newspaper, a box of teabags, a bottle of gin, some dishwasher tablets, an apple and a mushroom whether I buy them from Asda, Waitrose, Tesco, Morrisons, M&S or ALDI or anywhere else that springs to mind even the co-op, although the last time I went to the co-op for mushrooms they didn't have any..."for some reason we've had a rush on them today."

I do have one reservation about ASDA but it is not really to do with their identity. It is my understanding that they plan to expand to 25,000 - sf. Parking in Marple is currently stretched to capacity and I can only see the traffic situation becoming even worse than it already is.                 

Of course ASDA will have done their research! That is my point. And why I am concerned. As to the quality issue being a myth please do your research - just a few years ago ASDA's Chief Executive himself described the quality of food sold by all ASDA stores as "not good enough" and it has not improved since then by most accounts. In my opinion the Co-op is not much better but if you ask any impartial judge (and I don't mean surveys of shoppers in store who obviously like the shop which is why they are in there and able to take part in the survey in the first place) the Co-op IS better quality than ASDA which is why I fail to see any reason to celebrate its arrival. I would actually say that the Co-op selling out of mushrooms was an indicator of the quality of the mushrooms, ditto empty shelves, but before anybody starts in with the insults again that was a little joke to try to lighten things up... this is definitely my last post so just a few more points - to the person who said I am a troll: please look it up. I didn't start with the insults and I really would have a field day with you if I was a troll. Re; Memorial Park: yes, I exaggerated but immediately regretted it and took that comment back, but I didn't lie - I walked through this afternoon and nearly stood in 3 separate lumps of dog muck near the kids' play area. No Greggs' bags though, i'll give you that. And I'll agree its not a bad park, though nothing to shout about either. Finally, if you want the ASDA just remember it when your house prices don't go up as much as they should, because like it or not, justified or not, an ASDA in a town holds down prices whereas a Waitrose or an M&S causes them to rise. I have no idea why that is other than I guess no-one travels far to go to ASDA whereas people will travel from other towns to shop at Waitrose or M&S but maybe its because of the effect they have on other shops nearby. Personally I won't be going there and I will be using the local shops as I mostly always have done anyway. I just hope they are still there in a year or two because one thing about the Co-op, they were not too damaging to the town centre. ASDA low prices will provide a much tougher challenge for several long established Marple businesses and I fear for their survival if people fall for the old ASDA jingly pockets. By the way, don't expect to see Julie Walters in there anytime soon. This may be a shock announcement to some people but I've heard she doesn't actually shop in ASDA! Is she a snooty???

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 on: Yesterday at 11:49:14 PM 
Started by rosehill7 - Last post by MarpleRes
There is a small (thankfully) and diminishing(also thankfully) group of people in Marple who still believe that Marple is an Edwardian, Cheshire village and not a suburban town of Greater Manchester. These people will seek to dictate on the quality of ASDA versus Waitrose etc, when we all know that there is quality in both. They will criticise the conduct of their neighbour and complain to anybody that will listen both officially and unofficially as long as it is behind their neighbour's back, what they won't actually do is go and speak to their neighbour's face about it.They will hold everybody responsible for the shortcomings in their lives (of which there will be many - they are only human after all) except themselves. They will blame council policies but they won't put up for the Council. They will lecture us on our grammar and our punctuation and they will leap upon misplaced apostrophes as if they are a symbol of class and status. They will look down on anybody that doesn't go to work in a suit or drops an 'aitch.'

That's why they are snooty. 


A lot of (incorrect) assumptions in there but if it makes you feel better...

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