Change of Venue for MLHS Meetings from September 2014Due to the growing popularity of Marple Local History Society Meetings they have recently published the following letter to their members, and of course this applies to visitors and prospective new members too.To All Members of Marple Local History Society
10th March 2014
I am writing to let you know of some changes to the arrangements for our regular meetings, which have become necessary as a result of the popularity of the Society.
As many of you will know, our regular meetings have become increasingly popular to the point where it is putting some strain on our normal venue for those meetings, the Evangelical Hall on Queen Street, Marple. The regulations limit the number of people attending to fewer than 120 and if we exceed this number we are in breach of our agreement with the church, affecting amongst other things the Society’s public liability insurance. There has been a rising trend in the numbers attending our meetings, culminating in a situation in February where the total number of members and visitors reached 130, clearly in excess of the required maximum. Accordingly, the Committee has decided to seek alternative accommodation for the meetings for our next season, which starts in September and I am pleased to be able to tell you that suitable premises have been found at the Methodist Church, Church Lane, Marple
, which is a short distance from our current venue.
Our meetings for the remainder of the current season – on March 17th and April 14th
– will be held at the Evangelical Hall
but to avoid the situation which we had at the last meeting, we will have to introduce a system to limit the number of attendees to a maximum of 120. We propose to put out just 120 chairs at the start of both meetings and admit people to the hall on a first come, first served basis until all the chairs are filled. I very much regret that this may cause inconvenience to those who will not be admitted to the hall, particularly in a situation where a member cannot gain entrance but where there are already visitors who arrived earlier.
These arrangements are only temporary until we are able to use the new premises in September. In the meantime, I would urge members who wish to attend the March and April meetings to try to ensure they arrive in good time so that they get one of the seats.
As you will appreciate, the safety of all members and visitors is a priority for the Committee.
Hilary Atkinson - Chairman, Marple Local History Society.
For more information about MLHS visit their own web site designed and set up for them by The Marple Website: www.marplelocalhistorysociety.org.uk