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Miscellaneous / Re: Friends of Marple Memorial Park 50-50 Club
« Last post by admin on Yesterday at 01:43:55 PM »
FoMMP 50-50 Club July 2022 Winners!

Friends of Marple Memorial Park conducted the July 2022 50-50 Club Draw on Saturday 13th August 2022 and we're delighted to announce the winners. The draw was made using numbered discs drawn blind from a bag by a Marple Librarian, witnessed by two other librarians and recorded by the Treasurer. The lucky subscribers are:
  • 1st Prize: £114 - No. 037 Privacy Requested.
  • 2nd Prize: £68 - No. 028 Privacy Requested.
  • 3rd Prize: £45 - No. 041 Philip Watkins.
For this draw there were 91 paid-up subscriptions generating an income of £455. Half of that was allocated as prizes and the remaining £228 will help us maintain and improve the park.

The 2nd Prize winner kindly donated £8 of their winnings back to the park, thank you!

The next draw will be conducted between 1 and 12 September 2022.

The 50-50 Club is Open to New Subscribers!

Anyone can join the 50-50 Club at any time but if you'd like to be in the next Draw payments need to be made by the last day of the month.

Sign up here: https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/50-50club.html

Local Issues / Re: Path from Lower Fold to Hogarth Road
« Last post by wheels on Yesterday at 09:09:20 AM »
Just on small point paths in the Marple area are covered by New Mills RA not Stockport.  The Peak and Northern Footpath Society might also be another route you might take to raise the issue.
Events / Marple Fest [Saturday 27th August 2022]
« Last post by admin on Yesterday at 07:20:37 AM »
A FEST in Marple!

It's happening again on Market Street and Derby Way on Saturday 27 August 5PM to 11PM

"Keeping to a theme that everyone in Marple enjoys (similar to the successful Platinum Jubilee Party) Marple Fest will be held on a bigger and brighter stage, in the heart of Marple's Derby Way and Market Street. Right at the end of August. Celebrate Great Food, Entertainment and Company in the town we all know and love."

Events / Marple Adventure Film Festival 2022 [14 and 15 October 2022]
« Last post by admin on Yesterday at 06:55:31 AM »
The Marple Website is delighted to be a sponsor of MAFF again this year!

Marple Adventure Film Festival 2022:

Marple Adventure Film Festival is a charity event which will showcase some incredible short adventure films to provide inspiration, motivation and entertainment in equal measure!

This year’s films have won Awards at similar Mountain Film or Outdoor film festivals, and are just the tonic for breaking up the cold nights and giving you ideas of how you can challenge yourself, do something extraordinary, and live your life to the Max!

Our films have been created by intrepid adventurers who are pushing their limits.  In 2021 we had films from people testing their endurance with a run from Lands End to John o Groats in under ten days, the nerves with trying new tricks in the notoriously dangerous world of Base Jumping, finding ways to cope with Lockdown, hitting the local peaks in any weather, of the extraordinary courage to attempt an ascent of the Old Man of Hoy, when completely blind – amongst other films with breath-taking scenery, challenges, or adventure!

Tickets are just £10, with all proceeds going to 1st Marple Scout Group! Buy them here: https://www.marpleadventurefilmfest.co.uk/


Friday 14th & Saturday 15th October 2022.

Each showing will display the same films, and the estimated showtime is 2 hours 15 including two short intervals. There will be a fully licensed bar which will be serving some fine local craft ale, as well as hot food, cakes and snacks available throughout the night (TBC – in 2021 it was Chilli and Nachos).

Evening shows: Doors open 7pm, first film commences 8pm, lights out by 11pm


The event is taking place at Marple Scout Hut (see map) – where kids have been inspired to get outdoors, try something new, and make friends for over 110 years!


Any funds raised from the Marple Adventure Film Fest will be reinvested into Scouting in Marple, to help us inspire the next generation of adventurers.

Events / Mellor Mill Open Day [Sunday 11 September 2022]
« Last post by admin on Yesterday at 06:13:45 AM »


Mellor Mill was a water powered cotton spinning mill built in 1792.  It worked for 100 years until it was destroyed by fire one November night in 1892.  The building was knocked down and the site reverted to nature, until a group of enthusiastic industrial archaeologists started investigations in 2011.  Since then the foundations of the mill, waterwheel pit and later steam engine and boiler house have been uncovered and the site has been landscaped so everyone can go and see it.

Every year Mellor Archaeological Trust (MAT) hold an open day and provide guided tours of the site.  Do come along and see it for yourself.

(SK6 7HS - junction of Lakes Road and Bottoms Mill Road, accessed from Arkwright Road, Marple)


Local Issues / Withdrawal of 358 service to New Mills and Hayfield.
« Last post by marplerambler on August 12, 2022, 05:31:51 PM »
During lockdown the government introduced subsidies to ensure that many bus services continued to run despite a very considerable reduction in usage due to Covid. These subsidies are to be withdrawn at the end of August. Stagecoach are threatening to reduce the frequency of the 358 and terminate the service at Strines. A public meeting will take place on Wednesday 17 August at New Mills Town Hall from 7.30pm chaired by the New Mills and Hayfield County Councillor Anne Clarke and MP Robert Largan is due to attend. It is hoped that a representative from Stagecoach will attend. I wish to see the continuation of this cross-border service to New Mills/Hayfield so I shall certainly be attending. Not a great deal of information can be found about cuts to buses in Stockport. The Manchester Evening News states that nine Stockport services will cease and that five will be operated with a reduced frequency but the only information that seems to be forthcoming about Marple buses is that the 358 could be terminated at Strines (possibly operated by a different company) and that evening 358, 383 and 384 services may not be operated by Stagecoach. The 375 and 394 provide a lifeline that can only survive if subsidised. If anyone has more information I would like to hear it. Off-peak, evening and Sunday services will almost certainly threatened. Are Marple Councillors and its MP prepared to fight for our bus services? It would certainly be encouraging to hear them state that they intend to fight to preserve and improve public transport in Marple.
Local Issues / Re: Path from Lower Fold to Hogarth Road
« Last post by marplerambler on August 12, 2022, 04:44:00 PM »
The legal document (the Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way in Stockport) shows this route as public footpath Marple 55 (the path to Constable Drive is Marple 56). Ownership of the land beneath this public highway is irrelevant to maintenance of the the route: this route has the legal status of a Public Footpath which can be used by all pedestrians 24/7. Stockport MBC has a statutory obligation to maintain this path to a standard enabling safe use by pedestrians only. If injury is suffered as a consequence of SMBC failing to maintain the path to a standard appropriate for pedestrian usage the Council could be deemed to be negligent in its maintenance of the route.  Be clear when you speak to a member of SMBC staff that you wish this matter to be referred to the Public Rights of Way Section, it is occasionally the case that general enquiry staff at SMBC are unaware of user rights so ask that your enquiry is directed to the Publics Rights of Way section NB not Highways (Highways deal with the roads and pavements). If you feel that the response given by Rights of Way staff is unsatisfactory referring the matter to your Councilor would certainly be wise. If you have no success via your Councilor, the footpaths officer of the Stockport Ramblers group may be able to advise about how to proceed. The path from Constable Drive to Lower Fold has been damaged due to flooding on a number of occasions (the drains on Constable Rd used to be unable to cope with prolonging heavy rainfall whether this is still the case I don't know) and the consequence was excess water flooding and partially washing away the surface of the public footpath. Public Rights of Way section of SMBC had to renovate the surface a couple of  times between about 1997 and approx 2010. 
Events / Stockport Hydro Open Days [Sunday 23rd and 20th October 2022]
« Last post by admin on August 12, 2022, 03:26:36 PM »
Stockport Hydro celebrates 10 years of producing renewable energy on the River Goyt.

Greater Manchester’s first community owned hydro electric project,  Stockport Hydro at Otterspool, will have been producing renewable energy on the river Goyt at Otterspool, Romiley for 10 years on 22nd of October 2022. The plant has generated just under 2 GWh of power.

To celebrate this amazing achievement there will be open days in October when our knowledgeable volunteers will give tours of the site and talk about the complexities of such a venture.

As well as members of the public, our supporters and shareholders, we welcome everyone from the 100 local projects that have benefitted from our Environmental Challenge Fund since 2015,  raised from surplus income over expenditure from the sale of electricity and contributions from shareholders.

Representatives from the 16 projects who shared the 2022 Environmental Challenge Fund collect their award at the Hydro.

Open days: Sunday 23rd and Sunday 30th of October: 12.30pm - 4.30pm.

Why not make a day of it on Sunday 30th and visit nearby Chadkirk Chapel and Country Estate which will be open 12-4pm?

Stockport Hydro is run entirely by volunteers and produces power that is fed directly into the National Grid. This creates an income that maintains the scheme, pays a return to investors and the Environmental Challenge fund. Over the anticipated 40-year life of the project, the scheme expects to save over 100,000 tonnes of CO2.

Address: Stockport Hydro at Otterspool Weir, Mill Lane, Romiley, Stockport SK6 3BR

Please note: There is no parking on the site. Parking is available at Dobbies Garden Centre, across Dooley Lane or Vale Road Car Park, 5 minutes’ walk away and the safest place to cross the road. See https://carparkmaps.co.uk/carparks/view/13143
For further information/interviews contact:
Laurence Jackson on 0161 427 2217
Email: info@stockport-hydro.co.uk
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Events Archive / New Orleans Jazz Band and Street Food
« Last post by jarvo8 on July 29, 2022, 10:44:22 AM »
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Sunday 7th August
Live Music
New Orleans Jazz Band
Plus Mexican Street Food with
Twisted Meal
Plus amazing cakes and brownies stall
2pm until 6pm
The Northumberland Arms
Marple Bridge
Weekly Events / Re: Marple Branch NWR [Alternate Mondays]
« Last post by admin on July 29, 2022, 07:24:47 AM »

The Marple Branch of the National Women's Register (NWR) meet fortnightly on Monday evenings at Marple Methodist Church to discuss all subjects, for example cultural and political matters. They also have trips to the theatre and meals out etc. and there is a book club too.

All meetings start at 7.30 pm in Room 4 at Marple Methodist Church unless otherwise stated:

12th September Visit to the Garrick Theatre to see 'Happy Jack' by John Godber. 2 for 1 offer on Monday evenings-£6 each (Names to Sue P asap as booking now open).
26th September Discussion about alternative energy-green/hydrogen/nuclear fusion. What does the future hold?
10th October MHA and TR? Want to know more? Kate and Sue will talk to us about their very different roles in these 2 organisations.
24th October Possible trip to our local Regent Cinema or The Light cinema in Stockport - further details nearer the time depending on the programme.
31st October Afternoon tea at Dobbies garden centre- meet there at 2pm.
14th November The famous Annual Telephone Treasure trail-further details nearer the time.
28th November Come and try your hand at Bottle painting. All equipment supplied apart from a favourite empty bottle (or two).
12th December Christmas Miscellany with Mince pies- please bring along your favourite poem/reading or Christmas memory.

We may also arrange an extra visit to Dobbies on the 19th December at 2pm for afternoon tea and to see the Christmas decorations.

New Members welcome: Contact: Sue Palmer Tel 0161 427 5487 Email mrsguard301@gmail.com.

Note: Previous programmes are left below to show the wide variety of activities that the group enjoys.

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