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News and Announcements / Obituary and Funeral of John Bellis [Funeral 31 March 2023]
« Last post by admin on March 17, 2023, 06:09:11 AM »
Obituary and Funeral of John Bellis (1938 - 2023)

Football lover and artist John Bellis has died aged 84 after a battle with dementia.

John, who farmed at Glossop Road, Marple Bridge, played for and later helped to run Mellor Football Club.

His watercolour paintings hung in many local restaurants and pubs, where they were available for purchase.

Born in 1938, he came to the farm as a boy when his parents and grandfather moved from Northenden.

He joined Mellor in the late 1970s, when he was 40.

Earlier in his football career he played semi professionally for Glossop and New Mills.

He even passed a trial for Wolverhampton Wanderers but a bout of pneumonia curtailed that opportunity.

He was a Mellor player, manager, secretary, vice chairman, treasurer, linesman and general helper for more than 40 years. 

He played for Mellor's first, second and third teams and was part of the third team's championship winning side in 1990-91 (when he was 53).

He still holds the record for being the oldest player ever to have appeared in the Lancashire & Cheshire League's Premier Division (aged 66 in April 2005).

He came on as a sub away at Rochdalians, when the score was 1-0 to the home side and went off 35 minutes later with Mellor winning 2-1.

A few years ago he was badly injured when a tree at the farm fell on him but from his hospital bed he was still doing Mellor FC business and helping to find players for that week's fixtures.

He only stopped playing 5-a-side aged 75.

In 2010 John deservedly won the prestigious Pride in Marple "Contribution to Sport award" for his services to the club.

He appeared in a national newspaper and on BBC TV after his unusual arrangement with a Greek art gallery owner was revealed.

He used to go on holiday to Greece and take a large number of photographs of landscapes which he would turn into paintings during the winter at his farm on the Glossop Road.

But his Greek businessman partner, who sold his work, insisted he signed them Iannis and not with his real name.

John will be remembered as a very kind and caring individual who would always go out of his way to help others.

He leaves a wife, Alice, daughter Tracy Greaves and grandson Aaron. If you wish to send a condolence card you can address it to Tracy c/o Lower Stirrup Farm, Glossop Road, Marple Bridge, Stockport SK6 5RX.

John's funeral is March 31, 3pm at Dukinfield Crematorium, and afterwards at the Windsor Castle, Marple Bridge.

There is a Just Giving link for donations to the family's chosen charity the NW Air Ambulance: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/johnbellis-elbell

A selection of photographs:

John playing for Glossop front row second from the right

John at a Mellor fancy dress party

John far right with wife Alice, grandson Aaron and daughter Tracy.

One of John’s landscapes.

And some from the Virtual History Tour:

2010 Pride of Marple Awards: Winner of "Contribution to Sport" category John Bellis with Cllrs. Chris Baker and Andrew Bispham.

Willows School Morris Dancers (1953 Coronation) 3rd from right John Bellis.

Willows School Prefects 1954, John is far left on the front row.
Events / Marple Vision Team Town Centre Litter Pick [Saturday 18 March 2023]
« Last post by admin on March 16, 2023, 01:11:16 PM »
Marple Vision Team Town Centre Litter Pick

As part of Stockport Spring Clean, Marple Vision Team are organising a Litter Pick in Marple Town Centre.
Meet on Market Street opposite the Bull's Head from 10.30am on Saturday 18th March.
Litter-pickers provided, just bring gloves and wear suitable clothing.

Thank you DJS Research - Marple Website Sponsor

Thank you to DJS Research - the Employee-Owned Market Research Company based in Strines - for renewing sponsorship of The Marple Website for another year!

Here's their banner, which appears on the Forum, the Main Site and the Virtual Tour.

DJS Market Research Company | Marple Stockport

You can find out more about DJS Research on their web site here: http://www.djsresearch.co.uk

Their Face Book page here: https://www.facebook.com/DJS-Research/

Or on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/djsresearch

Of course DJS Research also have an enhanced page in the Marple Website Community Directory!

If you would like to become a Marple Website Sponsor by taking out a banner advert on the main site, the forum and on the Virtual History Tour, then have a look here for more details:

News and Announcements / Re: Marple Swimming Pool currently closed
« Last post by admin on March 16, 2023, 06:15:32 AM »
Hopefully good news for Marple!

We're told artistic impressions are not accurate and consultation with main interest groups including Friends of the Park will start soon.

Here's the latest announcement made by Stockport Council yesterday...

Green light for flagship new Marple community hub as council secures £20 million funding

The building will be made from sustainable materials and use the very latest low carbon and energy technology

Funding for a new community hub with a pool, library, gym, community space and play park has been approved for Marple.

Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of the Council said: “I’m delighted we have finally secured £20 million worth of Capital Levelling Up monies towards The Marple Active Communities Hub. This is such great news for Marple and for Stockport.

"This will provide a much-needed new leisure, health and community space for the borough - in the heart of Marple. I’m excited to see the health and economic benefits this hub will bring to Stockport along with community pride. This is just one example of where we have listened to the community and have taken action to provide a facility that local people have wanted in their area for a long time.”

The project will deliver a new swimming pool, library, fitness studio, community spaces and new cycling and walking routes. The hub is a long-standing ambition, of the local community, since the former Marple Baths had to close five years ago.

Cllr Colin MacAlister, Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Stockport Council, said: “This hub is going to make a huge, positive impact on the prosperity, health and wellbeing of the residents of Marple and the borough. Marple has an older population but also has its share of social housing and is geographically isolated.

"This new hub will really help to address the increasing health inequalities in Marple, adding to people’s quality of life, living longer and better and provide fabulous new facilities for the community.”

In addition to delivering health and wellbeing benefits, the new complex will generate footfall and create new jobs, attracting people back into Marple centre.

Importantly, the building will be made from sustainable materials and use the very latest low carbon and energy technology.

The project will also include improved cycle and walking routes linking the hub to the centre of Marple and the Memorial Park as well as improved parking provision.

The next steps will be to review the project details ready for submitting a planning application this year.

The following images are artists impressions of what the new hub will look like:

Thank you Marple Health Shop - Marple Website Sponsor

Thank you to Marple Health Shop on Stockport Road for renewing sponsorship of The Marple Website for another year and your great support of Friends of Memorial Park over many years.

Here's their banner, which appears on the Forum, the Main Site and the Virtual Tour.

Marple Health - for Wholefoods and Supplements to look GOOD and feel GREAT!

Marple Health also has a web site sponsor page in the Marple Website Business Directory.

You can checkout Marple Health and give them a "Like" on their FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/MarpleHealth/

If you would like to become a Marple Website Sponsor by taking out a banner advert on the main site, the forum and on the Virtual History Tour, then have a look here for more details:

Events / Fun Fair at The Railway Pub [Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th March 2023]
« Last post by admin on March 03, 2023, 08:06:00 PM »
Looks like there's a Fun Fair at the Railway this weekend.

No info on times....

Weekly Events / Re: Marple Branch NWR [Alternate Mondays]
« Last post by admin on March 03, 2023, 05:59:28 AM »

The Marple Branch of the National Women's Register (NWR) meet fortnightly on Monday evenings in members' homes 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 7.45 pm unless otherwise stated:

9th January: Meeting at Dobbies - informal get together: Dobbies Garden centre 2pm.
16th January: AGM and Research  'New Year Customs Around the World'. Host: Sue Davies.
30th January: Visit to CHADS theatre - Alan Ayckbourn's play 'Round and Round the Garden', Names and money (£12) to Sue Davies asap.
13th February: Share a piece of your favourite music. Host: Kate.
27th February: Discussion evening 'Is social media making us less social?' Host: Dorothy.
6th March: Informal afternoon meeting at Dobbies: Dobbies Garden centre 2pm.
13th March: Who would you like to invite for dinner and why? Host: Sue Seal.
27th March: The Big Read - NWR 2023. Choose, read and discuss a book from the 12 books listed in the Autumn magazine. Host: Shelagh.

We may also meet at Dobbies on Monday 3rd April if there is enough interest.

You will need to become a member to gain access to the list of member addresses.

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.

Events / King's Coronation Party at Compstall Cricket Club [Sunday 7 May 2023]
« Last post by admin on March 02, 2023, 07:10:54 AM »
King's Coronation Party at Compstall Cricket Club: Sunday 7 May 12 noon - 6pm.

A party to celebrate the King's Coronation at Compstall Cricket Club organised by Marple Bridge Association and Compstall Community Council.

Features The John Cooper Band, New Mills Brass Band (1812), Stalls, Kids Games, Fancy Dress, Food and Drink.

Monthly Events / Re: Marple Area Committee Meetings [Until 17 April 2024]
« Last post by admin on March 02, 2023, 06:00:30 AM »
The agenda for the Marple Area Committee Meeting on Wednesday 8 March has been published.

The meeting will include an Open Forum on the Marple District Centre Action Plan created in partnership with Marple Vision Team.

The meeting starts at 6pm in Marple Senior Citizens' Hall and members of the public may attend.

The press and public are also able to follow the proceedings by watching the live webcast of the meeting.

Watch LIVE via this link, or afterwards on catch-up: https://democracy.stockport.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=28434&EVT=101&DT=A

Note that the Web Casts are embedded in the meeting agendas.

There's a page about Marple AC that tries to explain in simple terms what they do and how you can get involved here:


The page includes a map of the Marple Wards so you can see exactly where the boundaries of Marple North and Marple South and High Lane are. It also features a live feed from the Stockport Council web site at the bottom that shows links to the latest agendas issued, meetings held etc.

There is also a shortcut link to the Marple Area Committee page on the council site: www.stockport.gov.uk/mac

Events / Discover Sailing / Beginners Courses at Etherow Country Park Sailing Club 2023
« Last post by admin on February 26, 2023, 04:05:20 PM »
Etherow Country Park Sailing Club

Discover Sailing Events: 22 April, 17 June and 2 September 2023.

Beginners Courses: 20 May, 24 June and 16 September 2023.

For full details visit the club web site https://www.ecpsc.org.uk or their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EtherowCPSailingClub/

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