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Thank you to A.C.M. Financial Services Limited for renewing your sponsorship of the Marple Website for another year.

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


A.C.M. Financial Services Ltd - for all aspects of financial planning

You can checkout the A.C.M. Financial Services Limited web site here: http://www.acmfinancialservices.co.uk

A.C.M. also have a Website Sponsor's 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:

https://www.marple.website/web-design-hosting/web-advertising.html
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£16,250 donated or invested in local causes since 2006

From 2006 to 2010 The Marple Website was able to make donations ranging between £500 and £1,200 a year with a grand total of £4,700 from sales of our Marple calendars. Beneficiaries included the Iron Bridge Restoration Project, Friends of Memorial Park and Marple Locks Heritage Society, Memorial Park Infants Play Area, Find a Cure for Martha (Kidney Research) and New Horizons.

Since 2011 donations have been made from the banner advertising income and that year £1,000 was donated to Friends of Marple Memorial Park for their Diamond Jubilee Project.

The grand total of funds donated to local causes by the Marple Website is now £16,250

In 2022 a donation of £500 was made to Brabyns BMX Bike Track - a new community initiative to refurbish the existing track in Brabyns Park. £152 was donated to Marple Swimming Club to boost their own fund-raising success to £1,000; £100 was donated to the Marple Platinum Jubilee Party appeal - to help Marple folk put on a big party on Market Street and Derby Way in the summer; £170 was used to pay for the limited edition Dedication and Historical Pageant Booklet to help Friends of Marple Memorial Park commemorate the park's 100th anniversary - sales have so far raised more then £428 for the park. £50 was donated to the Marple Poppy Appeal; Marple Scouts Adventure Film Festival was sponsored again for £50; £128 was donated to Friends of Marple Memorial Park towards the Outdoor Exercise Equipment Project and a Christmas donation of £100 was made to Marple Youth Project to help purchase sports equipment. The contributions to local causes this year total £1,250 and bring that running total to £16,250 in 16 years!

In 2021 a donation of £500 was made towards the set-up of Marple Youth Project - a new community initiative to create a youth club for the young people of Marple. £162 was spent on sponsorship of Mellor Open Gardens tickets, £100 was donated to this year's Marple Poppy Appeal commemorating 100 years of the RBL Poppy Appeal, £108 was donated to Friends of Marple Memorial Park towards events planned to commemorate the park's 100th birthday next year, the Marple Adventure Film Festival organised by Marple Scouts was sponsored for £50, a donation of £50 was made to Marple Bridge Association and a donation of £30 was made to Plan Bee Honey Bee Sanctuary to continue support of The Marple Website's own hive for another year.

In 2020 £120 was spent on materials for the refurbishment of the Albert Schools Plaques, a donation of £30 to Plan Bee Honey Bee Sanctuary secured sponsorship of the Marple Website's very own hive for a year, and the Marple Poppy Appeal 2020 was supported too with a donation of £25.

Christmas 2020 donations included contributions of £100 each to New Horizons, Mellor Country House and The Pantry (Marple's Food Bank run by All Saints' Church). To reach that amazing total of £14,000 in 14 years, a further donation of £35 has been made to Community Active Stockport CIC to help set-up a new Baby Group at Marple Sports Club.

In 2019 The Marple Website invested £1,000 on shares in the Wharf Marple Project.

In the same period the Treasure Hunt in Memorial Park was sponsored for £100 and the Marple Poppy Appeal for £20. In December 2019 £100 has been donated to Friends of Brabyns Park towards the project to refurbish the Iron Bridge Viewing Platform and £100 to Friends of Marple Memorial Park towards a new project to create a Sculpture Trail in the park. In addition, donations made to the web site by local businesses of £100 from Trident Electronics and £32.75 from John Oldham Plastering have also been passed on to Friends of Memorial Park. 

In 2018 the Treasure Hunt in Memorial Park and the Street Poppy Appeal were sponsored for £50 each, tickets for Open Gardens in Marple were sponsored for £155, £100 was donated to Friends of Marple Memorial Park towards the new Ocean See-Saw in the Infants Play Area, £100 was donated to Marple Carnival to help keep it going in 2019 and 4 x £50 Christmas donations were made to New Horizons, Friends of Rose Hill Station, Friends of Marple Station and Compstall Community Council.

In 2017 donations of £40 were made to Mellor Archaeological Trust, £40 to Friends of Our Valley, £182 to Friends of Marple Memorial Park, £20 to sponsorship of the Marple Street Poppies and £50 to the Town Centre Defibrillator Appeal. In addition, an investment of £1,000 was made in the Northumberland Arms Community Pub by becoming a share holder. This took the running total of funds invested in the local community by The Marple Website to £11,382 in the last 11 years.

In 2016 a further £1,000 was donated to the Skatepark Project, taking the banner advert contributions over 6 years to £5,350 and the overall total donated to local causes by The Marple Website since 2006 to £10,050!

In 2015 £500 was donated to Friends of Marple Memorial Park and £350 to sponsoring Marple Athletic JFC Under 12s for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons.

In 2014 a further £1,000 was donated to the Skatepark Community Match Funding.

In 2013 £500 was donated to Marple Skate Park Project - this was matched by Forever Manchester, effectively doubling our money.

In 2012 The Marple Website became the main sponsor of the Marple Christmas Cracker with a donation of £1,000 to Marple Business Forum.

There's no guarantee that this level of community support can be sustained in the future as things are getting tighter. If your local business would like to help please look at becoming a Marple Website Sponsor and taking out a banner advert on the site. It's currently great to be able to say:

An average of over £1,000 has been donated to local causes each year for the last 16 years!
How many other community web sites or Social Media platforms can say that!

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MarpleFESTive Family Fun Day: Sunday 18th December 12 noon to 9pm

Father Christmas Grotto: Friday 16th (5pm - 7pm), Saturday 17th (10am - 4pm) and Sunday 18th (10am to 6pm)



Here's the latest update from MarpleFest organisers:

Father Christmas is so excited to be visiting Marple this weekend. Starting Friday evening at 5 - 7 pm, Saturday from 10 - 4 and Sunday on the main Marple Festive event day from 10 - 6 pm.

Where? Behind The Locks on Derby way, enter from the rear by the car park.

Have I got a time slot? No, you are booked in for the day you specified on your ticket. Please stick to the date specified and come along when you are ready. Dates are not transferable.

Weather Father Christmas has been doing this for a few hundred years and he has not been put off by a bit of wind rain or indeed wintery showers. There will be no cancellation for weather.

Father Christmas has taken every effort possible to look after all. Feel free park near the Locks (legally and if you have a car!) and pop over in time to reduce queuing. That said we have a plan to cover any queue that should develop.

MarpleFestive Remember to visit the businesses in central Marple before or after you have seen Father Christmas. Keep an ear out for carol singers...On Saturday there is the last Make It Marple Christmas Market (There will be a brass band too) they are not associated with Marple Fest, but drop in and support them.

Our main event is on Sunday from 12:00 to 9:00 with live music, stalls, food and much more.
Marple has it all for your family this Christmas, let's make Marple FESTive

IMPORTANT Save the environment, please do not print out your tickets. We know you are coming and the names of your young humans.

We have a list...it is a good list!
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News and Announcements / Re: The Iron Bridge Project Diary
« Last post by admin on December 15, 2022, 09:21:44 AM »
CGI of Marple's Iron Bridge in Brabyns Park
Fly-through 200 years of the bridge's history in 3.5 minutes

The film below was originally created in 2007/8 by Take 27 Ltd as part of the Brabyns Park Iron Bridge Restoration Project, a partnership between The Marple Website, Marple Local History Society and Stockport Council. Back then files were too large for normal Internet download and storage but broadband and data connections today means that those problems are no longer an issue.



So at last the film can be shared as part of the Iron Bridge Restoration Project Diaries on The Marple Website:

https://www.marple.website/brabyns-park-iron-bridge/iron-bridge-cgi.html
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Events Archive / Re: Marple Band fixtures and events for the rest of 2022
« Last post by admin on December 14, 2022, 10:10:16 AM »
Marple Band Christmas Concert Saturday 17 December 1.30pm - 4pm

A reminder that it's Marple Band's FREE ENTRY Christmas Concert on Saturday at Marple Con Club.

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Main Web Site Updates / Re: Friends of Marple Memorial Park
« Last post by admin on December 11, 2022, 12:21:51 PM »
The Friends of Marple Memorial Park web site has been updated with the minutes of the meeting held on 8 December 2022:

https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/meetings.html

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Monthly Events / Re: Make It Marple on Market Street [3rd Saturday of the month*]
« Last post by admin on December 10, 2022, 06:47:14 AM »
A reminder that it's the last Make It Marple Makers' Market of 2022 in one week's time on Saturday 17 December!

Here's hoping it warms up just a little bit on Market Street and Derby Way for the stallholders!

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Handcrafted Christmas Sales boosts Park Fund!
£930 in 2022 and £1,500 raised for the park so far...


Friends of Marple Memorial Park have to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to spend their money at the 2022 Handcrafted Christmas Sale in Hawk Green Reading Room on 27 November, or purchased bird boxes and reindeer in our aftersale. We can now reveal that an amazing final total of £930.57 was raised for the Park Fund!

Contributions to this included £220 from the Tombola, £115 from the Cake Sale, £170 from Jewellery and Christmas Decorations by B'Dazzled, £122 from sales of Bird boxes and Reindeer and £93 from handmade cards, Christmas tags and Christmas Tree Pyramids.

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and supporters who helped out and the good folk who look after the Reading Rooms, which is a fabulous little venue. They were extremely supportive from start to finish. Special mentions are due to Diane Jackson and Gill Whittaker for their organising and making, Pauline Roberts for her tireless support and Terry Wood for his handmade bird boxes and reindeer. Special thanks also to stall holders Men in Sheds, Art Stop CIC, Kathryn Procter and Natalie Whittaker Art, who all made donations to the park on top of their stall fees.

https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/events/handcrafted-christmas-sale.html

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Only two Reindeer left!

Thank you everyone who has purchased a Bird Box or Reindeer to raise funds for Marple Memorial Park!

All Bird Boxes have gone and we have just two Reindeer left.

They are very cute and only £7.50 each with all proceeds going to the Park Fund.

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News and Announcements / Re: Vote for Marple Memorial Park in UK's Favourite Parks 2022!
« Last post by admin on December 05, 2022, 03:06:24 PM »
Marple Memorial Park honoured at awards ceremony

On Wednesday 23 November 2022, Friends of the Park, Local Councillors, the Council's Neighbourhood Team and TLC Operatives were presented with the UK Favourite Parks Award certificate by Councillor Grace Baynham, Cabinet Member for Highways, Parks and Leisure Services. Friends of the Park made a special request that TLC Operatives who work in the park were present, including a handful of die-hards (hiding at the back of the photo) who've worked with us since we were formed in 2003.

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