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Monthly Events / Re: Marple Naturalists [1st Wednesday each month]
« Last post by admin on July 31, 2019, 06:30:56 AM »
MARPLE NATURALISTS PROGRAMME: 2019-2020 is our 51st season

Join us at our monthly meetings at the Marple United Reformed Church. Guest speakers are often experts and are always enthusiasts in their field, eager to share their wildlife experiences both in the U.K. and world wide.

Autumn-Winter 2019

4 September: Eric Stead: Journey through Tropical and Sub Tropical America: We are very pleased to have Eric Stead as our first speaker this season. His talk is about a hypothetical journey through the tropical and subtropical regions of south, central and North America using his personal photographs and experience of the region. He will show the different ecosystems in the region, along with examples of the flora and fauna, in what will be an entertaining talk.

2 October: Professor Terry Callaghan: The rapidly changing Arctic, what it means to the rest of the world: We are delighted to welcome Professor Terry Callaghan, who started as an arctic plant ecologist in 1967. Over 48 years, he has worked in every arctic country and has been in the field during each of 46 years. His work has been widely acclaimed and he is the recipient of a number of awards. For example in 2007 he was one of the lead authors for the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, leading to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize jointly to the IPCC and to Al Gore. In 2017, after 50 years of Arctic research, Terry Callaghan was awarded the International Arctic Science Committee Medal for ‘outstanding contributions to international Arctic science collaboration’. We look forward to a most stimulating and important talk.

6 November: Gordon Yates: A Taste of Islay: Gordon Yates is returning this year to talk about the beautiful Isle of Islay, an island he knows well, having studied the wildlife there for many years. We look forward to seeing some of his excellent photographs, taken with care and great patience, accompanied by his well- observed and knowledgeable commentary.

4 December: Christmas Party, Quiz, and Member’s Talks, to be announced later.

Winter - Summer 2020

8 January: Russell Hedley: Wildflowers of Lancashire: Russell Hedley has been working in education for over a decade and has a love and passion for wildlife that stretches as far back as he can remember. He leads the events at Nature Talks and Walks and hopes to aid conservation efforts by making the natural world accessible to one and all. He is therefore very well qualified to introduce us to the glorious wildflowers in our surrounding area and we know from his previous, very well received visit that this will be both interesting and engaging.

5 February: Dr Hugh Jones: Australia and the Great Barrier Reef: Dr Hugh Jones has given a number of well researched and informative talks to our members over recent years and we are very pleased that he is able to return to give us an illustrated account of a trip to Heron Island, a coral island on the Great Barrier Reef, with side trips to Victoria and Queensland.

4 March: AGM and Member’s Talks, to be announced later.

1 April: Tanya & Edmund Hoare: Swifts and Conservation: Just in time to get ready for the return of these fascinating birds for their summer stay in the UK, Tanya & Edmund Hoare, Swift enthusiasts and part of the national and international Swift network, will be our speakers tonight. They have a colony of Swifts nesting in the eaves of their cottage and the talk will include video clips of many aspects of Swift behaviour, the latest research on their remarkable migration and what can be done to halt their decline.

6 May: Dave Brotton: Large mammals in five continents: Dave Brotton is a wildlife photographer who visited us last year to give an excellent talk about wildlife on his doorstep. As Dave has also travelled extensively we are delighted that he is coming back tonight , to speak about and illustrate with his own photographs, large mammals including tigers, jaguars and whales across different parts of the world such as India, Kenya and Brazil.

3 June:  George Pilkington: Birds and Bees: George Pilkington successfully integrates being an ecologist, environmental educationist, researcher and inventor. George has concentrated on researching the nesting behaviour of wild bumblebees and wild cavity nesting solitary bees, gaining insights into increasing the wild bee populations and species in his garden and the wider countryside. His talk describes the way garden birds make their nests, court their females, how some bees are ousting birds from completed nests and the courtship of bees! It promises to be very enjoyable!

July: Summer wildlife walk

August: Summer wildlife walk

Membership: Annual subscription £30.00 Non Members welcome: £4.00 per meeting Free for children under 16 years.

For more information please contact Derek Clifford on 0161 427 4611 or Jane Michael on 07917 434598 or go to The Naturalists at the Marple Website: https://www.marple.website/nature

Or follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/marplenaturalists

Local Issues / Cheadle and Marple College - Finances
« Last post by Water Rat on July 30, 2019, 09:37:58 PM »
A recent article in FE Week suggests that finances are still a little precarious:

Events / Re: Seeking exhibits for a Marple Themed Art Exhibition in November 2019
« Last post by admin on July 30, 2019, 02:20:41 PM »
A reminder to potential exhibitors:

Fantastic opportunity for local artists to show their talent and it's FREE to exhibit.

To register your interest or for more info please email poppyappeal@marple-uk.com or tel 07954 388782
Events / Re: Tour of Britain (Stage 8) passes through Marple [14 September 2019]
« Last post by admin on July 30, 2019, 05:58:57 AM »
The Stage 8 Timetable for the Tour of Britain is now available

This shows that the Tour should pass through High Lane, Marple and Werneth Low between approximately 11.45am and 12.16pm.

For the central location of Hibbert Lane the timing is approx 11.58am to 12.08pm.

I'm also advised that when they pass if you blink you'll miss it!

Anyway, below is the full timetable as a pdf plus a couple of snapshots of the local section timings.

Here's a link to an online version: https://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stage-eight-timetable/
Marple T'ai Chi Classes

Marple T'ai Chi classes on Tuesdays are restarting on September 24th 2019 from 2pm to 4pm, at Hawk Green Reading Room, but it is currently possible to join at any time during the year.

Beginners and ongoing students are very welcome.

Please contact Brenda Howlett at brenda@mindful-balance.co.uk for more information and to check meeting dates.

See also Marple T'ai Chi's Community web page: www.marple.website/taichi

Monthly Events / Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Last post by admin on July 28, 2019, 06:57:09 AM »
We recently received a selection of donated plants from the council, so focused mainly on planting those and tidying the Bandroom garden and the shrub bed alongside the path to Station Road yesterday. 

Read more about our task days here: http://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/task-days/task-days-in-2019.html

If you'd like to support Friends of the Park, why not express an interest in the new 50-50 Club launching in September: https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/50-50club.html

The next scheduled Task Day is Saturday 17 August 2019 and we'd be delighted if you can come along for however long you can between 10 am and 2 pm.

Stout footwear and suitable clothing should be worn and bring your own gardening gloves and small hand tools if you have them. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Local Issues / Re: Childrens' Education Area
« Last post by CTCREP on July 27, 2019, 01:54:00 PM »
Having now contacted the Council - the story is a long one -  here is the really essential part.  The relevant Council Officer is proposing the area should have the present seating removed and the area allowed to go back to its natural state, which in my view means stinging nettles and Himalayan Balsam.

I believe the Education Area  besides being useful for what its name implies, would also make make an ideal picnic area as well as another attractive walk alongside the river.

It would be helpful if others, particularly schools and similar groups, would take the same position and contact their Councillors etc to ensure parts of Etherow Country Park are not allowed to fall into decay.
Events / Marple & High Lane Library Open+ Awareness Days [5 & 19 August 2019]
« Last post by admin on July 27, 2019, 07:07:50 AM »
Library Staff are hosting an Open+ Awareness day to speak to customers about Open+ and encourage sign-ups. 

This is going to be on Monday 5th August between 10am – 5pm at Marple Library, and

Monday 19th August between 10am - 5pm at High Lane Library.

You will be able to find out more about accessing the library when staff are not present, sign-up for Open+ and see the system demonstrated.

To sign-up you will need to take two documents with you. One proof of ID (birth certificate, driving licence or passport) and proof of address (council tax bill, utility bill or bank statement).

Events / Re: Marple Community Fire Station Open Day [Sunday 25 August 2019]
« Last post by admin on July 26, 2019, 05:13:02 PM »
Marple Community Fire Station Open Day

We now have a great poster for this great event on Sunday, August 25 10am until 4pm.

Local Issues / Re: Greater Manchester Transport Plan
« Last post by CTCREP on July 26, 2019, 04:35:19 PM »
The evidence that well designed and constructed cycle paths benefit many people is clearly shown in Europe and now in London. Granted people in London have been forced to give up their cars  but they were heading for a log jam plus excessive pollution anyway.

Much nearer to home I suspect most motorists welcome the school holidays when the school run isn’t functioning. If many of those school children could cycle to school then there would be less congestion and less pollution.

Wheels says he could cycle from home to the Pyramid in 30 minutes, and Andy says he can cycle from Rosehill to Manchester Piccadilly in 35 minutes, although he admits he could do with a shower. For the majority of people who ride regularly, and aren’t trying to beat the train, there is no need to work up a sweat any more than for running for the bus.

Dave says he is more concerned with the congestion in the Bredbury and Offerton area.  Well, blame Stockport’s Transport Department for this.  When the Marple to Chadkirk cycle path was first discussed it was intended to go all the way into Stockport, but the Council  failed to complete the original plan, and now, if it hasn’t been forgotten altogether,  it is considered an “aspirational” route dependent on another (in my view unnecessary) bridge. You can imagine when Stockport MBC will say they have enough money for another bridge for the benefit of cyclists. 
Countrywide there is recognition that we need to get more people cycling but it will only occur in those areas where the Council actually caters for cycling, which up till now, it has been  considered of least of importance in Stockport and will not change without more pressure from people who actually cycle, and others who would do so when Stockport MBC makes it priority in their plans.
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