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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #272 on: June 26, 2022, 10:59:13 AM »
Task Day 25 June 2022

Our volunteers were all over the place yesterday, with mowing and strimming in the Band Room garden, treating benches, trimming hedge and grass borders, weeding flowerbeds, watering new plants, clearing shrubs obstructing the handrails in front of Hollins House, picking litter and even painting the Infants Play Area fence ready for our School Gardens Project.

The park is looking amazing, thank you to the park visitors who popped almost £18 in our collection bucket and obviously agree.

Read more about our task days this year here: https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/task-days/task-days-2022.html
 




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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #271 on: June 12, 2022, 10:16:07 PM »
It takes so much effort to vandalise. I don't know why they bother.  The answer is to put things right as soon as possible.  So well done to all concerned. 

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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #270 on: June 12, 2022, 10:29:22 AM »
Task Day 11 June 2022

Vandals caused a disappointing start to Friends of Marple Memorial Park task day yesterday! 

We arrived at the park to discover vandalism to the roof of the former Bowling Pavilion and to the Infants Play Area fence yet again. This is the fourth time vandals have deliberately and systematically damaged the fencing around the play area, resulting in costs to the council and Friends of the Park that could have been spent on making improvements.

Fortunately we had come armed with the right tools for another job and were able to replace all the slats that had been kicked off by the time we left the park. If you see anyone doing damage like this again please report to the police.

Of course we did get some positive work done and also popped back this morning to catch-up on a job we didn't do yesterday because we were re-fixing vandalised fence slats!

Read more about our task days this year here: https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/task-days/task-days-2022.html
 



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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #269 on: May 29, 2022, 08:03:48 AM »
Task Day 28 May 2022

We fell lucky with the weather and got a huge amount done in the park today. Tasks included a concerted effort to weed and tidy the War Memorial Beds. The low hedge was trimmed and the border redefined on one side too. We also did a bit of tidying in the Reading Circle, as it is going to be used for Story Time by the library on Monday.

We tried out our new cordless battery powered lawnmower in the Band Room garden and the new strimmer too. These have been purchased along with standard and long reach hedge-cutters with an award we received from the Stockport CAN Fund that has allowed us to remove our dependency on petrol powered tools. We were delighted with the results.

We also put a final coat of paint on the Coronation Bench (after another volunteer did the first coat of the seat last week) and it is now ready for the tree to be decorated as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Marple Tree Trail. Two of our volunteers also removed the remains of the 3 trees broken by vandals and the stakes that were driven a long way down.

Earlier this week one of our volunteers also finished painting the library steps and repaired a bench that had lost a slat.

Park visitors donated over £22 in our bucket too, thank you!

Read more about our task days this year here: https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/task-days/task-days-2022.html
 



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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #268 on: May 15, 2022, 10:49:02 AM »
Near where I lived previously the council would - every year - plant some new trees near the station. And every year - without fail - someone would destroy at least one of them.  The next year a replacement would be installed.  And the same thing would happen again.

Those who seek to make things better, I totally get.  But I will never ever understand such people who are happy to destroy.

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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #267 on: May 15, 2022, 08:56:58 AM »
Task Day 14 May 2022

This was our first mid-month Task Day of 2022 and despite a smaller turnout than our end of month ones we got a great deal of work done. Flowerbeds were weeded, lots of work was done in the Band Room Garden and progress was made on maintaining steps and benches. In particular, the back of the Coronation Bench was given a much needed clean-up and repaint. We also planted our recent purchases from Marple Scouts in the Sensory Bed opposite the Scout Hut for them to enjoy.

We were saddened that vandals have seen fit to destroy 3 new trees near to the Infants Play Area. These were planted by the council at our request and we were watering them regularly to ensure they survived the dry weather. It's hard to understand what motivates anyone to attack our efforts to improve and maintain the park.

Better news is that we remembered to put our collection bucket out this time and park visitors rewarded us by depositing almost £22!

Read more about our task days this year here: https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/task-days/task-days-2022.html
 



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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #266 on: May 01, 2022, 08:16:44 AM »
Task Day 30 April 2022

Today's tasks included preparing and seeding the circular bed with wildflowers and doing the same in the borders leading to the Reading Circle behind the library. This is the first time we've done this and we're looking forward to the results. We also worked on the Band Room garden, planted some donated Gunnera, began painting under the former Bowling Pavilion canopy, cleaned up the Toddler's Play Area sign, removed a fallen tree from one of the shrub beds and did lots of watering.

While working on the Reading Circle we were delighted when one of the library staff came out and told us they are planning to use the area for story time as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. We were also pleased to see that replacement of the broken windows on Hollins House is finally underway - it looks so much better!

Read more about our task days this year here: https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/task-days/task-days-2022.html
 




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« Reply #265 on: March 27, 2022, 09:50:09 AM »
Task Day 26 March 2022

A really busy and productive day saw our volunteers cleaning under the former Bowling Pavilion canopy ready for painting before we install our centenary artwork later in the year. We also chopped up a huge tree branch that had been brought down by high winds earlier in the year and created a small wildlife haven from the arisings. Many other volunteers got stuck into flowerbed maintenance behind the library, in the Jubilee bed in front of the library, the toilet block bed, and of course the main flowerbeds and memorial beds. We also got started on annual maintenance such as painting the edges of the steps at the Bowling Green the exact same colour as the fabulous display of daffodils throughout the park.

Read more about our task days this year here: https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/task-days/task-days-2022.html
 



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« Reply #264 on: February 27, 2022, 12:56:37 PM »
Task Day 26 February 2022

During yesterday's task day most of our volunteers focused on a good tidy-up of the Reading Circle behind the library, including planting-up of the trough in our new Canal Frog Rose. We hope that visitors will enjoy this new addition to the park but please refrain from climbing on it and trampling the plants. Other activities included a big clear-up of broken branches and twigs from recent storms, extensive litter-picking and glass clearing thanks to our overnight park visitors, a tidy-up of the annoying mud puddle at the park entrance and installation of the boards for our new Pavilion Art Project Phase II - look out for more on that soon.

Great support from the community

A very big thank you to the lady who donated £100 to Friends of the Park and the kind gentleman who presented us with a cake from Archer's for our tea break. It was very nice indeed!

Read more about our task days this year here: https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/task-days/task-days-2022.html
 



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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #263 on: January 30, 2022, 09:32:30 AM »
Task Day 29 January 2022

It was great to get our Friends of Marple Memorial park volunteers back into the park for the first time this year yesterday, despite nearly getting blown away by high winds.

Efforts were focused on a general tidy of of the main flowerbeds. We spread some new top soil on the Sensory Garden opposite the Scout Hut as part of our tidy-up there and replanted Danny Winter's pots too. We also spread some top soil along the top edge of the skatepark to fill the gap between the concrete and grass that had been developing.

Read more about our task days this year here: https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/task-days/task-days-2022.html
 



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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #262 on: December 13, 2021, 02:10:31 PM »
Installation of Nativity Sculptures on Market Street

It's become a traditional way for Friends of Marple Memorial Park to end the year and it's now an annual task for us to install and remove the Nativity Sculptures in the Town Centre.

We took over the task of storing and managing the sculptures from Churches Together, who were having trouble handling them when stored at All Saints' Church. It's much easier for us to keep them at the park and we can transport them to Market Street without vehicles, so much greener too!

It was great fun to supervise our team of volunteers as they did their community service this morning!








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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #261 on: October 24, 2021, 08:10:37 AM »
Task Day 23 October 2021

Today the Marple Poppy Appeal Team will launch this year's campaign by commemorating the 100th year of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

They are doing this with a Ride of Remembrance from Compstall to Memorial Park featuring 100 motorbikes each carrying a large poppy to be added to the Wall of Remembrance in the park.

This promises to be a great spectacle and Friends of the Park spent yesterday's task day tidying the flowerbeds and war memorial area in preparation for today's event. We also planted the last of the shrubs donated to us by a local resident, which led to a great photo of our father and daughter volunteer team, who have done a wonderful job for us over the last year.

Visitors to the park kindly donated over £15 in our collection bucket, thank you! However, to the lady who came up and told one of our volunteers that you had put £1 in the bucket but you would give more if Friends of the Park disassociated ourselves with the skatepark, we will be passing your money onto the Poppy Appeal. The park is for everyone and we are very proud of our success in building this great facility for the young people of Marple.

Read more about our task days here: https://www.marplememorialpark.org.uk/task-days/task-days-2021.html




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« Reply #260 on: October 10, 2021, 09:34:20 AM »
Task Day 9 October 2021

Great to get back into our refurbished Mess Room during our task day yesterday!

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« Reply #259 on: September 24, 2021, 06:42:32 AM »
Town Centre Benches all caught up in time for Food and Drink Festival

We were delighted the weather held yesterday, allowing us to complete re-treatment of the last two benches on Market Street this year. That means we have caught-up with the lost year due to the Covid19 pandemic and all 17 Town Centre Benches have been re-treated by Friends of the Park in time for the 2021 Food and Drink Festival.

Next year we would still like to clean up and repaint the metalwork too and it would be easier if we had access to an outside tap. Is there an owner of a business premises or residence in the Market Street area that could help us with this please?








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Re: Task Day in Memorial Park [Last Saturday each month]
« Reply #258 on: September 22, 2021, 06:58:52 AM »
Town Centre Benches on the Hollins completed for 2021

The last two benches on the Hollins were sanded and treated on Monday and we've nearly caught up after Covid delays in 2020.

Just two benches left on Market Street, which we hope to manage before the Food and Drink Festival on Saturday if the weather and other commitments allow.

One nice coincidence we learned is that it was the late Marshall Shaw's birthday on the same day we treated his bench.