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Re: Marple Covid19 Mutual Aid Group
« Reply #51 on: June 01, 2020, 06:32:54 AM »
The Coffee Bean Dream is back at Marple Station

Sarah at the Coffee Bean Dream, who supported Friends of Marple Memorial Park at our 2019 Treasure Hunt, is back serving coffee at Marple Station.

Current opening times and hours will be:
  • Tuesday’s. 07:00 - 10:30am
  • Wednesday’s. 07:00 - 10:30am
  • Thursdays 07:00 - 10:30am
Sarah is serving from her normal spot in the Car Park, so why not pop in even if you're not catching a train for a great cuppa!

A few new products too:

Iced Coffees, Breakfast Muffins and hopefully Brownie Owl Granolas. Alternative Milks back in stock too.

Please pay via card whenever possible.


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« Reply #50 on: May 30, 2020, 06:34:53 AM »
Congratulation to the Marple Covid19 Mutual Aid Group!

Organisers have put together an info-graphic to show their achievements up to 23 May 2020:



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« Reply #49 on: May 30, 2020, 05:49:48 AM »
Bumping again - quite a few new updates....

This is possibly the last update of this information as things are likely to change so quickly in the coming weeks that it will be impossible to keep up-to-date.

If you are aware of anything that is incorrect please comment or get in touch via

Overview of the services provided by local Marple/Marple Bridge businesses in response to the COVID-19 outbreak 

Thank you to the Marple Covid19 Mutual Aid Group the starting information:

Businesses & organisations: if you would like your details adding, removing, amending or enhancing with more details, please email

Things are changing rapidly so this information may not remain accurate.

  • D & S Whites Butchers – 0161 427 2327. Shop reopening Monday 1st June, one customer at a time in shop. Still taking telephone orders.
  • Little Woods Butchers – 0161 427 1745. Shop now open Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 4pm, Saturday: 9am - 1pm. Closed: Sunday - Tuesday. Still taking telephone orders for delivery.
  • R&S Lofthouse Butchers, Marple Bridge - 0161 427 3448.
Pet Shops
  • Benjis Pet Food & Accessories 0161 879 6954. Monday - Saturday 9am - 3pm. Home deliveries too.
  • Marple Pet Shop – 0161 427 0111 - Open times 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday, Saturday 9am - 3pm.
  • Ridings Opticians – 0161 427 4945 Practice closed but taking calls for emergencies /eye care needs. Hoping to be open soon
  • Roger Fishers – 0161 427 1319: opening hours Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am-1pm
    For the safety of staff and patients only available for essential eye services during this period.
  • Boots, Market Street, Marple - 0161 427 2033
  • Well Pharmacy, Hollins, Marple - 0161 427 3336
  • Well Pharmacy, Stockport Road, Marple - 0161 427 6668
  • Well Pharmacy, 19 Town Street, Marple Bridge - 0161 427 2517
  • Lloyds Pharmacy, Chichester Road, Romiley - 0161 430 2040
  • Cohens Chemist, 164 - 166 Higher Bents Lane - 0161 430 3214
  • Well Pharmacy, Hall Street, Offerton - 0161 480 3546
  • Well Pharmacy, 114 London Rd, Hazel Grove - 0161 456 3260
Very Useful local shops 
  • Marple Newsagent – 0161 427 7493 Updated Store Hours Mon - Sun (5:00am till 12:00pm )
  • Marple Post Office - Monday to Friday: 9am to 2pm, Saturday: Closed.
  • The Magnificent Chocolate Company (taking online orders for delivery at or 07952 558640)
  • Dutsons – 0161 484 5380 - Marple Bridge: doing collection / delivery of veg boxes for £12 each.
  • Marple Fish, 26 Market Street, Marple - 07950 541528 -
  • Hollins of Marple - Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm. Operating strict controls, call 0161 449 8363 to check situation before going.
  • Compstall Post Office - 0161 427 2161 Deliveries possible subject to stock.
  • Marple Bridge Stores (Post Office) - 0161 427 2046
  • Portland Wine, Marple Bridge - email for orders and enquiries.
  • Marple Health - 72A Stockport Road, 0161 427 5662.
  • Gosling Toymaster - 0161 427 2099 - give them a call to find out how they can help.
  • The Pound Shop on Market St is open too but no details.
  • SVC Lighting & Electrical. 07966 478878 0161 419 9452. Shop reopens Monday 1st June 10am to 2pm, Monday to Saturday. Order and collection service still available.
Fruit, Veg, Milk, Eggs, Bread etc
  • Cheshire Wholesale Limited 0161 430 5784
  • J H Neal Green Grocers - ANOTHER UPDATE: New number 0743 8286453 - they are now limiting the number of orders per day.
  • McQueens Dairies – 330 5555588
  • Megabox Fruit & Veg Boxes (bookable via their FB page)
  • Hopewell Farm & Dairy – 01625 872 304
  • The Modern Milkman – 01282861845
  • Jacksons Dairies
  • New Mills Dairy Ltd: 01663 741108
Pubs, Restaurants and Takeaways still providing a service
  • 48 Kitchen & Bar – 0161 427 1200 – 48 Stockport Road, Marple, SK6 6AB Delivery or pickup, order via online menu
  • Purple Pakora – 0161 427 7748 - reopened for take-out and delivery on Thursdays , Fridays , Saturday and Sunday 5pm.
  • Woodstock Pizza - Call 07564 633 149 for delivery (deliver to Marple for free for orders over £15).
  • Libby’s / South 7, Town Street, Marple. Evening take out menu available 7 days a week, order via website or phone – 0161 427 2310.
  • Norfolk Arms (Afternoon tea boxes) – 0161 427 8090 – Marple Bridge, SK6 5DS
  • Marple Spice – 0161 427 9166 - Reopening for collection and delivery from Monday 20 April 2020.
  • Art of Siam – Thai Cuisine – 0161 427 7999 - 105 Stockport Road, Stockport. Open 7 days for take-out and delivery.
  • Marple Wine Club – 0161 427 7883. Free delivery around Marple .....minimum order 6 bottles which may be mixed.
  • Angkor Soul – Marple – 0161 222 0707 – 12 Stockport Road, SK6 6B. Open for click and collect or delivery via phone or web site.
  • Sushi Haus – Japanese - 0161 759 0534 - 118B Stockport Road, SK6 6AH.
  • Eat Home Made: Home made meals delivered to Marple, Romiley and Disley order online or call 07594 406414
  • Marple Thai Kitchen - 0161 376 2496 or
  • Gulshan Indian Takeaway - open as usual, please order on 0161 426 0090 / 0161 426 0091 or visit
  • Royal Oak Mellor - The Dough Guys are delivering pizza, beer, wine & soft drinks. To order call 0161 427 1655 or text 07522 116 768.
  • Nasi Lemak Manchester (07551 925129) deliveries to Marple Wednesday and Thursday, see post below from nbt.
  • Empress of Indian - 0161 449 7633.
  • Harlequin - 0161 427 4285
  • Marple Pizza- 0161 427 0202 - open - call for times.
  • Dominos Pizza - 0161 4499900. Delivery Only: 11:00 - 21:45 no collection. Order online via the Dominos web site.
  • La Dolce Vita - 01614490648 - From Wednesday 22nd April launching a new collection service. Order by phone from 3.30pm when a collection time will be allocated.
  • Town Street Fryer - 0161 449 7290 - Tuesday to Saturday for delivery only.
    Phone line open from 11.30 each day, order before 15:30. Deliveries 16:30-20:00 to: Marple Bridge, Mellor, Compstall & Marple.
  • Panicos - 0161 427 6552 - From Tuesday 28 April every Tuesday - Saturday 4pm - 9pm. Ring to order for collection.
  • Hawk Green Fryery -0161 427 4731.
  • Goyt Fish Bar – 0161 427 6491.
Food Banks
  • Marple Foodbank Connect Marple Saturday 10am - 12noon. (click image to make larger)

  • Guide Hut Marple anytime, split between Marple Foodbank and Emmeline's Pantry, a local foodbank that supports women in need, so it fits with girlguiding aims.
Wider area and national informationEducational free resources – Check out the websites

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Re: Marple Covid19 Mutual Aid Group
« Reply #48 on: May 29, 2020, 07:30:39 PM »
Pandemic News  items

1.Rose Hill Tip
Some of you will have seen the tip is re-opening tomorrow (Saturday 30th). Bredbury will also be extending its hours from weekends only, to 7 days. Details are on the Council web site but not under “recycling Centres”! The best place to find this is under “news”. Details are:

Rose Hill: open 9am to 6pm on Saturday 30th May then from Sunday 8am to 6pm every day.

Bredbury: open every day 8am to 6pm

You can take:
  • General waste (including small bulky items)
  • Cardboard
  • Garden waste (excluding soil)
  • Wood and timber
  • Scrap metal
  • Rubble
Recycling Centre Rules are
  • Only 1 person allowed out of the vehicle
  • Keep 2 metres apart at all times.
  • Cars and small vans only - No transit type vans and vehicles with trailers
  • No pedestrian access
  • Staff will not be able to help unload your vehicle
  • Please take proof of address with you such as your council tax bill, gas or electric bill to show you live in one of the 9 councils in Greater Manchester. You can show your bill on your mobile phone.
  • Trade waste is not allowed.
  • Please note a traffic management system by number plate will be in place. This is based on odd and even number plates and works on a rota system by day.
On that last point, personally I think it’s confusing how they’ve done it so please look at the web page. As a quick guide, Saturday is even, Sunday is odd numbers.

2. Testing
There is a section on the Stockport Council web site about getting tested for the virus. If you’re eligible for a test you should mail after which you will be sent a request form for completion, which will lead to you being given a booking slot. Full details are on

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« Reply #47 on: May 26, 2020, 02:01:56 PM »
Here’s a couple of initiatives around the pandemic

Together in One Voice - virtual choir event
Together In One Voice is a community led event for the whole of Greater Manchester in which residents are invited to join together in song, from their windows and doorsteps on Thursday 28th May at 7.30pm.
The event will be captured under social distancing guidelines with drones, street cameras and residents’ own films and edited together to produce a show for national release on the evening of Sunday 31st May.
The YouTube Live event with Manchester International Festival will feature songs and artists from Greater Manchester’s musical heritage, past and present, with a few special guest appearances. The event will promote community spirit and encourage everyone to take care of their mental health in the weeks and months ahead.
Choir Director Dan McDwyer has been running online choir rehearsals in recent days to promote well being through song.

Remember Me
The coronavirus pandemic has cost tens of thousands of lives across the UK, lives which people want to honour and remember. St Paul’s Cathedral has launched Remember Me, an online book of remembrance for all those in the UK who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. People of any faith, or none, are invited to contribute to Remember Me. 
Family, friends or carers of those who have died can submit, free of charge, the name, photograph and a short message in honour of a deceased person via the Remember Me website ( The initiative is being supported by HRH The Prince of Wales and it is intended that there will be a physical Remember Me memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral.

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« Reply #46 on: May 22, 2020, 04:26:28 PM »
It’s Mental Health Awareness week this week, which is very pertinent in current times.

Each year the week has a different theme and this year it’s “kindness” which I think is both a welcome reminder, and has been practiced by so many local residents and help groups round here.
From the publicity:

“Research tells us that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected –kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It can help to reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Being kind to yourself is also important – it can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem.  Kindness can even improve our feelings of confidence and optimism.
We know that one act of kindness can lead to many more. This type of community action can help us to inspire others as we discover our connections to each other and extend kindness to ourselves.”

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” The 14th Dalai Lama

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« Reply #45 on: May 17, 2020, 07:37:04 PM »
Some bits of extra information:

There is a new grant which will be open on the Stockport Council website at 5.00pm on Monday 18th. This has more discretion involved and is intended for those businesses who have been unable to get a grant so far for various reasons.

Meanwhile so far Stockport has issued 4,720 business grants totalling £54.36m and covering 84% of all businesses eligible. If you haven't heard yet they are working hard to clear the last applications which probably involve some complications.

The Council telephone helpline, by 14th May, had taken 3,239 calls and made 943 calls out to the vulnerable residents including welfare calls to our most vulnerable.

People probably know that the main government web site has been updated quite a bit lately with the new advice. It’s worth another look and there is, for example, some practical advice on face masks – what to use and how to make one!

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« Reply #44 on: May 15, 2020, 06:56:38 PM »
Some news items for the pandemic

Recycling Centres –
The two that are open will now take more than just black bags. You can take:
•   Garden waste (excluding soil)
•   Cardboard
•   Wood
•   Small bulky items as general waste

A new fundraising website has been launched to support Stockport Voluntary groups. Under the banner “Keep Stockport Caring” this will distribute money raised around local voluntary and community groups to ensure they can continue to provide vital services

DigitalIt’s worth looking at a YouTube video “Mable’s Story” about a 91 year old in Woodley who has just learnt some valuable new computer skills

SENDFor parents with SEND children, there is a new hub offering support and advice to such families. This can be reached on 0161-217-6046 Mon-Fri 9-5, Saturdays and Bank Holidays 10-4

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« Reply #43 on: May 09, 2020, 06:42:22 PM »
Something on Funding for community groups

Stockport Council are urging local community groups to take up the offer of financial support from Forever Manchester and the National Lottery Community Fund to support their response to the impact of COVID-19.

These unprecedented times are having an impact on voluntary and social sector organisations across Greater Manchester and grassroots community groups have been responding superbly well, coming together with selflessness and enthusiasm to help those most affected.

Forever Manchester is working with the UK Community Foundations to raise money to fund and support community activity across Greater Manchester and are offering awards of up to £5,000 for community groups in the city region. More information and details on how to apply for funding on the Forever Manchester website here:

Local community groups can also apply for support from the National Lottery Community Fund. This Fund helps to distribute money to fund a wide range and projects and activities. They are currently prioritising their funding for organisations that are supporting people who are at high risk from COVID-19 and organisations supporting communities most likely to face increased demand and challenges because of COVID-19. It is £310m of government funding across the country, targeted at organisations responding to the COVID-19 emergency. Voluntary organisations, social enterprises and community groups can find more information and details on how to apply for the National Lottery Community Fund on their website:

The Council is working with Sector 3 and Stockport Homes to help local organisations write their funding bid for community projects. More information can be found at:

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« Reply #42 on: May 08, 2020, 12:11:37 PM »
Green Bins
Just in case people haven’t seen this yet, the Council are starting to collect green bins again. This starts on Monday 11th. The green bin will be collected fortnightly, on the same day your black bin is collected. Please could people tell their neighbours who aren’t on social media?

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« Reply #41 on: May 05, 2020, 08:32:25 PM »
Some data from Stockport Council and more help:

For the week 20-26 April

616 business grants were issued taking total support to £46.3m
463 emergency food parcels were delivered all within 24 hours of referral
54,508 emergency items of PPE were delivered to Social Workers and Care Workers
114 schools were open for children of key workers and vulnerable children

In the first month of lock down
The council’s job match scheme 113 jobs were advertised by 37 employers, 311 registrations of those wanting work and 1258 CVs sent to employers as a result.
The site is at

There is a government online platform for those wishing to improve their skills called “The skills toolkit” giving access to free courses on specifically numeracy and digital skills

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« Reply #40 on: May 05, 2020, 08:31:35 PM »
I've had some technical problems and been unable to do two posts lately so here's a catch up. Sorry for the volume!

Some more information:
I’ve posted before the contacts where you can get help with computer (“digital”) skills. This has recently been improved, and the “digiknow” scheme that preceded the pandemic is now offering new ways to help residents to get online.

Telephone support is now available for anyone who has access to smartphone, tablet or computer, but needs help getting online for the first time or doing things online. Anyone needing support can call the new helpline on 07537 127 095 and leave their name, number and a brief description of their need and a volunteer Digital Champion will get back to them.

For those that are already online but would like to improve their digital skills or confidence, or if they would like to help others in their household to get online and improve their skills, there are some new Council web pages to help at:

Business Loans
For small businesses who need further help, the Government has launched an additional scheme for them to be able to access a new fast-track finance, providing loans with a 100% government-backed guarantee for lenders. The scheme starts next week on Monday 4 May, and is called the "Bounce Back Loans Scheme" This is an addition to the existing package of support available to the smallest businesses affected by the pandemic, providing loans of up to £50,000. The scheme has been designed to that firms can get finance in a matter of days.

The government will provide lenders with a 100% guarantee for the loan and pay any fees and interest for the first 12 months. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months. Firms will be able to access these loans through a network of accredited lenders. More information is at

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« Reply #39 on: May 05, 2020, 12:32:24 PM »
Some more information for people on mental health and emotional wellbeing
The council and health bodies launched three new emotional wellbeing and mental health services a few weeks ago. These expand the support available to residents and complement other local services at what is a particularly stressful time:
  • Access to the Big White Wall for anyone in Stockport over the age of 16
  • the Making Space helpline for anyone in Stockport over the age of 18
  • An Emotional Wellbeing Hub which provides information, advice, and guidance for anyone up to the age of 25 with emotional wellbeing and mental health concerns.
  • Since the Big White Wall was launched on 14th April 2020, there have been:
  • 70 Registrations
  • 1681 Page Views
  • 226 Logins
As there are now a number of support offers available to residents, there is an easy reference guide to the support available.


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« Reply #38 on: April 30, 2020, 08:15:41 AM »
If your needs are spiritual during the Covid19 Crisis, St. Thomas' Church, Mellor may be able to help:

Today they have updated their entry in the Marple Website Community Directory to share links to their daily prayers being broadcast twice a day on their YouTube Channel. They also have a daily podcast from members of their congregation and a monthly magazine called OUTLOOK. Visit their entry in the Community Directory for more details:

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« Reply #37 on: April 27, 2020, 02:12:03 PM »
Here’s some help for those wanting to stay active:

Greater Manchester Authority have a site that includes ideas for both adults and children, inside and outdoors. The web site is

There are also twitter feeds available:


though I haven’t checked any of these myself.