This is the community web site for Marple in Stockport. It was started in 1998 to provide useful information for local people and potential visitors and to contribute to the fantastic community spirit that abounds in this small canal town on the edge of the peaks. It continues to do this with regular updates and lots of interaction with the local community.
Looking for something still on the old site? Please use this link.
My full name was Selma Mary Burdass, born at "Barnetby" now number 73, Bowden Lane, 88 years ago last January (2018). I went to Marple High School on Arkwright Road, now Brabyns Preparatory School, until I was 9 years old. Then on to Harrytown High School, which was a Convent but also took Protestants in those days. I lived at Bowden Lane until I married Frank Fielding from Hawk Green in August 1951 and we lived at 317, Windlehurst Road for nearly 40 years.
The Marple Website would love to encourage a growth in tourism to Marple; it's been one of the site's long-term objectives to raise Marple's profile and promote a positive image of the area. Only in our wildest dreams though, could we imagine rivalling the popularity of Marple in days gone by. It's hard to believe, but there were times when hundreds, even thousands, of visitors were received here each weekend, with extraordinary crowds on Bank Holidays.
221 people took part in the 2017 Marple Santa Dash, enabling us to pay £2,210 into the Lions Club Charity Account. £2,100 was raised in the Dragon Miniature Railway's Father Christmas Grotto and a further £880 hosting breakfast and teatime sessions with Father Christmas in the Marple Garden Centre (Wyevale) Restaurant.
This is the first year that we are organising a Public Speaking competition for children ranging from 9 years old to 16 and New Mills Primary School, Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, Marple Hall and Thomas Moore, Buxton have entered in the different age categories. We hope to make this an annual event and if any schools are interested please get in touch so that we can note your interest for next year’s competition.
If you represent a local non-profit making organisation that you feel should be featured in the Community Group Pages, if you'd like a banner to promote your local business, or if you have any ideas about how the site can be improved, please get in touch using the contacts page.
Independent contributions and articles on local history, attractions or other matters of interest to the local community are particularly welcome.
If you enjoy what's here please register on the Marple Community Forum and Notice Board and join in the discussions.