Marple Community Projects and Community News
The Marple Website is proud to have been involved in or supported numerous community projects since it began in 1998. The more recent ones are detailed here. Older projects can still be found on the original Marple Website and will gradually be migrated to this section as time allows. Get in touch with The Marple Website to feature your Community Project or Community News here.
Congratulations to MarpleFest after securing an £8k grant towards Festoon Lighting!
In December 2023 - after a social media poll confirmed support for the idea - the MarpleFest team launched a campaign to raise £20k to make the most of our thriving night time economy and present Marple in a better light (excuse the pun) by installing festoon lighting in Marple precinct. The lighting is proposed to run for the full length of Market Street and Derby Way in the main town centre.
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Raising funds for local causes in memory of Chris Barlow
Local man and keen runner Daniel Davies is part-way through a year-long challenge in memory of his best friend Chris Barlow, who sadly passed away in a tragic accident in June this year, aged 31.
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Marple's "Happy to Chat" Benches
Following discussions on the Marple Community Hub Facebook page in September 2019, the Marple Website teamed up with Friends of Marple Memorial Park to create "Happy to Chat Benches" on Derby Way and in Marple Memorial Park. After 3 years the signs were overdue a refresh - the park ones had actually gone missing - and this was carried out by The Marple Website in November 2023.
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Blacksmith Demonstrations by Wayne Chaisty
It's fantastic news that Wayne has got the first live demonstration under his belt with no fuss and no drama. The feedback he received on the day was all very positive and he hopes to turn this into a regular event, giving demonstrations himself and with other guest artists and blacksmiths. These could take place at weekends, bank holidays and perhaps some weekdays during the summer months.
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£9,000 available in Stockport Hydro's Environmental Challenge 2024
Stockport Hydro Ltd, a community owned scheme, has been generating renewable energy power on the River Goyt since October 2012. In 2024 a record £9,000 is available from their Environmental Challenge Fund!
Closing date for applications: 31 January 2024
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