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.
Mellor Country House, the charity that offers holidays for those most in need, has received a Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service, the equivalent of getting an MBE. Chair of the charity, Margaret Powell, and house manager, Sharon Adamson, were invited to Buckingham Palace to a royal garden party to celebrate their organisation’s achievement.
Mellor Country House close to Marple hosts approximately 650 people a year and up to half are children. Anyone on low income and in desperate need of a break who would otherwise not be able to afford one is welcome to book at the house, which can accommodate up to 26 people in 12 bedrooms, including a disabled suite with spa bath, at any one time. People can stay up to seven nights for as little as £12 per night for adults and £6.50 for children on a self-catering basis.
Patients, volunteers and staff from Blythe House Hospicecare got the opportunity to mingle with TV stars during a special day out provided free of charge by a local coach company.
Smiths of Marple offered the Chapel-en-le-Frith hospice free coach travel and entry to the first ever Countryfile Live event in Yorkshire...
Marple Hall School's Year Seven students have volunteered in high numbers to take part in the school's mammoth 'Community Litter-Pick'!
The Marple Website is picking up the baton from the late Jack Turnbull in his mission to track down the WWI letters from Stanley Jack to his wife Annie (nee Pott). Please share this article far and wide in the hope that we can reunite both sets of letters to tell the full story of two ordinary lives turned upside down by war.
The mission is: to seek members of the Jack or Pott families who may know where Stanley's letters are today.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, Mellor Community held a ‘Mellor Remembers’ Concert, co-ordinated by Tim Lowe and Andy Sokill.
In February 2019 the Marple Website was pleased to be able to rescue two historic plaques from the Albert Schools building on Church Lane due for demolition. These include a previously unrecorded WWI War Memorial and a lost plaque commemorating Thomas and Hannah Carver from 1911.
Following installation of a brass plaque, paid for by the United Reformed Church, the project to rescue the two memorials found under the stairs at the Albert Schools is now finally complete.
There are eight men named on the WWI War Memorial plaque recovered by the Marple Website from the Albert Schools in 2019 and now restored and on display in Marple URC Church on Hibbert Lane.
Seven of the men have well established local connections and are commemorated on the Cenotaph in Marple Memorial Park but the inclusion of Marmaduke Cooper was at first less clear. With the help of Marple Local History Society and "Lest We Forget" Hollingworth we now have a much better understanding of how Marmaduke came to be named on this recently rediscovered War Memorial.