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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.
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As many people will know, the Marple Website was the driving force behind the restoration of the Iron Bridge in Brabyns Park. This lengthy project began in 2001 and restoration was completed in 2008. The web site is pleased to now be working with Friends of Brabyns Park and the Council to secure the future of the Bronze Plaque installed in 2009.
The Marple and Romiley area has scooped 3 Awards at the 16th Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards Evening held on Tuesday 5th February 2019. Marple won the Transport for Greater Manchester Award; Romiley the World War 1 Centenary Award and Rose Hill the Merseyrail In Bloom Award. The awards cover pre-1974 Cheshire boundaries which includes Stockport and the Wirral and in 2018 the lead sponsors of the Awards were Merseyrail. All three winners are Northern stations.
Over many years, Marple has been the home of a community that has generated a timeline of successful local events. The Carnival, which started in 1962, has over 55 years of memories in its foundations. Since 2006, the Marple Food and Drink Festival has drawn crowds of families and people from all areas to these unique experiences. Brand new events, such as “Make it Marple” have also been successfully introduced into the community calendar for Marple recently.
Now that things have settled down after a somewhat hectic but very satisfying Christmas season, I am delighted to be giving you an update on the Romiley and Marple Lions Club activities. I have waited for details of the sponsorship money raised on behalf of Kidneys for Life so that I could report as accurately as possible on the totals raised by or on behalf of the Club.
In August 2014 Friends of Marple Memorial Park began what they have called “Marple's WWI Timeline” on the railings of Hollins House in the park. The group's objective was to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War and to highlight the impact it had on a small town like Marple.
This weekend you will see almost 200 Street Poppies appearing on the lampposts of Marple, Marple Bridge, Compstall, Mellor and High Lane as the Marple Poppy Appeal commemorates 198 men from the district who lost their lives during WWI.
The Marple Website is proud to be one of the first sponsors of Marple's Street Poppies in 2018 with a donation of £50 to the Marple Poppy Appeal.
The Friends of Marple Memorial Park have erected 20 poppies commemorating men with links to the park - mainly the Carver family and men who worked at Hollins Mill before going to war. Other volunteers, including Marple Firefighters, have been out erecting poppies in the main streets of the area.
The final counting is completed and the 2018 Marple Poppy Appeal has raised an amazing record total of £22,129.37. Very well done to organisers Kevin Murray, Mike Openshaw and Ron Townley plus everyone who helped in many different ways.