2017 was a record-breaking year for the newly formed Marple Poppy Appeal Team and an amazing sum of over £15,000 was raised for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.
2018 is an extra special year for the Poppy Appeal across the country as it is the Centenary of the End of WWI. The Marple Team are working even harder to build on last year's success.
198 local men from Marple, Marple Bridge, Mellor, Compstall and High Lane lost their lives serving their country during WWI and so this year, the 100th anniversary of its end, the Marple Poppy Appeal Team will be putting up 198 Street Poppies on lampposts throughout the area in their memory. All Street Poppies will carry individual names, which we believe may be unique to Marple.
This follows on from the success of last year's campaign, when 46 Street Poppies were erected on local lampposts to commemorate the men killed in 1917. This inspired Stockport Council to promote the idea across the borough for 2018 and this year Marple Area Committee are kindly supporting our efforts to commemorate the loss of men throughout the District of Marple.
As last year, we are looking for local businesses and individuals to sponsor these Street Poppy tributes. All sponsors will be mentioned in local media. Please contact us if you would like take part.
In addition we are starting a new campaign called “Who was I?” to encourage local people to find out a little bit about these men. There will be “Who was I?” cards available in various locations each with the name of one of the above men. Inside there are a few simple questions for you to research. The answers to these may be found on the Friends of the Park's inspirational “Time Line” in Marple Memorial Park, from the book "Remembered" available in the Heritage Section of Marple Library, or on the web site More Than a Name, which gives details about WWI soldiers lost across Stockport.
The aim is to help people understand that these men are not just names on a monument in the park. They are a vital link to the history of the Marple area and the “Who was I?” campaign will hopefully provide a simple opportunity to connect with the past and maybe learn something special about the men and their association with the Marple area.
We hope this will be a thought-provoking activity and a great educational opportunity for local schools, to do on your own or with friends and family.
As well as the above we are also arranging a Remembrance Art Exhibition, which The Society of Marple Artists has kindly agreed to support. The exhibition will be held in Marple Library during the first week of November and admission will be free.
We are confident that the art on show will be thought provoking; well worth seeing and not to be missed. Opening times will be published nearer the time.
At Remembrance Time many people want wreaths but often leave it too late to order one and so end up disappointed. If you would like a wreath for your group, organisation, business or for personal use please contact us for details of the various types of wreaths that are available.
We expect this year to be very busy as we commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 and we are therefore looking for additional volunteers to help man our stands at Asda and Marple (Wyevale) Garden Centre. So if you can spare an hour or two in the first week in November and you are interested in joining our volunteer group, then please apply to help.
If you would like more information about the Street Poppies, Who was I? Campaign, The Remembrance Art Exhibition, Poppy Wreaths or Volunteering please contact The Marple Poppy Appeal Team via:
Marple Poppy Appeal Team
Kevin Murray, Mike Openshaw and Ron Townley
Read more about the successful 2017 Marple Poppy Appeal.