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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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Following delays caused by the pandemic, Friends of Oldknows Lime Kilns (FOLK) can now confirm that they've been awarded grants from the Association of Industrial Archaeologists (AIA), Historic England and Stockport Council to finally undertake this work after more than 50 years.
Marple Station is now host to a superb new ‘Save The Bees’ display from Year Five at Mellor School. It can be viewed whenever the waiting room on the Manchester platform is open and is part of wider efforts by Friends of Marple Station to encourage bees and other wildlife at the station.
The children decided to look at the direct link between bees, pollination, the food on our plates and biodiversity. They found the UK bee population has shrunk by a third the last decade, due to habitat loss, climate change, intensive farming and pesticides.
Stockport Hydro Ltd is delighted to announce that £7,600, raised through the sale of renewable energy and donations by members, has been donated to 16 diverse environmental and educational projects locally.
Thankfully this year it was possible to hold an awards ceremony at the Hydro once again and the weather certainly played ball, enabling Arthur Procter to take some wonderful photos.
The outstanding community spirit of three Marple volunteers was acknowledged by the Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Adrian Nottingham, and representatives of the council during an awards ceremony in Stockport Town Hall Council Chambers on Monday 28 March 2022.
Local residents Kevin Murray, Phil Cooke and Mark Whittaker were each nominated for a Mayoral Award in recognition of their personal contributions to the Borough of Stockport by local councillors.
Designs to improve the layout of the site have been drawn up by John Thorpe to include a beginner and balance bike friendly loop of small rolling features. Fundraising is well underway with £600 raised by young local cyclist Jacob Jackson and a £500 donation from The Marple Website.
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.