Friday, 21 June 2013

National Civic Day - Marple Civic Society Events

This year the Civic Society will be in the Marple shopping precinct between 10-30am and 2-00pm on the 22nd June carrying out the National CivicWatch Survey. 

This year we have extended the survey to include two further questions on the theme of "what do you want for Marple?"

- one is about on our proposal to bid for HLF funds to carry out a project to mark the start of   World war 1,

- the second is about our campaign to include an independent study into traffic and pedestrian management in Marple centre as part of the new foodstore development on Chadwick Street car park.

We will also be taking part in the Marple Locks Heritage Society's festival in the Memorial Park on the 30th June to continue the Civic Day surveys.

Do come along and join us and to give us your views on these or any other issues for Marple.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Secretary of State Launches National Civic Day 2013

National Civic Day 2013 was officially launched on 10th June by Secretary of State Eric Pickles MP at a reception held at the House of Commons.
Marple Civic Society was one of eight Civic Society's from across the country invited to attend the event. The Society was represented by Gillian Postill, Alan Postill, Arthur Procter and the Society's patron Andrew Stunell MP.

Launching the event, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP said "Civic Day is a great time to take pride in our local communities and the neighbourhoods we love. Enthusiastic and enterprising people, like those involved in civic societies, are the backbone of those communities.”

Read our press release here
 Patron Andrew Stunell MP,
 Civic Voice Chair  Paula Ridley,
 co-ordinator Ian Harvey and
    Gillian and Alan Postill from
Marple Civic Sociey
Read Eric Pickles speech here 
Read the Civic Voice report on the event here

Photos by Arthur Procter

“Civic Day 2013 is our opportunity to shout about what Marple Civic Society does. We’ve put on two events this year to celebrate Civic Day. We hope many of you will visit our stall in Marple on the 22nd June and at the Locks Heritage Festival on the 30th June.  

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Notice of Speaker Meeting & Members' Evening

The Socieity has arranged the following two meetings for society members and members of the public:

30th July 2013 - Speaker meeting 4.00pm - 5.00pm
                        Harry Smith, local resident and student, will present his report and findings
                        from his Supermarket Study                         

                        Everyone is welcome - join us for refreshments at 3.40pm

10th Oct 2013 - Annual Members' Evening - 7.30pm - 9.30pm
                        Paul Hartley, Conservation Officer Stockport MBC, will give a presentation
                        on Marple Local Listing. The project is in the final stages and is expected 
                        to be completed in time for the presentation.                         
                        There are many buildings and structures that reflect Marple's history and
                        heritage that do not fulfill the criteria for statutory listing.
                        Local listing is one way of providing some protection for these buildings.

Both meetings will be held in the upstairs meeting room of Marple Library.

Join us if you can, for what promises to be two interesting and informative meetings. We look forward to seeing you.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Marple Area Committee Report 5th June 2013

A report on the Marple Area Committee meeting on the 5th June 2013 can be viewed here

For past reports see 'Marple Area Committee Reports' under NEWS ITEMS

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Committee Meeting Minutes 28th May 2013

Committee Meeting Minutes for 28th May 2013 can be viewed here

HLF Bid "Marple and the Great War - 100 Years On"

The Heritage Lottery Fund has made available funding for projects to mark the start of World War 1.

The Civic Society is proposing to make a bid for funding to set up an interactive database to tell the story of the Marple people, including civilians, who took part and the impact on Marple to the present day.

The project will be led by Peter Clarke supported by Jon Bintliff, Sue Ingham and Alan Postill.  Members who feel they would like to help or who would like to know more about the project please contact any member of the project team.

Revealing Oldknow's Legacy - Heritage Lottery Fund 2nd Stage Application Submitted

The 2nd stage application has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) "Revealing Oldknow's Legacy"

The  bid is supported by a detailed Conservation Management Plan and Activity Plan.

Oldknow’s legacy is important in many ways. It is an example of how a man of modest origins could become a leader in commercial and industrial life at the end of the 18th century. Oldknow can be said to be the founder of Marple as we know it today. 

The project will focus not only on conservation work of important physical structures but will tell the story of great social, industrial and commercial changes that can be linked to Oldknow’s career.

The bid is strong and we are optimistic but we must wait until September before we know if it is successful in securing £1.5 million - then the work begins and will take 3 years to complete.