WHAT IS THE MARPLE BRIDGE ASSOCIATION
Marple Bridge Association was established to promote the interests of the people who live or work in Marple Bridge and to make Marple Bridge as an attractive environment for residents, workers and visitors alike.
The Association organises various events including the summer street party and winter wonderland as well as events like the back to school walk. They provide and maintain all the flowers , baskets and planters as part of bridge in bloom and maintain the peace garden. We get no funding or help from the council to do this and our annual bill for this is close to £2000. We also refurbished the phone box on Lower Fold and installed a public access defibrilator which we maintain throughout the year. We have also helped groups put defibrillators in Compstall, Ludworth Primary School and Marple and are currently helping other local groups do the same. Anyone who has ideas or could help fund these projects please get in touch.
REMODELLING OF PEACE GARDEN
The MBA proposes to start remodelling and redesigning the Peace Garden during 2021, any offers of help or donations to the project would be greatly appreciated.
PHOTOGRAPHS NEEDED FOR 2022 CALENDAR & MARPLE BRIDGE POSTCARDS
We are looking for people to send us photographs they have taken throughout the year in and around Marple Bridge, whether it be people, buildings or landscapes. The committee will then look through them with a view to including the best ones in next years MBA calendar and postcards.
WHAT’S HAPPENING DURING LOCKDOWN
The MBA committee meet monthly, virtually at the moment. We thought you might appreciate an update on what we are working on currently.
Usually we’d be getting the wheels in motion for our summer event but that’s looking like a no go for obvious reasons. We’re very much hoping to run Winter Wonderland again on the first Saturday in December. We’ll keep you updated.
We had a great response to the online Christmas message from Father Christmas and our collaboration with the Rotary Club getting Santa out and about in the community was very well received. Thanks to everyone who supported the initiative and we hope to repeat it again this year.
The winter planting out on Town Street took place in November and we’re now getting quotes for the summer plants. Sadly there won’t be hanging baskets this year as it costs us nearly £2,000 for the plants and watering over the summer. Funding usually comes from the events we host which of course haven’t taken place. We don’t get funding from the council except for the odd ad-hoc grant from the Area Committee. We’re hoping to revamp the ‘Peace Garden’ so we’d welcome ideas from any local landscape gardeners.
We’re also toying with the idea of a local calendar and/or postcard collection and will be asking amateur photographers to submit their entries in due course.
And finally, we are delighted to see that Marple Bridge Stores and Post Office has reopened and once again serving the local community.
Stay safe and healthy everyone.
The MBA Committee
The committee we have is a fantastic group of individuals both young and not so young, for any committee to remain strong it always needs new members and new ideas. If anyone fancies getting involved on the committee, helping with the flowers and peace garden in the village or even has some ideas about future potential events or ideas for the village please get in touch. It isnt onerous and is a lot of fun at times. Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved firstname.lastname@example.org 07968985569.
Bridge in Bloom
During Lock down a large part of our committee had to self isolate, plus the growers were locked down with our hanging baskets so we were unable to put up the baskets this year.
After help from the community we decided to plant up the planters and the peace garden and various businesses and residents offered to keep them watered during the summer.
We think what we have manage to create on a limited budget is still something the village can be proud of.
Hopefully next year we can get back to some normality.
We have also recently planted up the winter plants and plan to overhaul the peace garden in 2021 as some of the supporting timbers and barrels are coming to the end of their life.
LINKS TO OTHER LOCAL GROUPS