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 defibrillator 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.
This years Winter Wonderland will take place on the 4th December. There will be the normal stalls, food and drink as well as entertainment from Marple Brass Band, The Pantonic All Stars and Stockport Morris Men as well as the local school choirs and Mellor Choir. Santa will be arriving at 1pm in his sleigh and will be in his grotto in Bridge Law thereafter. Tickets to see him will be limited and available to purchase on the day.
REMODELLING OF PEACE GARDEN
The MBA has now completed the remodeling of the Peace Garden and replanted it. We hope to have another bench there shortly, thanks to all those who helped with the project.
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 HAPPENED DURING LOCKDOWN
The MBA committee meet monthly, virtually at the moment. We thought you might appreciate an update on what we did during lockdown.
The summer street party did not go ahead due to Covid restrictions nor did the VE Day event at Compstall Cricket Club.
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 followed by the summer plants and remodeling of the peace garden. Sadly we could not do the hanging baskets as it costs us nearly £2,000 for the plants and watering over the previous 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 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.
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.
LINKS TO OTHER LOCAL GROUPS