Welcome from Friends of Marple Memorial Park
"Friends of Memorial Park" are a group of local people whose aim is to provide opportunities for community members to improve and promote the use, awareness and care of facilities within Marple Memorial Park in order to make the park a welcoming, safe and enjoyable environment for all. To better understand our aims and objectives take a look at our Constitution. To discover more about our recent activities browse our minutes of meetings and Task Day galleries and to learn more about our projects and successes, use the links at the top of this page. If you'd like to get involved and support our efforts in any way please come along to one of our task days or meetings, or get in touch using the contact details on this site.
100th Birthday Treasure Hunt: 23 July 2022
The 6th Family Treasure Hunt in Marple Memorial Park
Following a 2 year gap Friends of the Park relaunched their Family Treasure Hunt to celebrate and commemorate 100 years since the park was dedicated to the community.
The Treasure Hunt was aimed at 3 to 11 year-olds with parents, grandparents or carers to assist as needed. The children hunted for clues and letters to reveal the two word phrase "Historical Pageant" that would open the Treasure Chest for a share of the booty. 223 programmes were handed out to an estimated 300+ children (many shared and did it together) and almost 8kg of chocolate coins were distributed to successful Treasure Hunters who returned with the answer. Almost everyone got it, so we'll have to make it harder next year!
Against expectations after a two-year break due to the pandemic, and the current financial climate, the 2022 Family Treasure Hunt has shattered previous records with an amazing total of £3,957 raised for the park. This was made up of £1,268 takings on the day from raffle, cake sale, face-painting and donations (including another £70 from The Coffee Bean Dream), plus £2,532 of sponsorship and £157 of income from booklets and handmade cards. Our costs were £286, mainly made up of Face Painting, which was sponsored by Hawk Green CC, and Chocolate Coins (partly sponsored by Julian Wadden). The balance of £3,671 will be added to the £10k already ring-fenced for Outdoor Exercise Equipment in the park.
Brass Bands of MARPLE: 100th Birthday Picnic in the Park:
Sunday 24 July 2022 between 2pm and 4pm
The Marple Band and Hawk Green Band will be helping the community celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of Marple Memorial Park on Sunday 24 July between 2pm and 4pm.
The event will be similar to the very successful 2018 concert in the park, which was blessed with glorious weather as you can see in the poster image below. We hope this event celebrating the park's centenary will have the benefit of the sunshine too but the Senior Citizens' Hall is booked just in case the British summer doesn't play ball.
Celebrating the Park's importance to our Community
Two local Primary Schools, All Saints' Marple and St. Mary's in Marple Bridge, have designed and built a school garden in Marple Memorial Park as part of the commemorations of the 100th Anniversary of the park being dedicated to the local community.
This exciting new project, funded by a “Magic Little Grant” from Localgiving and Postcode Neighbourhood Trust and an Environmental Challenge Award from Stockport Hydro, presents schools and pupils with an opportunity to gain invaluable, hands-on experience in the horticultural and gardening world. It's intended that the project will make a difference in Marple, bringing the community together after the devastating impact of the COVID pandemic and create a legacy for future projects involving more local schools.
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Friends of Memorial Park's 50-50 Club latest Draw Winners
The latest draw of the Friends of Marple Memorial Park 50-50 Club has been made and the lucky winners announced.
To date £7,167 has been awarded in prizes and a similar amount allocated to Park Funds, so this is a great way to support the volunteers who look after our wonderful park.
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There is still time to subscribe before the next draw deadline at the end of the month, so please read more about how you can support the Friends of the Park and be in with a chance to win a cash prize each month too!