Today the park hosted the 3rd Annual Treasure Hunt organised in partnership with estate agent Julian Wadden and it was a delight to see so many children and families enjoying the park.

Task day volunteers...

We had a great turnout from local volunteers too, who focused mainly on dead-heading daffodils and weeding and tidying the main flowerbeds, the sensory garden and the war memorial beds. In addition, we began extending the war memorial bed borders and added loads of new plants donated by local residents Les and Jean White.

Work was also done to remove green algae from stonework and benches and the usual litter-pick.

Park users said thank you by dropping money into our collection bucket, this time to the tune of just over £37.


3rd Family Treasure Hunt organised by Julian Wadden

The third Family Treasure Hunt ran from 11am to 2pm and was aimed at 3 to 10 year olds with parents, grandparents or carers assisting as needed. There were two sets of clues, one for ages 3-5 years and the other for 6-10 years. Children hunted for clues to answer questions that would reveal the information needed to open the Treasure Chest for a share of the booty. Everyone who completed the hunt took away a fist full of chocolate gold pieces!

The Treasure Hunt was even busier and better supported than last year, thanks mainly to the hard work of volunteer Di Jackson.

It was a FREE EVENT but there were collection buckets for donations and some fabulous raffle prizes donated by local businesses. The event programme was sponsored by local businesses too.

The event today raised a grand total of £1,450 for the park.

Raffle takings and donations on the day amounted to £435 and when added to the £1,015 in sponsorship from local businesses the event raised a magnificent total of £1,450. Friends of the Park would like to say a huge thank you to Julian Wadden Estate Agents for organising this event with us and the following local businesses for their fantastic support:

Programme Sponsors:

£100 Sponsor: DJS Research. £50 Sponsor: The Rolling Pin. £30 Sponsors: A.C.M. Financial Services Ltd, Angkor Soul Cambodian Cafe, Brabyns Preparatory School, Hatters Arms Public House, HB Printing, Helen Winterson, John Oldham Plastering, Jones Law Partnership, Kathy's Caterpillars Childcare, LSA Technology, Malcolm Shaw & Son Ltd, Marple Co-Op, Marple Drama, Marple Health Shop, Marple Local History Society, Marple Physio, Marple SPAR at Rose Hill, Marple Veterinary Centre, Rhodes and Partners, Ridings Opticians, Roger Fisher Opticians, Rope Race, S Duddy Roofing Contractors & Merchants, Samuel Oldknow Bar, Shop Local Club Card, Torevell Calvert (Accountants), Trek 'n' Travel, Whiting and Mason. £25 Sponsor: The Springfield Hotel.

Raffle Prize Donors: All Things Nice, Chocabean Chocolate Creations, Cloudberry Cafe, Co-Op Travel, Costa Coffee Marple, Duncan & Denise Newsagents, Harmony Decor, Gosling Toymaster, G.R. Yeates Ltd, Littlewoods Butchers, Lower Dale Equestrian Centre / Magpie Cottages, Marple Co-Op, Marple Golf Club, Marple Physio, Nitrotek Ltd, Northern Souls Barber Shop, Ring o' Bells Public House, Ruby Blue Boutique, Samuel Oldknow Bar, Semitone Studios, Sew-In, Marple, Simon Dunn Chocolatier, SVC Lighting and Electrical, Swizzels, Target Fitness, Marple, The Bookshop (Marple) Ltd, The Hound Dog Grooming Spa, Wyevale Garden Centre, Marple.

Thank you to everyone for supporting your local community park!