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Rusty plays golden role in family business

Monday, 16 April, 2018

Meet Rusty, a Golden Labrador who plays a key role in the family business.

Deeds not words for new community organisation

Sunday, 15 April, 2018

Hot on the heels of its launch on International Women’s Day, Equality Matters Marple put on its first free event in Marple.

The brand new community organisation hosted a member of the parliamentary education team as part of their celebrations of a century since some women got the vote.

Marple Festival of Sport Saturday 14th - Sunday 22nd April

Thursday, 12 April, 2018

Marple Festival of Sport Saturday 14th - Sunday 22nd April

Make Marple Plastic Free

By Matthew Corrigan on Tuesday, 10 April, 2018

An ambitious project to reduce the use of plastic water bottles could see Marple blaze an environmental trail.

Cobden Cross Appeal

By Helen Rogers on Tuesday, 10 April, 2018

Churches Together Marple are hard at work fund-raising to reach the £25,000 needed to replace the storm-damaged cross on Cobden Edge above Mellor and Marple. The current T-shaped structure will be replaced with a new, stronger cross built to much better withstand the exposed conditions at the Cobden Edge location. Over £10,000 has been raised so far, from fund-raising events and donations by individuals and groups. The cross is not just a religious symbol; it has been a familiar landmark in the area since 1970 and is missed by many people from all areas of the community, not just by churchgoers. The reasons are varied for just why the cross means such a lot to different people, as shown by these comments: “When it is impossible for us to get to the funeral of someone we know, we go to the Cross and think about the good times shared with that person.” “Although not religious, we hold dear that the Cross is there for us.” Since the original cross was erected in 1970, there has been an annual walk to the Cross on Good Friday, with stops along the way for singing and prayer. The 2018 Walk to Cobden Cross is on Friday 30 March and will start at 5.30pm from the car park at Linnet Clough Scout Camp. All ages and dogs (on a lead) are welcome. There are several ways to donate to the Cobden Cross Appeal: Online at Send a cheque payable to “The PCC of All Saints’ Marple”, write Cobden Cross Appeal on the back of the cheque and post it to Cobden Cross Appeal, All Saints’ Church Office, 155, Church Lane, Marple, SK6 7LD. Indicate if you are able to Gift Aid and include your address, so a form can be sent for you to complete. If you would like to arrange a fund-raising event, please email Marian Thompson at or phone her on 0161 427 7254

Thumbs up for The Northumberland Arms

By Diane Inglis on Tuesday, 10 April, 2018

The Northumberland Arms, known affectionately as The Thumb, is back open for business, but instead of being under the control of a brewery, it is now owned by more than 200 dedicated supporters who went more than the extra mile to keep it open.

High Lane Chocolatier visits Ghana to see first-hand where it all begins.

Tuesday, 10 April, 2018

The name Simon Dunn needs no introduction to chocolate lovers in the area and first opened its doors nearly twenty years ago.Today, the company operates from premises in High Lane where Simon, together with wife, Anne, children, Oliver and Camilla and a highly-skilled team produce a wide range of quality chocolates that are sold all over the country.

Amanda and Alison are kindred spirits in rescue team

Tuesday, 03 April, 2018

Kindred spirits in Kinder Mountain Rescue Team are Amanda Howlett and Alison Aldridge, two of five female hill team volunteers in this 50-strong squad. Their wish ‘to give something back’ means they don’t mind the 24/7, 365 commitment, their love of energetic outdoor sport keeps them at peak fitness, they enjoy the camaraderie and hope their example will encourage more women to join. Amanda, a solicitor, and Alison, an account manager, welcome the contrast to their desk-based professions and their rucksacks are always ready, heavy with personal hill kit, plus casualty shelter, sleeping bag, radio, signalling flares, stretcher and basic medical supplies.

Jessie the life changing labrador

By Avril Marsh on Tuesday, 03 April, 2018

“My life depends on her,” says Christine Wright from High Lane. She’s talking about a three-year-old Labrador, and she’s not exaggerating, because Jessie is her hearing dog. Christine started to lose her hearing in her teens, and is now quite deaf. Lip reading and hearing aids help, but Jessie makes all the difference.

Society of Marple Artists Celebrates Gold

Tuesday, 03 April, 2018

The Society of Marple Artists (SMA) began in 1968 when a small group of enthusiastic amateur artists started meeting at one of their houses. Today it has grown to a membership of around one hundred artists of varying skill and experience levels.