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Mellor painter Richard Leng undertakes ambitious project for local causes

By Louise Robertson on Saturday, 16 September, 2017

Back in last year’s winter edition of the Review we wrote about an unusual way for a person to raise much needed funds for Mellor Village Centre, St. Thomas’ Church and its chosen charities (Wellspring, St. Anne’s Hospice, Medicins sans Frontieres and the Bible Society).

Textile Journeys

By Avril Marsh on Wednesday, 05 April, 2017

Margie Jenkins is one of three guest teachers at this April’s ‘Textile Journeys’ at Mellor Parish Centre, an event that regularly attracts textile artists from far beyond the locality. As president of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles, Margie has considerable expertise and will be teaching a workshop on colonial knots with beading. Margie’s own textile journey began in California, where she was born and bred: she cannot remember a time she didn't stitch - embroidery, knitting, tatting, patchwork - along with the other women in her family. Her style defies categorisation, her approach is eclectic. “I am as happy tackling an intricate north country quilt as splashing paint over fabric for a contemporary design,” she says, “traditional, modern, for banner or cushion, I enjoy the whole spectrum, and I always have something on the go. Even when I am travelling - to see my family in California, or on Guild visits here, I pack what I’m going to stitch before what I’m going to wear.”

Marple residents urged to take part in project

By on Wednesday, 05 April, 2017

Marple residents are being urged to take part in an ‘oral history’ project and have their reminiscences of three of the town’s most important historical sites recorded for posterity.

Bell ringers visit to Big Ben

By Tim Lowe on Monday, 21 November, 2016

As well as ringing the bell, every week the Mellor Church bellringers wind-up the clock so an invitation from local MP William Wragg to visit Big Ben was warmly welcomed.

Cast iron motif arrives back home

By Avril Marsh on Tuesday, 04 October, 2016

For more than a century this elaborate cast iron motif adorned the Victorian platform at Marple railway station, then in the 1970 modernisation, it was destined for scrap. But Percy Moyes, a passenger from Mellor, asked the demolition men to cut this feature from its framework and - nearly 50 years later - it has just come back to Marple station via Aberystwyth, brought by John Oldham, a friend of Percy’s son, Anthony, since boyhood.

Marple’s Green Belt under threa

By on Sunday, 25 September, 2016

The aim of the Green Belt is to form a barrier to prevent urban spread, so creating areas where countryside is preserved for agriculture, forestry and outdoor recreation. Around Marple large areas of Green Belt have helped to preserve the feel of a country town but all this could be about to change.

Frank writes family memoir

By Avril Marsh on Monday, 27 June, 2016

Frank Pleszak’s dad was Polish. He settled here after the war, married and raised a family. After his death, Frank, who lives in Mellor, began researching a family memoir.

Mellor Open Gardens - popular as ever

By Tim Lowe on Monday, 27 June, 2016

The seventh Mellor Open Gardens (affectionately referred to as MOG) held at the end of May proved as popular as ever attracting over 1000 visitors.

Mellor Community Choir sing at the Royal Albert Hall

By Tim Lowe on Tuesday, 15 March, 2016

The Last Night of the Proms is one of the most iconic scenes in the music world and the ladies of the Mellor Community Choir were delighted to be given the chance to recreate part of this patriotic occasion in a concert for Cancer UK held at the Royal Albert Hall.

Harriet Curtis Lowe’s recently-published book, Where the Streams Meet

By Avril Marsh on Monday, 29 February, 2016

The book is autobiographical, her love story. A second layer is Harriet’s personal quest to develop and determine her own spirituality, diary-like, sometimes soul-baring. There is also a glimpse of her tour of duty with the RAF in Afghanistan.