St Martin's Low Marple Heritage Trust
St Martin’s Low Marple Heritage Trust exists to preserve and make known the artistic heritage of St Martin’s church, a Church of England church in Marple, which lies within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport in the Greater Manchester area.
St Martin’s is a parish church in the liberal Catholic tradition of the Church of England. It was founded in 1870 by a local family who, influenced by the Oxford Movement and the ritual revival in the Church of England, wished to establish a church where Anglo-Catholic ceremonial would be observed. To create a worthy setting for this, the church employed prominent architects and designers over a period of fifty years. The church now stands as a treasury of work by artists in the English Arts and Crafts Movement. It is a Grade II* Listed Building, and thus of national significance. The Trust hopes to gain wider recognition of the artistic worth of the church, and to make it more accessible to the local community.
After 9 months of planning and preparation, Romiley Floral Art Guild led by chairman David Mason have produced a stunning display of floral arrangement to mark 150 years of worship at St Martin's Church on Brabyns Brow in Marple. The display includes works by Chelsea Flower Show medal winners and reflects the colours and natural materials used in the Arts and Craft movement of which St Martin's is a leading example in the North West.
The Festival is open today, Friday 16 June, until 1630, and then on Saturday from 1030 until 1630 and Sunday from 1200 until 1630. Here's just a small taster of what's on display: