St Martin's Low Marple Heritage Trust News and Events
This section of the web site is for details of future events, reports on past events and news concerning St Martin's Low Marple Heritage Trust and other matters relating to the church's history and heritage.
Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September:
Our programme for the National Heritage Open Weekend is now finalised. The theme for the weekend is "Extraordinary Women" and the programme starts on Friday 14th September with an illustrated lecture by Dr Geoff Brammall on Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th Century German mystic, philosopher, composer and writer.
The programme continues on Saturday between 1000 and 1600 with exhibitions in the Church and Hall, guided tours and walks, organ playing and bell ringing. Children are well catered for with opportunities to meet "Miss Hudson" and to dress in period children's costume (2-4pm), together with an art activity trail in Church. On Sunday the Church and Hall are open 1200-1600 with exhibitions, tours and organ playing.
We are particularly pleased this year as part of the Open Weekend to have a special exhibition of embroidery by Mary Harrison, a doyen of embroidery in Cheshire and the North West and a well-known teacher and judge at local shows. Mary uses a wide variety of embroidery techniques to produce exquisite work using both traditional and modern designs. She rarely exhibits her work and this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy her beautiful pieces of work.
Other exhibitions over the weekend include Guiding in Marple (the founder of Guiding in Marple in 1913 is buried in St Martin's Churchyard), the Brabyns Hall Hospital, and Women of Marple after WW1.
Light refreshments will be available in the Hall over the weekend.
The Trustees are appointed on fixed terms and a number will be stepping down over the next 1-2 years on completion of 2 terms since the Trust was founded in 2014. The Trustees are therefore looking to appoint new Trustees to take on the running of what has become a very vibrant and successful charitable trust. If you would be interested in becoming a Trustee and want to find out more about what it entails please contact Michael Newton, the Treasurer of the Trust for further details.
We will be starting our programme of openings on Saturday mornings from Saturday 31 March 2018 until Saturday 27 October 2018 from 1030-1230.
The Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2016 were approved by the Trustees at its meeting on 25 July 2017 and can be viewed here. The Charity Commission Annual Return has also been filed.
After 9 months of planning and preparation, Romiley Floral Art Guild led by chairman David Mason 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 included works by Chelsea Flower Show medal winners and reflected 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.