St Martin's Low Marple Heritage Trust Archive
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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 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.
Each year the Trustees prepare a brief summary of the work undertaken by the Trustees to the St Martin's Church Parish Annual Meeting. The 2016 report is included below. A full report together with the full financial statement will be posted here when it is filed with the Charity Commission.
In 2016 we completed the restoration of the Christopher Whall painting in the Lady Chapel ("Our lady of the Goyt") thanks to a very generous donation from one of our Friends. We held a viewing of the painting in Church on Saturday 26th November when coffee and biscuits were served while people came to see the result of the first restoration and conservation project undertaken by the Heritage Trust.