Owing to continued lockdowns, we have decided to postpone our ‘Year of William Morris’ to 2022. In 2021, the main event will, we hope, be our participation in the nationwide event, the Heritage Open Days in September. We will, we hope, be able to open the church as in former years, with plenty of information available about our artistic heritage. The special national theme this year is food, under the title ‘Edible Britain’, and we are hoping to mount a small exhibition about food shops in Marple over the years.
Meanwhile, we intend to host a number of Zoom talks in order to keep Friends in touch. See below for details:
Zoom talk: ‘The Art of Garnishing Churches’
Friday 29 January at 7pm
In recent years St Martin’s Low Marple has made a brave show at Christmas with its Christmas Tree Festival. Not this year, alas, owing to the pandemic. But we can perhaps compensate to a small degree by looking back in history. This short Zoom talk (with pictures) provides a glimpse of how St Martin’s and other local churches decorated themselves for Christmas in the closing years of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th. “Garnishing” churches was a well-developed art, and also offered opportunities for community involvement, not least between hopeful young ladies and eligible curates.
By Anthony Burton
Zoom talk: Two Angelic Salutations
Friday 26 March 2021 at 7pm
St Martin’s contains two representations of ‘The Annunciation’ (when the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary she would give birth to Jesus Christ): a stained glass window by William Morris, and a painting (recently restored) by Christopher Whall. This session provides the art-historical, religious and cultural background to these works of art.
By Dr Geoff Brammall and Anthony Burton
and she will send out the necessary Zoom links shortly before the meeting.
Zoom Talk: ‘A Tapestry of Flowers’
Friday 28 May 2021 at 7pm
Talk: ‘The Ghent Altarpiece’
St Martin’s contains a small reproduction of the world-famous altarpiece, ‘The Adoration of the Lamb’, in Ghent Cathedral, Belgium. Barbara Hodskinson will explain the rich symbolism of this complex work of art.
Owing to the continued pandemic restrictions, this talk, originally scheduled for 16 July 2021, has been postponed. It will be re-scheduled later this year when the situation has become clearer. Watch this space.
Heritage Open Days
Friday 10 September 2021, 2.00 – 6.00 pm;
Saturday 11 September 2021, 10.00 – 3.00 pm.
The church will be open with plentiful information. It is hoped that refreshments can be served. There will be a small exhibition on ‘Edible Marple’, surveying how food shops and cafes have offered physical sustenance to Marple through the years, while St Martin’s has provided (we hope) spiritual sustenance.
All being well, a normal programme of events will be resumed in 2022.