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.

St Martin's Heritage Trust News

Forthcoming events

The following events are currently arranged or being planned:

  • Friday 13th October 2017: Illustrated talk by Brenda King, Chair of The Textiles Society.
  • Weekend 3rd-5th November 2017: Arts and Heritage Weekend

For more details please see below or use our Contact Us page or telephone 0161 449 5299.

3rd-5th November 2017: Arts and Heritage Weekend

As we continue to celebrate 150 years of worship on the site of St Martin's Church, we have an Arts and Heritage weekend.

On Friday evening, 3rd November, in the Parish Hall at 7.30 we have a concert – cafe style - with refreshments and drinks available. The Cantus Bravura choir will entertain us with songs of yesteryear, both before and after the "Conversation with Margot". Margot Comer will reminisce on her life in Marple and at St. Martin's Vicarage, when her father, Rev. Harry Simmonds was Priest here in the late 1930s to early 1950s. She knew Fanny Marion Hudson. We hope listeners will join in with their memories too. Donations towards the evening will be welcomed.

On Saturday from 10.00-4.00 and Sunday 12.00-4.00 the church will be open for visitors to see artworks relating to Rev. Ann's recently completed tapestry. She based her design on an unused design for one of the windows by Christopher Whall, and invited a number of groups and individuals to interpret that design in different media– silk, threads, paint and paper. The completed works will be on display, together with displays by the Heritage Trust and other local organisations.

Drinks, cakes and biscuits will be available during each day.

Friday 13th October 2017: Illustrated talk by Brenda King, Chair of The Textiles Society.

Brenda is an expert on Victorian textiles and particularly interested in the work of John Sedding, the principal architect involved in the design of St Martin's Church following the death of his elder brother Edmund Sedding who had received the original commission from Mrs Ann Hudson.

The talk will be entitled "Stitch and Stone-Architects and Embroidery in the Gothic Revival Era" and promises to be a very interesting evening.

The talk will begin at 7.30pm, admission is £5 (on the door) and will include refreshments.

Read more: Friday 13th October 2017: Illustrated talk by Brenda King, Chair of The Textiles Society.

Flower Festival at St Martin's Low Marple

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.

Read more: Flower Festival at St Martin's Low Marple

Flower Festival to mark 150 years of worship on Brabyns Brow

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of worship on the site of St Martin's Church. The original services were held in a temporary building whilst the present church was being built and one of the events which are planned for this year is a Flower Festival to be held from Thursday 15 June until Sunday 18 June 2017. The theme of the Festival will be Arts and Crafts and the flower arrangements will be planned and completed by members of the Romiley Floral Art Guild.

The Heritage Trust will be supporting the event: the final programme has now been released and it promises to be one of the highlights of the year:

Read more: Flower Festival to mark 150 years of worship on Brabyns Brow

Further Information

For further information about the Trust, please contact: Michael Newton, 45 Clement Road, Marple Bridge, Stockport SK6 5AG. Phone (home) 0161 449 5299. or use our Contact Us page.

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