|At the last meeting of this gardening group we had a talk from Bob Wilson, an employee of Stockport Council.
He gave us an interesting, in-depth talk about people in by-gone times in Marple and their involvement in the start of the Memorial Park. He then spoke of the plants that grew well there and those that didn’t.
|On the 12th April we had a talk about the nurseries at Woodbank Park and will arrange a future visit.
We meet the Second Wednesday of each month at The Methodist Church Hall in Marple from 9.45 to 11.45. We have leaflets you can browse or buy, plants you can buy and lots of gardening talk from the experts-YOURSELVES.
It is a pity that this group meets on the morning of our General Meeting at High Lane.
It does, however, seem to be worth the effort to attend if you can find the time to do so.
thirty members travelled to Rochdale and made their first stop at the
original premises of the Rochdale Cooperative Pioneers who later
progressed to become The Cooperative Wholesale Society.
Here we were given an excellent presentation by Mrs Dorothy Greaves, about the founding and early development of the cooperative movement, which was followed by a tour of the museum. Mrs Greaves is one of two part time curators of the building and she addressed her subject with great enthusiasm.
Forgoing our usual coffee break, we next went over to the Town Hall, where another enthusiastic guide took us round the
19th century Gothic building.. It was erected in 1867 at a cost
of only 8 times the original estimate, included in that price was a
series of stained glass windows depicting English monarchs from
William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria.. This display of colourful
loyalty did nothing to entice Queen Victoria to visit when she was
invited by the councillors.
After lunch in the restaurant of the Town Hall, ably served by the staff we set off for Ashton and the Portland Canal Basin which is strategically placed at the junction of three major canals. In the 18th century it allowed access by barge to the rest of the country and to the coast. However, after 1840,
the importance of the interchange slowly declined as competition from the emerging railway system increased.
As well as displaying astonishing examples of early industrial achievements, there are many later exhibits of a domestic and social nature which raised nostalgic memories for many of us.
We missed our afternoon tea because the Café was closed for stocktaking.
This was a good day out, informative to those who went and rewarding for the efforts of our organisers. Many Thanks
Vice Chairman John McCartney
Secretary Doreen Scotte
Treasurer Steve Reynolds
Membership Secretary Margaret McDermott General Committee Marlene Brookes, Ida Butler, Grace Shaw Mike Snape, Ken Bentley