Defibrillator Refresher Training

I am booking the First Anniversary Defibrillator “Refresher” Course for anyone who is interested in taking part.

 The provisional date is Wednesday, 9th October, in the evening, at Marbury Village Hall.

 Would you please let me know, a.s.a.p., if you would like to attend – or if this date is not convenient.

 Thank you!

Janet Makin

Marbury Harvest Supper


Our Harvest Supper this year will be on Monday, 30th September in the Village Hall – doors open at 7 pm with supper served at 7.30 pm.   The ticket price of £8 (£4 for children) will include Cottage Pie and Fruit Crumble (bring your own drinks), and after supper David Fisher will be conducting the auction for us. Please bring fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, marmalade, jams, cakes etc – and any small household or other items in good condition!

We will also have a “Donation Table” – gifts of long-life food, such as tinned or dried goods, or packets will be gratefully received, and will be donated to the Whitchurch Food Bank as our Harvest Gift.

Tickets are available from Diana (663738), Jane (662910), and Carol (663087) – please get your tickets as soon as possible to help with catering arrangements !



The 40th Marbury Merry Days on the weekend of Saturday & Sunday, 11th & 12th May, promises to be the best ever !

This popular and traditional two-day country fair is a truly family event with all proceeds going towards the upkeep of St. Michael’s Church, which overlooks Marbury Mere.  Merry Days is held on the field which adjoins both the churchyard and the mere – an absolutely beautiful and typically English setting.

This year’s main attraction will be the popular re-enactment group The Sealed Knot, with skirmishes and loud cannon fire on Saturday, and a children’s army, marching and skirmish displays on Sunday, in addition to their Living History camp on the field.

Saturday will also see the Glo* Dance & Cheer Troupe performing in the Main Ring, children from Wrenbury School giving a display of Maypole Dancing on the Church Terrace, and performances by the Farndon & District Brass Band.

The Fun Dog Show and Dog & Terrier Racing will both take place on Sunday with entries on the day for both events – £1 per entry for the Dog Show from 12 noon on the Church Terrace, free entry for the Racing.

The delightful Pinxton Puppets will be with us again – as popular with adults as with their younger audience ! – and they’ll give three shows each day. Other attractions include bouncy castles, a floral display and organ music in the Church, model aircraft flying, a children’s activity area, classic cars, side shows, Craft & Gift Fair marquees and trade stands.  Refreshments are available from the Tea Tent, Bacon Bap stall and Ice Cream stand.

Gates open at 12.30 pm.   Admission is £5 for adults, £1 for children under 16 (free if with an adult). Dogs are welcome.  Car parking at own risk is free.

Marbury village (SY13 4LN) is 3 miles north of Whitchurch, Shropshire, and further information is available on the website – – or contact Richard Sheard on 01948 663087 or 07778 604470.

Marbury Coffee & Chat

Coffee and Chat

We are meeting at The Swan in Marbury

on Thursday May 2nd at 10.30a.m.

All our community are welcome to come and have a coffee and see friends and neighbours. It is a great way to get to know everyone in the lovely environment of the Swan.

We look forward to seeing you.



What a wonderful plug for “Storytime”, these two children eagerly waiting to be allowed in.  If you would like YOUR children to become involved in storytime, every First Tuesday in the month at 6:30, please contact Veronica Tele: 01948 663758 Email: NB: Please try to avoid contacting Veronica on Mondays. Thank you.

Merry Days Tea Tent – Appeal

Marbury Merry Days Tea tent

As always the tea tent will gladly welcome any cakes, buns and scones that people make. If there is a problem getting them to the field then please call me and I can collect.

We would also be grateful of any help serving the teas and cakes so, if you feel you can offer any time over the weekend, please call me and let me know what suits you.

More hands make light work – and help that queue!

Ursula Stoddart (01948 666109) 

Marbury WI November AGM

President Beryl Fletcher welcomed members to Marbury WI’s AGM on 14th November, and confirmed meetings of Healthy Eating group on 6th December and the Book Club on the 12th.  The Walking Group will tour Chester on Monday 27thNovember, and the Group Carol Service will be at St. Mary’s Church, Nantwich, on 4th December.  The AGM started with Secretary Lynn Horton’s annual report, mentioning our varied and interesting speakers, the Bowls Team’s success, and fund-raising events including our very enjoyable 90th Birthday Tea Party.  Carol Love presented the Treasurer’s Report. Beryl then gave her President’s address, and in concluding she thanked Lynn for her hard work throughout the year, and all the members for their support.  Joint winners of the Competition Salver were Barbara Oakley and Carol Sheard.  Beryl was re-elected President for the coming year, and Barbara Oakley – on behalf of members – thanked her for a successful and enjoyable year.

Our speaker, the Rev. Lynne Morris, was one of the first lady vicars and set a very jolly tone for the evening with her anecdotes of various mishaps which she’d experienced during her Ministry – chiefly, as she put it, concerned with the “hatch, match and dispatch” services!  She kept us all thoroughly amused with tales such as the bride whose pet dog relieved itself on the long train of her beautiful dress just before she left for the church, and the groom whose mobile phone rang in the middle of the service – and he answered it!  Hilary Tucker gave the vote of thanks.  The competition was won by Barbara Oakley, and the raffle by Lynn Horton.


The next meeting will be on Tuesday 12th December – for information please contact Beryl Fletcher (01948 664889).

Marbury WI September Meeting

At the September meeting, President Beryl Fletcher announced that Kathy Johnson will be hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning  at her home on the Marbury Hall development on Friday 6th October from 11 am to 3 pm.  She also reminded members of the Marbury WI Coffee Morning at the Civic Centre on 20th October, and gave meeting dates for the various groups and activities.  The Walking Group will leave the Village Hall at 9.30 am on 26th September for a tow-path walk from Llangollen, and details were given of the visit to the British Ironworks Centre at Oswestry on 28th September.


Beryl then introduced Martin Wood, Shrewsbury’s Town Crier, who gave a history of town criers, and of his 32-year career in Shrewsbury.  The first Town Criers in England can be traced back to 1066 but Shrewsbury’s first Crier was appointed in 1295.  By the mid-1400s the Crier was also the Official Ale Taster and Deputy Executioner, as well as being in charge of the town Ducking Stool!  In the late 1700s there were more than 6,500 Town Criers in England – this number dwindled to 45 in 1980, but is now increasing with the current total at about 300.  Martin donned his splendid regalia and described his travels all over the world to various competitions and events.  He also demonstrated his Cry and rang the bell which had been made specifically for him to complement the pitch of his voice and the length of his forearm!  Yvette Openshaw thanked Martin for a fascinating insight into one of the great British traditions.  The competition was won by Stephanie Hockenhull, and the raffle by Mary Jones.


The next meeting at the village hall will be on 10th October when Isabel Large will talk about bee-keeping and honey production – for details contact Beryl Fletcher (01948 664889).

Vox Vocavit returns on 22nd October

Vox Vocavit

Following the  delightful service of Sung Evensong in May, at which the singing was provided by the wonderful Vox Vocavit, the choir has kindly agreed to sing Matins at Whitewell on 22nd October at the revised time of 11:30.  Later that day they are then going over to Marbury where they will be singing evensong, again at a revised time of 4:30pm.   The sung Matins at Whitewell will be followed by lunch in The Parish Rooms.  The menu will be Coronation Chicken or Salmon, a pud, a glass of wine and a coffee, all for the price of £12.  Lunch will be by TICKET ONLY which will be available from Carolyn Wort.