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.


Watch Out ! Thieves About !

To the community on behalf of St. Michael’s Church.

It seems that thieves have stolen lead recently from St.Oswald’s, Malpas and St. Chad’s, Farndon – so we need to be vigilant! especially as we have now provided them with scaffolding to get up to the roof!!!!!

We need to be aware of any strangers we see around the village or vehicles etc.

With thanks…

Revd Veronica. xx

Marbury WI July Meeting

President Beryl Fletcher welcomed members and guests to the July meeting, reporting that the Marbury WI’s 90th Birthday Afternoon Tea had been very successful, and that our Craft Group’s entry to the Royal Cheshire Show had been awarded “Commended” in a category with over 25 entries from across the county.   The Bridge Beginners Group will meet for the first time in July, and the outing to Llandudno on the 17th August will replace our regular meeting.

Beryl then welcomed our speaker – Stephen Shakeshaft – who introduced us to “Chester Uncovered”.  Stephen is one of 30 registered Chester Tour Guides and took us on an illustrated “virtual tour” of the unknown parts of Chester and the stories behind them.  Among the many fascinating things which Stephen introduced us to was the Sedan Porch in Stanley Place – the only one in the north of the UK! – and the fact that the Cathedral Bell Tower was the first free-standing bell tower to be built in Europe since the middle ages.  Chester’s half-exposed Roman amphitheatre was the largest in Britain, holding 7,000 spectators, and in medieval times Chester was one of only five ports in the whole of Britain allowed to import wine.  With our heads reeling with facts, figures and photos, Sheila Steele gave the vote of thanks for an enthralling talk which had entertained and educated us!  The competition was won by Margaret Barnet and the raffle by Carol Sheard.


The next meeting at the village hall will be on 12th September – for details contact Beryl Fletcher (01948 664889).

The Wedding Field, Marbury.

The Wedding Field, Marbury.

I know this is a contentious issue and emotions are running high with regards to the use of the field. But it has been reported to me that Criminal Damage has been occurring to property belonging to the owner of the field.  The owner is extremely concerned that damage is going to be caused to property that does not belong to them situated on the field.

This is a criminal offence for which the offending person/s will get a criminal record for if the owners feel they need to pursue the matter.

I am asking that if anyone has an issue with the use of the field then they should report it through the proper channels and not to take matters into their own hands, no matter how passionate they feel about the situation.

If anybody knows who is responsible then please let me know or if you wish to discuss anything with me then you can email me on


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Marbury WI June Meeting

President  Beryl Fletcher welcomed over 30 members and guests to the June meeting and members were reminded that Marbury WI will be celebrating its 90th birthday with an Afternoon Tea in the Village Hall on Saturday 24th June (tickets £5).  Meetings in July include the Craft Group on the 4th, Lunch Club on 5th, Art Group on 6th, Book Club on 11th, Bridge Beginners Group on 17th.   The Walk on 27th June will be centred on Peckforton.   Details were given of the outing to Llandudno on 17th August and a visit to the Iron Works at Oswestry on 28thSeptember.


Our speaker was Zdenek Valkoun-Walker, Head Gardener at The Dorothy Clive Gardens.  The two principal areas – the Quarry Garden and the Hillside Garden – are contained within a beautiful 12 acre site on the Staffordshire/Cheshire/Shropshire borders, and was started in 1939.  Best known for its rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, the garden is at its best from April to mid-May with over 40% of visitors coming during that 6-week period, although spring bulbs and the traditional cottage garden style in the Hillside Garden maintain interest throughout the year.  Zdenek’s illustrated talk showed the garden in all seasons, and he described how the 2½ full-time members of staff are helped by a team of volunteers to maintain and improve the planting.  The vote of thanks for Zdenek’s entertaining and interesting talk was given by Bev Tanner.  The competition was won by Lynn Horton and the raffle by Sheila Steele.


The next meeting will be on Tuesday 11th July  – for information please contact Beryl Fletcher (01948 664889).

Book of Condolence

Veronica has asked me to let you know, following the tragic events in Manchester and on London Bridge  a book of condolence has been set up in St. Michael’s Church…