Archive for June, 2013

Paths to Marbury Lodge

Paths to Marbury Lodge

Paths to Marbury Lodge

The project for paths to Marbury Lodge has now been completed, thanks to regular gifts from an anonymous donor that paid for the contractor to dig the trenches and lay the foundations.
The work was finished by volunteers who used the setts reclaimed from the regeneration work in Witton Street, Northwich.
Access for prams, buggies and wheelchairs will be much easier, especially in wet conditions.

Breakfast with Moths, Saturday 6th July

elephant hawk moth

elephant hawk moth


Come for breakfast (croissants and fruit juice) and see what has been found in the moth traps the previous night.
Meet at 9.30am in Marbury Lodge
For more information contact Alan Garner: 01606 883539

Marbury Hall Interpretation Panel

For many years there had been an interpretation panel mounted on two stone plinths on the site of Marbury Hall.  The panel had reached the end of its useful life and had been removed.  FoAM decided to undertake a project to design and install a replacement and was successful in obtaining funding from our Ward Councillors, through their Members’ Budgets.

Volunteers researched the history of the Hall and worked with Ranger Chris Moseley to design the panel.  Bronislaw (Bruno) Dullek supplied FoAM with a photograph showing a group of Polish soldiers in front of the Hall, which was used in the design.

Inauguration of the new Hall Panel

Inauguration of the new Hall Panel

The new panel was installed by volunteers on the existing stone plinths.  Holly Mawdsley (on behalf of the family of Bruno Dullek) and Councillor Norman Wright (on behalf of the Marbury Ward Councillors) performed the inauguration ceremony on 13th June 2013.  FoAM member Pete Leicester kindly provided this photo.

A few months later, it became apparent that there had been a manufacturing problem with the Marbury Hall interpretation panel.  We contacted the supplier and they offered a replacement. However, the supplier felt that the shallow angle of the panel on the old stone plinths contributed to the problem by allowing rain water to evaporate on its surface. To overcome this, they offered to supply an oak lectern to mount the panel at a steeper angle.  This encourages rain water to run off and also makes reading the panel more comfortable for wheelchair users.

Marbury Hall Interpretation Panel

Marbury Hall Interpretation Panel

The replacement panel, on its oak lectern, was installed by volunteers early in 2015.

Alan Redley – updated May 2015