Northwich community group the Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FoAM) has unveiled the latest in their long line of achievements at Marbury Country Park, a brand new visitor shelter.
This long-standing ambition of the group, overwhelmingly supported in a survey of more than 200 individuals and groups who use the park, was made possible thanks to a generous donation by one of the group's members, Community Grant funds allocated by Marbury ward councillors Norman Wright, Malcolm Byram and Keith Wilson, and contributions from Cheshire West and Chester Council and FoAM itself.
Marbury Lodge will now provide shelter and a space for activities, and has been described by FoAM as "our most ambitious project to date".
The ceremony for the opening of the Marbury Lodge was attended by Cheshire West and Chester Councillor Stuart Parker, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Recreation; along with the three Marbury ward councillors Norman Wright, Malcolm Byram and Don Hammond. Also present was Andy White of Greenwood Oak, Nantwich (designer and builder of the shelter) and Dave Plumbley of Plumbley Environmental Contractors, Winsford (who carried out the groundworks). Alan Redley and Frances Findlay (Chair and Secretary of Friends of Anderton and Marbury, respectively) were in charge of cutting the ribbon.
Stuart Parker thanked FoAM and its volunteers for undertaking and completing the project to build Marbury Lodge, which he said would be a wonderful asset for all park users. The ceremony concluded with a finger buffet and refreshments courtesy of Friends of Anderton and Marbury.
The shelter is now open for public use.