For 2016’s Christmas lights we would like you draw a scene showing stickmen engaging in a Christmas activity. You can be as imaginative or as crazy as you like. We like both traditional and humorous designs.  

Draw your design on the application found here. The easiest designs for us to copy use simple coloured lines so try and avoid colouring in sections. Our favourite 8 designs will be made up on giant steel frames and erected on Peel Street for the switch-on on Saturday December the 3rd. The designs need to be handed in at Marsden Library by Saturday the 12th of November or can be emailed to us at marsden.community.association@gmail.com.  The competition is open to all ages – children and adults alike.

On Saturday the 1st of October we held a fund-raising quiz in the Marsden Mechanics hall. The event was a sell out with the Mechanics packed and twenty teams involved. The event raised a huge £922  towards this years Christmas lights. The money will be spent on illuminating the trees by the river Colne and on light features to run down Peel Street.

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Our next meeting is going to be held on Tuesday 30th August at 8pm. We plan to meet at the Marsden Liberal Club (although if there is an event on there, we will decamp to The New Inn).

Up for discussion at this meeting are:

  • Progress with the community shed project
  • Plans for a fundraising quiz
  • The ale trail

Please come along if you would like to get involved, or just to see what the meetings are about – there is no pressure to take any responsibility for topics being discussed if you do attend (although this is also welcome!), but we would love to hear from more members of the Marsden community, so come and have your say!

MCA PA system

This year, for the Christmas Lights switch-on we upgraded our P.A. system from 100 watts to 1700 watts.  This is enough power for a large outdoor event. If you a group in Marsden then you are welcome to borrow the P.A. system for your events.  It consists of a standalone 100 watt active speaker with an internal battery and two wireless microphones. It has a USB slot for playing .MP3s and a line in. It also has two 800 watt auxillary active speakers with cabling to the main unit. The system can be used indoors and outdoors.

If you would like to borrow the whole setup or just the 100 watt unit for your event contact us on marsden.community.association@gmail.com

The P.A. system was purchased with money raised at the Christmas Fair and from a grant from the Cuckoo’s Nest

We also have trestle tables, high viz vests and a gazebo available for borrowing. We will shortly add to this site a full page listing the assets we have available for lending out.

Our Annual General Meeting is to be held this Monday from 8pm to 9pm in the Mechanics Hall meeting room.  We are looking for new committee members for 2015, especially a new secretary.  The MCA is a very relaxed group focussed on improving Marsden for the benefit of all.

Agenda

  • Minutes of the 2014 AGM
  • Treasurers Report
  • Chairmans Report
  • Election of Officers
  • Plans for 2016

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This year’s Christmas lights were a great success, with the vast majority of the lights staying on over the entire Christmas period!  In total 9 new features were built (see images below),  the lights in the weir were completely remade and 3 new sets of fairy lights were put in the tree by the river.  Hundreds of the festoon bulbs were also replaced.

Money for all of this came from grants from the Yorkshire Avalanche Dodgers, the Cuckoos’s Nest,  monies made at last years event, from collection boxes and from local businesses sponsoring the programme.

We even got three articles in the examiner regarding the much talked about toilet design –

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/how-il-loo-minating-marsdens-10571490

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/weve-bottom-it-marsdens-christmas-10587660

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/meet-8-year-old-artist-10607747

Thanks to all the volunteers involved. A full review of the lights will be presented at our next meeting.

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All made from designs submitted at Marsden Library and Marsden Junior school. Here are the winning entries –

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For 2015’s Christmas lights we would like you to draw your favourite character, monster, object or anything from a computer game. It can be an old retro game or a new game or a game you have completely made up. We enjoy receiving entries from all age groups.

your designs need to be handed in at Marsden Library by Saturday 28th of November, this is in order to give us time to make them up.

We are also looking for people to help build the light features using the submitted designs as templates. We will be building them most weekday evenings during November, if you want to come down and help with the builds then please contact us at marsden.community.association@gmail.com.

We are also looking for volunteers to put up the lights, if you want to help, we meet outside the Mechanics at 10am on Saturday for the following 4 weeks. all help is appreciated.

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submit your designs on a piece of A4 paper or find an official form to print off here

Our next open meeting will be next week on the Monday the 14th of September at 8pm in the Liberal club. We will be throwing around ideas for the 2015 Christmas lights (my children are demanding some Minecraft based designs). There are also updates on our other projects and news on any new projects starting up.

The meetings are open to all Marsden residents and we warmly greet new volunteers, the meetings last 1.5 hours.

AGENDA

  • Ideas and planning for the 2015 Christmas lights
  • Progress on the Community storage shed
  • Autumn application to the Cuckoos Nest
  • Location of the remaining MCA notice board
  • Any other business

Two more noticeboards have gone up in Marsden, and the final one will up shortly. This will bring the total to four. Their locations are –

1) Marsden Railway Station – Platform 1
2) Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre
3) Marsden Park
4) TBC

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To place a notice in the noticeboards drop off up to 4 copies at Marsden Library. We will collect them on a Saturday and place them in the noticeboards – normally they will be kept up for a month.

Thanks to grants from Cuckoos nest and One Community and Freinds of Marsden Park for part funding this project.

Here are this years committee meetings. They are open to all residents of Marsden. They will be held at 8pm at the Liberal Club. They are roughly every two months on the second monday of the month.

  • Monday the 9th of February
  • Monday the 13th of April
  • Monday the 8th of June
  • Monday the 14th of September
  • November (AGM) date to be decided.

You are more than welcome to attend, we usually discuss what we have done since the last meeting, what we are doing in the next two months and any other matters arising.