Marlow celebrates the generosity of its community

Hundreds of people gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Marlow last Sunday, 29th September, to celebrate the generous community spirit in the town. The event, known as ‘Celebrate Marlow,’ now in its third year, is put together by Marlow Town Council to acknowledge the contribution made by Marlow’s many clubs, organisations and individuals to the success of the town.

Mayor Cllr Richard Scott said: “I have always believed that residents should put something back into the community in which they live. That is what you have done, some in a highly visible way and others quietly helping their neighbours.

“Community service is a duty to be taken seriously. Enhancing our wonderful town as a place to live, work and visit is a responsibility to which we should all contribute. By doing so, we can support our town and, in particular, those residents less fortunate than ourselves.”

The event recognised many of the town’s ‘Unsung Heroes’, including The Marlow Museum, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary; The Marlow Wombles, a group of volunteers who keep the town clean and tidy and offer gardening services where needed; and the Marlow Carnival, a hugely successful event run entirely by volunteers. 

The guests enjoyed a performance by Anna Nightingale, the entertainer and singer, who specialises in the golden era of jazz-swing.

The Mayor called on the community to help Marlow’s schools with the huge challenge of supporting the mental health of children and teenagers. To donate to this initiative, which is the Mayor’s charity this year, please contact



Plans for 2019's Celebrate Marlow event (invite only) are underway.  

29th September 2019

Do you know anyone in Marlow who happily gives up their time to serve the community? Do you think they deserve to be recognised for their contribution?

If so, you have the chance to put them forward as one of Marlow’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ in this year’s campaign by Marlow Town Council to find the town’s most dedicated and selfless individuals or groups. 

Last year’s campaign found 25 nominees, from carers to litter-pickers. The Council is hoping to exceed this number in 2019, and is calling on everyone to put forward their favourite. The nominees will be invited to the town’s third ‘Celebrate Marlow’ event this September in recognition of their contribution to the community.  

Celebrate Marlow, organised by Marlow Town Council, is a lunch event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on 29th September, with guests from all parts of Marlow society: senior citizens, veterans, schools, cadets and volunteers.

To tell us about your Unsung Hero(es), please email:



A joyful event to Celebrate Marlow’s volunteers 

The Celebrate Marlow event, hosted by Town Mayor, Chris Funnell, took place on Sunday, 30th September 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  The lunch brought together 200 guests from across the community who volunteer or who make a difference to Marlow.  Attendees included representatives from local sports clubs, Marlow Sea Cadet and Air Training Cadet Units, local Marlow organisations and clubs, litter pickers, flood wardens and many more.

Mike Cannon, who hosts a show on Thursdays on Marlow FM, was the Master of Ceremonies for the day and kept the whole event running smoothly.

There were stills of old Marlow with some grainy footage of the 1953 Coronation Day, with a large crown being lifted above the High Street for the occasion. Video footage of Russell Brand switching on the town’s Christmas Lights last year had the guests laughing at his witty speech. There were also clips of children from Foxes Piece School saying why they liked Marlow.

Air Training cadet, Cadet FS Amy Tarrant, who was one of the guests, sang: ‘Thank You for the Music’ by Abba.  Anna Nightingale, a talented singer who specialises in jazz and swing had the whole room clapping and singing along.

Mayor Chris Funnell said: “This event is a perfect reminder of how important our volunteers are and it is great to give something back to you for the day. This is your Celebrate lunch party, you are all our esteemed and special guests for many reasons and without question you all have your special place in Marlow.”

He also took the opportunity to highlight his charity fundraising for the year: to support Marlow’s schools in coping with the huge and growing challenge presented by mental health issues in children. “I would like to raise funds to empower and support teachers and other child professionals in Marlow schools,” he said. “They need to know how to support children and teenagers who are suffering. We want to enable them to provide the earliest possible intervention.”

To donate please either contact or make a direct contribution to the Town Mayor’s charity account: sort code 30-95-36 acct no.03635900 or send a cheque made payable to "Town Mayor's Charity Appeal" to Jan Bailey at Marlow Town Council, Court Garden, Pound Lane, Marlow, Bucks SL7 2AG

For further information, please contact:

Jan Bailey, Marlow Town Council: 01628 484024,







Marlow Town Council,
Court Garden, Pound Lane,
Marlow, Bucks

Telephone: 01628 484024

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