Marton Village, Warwickshire

Marton Website Workshop

keen website students !

You might have noticed that our website,, now has a slightly changed look and feel. That’s because we are now using a different way of posting new content.

Last Saturday, nine representatives from different village groups came to a Website Workshop, where we practiced how to publish texts and pictures onto the website using ‘WordPress’ (the name of the publishing software used to produce our website).

It was also a good opportunity to gather some feedback for the current site and look at potential improvements. While generally we all seemed happy with the current pages, we need to look into ways to make articles and posts more appear more prominently, I think.

Another great aspect of WordPress is that it is simpler to create content, in more ways than before: texts and images can simply be added from your desktop computer, a tablet or smartphone (using a WordPress App). The latter makes posting pictures extremely easy. Once you have installed the WordPress App you can access pictures you have taken and publish these straight to the website.

There are many ways for villagers to keep up-to-date with Marton News. Apart from the refreshed website, you can also keep in touch using Twitter (@martonvillage) and Facebook (search for “Marton Village”). Most importantly, there is the famous Marton Email Group. This is an extremely useful service and I urge villagers currently not using it to join the group. Please email me on and I will get you subscribed. Looking for more reasons to join the email group? Check out the separate section in this newsletter which gives you more examples of how the Marton Email has helped.

Plans are afoot to hold another website meeting soon, so don’t be disappointed if you couldn’t make it this time. We will let you all know in due course.

Jazz at the Village Hall

susan valliant speer_2__img_0438September Marton was treated to an amazing performance in the War Memorial Hall by the fantastic singer Susan Valliant Speers,  and her band, who presented an evening in celebration of “The Legendary Ladies of Jazz”, namely Bessie Smith, Billie Holliday, Sophie Tucker, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald.  Susan is a renowned American singer, now resident in the UK, who has performed for two American presidents during her long career as a singer.
Her band members are no less accomplished and were all called Alan apart from one!  Of particular note was Alan Wakeman, cousin to Rick Wakeman, who played sax and clarinet and who has performed with Soft Machine, Graham Collier and John Dankworth to
ame but a few.
susan valliant speer_img_0437How lucky we were to be able to see such top class performers here in Marton.  The reception was rapturous and the atmosphere in the hall was enhanced by the cabaret-style arrangement. Let’s hope this can be repeated in the future.  For further information see and

Booking Marton Village Hall

Marton Village Hall Facilities

Address: Marton Village Hall, Church Street, Marton CV23 9RLVH_front

Hire rates per hour: £10 for villagers, £14 for non-villagers

For bookings contact Cate Cooke on 01926 633788 or

cooke.cate -at- or email martonvillagehall -at-

Large, well lit, comfortable hall with rear patio and meadow/river views.VH_backFacilities: Spacious fully equipped kitchen with large catering oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, hot water urn, crockery and cutlery for 80


14 small tables (approx 1m x 1m); 5 large tables (approx 2m x 1m); 100 chairs

VH_viewBuilt-in projector and 10 ft screen with full audio facilities


Capacity: 100 seated, 120 standing

hall_insideLicensed bar and curtained stage are available by prior arrangement Baby changing table, full disabled access and toilet.