Mobberley marked the start of the new Millennium by holding a weekend of celebrations, built around the annual Rose Queen Festival, during the first weekend of June 2000. The decision to hold the main events at this time was made by the Parish Council, in order that it should be family orientated - the long Summer days would provide an opportunity for all Mobberley to join in this singular occasion. In reality, the hoped for Summer sun failed to arrive and the weekend proved to be probably one of the wettest in living memory!! However, thanks to the enthusiasm of the Village and the dedication of many helpers who refused to be beaten by the rain, it was an outstanding success. Local farmers provided several tons of straw to soak up the wet and people turned out in wellies and raincoats to brave the elements. A large marquee was erected, covering the main arena and allowing the Rose Queen Festival, Hog Roast Supper and Church Service to go ahead without interruption. The ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ prevailed and everyone who turned out for any part of the weekend entered into the spirit with a determination to enjoy themselves and make the best of it. It was truly an occasion where the benefits of living in a close-knit Village Community were demonstrated and all ages participated.
A Committee of representatives from most of the organisations in the village co-ordinated the event which began on Saturday 3rd
June at 2.OOpm with the Rose Queen Festival procession and the crowning of the Millennium Rose Queen on the Old Hall Field.
Following the afternoon entertainment, a Hog Roast Supper was held on the field with a disco, live band and firework display in
the evening. Free transport within the Village was provided and around 500 people attended.
Sunday began with an inter-denominational Church Service, again on the Old Hall Field, to which everyone was invited. Martin Bell MP and the Mayor of Macclesfield were among the 400 people who attended. A Collection of over £520 was raised for Christian Aid and the East Cheshire Hospice. After the service, there was a barbecue and family fun afternoon which included live music, Punch and Judy and other activities for all ages. A competition was held among the children of the Village to produce a design for a Millennium plate with the theme of ‘Mobberley 2000’. A commemorative plate incorporating this design was presented to all children between the ages of 0-16 and one is displayed in the Victory Hall in a presentation case.
A new clock was installed outside the Victory Hall in memory of Pat Orford, Arthur & Edith Bowler, who were all founder members of the Beechwood Players Amateur Dramatic Society. The service was attended by the families and past members of the Beechwood Players. The money was donated following the disbanding of the Beechwood Players and a service of dedication was held during May, at which Lord Carlisle of Bucklow gave the address.
Much of the funding for the celebrations was raised from sponsorship within the community and donations were received from:
Astrazeneca, F R Marshall & Co, Lord Carlisle of Bucklow, Mobberley Village Society,
Egertons (Specialist Car Body Repairs), B & B Falder, Dawsons Music, Don Riley Decorators,
Friends of Nature Burial Ground, J N O’Connor, N & N Whiteley, Canon H Randle, Dr & Mrs Kennon,
T Stott, Cheshire Plumbing Centre, Mrs 0 Taylor, Mrs E C Myatt, Mrs J Meadowcroft
and several anonymous benefactors