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Marion Marples Legacy

Marion lived in the Bankside area for over 40 years and is passionate about the History and Heritage of the area. She was heavily involved in the area through her work as part of the team at the family run London SE1 website since 2000 and as Pastoral Assistant at Southwark Cathedral since 2005, with a particular focus on the cathedral's ecumenical links with Bergen and Rouen.


Marion currently served as Secretary of Bankside Residents’ Forum (now called Living Bankside) and had been involved with the organisation since its inception, supporting the organisation throughout its years. From June 2018 Marion served as Vice Chair of Living Bankside paying a crucial role in expanding and strengthening the work of Living Bankside.


Through Southwark Cathedral she supported Lucy Brown House residents (sheltered housing) and established the Robes Winter Night Shelter project in 2007.


From 1983 to 2005 Marion ran the Confraternity of St James charity, promoting pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela and was greatly involved with the Christian community both in Southwark and internationally.


In 2006 Marion co-founded through Bankside Residents’ Forum (now Living Bankside) the Tate Modern Community Film Club, a project which brought together residents to socialise through film.


In 2007 Marion co-founded the St George in Southwark Festival with St George the Martyr Church which annually celebrates St George, who is honoured in many countries and cultures across the world.


For her long standing community work Marion was awarded the Southwark Civic Award letter of Commendation in 2015 and the 


Marion has also been a volunteer for the BOST Christ Church Garden steering group and was a primary teacher in Wandsworth up until 2000.

  1. Living Bankside 

  2. Gambia Street Garden 

  3. Film Club 

  4. Marion Marples Lifetime Achievement Award 

  5. Walk in Marion's Footsteps 

  6. St George in Southwark Festival 

  7. Founding member of Robes Project

  8. Lucy Brown House 

  9. Waterloo Foodbank 


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