Pride, Cakes and Picnics!

Buxton Gay Pride Picnic

Saturday 20th July 2019

 2pm – 5pm

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, SK17 6BE 

From gay gateaux to outrageous hats, this year’s Picnic

looks set  to be our tastiest and most colourful yet!

Everyone is welcome to join our 3rd annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community of the Peaks. Bring a picnic for an afternoon of light-hearted silliness and determined delight. Fabulous summer hats are invited and why not bring a cake to join our Buxton Big Gay Bake Off?

 

Our theme this year is A Fabulous Garden Fete and to support this we are encouraging people to come along wearing their most fantastic hat. There might be flowers, or flamingos, or frogs (as long as no animals were harmed in the creation of the hat….) and if you don’t have such a piece of exquisite millinery, don’t worry! We’ll have a cheerful afternoon of hat making in June and there will be resources on hand on the day for people to improvise something, well, fabulous!

 

More than this, our Picnic is also a statement of presence and pride and courage and we hope you will join us and be bold. Be who you are and not who other people say you should be: all we ask is that you join us to rejoice in our diversity and to celebrate all of us and each other with strength and joy.

 

That won’t be the end of our Garden Party, however. There will be games: hula hoops to hoople with, face paints for a bit of emergency slap, spontaneous sing-alongs*. And there will be cakes or we hope there will. Like any Garden Fete we are hoping for an intense but simply Proud bit of cake baking and we invite people join the

 

The Buxton Big Gay Bake Off!

 

Bring a finished (and homemade, please!) cake along to the Picnic on the day. Prizes will be awarded as much on the description as on the appearance and taste of your culinary mistresspiece (masterpiece? Personpiece?). So we might meet

could we ever match the wonders of Little Chelly Cakes?

  • Gay gateaux
  • Dykiest desserts
  • Sapphic Sponges
  • Faggy Flans
  • Trans Flans
  • Biforest Gateaux
  • Butch brownies
  • Camp carrot cakes
  • Lesbian Dacquoise…..

 

Judging: entries will be judged by our very own Dame Marilyn Misandry

Prize giving: will be awarded by our mystery Guest of Honour. if we haven’t got one, we’ll draft a passing stranger

Prize: will be a slice a someone else’s cake! And a wonderful, magnificent, dare-we-say fabulous, Rosette that you can wear to boast of your prowess!

 

This year we acknowledge our friend Chris Hughes who died in 2018 and who was an enthusiastic supporter of these Pride Picnics and a noted Provider of Cakes. Thank you, Chris. We miss you

 

How can you resist? Drift elegantly along on Saturday 20th and grace the Pavilion Gardens with your wonderful presence

 

  • everything is still at the “hopeful” stage just now – we’ll confirm as people do….

 

Photos:

Pride stones and banners by Chris Hughes, artist Kath and members of Brighter Ops Buxton

Little Chelly Cakes: https://www.littlechellycakes.co.uk/

Look for us:

  • in the Buxton Festival Fringe programme,
  • on facebook: Stone and Water
  • on twitter and instagram: try @creepingtoad

Creeping Toad

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Colouring the canal at Cromford

Mills, canals and creatures

Drawing the canal

the picture

 

Back in November as part of the Derwent Mills Heritage Site Discovery Days programme, we took the Derwent Stories project to Cromford for a final event

There, between the Canal and the Mill we invited people – and their dogs – to add to a long, unrolling, unravelling picture of the area. Over the day, 80 people paused to talk to us, to look, wonder, chat a bit more and cautiously or confidently, subtly or in bold and bright colours add their contribution to the drawing…..

the canal and trees

This was the last of the Derwent Stories events for this year. We are hoping we might manage a couple more in the Spring. If that happens we’ll post the news here and invite anyone and everyone to come and join us

The Derwent Stories project set out to offer families easy creative ways of exploring the world around them. We aimed to work in places that:

  • were we easy to get to
  • had good access for people pushing buggies or steering their own wheelchair
  • offered interesting outdoor spaces to explore
  • gave us a mix of busy public spaces and quieter options

We planned activities that invited exploration

  • that gave participants new ways of expressing their discoveries
  • Where materials would be easy to find again
  • techniques used would be easy to repeat without us there to mutter at everyone
  • that suited children with additional needs

watervole

So, Mills, canals and creatures simply used:

  • a long roll of paper (discount shops often have rolls of paper for children’s painting easels, or you could use some lining paper for home decorating)
  • A selection pencils, pens, charcoal, and mud (for dog pawprints and human fingerprints)
  • Some reference pictures, just in case,
  • But mostly we simply stood or sat and look at what was around us

The fun was in scribbling, feeling free to just have a go and to add our ideas to ones that had gone before, building stories as we did it

Another blog listing and linking the various sites and activities that Derwent Stories visited will be posted shortly

careful work

 

Where were we:

Cromford Canal: parking at Cromford Wharf car park (there is a charge for this)

Getting about: easy paths along the canal. At weekends there is also a canalboat that runs down to High Peak Junction (1 mile down the towpath)

The towpath is a level walk with no obstacles. It can feel a bit narrow at times when there are other people and cyclists around so travel with due care.

Facilities: there are toilets at both Cromford Canal Car Park and at High Peak Junction 1 mile down the path

Risks: yes, there is a canal. There are also stinging nettles in summer on the banks and prickly brambles here and there. The canal, however, is not deep and the general recommendation is that if someone does fall in, tell them to stand up, BUT BE SENSIBLE AND USE YOUR STANDARD “SAFETY AROUND A WATER BODY” PRECAUTIONS

 

a dinosaur in the trees*

What to look for: ducks! Moorhens, and coots are all to be seen most of the year. In spring and summer watch for Little Grebes (Dabchicks) on the water and Swallows above it. People see grass snakes and water voles regularly. Just past the Junction there is also the impressive Lea Wood Pump House which looks very exciting (and opens occasionally) and a little further there is the charming Aqueduct Cottage with its painted windows. About ½ miles along the path from Cromford to the Junction on the other side of the canal there is a lifesize model Stegosaurus tucked away in the woods.

This is a site that you can just turn up at and have a lovely walk. A little research in advance, however, can help you coincide with things like the Pump House openings or Boat Trips

 

Useful links

Boat trips

https://www.cromfordcanal.info/boat/boat.htm

General information

https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/countryside/countryside-sites/waterways-wetlands/cromford-canal.aspx

 

  • the dinosaur photo was found at this site:Stegosaurus: http://www.pictame.com/media/

    If there is any problem with us posting this, please let us know and we’ll take it down

Winter Lights, 2

More Winter Lights!

Sunday 9th December

1 – 4 pm

some festive bottle lanterns!

Manifold Primary School

Warslow, SK17 0JP

As the nights grow longer and the festive season approaches, join us in the beautiful Upper Dove Valley for an afternoon of making…there will be paper for drawing and patterns for cutting – festoon your house, or maybe yourself, with your own Christmas cut-outs, or make a glowing lantern to light those dark winter nights

more bottle lanterns!

Materials provided but please bring a plastic bottle if you can – 500ml – 2 litre all work well

Free

No booking needed

Children need to bring a grown-up with them

Allow 45 minues for your activity

 

This is the last of the Summer Excitements! events, supported by South West Peak


Gawain

November 2018

a dragon waits…

There was a long dark forest,

wicked woods, wild, wind-blown and whistling woods,

Where twirling leaves trembled on tall, terrifying trees,

With treacherous twigs to tempt you to a terrible fate

We are having a wintry Gawain and the Green Knight season this month

wooden spoon royalty

a new friend, or a new foe?

The Sir Gawain project saw a lively and successful weekend. There was painting, a new artwork from Sue Prince (with mass community participation, paintbrushes and pennies), walks, talks and excitements from Clive Foden, and  some 40 people, and more, joining us (Stone and Water, Creeping Toad, and Sarah Males) on Saturday to make a cast of medieval characters on wooden spoons at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek

I am also working with the children of St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School, Longnor, and Manifold C of E Academy, Warslow, to write the further adventures of Gawain. These are taking shape in exciting and unpredictable ways and now we are making puppets to animate our narrative poems….

But the long road home was waiting

A perilous path through the wild wastes

Where a wild wood grew over the hilltops

Through the dales

There were terribly twisty trees

Where owls rested on the branches

And wary wolves watched from the shade 

 

There were robbers in those woods

But fighting fierce foxes and

Struggling bravely to battle big, bad badgers

Gawain finally made it through the fierce forest

(Manifold)

enchanted forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through the woods in safety

Gawain stopped by a cool, relaxing pool,

The home,

But he did not know it

Of mysterious mermaids,

secretive mermaids

Who can sing, or scream, as loud as trumpets

Mean as monsters

Swift as snakes,

With claws as sharp as sharks’ teeth

They would drag you down, down to the depths

Down to your drowned death 

the Mermaid Pool at Blakemere

And of those mermaids there was one

Who had once asked the fairies of the forest

For a friendly favour, a wild and wonderful wish,

To become the most mysterious, the most marvelous,

The most powerful mermaid,

Ever 

 

Gawain rested by the water,

trailing his tired toes in

The cool refreshing water

When he felt a tug on his leg,

A hand pulling him into the dark water,

And down, down, down….

(Longnor)
So many people to thank here – all those artists, puppeteers and poets and Borderland Voices  who are coordinating my Gawain workshops in the schools

Winter Lights!

 

Winter Lights

Dove Valley Centre

Friday 7th December

1 – 4pm

As the nights grow longer and the festive season approaches, join us in the beautiful Upper Dove Valley for an afternoon of making…there will be paper for drawing and patterns for cutting – festoon your house, or maybe yourself, with your own Christmas cut-outs, or make a glowing lantern to light those dark winter nights

Materials provided but please bring a plastic bottle if you can – 500ml – 2 litre all work well

Free

No booking needed

 

Access: as far as possible, we’ll park people down by the centre itself but if we get busy you might find a sign on the gate asking you to park there and walk down the hill (a picturesque 5 minutes!)

If you have any especial concerns about access, please get in touch:  stoneandwater@btinternet.com

Dove Valley Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the first of a busy weekend of Wintry light events for Stone and Water…..details for the others will follow but…

Friday 7th: when we finish at the Centre, we’re heading over to the Christmas Fayre at St Bartholomews Primary School in Longnor to do a similar activity there (5 – 7 pm) before joining the village for their Lights Switch On that evening

Saturday 8th: improvising some Victorian Lanterns at Wincles Primary School as aprt of their Victorian Christmas Fete from 3pm

Sunday 9th: Warslow: Winter Lights activity at Manifold Primary School, 1 – 4 pm – details to follow

 

These are the last of the Summer Excitements! event, a project supported by the South West Peak and the Bingham Trust

Dogs and ducks and drawings

Mills, canals and creatures

Friday 2nd November 2018
a Derwent Stories event

the canal and trees

A day on the canalbank at Cromford Mill as part of the  Discovery Days Festival . People passing by, dogs passing by, lots of looking and talking and careful joining in….a very small buzzard being watched by a very small person, concealed water voles, dog prints and narrow boats.
Jacob’s Mill with its innovative use of sunlight
The railway carriage at High Peak Junction
Melissa’s precise drawing of a badger
Mill machines and turning cogs, spinning threads
A beech tree turning red and gold as the season turns
Howard the dog whow atches the ducks, and
Barney who watches the mud, and
Shandy who watches the stick….

Wheels turned, slowly spinning histories into cloth,
Weaving lives into brick and rail,
Loom and yard,
A racket, a whirr
Wheels turned,
Spinning faster.

Mills, canals and creatures: holiday drawing event

Mills, canals and creatures

Friday 2nd November

Cromford Wharf, Mill Lane, Cromford, DE4 3RQ

Sessions: 10.30 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 3.30

Meet: classroom at Cromford Wharf (opposite the Wharf Café)

the canal inspires…

 

a bird on the water

Using old pictures, local wildlife and our own ideas, we’ll design giant mill machines and autumn landscapes on long rolls of paper – help us create a 20metre monster of a machine!

 

Draw, design, sketch and scribble a mill as long as a monster, a canal full of creatures, a world of wonders and delights: join our team for a day of giant pictures and miniature moments

 

well-scribbled trees

As autumn edges towards winter, let’s try to catch the sharp edges of buildings, the wrinkles on the canal, the worn steps and wooden lintels of the mill buildings. Watch the canal and add The Portrait of a Duck. Or dream about the mill’s complicated machinery and fit some strange contraption of wheels and cogs and levers and lines somewhere….

 

and stories unfold with our drawing

Last time we did an event like this at the Mill, the finished picture spread along about 4 tables or lay out on the grass like a beached whale! A day of relaxed drawing – drop in for a scribble or two, draw us something for our piece and – or – do your own drawing to take away!

 

Like all the Derwent Stories events, Mills, canals and creatures is open to anyone who wants to join in but activities are structured around families with children with additional needs

 

This is part of the Derwent Mills Discovery Days programme with events running through October. Follow the link to find out more

buildings at the wharf