Summer excitements!

Laughter, buzzards, buildings and fun

A season of family events

From fabulous buildings to amazing creatures, from wide skies and rolling clouds to blizzards, rain and vanishing rivers, we’ll be celebrating the wonderful world of the South West Peak. Picking up on themes around wildlife, history, buildings and people, these events will invite participants to think about their homes, explore a bit, find fossils in walls, butterflies in hedgerows, who knows what or where

We have 8 days of activity planned. Some places are stand-alone events. At others, we’ll invite participants to also propose ideas for a future winter event – maybe we should make lanterns of the houses in your village, maybe have a cosy storytelling session, maybe we should make kites of local birds…We also have 1 “emergency excitement” day for the summer when someone or somewhere within the South West Peak could come to us and say “could you come and do something here please?” – no guarantees, but do get in touch! (stoneandwater@btinternet.com)

These events are free

  • No booking is needed – just come along and join in
  • Children under 8 need to bring a grown-up with them
  • Each day will offer a mix of storytelling and art activities around different themes

JULY

Saturday 7th

Dove Valley Meadows Meander

Dove Valley Centre, SK17 0PR

12 – 4

Art, stories and exploring the beautiful meadows of the Dove valley

lost castle from Warslow, maybe?

AUGUST

Wednesday 15th

The lost castles of the moorlands

Warslow Village Hall

10 – 12, 1- 3

Haunted houses and lost castles: the buildings of the Moorlands – make your own strange or mysterious, wild, weird or wonderful house!

 

Tuesday 21st

Wild beasts and fabulous flowers

St Bartholomew’s School playing field, Longnor

10 – 12, 1 – 3

Bees, flowers, butterflies and wildlife: fill your fingers with a field full of creatures

 

Wednesday 29th (August)

Details to be confirmed (see contact below)

Taxal: event planned beside St James’ church: check for details

10 – 12, 1- 3

Tasty, crunchy, juicy…and is there a story, too?

 

OCTOBER

Sunday 14th

Apple Day

Dove Valley Centre, SK17 0PR

(times to be confirmed)

An orchard full of puppet people!

For more information, look at

Stone and Water facebook page

Stone and Water blog: https://stoneandwaterblog.wordpress.com/

Email: stoneandwater@btinternet.com

 

Emergency excitement event! We have a day available to a community or community group in the South West Peak area for sometime in August or September: we will bring activities if you can offer a space and an opportunity open to anyone. Talk to Gordon or Sarah at our email address or at an event

The Summer Excitements programme is supported by South West Peak and the Bingham Trust

Goldsitch Moss holds memories, stories and precious wildlife

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Spring delights and summer events

 

as the frogspawn starts to bubble our ponds and the last snowdrops and first ramsons meet in the woods, Stone and Water are gearing up for a lively summer

There are various grant applications brewing which will hopefully underpin several series of exciting events over the summer months. More details will appear as plans confirm but just to whet some appetites and get your diaries slightly scribbled on, here are a few things that are definitely happening

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Spring art, woods and wildlife
Wednesday April 4th
Where:
Lea Bridge car park at the High Peak Junction Visitor Centre: postcode: DE4 5AA. Note: the car park is off Lea Rd (from Cromford to Holloway)
When:
11:00 – 15:00

Join Gordon from Creeping Toad for a session designed for families with children with additional needs with art activities to capture a sense of spring, stories and walks through the woods. Bring a picnic if you would like to make a day of it! Our activities might last an hour or so, more if you join us for a walk

Cost: free but there is a charge for car parking
Booking: no booking necessary
Ffi contact: stoneandwater@btinternet.com
Partners for this event include Derwentwise and Derbyshire Umbrella

We are hoping that there will be more events of this kind in the summer so keep an eye on this blog or on our facebook page

Buxton Festival Fringe
534917_10150930664873616_269837826_n.jpgTiny! an underwater world
Sunday 15th July
Where: Pavilion Gardens (by the young children’s play ground), St John’s Rd, Buxton SK17 6BE
When: 11:00 – 15:00
Cost: nothing but smiles
The Tiny! team are back for another day of making and laughter. Join us in creating a whole submarine world in our sea tent. Mermaids and monsters, sharks, dolphins and sea-horses: who knows what will be wriggling in our seaweed?
Lamellib-2We have lost count of how many Tiny! events we have done as part of the Fringe over the years, sitting in Pavilion Gardens in sunshine, rain and sogginess. With the unifying theme of “make nothing bigger than your hand” they are always great fun. We hope that on a lively day in the Gardens, our Tiny! corner becomes a place to stop; for everyone and anyone to make, for people to sit down on the grass and chat and laugh and make new friends….

And this year there will be deep underwater wonders – we are bringing the crochetted Carboniferous seabed from our Ancient Landscapes project so that your creations will have somewhere to explore before they swim you all off home

 

Picture is from a painting by Victoria Brown

 

Thursday 19th
A day of storytelling and storymaking in Buxton library
details to follow

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Buxton Pride Picnic
Saturday 21st July
Where: Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Rd, Buxton, SK17 6BE: look for us on the lawsn in front of the swimming pool
When: 14:00 – 17:00
An occasion for some glamour, delicate sandwiches, hunky lumberqueens and booted timberjacks, or maybe just about anyone who would like to come and be part of it all

 

Celebrate Queer Buxton (LGBT+ and friends!) with an afternoon of graceful silliness and frivolous strength. Bring your own exquisite nibbles, an umbrella or parasol if appropriate, and join us for a picnic as elegant as we can make it.
The first Picnic, last year, won the Spirit of the Fringe Award.

The beautiful Rainbow Cake is by Little Chelly Cakes of Chelmorton

 

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Words in the woods

Well-wooded Words

The Grinlow Poetry Trail

18th and 19th July 2015

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most of the art doesn't need comment

most of the art doesn’t need comment

Running alongside the Grinlow Art and Storytelling Trail, we spilled words through the woods, threading poems between crocheted cups, very small peg-doll fairies, giant toadstools, occasional dinosaurs, paintings and people

 

There was something everywhere it seemed, under feet, over heads, ragged crows flying through the trees, a haiku shrubbery

 

We ran this first Poetry Trail separate from the Art and Storytelling Trail as we didn’t know if there would be enough interest in it to make a viable feature. There was. It did. It worked. Maybe next year we’ll knit the art, storytelling and DSCF3214poetry together even more closely. Most visitors didn’t separate one from the other and of course there were poems that were part of the art trail and storytellers who appeared in both….it’s too easy to ramble here so I’ll stop and paste in the Review of the Trail from the Festival Fringe below

 

And when you are feeling wildly inspired by all of this, you might like to get a copy of the Well-wooded words collection of poems. A modest £3.50 (includes P&P) from Stone and Water. Cheques to Stone and Water at 51-d West Road, Buxton, SK17 6HQ. Paypal is possible – drop us an email stoneandwater@btinternet.com and we’ll send you details

the booklet is actually a wonderful dark green....

the booklet is actually a wonderful dark green….

 

Grinlow Poetry Trail review

Derek1PTrailThe poetry trail was an enormous success. It was well attended with people taking a great interest in the poems as well as the art and the storytelling. It was enhanced greatly by the piano accordion player walking around and other musicians playing in the woods, which at first I heard from a distance. There was also a surprise performance of a choir at 1.30 pm singing four well known songs.

The art and poetry lived happily side by side. In one area there was a row of paintings showing mainly urban scenes each with a corresponding poem on the same subject. There was also a mushroom area with many poems about fairies not far away.

There was a great range of contributors, from people who wrote the occasional poem, to poets with more than a local reputation, through to the immortals like Shakespeare and Virgil.

The subjects included descriptions and feelings provoked by Grinlow Woods, works about the beauty and magic of woodlands, invitations to visit places nearby and poems about tragedies caused by drug-taking. Not all viewed nature as a source of joy. Some dwelt on less pleasant elements related to woodlands and nature such as trees fighting against the elements for survival.

One of my favourite sets of poems was written on large banners which were very eye-catching. The poems are about nature being in a constant state of flux and the poet’s thoughts became absorbed with the process. The poet tries to guess where the raindrops will fly and where they will rebound.

Another of my favourite poems dealt with a human relationship, making analogies with the progression of the seasons.

It all took place in a very beautiful environment with good weather which brought about much social interaction between the viewers.

Roger Horvath

Source: http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/reviews2015spo.html

 

Grinlow Art and Storytelling Trail review can be found here 

 

Well-wooded Words: a walk through the trees

Well-wooded Words

the Grinlow Poetry Trail

 July 18 and 19th 2015

Grinlow Woods, a place for inspiration

Grinlow Woods, a place for inspiration

 

This weekend Well-wooded Words will be up and out and hanging about in trees and bushes, on benches, on railings, on tongues and in thoughts as part of Buxton Festival Fringe.

On Saturday and Sunday both the Poetry Trail and the Art and Storytelling Trail will run through Grinlow Woods in Buxton Country Park. Both trails are free and various entertainments ar eplanned: storytellers, pets, artists and anyone else we can rally from our creative networks….

We invite to take a wander through the tall trees and mossy stones of the woods and enjoy our poems and the art of the Grinlow Art and Storytelling Trail

Getting there: Buxton Country Park, is on Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9DH

Staffing the trails: there will be people on the Trails: probably in the Visitor Car Park both afternoons and certainly in the Dome at the top of the trail

Access: the paths through the wood can be a bit rough and steep in places. There are steps. There will be things to see around the Car Park (Project eARTh sculptures and more) and the cafe serves excellent cakeGrinlow 1

some of our poems draw on the cavern, too

some of our poems draw on the cavern, too

Fragments for a new Cope

Feedback from Silverdale

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the Roaches: a panel for our Cope

on Friday 17th October we had a lovely day of workshops in Silverdale Library that we featured in the previous post. We’ve just received these lovely pictures from one of the friends who was helping us on the day so thought we’d just post these comments and pictures together, offering a view of a workshop from someone else’s perspective!

a busy room, an exciting table!

a busy room, an exciting table!

I’d like to echo Gordon’s thanks to St Luke’s school and the library staff for the wonderful day at Silverdale Library last Friday!
Huge thanks to the Stone and Water arts team for coming to Silverdale and to the library staff Berni, Farida and Terry for arranging that the library would open especially for the school session and for providing all the refreshments. 
Cope -fuller viewThe Y6 group were full of ideas during the story-telling and before we knew it pop-up cards had popped up everywhere! It was great to see the students listening so intently and inventing recipes for the giant with Gordon. Then they spread out and worked throughout the library on their pop-up cards. I was amazed by how quickly they were starting to tell their own stories about their cards — and several students began to have clever ideas for making the paper articulate further. The cards were becoming little theatres really. Gordon’s work with schools is legendary but well done to everyone at St Luke’s – wow! 
Then we had the afternoon with the talented knitters and lace-makers of Silverdale who added textile motifs to the cope or community cloak. Again, people were full of brilliant ideas. What a friendly relaxed time. 
The library is the perfect setting for all this creativity!
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Thank you, Caroline!

the old streets of Silverdale

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Silverdale Library Newcastle, Staffordshire Friday 17th October exploring the old streets of Silverdale…Stepping back in time to the days of Dieulacres Abbey in Leek, Silverdale children from St Luke’s Primary School visited the local library and unfurled the town of their imaginings where the river ran bright and glittering through the Silver Dale, past its […]