Rock guitar and apples….

Apple Day

Dove Valley Centre,

14th October 2018

early for apples maybe…

An applyfish, not to be trifled with

Small feet flapping on a tablecloth,

small hands wave with fruity good cheer,

an angel flutters wings

and a strawberry fish and an Appllyfish* swam together through the waters of the Dove….

 

This was a Creeping Toad event for Stone and Water, I do hope no-one was expecting sensible….

 

There was a musician, a musical apple, who couldn’t play but who could hold his guitar and head bang dramatically……

 

We were at Apple Day at the Dove Valley Centre. A celebration of old orchards and new trees, a wonder of cakes and apple juices. Apple Days are almost always lovely events. This one was wet. Very wet and very cheerful with about 80 people over the afternoon coming to taste and test apple cakes, sip apple juice and help crush the apples that arrived in bags and boxes and baskets from trees across the Moorlands and the High Peak.

 

Quietly, there was also a chance to think “owl”, to watch images, to talk about help and listen to their stories, to see what any of us could do to support these beautiful, mysterious ghosts of field, meadow and open moor

 

And I was there to tell stories and lead people astray…so we did

 

There will be some film of our assorted puppets posted shortly

 

the strawberry fish, very rare, very wiggly

Apple Rock Star, one day

 

(* like a jellyfish but freshwater and probably tastier)

 

This event was a combined one with partners including Stone and Water’s Summer Excitements! project and Buxton Museum and Art Gallery’s BM125 project

The next Summer Excitements! activity will be posted on this blog soon

The next BM125 activity will appear on the Creeping Toad and Buxtom Museum pages soon

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Who is helping?

Who is helping?

Workshops in Leek: once, now and next are gathering momentum

We’ve been telling medieval stories and designing modern reliquaries on Apple Day at the Dove Valley Centre

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Groups at Borderland Voices have been illuminating their own manuscripts

work has already started: illuminations

work has already started: illuminations

working on a new Cope, mixing traditional medieval motifs (saints and Biblical scenes)with modern issues – who are the contemporary heroes we should respect and incorporate into a new cope.

Low-cope workshop

Low-cope details

youth groups have started decorating tiny Abbey lanterns and designing their own Rose Windows

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All these events will feed into later ones – take a look at the events list – and come and join in somewhere!

This work is being supported by a whole moorlandfull of sponsors

Workshops led by Borderland Voices are being supported by

Staffordshire County Council Arts

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Churnet Valley Living Landscapes

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Lloyds TSB

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Your Moorlands

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Workshops coordinated by Stone and Water are being covered by an Awards for All grant

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Thanks to all these organisations!

Without your help, none of these challenges, excitements,                                                                                              discussions and inspirations would be possible!

Apple Day, 2014

Apple Day

Sunday 12th October

Dove Valley Centre

roasting apples in an Apple Day fire

roasting apples in an Apple Day fire

Where: Dove, Valley Centre, Under Whitle, nr Longnor, 7 miles south of Buxton SK17 0PR

When: 11am – 3.30pm

Cost: a free event but donations are appreciated!

More information: www.dovevalleycentre.co.uk

a day of apple, orchard and Staffordshire Moorland fun

  • Apple tasting & identification
  •  Orchard wildlife
  • Apple juicing with Leek Food Group (bring own apples & bottles)
  • Story telling
  • Appley fun activities for children
  • Bake apples in the camp fire

We’ll have some Leek: once, now and next artists at Apple Day to tell old stories out of the moorlands of Leek and to evoke a sense of the timeless richness of orchards and the role they have played in lives from the first days of Dieulacres to now

 

storytelling on a previous Apple Day

storytelling on a previous Apple Day

 

We’ll be drawing as well and making and generally encouraging people to enjoy the colours, tastes and delights of autumn as they ahve run like a stream of experience through the centuries….

Apple Day gets people involved....

Apple Day gets people involved….

Leek: once, now and next, Events

Events in October

a month of livelinesses

one of the few surviving carvings from Dieulacres

one of the few surviving carvings from Dieulacres

Events list

(all events are free, no booking is required but if numbers get too big we may have to ask you to go and have a find yourself of cake somewhere for a little while)

 

roasting apples in an Apple Day fire

roasting apples in an Apple Day fire

Sunday 12th: Apple Day, visit this farm in the Upper Dove Valley for an autumn day of orchards, fruit recipes, art and stories and a chance to explore this beautiful landscape, its animals and plants

Time: 11am – 3.30pm

Where: Dove Valley Centre, Under Whitle, between Sheen and Longnor

 

Friday 17th: Stitching time: join our artists and add your own panel to the new Cope for the Lost Abbey. Images of ancient saints and modern heroes lie side-by-side on this community cloak. With fabric and felt, wool, silk, thread, beads and sequins: no experience is needed!

Time: 1 – 3pm

Where: Silverdale Library, Newcastle: High St, Silverdale, Newcastle ST5 6LY, 01782 297444

 

Saturday 18th: Old stories, new adventures! Join our storyteller to listen to old tales of the Moorlands: of giants and mermaids and magic and monsters! Create your own stories about life and adventures in Leek

Time 10am – 12noon

Where: Leek Library, Church St, Leek

 

maidens. knights, horses and horrors...the delights of medieval stories!

maidens. knights, horses and horrors…the delights of medieval stories!

Saturday 18th: unrolling Leek! a Big Draw event, we’ll be drawing all your favourite places in Leek on one huge piece of paper: from Brough Park to the Foxlowe, from William Plummer’s anchor memorial to your own back garden, everywhere works!

Time: 2 – 4pm

Where: Foxlowe Art Centre, Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire ST13 6AD

 

Thursday 23rd, Ladydale Well, the Leek Ladder and other marvels: a talk by archaeologist Mark Olly. A chance to meet the more mysterious side of the town, join us to think, wonder and speculate

Time: 7.30 (finishing about 9 – 9.30), refreshments provided

Where: Quaker Meeting House, Overton Bank

Leek ST13 5ES

 

Saturday 25th, Birthday Party for a Lost Abbey! make a small monk puppet, write a poem, listen to stories, wonder at the Abbey Lanterns, add your own visions for the future of Leek – an afternoon of activities and creativity will lead to the unveiling of the Cope and the formal cutting of the Abbey Birthday Cake

Time: 2 – 6pm

Where Foxlowe Art Centre, Market Place, Leek, Staffordshire ST13 6AD

 

Tuesday 28th, Ancient Adventures: To celebrate Leek’s ancient history: come along and make your own medieval castle or pop up abbey – and add some tiny puppets to tell some ancient tales!

Time 10am – 12noon, 1.30 – 3pm: drop in, allow yourself 45 minutes to make something!

Where: Leek Library, Church St, Leek

 

Wednesday 29th, Dieulacres Abbey – Leek’s vanishing heritage. A talk by local historian Michael Fisher: find out about the history of Leek’s lost abbey!

Time: 7.30 – 9

Where: Foxlowe Arts Centre

 

Thursday 30th: Ancient tales, modern adventures: storytelling, story making, art: what adventures can we invent for the trees, animals and children of Brough Park?

Times: 10 -12, 1 – 3

Where: Brough Park: Vicarage Road Car Park or walk in and find us under a tree in the middle of the Park!

 

For more information, contact 01298 77964

work has already started: illuminations

work has already started: illuminations