Summer events and other excitements!

Leek: once again
New display and event moments

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Our Leek: once, now and next project has been a great success. From a “Birthday Party for a Lost Abbey” to far more sensible history talks, embroidery and appliqué sessions and a pop-up street from the lost years of Leek, project ideas and activities have engaged and excited visitors

Now we have a few last sessions and a few opportunities for some more….

Come and join us!

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eventful times in Leek: once

May 2015:
all month the spectacular Cope for a Lost Abbot will be on display in the foyer of The Green Man Gallery in Buxton (check out the Gallery’s website for opening times)*

23, 24, 25th May: our exhibition of work and activities from the project will join the Cope on display in the The Green Man Gallery. Beautiful photos reaching from Leek, once (ruins, memories, dreams) to Leek, now (visitors capturing their own ideas, participants working on projects) with opportunities for you to add your thoughts of Leek: next

Sunday 24th May: Princely Pennants and Princess Flags: 1 – 4pm, The Green Man Gallery: join us to design your own summer flag. Invent a Coat of Arms. Create monsters for brave knights and bold heroines. Add an image to our Wild Pennant. Free event: just drop by and join in but allow 30 minutes for your flagging. Children under 7, need to bring a grown-up with them. Materials provided. The mess you make yourself

once upon a time in the High Peak

once upon a time in the High Peak

Wednesday 27th May: The Lost Castles of Buxton; 10 -12, 1- 3, Buxton Museum. The Display will be up again in the museum and we’ll be inviting you to step back in time and make the house you think, hope, or worry, that you might have lived in when Dieulacres Abbey was at its height and Leek was the focal point for trade, travel and villainy across the Moorlands. Free event. No booking needed. Children under 7, need to bring a grown-up with them. Materials provided.

June 2015
Sunday 7th June: The Big Bird, Beast and Botany Hunt, Dove Valley Centre, 12 – 4 pm. Our display and our artists head back into the Staffordshire Moorlands for an afternoon at the delicious Dove Valley Centre. Tucked into the Upper Dove Valley, the Centre welcomes visitors to the start of summer with wildflower meadows, an orchard, explorations of river wildlife and a generally lovely afternoon. We’ll be there with summer flags and stories, encouraging you to capture summer on a fluttering pennant or brand a story-hero or adventure-horror on a flag for yourself

Would you like a session?
We have a bit of water here at the bottom of the well to offer other groups. If you  are interested in a session for your local group (Staffordshire Moorlands, High Peak, Derbyshire Dales), get in touch! We could come and do a lively “making” workshop, a careful sewing/applique/fabric painting session, tell stories or just talk to your group about what we have been doing.

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Email Gordon at creepingtoad@btinternet.com or call on 07791 096857

* The display (and especially the Cope) features work by groups from our project partners Borderland Voices so if you would like to see some BV achievements, here is another reason to come and visit us!

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The Lost Castles of….

The Lost Castles of Cheadle and Leek

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Cheadle Library

Tuesday 17th Feb 2015 

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Leek Library

Friday 20th Feb 2015

We have two lively days coming up. The same details apply to both so they are presented together here….

Times:Pop-up Castle 1

morning: 10 – 12

afternoon 1 – 3

What are we doing?

Join artists from Stone and Water to design and make your own pop-up castle, or palace or wild witch’s house – and make some puppet people to live in them!

Cost:

These events are free. Materials are provided.

Who can join in?

The activity is suitable for 8s and overs (that includes grown-ups). Younger children are welcome but please bring a grown-up with you!

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Space in both libraries is limited so it might be worth giving the relevant library a call and booking a space

Contact details and directions:

Tuesday: Cheadle Library

Friday: Leek Library

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!

Unrolling Leek!

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Unrolling Leek!

on a long piece of paper!

Saturday 18th October

2 – 4 pm

Foxlowe Arts Centre

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Enjoying October’s Big Draw theme with events running across the country, we’ll be drawing all your favourite places in Leek on one huge piece of paper. Whether you like Brough Park or the Foxlowe, or both, or William Plummer’s anchor memorial, that strange old house down the road, the Market Place on market day to your own back garden, everywhere works!

who knows the secret places of the town?

who knows the secret places of the town?

The long frieze will stay with our team and contribute to the Birthday Party for a Lost Abbey event on Saturday 25th (details will follow!) so if you’d like a small piece of Leek to take home, we’ll make pop-up cards of your favourite places

Saturday morning there is another Leek: once, now and next event in Leek Library so why not join us there for some stories before an afternoon of scribbling! Old stories, new adventures

At the same time, our friends from Borderland Voices will be inviting people to add words to our pictures, growing lines, and patterns and poems alongside drawings and shaping Leek through poems and paragraphs…

Details

Date: Saturday 18th October 2014

Time: 2 – 4pm: free, no booking needed, just turn up and join in – but we’ll say “no new participants” after 3.30

Where: Foxlowe arts Centre, Market Place, Leek, ST13 6AD

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Ancient Adventures

Ancient Adventures

pop-up landscapes emerge into stories

pop-up landscapes emerge into stories

Tuesday 28th October

Leek Library

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Exploring the lost medieval landscapes of Leek,  come along and make your own medieval castle or pop up abbey. Then make some tiny puppets to tell some of the lost tales of Leek!

Where: Leek Library, Church St, Leek

When: 10am – 12noon or 1.00 – 3pm. This event is free and no booking is needed: just drop by and join in – but give yourself about 45 minutes to go adventuring

Children 7 years old or less need to bring a sort of sensible or at least well-behaved grown-up with them, please

Supported by Staffordshire County Council Library Service

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Old stories, new adventures

Old stories, new adventures

a story growing with scribbles, scrawls and exciting ideas...

a story growing with scribbles, scrawls and exciting ideas…

Saturday 18th october

Leek Library

Join our storyteller to listen to old tales of the Moorlands: of giants and mermaids and magic and monsters! Then create your own stories about life and adventures in Leek

When: 10am – 12 noon

Where: Leek Library, Church St, Leek

Cost: none! a free event. You are welcome to come for the whole time or a bit of it

Younger children (7 and under) need to bring a grown-up with them to scare

who will inhabit the adventures of Leek?

who will inhabit the adventures of Leek?

Thanks: the pictures in this posting are from a Summer Reading Challenge workshop in Derbyshire. Why not have a wander through a mythical maze?

Supported by Staffordshire County Council Library Service

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