A Wild Day Out!

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A Wild Day Out

(& plant swap)

Sunday June 7th

12 noon – 4pm

The Dove Valley Centre, Under Whitle Farm

Sheen, Longnor, Buxton, SK17 0PR

www.dovevalleycentre.co.uk

email: walker @ dovevalleycentre.co.uk

a couple of years ago we wove a basket out of  materials we found in the woods and fields

a couple of years ago we wove a basket out of materials we found in the woods and fields

This is an annual event that has grown and changed over the eyars but remains a delightful start to the summer. Beautiful fields to wander over, a wood to walk in, an orchard, a pond and the River Dove here only a couple of miles from its source in the moorlands

Storytelling, action

Telling stories at DVC

Stone and Water have been there from the first events telling stories and adding art activities. This time, we’ll be there with our Leek: once, now and next display and activities. We’ll be making pennants: small flags for fluttering, filled with your own ideas from the history of the Moorlands ( castles? knights? princes? princesses? lions, unicorns and heraldic monsters?), from this edge of summer in the hills or from your hopes for what might come next in your life and adventures

foraging!

foraging!

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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!

eventful times in Leek: once

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!

Leek: once, now and next is supported by:

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Owls, flowers and waterfalls

Owls, flowers and waterfalls

a relief-printing workshop in Dovedale

with Maria Strutz

Sunday 17th May 2015

10am – 4pm

Maria's owl  

drawing inspiration from the beautiful Upper Dove Valley,

spend a day experimenting with techniques,

and take home your own finished prints

  • Free, materials provided
  • Provided as training for adults looking to extend their own skills
  • Venue: Dove Valley Centre
  • please bring food to share for lunch
  • no experience needed!

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Spaces are limited, booking is needed, so grab your place: stoneandwater@btinternet.com

or call 07791 096857

 

More details sent with confirmation

sketch, scribble, draw, lino-cut, easi-print,

paint, stamp and mess!

Lowest primroses

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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

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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

 

 

 

Fossils, Art and Inspiration

 

Fossils, Art and Inspiration

2 days of art for grown-ups

Sunday 10th and Sunday 17ht March 2013

at the Dove Valley Centre, nr Longnor

experimenting with needle-felt and crochet

experimenting with needle-felt and crochet

two days of activities with artists from Stone and Water

 
printing

printing

 

These days are partly training for our existing volunteers, training for possible new volunteers and also just days for adults who’d like to have a go themselves. We have worried about the wording of these – we want to offer days for adults and teenagers rather than families – we do a lot of activities for family groups but sometimes it is good for grow-ups to have some creative time that is just for themselves…

These days also mark the overlap between the end of  our “Exploring with Stories” project and the start of the next phase of “Ancient Landscapes

drawing

drawing

 

Inspired by fossils from local limestone and the rich landscapes of the Upper Dove Valley, we’ll share skills, ideas and techniques giving ourselves time to experiment and reflect

 

No experience needed – just join in and have a go!

Workshops are free and materials are provided but spaces are limited so please book a place (either day or both)

Further details sent with confirmation

 

Sunday 10th: crochet your own coral, needle-felt a fish, printing fossils, small models of monsters

Sunday 17th: making tiny people, plankton cloths, casting fossils, just drawing, fossil lanterns

 

Booking and more information:

stoneandwater@btinternet.com

07791 096857

creating our own ancient rockpools

creating our own ancient rockpools