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


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



Lost Castles and Galleries

Images from May activities….


on the street where we lived - 900 years ago

on the street where we lived – 900 years ago


flags from our Pennant workshop in the Green Man Gallery

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on the street where we lived - 900 years ago

on the street where we lived – 900 years ago


one of our artists from the Lost Castles of Buxton event in Buxton Museum


night-time on a medieval street


a colourful home on a sunny day



a guard standing watch on the spiral stairs of a ruined castle


some of the figures we used to give us ideas


Owls, flowers and waterfalls

Owls, flowers and waterfalls

a relief-printing workshop in Dovedale

with Maria Strutz

Sunday 17th May 2015

10am – 4pm

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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!


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!

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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

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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


Your Moorlands

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


Thanks to all these organisations!

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

Unrolling Leek!

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Unrolling Leek!

on a long piece of paper!

Saturday 18th October

2 – 4 pm

Foxlowe Arts Centre


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…


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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