Alison McCrea

Rolling Back the Years – Cycle Exhibition

Two iconic Penny Farthings will have pride of place at an event in Leek to honour Britain’s oldest active cycle club.  The story of Leek Cyclists’ Club, founded in 1876, will be on display at an exhibition “Rolling Back the Years” in the Heritage Room, Foxlowe, to be opened at 7pm on Friday 8 September by local cycling hero Les West.

National Amateur Road Race Champion and arguably the Bradley Wiggins of his day, Les was a silver medallist at the World Championships and national professional champion in 1970 and 1975.  In 2009 Les was inducted into the Cycling Hall of Fame.  Organised with the support of the Leek and District Historical Society, the exhibition will be open to visitors on Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm from 9 September until spring 2018.

The Society’s Chairperson, Joan Bennett said “It has been a real pleasure working with such a group of enthusiastic people in the Cyclists’ Club and the exhibition rightfully celebrates the club’s importance to our local and national history.”

For further details contact Leek Cyclists’ Club Chairman, Andy Bain on 07450435754 or 01538 382658.

New Menu Boards

The new menu boards for the exciting new menu (do you fancy an Arthur Nicholson or even an Oscar Wilde?) are now in place.  They look really good.  Many thanks to Amanda Holdcroft who made them (07958 082055; fb: justaddchalk;

Foxlowe Films Autumn Programme 2017

Our autumn programme is now at the printers, so will be available shortly in the vestibule at the Foxlowe and elsewhere around town. We’re really excited to share with you the films that are coming up – a varied programme and we hope there will be something in there to surprise, delight and spark your interest.

The Tuesday night programme kicks off on Tuesday, September 19th with Their Finest, a charming, nostalgic wartime romantic drama with Gemma Atherton and Bill Nighy and the Wednesday night documentaries on Wednesday, October 4th with How to Change the World, a history of Greenpeace, starting with a group of friends sailing into a nuclear test zone.  Follow the links to get a sneak preview of each film on the website.  The rest of the programme will appear on August 24th; for details see What’s On, but if you can’t wait till then you can download an electronic copy here:

Autumn 2017 programme

Downloadable composite posters

Early autumn film poster 2017

Late autumn film poster 2017

Tickets should be available from the beginning of September, but watch the Foxlowe Films Facebook page for up to the minute information.

Lucy Bennett

Lucy Bennett:
Lucy’s paintings are a celebration of the natural world and a distillation of her observations formed over time through drawing and photography. The semi abstraction captures the energy of growth and form and gives space for the spectator to respond to the new worlds on offer through her distinctive personal style.

Gallery – Leek School of Art

Leek School of Art Alumni – Exhibition 19th August – 23rd September
An exhibition of works by past students and tutors of Leek School of Art, Buxton & Leek College – University of Derby.
Over 20 individual artists in painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography and contemporary applied art.
Please note the gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm

Portraits – Leek High School

LEEK HIGH SCHOOL – PORTRAITS. A year ago the display of Portraits by students from Leek High was very popular with visitors to the Foxlowe. The current well observed and sensitively drawn images will undoubtedly invite equal acclaim.

ST13 July-Aug 2017


An on-line copy of ST13 (No 46) is now available.

Follow the links for the full text:

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ST13 NO46 INSIDE compressed

A Long Way from Home

A new exhibition ‘A Long Way From Home’ has recently opened in the Heritage Room.

The exhibition has only been seen before in Leek for a short while in 2004 after the collaboration between Borderland Voices and the Polish Community, who came to England after the Second World War and settled at the disused army camp at Blackshaw Moor.

A series of in-depth interviews from survivors of prison and labour camps together with heart-rending refugee journeys were recorded and transcribed culminating in the publication of an accompanying book.

Sadly most of the interviewees have now died but it is hoped the exhibition will be a reminder of the bravery and stoicism of the Polish people who travelled so far from their own country and of interest to the new generation of Polish people who have settled in Leek and the Moorlands.

Gallery – Human Form in 2 and 3 Dimensions exhibition

David Walton: Head of a woman, red biro

The Human Form in 2 and 3 Dimensions exhibition:  Saturday 8th July – 12th August

This exhibition includes works by Charles Walker, Nick Grew and David Walton.  Charles, who runs a series of Life Drawing groups, is an award winning artist.  He states that life drawing and painting and portraiture have never lost their appeal. He said: “What a privilege to be the artist in that situation.  I try simply to respond to the challenge the person sitting for me in an honest and colourful way.”

Nick, an Associate of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, is a sculptor who works mainly in clay cast, into bronze or resin. His work includes portraiture, figurative and abstracted works, with the latter based on the human figure and emotions. He said: “I’m inspired by the beauty and complexity of the human face, body and anatomy and how this expresses the intensity and depth of human thought, feeling and experience.”

Charles Walker 3

Meanwhile, David draws and has recently developed some of his work into lino cut prints. He is a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists where he exhibits regularly. He is also due to give talks to art societies on ‘Some Purposes of Portraiture.’ His work is in the the permanent collections of Derby Art Gallery, The University of Birmingham, The RBSA, and the Edge Art Centre.

Nick Grew: Ella reading, no 2

The Human Form in 2 and 3 Dimensions will run until Saturday August 12.

The Foxlowe Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday: 10am-4pm and the first Sunday of the month: 11am-4pm.

For further information please contact Gallery co-ordinator

Jane Leigh – 07941548512


Pure Yoga Class – Wednesday mornings

A Leek-born Yogi has followed her dream of sharing yoga with her community after setting up a class in her home town.  Angela Riley, aged 38, currently teaches at Pure Yoga in Macclesfield but is now bringing her knowledge to Leek with a weekly class at the Foxlowe.

The style of yoga taught by Angela is accessible to all ages and physical abilities. “I so often hear people say that they can’t do yoga because they’re not flexible enough but my teachings focus on mindful movement and breath awareness to help people find some inner peace. Flexibility, strength and suppleness, to name but a few of the physical benefits, are great by-products of the practice”

Angela’s 75 minute class runs every Wednesday morning at 10am (in term time) in the Foxlowe’s Rainbow room.  She asks that you bring your own mat but there will be a limited number available to borrow.  Cost £7.00 per session.

Angela can be contacted on 07837 253161 or email

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