Alison McCrea

Qigong Classes – new dates

Brett Trafford Photography

Twice-monthly classes in the Rainbow Room on a Tuesday from 10.00am to 11.30am on the following dates:

11 September
9 October
23 October
13 November
27 November
11 December

Qigong is an ancient and powerful system of energy medicine from China:  it means ‘vital energy (Qi) cultivation (Gong).  It uses breathing techniques, gentle movement and meditation to cleanse, strengthen and circulate Qi.   Working with Qigong exercise will relieve stress, balance the hormonal system, release toxins and strengthen the immune system, as well as slow ageing and help accelerate healing.

£10.00 per class payable on the day, but please book in advance with Lindsay.

For more information, please contact Lindsay Trevarthen, Three Treasures Qigong on 07989-986672, email or visit

St. Edward’s C. of E. Academy Middle School

Like previous displays from St. Edwards, this exhibition is a visual delight.  It includes a colourful set of collaged Cupcakes, Black ink drawings of Beetles, a textile hanging and a photograph of a 4 foot Butterfly, which was unfortunately too large for the allotted space.

Terry Woolliscroft

TERRY WOOLLISCROFT – Painter in acrylics, Leek


Hundreds of years ago – well, actually in 1978 – I joined the Wedgwood Art Society, in my home town of Stoke-on-Trent. This was my inspiration and motivation to paint.

I started painting in heavy body acrylics and have never moved from this amazingly versatile yet sometimes tricky medium. I use stretched canvas or canvas board and occasionally wood panels. I paint with brushes and palette knives. I work from my studio in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

I have exhibited with Jiri Borsky, Derek Brownsword and Jan Zalud.

I draw inspiration from my favourite artists, the great outdoors, the seaside and the special landscape of The Potteries.

My family, too, is a constant inspiration. My mother was a free hand pottery painter, my sister specialises in Chinese brush painting and my wife Pam draws and is a constant encouragement.

I am mainly self-taught but have attended workshops with professional artists Hashim Akib, Maggie Robinson, Mark Lippett and Andrew Tozer.

ST13 July-August 2018

An on-line copy of ST13 (No 52) is now available.

Follow the links for the full text:

ST13 COVER July-Aug 2018

ST13 INSIDE July-Aug 2018

Perfect Summer Garden (and Indoors) Party

The Great Get-Together in honour of Jo Cox, saw a perfect day with a fabulous diversity of music, singing, crafts, art workshops and fun.  Great food in the cafe, drinks in the bar and picnics on the lawn, plus a little light strawberry picking.

Highlights included classical music for babies in the marquee on the lawn, the full Peace through Folk choir, plus the Sisden Singers and Settle Voices who came all the way from Yorkshire to be with us.

There was also a Celtic harpist in the Cruso Room, plus many other musicians and singers in the informal sing-around sessions.  Also safe archery laid on for children – and that was just the daytime.

The free admission ‘ticket’ requested an in date packaged or canned item for Leek Food Bank. And these came in great quantity. Thanks to all who donated!

There was also a charity cash collection in aid of The Foxlowe Trust, UNHCR, War Child, Save The Children, Médecins Sans Frontières and the Tim Parry – Jonathan Ball Foundation For Peace, which has raised £190.02 so far.  Thanks also to all who donated to this collection.

Finally many thanks to Malc Hawksworth and Peace through Folk, who made this happen through many hours of organisation and perparation, also all the musicians, artists and crafts people who participated and the Foxlowe volunteers who helped in advance and on the day – a great collaborative exercise.

“While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again… is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.”     

Jo Cox MP

Plants to Go! plus Cake recipes

Outside – on the Patio.

The plants on and close to the stand are free to anyone who can give them a good home in exchange for a donation to the Foxlowe.

There are donation boxes in the bar and beside the inner front door.

These plants come courtesy of Foxlowe’s annual Plant Share and the gardeners will be adding more as they become available.

Cakes were shared at the event as well as plants.  All were yummy but we only have recipes for two:

Gluten-free Lemon Drizzle Cake

Chocolate Guinness Cake



It’s All Been Happening in May



The Foxlowe has been hosting great bands and events since the start of Leek Arts Festival 2018 but it’s not over yet, with lots more to come.

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention



Livewire AC/DC Tribute

Livewire AC/DC Tribute

Plants Getting Ready for Sharing this Saturday

The gardeners are starting to put out plants for this Saturday’s Plant Share (11:00-2.00 in the Foxlowe Garden) and looking forward to seeing what our visitors bring.  Don’t fancy any of the plants on offer?  Why not have a piece of cake instead?  No plants or cakes to share?  No problem, we welcome donations.

Everyone welcome.


Justin Twigg


Many of Justin’s paintings using acrylics, ink and oil paint depict places that will be familiar to those who live in Leek.

His passion for painting resurfaced last year, having been somewhat sidelined by his work as a teacher and musician, despite holding a Fine Art degree from Manchester University.

His motivation to return to painting has intensified and his output is prolific.

Another Top Film by Gerald

The latest film made by a much-loved Moorlands film-maker is available to purchase
at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

Gerald Mee has been recording events and activities in and around his home-town of
Leek for over seven decades. Gerald’s latest creation is a conservation DVD which has
been launched by the Leek & District Civic Society.

‘Looking Out For Leek’, which has been scripted by Trevor Siggers and narrated by
Ray Johnson, centres on Leek’s conservation areas and developments in the last few
years and is a most interesting snapshot of our local history.

Copies of the DVD can be purchased for £8 from the Foxlowe Gallery.