Feb
21
Wed
Charity in Leek: an historical perspective
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm

Charity in Leek: an historical perspective

Jill Norman.

From Almshouses to the Big Society.  More details to follow….

The lecturers in this programme ‘gift’ their talks to the Foxlowe, for which we thank them. Admission is free, with a Bucket Collection, also for the Foxlowe, for which we thank you.

Mar
21
Wed
The Bridestones Legacy?
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm

The Bridestones Legacy? 

Kevin Kilburn.

Since it was first suggested in the mid-1950s, an idea has persisted that Leek’s double sunset perhaps implied a prehistoric legacy for the site of St. Edward’s church. Accurate measurements during the midsummer sunset in 1999 provided data allowing the alignment to be compared with those from other prehistoric sites elsewhere in the Moorlands, not only at the time of summer solstice but at the more important winter solstice which, to our late Neolithic and early Bronze Age ancestors, would have marked a turning point in the seasons.

Bridestones, is on the southern end of Bosley Cloud; the same hill whose northern end gave rise to the double sunset. Bridestones  is the biggest megalithic monument in Cheshire, dating to the end of the Neolithic period. Circumstantial evidence suggests that Bridestones and other prehistoric sites nearby in the bordering moorlands of Staffordshire and Cheshire held solsticial importance over four thousand years ago for a community influenced by similar astronomical alignments elsewhere in Britain. 

Is Leek’s double sunset the Bridestones Legacy?  I leave it to the listener to decide.

The lecturers in this programme ‘gift’ their talks to the Foxlowe, for which we thank them. Admission is free, with a Bucket Collection, also for the Foxlowe, for which we thank you.

Apr
18
Wed
The Roaches – a Natural History
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm

Photo by Kevin Palmer

The Roaches – a Natural History. 

Jon Rowe.

As well as being a popular place for recreation, the Roaches is an amazing place for wildlife.  The area is protected both nationally and internationally for its wildlife and rare wild habitats.  Designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and forming part of the South Pennine Moor Special Area for Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Area, the Roaches consists of numerous internationally important habitats including blanket bog and upland moorland.

This talk is by the site warden, Jon Rowe, and will focus on the natural history & conservation of the Roaches Wildlife Trust site.

 

The lecturers in this programme ‘gift’ their talks to the Foxlowe, for which we thank them. Admission is free, with a Bucket Collection, also for the Foxlowe, for which we thank you.

May
16
Wed
The Biggest Aspidistra in the World
May 16 @ 7:30 pm

The Biggest Aspidistra in the World. 

Philip Brough.

This talk is not about Gracie Fields; and nor is it about war-time popular songs. It is not even a talk about Cleopatra – the biggest Asp-Disaster in the World!   It is a talk about war-time radio propaganda.  We have all heard of Lord Haw-Haw and how parents / grandparents listened as he opened every broadcast with the words – “Jarmany calling – Jarmany calling.”

But what did we broadcast to them? How effective was it?

Philip will provide the answer and it will amaze you!

 

The lecturers in this programme ‘gift’ their talks to the Foxlowe, for which we thank them. Admission is free, with a Bucket Collection, also for the Foxlowe, for which we thank you.

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