Plant Share and Earthworm Watch

Despite the rain, the Plant Share saw many plants exchanged and lots of donations coming to the Foxlowe.  All the leftover hardy plants  have been left on a wooden tray on the patio in front of the dancing railings.  They are available for anyone who would like them to take away in exchange for a donation.  This can be handed in at the cafe or left in one of the donation boxes (beside the inside front door and in the bar).  We will keep the tender plants in greenhouses for a while longer and put them out in June.

On the day we had enthusiastic young volunteers to help with our Citizen Science earthworm count.  Our experiment was testing the hypothesis that earthworms like soil better if it has compost materials above it than if the surface is bare.  Their expert counting recorded 35 worms under soil that had been covered by Foxlowe veg peelings for a month and only 9 under the surface that had been left bare.  We will be sending the results into the Natural History Museum to add to their data collected from elsewhere.  Many thanks to all involved.



ST13 May-Jun 2017

An on-line copy of ST13 (No 45) is now available.

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Citizen Science in the Foxlowe garden

The Gardeners have launched a Citizen Science project in the garden as part of the Natural History Museum’s Earthworm Watch.

Join us at the Plant Share from 11 – 12 noon to explore the Foxlowe Garden and find out how to get involved!

The earthworm experiment was started at the April Seed Share, when we covered one site with vegetable peelings (from the Café kitchen) and left the other bare (control).  We will be digging down to see which site the worms prefer and what sort of worms are there.  For the survey we’ll be digging under different types of garden surface (grass, bare soil, plants, layer of comfrey leaves) to see which type the worms like best. No need to bring tools, just be prepared to get your hands dirty!

There will also be the chance to win a very special Misco chocolate lolly by guessing the number of brandling worms in a jar of compost.  The winners will be those whose guesses are closest to the number we’ve counted into the jar.

Anyone who would like to join us will be very welcome.

Summer Film Programme

The new film programme starts on Tuesday, 2nd May.

For details see What’s On or pick up a printed programme.  Copies are available in the vestibule at the Foxlowe and elsewhere around town.

Gallery – Making a Mark exhibition

Making a Mark exhibition: Saturday 8 April – Saturday 13 May.

ArtsXstra is a successful group of Cheshire based artists.  Painting, Sculpture, Glass, Ceramics, Prints and Jewellery reflect a rich variety of media and technique as well as breadth of style and subject matter.

You are very welcome to join us for the preview on Friday 17 February, from 7.00 to 9.00 pm.

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

ST13 Mar-Apr 2017

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An on-line copy of ST13 (No 44) is now available.

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Brilliant Burns Night


From the piping in of the Haggis, the Selkirk Grace, entertaining toasts and the delicious traditional meal to the creative ceilidh dancing, a buoyant time was had by all.

Many thanks to John and Margaret Knox for organising it, Cuckoo’s Nest for the music and Sarah Clough for calling the dances.  Not least the ‘lassies’ from the kitchen (pictured here), who provided such a splendid meal and service.


Live Like Never Before

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Live Like Never Before, then Transform Your Life.
This new series of meditation classes is open to beginners and those with meditation experience. We will look at the special qualities and benefits of meditation, learning how to develop peace of mind and a foundation for true happiness within ourself through meditation. Come and learn how to live like before, everyone welcome!
The teacher is Gen Kelsang Sangye, an English Buddhist monk with nearly 25 years of teaching and meditation experience from the Samudra Centre, Buxton.
Monday mornings at 10.30 in the William Morris Room (on the first floor beside the Gallery).
Class fee per class £6, concession £5, whole series £38 (in advance on-line @

ST13 Jan-Feb 2017

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An on-line copy of ST13 (No 43) is now available.

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ST13 Nov-Dec 2016


An on-line copy of ST13 (No 42) is now available.

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