Outdoor Activities

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We are fortunate to have a large garden in the centre of Leek, which is popular with visitors in spring, summer and autumn.  The terrace allows al fresco eating and drinking and overlooks one of two spacious lawns.

Children are particularly welcome to run around and explore, although we do ask parents or carers to keep an eye on them and encourage them to respect the plants and wildlife.  Dogs are also welcome.

How many musicians can you fit on one stage

Q: How many musicians can you fit on one stage?

A: A lot, if you’re the Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble.*

*And in the wings, and in front of the stage on floor level too. 50, in fact.

From the Joe Broughton website:

“Over the last two years The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble has played major shows everywhere from The Royal Albert Hall to Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Towersey and Shambala festivals. Their new live album was also released to great acclaim. Joe set up this incredible band 19 years ago. Long before the current trend of big folk band line-ups and crazy folk fusions this band were drawing on influences of folk, funk, classical, ska, reggae, jazz, hip-hop and everything in between. Not only is the live performance of this 50 piece band (or funky orchestra should we say?!) second to none, you will most likely see the stars of tomorrow, many leading artists on the folk scene having been students of Joe’s.

“The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble is forever changing, always unique and has an energy & power that is unrivalled; it has to be seen to be believed. Using players from the prestigious Birmingham Conservatoire ensures that the standard of musicianship is top drawer and being led by folk fiddler Joe Broughton (Urban Folk Quartet, Albion Band, Joss Stone) means the music has the feel of a spontaneous folk orchestra and a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously.”

Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

All photos by Giles Metcalfe.

Folk at the Foxlowe

Folk fans have been spoilt for choice recently at the Foxlowe, with a mixture of small scale, intimate performances and well-known acts playing to a packed room.

Here are some photos from recent gigs, including Keith James, TRADarrr and Fairport Convention.

Keith James

Keith James

TRADarrr

TRADarrr

TRADarrr

TRADarrr

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention

All photos by Giles Metcalfe.

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

Thanks!

 

It’s All Been Happening in May

Aerynn

Aerynn

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

TRADarrr

TRADarrr

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

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.

ST13 MAY-JUN 2018

An on-line copy of ST13 (No 51) is now available.

Follow the links for the full text:

ST13 No 51 COVER

ST13 No 51 INSIDE

Abbey Hill School

 

ABBEY HILL SCHOOL    Work inspired by William Morris

 

Summer Film Season Starts This Tuesday

The much anticipated new film programme starts this week and what a cracker, with several Oscar winning films, such as Three Billboards…, Darkest Hour and The Shape of Water.  We kick off with Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

 

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