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.

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


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.


The Great Get Together – Sunday 24th June

The Great Get Together – in honour of Jo Cox.

A Garden Party/Street Party/Picnic – call it what you will, it’s going to be a Great Free Family Event celebrating all that unites us, with Folk, Blues, Americana and Classical music and songs and creative artists & Fun!

Charity bucket collection.

Admission ‘ticket’ will be an ‘in date’ packaged or canned item of food for Leek Food Bank.

If you are a singer, musician, a band, a choir or a creative artist, let us know if you would like to take part.


Phone: 0780 552 9492

For more details see the full leaflet.



Leek Arts Festival 2018

The biggest creative festival in Leek’s entertainment calendar is set  to start in April – and the Foxlowe Arts Centre is, once again, proud to be the venue for the extravaganza’s main events.  This year’s Leek Arts Festival is, yet again, set to see some big names visit the Staffordshire Moorlands – namely comedian Tom Allen and singer-songwriter Aerynn, plus both Fairport Convention and Barbara Dickson, will be making welcome return visits to the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

Festival vice-chairman Phil Edmeades said the committee are delighted with using the Foxlowe as the ‘home’ of Leek Arts Festival. He said: “Since 2012 when Leek Arts Festival had to make a move to the Foxlowe following the sudden closure of our former base at The Swan, the relationship between the two organisations has proved a huge success.

“We are delighted to be able to call the Foxlowe ‘our home’ and equally delighted to be a part of the continued growth and expansion of this wonderful volunteer project.  This year the Foxlowe will host a record number of more than 20 Leek Arts Festival events – we really couldn’t manage without it or its brilliant volunteers.”

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:

24 April, 8 May, 2 May, 12 June, 26 June, 10 July, 24 July, 14 August, 28 August.

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

Best chance to see award-winning documentary on a sustainable future

Foxlowe Films will be screening Tomorrow/Demain, an exciting and upbeat film about existing grassroots solutions to global problems on Wednesday, 4th April.  Made in France, it was winner of Best Documentary at the César Awards (the French Oscars).  Although there is now an English version, thanks to its success in North America, this is not available to buy in the UK, so at the moment public screenings like ours are the best way to see it.