Rolling Back the Years – Cycle Exhibition

Two iconic Penny Farthings will have pride of place at an event in Leek to honour Britain’s oldest active cycle club.  The story of Leek Cyclists’ Club, founded in 1876, will be on display at an exhibition “Rolling Back the Years” in the Heritage Room, Foxlowe, to be opened at 7pm on Friday 8 September by local cycling hero Les West.

National Amateur Road Race Champion and arguably the Bradley Wiggins of his day, Les was a silver medallist at the World Championships and national professional champion in 1970 and 1975.  In 2009 Les was inducted into the Cycling Hall of Fame.  Organised with the support of the Leek and District Historical Society, the exhibition will be open to visitors on Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm from 9 September until spring 2018.

The Society’s Chairperson, Joan Bennett said “It has been a real pleasure working with such a group of enthusiastic people in the Cyclists’ Club and the exhibition rightfully celebrates the club’s importance to our local and national history.”

For further details contact Leek Cyclists’ Club Chairman, Andy Bain on 07450435754 or 01538 382658.

New Menu Boards

The new menu boards for the exciting new menu (do you fancy an Arthur Nicholson or even an Oscar Wilde?) are now in place.  They look really good.  Many thanks to Amanda Holdcroft who made them (07958 082055; fb: justaddchalk;

Foxlowe Films Autumn Programme 2017

Our autumn programme is now at the printers, so will be available shortly in the vestibule at the Foxlowe and elsewhere around town. We’re really excited to share with you the films that are coming up – a varied programme and we hope there will be something in there to surprise, delight and spark your interest.

The Tuesday night programme kicks off on Tuesday, September 19th with Their Finest, a charming, nostalgic wartime romantic drama with Gemma Atherton and Bill Nighy and the Wednesday night documentaries on Wednesday, October 4th with How to Change the World, a history of Greenpeace, starting with a group of friends sailing into a nuclear test zone.  Follow the links to get a sneak preview of each film on the website.  The rest of the programme will appear on August 24th; for details see What’s On, but if you can’t wait till then you can download an electronic copy here:

Autumn 2017 programme

Downloadable composite posters

Early autumn film poster 2017

Late autumn film poster 2017

Tickets should be available from the beginning of September, but watch the Foxlowe Films Facebook page for up to the minute information.

Gallery – Leek School of Art

Leek School of Art Alumni – Exhibition 19th August – 23rd September
An exhibition of works by past students and tutors of Leek School of Art, Buxton & Leek College – University of Derby.
Over 20 individual artists in painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography and contemporary applied art.
Please note the gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm

Portraits – Leek High School

LEEK HIGH SCHOOL – PORTRAITS. A year ago the display of Portraits by students from Leek High was very popular with visitors to the Foxlowe. The current well observed and sensitively drawn images will undoubtedly invite equal acclaim.

ST13 July-Aug 2017


An on-line copy of ST13 (No 46) is now available.

Follow the links for the full text:

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ST13 NO46 INSIDE compressed

Pure Yoga Class – Wednesday mornings

A Leek-born Yogi has followed her dream of sharing yoga with her community after setting up a class in her home town.  Angela Riley, aged 38, currently teaches at Pure Yoga in Macclesfield but is now bringing her knowledge to Leek with a weekly class at the Foxlowe.

The style of yoga taught by Angela is accessible to all ages and physical abilities. “I so often hear people say that they can’t do yoga because they’re not flexible enough but my teachings focus on mindful movement and breath awareness to help people find some inner peace. Flexibility, strength and suppleness, to name but a few of the physical benefits, are great by-products of the practice”

Angela’s 75 minute class runs every Wednesday morning at 10am (in term time) in the Foxlowe’s Rainbow room.  She asks that you bring your own mat but there will be a limited number available to borrow.  Cost £7.00 per session.

Angela can be contacted on 07837 253161 or email

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Yoga in the Garden

A garden is the ideal place for yoga and the dry weather this summer has created great opportunities for Paula’s Friday morning class.

To find out more, go to YOGA with PAULA – FRIDAY MORNINGS.

Plants to Go!

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.

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



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.