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Buxton Spa Prize

Beccy Clitheroes entry for the Buxton Spa Prize

Local Artist, Beccy Clitheroe, is delighted that her entry for this years Buxton Spa prize won an award. She used Solomon's temple and our logo as inspiration for her work. She commented;

"As you were so helpful with your information and advice for my entry to The Buxton Spa Prize this year I thought you may be interested in seeing the finished piece and where it all began with the application of the various 'Hidden Histories' seen here before I draw over the top of them!

I was lucky enough to be awarded a Festival Prize with this piece which will include me and my work in next years Buxton Festival Brochure. Also, I'm printing postcards of this image to sit alongside my original collection of postcards already for sale in Buxton. So I'm one happy artist! "

Sketches for her final work

You can see her work at the Green Man gallery.

Sculpture Park and Hepworth Gallery

Sophie Ryder - Sitting 2006 YSP Photo by Louise Pisano

It was damp drizzly morning when we all gathered for our trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We started to worry a bit when 8.30 came and the coach didn't. Fortunately, Simon was able to open the cafe so at least we were not waiting in the rain.

Eventually, the coach arrived and we set off for Wakefield and in an hour and half we arrived at the Park and into sunshine. Our guide John met us in reception and we elected to do the ninety minute tour. It is a wonderful park and as John explained the illusion of rolling country side was maintained by the clever use of hedges and ha-has.

There were many interesting sculptures to be seen around the grounds of the park. They have only a temporary residency of approximately two years before they move on and make way for a new batch.

There was a very interesting set by Barbara Hepworth and one of our party was very excited to see works by Elizabeth Frink.

The time went all too quickly and it wasn't long before we were boarding our coach for the twenty minute trip to the Hepworth Gallery.

Rachel met us in Reception and her five years with the gallery was evident in the breadth of knowledge. She had a wealth of information about the artist and the other exhibits. The gallery is mainly dedicated to Hepworth’s last decade of work but it is a dynamic exhibition and preparations were under way for a new exhibition by Sir Anthony Caro.

All too soon it was, again, time to leave. A fascinating and thought provoking day.

Words by Steve Orridge
Photos by Louise Pisano

Inside the Hepworth Gallery


Members listening to the Chair's report at their 46th AGM

Poole’s Cavern visitor centre was packed for Buxton Civic Association’s 46th AGM. Mike Monaghan in his first address as Chair of the Association welcomed members to the meeting and described how the next few years could be the most exciting in BCA’s history. Building on the strong foundations that had been laid down over the past ten years, Mike explained that the Association was now able to focus on using its wealth of experience and knowledge in reaching out to other Buxton organisations and developing influential partnerships to help shape the future of the town.

Mike Monaghan addressing Buxton Civic Association AGM

Paying tribute to the board and to the staff, Mike said that the strong business model that Poole’s Cavern provided enabled BCA to manage and constantly improve its extensive estate of woodlands, and to provide support to other like-minded organisations in the town.

Peter Philipson, Director with responsibilities for the Woods gave a presentation on the work of the Wood Watch committee and explained in detail the work that had been done earlier in the year to create a woodland ride. Supported by RSPB and a grant from the Forestry Commission he explained that this work would complement the glades, which gave Grin Wood its SSSI status.

Considerable investment had also been made in improving some 1.5km of paths in Grin Woods and also in Corbar where the final link in the Ring of Trees walk had been completed. This would not have been possible with out the generous donations of materials from Lafarge Tarmac and support with transport from Lomas Distribution.

Simon Fussell talked about the Environmental Quality Mark that the Association had been awarded for a second year, and explained how the EQM supported the board’s objective in providing an environmentally sustainable business model. It provided a benchmark against which decisions could be made to ensure that the environment was always put at the forefront. The Association was also pleased to be able to support the work that Derbyshire Wildlife Trust was doing to vaccinate badgers in the area from Bovine Tb.

Brian Shawcross, Finance Director, reported another successful year. We increased visitor numbers, controlled costs and generated a healthy surplus on a turnover of over £0.5 million which will allow us to plan for future improvements.

Mike thanked the two retiring director’s, Tim Middleton and Owen Longden for their hard work and support and welcomed Nigel Manning to the board.

It had been decided at the last AGM that major planning issues would be opened up to the membership and it was encouraging that so many members attended the meeting to discuss the Nestle Station road proposal and made their feelings about the scheme clear by voting unanimously to reject it. BCA needs to continue to be vigilant on the planning front and the strengthening of the planning group was to be welcomed, with the addition of Derek Bodey and John Anfield as consultants.

Mike thanked the Association’s staff, the directors, volunteers and other committee members, and everyone else who had supported the Association.

Following the formal business of the AGM, Mike Wilde (Chair of the Membership and Communities Group) and Simon Fussell (Business Development Manager) gave an interesting and stimulating presentation on the recent project “Places and Spaces – telling the story of Buxton.”

AGM Documents

Chair Report to 46th AGM

Environmental Report

Guided Walk

On Sunday 26th July. An afternoon walk exploring the coal mining heritage of Buxton, led by Lyn Noble of Buxton Civic Association.

We are organising a guided walk to explore the coal mining heritage of Buxton. Everyone is welcome but please note due to access issues it will not be possible to bring dogs on the walk.
We will be meeting at Poole’s Cavern car park 1.30pm. Please do not go direct to Cistern’s Clough. We will take one or two cars to the finishing point on Macclesfield Old Road then share transport to Cistern’s Clough, which will be the starting point for the walk.
The total distance, allowing for wandering about, will be about 5km (just over 3miles) and will take in some fairly rough and possibly wet moorland terrain. Boots and the usual outdoor clothing would be sensible.
We will first visit the last of the Buxton coal mines which closed in 1918 then trace operations back in time as we move north across old tracks on Axe Edge Moor past deep shafts dating from 19th and 18th Centuries and pits from the 17th Century or earlier. Finally we will walk down to the Burbage area with its coke ovens, sidings and location of major levels into the coal seam. As we go along we should be able to see how the geology of the area determined the location and nature of the Buxton and neighbouring Goyt Valley coal fields.

Event details:

Location: Meet at Poole's Cavern Car Park Postcode: SK17 9DH Date: 26 Jul 2015 Start time: 13.30 Duration: 3 hours hours Notes: No dogs allowed due to access issues, it will be muddy and wet in places so wear appropriate footwear.




Map of the 2015 Arts Trail

After the success of last years Festival Fringe Art Trail through Grin Woods, the last weekend saw some 300 visitors join the trail, the Grinlow Art Trail Artists are aiming for a bigger and better trail this year.

The trail will take place on the weekend of 18th and 19th July. There will be a variety of installations, sculptures, textiles and paintings all leading to a hand made geodesic dome, where local story tellers and musicians will entertain visitors.

There will also be a selection of FREE creative workshops for the local community during the weekend.

For further details, have a look at the Grinlow Art Trail website.




It's Shakespeare's "As You Like It" but as you've never seen it before! Set at underground music festival "The Forest of Arden". The wanderers will take you on a journey of laughter, love and comical cock ups. Live music, dancing and plenty of flower power. Our energetic cast will make it a night you will never forget.


20-25th July 2015
18.30, 20.00, 21.30 Daily

TICKETS £12/£10 Concessions

PLEASE NOTE that this is a promenade style performance where the audience will walk and stand throughout, sturdy shoes must be worn, the caves are cool, please dress warmly.