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A Christmas Carol

The REC Theatre Company’s artistic director Martin Beard brings his one- man performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to Poole’s Cavern Visitor Centre this Christmas.

Using Dickens’ own performance script of the novel, Martin Beard recreates a Victorian staging of this timeless classic. Let yourself drift back in time to another era as he takes you on Scrooge’s journey of redemption.

Dickens takes us on a magical journey that starts in the miser’s dark and dismal counting house leading to the old curmudgeon’s haunting by the ghosts of his past and present whilst at the denouement, Scrooge is confronted by his future.

Charles Dickens first performed this version of A Christmas Carol in 1853 and used it as a finale to his acting career in 1869.

Performances are on 20, 21 and 22 December at 7:30 pm (ends 8:35 pm) in the Visitor Centre at Pooles Cavern Green Lane, Buxton. SK17 9DH.

All tickets are £6:00 (no concessions) and can be reserved in advance on 01298 26978


Alan Roberts talks to Bill Norton about the Naming of Shepherds Cottages and the V1 attack in 1944

In the second interview with Bill Norton, Bill reminiscences about 4 Shepherds Cottage, and the V1 rocket attack on Manchester on Christmas Eve 1944. Where exactly in the Goyt Valley did one of the rockets land and explode?


Flintknapping Workshop Saturday 5th November

BUXTON MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY have organised a Flintknapping workshop

Saturday 5 November 2016 between 10am and 12.30pm and later between 2pm and 4.30pm.

Poole's Cavern
Green Lane
SK17 9DH

A rare opportunity to get hands-on experience of the ancient craft of flintknapping, this half-day workshop includes an explanation of the techniques and examples of the archaeological evidence. You'll make your own flint tool with help from James Dilley, PhD researcher and specialist in prehistoric techniques. All tools, materials and personal protective equipment will be provided. Participants must be over 14 years old.

£35 per person, advance booking essential. Please tel: 01629 533540 during normal office hours.

PLACES AND SPACES – The Early Years of Caving in Buxton

Keith Worsencraft talks about the early years of the Eldon Potholing Club

Keith Worsencraft started caving with the Eldon Potholing club in 1957. In the first of four interviews he talks about the early years of the club, meeting the famous French speleologist, Norbert Casteret at the Nottingham Goose Fair, and taking part in a conference on Caving in France in 1959.

The Beet – Some Early Memories

Bess Barton talks to Alan Roberts about her memories of living at the Beet

The latest in our series of interviews about people's memories of Buxton and its surroundings. To watch the video and hear the interview click below.

If you have some memories of Buxton, Burbage, Fairfield, or Harpur Hill please contact us by email,

Serpentine Community Farm Celebrate First AGM

After the AGM there were more Pressing Matters to get on with!

Congratulations to the Serpentine Community Farm on celebrating their first AGM in the most appropriate way.

Janine Morris writes;

"A lovely Apple Day was held at the Serpentine Community Farm on 18th September complemented by the balmy autumn weather. A good number of people dropped in to say hello, including folk just passing through the park as well as members and dedicated volunteers.

Martin Stokes, was a welcome addition to the day, with his fine selection of apple varieties on sale. Apples were pressed with gusto, thanks to the loan of the apple press from Bamford Quaker Community.

The day concluded with our first General Meeting. Two new Directors were appointed and members were updated on the progress made in the previous year, including the renovation of the greenhouse to its former glory, the installation of a new Poly-tunnel, raised beds and cold frames to boost productive growing space, as well as the near completion of the compost toilet.

We updated the success of various projects including the highly successful Grow Wild project with Buxton & Leek College students.

All of the progress made at the site could not have been possible without the all the amazing volunteer help along the way, including our weekly visits from Alderbrook and all the individuals and teams who have dropped in to help, and continue to do so. Here’s to another productive year down at the Farm!"

Buxton Group Celebrate 25 years

Joan Hibbert writes:

The Buxton Group was formed in late 1991 in response to the evacuation of the Crescent earlier that year. Initially our aim was to campaign for the future of the building. His Grace the Duke of Devonshire became our Patron. With the help of a petition presented to Parliament, English Heritage stepped in and the fabric of the building was saved from further dereliction.

The Buxton Group soon took on a wider range of issues in the town. We have campaigned for and supported measures which improve conditions for those living in, working in and visiting the town of Buxton. We monitor, comment on and constructively criticise planning applications and have written to object to several major inappropriate proposed building projects.

We instigated the restoration of the Taylor (Children’s) Well, now situated at the junction of Terrace Road and Spring Gardens and gave a donation. Our group were instrumental in establishing the High Peak Health forum to resist closure of the Devonshire Hospital and pressed for improvements to the health provision in the town. We have written to stress the importance of Buxton retaining an ambulance and fire station and supported keeping the Minor Injuries department open. Our group continue to monitor the condition of the Pavilion Gardens buildings and have met with the Council to discuss our concerns and press for action.

We have close links to the Civic Association, Vision Buxton, Friends of the Pavilion Gardens and the Town Team. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm at the Old Hall Hotel, to discuss and take necessary and appropriate action on what is happening in our town. Members are very welcome to attend these meetings, or you can just become a member to show your support.


Membership Secretary- David Morten please contact for joining details

Joanne Hibbert -Chair

East Midlands In Bloom

Buxton awarded a Silver-Gilt in the RHS East Midlands in Bloom

Another excellent result for the town in the East Midlands in Bloom. Achieving a silver gilt for the second year running. Claire Millard from the Buxton in Bloom team thanked all the individuals and organisations that had been involved. Commenting on the achievement she said;

" Again the town did really well thanks to your support, sponsorship, enthusiasm and hard work! We increased our marks in each of the three categories of horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation and were awarded 160 points out of 200."

Poole's Cavern and Country Park was mentioned in the judges report. They were particularly impressed with the wildflower glades and the sculptures.