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Blue bells in Corbar

The Blue Bell by Emile Bronte

The blue bell is the sweetest flower
That waves in summer air;
Its blossoms have the mightiest power
To soothe my spirit's care.

There is a spell in purple heath
Too wildly, sadly dear;
The violet has a fragrant breath
But fragrance will not cheer.

The trees are bare, the sun is cold;
And seldom, seldom seen;
The heavens have lost their zone of gold
The earth its robe of green;

And ice upon the glancing stream
Has cast its sombre shade
And distant hills and valleys seem
In frozen mist arrayed -


The blue bell cannot charm me now
The heath has lost its bloom,
The violets in the glen below
They yield no sweet perfume.

But though I mourn the heather-bell
'Tis better far, away;
I know how fast my tears would swell
To see it smile today;

And that wood flower that hides so shy
Beneath the mossy stone
Its balmy scent and dewy eye:
'Tis not for them I moan.

It is the slight and stately stem,
The blossom's silvery blue,
The buds hid like a sapphire gem
In sheaths of emerald hue.

'Tis these that breathe upon my heart
A calm and softening spell
That if it makes the tear-drop start
Has power to soothe as well.

For these I weep, so long divided
Through winter's dreary day,
In longing weep--but most when guided
On withered banks to stray.

If chilly then the light should fall
Adown the dreary sky
And gild the dank and darkened wall
With transient brilliancy,

How do I yearn, how do I pine
For the time of flowers to come,
And turn me from that fading shine
To mourn the fields of home -

Our Latest Statement on the Coronavirus lockdown 31st May 2020

Our Latest Statement on Coronavirus

31st May 2020

In view of the rapidly developing coronavirus crisis and its possible implications for our staff, volunteers and visitors, Buxton Civic Association board of trustees have decided that the Cavern, Visitor Centre and Cafe will remain closed to the public until 30th June 2020.

This is a temporary closure. The decision will be reviewed at that time, but will remain under constant review in the meantime.

This is clearly a dynamic rapidly changing emergency situation which we will have to continue to respond rapidly and flexibly to.

The board of trustees continues to meet using video conferencing technology and all groups are being encouraged to do the same.

All our public talks and events for April, May and June are cancelled, but we hope to be able to resume in the autumn. We are looking at running some talks remotely using Zoom and will post details when they are available.

We intend to keep our woods and Buxton Country Park open to the public and we will continue to encourage as many people as possible to use them for exercise and emotional and spiritual refreshment.

We have launched a funding campaign to support the work in the Woods

PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL Woodlands and environmental CHARITY
It has been great to see so many people enjoying our woods, and
we want people to be able to continue to enjoy them but we need to keep them safe by
maintaining the paths
making sure that fallen or falling trees are safely out of the way.

AND Covid - 19 has taken away all our income.

So we are asking you to help us, by texting WOODS to 70450 to donate £3, texts cost £3 plus standard message rate,

Thank you so much for your support. Enjoy the woods and Stay well and safe.


If you have any questions regarding this email please contact Simon Fussell on 07974 138549
or via email to communications@buxtoncivicassociation.org.uk

or Alan Walker on 01298 26978 or via email to manager@poolescavern.co.uk

The well being and safety of our staff, members and visitors is of paramount importance.

Our Latest Statement on Coronavirus 18th March 2020

In view of the rapidly developing coronavirus crisis and its possible implications for our staff, volunteers and visitors, Buxton Civic Association board of trustees have decided that the Cavern, Visitor Centre and Cafe should be closed to the public with immediate effect.

This is a temporary closure until the end of March, in the first instance. The decision will be reviewed at that time, but will remain under constant review in the meantime.

This is clearly a dynamic rapidly changing emergency situation which we will have to continue to respond rapidly and flexibly to.

We intend to keep our woods and Buxton Country Park open to the public and we will continue to encourage as many people as possible to use them for exercise and emotional and spiritual refreshment.

The wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our top concern.

MEMBERS TALK ON THURSDAY 19th MARCH CANCELLED

We have decided that in the interests of the health and safety of our members, speaker and staff to cancel the talk at the Dome this Thursday.

We hope to rearrange it later this year.

We will post updates on future events here and on our Facebook page.

The British Cave Science Project

Making Cave Science Accessible to all at Poole's Cavern

This unique project based at Poole's Cavern (Peak District) aims to promote UK cave science by offering an open access cave research facility for the science community. Alongside providing a safe working environment, the cave science centre already has a wide variety of “baseline” climate monitoring, from which high-resolution data is being produced. This data is available to anyone who wishes to use it, promoting the development of high quality science projects backed by years of monitoring data.

​Keep up with the science we are doing by following the Blog page for the latest updates.