We had a splended turn out for our celebratory tea parties, complete with our amazing sculptures, mugs, plates, tea-cosies and more!
After 40 years, High Peak Community Arts asked – Do you take sugar?
To celebrate the last 40 years and the 40 years to come, we invited you to one of our 40th Anniversary Tea Parties:
Buxton – Sunday 7th July
Glossop – Saturday 20th July
New Mills – Sunday 22nd September
You were welcomed to the Tea Party by life size willow sculptures of the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, a Tea Pot with a Dormouse in it, and Alice from ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Free cakes and hot beverages were served in our handmade ceramic 40th Anniversary Tea Service.
We all drank from our own hand made ceramic mugs, and ate cake from our own plates, all commemorating High Peak Community Arts’ projects of the past 40 years, and made by Project eARTh participants with artist Caroline Chouler- Tissier. The willow sculptures were also been made by Project eARTh with artist Juliette Hamilton. We also had tea cosies representing staff and projects, made by our own Sophie!
Everyone was welcome, and we especially wanted to meet anyone who had taken part in a project in the past, because we are on a mission to collect stories and memories from as far back as possible. Perhaps some of you were in our first major project, Suitcase Circus, or Kick One and They All Limp in 1982. Or the Buxton Community Play, The Heart of the Stone, in 1990. Alison Bowry, Arts, Health and Wellbeing Programme Manager has worked for the organisation since 1990, and she explained, before the events: “We have worked all over the High Peak with lots of other organisations, like youth clubs or community groups, so people don’t necessarily realise that projects they took part in were part of our work. We’d love people to have a look at some of our project names and see if they ring a bell!”
If you missed the parties, we would still love to hear from you! Were you in any of these projects – or any others – in the past 40 years?
Suitcase Circus 1980
Kick One and They All Limp 1982
Commutiny on the Bounty 1983
Silk, Satin. Cotton, Rags 1983
Mrs Higginbottom’s Bridge 1984
Merry Christmas Mr Trash 1985
Chamber of Horrors 1986
Tin Hats and Telegrams 1986
Firefox mid 1980s
Whitfield GRIDs play scheme 1986
BROC – road opposition video 1988/9??
Dice and Vice 1980s
Human Race Video 1989
Buxton Community Play 1990
Youth 600 – The River is Pink and Other Colours 1991
Me with No Imagination 1992
Glossop Chimney 1992
New Mills Value Map 1993
Peak People and The Peaks 1993/95
Names project and HIV awareness 1994/96
Whaley Bridge Women’s Week 1994
Millie The Giant Rambler 1994
Quarries and Lorries 1994/5
Hope Valley Arts and Crafts – Value Map; Look Again & Women’s Voices 1995 onwards
Fairfield Mural 1995
Build on Buxton 1996
Arts Exchange 1997 – 2007
Rural Art Project (youth) late 1990s
Lighting The Peak 2000
Peak Performance Music 2002
Living Here Now (Chinley) 2003 – 4
Arts Exchange Plus 2001 – 2
Exchanges: 2003 – 2005 (Ceramic Clock, One in Eight magazine, Bamford Sculpture)
Peak 11 Summer School 2004 – 2009
Positive Images – Coaster Art 2007/8
Messy Arts – holidays – children’s art days 2000 onwards
War Road, Glossopdale School 2006
Gamesley 1968 – 2004 CD Rom
Woolly Stories and the Yurt! 2007/8 and onwards
On Common Ground 2007
Project eARTh 2010 – ongoing – many projects!
Creative Wellbeing : 2014 to now: Mosaics, Felted wall hangings, ceramic bird bath, ceramic tree of life, willow arbour and angel; Sheep to Craft
A Walk in Time – Totem in High Lea Park 2012
Peak Inside Magazine 2012
Blue John Felts for Buxton Library 2015
Glossopoly 2013 – 15
Tall Tales: 2012 onwards
· Blue John
· 100% Wolf
· Mind Your head
· Enchanted Gathering
· Join The Fight
Shout Action 2013/14
Film Cuts Club 2013 onwards
Music Art Pod 2013 onwards
…And Many More!
40th Anniversary Year Special Events!
FRIDAY APRIL 5TH – 1-3PM – FREE – MUSIC ARTS POD SHOWCASE AT BAND ON THE WALL
SATURDAY MAY 11TH – 5PM – DONATIONS – FILM CUTS CLUB FILM SCREENING – Come and celebrate the completion of our 3 year Children in Need project and cross your fingers for our new application! Free refreshments, donations welcome, all invited. Glossopdale School, Newshaw Lane, Hadfield, SK13 2DA
MONDAY MAY 13TH – 1 – 2.30PM – FREE – RAINFOREST FELTED WALL HANGINGS – Come to the unveiling and celebration of these beautiful wall hangings, created by Project eARTh participants with artist, Carol Wilson. Free entry, free refreshments, all welcome. Fairfield Sure Start Children’s Centre, Victoria Park Road, Fairfield, Buxton, SK17 7PE
JUNE TBC – ETCHED GLASS for WHALEY BRIDGE STATION – Come along to Whaley Bridge train station to see this captivating artwork in etched glass unveiled. Free event, all welcome. Whaley Bridge Station, Market Street, Whaley Bridge, SK23 7AA
SUNDAY JUNE 23RD – 7.30PM – FUNDRAISER – WHALEY BRIDGE CHOIR MIDSUMMER SING. This fundraiser concert from Whaley Bridge Choir sings music from Byrd to the Beatles (via Simon and Garfunkel) with original compositions and arrangements by music director Patrick Gundry-White and poetry from Linda Goulden. Doors and licensed bar open at 7pm. Spring Bank Arts Centre, Spring Bank, New Mills, SK22 4BH. £10 on the door, £8 under 18s and in advance from Springbank Arts and High Street Books.
SUNDAY JULY 7TH – 2 – 4.30PM – DONATIONS – BUXTON 40TH ANNIVERSARY TEA PARTY. “After 40 years we ask – Do you take sugar? Be welcomed to the Tea Party by the Mad Hatter, March Hare and Alice with FREE cakes and drinks served in our Anniversary Tea Service. All welcome – especially anyone who has taken part in the past.” Bottom of the slopes, corner of The Crescent / Terrace Road .
THURSDAY JULY 18TH – 11AM – 1PM – FREE – 40TH ANNIVERSARY TEA SERVICE & WILLOW FRIENDS. A celebration of the making of the stars of our Anniversary Tea Parties, the Tea Service and Willow Sculptures of the Mad Hatter and friends. Made by participants in Project eARTh. Free event, free refreshments, all welcome. Spring Bank Arts Centre, Spring Bank, New Mills, SK22 4BH
SATURDAY JULY 20TH – 2 – 4.30PM – DONATIONS – GLOSSOP 40TH ANNIVERSARY TEA PARTY. The Tea Party travels to Glossop – see 7th July Norfolk Square, Glossop, SK13 8BP.
THURSDAY JULY 25TH – TBC – FREE – MAD HATTER’S TEA PARTY WILLOW SCULPTURES. Pausing their tour of the Tea Parties, the Mad Hatter and friends will be unveiled in their final home. Free event, free refreshments, all welcome. Check the website again soon for confirmed details. Primrose Court, Market Street, Hayfield, SK22 2EW.
AUGUST EVENING TBC – TALL TALES FINALE. Original drama from our youth programme’s Summer School.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH – 4PM – MACBETH. After acclaimed reviews for a Midsummer Night’s Dream in Buxton Fringe Festival in 2018, The Three Inch Fools bring their UK tour of the Scottish play to New Mills, in their inimitable fast-paced, musically driven style. Bring camping chairs and a picnic! High Lea Park, St Mary’s Road, New Mills, SK22 3BW. £10 adults on the door, £8 under 18s or adults in advance, under 10s free. Available from our website or High Street Books.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22ND – 2 – 4.30PM – DONATIONS. NEW MILLS 40TH ANNIVERSARY TEA PARTY. The Tea Party travels to New Mills – see 7th July. New Mills Town Hall, Springbank, New Mills, SK22 4AT.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13TH – 7.30PM – FREE. AGM. Join our Annual General Meeting to quiz staff and trustees about our work, find out about our Friends Scheme and be entertained by local music after the business is complete. Join up as a member for free to be able to vote. Free event, free refreshments, all welcome. Providence URC Church, Mellor Road, New Mills, SK22 4DP
SATURDAY DECEMBER 7TH – 7.30PM – HIGH PEAK ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT. This fundraiser concert from High Peak Orchestra includes Mozart’s Overture, La Clemenza di Tito, Brahms’ St Anthony Variations and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (Eroica). New Mills Town Hall, Spring Bank, New Mills, SK22 4AT. Tickets here or on the door 7.30pm.