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We are two local experienced and qualified counsellors who have decided to join together to offer
On The Horizon Counselling Services.
We have rooms in The Creative Hub at The  Foxlowe Arts Centre  Studio 3, Leek (1-1 counselling)  and 
# 50BroadStreet  Hanley (Offering support Group sessions/work)
We offer Outdoor Counselling which means Walk and Talk Therapy throughout local parks including Biddulph Grange Gardens and Brough Park being popular places, local woods and green spaces and we also offer Indoor Counselling within our cosy rooms.
We work with young people and adults for general counselling, but we specialise in abuse/trauma and attachment therapy.
In the next few weeks we will be hosting an Open House event at the Foxlowe where we invite people to
come up and see what we do, have a natter, cup of tea and some food.
Our aim is to share our safe space to allow people to explore whats troubling them, and help them make
a change in their life.

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New social group for rural residents across the Dales and Moorlands

A new group for Derbyshire Dales and Staffordshire Moorlands residents to meet and make friends is set to be launched.
The first Hartington Rural Social Group is due to take place at Hartington Village Hall from 1 to 3pm on Tuesday 27th February.
People living in rural communities are invited to come together for the meetings to catch up with old friends, make new ones and enjoy each other's company in a relaxed environment over a cup of tea.
The new group has been created thanks to collaboration between Hartington Village Hall, and the Farming Life Centre, based in Bakewell.
The charity was established in 2005 and provides health, well-being and business-related support to over 300 rural residents living across the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Peak District.
Keith Quine, Chair of the Village Hall Trustees, said: “We're so pleased to be able to host this new group and I hope it'll prove very popular with rural residents in and surrounding Hartington.  As well as meeting friends, there are also opportunities for other activities including lunches, outings, events and guest speakers

A packed Village Hall with many friendly faces

. It's an open invitation to come along, there's no need to book in advance. We hope to see many local people there on the 27th of February!”
If you can't make the one in a few weeks' time, a further two meetings have been pencilled in for Tuesday 27th March and 24th April.

The Village Hall lies in the centre of Hartington, next to the Church, with parking nearby (Hyde Lane, SK17 0AW).

For more details, please contact: Rachel Metcalfe, Rural Social Life Group Coordinator at The Farming Life Centre on: 01629 810903 or email: rachelmetcalfe@

The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble

Summer Tour 2018

New single, Sleepy Maggie, out 10 June 2018

GIG: Leek Arts Festival, 24 May 2018

It's been a heady 12 months for The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble. Their acclaimed studio album, Painted , racked up a string of jaw-dropping reviews , and the collective also guested on Fairport Convention's acclaimed 50:50@50 album.

Mean while, in their hometown of Birmingham the full band stunned commuters at Britain's busiest railway station with a pop-up gig, and they wowed audiences at one of the biggest St Patrick's Day celebrations outside of Ireland - for the second consecutive year.

Now the stage-shaking 50-plus ensemble is heading out for their annual summer tour (which includes the fifth edition of their very own festival, Power Folk), and are set to release a remarkable new track, Sleepy Maggie .

A four-and-a-half-minute instrumental, Sleepy Maggie perfectly encapsulates the ensemble's richly layered and powerful sound. With sweeping strings, rolling percussion, tight brass, a fleeting guitar solo, and an unexpected Eastern vocal incursion, it's a dramatic track, both muscular and delicate, oozing global influences.

Says band leader Joe Broughton: “ Sleepy Maggie is a traditional tune which we've deconstructed and rearranged in typical ensemble fashion, pulling in ideas from various members of the ensemble to create something that sounds very very different from versions you might have heard before. The roots of the tune remain – which you can hear in the fiddles at the beginning – but the new arrangement heads off to some interesting and surprising places.

“It's supposed to be deliciously over the top!”

The deconstruction continues with a series of surprising remixes and re-imaginings by various members of the ensemble that pushes Sleepy Maggie further into new musical territories.

“The idea of remixing the track is very much in keeping with the group's approach to making music, of using what could be a straight-forward melody as the basis for a tune and seeing how that can be developed, or pushed, to create something that still acknowledges the original source, but is somehow transformed into something new and exciting,” Joe adds.

Formed in 1997 by fiddle player and arranger Joe (The Urban Folk Quartet, The Albion Band, Joss Stone), The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble's energetic live sets are a sight to behold, featuring a 15-piece horn section, four cello players, five percussionists and four electric guitarists, plus fiddles, flutes, clarinets, euphonium, tuba, and acco rdion! They also all sing too.

Though rooted in traditional folk tunes, the personal influences and interests of each member shapes the set-list, pulling in everything from full-on rock grooves, to funk, jazz, hip-hop and reggae, to sounds from Eastern Europe and Asia. It's a sound they've dubbed ‘Power Folk'.

In their 21 years, the band - based at the prestigious Royal Birmingham Conservatoire – have packed out the Royal Albert Hall, and played some of the biggest festivals in the UK.

2018 sees the ensemble return to Kendal Calling (with The Libertines and Run DMC) and Green Man (with The War On Drugs and Fleet Foxes), as well as bring together their full line-up for their one-day mini-festival, Power Folk 5 (10 June, Birmingham).

Says Joe: “Our main aim is to send people home a little happier than when they arrived.”

Sleepy Maggie is released on 10 June 2018 (CD, digital download, streaming via SAE Records), and the band tour from May through to July. For more information see:

Thursday 24 May 2018

Leek Arts Festival, Foxlowe Arts Centre, Market Place, Leek ST13 6AD

01538 386112


8.30pm uk/event/birmingham- conservatoire-folk-ensemble/

Experience the stunning dawn chorus in the Churnet Valley


Celebrate International Dawn Chorus day with the RSPB on Sunday 6 May with an early morning guided walk around the beautiful Churnet Valley and Bellpit Meadows. Enjoy the sounds of nature in harmony with the rising sun. Early risers will be treated to one of Britain's greatest and most celebrated wildlife experiences – the magical dawn chorus.

Our friendly expert Warden, Paul Bennett, will lead you through the Churnet Valley at a leisurely pace, soaking up the spendour of an English dawn chorus. This guided walk will include a visit to Bellpit Meadows, recently acquired thanks to generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Here you will enjoy the sounds of the meadow and surrounding woodlands and discover more about the rich heritage of this landscape.

The walk will begin at 4:30 am, leaving from Consall Nature Park car park (ST9 0AF), but please arrive 10 minutes before the walk begins. The price is £7 for non-members and £5.60 for RSPB members, £3.50 for child non-members and £2.80 for child members. This walk can be steep in places and may be muddy, so please wear appropriate footwear, and wrap up warm. There are limited spaces available so please book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information about the Dawn Chorus Walk and to book go to our Eventbrite page:

Twitter: Telephone: 01538 384017


Leek & District Footpath Walking Group are looking for new members to join them for leisurely/moderate walks of 5-7 miles once per month on the second Sunday.
They meet at 9:15am at the Market Street West, Leek car park and anyone can join in without obligations to join as a member and if they decide to join then that's a bonus!

For more information please take a look at their Facebook page


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