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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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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/

Join us in the Churnet Valley to enjoy a bug safari!

The RSPB's Coombes Valley nature reserve near Leek is inviting families to join them in a big bug hunt day! Learn how to identify some of the creepy crawlies that live at Coombes Valley.

From sweep netting to pond and stream dipping, there will be plenty of things to see, do and learn! Use a pooter to get a better look at some mini bugs or frolic around a meadow with a sweep net to discover what lurks in amongst the grasses and flowers. Our friendly staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you get to grips with the tricky art of identifying what is found.

Mollie Latham, spokesperson for the RSPB says: “This event is a great opportunity to get up close to the mysterious world of Churnet Valley bug life. We will give families the chance to find out how we survey in different types of habitat and learn how to identify what you find.”

There will even be a chance to discover what exciting species have been caught in the moth trap overnight!

This event is taking place thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) helping us to acquire our new land in the Churnet Valley called Bellpit Meadows. Although we won't be visiting Bellpit on the day, HLF are keen to find out what sorts of bugs live in the area! So, let's rally the troops and work as a team to find as many bugs as possible here at Coombes Valley!

This event will be held at Coombes Valley on Sunday the 27 th of May from 11 am – 3 pm. £5 per child with 20% off for members.

For more information about this bug hunt, email or visit the reserve website at or go to our facebook page

Join us at RSPB Coombes Valley for our annual Hay Day

Join us from 12 pm on Saturday 16th June at Coombes Valley to celebrate hay meadows and how they are benefitting the wildlife of the Churnet Valley. With activities ranging from family crafts to guided walks there will be something for everyone to join in and have fun.

Learn lots about our fantastic diversity of plants with the help of our expert ecologist during one of our guided walks. Starting at 12:30 pm, 2pm and 3:30 pm, this is an amazing opportunity to discover all of the amazing species of flowers that Coombes has to offer, including our outstanding Greater Butterfly Orchids.

Relax by the Yurt with an ice cream whilst enjoying live music from The Idioms, a fantastic local folk band. We will also be serving traditional Staffordshire oatcakes on the day.

Scything demonstrations will be taking place throughout the day as an example of traditional hay meadow management.

Join us in the craft barn for fun family activities, such as making bug bungalows, butterfly and bird feeders, seed bombs and more, and then pop over to the pond for a spot of pond dipping and get up close to some amazing meadow mini beasts. Then let your senses take over on our interactive sensory trail.

There's plenty to see and do on the day, not forgetting our beautiful woodlands, perfect for a peaceful walk, spotting wildlife or enjoying the play trail and canopy walkway.

This event is taking place thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) helping us to acquire our new meadows in the Churnet Valley, Bellpit meadows. Although we won't be visiting Bellpit on the day, Hay Day will celebrate the importance of these meadows and other hay meadows to the Churnet Valley.

12 noon – 4pm, £5 per adult, £2.50 per child and 20% off for members (parking included in price).

For more information about the event please contact Mollie Latham on 01538 384 017 or e-mail Or visit our face book page or our website

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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