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Bakewell and District Historical Society Talk

One man, many ideas: the life and works of Barnes Wallis

Thursday 25 July 2024 7:30pm

Join us for a talk by Peter Rix.

At the Friends Meeting House, Bakewell.

£3 per person on the door. Refreshments available for a donation after the talk.

Play

Without Malice or Ill Will

Written by Ray Castleton. Directed by Jessica Millward.

Saturday 27 July 2024 7:00pm

£10 per person

In the Tudor Hall, Bakewell Old House Museum. Doors and drinks 6:30pm. The play lasts 50 mins, after which there will be a chance to talk to Ray Castleton.

First a miner, then a copper.
Now he's neither, and he's facing his past.

WITHOUT MALICE OR ILL WILL is a monologue delivered by a retired police officer. He tells us of his early life in a mining community, his relationship with his father, his first job as an NCB apprentice and how his uncle persuaded him to give up mining and join the police force. We then hear about his career, particularly during the year of the strike and the infamous battle of Orgreave, when he had to endure the divided loyalties between duty to his oath, from which the title of the play comes, his uniform and his friends, family and his old community. The play ends with him reflecting on how the strike impacted, and continues to impact, on him and his community even forty years later.


WINNER OF AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE FOR MALE ACTOR, BUXTON FRINGE 2019
"The writing is superb: nothing is wasted, every line matters.”
“Ray Castleton, both writer and performer, is pitch perfect.”
“The crucial event, the battle of Orgreave, is a masterclass."
(The Fringe Guru. [Review])

Tour

Ghosts, Myths and Legends

Wednesday 7 August 2024 6:00-7:30pm

£15 per person.

Starts outside the Visitor Centre (Bridge Street DE45 1DS) & finishes at the museum.

Bakewell's long history and numerous sinister events are packed into the Ghost Tour of the town.

The town tour will be followed by a special tour of Bakwell Old House Museum to hear about the witch marks, and some of the stories the paranormal investigators have discovered!

Bakewell Remembered

Session 1: Shops and the High Street

Tuesday 20 August 2024 6:30-8:30pm

In the Main Hall, The Medway Centre. Free entry. Tea & coffee available.

Drop in session, or stay as long as you like! The theme will be Shops and the high street in Bakewell. Do you remember long-closed shops? What they sold? The characters who worked there? Where did you buy your toys, sweets or get your hair cut? Where did the family food get purchased or delivered from?

We want to preserve people's memories of Bakewell and the surrounding villages. Starting with our Bakewell Remembered series, there will be a number of sessions based on various themes:

  1. Shops and the High Street
  2. Pubs and Night Life
  3. Sports Clubs and Venues
  4. 1960's Bakewell
  5. The Showground
  6. Farming / Agriculture

You may want to suggest a theme? Or local village to cover?

Informal talk

Quilts in my Life: An evening with Vivien Finch, quiltmaker

Thursday 12 September 2024 7:00-8:00pm

£6 per person.

In the Tudor Hall, Bakewell Old House Museum. Doors at 6.45pm.

An informal evening with Vivien Finch. She will share some of the quilts she has made over 45 years and talk about their inspiration and techniques. Some examples of her collection of antique doll beds and cribs will also be on display.

Photo: A small quilt made from vintage Laura Ashley fabrics.

Bakewell Remembered

Session 2: Pubs and Nightlife

Tuesday 8 October 2024 6:30-8:30pm

In the Main Hall, The Medway Centre. Free entry. Tea & coffee available.

Drop in session, or stay as long as you like! The theme will be pubs in Bakewell and nightlife in nearby towns and villages. Do you remember going to the Matlock Pavillion, Baslow Night Club, or the Cat's Whiskers? What about the pubs in Bakewell?

We want to preserve people's memories of Bakewell and the surrounding villages. Starting with our Bakewell Remembered series, there will be a number of sessions based on various themes:

  1. Shops and the High Street
  2. Pubs and Night Life
  3. Sports Clubs and Venues
  4. 1960's Bakewell
  5. The Showground
  6. Farming / Agriculture

You may want to suggest a theme? Or local village to cover?