There will be a memorial service for Tim Dudley of Peak Volumes at 2.30 pm on Saturday 12 May at Tideswell Parish Church, with light refreshments afterwards in the Institute (behind the church). All are welcome.
Peak Volumes will be open on Saturday 5 May from 10 am to 4 pm during the Tideswell Food Festival. Browse through the books and buy one of our surprise parcels. And when you have done, pack up your purchases in a hand-made, upcycled fabric bag in return for a £2 donation to Diabetes UK.
Peak Volumes will be open on Wednesday 25 April from 10 am to 4 pm. Pack up your purchases in a hand-made, upcycled fabric bag in return for a £2 donation to Diabetes UK
Christmas eve night
It was a cold night, that Christmas eve night, as we walked back from the pub. Warmed from the fire and the food and the beer, we hunkered down inside hats and scarves and coats and boots, trying to hold onto the heat as we stepped out of the door. Every surface glittered like diamonds, reflecting the chill light of the distant stars. Behind the long snaking dry stone walls, sheep huddled together, and the night was so still and quiet we could hear them breathing. The hills rose up either side of us, crisp white with snow and bathed in the cold light of the full moon. Etched with the blue-black shadows of the winter trees and the footsteps of the fox.
As we dropped down into the village, the windows of the church glowed with the flickering gold of candlelight and the warmth of centuries-old stained glass. Around the edges of the door leaked light and sound, the sweet melancholy of In the Bleak Midwinter and the quiet rumble of prayer.
Tiny white and blue lights edged the trees, lighting our way as we walked through the streets, our footsteps muffled and creaking in the snow that had only stopped falling a few hours before. We tiptoed into the house, not wanting to break the mood of stillness, and stayed silent, arms around each other, bathed in the glow of the damped down fire and the lights of the tree. And as we stood there, the church bells pealed Christmas through the cold night air.
It's that time of year again. And as Tideswell is blanked with snow at the moment, what better pictures to share than the glorious Christmas window from Fiona Courtenay-Thompson, with just a little inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy.
Come along to Tideswell Institute Thursday 23 November to Saturday 25 November for All the Lonely People by Sue Hawkins, featuring Tim as Martin (bit of a love rat!) and Suzanne as Di. Tickets are selling out fast for Friday night so get yours bought soon. Available from Tideswell Stores, Litton Stores and online at Ticket Source
The forthcoming Tideswell Community Players' performance is a two-for-one for Peak Volumes followers - not only is Tim Dudley performing in a short play by Alan Ayckbourn, but the evening also includes four original monologues written by Suzanne Elvidge.
A simple park bench. The complex inner world of those who sit there. Have you noticed those people? Were you one of them?
What takes us there? A desire to be alone and contemplate? To be among others? To have fun? To enjoy nature? To make sense of thoughts and feelings?
Tideswell Community Players’ July production, Park Your Thoughts, features original writing by local writer, Suzanne Elvidge, and A Talk in the Park by popular playwright, Alan Ayckbourn.
A summer afternoon, a kaleidoscope of scenes around some park benches. Through spoken word and lively action we glimpse the inner worlds of those intriguing random characters passing a moment in the park.
7:30pm Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July at The Institute. Tickets from Tideswell Stores and Litton Shop and online through Ticketsource (small fee applies).
In the stunning surroundings of the Cathedral of the Peak, come and browse the work of local craftspeople and makers. Jewellery, hand-dyed yarn, woodturned products, collectable craft books, gifts and other lovely things!
Come along and see some amaking local arts and crafts, including:
The Peak Volumes shop in Tideswell will be closed during January 2017 to allow us to build new shelves and stock take thousands of books. The online bookshop will remain open, so keep browsing and keep buying!
Peak Volumes - a bookshop the way they used to be