DOCTOR PLOTS

LESSER KNOWN LEEK

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WHY DOCTOR PLOTS?

Dr Robert Plot first recorded the Leek phenomenon of the Double Sunset in 1686, where the sun appears to set, rise and then set again.

As just one of the ‘Lesser Known Leek’ facts we decided to name our annual event after Doctor Plot. Through arts. crafts, storytelling, theatre, a parade and other nonsense we celebrate Leek’s rich and varied heritage. In previous years we have celebrated Leek’s replica of the Bayeux Tapestry, Textile industries, the local poem Gawain & The Green Knight, Officers from Napoleon’s army living in Leek (as POW’s), Bonnie Prince Charlies last stop over in Leek before being routed and more.



For 2017 we are exploring and messing about with the ancient Lowes or burial mounds, the dragons that may or may not have been in the area and the Bronze age Leekfrith torc recently discovered.

We hope that you will join us in the workshops, walks, talks and activities as we continue to celebrate Doctor Plots Lesser Known Leek.

Workshops

We run a range of workshops, talks and activities to join in with, have some fun and (hopefully) learn a little about Leek and Leek’s rich history and heritage.

For 2018 our themes are Leek’s connections with water, The Suffragette movement and the famous medieval poem Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

  • 19TH JUNE SUMMER SOLSTICE  LEEK WATER PHOTOWALK
  • JULY 1st MAKE YOUR OWN SUFFRAGETTE ROSETTE
  • JULY 1ST EMBELLISH A SHIELD OR AXE IN THE STYLE OF THE STAFFORDSHIRE HOARD
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Workshops

LUD'S CHURCH, THE GREEN CHAPEL in Sir Gawain & The Green Knight

The world famous medieval poem, Sir Gawain and The Green Knight has an anonymous author, it was written locally, probably by a monk and features many of Leek & The Staffordshire Moorlands geographic features. The story culminates in Lud’s Church aka The Green Chapel. The story features heavily in Doctor Plots – this year we have street theatre retelling the story, and later in the year a talk by Gawain expert Clive Foden and a guided walk covering the very paths explored in the poem to Lud’s Church

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LUD'S CHURCH, THE GREEN CHAPEL in Sir Gawain & The Green Knight

Community Parade July 2nd

July 2nd is a packed day for Doctor Plots. As well as the street theatre at 11am, craft workshops for all ages and story telling we have a big parade at 2pm to escort the victorious Sir Gawain through town to the Market Place for a final retelling of the famous story.

Some of our workshops are making accessories (out of cardboard) for young knights to form part of the parade but we’re encouraging you all to dress up and join in, medieval style. Knights, Knightesses, Princes, Princesses, Kings, Queens, Monks and all.

Bring a flag or two, crazy hats, banners, the more the merrier!!

Assemble 1:50pm at Sparrow Park to be part of this crazy bit of fun! (children to be accompanied by a responsible adult)

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