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18th Feb 2018 No Finer Life

A Dogwood Production by Graham Harvey

“A really lovely story, beautifully told.” London Theatre April 2017

Graham Harvey, for twenty years the Agricultural Story Editor of The Archers and writer of more than 600 episodes, brings to the stage the true tale of an unlikely Cotswold hero and an enduring romance.

Set in the Oxfordshire countryside at the end of World War Two, rich in tradition and full of vivid, memorable characters. But this is no nostalgic, bucolic ramble.
This is Elizabeth’s story...

What inspires a young Somerset land girl to set off in search of a best selling author in the darkest days of war? The story moves between the 1940s and the current day, reflecting that the love of the countryside, the need to protect it and issues of national identity, are timeless. “When peace is won, we fight for the land we love”…

Graham Harvey will be taking part in an after-show conversation – included in the ticket price -where he will discuss the issues in the play…and all things Ambridge!

Elizabeth is played by Rebecca Bailey and the show is directed by James Le Lacheur, who has recently spent a year in London’s West End in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The show features new live music composed and performed by Alastair Collingwood, who has written scores for numerous theatre shows, including Betty in London’s West End, directed by Kathy Burke, and Cora with Dana Gillespie, which also toured the USA. His TV credits include the title music for French and Saunders (BBC1), Rhona (BBC 2), Vanessa’s Real Lives (ITV 1) and How Clean Is Your House? (Channel 4), amongst many others.

Includes after show discussion with Graham Harvey

Approximate running time: 85 minutes plus interval
Anticipated duration of after-show discussion: 20 minutes
Interval: 15 minutes
Interval between production and discussion: 15 minutes

£12 per ticket. Bar available.

Buy your tickets here:

For directions to the venue, visit www.medwaycentre.co.uk

For more information about the production, visit www.nofinerlife.co.uk

What the papers say

Bailey’s performance is a mini masterpiece as she slips effortlessly between age and encounter, with warmth, wonderment, and magnificent spiky humour.” Chichester Observer, September 2017

Made magical by Alastair Collingwood’s musical scores.” Mid Sussex Times, September 2017


The Medway Community Centre, New Street, Bakewell, DE45 1DY

28th Apr 2018 Magnificent Walk 2018

The Friends of the Peak District annual Magnificent Walk will start and finish at the fantastic traditional country pub and restaurant – the Fleece Inn - in the picturesque village of Holme, near Holmfirth.

The walk

  • 20 beautiful miles from Holme - via the Pennine Way, onto the recently restored Black Hill, above the large mill town of Marsden
  • Then follow the Friends’ Peak District Boundary Walk back to Holme around the northern-most tip of the National Park via the spectacular Royd Edge and Digley Reservoir
  • 15 mile route also available

The logistics

  • Sign-in at the Fleece Inn from 8am
  • 314 bus from Huddersfield at 06:50 and 07:50 (arriving at 07:26 and 08:27)
  • Parking will be available (details to be confirmed)
  • Public toilets are available in the village
  • Drinking water will be made available
  • Walkers can set off no earlier than 8.30am
  • We'll provide route directions and maps. And we'll waymark the route where necessary
  • Runners welcome
  • Dogs are not allowed on some sections of the 20 mile walk. Sorry.
  • Registration costs £12 for adults (£15 on the day). Children under 16 FREE. All proceeds in aid of the Friends of the Peak District.
  • The Fleece Pantry shop will be open from 8am serving a selection of takeaway hot and cold drinks,’holme’ made bread, pies, pasties, cakes and the famous breakfast butties. At the end of your walk, why not enjoy a superb meal at the Fleece Inn, prepared by enthusiastic chefs using fresh local produce, and complimented by a selection of cask conditioned beers and wines from around the world. (Booking is advisable, call 01484 683449).

More information...

Book your tickets today...

(a) Online
Which walk
(b) By post

You can download a registration form HERE and send it to us by post. Please make cheques payable to 'CPRE Peak and South Yorks'.

(c) By phone

You can call us on 0114 279 2655 and pay by card.


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Fleece Inn, Holme, near Hollmfirth, HD9 2QG

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