Dame visits High Peak Community Arts

High Peak Community Arts meeting Dame Joan Bakewell - patron of the charity.
High Peak Community Arts meeting Dame Joan Bakewell - patron of the charity.

A baroness came to Buxton to meet the arts charity which she is patron off.

Dame Joan Bakewell met participants, staff and trustees of High Peak Community Arts in Buxton.

She is patron of the Arts charity which supports those who have least access to the arts and culture, through arts and well being programmes, young people’s writing and music workshops and a variety of community projects.

High Peak Community Arts staff Alison Bowry and Sophie Mackreth said the meeting with Dame Joan had been a real boost for the organisation.

Chair of trustees, Ann Lyon, said: “We are delighted by the continuing support of Dame Joan Bakewell and enjoyed updating her on current and future activities at the meeting in Buxton.  

“We are hoping that others will join Joan in supporting High Peak Community Arts and the valuable work they do.”

The group provides opportunities for people to participate in creative arts projects to enhance their quality of life.

Thirteen year old Georgia Tyler from Fairfield talked to Dame Joan about some of the writing and art work she had been doing as part of the Tall Tales project and the Young Writers’ Camp she had attended.

Gillian Ayre, from Glossop, also spoke to Dame Joan about the work she has done with the organisation. She is their longest standing participant and started with a creative writing project for adults in which they created a book.

She said: “The meeting with Joan was terrific. I felt completely at ease with her and felt she was really interested in what we were doing. She was really very encouraging and a wonderful person.”