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West Hallam Well Dressing Festival - 12th to 19th July 2019
Plans are now very advanced for our annual well dressing Festival. The programme of events and timings is now complete and can be viewed on our website www.westhallamwells.org.uk There is also a map of where everything is happening.
The week long Festival kicks off with a concert by the Rolls Royce Brass Band at the White Rose Cricket Club on Friday 12th. The performance starts at 7.45pm and there is ample parking available.
The main Festival Day is Saturday 13th from 1.00pm-4.30pm. The centre of West Hallam will be closed to traffic so you can walk about in safety and enjoy the event. Once again we hope there will be something for everyone. Along with the usual street entertainers, arts market, local charity stalls and refreshment areas (including a prosecco bar), we are welcoming a number of local produce stalls for the first time. We hope visitors enjoy this addition which will be in School Square. Nutbrook Brewery will also be there with a bar for those who enjoy real ale. This year we are expanding the popular free children’s area into the top Dales car park (by Tesco). We hope this will be a safer space for our young visitors.
If you do not fancy the noise and crowds on the Saturday, then join us for our more peaceful offering on the Sunday. In the Village Hall grounds the Matlock Brass Band will be performing at 2.00pm and refreshments of tea and cake will be available in the Hall itself. If you are still in West Hallam at 5.00pm then come along to The Punch Bowl when there will be a “Beer and Hymns” Service during which our magnificently decorated wells will be blessed.
During the rest of the week scarecrows will be on display in gardens around the Village. Buy a map for £1.00 and see how many you can find. For details go to www.westhallamscarecrows.org.uk
Wells will also be on display from Saturday 13th until Friday 19th.
The Well Dressing Committee have worked tirelessly to arrange this event which primarily celebrates the unique Derbyshire tradition of Well Dressing. Please join us when you can.
If you have any questions before you visit then please contact the Chair who would be happy to answer them. He would also welcome your feedback to ensure the event continues to flourish. The Chair is Richard Brooks. Tel: 07786 962881) or email: email@example.com
I would like to thank Frank Hartshorne of West Hallam for adding some information to the photographs, Frank was born in West Hallam in November 1918! A quite amazing and lovely man.
Taken from The West Hallam & Mapperley Church & Community Magazine May 2002