St Wilfrid's Church
Flower Festival 2000

During West Hallam's Well Dressing Festival 2000, the parish church of St Wilfrid's staged a Flower Festival depicting the theme of "A New Beginning". It also housed an exhibition of prints of paintings by, and in memory of local artist, Michael Grgeory. A beautifully decorated entrance porch (below left) was a most welcoming sight at the end of the long approach to the church.

Inside the church there were flowers everywhere from small posies to larger arrangements like this one (right) climbing up one of the pillars at one side of the main aisle.

This display (above) by the West Hallam Methodist Church was entitled "And a little child shall lead them". Another display in the window behind merited closer inspection (right).
Inhabitants of West Halllam had been saddened at Easter by the sudden death of Michael Gregory, who was the instigator of the Well Dressing Festival as it is today. As the programme of events stated, it was his vision, enthusiasm and artistic flair that contributed to the Festival and he will be sadly missed. If the Festival can continue in future years with as much success as this year it will be a fine tribute to a talented man.
Michael Richard Gregory

This exhibition of Portraits by Michael Gregory is arranged by the Gregory family and West Hallam Portrait Group, in memory of Michael, who died at Easter.
Michael was co-founder of the portrait group, and a very talented artist. His enthusiasm and creative talent gave the group a very special quality. Michael was also a devout member of St Wilfrid's church, lending his creativity to many of its celebrations.
This is a selected display of Michael's work, in a place which he loved.
The artistry speaks for itself.

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