West Hallam - Well Dressings
w/e 10 July 2005
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Old Post Office

The centre of West Hallam village was closed to through traffic on Saturday afternoon and any vehicle ignoring the signs would have had difficulty getting through anyway. Outside the Old Post Office, a Tea Cup roundabout for the children was blocking most of the road and the cage that can be seen on the right was full of more children bouncing on trampolines. There were also many charity and craft stalls lining both sides of the road.
Marie Curie Display

The event of course was the staging of the annual Well Dressing Festival -a world famous but unique to Derbyshire tradition. Similar festivals take place in towns and villages throughout the county during the summer months and it is possible to visit a different one nearly every week from the beginning of May until the end of September. These three young ladies were capturing "Marie Curie" display on mobile camera-phones. I see I shall have to watch my back, they'll be starting a web page next!

There was plenty to keep everyone amused all afternoon in West Hallam. From a Taekwon-Do display behind the Punchbowl pub and a wood carver in front of one of the cottages to various dance groups in the Old School Square and a Pipe Orchestra in St Wilfrid's Church, the entertainment came thick and fast.

Young Musicians

In addition to all that, there was also a Brass Band full of young musicians outside the Village Hall which was just one of several places where refreshments could be purchased. I found it particularly heartening that the band contained so many youngsters who will hopefully carry the Brass Band tradition on to the next generation.
V For Victory

Some even younger children were having great fun in front of the well dressing outside the school building in School Square. Many wells are dressed with a Biblical theme; others feature topical issues. This one commemorates the end of the Second World War sixty years ago and features a colourful "V" between the dates 1945 and 2005. The pictures on the well dressings are formed by pressing plants and flowers into beds of clay and only last a few days but the flowers and shrubs in front of the building will be there for much longer.
Natural Colour

There were also natural flowers and beautiful colours in other village gardens but most of the crowd had their attention on the dancers in School Square

But probably the star of the show and one that drew most comment was this well dressing outside the Old Schoolroom. Topical and bang up to date it featured a portrait of Bob Geldof K.B.E. and the logo for last week's Live 8 concert and the campaign to "Make Poverty History". Amazing artistry created from leaves and flower petals and a credit to the villagers of West Hallam both for the execution and the sentiment.

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