West Hallam - Well-come Return
w/e 17 July 2022

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300

Last year due mainly to the Covid outbreak, the West Hallam Well Dressing Festival was split into two parts with the well dressings being on display at the usual time in July and a Festival Day held in September. This year the Well Dressing Festival made a welcome return to its traditional place in the calendar and ran for a week from Saturday July 9th when these photos were taken on the opening day.

The crowds certainly turned out in force and many gathered in the Dales Car Park to enjoy the entertainment. When we arrived they were enjoying a performance by the Dance Divas but various groups moved around several sites in the village centre throughout the afternoon.
The Village

The main street was closed to traffic and lined with charity stalls and others manned by local groups and of course in the hot weather the ice cream van was doing a roaring trade.

Dance Doctors

We moved into School Square, another location where different groups entertained during the day and the occupants whilst we were there were children from the Dance Doctors Studios.


Also in School Square was the West Hallam W.I.s Peace themed well dressing. As we made our way along The Village between the stalls, there were more dressings and below are just a selection of some of them.
70 Years

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee was a popular theme of course and this one by the children and staff of West Hallam Village Pre-School was titled "70 years of our Queen" with donation via an adjacent collecting box were in aid of "Every One Eats".
Wildlife Garden

Designs based on children's ideas for a "Wildlife Garden" were the inspiration for this dressing outside the Village Hall by Scargill Primary School with donations supporting Rainbows Childrens Hospice.

The large circular dressing in its usual place also in front of the Village Hall, again had a Jubilee theme and had been created by a local book group, Wine, Women and Words. Donation were to support The British Red Cross.
Girl Guide Badges

Between the Village Hall and St Wilfird's Church, the 2nd West Hallam Rainbows, Brownies and Guides were supporting Treetops Hospice and Babbington Rescue with a design incorporating Girl Guide Badges.
Green Canopy

In the church, Imari Chorus and a Recorder Orchestra alternated performances during the afternoon but at the entrance another well dressing by church members celebrated the Jubilee where donations will buy trees for the Queen's Green Canopy for deprived areas and schools.
Other Well Dressings

Other well dressings were by the West Hallam Minors Club supporting Ukraine and raising money for Treetops Hospice; Community Pre-School supporting the Will Garvey Trust Foundation with a dressing celebrating the life of children's author David McKee; Stanley St Andrew's School supporting Sight Support Derbyshire and the Stanley Village Community Association remembering the Bomber Crash near Stanley and raising money for the Poppy Appeal.

Scarecrow Headquarters

The Scarecrow Trail is run in conjunction with the Well Dressing Festival and as we made our way back to the Dales Car park, we passed Scarecrow Headquarters where Trail Leaflets were available.
Morris Dancers

And back in the Dales Car Park, Sullivan's Sword Morris Dancers had arrived for one of their spots in the entertainment programme.

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