West Hallam - Wells & Scarecrows
w/e 16 July 2023

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

Well Dressing Festivals are held in villages throughout Derbyshire during the summer months and the one nearest to Ilkeston is at West Hallam which, with its associated Scarecrow Trail, can usually be seen early in July. The Festivals are always subject to the vagaries of the British weather and unfortunately, early July saw changeable conditions with plenty of rain and even the occasional thunderstorm. West Hallam Festival's opening day with its charity stalls and street entertainment when the roads were closed for the afternoon, was marred by such conditions.

Matlock Town Band

Sunday was a better day, in fact it was probably the best day of the week, and an appreciative audience was treated to a concert by Matlock Town Brass Band in the yard at the Village Hall.
Love of Reading

In front of the Hall, Scargill CE Primary School's well dressing was titled "Love of Reading" and a collection box was in aid of the "Wildlife and Countryside Link".
Florence Nightingale

A scarecrow also in front of the Village Hall featured a theme that was repeated in several other displays commemorating the 75th anniversary of the NHS. This one by West Hallam WI was an effigy of Florence Nightingale - although she was around long before the NHS was founded.
The Rainbow

The large circular well dressing in its customary position in the yard at the front of the Hall was inspired by Eastwood born author D H Lawrence and his novel "The Rainbow". The book, controversial when it was first published, has been read and discussed by the village's book group "Wine, Women and Words" and their charity was the Will Garvey Trust Foundation which aims to raise awareness of mental health struggles. The group noted that the rainbow now signifies new hope and happiness.
Tom, Tom the Piper's Son

Across the road from the Village Hall, the Scarecrow Headquarters had a tableau depicting the nursery rhyme "Tom, Tom the Piper's Son".
Miniature Scarecrows

As a fundraiser, an adjacent table had miniature scarecrows for sale.
Roar For The Lionesses

There were more well dressings in the centre of the village and this one, with the Women's World Cup due to start in the near future, was inspired by England's European Championship team, the Lionesses. Titled "A Roar For The Lionesses" the Village Pre-School were supporting the Duchenne UK charity.
School Square

Scarecrows come in all shapes and sizes but this one in a more traditional pose stood at the corner of School Square.

Save The Bees

Close by another scarecrow, dressed as a beekeeper, stood by a well dressing titled "Save The Bees" by West Hallam Minors Club with donations going to the Wildlife Trust.
NHS 75 Years

And bees were there in large numbers on the lavender and all around the WI tribute to the NHS in front of the old school. Their charity box was to support "Ben's Den" a local organisation that provides free holidays in six caravans for children with cancer and is supported solely by fundraising and donations.

Three Well Dressings

Other well dressings in the village centre included the Community Pre-School's "Harlie's Butterfly Garden" (left) in aid of The Dog's Trust, part of the display sadly showing signs of weather related damage; St Wilfrid's Church Well Dressing Team's NHS tribute at the end of the church drive (centre) supporting the Healthcare Worker's Foundation and Stanley St Andrew's Church of England Primary School's "Peace" display (right) in School Square celebrating the culture of the Windrush generation with proceeds from their donations going to the British Heart Foundation.

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