West Hallam Well Dressings Chairman’s Message - updated 11 May 2018

Plans are now well advanced for the annual West Hallam Well Dressing Festival and the Well Dressing Committee are expecting another extremely successful and well attended event in 2018.

This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Well Dressing in West Hallam and have put together a programme that lasts for a week from 13th-20th July. The main Festival Day will be Saturday 14th July  which is again planned to be a busy, exciting and vibrant day with plenty to see and do for all ages from 1.00pm-4.30pm. The event will be officially opened at 1.00pm by Councillor Carol Hart at the War Memorial by the entrance to the Church. This immediately follows an Act of Remembrance at 12.45pm as we remember the fallen named on the two War Memorials.

Each year the Well Dressing Committee encourages and receives feedback both good and constructive to enable this significant community event to develop successfully. Last year we received very favourable comments from a number of visitors from outside our community who promised to come again. This year we are extending the publicity even further and hope to attract even more visitors allowing us to showcase our wonderful village.

The Festival Saturday will see the usual street entertainment, Arts Market, local charity stalls, free children’s area, the ever popular prosecco bar, two refreshment locations, the hugely enjoyable scarecrow trail (www.westhallamscarecrows.org.uk) and much more. By popular demand we will be entertained by Morris Dancers. New for this year will be some local produce stalls which was an idea given to us by a local resident and which the Committee are happy to try.

A full programme of activities is now published on this website. The festivities and fun start on Friday 13th when the White Rose Cricket Club are holding a “Proms at the Pav” event featuring the Rolls Royce Band. Details of times and entrance fee are contained in the programme. The week finishes with a St Wilfrid’s Church organised dance at Scargill School on Friday 20th.

We hope to display at least 10 beautifully colourful and artistic Wells to marvel at. The design of the main big round Well at the front of the Village Hall will be from the original one all those years ago. All the Wells will be unveiled on the Saturday and remain on view until Friday 20th, so if the Festival Day itself is too busy and frantic for you then there is plenty of time to come into the village and leisurely visit the Wells.

I’d like to remind you that once again road closures will be in place on the Saturday for the safety of the volunteers setting up the event and for all our visitors. The top Dales car park by Tesco will be closed to all vehicles from 10.00am and the centre of the Village will be closed from 12.00 midday and both areas will open again to vehicles at 5.00pm. I do so hope that this will not inconvenience anyone and for just a few hours let’s stroll around the village in safety.

Please join us over the festive period. Weather permitting, we guarantee you a great time on the Saturday. Plenty to see and do at this free event. Car parking is provided free at Scargill Primary School. All that we hope is that you may purchase some raffle tickets. Consider it a donation towards financing the 2019 event and you might even win a prize which are all kindly donated by local businesses.

Let me know if you want to help in anyway. You will be made so very welcome.

Richard Brooks

Chair-West Hallam Well Dressing Committee

Email: Richard-brooks@outlook.com

Mob: 07786 962881

Richard Brooks