West Hallam Well Dressings 1978 - 2018 Chairman’s Message - updated 29th July 2018

A huge thank you to everyone involved in ensuring our Well Dressing Festival 2018 was a success. Not just the Committee for its enthusiasm and commitment but also the large number of volunteers who make such a valuable contribution. In total I estimate around 75 people volunteer their time towards this significant Community event. There are too many to mention individually but you know who you are and West Hallam is so grateful to you.

I also want to thank everyone who came up to the village on the Festival Day itself because without your attendance there would be little point to the event. It was great to see the centre of West Hallam so busy and to see so many people, both young and old enjoying themselves, supporting our wonderful entertainers, local charity stalls, the magnificent scarecrow trail, the prosecco bar and refreshment areas. Well Dressing is not a fundraising event itself but it is intended to provide an opportunity for our very many local charities and organisations to promote themselves and raise much needed funds.

Photographs of the magnificent Wells and of the event itself are starting to appear and we hope to publish a number on this site in due course.

The Committee were delighted with the amount of visitors considering the very hot weather and the competition from the England football team playing a World Cup game at 3.00pm and the women’s singles final at Wimbledon.

Thank you to those that have told us how much they enjoyed the event. We very much appreciate your positive feedback. The Committee are not sitting back and basking in the success. We have already met to consider what we could do better for next year. We have a few good ideas. If anyone has thoughts and ideas on how we could improve the event then I would love to hear from you. It is a community event and needs to reflect the wishes of the community.

Sadly, we have recently said goodbye to a couple of long standing Committee members and also our Treasurer has decided to step down after 10 years. My biggest concern is for the future of Well Dressing in West Hallam and for it to continue we desperately need some new blood to take us forward. Any contribution you can give would be so very much appreciated. In particular I would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in becoming our Treasurer. Also someone to take over the coordination of the charity stalls and someone with artistic skills to design our big round well for next year and to lead the team who dress it the week before the event. Finally I would like to hear from any local groups/organisations who might fancy designing and dressing the Community Well. This year the Guides had a go and did a fantastic job considering it was their first time, and the same for the local Scout Group who did it the previous year.

If you can help in anyway then please contact me. I would be happy to explain what is involved whether you can help by becoming our Treasurer (full handover given) or want to help dress a well (plenty of guidance and mentoring available). We need to ensure West Hallam continues with its well dressing tradition. This year we celebrated 40 years.

It is such a great event for our community but we need more people to get involved.

Well Dressing Festival Day 2019 will be Saturday 13th July.

Richard Brooks

Chair-West Hallam Well Dressing Committee

Email: Richard-brooks@outlook.com

Mob: 07786 962881

Richard Brooks