West Hallam Well Dressings 1978 - 2018 Chairman’s Message - updated 4 January 2019

Now that we have successfully navigated the Christmas and the New Year celebrations and entered 2019 its time for the West Hallam Well Dressing Committee to begin planning in earnest for the 2019 event. We met as a Committee at the end of November to begin the process of thinking about the format and discussing ideas for 2019. We can confirm that the main Festival Day will be Saturday 13th July and we are hoping that there will be events before and after this focal date to create a week long festival as we successfully did last year in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Well Dressing in West Hallam.

Each year the Well Dressing Committee encourages and receives feedback both good and constructive to enable this significant community event to develop successful. Last year we received very favourable comments from a number of visitors from outside our community who promised to come again. This year we plan to extend the publicity even further and hope to attract even more visitors allowing us to showcase our wonderful village. I have yet to visit well dressing celebrations in any other Derbyshire location that matches the variety of activities and exciting and vibrant atmosphere generated on our Festival Day.

The Committee believe that the main Festival Saturday is a winning formula judging by the large crowds that turn up and the positive feedback we receive and therefore we are planning to provide 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 hopefully much more. We would like to introduce more market stalls as a result of feedback. If you have any ideas for new things to introduce then we would love to hear from you.

More information will follow in the lead up to the well dressing celebrations including a full programme of activities and details of the road closure and the closure of the Dales top carpark. We do hope that these closures do not inconvenience anyone and for just a few hours we want to encourage people to stroll around our village centre in safety.

Following a plea for new committee members we are delighted to welcome Jenny Hall who has taken over the reins of Treasurer and to Kathy Mayer who will be responsible for taking booking for charity stalls. We are also pleased that Kelvin Wongsam has agreed to create the design for the feature big round well this year and the design for the front of the poster and programme.

We still need more help in organising the event and help setting up and taking down on the main day so please let me know if you can help in anyway. You will be made so very welcome.

At this stage we are still looking for a group or organisation that might be interested in helping dress the Community Well. We can provide the clay along with help and guidance. We would love to see more people both young and old having a go at well dressing. Its not as hard as it may look and the results are quite spectacular.

Richard Brooks

Chair-West Hallam Well Dressing Committee

Email: Richard-brooks@outlook.com

Mob: 07786 962881

Richard Brooks