Well dressing to mark First World War


Well dressings in Waingroves commemorated World War I at a special ceremony on Saturday May 10 at the village church.

Two well dressings were prepared, one designed by local artist Graham Smith, the second by children from Year 4 of Waingroves Primary School.

Well dressing is a summer custom practised in England where people give thanks for water by creating decorative panels from flower petals. The custom is most closely associated with Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

Waingroves Well Dressings are hosted and organised by members of Waingroves Methodist Church. Organiser Margaret Bailey said: “It brings members of the community together to produce something very special and enjoyed by everyone.”

The Well Dressings were dedicated on Saturday by Reverend Judi Smart with a short service of worship.