Blessing of the Wells

 

Well will be completed and on show to all on Wednesday 15th August. Professional photos will be available again as usual to buy as a keepsake of this special year.

 

There will be a service at 6.30pm in the 12th Century Norman Church of St Lawrence followed by a procession through the village, led by the Castleton Silver Band, during which the three Wells and Fair will be blessed.  

 

The Main Well (opposite The Peacock) is erected around the old pump, dating back to  1840. It is in the form of triptych (arranging three screens in one display) reputed to based on the famous triptych in Chatsworth House.

 

The tradition of Well Dressing dates back to 1615, when the village well continued to give water freely in spite of a drought. In Barlow we dress our Wells using the whole flower heads and not petals as in the rest of Derbyshire. The dressing of the Wells is done in position. Elsewhere, the completed panels are brought to the Wells. 

 

The Commonside Well on Valley Road opposite The Tickled Trout and the Small Well on Millcross Lane (near the Methodist Church) are all dressed. Proceeds from the Collecting Box and sales of postcards will go to charities. Find out more about Well Dressing here.

Maypole Dancing

 

On the village green there will be a display of Maypole Dancing organised by Sue Crowley, plus more music from the Castleton Silver Band to keep us entertained.  

Scarecrow Competition

 

All Scarecrows will be out around the village and judging will take place throughout the week. Why not hunt the scarecrows and see how many you can find. Full details about the Scarecrows Competitions can be found here. 

Flower Festivals

 

Both St Lawrence Church and Barlow & Cutthorpe Methodist Church will be decorated with fascinating flower arrangements, pop along and take a look. Cream teas and refreshments will be served in both churches. Opening times can be found here.