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Celebration of Mayfield's beautiful well dressings

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: June 16, 2014

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VILLAGERS from Mayfield were out in force for the annual blessing of the wells ceremony and summer fete this weekend.

Rev’d Ray Owen welcomed the group at the Trough Well, which had been decorated by the pupils of Henry Prince first school to commemorate the start of World War 1.

The blessing of the well was given by Rev’d Tim Morris, superintendent minister of Ashbourne Methodist church.

The theme for the Middle Well, by artist Fran Carlisle, was the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. The blessing was given by Rev’d Fr John Guest, parish priest at All Saint’s Roman Catholic church in Ashbourne.

Rev’d Ray Owen closed the service at the Peace Well, which had been decorated with a stunning visual representation of the Mayfield train line, designed by artist Philip Barritt.

The service was followed with a summer fete held on the lawns of Mayfield Hall.

The sun was shining as the pupils from Henry Prince first school entertained the guests with dancing round the Maypole.

Osmaston Wind Band provided the music for the afternoon, with a selection of modern and classical tunes.

There were a number of stalls for guests to enjoy, including plants for sale, refreshments, tombola and arts and crafts.

A spokesman for the event say: “The whole Mayfield community is very supportive of the well-dressing tradition, particularly the Prince family, who allow artists and the petallers to create the dressings on its farm; and Michael Brett who opens up his garden at Mayfield Hall to provide the lovely location for the fete.”

Each year, Mayfield's petallers faithfully return and are very skilled in their artistic interpretation, but new recruits to the tradition are always encouraged.

Anyone who would like to get involved with this ancient tradition should contact Linda on 01335 344290.

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