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Tissington well dressings celebrated today

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

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A VILLAGE near Ashbourne is getting ready for its annual well dressing celebrations.

This year, the Tissington dressings will take place from Thursday, May 29 until Wednesday, June 4.

There are six wells in the estate village which will be decorated.

Each well has a team of 20 to 30 volunteers who contribute to the setting up of the dressing and the event.

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Since the village only has 40 cottages and 150 inhabitants, the teams are drawn from the surrounding area, including Ashbourne.

Each collage takes around 200 man-hours to create and are often of biblical themes and images.

During the week, the village, which has been in the FitzHerbert family for more than 500 years, welcomes 35,000 visitors to view the dressings.

There are also a number of additional attractions on offer, including Herbert's Fine English Tearooms, Edward and Vintage sweet shop and White Peak farm butchery.

Tissington Hall will be open to visitors from noon until 3pm, from Monday, June 2 to Wednesday, June 4.

The guest preacher this year at the annual Service of Blessing of the Wells will be Rev Canon Simon Taylor from Derby Cathedral.

He will preach at the service at St Mary's' Church at 11am on Ascension Day, May 29, followed by the procession and blessing of the wells.

The Vicar of Tissington, Rev Andy Larkin, will take the service and lead his fellow clergy around the village.

Sir Richard FitzHerbert, owner of the estate, said: "The weather has been kind to us in the last week after the very wet winter.

"We are short of some flower colours but I am sure that, fingers crossed, we shall have the six wells erected for Thursday.

"It's important to keep our traditions and we hope that our flower collages will be as captivating and inspiring as ever."

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