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Alice is doing "well" in Chesterfield

people preparing well dressing decorations

Alice in Wonderland is to be the theme of this year's Chesterfield well dressing, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council.

The well dressing will be on display in Chesterfield's market place by the town pump from Saturday 12 to Saturday 19 September.

The well dressing celebrates the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland and features Alice, the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter.

People can see the well being dressed in the Pavements Centre, next to Massarella's Coffee Shop from Monday 7 to Friday 11 September, 9.30am to 4.30pm each day.

Donations at the well dressing will be Pathways of Chesterfield, raising money for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

This charity has been chosen by Mary Gildas in honour of her son Gordon who helped to restore the town pump.

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centre and visitor economy, said: "Well dressing is an old Derbyshire tradition and each year we welcome visitors from far and near to see our well dressing here in Chesterfield.

"Thanks to the staff and volunteers who make this possible through their hard work."

There will also be a well dressing on display in the porch area of St Mary and All Saints Church, the Crooked Spire from Saturday 12 to Saturday 19 September.

The theme of this well dressing is "Fishers of Men", portraying the miraculous catch of fish when Jesus instructs Simon, Peter and Andrew to take the boat further out into the Sea of Galilee.

They caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. Jesus tells them to follow him and that he will make them fishers of men.

This will be dressed from Monday 7 to Friday 11 September, 10am to 4pm each day in the church porch.

Everyone is invited to a blessing service at the church at 10am on Saturday 12 September at the Crooked Spire Church, with Cock and Pynot Morris.


First published on 01 September 2015 Last updated on 12 March 2016