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Chesterfield's doing well

Residents and visitors to Chesterfield can visit the town’s annual well dressing festival.

There will be two well dressings on display from Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 September.

The first well dressing, organised and constructed by Chesterfield Borough Council, will be on display at the town pump in the market place.

The theme is Beatrix Potter to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the children’s author and will feature the popular characters Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mrs Tittlemouse.

Donations at the town pump will go to the mayor’s chosen charities - the Macmillan Cancer Centre at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Accessible Derbyshire.

The second well dressing will be on display in the porch of St Mary and All Saints, the ‘Crooked Spire’ church.

The well dressing marks the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Chesterfield and commemorates the occasion when the Earl of Derby, Robert de Ferrers, was found hiding behind the woolsacks in Chesterfield Parish Church and dragged to London to face King Henry III.

Donations left here will go towards the upkeep of the church.

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 visitors come from far and wide to see the well dressings in Chesterfield.

“They can be sure of a warm welcome and the chance to admire the handiwork of all the volunteers who have taken the time to create the artistic displays.”

People can see the wells being dressed from Monday 5 to Friday 9 September in the Pavements Shopping Centre (next to Massarella’s) from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day and in the porch of the ‘Crooked Spire’ from 10am to 4pm each day.

There will be a service of blessing at 10am at the church on Saturday 10 September.

Also on that day, Hallmark of Harmony and Sheffield Harmony, the Ladies’ Barbershop Chorus, will be performing a selection of songs from their respective repertoires in the following locations:

  • 12.30pm to 12.50 pm in Chesterfield Market Hall
  • 1.05pm to 1.25pm at the ‘Crooked Spire’ church
  • 1.50pm to 2.10pm in the Pavements Shopping Centre
  • 2.30pm to 2.50pm in Chesterfield Market Hall.

First published on 30 August 2016 Last updated on 07 July 2017