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Well Dressing          St Michael’s Church, Pleasley

A Flower Festival has taken place at St Michael’s Church for many years, but Well Dressing was first brought to Pleasley in 1991 by resident Mrs Margaret Wright who was the original artist and organiser of that first well dressing. The design featured Florence Nightingale and the overall theme for the Festival was ‘The Good Samaritan’.

Much planning and hard work goes into the preparation of the festival, culminating in the final week when the well dressing is completed in about six days and the church is filled with wonderful flower arrangements, all following an agreed theme.

Many volunteers come and help with the delicate work of pressing stones, seeds, leaves and flowers into the wet clay.

This can be back-breaking work and requires a certain degree of patience, but the end result is worth it.

Delicious home baked refreshments are available in church each day during the festival and stalls are held on the green in front of church on the Saturday and Sunday.

As well as admiring the Well dressings and the beautiful flower arrangements, visitors are able to experience the peaceful atmosphere of this ancient church and its quiet, country churchyard.

St John Ambulance also produce a well dressing which is displayed close-by the main well. The Brownie “Welcome” well dressing is situated near the main church door.

Pleasley Colliery Welfare Band provide music for the Blessing Service at 3:00 pm on the Sunday and entertain the crowds with a range of popular music.

The Well Dressing and Flower Festival usually takes places during the second weekend in July.

Visitors are also welcome to see the Well in the making in the Pyddoke Room at the church, Monday to Thursday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm during the week prior to the Festival.

We are always looking for volunteers to help with the dressing of the Well or indeed with the construction of the well when it has been completed, as shown below.

   If you can help in any way please contact Val Gamble (See contacts page)