PICTURES: It’s Well underway! Work begins on Buxton’s well dressings

Volunteers at St John's Church in Buxton preparing the well dressings. Pictured is Belinda Oakley.
Volunteers at St John's Church in Buxton preparing the well dressings. Pictured is Belinda Oakley.
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The work is well underway on Buxton’s beautiful well dressings, ahead of Sunday’s blessing ceremonies.

A team of skilled volunteers are busy preparing the intricate floral displays which will be a feature of the 2016 Buxton Well Dressing Festival.

Visitors are invited to go along and witness the long-standing custom in action at St John’s Church today (Thursday), tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday, before the floral tableaus are placed on display in time for the start of the festival on Sunday.

The Market Place Well will this year depict Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, marking 100 years since the birth of the great storyteller Roald Dahl.

In honour of 2016 being the ‘Year of the English Garden, the St Ann’s Well in the Crescent will feature a beautiful floral design including many favourite English garden flowers.

The Taylor Well at the top of Spring Gardens - also known as the Children’s Well - has again been designed by Buxton Community School pupils, who also have a hand in the dressing process.

Volunteers at St John's Church in Buxton preparing the well dressings. Pictured are Pauline Ashmore, Claire Millard, and Sonia Burgess.

Volunteers at St John's Church in Buxton preparing the well dressings. Pictured are Pauline Ashmore, Claire Millard, and Sonia Burgess.

Also taking place at St John’s Church this week is an exhibition of the history and origins of well dressing, alongside a photographic exhibition from the Tarmac archive of the limestone industry in the Buxton area.

‘Blessing’ services will be held at the wells on Sunday. Members of the clergy, ministers and dignitaries will gather at St Anne’s Church at 1.45pm for a short service, before a civic procession will parade through the town, with each well being blessed in turn. Music will be provided by Fairfield Band.

This will be followed at 3.15pm by the crowning of Buxton’s 2016 festival queen at St John’s Church by guest of honour, Netta Christie.

Paige Victoria Farlam is taking on the role of queen, and will be supported by rosebud Evie Howe, senior attendants Rihanna-Maia Lomas and Alexandra Elizabeth Farlam, and junior attendants Ellie-Grace Mellor, Marianna Mosley, Layla Green and Daisy Long.

Volunteers at St John's Church in Buxton preparing the well dressings. Pictured is Jeanette Hamiton.

Volunteers at St John's Church in Buxton preparing the well dressings. Pictured is Jeanette Hamiton.

Carnival Day in Buxton is the following Saturday July 9, with the parade starting at 2pm.

For more information, visit www.buxtonwelldressing.co.uk.

Volunteers at St John's Church in Buxton preparing the well dressings.

Volunteers at St John's Church in Buxton preparing the well dressings.