Community Activities/ Well Dressing

Commemorating 50 years since the landing of the first man on the moon

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Well Dressing is a long-standing Peak District tradition in which wells are decorated with natural materials, such as flower petals, moss, fruit skins and seeds, to create very colourful and impressive designs. The tradition probably dates back to pre-Christian times as people gave thanks to the Gods for water.  

Wirksworth has celebrated this custom since 1827 when the first piped water came into the town. It continues today as part of the Wirksworth Carnival celebrations in May and is a unique spectacle for locals and visitors.

For many years a dedicated team of Wirksworth Rotary members and their spouses and friends has designed and created a Well Dressing following different topical themes each year. 

In 2019 we chose to commemorate 50 years since the first landing of man on the moon. It was one of those significant events in our history, when almost everyone who was alive at the time can remember where they were and what they were doing when they first heard the news and saw those grainy images being transmitted back to Earth.

Our chosen theme in 2018 marked 100 years since the foundation of the Royal Air Force, combining the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. Our Well Dressing in 2017 celebrated the 25th anniversary of the formation of Aquabox and in 2016 our picture depicted the world-famous steam locomotive 'Flying Scotsman', which returned to steam on the UK railways that year.

Unfortunately due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, the 2021 Wirksworth Carnival and the Well Dressings have been cancelled, as they were in 2020, so our plans for this year's Rotary Well Dressing have been put on hold, hopefully to be used next year.