KERRIDGE AND RAINOW Town in bloom for flower fes­ti­val

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●● VIS­I­TORS are in­vited on a ‘gar­den safari’ around some of Rainow’s most in­ter­est­ing gar­dens.

The event will take place on Satur­day, June 18, when there will be sev­eral gar­dens open for peo­ple to have a look around. There will also be tea and cakes on of­fer, as well as a plant sale.

It costs £3 to see all the gar­dens and there will be a map at the church to high­light their lo­ca­tions.

Tick­ets are avail­able at the gar­dens on the day, by calling, 01625 574918, or email­ing janewar­ren3@gmail. com. ●● THERE will be a beer fes­ti­val over the week­end of June 25 & 26.

The Bolling­ton Real Ale Ram­blers Fes­ti­val will com­bine a fam­ily friend five mile walk around Bolling­ton with a beer fes­ti­val at the Church House Inn.

There will be 11 cask ales from sur­round­ing ar­eas on of­fer, with food served all day.

The walk will take place on the Satur­day morn­ing and there will be entertainment on the Satur­day evening from 8.30pm.

For in­for­ma­tion call 01625 574014. ●● AWARD win­ning vi­o­lin­ist Jen­nifer Pike will be ac­com­pa­nied by Jeremy Pike on pi­ano for the next event on the Bolling­ton Cham­bers Con­cert Sum­mer Sup­per pro­gramme. The per­for­mance at the Arts Cen­tre will be­gin at 7pm on Satur­day, June 25.

Sup­per and wine is in­cluded.

For tick­ets go to the Arts Cen­tre web­site. ●● THE Happy Val­ley Ar­ti­san Mar­ket takes place on the first Sun­day of ev­ery month, with the next date set for Sun­day, July 3.

The mar­ket is open from 10am un­til 3pm at Clarence Mill.

The Mar­ket is formed by Gaze­bos against the back­drop of the Canal and in­cludes a huge mix of home­made prod­ucts by lo­cal artists and crafts peo­ple. There is free park­ing at the back but spa­ces are lim­ited. COLOUR­FUL dis­plays will adorn the town for the an­nual Well Dress­ing Fes­ti­val.

The tra­di­tion of dress­ing or dec­o­rat­ing wells, rivers and wa­ter fea­tures orig­i­nated as a way of cel­e­brat­ing a com­mu­nity’s plen­ti­ful sup­ply of pure wa­ter. Bolling­ton has springs and wells but they are in in­ac­ces­si­ble places, so the well dressers dec­o­rate the town’s brooks, the River Dean and lo­ca­tions such as the Greg foun­tain.

This year’s event has the theme ‘His­tory in petals’ and will in­clude a de­sign for the Queen’s 90th birthday, the Great Fire of Lon­don, Shake­speare and Win­nie The Pooh.

The fes­ti­val open­ing cer­e­mony will take place at the Greg Foun­tain, on Flash Lane, at 11.30am on Satur­day, July 2.

They will re­main on dis­play un­til Sun­day, July 10, with a trail leaflet avail­able to guide vis­i­tors.

Chil­dren from Dean Val­ley Pri­mary School, who are also dec­o­rat­ing a board, will be per­form­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

The well dress­ing dis­plays are made us­ing flow­ers, feath­ers, leaves and other nat­u­ral items stuck on boards filled with damp clay to cre­ate pic­tures. Be­cause the dec­o­ra­tions are biodegrad­able, the boards can only be made days be­fore the ex­hi­bi­tion, and vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to help the well dressers cre­ate their de­signs.

Chris Gosling, who is one of the lead­ers the group, said: “We have a com­mit­tee of about 12 peo­ple we all share the jobs out .

“Some have been well dressers since it started since 2005 and quite a lot of have joined and be­come very skilled at it - but there is al­ways room for more.

“You can be any age. Our old­est petaller is in her mid 80s but we would re­ally wel­come some younger peo­ple.”

The Well Dressers, to­gether with vol­un­teers, will be dec­o­rat­ing the dis­play pan­els from Wed­nes­day, June 29, to Fri­day, July 1, at the Cricket Pavil­ion on Adling­ton Road, Bolling­ton.

Vis­i­tors are very wel­come to come along and watch or take part in the petalling of the pan­els on the Wed­nes­day or Thurs­day be­tween 10.30am and 8.30pm. Fur­ther de­tails are avail­able from Chris 01625 574208.

Last year’s dec­o­ra­tions were based around the theme ‘birth­days and an­niver­saries’ and co­in­cided with the club’s own 10th an­niver­sary


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