KERRIDGE AND RAINOW Town in bloom for flower festival
●● 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