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In pictures: 160th Bisley Ascension Day well dressing


Children from Bisley Blue Coat Church of England Primary School today took part in the traditional dressing of the village wells with flowers to celebrate Ascension Day and mark the King’s Coronation.

The tradition, which carried on even during the world wars, marked its 160th year this year. It was started in the village in 1863 by Rev Thomas Keble, Bisley’s vicar for almost 50 years, to give thanks for the village’s clean water.

Bisley Wells 14 | In pictures: 160th Bisley Ascension Day well dressing

Since then the school has continued to hold the Ascension Day celebration with the help of parents and grandparents, who create the striking floral arrangements carried by the children.

Bisley Wells 19 | In pictures: 160th Bisley Ascension Day well dressing

This year’s event started with a service at All Saints Church, after which a procession, headed by Reverend Sue Murray, led youngsters through the streets to the ancient water head in Wells Road.

Children laid wreaths and floral garlands around the well, including Stars of David, the letters AD and the year 2023, with musical accompaniment from Avening Silver Band.

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