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In pictures: 161st Bisley Ascension Day well dressing


On a sun-kissed Thursday afternoon, children from Bisley Blue Coat Church of England Primary School took part in the traditional flower dressing of the village wells to celebrate Ascension Day.

The long-standing tradition, which carried on even during the world wars, marked its 161st 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.

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 Well Dressing 2024 8 | In pictures: 161st 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, with musical accompaniment from Avening Silver Band.

Pictures by Matt Bigwood

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