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In pictures: Bisley’s Ascension Day ceremony

Photography by Simon Pizzey


Bisley’s traditional dressing of the village well took place this afternoon, Thursday.

Children from Bisley Blue Coat Church of England Primary School carried out the tradition of dressing their village wells with flowers to celebrate Ascension Day.

The tradition, which carried on even during the world wars, marked its 159th year.

The tradition 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.

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Ukrainian visitors: Mum Yuliet who left Kiev the day after the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24th due to the heavy bombing of her city, now staying in the Stroud area with sons Alexander, nine and Anton, 12. Picture: Simon Pizzey

This year’s event started with a service at All Saints Church, after which the procession saw youngsters walk through the streets to the ancient water head in Wells Road.

Children laid wreaths and floral garlands around the well, including Stars of David, and the years 52 – 22, with letters spelling out the word Jubilee 70.

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