Ladies learn roots of well dressing

MEMBERS of Todmorden Ladies Probus Club listened to a talk about the custom of well dressing at their latest meeting.

Peter Dransfield explained how the villagers of Tissington in Derbyshire, having escaped the Black Death in the 14th century, gave thanks by displays of flowers made into pictures mostly from biblical scenes.

Frames of wood are covered in clay, then thouands of petals are pressed into the damp clay.

The festival begins on Ascension Day and the whole village takes part. There is a procession with the local band and clergy taking part, finishing with a service of thanksgiving.

The meeting ended when Mrs Margaret Jackson gave the vote of thanks for a very interesting and informative lecture. Refreshments were served by Mrs Pauline Gill and Miss Davina Cockroft.