Bisley Well Dressing

Where: Bisley, Gloucestershire at All Saints Church and the Wells on Wells Road nearby
When: Ascension Day
Time: Service 1.30 pm, Procession 2pm


Most well-dressing customs take place in Derbyshire and the Peak District, so the tradition at Bisley in Gloucestershire is very unusual for its location. Every Ascension Day afternoon there is a short service in All Saints Church, then pupils in antique costume from Bisley Blue Coat School form a processon through the streets to the wells carrying decorated bearings, accompanied by the clergy and a silver band.  The bearings consist of flower covered letters spelling ASCENSION and the date as well as hoops and Stars of David. A blessing and singing follow beside the flower bedecked wells, then all are welcome to a tea provided by the WI inside the Village Hall .The wells were restored in 1863 and the tradition has been upheld ever since.

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In 2018 Ascension Day falls on Thursday 10th May.

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