VILLAGERS from Mayfield were out in force for the annual blessing of the wells ceremony and summer fete.
Rev’d Ray Owen welcomed the group at the Trough Well, which had been decorated by the pupils of Henry Prince first school to commemorate the start of World War 1.
The blessing of the well was given by Rev’d Tim Morris, superintendent minister of Ashbourne Methodist church.
The theme for the Middle Well, by artist Fran Carlisle, was the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. The blessing was given by Rev’d Fr John Guest.
The reverend closed the service at the Peace Well, which had been decorated with a stunning visual representation of the Mayfield train line, designed by artist Philip Barritt.
The service was followed with a summer fete held on the lawns of Mayfield Hall.
The sun was shining as the pupils from Henry Prince first school entertained the guests with dancing round the Maypole.
Osmaston Wind Band provided the music for the afternoon, with a selection of modern and classical tunes.
There were a number of stalls for guests to enjoy, including plants for sale, refreshments, tombola and arts and crafts.
Each year, Mayfield’s petallers faithfully return and are very skilled in their artistic interpretation, but new recruits to the tradition are always encouraged. Anyone who would like to get involved should contact Linda on 01335 344290.