The village of Croxton, situated on the B5026 road between Eccleshall and Loggerheads, is relatively small, but incorporates many outlying rural areas and has its own beautiful parish church of St Paul’s, an Independent Methodist Chapel, a garage with recently rebuilt, refurbished and well-stocked shop and post office, a good Indian restaurant, … and an abundance of wells.!
It has close connections with the neighbouring parish of Broughton, and it was the ladies of Broughton WI who introduced the idea of creating the first well dressing in Croxton last year. This was a great success and a memorable experience both for those who had helped create the well dressings and for the many visitors who came on the day to gather for the traditional blessing and official opening, to walk the wells trail, and take part in the various activities on hand.
As a result it was decided to go ahead with the 2nd Croxton Well Dressing this year on Saturday, 6th July, when the main well dressing will be erected at Boughey’s Well, Main Road, Croxton and the festivities will start at 11.30 am with folk music from the Tern Valley Tinkers and performances by the Beggars’ Oak Clog Dancers, who will no doubt be inviting spectators to join in.
The Eccleshall Scouts will be cooking up tasty bacon baps, sausages and burgers on their BBQ in the Millennium Wood opposite, where you can also have a go at some countryside pursuits such as making fly-fishing bait and traditional woodcraft, and view displays including one by the local Turner Hodgkiss Nature Reserve. Refreshments will also be served in St Paul’s Church, where there will be a music and poetry concert from 2.00–4.00 pm showcasing talent from the local community.
The traditional Blessing and Official Opening will take place at Boughey’s Well at 12.30 pm, when it is hoped the sun will shine on a good crowd of visitors.
Parking will be signposted and available in a field nearby or at the Vernon Yonge Arms from which a footpath leads directly to the church.
The theme chosen for this year’s main well dressing is ‘The Countryside Code,’ whose logo forms the background of the design, which also depicts countryside activities such as walking footpaths, fishing and riding. The dog on the lead emphasises the need to enjoy the countryside with due consideration for other wildlife and farm animals, while the diversity of country wildlife is represented by the pheasant, trout and dragonfly.
There will be five well dressings along the wells trail, including one this year by the pupils of the Hugo Meynell primary school in Loggerheads, as this is a project for all members of the community to take part in, not just the WI, and if anyone would like to help or be involved in some way, please get in touch with Ros Langford (01630 620545).
Last year funding was secured from the Rural Development Programme for England (LEADER approach), but this year funds have been raised locally, including much appreciated sponsorship by various organisations and individuals. The money will help towards the cost of buying flowers, clay, printing of posters, hire of a marquee and tables, hire of entertainment, etc. There will also be a collection box this year for donations and any money collected will be used to fund future well dressings.
If you can’t make it to Croxton on 6th July, come and see the well dressings anytime in the following week up to and including Sunday, 14th July.