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Anthony Gell School

School well dressing attracts many admirers

Staff and students students from Anthony Gell created this year’s AGS Well Dressing. A Well Dressing which took pride of place in the Memorial Gardens in Wirksworth during the Carnival weekend.

The AGS Well Dressing was designed by students from Year 7 (age 11-12) and centred on the theme of ‘Harry Potter’; in recognition of the fact that it’s 20 years since the release of the first of the books which tell of the adventures of the boy wizard.

In order to create the Well Dressing, staff and students (from Years 7 – 13) worked together throughout the project.

The wooden frame - which has been used by students who’ve attended Anthony Gell in the last 40 to 50 years - is covered in wet clay and it is on this that the colourful design begins to take shape. Groups of 5 to 10 students, with the help of at least one member of staff, each spent about an hour on the painstaking task of attaching individual pieces of bark, grains of rice and petals as well as incorporating many other constituent parts. The students followed the ancient techniques which have been applied to Well Dressings across Derbyshire for generations.  When one group’s hour was up, another’s began and so it went on throughout the week in the lead up to the Carnival weekend.

 hundreds of people who stopped to admire the students’ hard work. Visitors to the Memorial Gardens were very generous with their praise and also with their donations to the students’ chosen charity this year – a charity supporting the needs of people who suffer from motor neurone disease.

The 2017 Well Dressing looked stunning and all who helped should be very proud of their achievements.