Barlow 'Small' Well

August 11th - 18th 2010

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The Boy Who Never Grew Up     

The ‘Small’ well, which was opposite the Hare and Hounds on Commonside until 1995 when it was moved to it’s present site next to the Chapel. 

The Small Well is also known locally as the Children’s Well, as it was once the well that was dressed by local children.  Two of the current dressers began dressing the well as young boys; their skills were passed down to them by their father and grandfather.  The Small Well dressers and trustees meet together early in the year to discuss and decide on the theme for the picture.  The theme chosen for the Small Well is usually a topical one and this year the picture celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of J.M.Barrie - May 9th 1860. Best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan - "The boy who never grew up". This year the money raised from donations will go to local charities, to the Society for the Blind and the Macmillan Nurses. As with the other two Barlow wells, the Small Well is dressed in situ, using only whole flower heads, hydrangea being a favourite flower often used for the sky.  

Next theme to be chosen for the Small Well?  Watch this space – or better still come and see for yourself.