All Souls Dressing
Malvern Spa Association 2021 All Souls Dressing of the Clock Tower, North Malvern Road, WR14 4LX.
At the All Souls time of year the Spa Association dresses a Well Head for the Remembering of a loved one. Here, Rick Banbury, Well Dressing Organiser, explains:
“We last dressed the Clock Tower in 2016, see pictures and since then have dressed Hayslad and Lower Wyche Spout. The event has always been well attended with the public responding enthusiastically to the chance to dedicate a leaf to friends, family and pets that they have lost and to spend a few minutes in quiet contemplation.
2018, at Hayslad, was a notable dressing for the 100 years commemoration of the ending of the First World War. 2019 was again at Hayslad, while for 2020 we moved to Lower Wyche Spout.
This year we are hoping at the Clock Tower for a simple yet poignant dressing. Visitors are asked to hang a plain white ribbon on a small tree on the lawn in front. While inside the Clock Tower, visitors are asked to write, dedicate and tie a note for someone special.
We will be enjoying two Wellhead Celebrations. The first on Sunday 31st October 3pm will be a silent but moving blessing from the Rainbow Guardians.
For the second, on All Saints, 1st November 11:00 we have Rev Becky Elliott, of Holy Trinity Church, North Malvern, giving a formal Blessing.
You can find more details via the Malvern Well Dressing Facebook Page.
All Souls is half a year from the Well Dressing Festival and balances the May Day festival perfectly. May Day in the old ways is Beltane, the last of the 3 fertility festivals while All Souls in the old ways is Samhain – pronounced saa-wain, the last of the 3 harvest festivals.
At this time of year when, most oddly, we seem to laud the spooky side, we Well Dressers offer a thank you to our good friends and family who have passed over.
So please come to the Clock Tower, hang a ribbon and write and hang a leaf in memory of a special person.