Due to the wonderful weather we're having at the moment the 2012 Gala moved to the Community Centre in a slightly slimmed down form, but that didn't dampen spirits (unlike the occasional shower). To us the new venue created amuch better atmosphere in the closer confines of the Community Centre and grounds.
The day also saw musical performances from Whitwell Brass Band in the morning, and local band After Hours later in the day with a great selection of rock classics and newer covers as well.
For the younger visitors the highlight was Savage Skills (as featured on ITV's Lets Get Gold) and their freestyle mountain bike stunt displays throughout the day.
The 40th year of the Whitwell Well Dressing saw an impressive display of 3 scenes, one created entirely by the members of the Scouts and Guides without any adult help.
The rain (mostly) held off, the sun shone (on and off), the band played, people sang, drank tea and ate scones whilst being entertained by Casper and the Fleas – Whitwell’s very own ‘Uke’ rock band.
Hopefully the Scouts and Guides have raised themselves some well earned funds in the process.
Whitwell Against Alkane will be holding a public meeting on 5th July at 7:30PM in the Community Centre.
As we already know, Alkane Energy Plc. withdrew their planning application last month leaving WAA with funds left over from the various fund raising activities. The plan was always that any money left over would be distributed to local projects/groups – this meeting is to help decide where that money should go, so WAA need input from as many people as possible.
The 2012 Whitwell Well Dressing Festival will commence on Saturday 7th July from 1PM with a parade around the village and celebrations at the two village pumps.
This year is the 40th year for the Well Dressing Festival in Whitwell and to celebrate the Scouts and Guides have produced a book showcasing many of the designs over the years.