CHILDREN from Bisley Blue Coat Church of England Primary School dressed their village wells with flowers yesterday to celebrate Ascension Day.

They were also marking the historic occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with this year being the 159th ceremony that has taken place.

It has long been tradition for the pupils to parade with two large stars, numbers and letters to show the year and the word ‘ascension’, but this year the latter was replaced with ‘jubilee’, and the numbers 52, 22 and 70 will be created with flowers.

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The tradition started in the village in 1863 by the Rev Thomas Keble, Bisley’s vicar for almost 50 years, to give thanks for the village’s clean water.


Since then the school has continued to hold the Ascension Day celebration with the help of parents and grandparents, who create the striking floral arrangements carried by the children.

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The wells dressing event began with a church service, after which a procession, headed by members of the clergy, lead youngsters through the streets to the ancient water head in Wells Road.

The Avening Silver Band played at the wells for the final hymn of the day.

Click the gallery above to view photos taken by Simon Pizzey.