Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Bollington Festival 2009



Joe and I went over the hills and crossed the county boundary into Cheshire last Saturday, we went to Bollington to watch the Carnival Procession that is part of the two week long Bollington Festival.

Brass band refelctions 3

Bollington is a long sinuous town, three villages sewn together the building of cotton and silk mills, it has more than a touch of Wirksworth about it, you take a look for yourself on the Bollington web cam. It likes to be known as the Happy Valley and it has none of the pretentiousness of the neighbouring  ‘gold triangle’ Villages of Prestbury, Alderley Edge and the town of Wilmslow.

Powder blue

The procession was as home grown and local as it is possible to get and the town has a strong sense of community; you can listen to the local radio station, Canalside Community Radio here

Be Green

We liked the garden in a wheelbarrow

Bollington community garden

Brass band music it’s a generational thing

Brass band reflections 2

The festival program is stuffed with events, I may have to return, Joe wouldn’t let me follow the artists open studio trail ‘You’ll be aaages’ he said. He was probably right, I have a master plan to return, alone, to indulge in the exhibitions and galleries this weekend.

Three Girls

You can imagine how smitten I was with the felt wall sculpture displayed in the library

Felt wall

I’d have happily taken it home with me.


Or maybe I should make my own, it can’t be a big job, I’m sure it wouldn’t take long.



Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “Bollington Festival 2009

  1. The felt wall is amazing. Do you know if it is needle felted or covered with felt?

  2. It looks like lots of fun and something I’d enjoy indulging in on my own (so I wouldn’t be holding anyone else up).

    The felt sculpture is amazing.

    I like brass bands. I blame that on my husband who dragged me to plenty of brass band concerts.

  3. I – love – that – felt – wall.

  4. The wall was needle felted around a foam block.
    Everyone who made a brick was allowed to insert a piece of paper into the foam with a message on it. These messages are now at the heart of things.

  5. A terrific post, and I’m not surprised that you were rather smitten that wonderful looking felt wall! xx

  6. Cool wall
    Uphill you know you want to do a stone sculpture in your garden.

  7. That felt wall is wonderful, I’m not surprised you wanted to take it home. I know Bollington well, my mum and dad lived there for nearly 25 years, so did I for a few of those years. They are both gone now but my uncle and aunt are still there. Hope you get back to see the galleries:)

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