Monday, 31 August 2015

Closer to Home - Rossett Village Festival

Rossett is a charming and vibrant village on the main road between Wrexham and Chester.

Saturday August 29th was a day of huge excitement as it was the day of the village festival. There was a host of activities and stalls in the Sports Hall. Outside, there was a hive of activity with a flower show, a dog show, a kit car show, beer tent, hot dog stand, a variety of fund-raising stalls for visitors to enjoy as they sat in the sunshine or mingles. A brass band kept everyone entertained with their lively tunes. The organisers must be congratulated on the organisation, scale and smooth running of the event.
Rosalie Marsh

I was fortunate to be placed in the entrance area where I set out my stall. Around the corner was my chocolatier friend Jo Edwards the creative inspiration behind Aballu Artisan Chocolates - based in the Cocoa Rooms, Rossett. Slices of her delicious chocolate pizzas kept me going throughout the day, especially as I had forgotten to take sandwiches!

Jo Edwards. Aballu Artisan Chocolatier


Liz Thompson

Keeping me company in the entrance area were local photographer Liz Thompson of

Liz Thompson Photography  who now specialises in Pet photography.

and local artist Dennis of artbydennis who had a huge range of "Watercolour paintings of Steam, Marford, Rossett, Wrexham and Venice. Also Acrylic and Oil paintings." on display.(source-Google)

Local artist Dennis

In the main hall, as well as Jo Edwards of Aballu Artisan Chocolates, there was a huge variety of craft and food stalls. Various groups entertained the crowds inside with tap dancing, and singing etc.

How do you find the charming village of Rossett?

As you come off the A483 by-pass you catch a glimpse of the ancient Rossett Mill with its huge water wheel on the side wall. Wikipedia says " Rossett Mill, is a Grade II* listed watermill built in 1588. Of timber framed construction on a stone base, the mill was extended in 1661 and during the 1820s." 

In an effort to get my facts straight I also came across the following: "The mill in Rossett is situated on the south bank of the river Alyn. The original mill was built before 1085 and was mentioned in the original Domesday ..."
(I was informed on Saturday that the real name is Marford Mill as Rossett didn't exist when it was built. Just another snippet of information.)

However, I digress. Passing over the River Alyn and The Golden Lion, pub and restaurant -  our favourite eaterie where we often enjoy Sunday Lunch, you are now in the village proper. Just after Nat Cargius Hairdressing - unisex hairdresser and cosmetic hair consultant who also offers a traditional Italian wet shave with hot towels - we turned into Darland High School and the Sports Hall.

It was a lovely and enjoyable afternoon where I met friends old and new, enjoying many chats about motorbike travels and Italy which is the subject of my latest book - The Long Leg of Italy: Explore with Just Us Two.

Rosalie xx