We’re very much looking forward to this year’s wassailing at the community orchard on Saturday January 10th, 3pm-4pm- and hope lots of people will come.
The cider orchard is through a gate and a couple of very small fields, on the corner of Brookfield Walk and Kelting Grove – see the map for more detail https://transitionclevedon.wordpress.com/projects/the-orchard/
It’s a very simple and community based event, linked to ancient Somerset traditions: wassailing is the custom of waking the apple trees from their winter sleep. Saucepans are banged, which was believed to ward off evil spirits, toast soaked in cider is put in the branches of the guardian tree and cider poured around its roots to encourage a good harvest. There will be the singing of the Wassailing song, apple cake and mulled cider/apple juice.
It’s likely to be muddy, and the ground is a little uneven, so don’t forget your wellies, as well as pans and something to bang them with and join in the fun!
Wassailing is a free community event and everyone is welcome – however, it would be lovely if you wanted to give a donation towards the costs of the day.
Any questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org