We had our first wassail event at the garden on Sunday 15th Jan. Wassailing is an old tradition of wishing health to the orchard for bounty in the coming year. The wassailers gather and sing songs and beat pots to chase the old spirits away. It was a lovely afternoon led by the excellent Sue Webber, an experienced wassailer, who taught us a morris dance and blessed our orchard with last year’s cider. Good fun was had by young and old, wonderful singing from the wassail choristers (organised by Rosamund’s Sarah Davies) with mulled cider, yummy soups and homemade bread and cakes. Thank you to COPSE for planting and donating our latest apple tree – brilliant timing! Thank you to all the organisers and cooks and all who came to join in.

Sue Webber with the wassail bowl
the King and Queen blessing the orchard
Peter “Bee Man” reading poems with the King and Queen
Bit of Morris as you do
The lovely choir

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