Oh apple tree, we'll wassail thee...

Hereford Times: A 2012 wassail. Picture by Richard Shakespeare. A 2012 wassail. Picture by Richard Shakespeare.

CIDER drinkers will raise a glass to the health of Herefordshire’s orchards when they go wassailing this weekend.

Silurian Border Morrismen will host a traditional wassail - an ancient English ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year - in Much Marcle on Saturday (Jan 5).

This year’s event will start at Westons Cider Visitor Centre at 6.30pm followed by dancing and a torchlight procession to nearby cider orchards.

After a traditional ceremony of singing and libations to the trees, there will be music and Mummers performed at The Slip Tavern.

“The poor apple crop this year needs addressing and fast,” said Ian Craigan, who will host the ceremony.

“We need plenty of people there to help with a ceremony that combines fire, poetry, weird gifts, ancient songs and lots of laughs.”

Entry is free, but donations raised on the night will be given to St Michael’s Hospice in Bartestree.

  • Are you hosting or attending a wassail - send us your pictures and write-ups to news@herefordtimes.com or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

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8:20am Fri 4 Jan 13

bobby47 says...

Good grief! I didn't see this coming. That its come to this. Fresh out of any ideas on how to move our bloody economy forwards, we've summoned up a Morris Dance Troupe to perform a pagan jig to please the bloody Gods.
It gets worse by the day and so to does my eczema.
Good grief! I didn't see this coming. That its come to this. Fresh out of any ideas on how to move our bloody economy forwards, we've summoned up a Morris Dance Troupe to perform a pagan jig to please the bloody Gods. It gets worse by the day and so to does my eczema. bobby47

3:48pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Carthaginian says...

Your eczema sounds like it may be less of a worry to you, bobby, than possible senility.

This wassail event has been going on for years, and has always attracted a very good crowd. Bursting at the seams last year.
Your eczema sounds like it may be less of a worry to you, bobby, than possible senility. This wassail event has been going on for years, and has always attracted a very good crowd. Bursting at the seams last year. Carthaginian

5:22pm Fri 4 Jan 13

bobby47 says...

Carthaginian, You're dead right my friend.
My very warmest regards.
Carthaginian, You're dead right my friend. My very warmest regards. bobby47

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