Radio Four Interview
Blessing the Apple Tree
Wassailing an apple tree is a custom that goes back centuries, and many places across the country where cider is produced have been reviving the tradition in recent years. Wassailing traditionally happens around Old Twelfth Night. It involves blessing apple orchards to make sure that every year the apple trees produce a good crop. The word itself comes from the Old Norse and is a greeting meaning ‘good health’. Fiona Clampin went along to the village of Stoke Gabriel in the area of Devon known as the South Hams to see how they prepare for the big event.
Stoke Gabriel Village will be hosting the Wassail in January.
Stoke Gabriel Wassail 2018 held on 20th January. Gates open 4PM
Wassail is our traditional cider apple blessing celebration in Stoke Gabriel's community orchard and Church Walk. Folk music, Morris dancing, Face Painting storytelling and the Mummers players will entertain the crowds before the Apple Blessing Ceremony within the orchard. Hot homemade food, toffee apples, cakes and drink, available and a well stocked Yarde Cider bar serving hot mulled scrumpy .
PLEASE NOTE THESE TIMES ARE PROVISIONAL AND ARE BASED ON LAST YEARS WASSAIL.
TIMES WILL BE CONFIRMED NEARER TO THE TIME.
4.00 pm Gates open, Food and Bar open, Folk Music
5.00 pm — 5.20pm Newton Bushel Morris Dancers
5.20 pm Wassail Singers
5.45 pm Lantern Procession to Wassail Ceremony
6.15 pm Wassail Singers
6.30 pm — 7.00 pm Newton Bushel Morris Dancers
6.30 pm — 7.30 pm Folk Music (in Old School Room)
6.30 pm — 8.30 pm Story telling with Clive Fairweather
7.00 pm — 7.30 pm Bovey Tracey Mummers Players
Wassail is organised by the Friends of Stoke Gabriel School (FOSS), all proceeds of the event will be spent on enriching the education of the children of Stoke Gabriel. Thank you for your support.