January 16, 2011
photos: Burnham area wassailing ceremonies attract big crowds
centuries-old Somerset tradition of wassailing - when good health
is wished on apple crops for the coming year - was performed at
two events near Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday night (January 15th).
Cider Farm in Brent Knoll and Rich's Cider in Watchfield held
traditional ceremonies in front of big crowds of hundreds of people
to raise cash for charity.
a bid to ensure a good apple harvest the following year, music
and singing was held before cider-soaked toast was hung from the
trees to ward off evil spirits.
John Page, who led Brent Knoll's ceremonies, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It was wonderful to see so many people taking part in this
traditional ceremony. Everyone had a great time and was in fine
of pounds is expected to have been raised from the events. The
Watchfield fun was held in aid of The National Blind Children's
Society and Gateway Club, while the Brent Knoll event was raising
money for children's charity CLIC Sargent.
Chalice Morris Men had a key part to play in the ceremonies
Brent Knoll Queen Eleanor was carried to the wassailing tree
on a special chair
Brent Knoll Guides entertained the crowds with enthusiastic drum
Queen soaked a piece of toast in cider before hanging it on the
costumes and noise were encouraged to ward off the bad spirits
Wrinkly Rappers were in action at the Brent Knoll event
Page and Bob Filmer ran the raffle at Brent Knoll's wassailing
Page was the 'master of ceremonies' who guided proceedings
crowds also turned out to enjoy the cider-fuelled fun at Rich's
of Burnham Rotary Club helped to organise the popular Rich's event