Richs wassailing
500 people headed to Rich’s Cider Farm in Watchfield, near Highbridge, on Friday (January 18th) for a night of wassailing and entertainment.
The master of ceremonies was Bob Nicholson, with the traditional ceremony seeing cider soaked bread placed into an apple tree by Wassail Queen Evie-Mae Collings and cider poured around its roots. This was followed by the firing of shot guns to scare away the spirits.
St Margaret’s Hospice and a fundraising campaign to buy a defibrillator for the village benefited from the evening.
The Skimmity Hitchers led the entertainment, with a fantastic scrumpy and western night, alongside Bob Darch Music.
Organiser Jan Scott told “The size of this event is increasing massively each year, with people coming from as far afield as Manchester,  London and Bournemouth to attend.”
“A massive thank you goes to all of who helped from the Vagabonds Carnival Club and St Margaret’s Hospice for doing the raffle.”
Photos for from Ollie Woolacott & Dave Burrows