the ancient West Country custom of Wassailing apple
trees at West Croft Farm, Brent Knoll, Somerset
on 17th January 2015,
7pm till late.
chanting incantations and (copiously) drinking the health of apple
trees in the hope of being rewarded with a fruitful harvest the
back to the Middle Ages and part of the ritual is to make as much
noise as possible in the orchards to scare off demons and awaken
the ‘spirits of the apple trees’.
of the trees at West
Croft Farm were planted shortly after the First World War and
they maintain the Victorian ritual of firing shotguns over the orchards
to awaken the spirits.
(Was hál in Ancient British, literally translated
as 'be you healthy') was THE bohemian night out of the
year in Victorian Somerset and the 17th December at West Croft Farm
promises to rival its forebears!
of the trees shall be followed by live music from four bands including
the magnificent cider soaked Americana of the Dry White Bones.
There will also
be appearances from the Langport Mummers and the famous West Croft
Belly Dancers and many ‘unscheduled’ entertainments!
will be a plethora of traditional foods and cider based drinks available.