Ancient rituals at the orchard

Broomfield Community Orchard is inviting you come along, be merry, and make a right old racket tomorrow (Sunday 3 February) as part of the second annual Wassail.

According to Wikipedia, wassail is both an old English word meaning ‘be you healthy’, and the hot mulled cider drunk as part of wassailing, an ancient drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year.

The festivities will be presided over by Master of Ceremonies and accordian player Chris Turner who has requested that attendees come armed with a small bowl (or cup) to drink (and pour the rest over the tree roots) and something with which to make a noise, such as a whistle, horn, drums, tin cans, pots and pans.

The event kicks off at 2 –  but if you have time to spare and can  lend a hand with setting up, please pop along from 1.

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