A strange and ancient ritual, which is said to date back to Anglo-Saxon times and can often involve lots of hearty singing and, it must be said, when some drink is taken, is coming to Addiscombe Railway Park on Saturday, January 30.
Because the Friends of the park have decided to go a’wassailing, and invite you to join in.
With new trees planted in the orchard area of the community garden, the Friends of Addiscombe Railway Park are hoping that their ancient folk songs will awaken the saplings from their winter slumbers and “bring a fruitful harvest for the coming year”.
Wassailing has continued into the 21st Century in rural areas, especially in the cider-making areas of south-west England, and is popular among the tree-hugging and Morris-dancing types. And those who drink cider. But this may be the first time that such a ceremony has been initiated in Greater London.
The organisers say: “Wear your warmest brightest clothes and bring your musical instruments, drums, tins, or anything to bang and make a noise. Refreshments and hot drinks will be provided, including a huge cup of hot wassail to be passed around.”
The free event begins at 3pm. It may go on some time…
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