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Henstridge Wassail

By j-norman  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

  • Pictures by Victoria McManus


Henstridge villagers gathered at Quiet Corner Farm last Friday for a wassail ceremony in the ancient apple orchards. This traditional ritual involves banging pots and pans to ward off evil spirits, singing, and making offerings to the apple trees in the form of toast, and cider poured round the base of the trees to encourage a good harvest in the autumn. Orchard owner Patricia Thompson welcomed neighbours in for mulled apple juice and cider, accordion music and a very good bonfire.

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