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Toast on a tree

WESTBURY
WASSAILING
17 January 2004
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Wassailers warming up

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Old apple tree, we’ll wassail thee, and hoping thou wilt bear,
The Lord doth know where we shall be to be merry another year.
To blow well and to bear well, and so merry let us be,
Let every man drink up his cup, and health to the old apple tree.


Mick Fletcher and Barry Lane have recently acquired a cider press, which gives them a vested interest in ensuring a good crop of apples in the coming year -- and an excellent excuse for some of Westbury’s residents, suitably fortified with mulled cider, to exhort trees in Westbury orchards to give of their best.

Thanks to  trees in each orchard were ministered to by the Wassail King and Queen by hanging toast soaked in cider on each tree and a sprinkling of cider to their roots. Edwin Phelps and Peter Laws took it in turns to blast trees with their shotguns, the wassailers sang and a peasant disguised as John Barkle insisted on chanting dancing around each tree .

The revellers then staggered back to Old Ditch Farm for the burning of the ash faggot, embers from which will be used to light next year's fire.

Suitable refreshments were provided by hosts Mick and Buffy Fletcher, to whom many thanks for a delightful evening.


Malcolm the Music Man

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Wassail King & Queen

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Youngest wassailer


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