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Wassail 2023

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We’re honoured to be helping facilitate the Wassailing at the amazing Redcatch Community Garden on Sun 15 January, 1pm.


Come and learn the Apple Wassail song in a free harmony workshop, take part in the ancient ritual of blessing the trees and enjoy the community garden and café, who are serving mulled cider and apple juice. Bring Poland and pans and anything to make a noise and wake the trees!

We hope that the apple trees we bless on Sunday will grow into mature trees and bear fruit for the community for many years to come!

Details below:

1pm – A free singing workshop in the beautiful canopy space, open to everyone who’d like to learn the Apple Wassail song. Lyric sheets will be provided. Harmony parts will be taught (but feel free just to sing the tune). The workshop will be led by Heartwood Chorus.

All are welcome, all ages, all abilities, all voices: no experience necessary. This is a folk tradition and isn’t a polished thing, and we believe singing is something to take part in, not just to listen to. If you think you don’t have much of a singing voice, we especially encourage you. Come and have a go!

2pm – The wassail ritual. We’ll pour cider on the roots of the apple trees, chant, sing and bang pots and pans to ward off evil spirits (please bring a pot to bang if you’d like!)

Wassailing is a Twelfth Night tradition that has been practised in England for centuries. Come and participate in an old English folk tradition, where we bless our little apple trees so that they have plentiful harvests in the future. It has its roots in a pagan custom of visiting orchards to sing to the trees and spirits in the hope of ensuring a good harvest the following season.

Heartwood Chorus will help us with the singing and encourage everyone to have a go, even if just singing a line in the chorus.

Though there are no rules, some folk like to dress in very bright colours when wassailing. Feel free to dress up!

The workshop space is the amazing Canopy, seen above. It has cover from the elements, but plenty of ventilation for safety. We love singing there!

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