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Wassailing

January 9 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Our Wassailing event returns this year, to serenade and praise the trees in the Cell Barnes orchard ensuring a bountiful apple harvest for 2022, it will take place now on Sunday 9th January at 4.30pm, meeting at the Visitor Centre, please join us. 

Decorate yourself with some ivy, leaves and feathers. Bring along something to make a noise like a musical instrument or a pot and spoon and a torch, appropriate clothing and footwear.

The word ‘Wassail’ is derived from the Old Norse ‘Ves heill’, from whence came the Old English salutation ‘Wes Hal’, meaning ‘Be In Good Health’.  The correct response is “Drinc hael. ‘I drink to your health.

The ceremony is intended to begin the process of waking the fruit trees from their winter slumber and to scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit in the Autumn. We will make as much noise as possible to scare off the evil spirits before hanging pieces of toast soaked in the orchard to attract the good spirits or in reality for the robin, a friendly spirit which would protect the trees  before finishing with a rousing chorus of the wassailing song.

Wassail! Drinc Hael!

Our thanks to Colney Heath Parish Council for sponsoring the event.

Details

Date:
January 9
Time:
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
www.highfieldparktrust.co.uk

Organiser

Highfield Park Trust
Phone:
01727847242
Email:
admin@highfieldparktrust.co.uk
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Venue

Highfield Park Trust
Hill End Lane
St Albans, AL4 0RA United Kingdom
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Phone:
01727847242
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