Wassail Bourne Community Orchard 2019

The Friends of Bourne Wood, in conjunction with Bourne Borderers Morris, held their third Wassail in the community orchard in Bourne on Saturday.   A Wassail is a traditional custom to celebrate the apple harvest of last year, to reawaken the trees, and to encourage them to bear fruit this year.  The weather kept threatening to rain but that did not deter the large crowd of around 100 that had gathered by 4.30pm to join in the celebration.  Everyone was welcomed to the event, and then Bourne Borderers commenced the proceedings with a traditional Morris dance.  Those attending were then offered a taste of either mulled cider or apple juice and some cake, before everyone sung the ‘Apple Tree Wassail’.

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A Wassail is a traditional custom to celebrate the apple harvest of last year, to reawaken the trees, and to encourage them to bear fruit this year. Photograph: Anna Edgoose-Zagorskaia

The gathering then proceeded into the orchard, led by the Wassail Queen.   The orchard had been decorated with lots of tea lights, and fairy lights and looked magical in the dusk.  The trees were blessed with cider, and toast was placed in the branches for the robins, by anyone wishing to take part, while the musicians continued to play.   The trees were wassailed, with the customary poem, followed by lots of noise, with everyone present banging pots and pans, and cheering!

Once back on the hard-standing the Borderers danced again, and all joined in the ‘Here we come a wassailing’.  The evening ended with the Mummers play.

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Once back on the hard-standing the Borderers danced again, and all joined in the ‘Here we come a wassailing’. Photograph: Anna Edgoose-Zagorskaia

The Friends would like to thank everyone for supporting this event, and especially Bourne Borderers for their help and support, and all those who provided cakes and helped out on the day.