The Friends of Bourne Wood held their first Wassail in the community orchard in Bourne on Saturday in conjunction with Bourne Borderers Morris. A Wassail is a traditional custom to celebrate the apple harvest and reawaken the trees. The event started at 4.30pm, just as it was becoming dusk with Bourne Borderers dancing. The crowd that had gathered were then offered a taste of either mulled cider or apple juice and some cake, before everyone sung the ‘Apple Tree Wassail’.
The gathering then proceeded into the orchard, the way being lit with lots of natural lights. The trees were blessed with cider, and toast was placed in the branches for the robins, by anyone wishing to take part. The Wassail Queen Emily sang a beautiful solo and the trees were wassailed, followed by lots of noise, with everyone present banging pots and pans, and cheering!
Once back on the hard-standing the Borderers danced again, Emily sang a further lovely song, and all joined in the ‘Here we come a wassailing’.
“Our Wassail, jolly Wassail, joy come to our jolly Wassail. How well they may bloom, how well they may bear, so we may have apples and cider next year”
“Hat-fulls, cap-fulls, three bushel bag-fulls, little heaps under the stairs. Hip, hip… Hooray!”
The evening ended with the Mummers play, and thanks to all for their attendance and help.
The Friends would like to especially thank Bourne Borderers for their help and support with this new event.
The Community Orchard Open Day, organised by the Friends of Bourne Wood, was thoroughly enjoyed by the many people who came. There was live music from Bourne Folk Club, who play regularly at the Masons and Wishing Well, Dyke. They played two sets of lively music – a real mix of Irish, Folk, Country and traditional tunes. As there was plenty of sunshine people were able to sit and enjoy the music, which fitted in very well with the relaxed atmosphere of the orchard.
At lunch time all the seats were taken with people having picnics, supplemented by the delicious cakes from the cake stall and teas and coffees.
Children could try their hands at pebble painting or picture colouring, and while waiting for these to dry were able to hunt for bugs hidden around the trees! There was also a lucky dip, and a guess my name competition.
Meanwhile, adults and children alike could investigate the craft stalls, jam stall or the plant stall.
The Friends had also picked some fruit from the orchard, both to show people the different types of apples and pears, but also so people could take some away with them for a small donation.
A huge ‘Thank You’ goes to Dean Hardy and the other musicians for their entertainment and to all our other volunteers who helped set up and look after the stalls on the day.
The Friends would be keen to hear from anyone who would like to join our committee to take on administrative and fundraising roles. Further information can be obtained from Sarah on 07760468052.
The Community Orchard Open Day was a success enjoyed by those who came. The Greenwood Quire entertained from 11.15am, dressed in costumes from the time, with their music from the 19th Century and readings from poets such as John Clare and Robert Browning. Continue reading The Community Orchard Open Day→