Wassail : Apple Tree Wassail Community Orchard

Join the communities first Apple Tree Wassail on Sun 15th Jan starting at 3pm.

Come along to enjoy, and if you fancy, you can decorate yourself with some ivy, leaves & feathers & bring along something to make a noise, like a musical instrument or a pot & spoon.

The Apple Wassail is a very old tradition practised in the apple orchards of southern England during the winter.

The purpose of wassailing is to ‘bless’ the trees to produce a good harvest for the coming year and generally took place on Twelfth Night (January 5th), or sometimes on 17th January, known as Old Twelfth Night.

Ceremonies of each wassail vary from village to village but usually involve bonfires, singing, dancing & drinking mulled cider.

Generally the assembled crowd encircle the oldest tree in the orchard, and place a piece of toast soaked in mulled cider into the branches of the tree & pour cider on the roots.

Everyone then makes as much noise as they can with musical instruments and pots & pans to ward off bad spirits from the orchard. Then the tree is serenaded with a special Wassail song.

Old apple tree we wassail thee
And hoping thou will bear
For the Lord doth know where we shall be
‘Til apples come another year

For to bear well and to bloom well
So merry let us be
Let everyone take off their hats
And cry ‘Health’ to the old apple tree

Old apple tree we wassail thee
And hoping thou will bear
Hat fulls, cap fulls, three bushel bag fulls
in a little heap under the stairs

Huzza Huzza

‘Huzza’ – it’s an old English word to express approval or delight – like Hooray

St Ives Community Orchard

St Ives Community Orchard has been planted for the benefit of the local wildlife and community.

The aim of the project is to create an area with a variety of different fruit trees and shrubs to enhance the biodiversity of the area, provide habitats for the local wildlife and for the community to enjoy and pick their own fruit.

It is in a beautiful and tranquil spot at the top of the town with views of the ocean and the moors, right next to the Palemon Best Recreational Park & Skatepark.

Check out their website : St Ives Community Orchard

Location

Penbeagle Lane, St Ives, Cornwall.

We are next to the Palemon Best Recreational park & Skatepark.

To find us, if you are going along the Stennack Road that leads out of St Ives, turn up Penbeagle hill from the Firestation and you will see the Palemon best recreation park on your right.

Walk through the play park up towards the skatepark.

Opposite the skatepark entrance & half way up the tarred path, on the left hand side there is a gap in the hedge that leads through to the field.  Follow through to find the Community Orchard.

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