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Historic Colwall Wassail returns this weekend

Malvern Editorial 16th Jan, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THERE will be plenty of celebrations this weekend when a village celebrates a traditional historic festival.

The Colwall Wassail takes place on Saturday (January 18) with the first meeting place at Colwall Stone in the centre of the village at 6pm.

The Wassail is a traditional Olde English mid-winter festival designed to wake up the apple trees and encourage them to produce a good harvest.

Organised by the Colwall Orchard Group, the Wassail will start with a torch lit procession from Colwall Stone to Colwall Village Garden.

Helen Stace, on behalf of the Colwall Orchard Group, said: “Last year we Wassailed in thick sparkly snow, and were rewarded with a fantastic harvest.  So, this year, we will be Wassailing the new Community orchard to wake up the new trees and encourage them to thrive this year and into the future.

“We welcome everyone to come along.  Please wear silly hats and clothing suitable for the weather, including boots or wellies, as the orchard may be muddy.

“Bring children, torches, lanterns, pots, pans, wooden spoons, horns, whistles, a singing voice if you have one and your sense of fun.”

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