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Lamps at the ready for Colwall Wassail this weekend

Malvern Editorial 15th Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE COLWALL Wassail is set to take place this weekend.

People taking part have been asked to gather at the Colwall Stone at 6pm where a torch-lit procession will set off at 6.30pm heading towards Colwall Village Garden.

The traditional mid-winter festival is designed to ‘wake up’ the apple trees to encourage them to produce a good harvest. Its name is derived from the Old English greeting ‘Waes Hael’ meaning good health.

The ceremony will involve pouring cider on to tree roots, lifting a boy, known as Tom Tit, into a tree to place toast in the branches – to toast the trees – and making lots of noise to drive away evil spirits.

There will be food and drink provided in the apple packing shed afterwards where people will sing traditional songs.

Those going along have been invited to wear silly hats and clothes suitable for cold weather including wellies in case the orchard is muddy.

A £2 donation from adults is required with funds raised used to conserve orchards.

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