PILTON HISTORY GROUP WASSAIL
The 16th January dawned dry, bright and cold, what a relief. About 200 people gathered at the Hall to watch the Morris dancers, who enlisted some locals (including Michael) to join in their stick dance. The crowd cheered the traditional Mummers’ play in the appropriate places, at the same time as being bemused by the bizarre story line. The play ended with a “glorious crowning” of the Wassail King and Queen, brought to the ‘stage’ by the Dames. Then we followed the drummers up Parsons Batch to Gabriel’s Orchard. Cider and juice were drunk, the Wassail trees were decorated and a traditional Wassail ceremony unfolded. The Village Voices sang beautifully, the brazier roared and the shot gun blasted, spectacularly, to start and stop the huge noise the crowd were making. The orchard looked magical, especially as the light faded over the Tor.
We would welcome feedback to help us decide if we should repeat it next year.
We hear that some people missed the donations buckets. Chris King, Mulberry Cottage, (Treasurer) would be happy to receive any further contributions.
Thank you to all those who came and who helped us to celebrate this ancient tradition. There is a small photo Gallery of the day by Richard Raynsford hosted here: https://scottbaldwin.smugmug.com/Pilton-Wassail-2016/
Maureen and Steve Tofts
GABRIEL’S ORCHARD, PILTON is not just for a January Wassail though;
Many of us enjoyed the Pilton Wassail held on January 16th. Gabriel’s Orchard is there for all of us throughout the whole year. It’s a great place for a picnic or some quiet reflection, with beautiful views acrossto the Tor. Please do go there whenever you wish.
Do you fancy getting involved? Each month we have a working party when we do the seasonal tasks involved in managing an orchard. At the moment we are pruning the trees. You’ll be shown how to do it. Later in the year we will be harvesting the crop, bottling apple juice and making cider.
Our working parties are light-hearted affairs, always involving tea/coffee and biscuits, with some gentle banter. You will be made most welcome. Do come and try it.
For more information contact me on 01749 890357.