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Croxley gets wassailing

 Published on: 31st January 2019   |   By: Alex Pearson   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents braved the cold temperatures for the annual Croxley Green Wassail ceremony. 

Dozens gathered at the Coach and Horses on January 19, where the king and queen were chosen before the festival moved to Stone’s Orchard for the ceremony. 

The word wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase waes hael, which means good health.

Originally, the wassail was a drink made of mulled ale, curdled cream, roasted apples, eggs, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and sugar.

Afterwards, Rickmansworth’s Phoenix Morris Dancers performed back at the Coach and Horses. 

Councillor Mark Saxon, a Master of the Wassail, said it was a great success. 

He said: “It was fantastic we had Morris dancing from Phoenix Morris and Chiltern Nemeton Gove and around 100 residents. 

“Our thanks go to the Coach and Horses and to Phoenix Morris. 

“It was a beautiful old crisp evening, and everybody had a fanatic Wassail.”

Photo courtesy of Tracey Phillips

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