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HARVEST FESTIVAL: Tenth annual Croxley orchard wassailing ceremony takes place

 Published on: 2nd February 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The 10th annual Croxley Green Wassail took place last month, with community members turning up in their numbers to take part in the old English tradition.

Wassailing refers to an ancient custom where people gather in an orchard of cider production, and recite special incantations and sing to the trees in the hope of a bountiful harvest.

On Tuesday, January 17, the Phoenix Morris morris dancing group and Croxley Mummers took part in the festivities, which have been an official part of village life for a decade now.

A King and Queen of the wassail were chosen, and the revellers enjoyed a good drink. Master of Wassail Mark Saxon performed the ceremony, before everyone headed back to the Coach and Horses for some more drinking, revelling, morris dancing and even a story or two.

Croxley Green Parish Council, which provides support to the event, said on social media: “Many thanks to everyone who made the Croxley Green Wassail such a great community event.

“And now we must be on our way to seek out more good cheer and joy, hip hip huzzah!”

Photo Credit: Justine Osler

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