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Wassail set to take place in Bourne Community Orchard

The Friends of Bourne Wood and Bourne Borderers will hold their third Wassail in Bourne Community Orchard, off Beech Avenue on Saturday, January 12.

A Wassail is a greeting meaning ‘Be of good health’, and orchards are wassailed to awaken the trees and encourage a good harvest. Therefore lots of people and noise are required at this event to awaken the trees.

Everyone is welcome to join in this old custom. Wrap up warmly and take your pots and pans to bang and a torch to help see your way to the trees. The event starts at 4.30pm and free refreshments will be available throughout. Donations are welcome.

Bourne Wassailing. Photo: Lee Hellwing
Bourne Wassailing. Photo: Lee Hellwing

The orchard is open for quiet enjoyment on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 6pm or dusk if earlier. There are some benches and picnic tables and everyone is welcome including children and dogs but please ensure all litter is taken home with you. The noticeboard at the beginning of the orchard has information about the trees.

On Saturday mornings there is normally a work party in the orchard from 10am to midday. Contact Sarah - 07760 468052 or visit www.friendsofbournewoods.org.uk for more information about the Wassail or to find out more about Friends of Bourne Wood.

Bourne Borderers is a mixed border side who paint their faces green, dress in green and yellow rag coats with bells and decorated hats.

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