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Friday, 7 December 2012

Wassail in the Pleasaunce!

~ Eat, drink, sing and be merry ~ 

Sunday 6 January at East Greenwich Pleasaunce Memorial Orchard

A ‘wassailing’ festival for young and old to celebrate and tend your community orchard. We’ll be mulching our park’s apple, pear and plum trees – then singing them good health for the coming year! 

  • 11.30am - Volunteers mulch the trees - all welcome to help
  • 12 noon onwards - Mulled cider, traditional songs, storytelling, hot food and drink 

We're really pleased to annouce that we'll have local a capella group Morrigan performing:

'Morrigan comprises Chris Evans, Chris Harrison, Rosaline Hone and Sarah Pavey.  We sing four-part unaccompanied folk songs, mainly traditional but including contemporary material as well.  We are also instrumentalists and provide music for barn dances and ceilidhs - two of us are callers.  We play and sing regularly at folk sessions at The Two Brewers in Croydon. Click here for more about Morrigan.'

12 Days of Christmas
As it's Twelfth Night for our wassail, Shakespearean actor and local resident Peter Hamilton-Dyer will lead us on a quirky route through the 12 Days of Christmas. 

Rich Sylvester and Nick Hunt will weave enchanting tales for young and old. Rich is a local storyteller, historian and forest school teacher. Nick is a storyteller, writer, wanderer and sometime bookbinder.

Martin Guha
Local singer Martin of Eltham Folk Mob will lead us in singing traditional wassail songs to bring good health to our orchard for the coming year.

Crafting for kids
Calling all kids - come along to make your own headdresses and join the wassail procession! Bring old Christmas cards or anything else you think will help you make a colourful crown.

It's been two years since the first trees of our community orchard were planted. Our apple, pear and plum trees are thriving, thanks to the orchard group's tender loving care, so we felt it's time to celebrate! So please join us for the Wassail in the Pleasaunce on Sunday 6 January - everyone is welcome.

 We'll start with some mulching of the trees at 11.30am to help their root development - if you'd like to help with this, please bring a shovel or just your willing self. And supervised children are welcome to help, too.

After that, the fun begins from 12 noon onwards - traditional wassailing songs, storytelling, socialising and mulled cider to warm the cockles, and as always Pistachios cafe will be serving hot food and drinks.

If you're a musician or singer and you're interested in contributing your talents, we'd love to hear from you. For this or for any other information, contact Rich on 07833 538143.

Don't know how to find the Pleasaunce? See the map below.

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