Wassail is an old English word meaning ‘good health’. Our Masters of Ceremonies – Jon Dyer and Marilyn Tucker – look forward to welcoming you to celebrate the season and bless the trees for a good harvest.
All events are free. Wear sturdy shoes and wrap up warm.
Saturday 14 January from 4.30pm
Okehampton Community Garden, Okehampton
At each Wassail we will congregate around a small number of trees, and at each one sing a couple of wassail songs. We will give three cheers and then anoint the tree roots and dress the tree with toast. After the ceremony there will be the chance to sing more wassail songs, and light refreshments will be available. Local performers will have the chance to sing and play at each Wassail as part of the post ceremony celebration. If you would like to perform please make yourself known to Jon Dyer at the event.
If you want to learn Wassail songs in person, for a Wren Music Wassail or to be able to toast your own trees, you can attend a rehearsal:
Wednesday 11 January from 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton
Please note Ebenezer Hall is a listed building and the rehearsal will be up two flights of eight stairs
Alternatively, you can learn Wassail songs and download lyrics and scores in the online group which is available here in our online community.