2016 Penkhull Wassail


Saturday 16th January from 4:30 pm


Wassail Dance in the Village Hall from 8 pm



Wassail Image Large

Artwork by Christopher Bell


You are warmly invited to join Penkhull’s Domesday Morris, Penkhull Village Brass and the Penkhull Mystery Singers for the 2nd Penkhull Village Wassail.

So what is wassailing? The word Wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon toast Wæs þu hæl, meaning "be thou hale" or "be in good health". Wassailing is an ancient winter celebration. There are two distinct types, in the first villagers visited the local lord to perform singing and dancing and receiving small gifts in return. The second type of wassailing involved villagers visiting apple orchards where singing, incantations and prayers took place to aid a good apple harvest for the coming season.

The event starts at 4.30pm with Domesday Morris and Penkhull Brass leading a torchlit community procession around the village. The wassailers will visit an old apple tree to give blessing and promote the coming year’s crop, continuing around the village with singing, dancing and visits to each hostelry.

The Wassail culminates with a barn dance in the Village Hall from 8pm with the fantastic band “Skimmity”
Wassail Dance
Entrance to the barn dance is strictly by tickets only obtainable from Domesday Morris at just £5 each.

Contact domesdaymorris@hotmail.co.uk or phone the Squire, Bruce Jarvest on 07828 936110.

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