Welcome to the third annual Penkhull Wassail


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Come join us for music, dance, free home-made cider wassail and soup followed by a ticket-only Ceilidh, with music from the Shropshire Heroes and caller Dave Ball.

The event features a torch-lit procession through the village, much fun and merriment with Domesday Morris and their guests - including the brilliant Penkhull Brass, the exciting, unstoppable Wytchwood Morris, the wondrous Penkhull Mystery Singers and our fantastic residents of Penkhull... oh, and an apple tree or two!

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" and links back to ancient celebrations pre-dating the Conquest of 1066. The local lord would give food and drink to villagers in exchange for their blessing and goodwill and receiving entertainment in form of song and dance. Cider was important in times past and wassailing also refers to drinking and singing the health of fruit trees. By awakening the cider apple trees and scaring away evil spirits, our forebears hoped their orchards would thrive and produce a bumper harvest in the autumn.

Watch the video from last year’s Wassail:



The Penkhull Wassail - from 4:00 pm


The wassail starts at 4.00 pm with Domesday Morris leading a torch-lit community procession from Penkhull Village Hall through the village and stopping along the way for singing and dancing. See our Contacts page for directions to Penkhull Village Hall.

Here's the rough timetable:
 
16:00 Procession leaves Penkhull Village Hall
16:10 - 16:20 The Bloody Ploughman
16:20 - 16:55 Bakewell Street
17:10 - 17:30 The Marquis of Granby
17:40 - 18:00 The White Lion
18:00 - 18:25 The Beehive Inn
18:30 - 18:50 The Terrace
19:00 - 19:20 The Greyhound Inn
19:20 - 20:00 Soup in Penkhull Village Hall

The Penkhull Wassail Ceilidh (Ticket only) - from 8:00 pm


After the Wassail there will be dancing in the Village Hall - the 3rd Penkhull Wassail Ceilidh with music from the Shropshire Heroes.

For tickets to the Ceilidh (cost £5), contact domesdaymorris@hotmail.co.uk or phone the Squire, Bruce Jarvest on 07828 936110.

Hear all about the Penkhull Wassail on Genevieve Tudor’s Sunday Folk


Domesday Morris were featured on Genevieve Tudor’s BBC Radio Shropshire show on Sunday 8th January, where we talked about the third annual Penkhull Wassail. You can listen again with BBC iPlayer. Here are quick links to our parts of the show:
Two Tunes - Three Around Three and Not for Joe
The Penkhull Wassail - hear all about it in conversation with Genevieve
Another tune - Weasel's Revenge by Jan Hurst

And here’s a quick video from the Legendary Middle Studio: