Families enjoy wassail in Nailsea

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 January 2019

Families enjoying Transition Town Nailsea's wassail.      Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Families enjoying Transition Town Nailsea's wassail. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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Revellers celebrated one of Somerset’s wackiest annual traditions in Nailsea on Saturday afternoon.

The Barley Rye singers at Transition Town Nailsea wassail.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONThe Barley Rye singers at Transition Town Nailsea wassail. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Transition Town Nailsea put on its popular wassail to bless the town’s apple harvest.

The wassail started off at the Old Farmhouse Pub in Nailsea, where families gathered with their cups and pots and pans.

Wassailers set off on the torchlit procession, accompanied by the butler and the green man with music from Barley Rye.

Guests banged pots and pans to scare away the evil spirits before sampling mulled cider made by Nailsea Cider, and apple juice.

Mike James and Phil Carter of Nailsea Cider with the green man - Steve Cayzer at the wassail.  Picture: MARK ATHERTONMike James and Phil Carter of Nailsea Cider with the green man - Steve Cayzer at the wassail. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The ceremony is held to bless the apples and encourage a good harvest.

Guests made their way back to the Old Farmhouse, in Trendlewood Way, to continue the festivities with a traditional Mummers’ play and more music keeping everyone entertained.

The event is organised by Transition Town Nailsea, which promotes sustainable living.

Members would like to thank the Old Farmhouse, Barley Rye and Nailsea Cider for helping to make the wassail such a success.

The butler - Ron Febrey - and green man - Steve Cayzer.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONThe butler - Ron Febrey - and green man - Steve Cayzer. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The group is looking for new members and its next meeting will take place at the Old Farmhouse on January 30 at 7.30pm.

Wassailers gathering at the Old Farmhouse.      Picture: MARK ATHERTONWassailers gathering at the Old Farmhouse. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Transition Nailsea Wassail at the Old Farmhouse pub.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONTransition Nailsea Wassail at the Old Farmhouse pub. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The Barley Rye singers at Transition Nailsea Wassail.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONThe Barley Rye singers at Transition Nailsea Wassail. Picture: MARK ATHERTON


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