On Saturday evening over 130 wassailers gathered at The Catash Inn, North Cadbury, for what turned out to be our most successful Wassail yet. After being entertained most energetically by the Wyvern Jubilee Morris Men we were led to the Orchard by our Wassail Queen, Keira Hoadley. An intrepid band of Rotarians lit the way and on arrival the wassailers were rewarded with hot mulled cider and our delicious burgers! The proceedings were guided by ‘The Butler’, Mr Alan Stone, local historian and cider maker from Shepton Mallet. This year the assembled throng were invited to walk around the cider tree before singing some traditional wassail songs. After pouring cider around the roots of the tree, Keira climbed the ladder to place toast in the branches to ensure a successful crop.
After the ceremonies we returned to The Catash Inn for a festive meal and more entertainment by the Wyvern Jubilee Morris Men with their Mummers plays.
We were very pleased that BBC Radio 4 came to interview Alan Stone prior to the evenings proceedings which we hope will be broadcast on 7th February, Radio 4 listeners are forewarned…………
A further big thank you to all Brue Valley Rotarians for making this happen and to all the wassailers for their generous support. See you all again next year.
After a very successful Wassail at North Cadbury Brue Valley Rotary Club with support from the Wyvern Jubilee Morris Men ( and Ladies ), The Catash at North Cadbury, Alan Stone, Montgomery’s Cheese, Sparkford Sawmills and many others, over £700 was raised for charities.
North Cadbury Wassail Sat 19th January
Watch this space for more details including photographs.
Those of us of us who were part of the “Swinging Sixties” might recall Mister Murray’s ghastly rendition of “Down Came The Rain”. Hideous as it was, its title was an appropriate memory of this evening’s Big Christmas at Castle Cary. As ever Brue Valley Rotary were in action serving bacon baps, burgers and “the Works ” to the many visitors. This year “the Works” proved particularly popular ; for the uninitiated it is a juicy burger topped with two bacon rashers and a tasty morsel of cheese. The rain certainly came down – despite that it proved to be business as normal. Special mention must be made to Brue Valley’s soft toys team comprising Angela and Liz who sold many cuddly items and raffled a HUGE teddy bear. Morale was high notwithstanding the torrential rain, we worked as a well oiled team and raised useful funds which will benefit local Rotary charities and organisations.
The combined backdrop of Sherborne Castle and the November sun provided a perfect setting for yesterday”s Sherborne Classic Cars cheque presentation. Several members of Brue Valley Rotary Club were present to hand over HUGE cheques to some of the many charities benefiting from this year’s Show. Andrew Davies was in evidence with the HUGE cheques under one arm, the negotiable instruments in a pocket and ensuring the correct cheques went to the right charity representative. After an exhausting morning the seven Brue Valley Rotarians repaired to the Queen’s Arms at Corton Denham.
Many many thanks to all of the Pubs and their customers that allowed us to Collect for Children in Need on Children In Need night 16th November 2018.
Alhampton Inn, Alhampton
Bay Tree, Castle Cary
Bear Hotel , Wincanton
Bell at Evercreech
Dolphin Inn , Wincanton
George Hotel, Castle Cary
Horsepond , Castle Cary
Lydford Cross Keys
Manor at Ditcheat
Nog Inn , Wincanton
Nog Inn , Wincanton
Pecking Mill, near Shepton Mallet
Pickled Inn at Evercreech
Prestleigh Inn, near Shepton Mallet
Quarry, Keinton Mandeville
Smithy at Carlton Musgrove
The Brook House Inn, near Castle Cary
The Camelot Inn, South Cadbury
The Catash Inn, North Cadbury
The Hunter’s Lodge on the A303
The MildMay Arms, Queen Camel
The Montague Arms, Shepton Montague
The Old Red Lion, North Brewham
The Orchard Inn, Galhampton
The Sparkford Inn, Sparkford
The Stags Head, Yarlington
The Star, Bruton
The Unicorn at Bayford,
The Wagtail , Wincanton