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.