2019 – Wassail pockets and purses

Sunday 6th January 2019

For this year’s wassail, we will be learning the Malpas Wassail and making Wassail pockets or purses in the Family craft workshop. Many of the Wassail songs mention the use of pockets or purses, as house-holders gave gifts of “a few pence” to children as they came round wishing their neighbours a Happy New Year.

This year we will have two concurrent singing workshops, one for the Family Wassail and one for the Adult part-singing Wassail, both at 2pm in Vestry House Museum. We’ll be joining together at 3pm in the Museum garden to bless the mature apple trees. After that we’ll all parade along Orford Road, singing in the Village Square and visiting Froth & Rind for what has become an annual treat – what will they have in store for us this year? The Family Wassail will finish there.

The “grown up” wassail will continue learning songs in parts, this time in the Nags Head, ready for an evening of singing and eating there, at the fantastic bonfire of BEE17 , and in other venues on Orford Road, before wassailing some endangered trees to boost their strength for the coming year, and ending at Walthamstow Folk Club at the Rose and Crown on Hoe Street.