Welcome to the Walthamstow Wassail :-)

Sunday 7th January 2018

For this year’s wassail, we are staying with the theme of Guardians of the Orchard. Last year we met  Robin Redbreast, and were joined by a real Robin who came and sang to us while we were wassailing in Vestry House garden. This year we’re learning about Lazy Lawrence, a flying horse from Somerset. I wonder if we’ll get a visitation?

The Family Wassail will be decorating mini hobby horses with wings for a parade along Orford Road, bringing best wishes for 2018 to everyone around. Traditionally, Lazy Lawrence was seen as a protector of the Apple Orchards during the long winter months in Somerset, and we will be learning a Somerset Wassail song for our parade. The adults will learn it in parts at the Parts workshop, before performing it and other wassail songs at the Nags Head, Bee17 and venues along Orford Road, spreading best wishes for the coming year.

Both wassails start at Vestry House Museum, and we’ll be joining together at 3pm in the Museum garden to bless the mature apple trees. After that we’ll parade along Orford Road, finishing the Family Wassail at Froth & Rind. The “grown up” wassail will continue learning songs in parts, ready for an evening of singing at the Nags Head, BEE17 , and other venues on Orford Road, before ending at Walthamstow Folk Club at the Rose and Crown on Hoe Street.