Wassailing at the Stag&Hounds, Binfield
11th January 2004
Our sixth wassail was accompanied by some average weather - nonetheless we conducted the ceremony with due reverence for the tradition and got inside the pub for a mummers play and a protracted session.
OBJ members in attendance were Abi, Anne, Bob, Colin, Chris, Dave K, Doug, Ian O, Jenny, Linda, Mike G, Mike S, Nikki, Pam, Susie, Tony and Vera.
|King Neil I and Queen Fiona I presided over the ceremony, having selected the piece of Wassail Cake containing the bean.|
|The ceremony in progress|
"traditional" songs were duly sung.
Tony, Mike G, Vera and Pam
|Queen Fiona holds up the wren ready for it's ordeal.|
wren duly laid to rest.
No harm was done to animals in the production of this wassail.
Lacking even a substitute shotgun to fire into the branches of the tree, improvisation took over.
|Then we hung around in the winter sunshine while it lasted before entering the pub for the mummers play and session.|