OBJ's Annual Wassail - The Boot, Bracknell
17th February 2013
This wassail was originally scheduled for January - but this was not to be! It turned out we had picked the only weekend of the year with when the country was at a standstill due to heavy snow. So after a lot of phone calls and emails it was re-planned for 17th February which gave us excellent weather.
accompanied by Ellington Morris, Fleet Morris, Mayflower Morris,
Phoenix Morris and Ridgeway Stepclog. Sadly Wickham Morris and Garston
Gallopers couldn't make it to the revised date but I'm sure we'll be
seeing them during the season.
are due to Pam, for baking
the wassail cake, to Diane and her team at The Boot for coping with us
all, and to Doug, Kate, Andy and various nameless others who
contributed to the singing.
comprised: Alison, Ann, Anna, Chris, Clare, Claudia, Colin, Eddie,
Emma, Gill, Ian, Joe,
Kelly, Lawre, Liz,
Lynda, Mike G, Phil Tony and Vera
|The article in the local newspaper afterwards|| |
|OBJ get started on Dilwyn|
This is the quiet bit. Last-minute instructions are being given to the musicians!
|Then the noisy bit.|
Liz looks like she's going for it!
|Then its Sheepskins for 12|
Kelly, Mike G, Ann and Tony on the left and Gill and Liz on the right
|An East Acton gets started
|It looks a bit like a hand-to-hand combat but they know what they are doing!
|And it gets a bit more organised as it goes along|
Jane (in civvies) and Emma (in Mayflower kit) are in this picture
|One of the waitresses from the pub joined us too!|
St George does battle with the Turkish Knight
|The King and Queen of the Bean are selected by getting the piece of wassail cake that contains a bean.
King Paul II and Queen Sylvie I oversee the wassail
|There's some singing of traditional songs, then we get down to the serious business of putting toast and beer in the apple tree
King Paul is holding the wonderful wassail bowl made by Alan from Garston Gallopers last year.
Our bowl it is made from the white maple tree.....
the tree branches are dipped in beer, the wren is buried in it's roots
and we make a lot of noise to drive off evil spirits.
Ali the Elf assists with items from her wassailing kit
|Future Tesco's lasagne looks on - little does it know!