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Sunday 19th January 2014
Press Release

The sixth consecutive annual wassailing ceremony took place in the Community Orchard on Sunday January 19th 2014, from 3.00 p.m.

A gloriously warm, dry, windless, springlike afternoon attracted at least 130 people to the community orchard to bless the new year, and encourage a good crop of apples this year.
Wyld Morris again led the music and singing and danced for us, while everyone enjoyed hot cider and apple juice generously provided by Dorset Nectar, Sam from Wyld Morris, and the orchard’s own apple juice.

Andy Jefferies led the wassailing account, with a lively and mythical retelling of the wassailing tradition, accompanied not just by his two daughters, who have previously been wassailing queens, but a bevy of young maidens who dipped the bread in cider and cast it into the trees, as did the entire company. Then everyone created a huge clatter of tin lids, bugles, drums etc., which has surely frightened the evil spirits away for this year.

The remaining cider was then enjoyed around the fire with another great story telling by Martin Maudsley, a new resident to Bridport. Martin is a professional story teller, and delighted us on Apple Day; he may be contacted via his website: or on 07761 026460.

Thanks to Andy and to Martin, and to everyone who came and supported us.