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The Apple Tree Wassail - A Revival in Gloucestershire


Dates: 7.30pm Monday 30 January.

Venue: University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, Oxstalls Lane, Longlevens, Gloucester, GL2 9HW

Join the Historical Association (Gloucestershire) and Bill Taylor and Rebecca Kay (ReBil), for the The Apple Tree Wassail – its revival in Gloucestershire talk. 7.30pm Monday 30 January.

The tradition of wassailing is believed to date back to the Anglo-Saxons. There are two distinct forms of the tradition. One is often a form of local charity and involved visits to individual houses. The other, which this talk celebrates, involves blessing orchards to ensure a good crop. The tradition rather faded away in the twentieth century only to revive again as part of the broader folk music revival of the 1960s. This talk will celebrate the wassail and look at features of the tradition across the country and the revival in one corner of Gloucestershire.


This will be an informative and entertaining evening and you can join in with the singing! If you are attending at Oxstalls you are invited to enjoy a mince pie or two, some apple juice and a chat with Bill, Rebecca and members of the Historical Association Gloucestershire branch.


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