11:00 – 13:00 Village Centre, Trinity Road, Hurstpierpoint
A free workshop led by Brighton Folk Choir leader Jo Burke. She will be teaching songs ready for singing in the evening and telling us a bit about the wassailing tradition. This will be a fun and informal session – no singing experience, or indeed talent, required! Refreshments will be provided. It would be useful if we had an idea of numbers for the workshop. You can register via the QR code in the flyer above, via https://forms.gle/WediJRHuZGw9wdwu6, or by contacting the Parish Office: email@example.com
17.00 – 19.30 Millennium Garden, Hurstpierpoint
The Wassail! Meet at the memorial benches in the Millennium Garden to sing to the old apple trees and encourage them to fruit with ancient traditions involving toast, cider, and lots of noise! We will then process down St. Georges Lane to the Heritage Orchard in Hurst Meadows to sing to the new apple trees there. Feel free to turn up, even if you are unable to make the workshop.
This is a family-friendly event, and all are welcome. Wrap up warm in the evening and be prepared for mud. Bring your own warm drinks, something to make a noise (instruments tuned and percussion, or just everyday objects to bang or rattle) and feel free to dress up. (Lots of ideas online). Anyone with mobility issues is welcome to come to the workshop and the first part of the event in the Millennium Gardens if more convenient.
More information on the tradition of wassailing on the National Trust website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/discover/history/art-collections/wassailing-ritual-and-revelry