Saturday, January 04, 2014

Wassailing in East Greenwich Pleasaunce

Wassailing is an old English custom of singing and drinking the health of fruit-bearing trees (especially apple trees) to encourage a good harvest later in the year. It traditionally takes place on Twelfth Night.

The Friends of East Greenwich Pleasaunce are holding their second annual wassail in the Memorial Orchard there tomorrow, Sunday 5 January, 12 noon to 3 pm, with music, storytelling and a wassail procession. East Greenwich Pleasaunce is a small park with its main entrance in Chevening Road and a smaller gate half way up Halstow Road SE10. It was formerly the cemetery for the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich.

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