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Winter Wonder - The Folklore tradition of Wassailing
Boundary Way Allotments and Community Garden
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Winter Wonder - The Folklore tradition of Wassailing
On  the morning of Twelfth Night Join folklorist and artist Anne Marie Lagram for an informal talk and chat session exploring folklore traditions at the start of the New Year. Prepare a drink to enjoy with your own Wassailing celebration.

Wassail your apple trees; celebrate Twelfth Night & other seasonal traditions & customs through snippets of folklore. Via Zoom Anne Marie will be showing you how to make Lambswool, a traditional Wassail drink dating back to at least Tudor times, encouraging you to learn a wassail song, getting you to forage for natural materials to help you go guising and telling you all you need to know to encourage a bountiful harvest, a year full of good fortune and to truly celebrate this wondrous season.

This session is part of the Winter Wonder programme from Boundary Way Project designed to inspire and motivate through creativity and connection during the Winter season. Made possible with support from the Culture Recovery Fund for heritage.

Here is the recipe Anne Marie will be using, please have the ingredients ready if you would like to create with us during the workshop.

Recipe for Lambswool Wassail

1.5 Litres traditional real ale/stout/cider
6 small cooking apples/medium eating apples
1 nutmeg, freshly grated
1 tsp ground ginger
150g brown sugar

Preheat oven to 120C/250F/Gas Mark 0.5 to 1, cool oven

Core the apples and bake for about an hour, or until soft. Let cool.
Put sugar in a large saucepan and cover with some of the ale. Heat until the sugar has melted.
Add the spices and stir to combine.
Add the remaining ale and heat on a gentle heat for 10 minutes while you remove the skins from the apples and mash to a puree.
Add the apple puree to the ale mixture and whisk to combine. Warm through on a gentle heat for about 30 minutes and whisk before serving so that the apple rises to the top and gives a foamy look.

Recipe based on Robert Herrick's poem "Twelfth Night".


And here is a 17th century poem exploring Twelfth Night traditions

TWELFTH NIGHT :  OR, KING AND QUEEN.
by Robert Herrick


     NOW, now the mirth comes
     With the cake full of plums,
Where bean's the king of the sport here ;
     Beside we must know,
     The pea also
Must revel, as queen, in the court here.

     Begin then to choose,
     This night as ye use,
Who shall for the present delight here,
     Be a king by the lot,
     And who shall not
Be Twelfth-day queen for the night here.

     Which known, let us make
     Joy-sops with the cake ;
And let not a man then be seen here,
     Who unurg'd will not drink
     To the base from the brink
A health to the king and queen here.

     Next crown a bowl full
     With gentle lamb's wool :
Add sugar, nutmeg, and ginger,
     With store of ale too ;
     And thus ye must do
To make the wassail a swinger.

     Give then to the king
     And queen wassailing :
And though with ale ye be whet here,
     Yet part from hence
     As free from offence
As when ye innocent met here.

Robert Herrick (baptised 24 August 1591  buried 15 October 1674)

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Boundary Way Allotments and Community Garden

Timezone: Europe/London
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