Oast Farm Buxted East Sussex – Wassail

Oast Farm held their Wassail again this year to bless the orchards and ensure a good crop in 2019.

Members of the Buxted Bonfire Society, Villagers and visitors joined Oast Farm owners Judith and James Roberts and Liz and Bob Smith along with staff for the annual Wassailing at Oast Farm Buxted on Sunday 20th January. The fun started at 12.00 and continued into the afternoon.

The annual old English wassail tradition to toast the farms orchard and ensure a good crop of apples this coming autumn saw everyone greeted by “Spirimawgus” who are a mixed border morris side that originate from Turners Hill, West Sussex and then the Wassail King and Queen, ten year olds, Alfie and Ella, lead the singing procession to the orchard ,singing and making lots of noise, dancing around the apple trees.

The wassail King and Queen were lifted up into the boughs of the the oldest tree and the Rev Peter Owen-Jones who is the vicar of Firle, Glynde and Beddingham, once again blessed the trees for a wonderful harvest and to awake the cider apple trees and scare away evil spirits to ensure a good harvest of fruit in the Autumn.

Bread soaked in Wassail was then placed in the branches by the children as a gift to the tree spirits…..It worked last year!!

Then it was back to the car park for more dancing, singing and mulled apple juice,and apple cake.

ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)