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The Oxhill News

March 2015

This months News



WOT2Grow - Community Orchard

What a fantastic response to our first Wassail at the orchard!!

Over a hundred of us gathered at dusk on old Twelfth Night which was a cold evening and Kineton Scouts prepared their burgers and bangers which were very well received and raised funds for their trip to Switzerland this summer. Meanwhile we set out the tea lights in jars to light the way of the procession to the chosen tree. David Sewell was Master of the Fire and kept a roaring bonfire going to warm people up.

Our hot mulled cider and apple juice was well received so we did run out before the start of the procession through the orchard due to the numbers of people who joined us!

Mike Sanderson set the scene and got everyone to respond to the “waes hael” with “drinc hael”! Our Master of the Wassail, Duncan Harper, led us with his torch bearers and Wassail bowl bearer, through the orchard and explained what we were doing in banging saucepans and making lots of noise. We sang a traditional song, threw cider on the tree that was hung with bread pieces, and recited our own verses about the orchard.

We have really started a new tradition which will evolve over the coming years. So we look forward to next year's celebration and hope you will come and help to continue the new traditions!

The orchard is waking up after a couple of quiet months and we have completed pruning the trees and have started on the soft fruit bushes. Here's hoping we have a great blossom time this year!! The autumn raspberries have been cut down and the first organic sprays have been applied to help against peach leaf curl, canker and cane blight. We have also planted some new cherries to make our cherry walk complete!

There's much to be done so why not come along and help out  - just contact one of the team for details of when and what!

 Liz Atkinson (680045), Paul Sayer (680451), Sue and Mike Sanderson (688080)

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