Cider celebration to ward off spirits

PUBLISHED: 12:30 04 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 25 May 2010

A CIDER fuelled evening to celebrate an age old custom will take place next week.

A CIDER fuelled evening to celebrate an age old custom will take place next week.

A West Country wassail will be held at Orchard Barns on the A38 in Rooksbridge to ensure a good apple harvest the following year.

The traditions involve a parade, bonfire, song and cider in an orchard and the idea is to ward off evil spirits from the forthcoming apple crops.

The wassail will begin at 6.30pm on January 16 and there will be live music from The Cherry Pickers, accordion music, and a great hamper raffle draw.

A cider bar and a barbecue will be on offer and money raised will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital and the village's Lights for Life charity.

Tickets priced £5 and include a cup of mulled cider with bread and cheese and are available from 01934 750255.

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