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Apple wassailing, Dorking

Apple trees were wassailed in the Dorking Community Orchard, Surrey, on Saturday 16 January 2022, starting at 4.30 p.m.  The evening was dry and cool and the event well attended.  A large bonfire, and a stall serving apple juice, cider, beer and hot dogs, were provided, Box Hill Bedlam Morris performed, and druids stood around the bonfire to deliver a blessing, before the  ‘little ones’ were invited to dip toast in cider and attach it to an apple (Malus domestica) tree.  Although most people seemed to participate in the blessing, turning to the different points of the compass as instructed, there seemed to be little enthusiasm of placing toast on the apple trees.  Indeed, little attention was paid to the trees.



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