Time to wassail away again in East Greenwich Pleasaunce this Sunday

The Morris dancers are returning to East Greenwich Pleasaunce again

After a break because of the pandemic, East Greenwich Pleasaunce’s New Year Wassail is back this Sunday. RICH SYLVESTER explains more…

As with all local parks, East Greenwich Pleasaunce has been a place to escape to during the pandemic. Beneath the veteran trees on this site a new orchard of plums, apples and pear trees was planted in 2012. Volunteers can join – Planting in the Pleasaunce – or Pip! to care for these trees.

Pip! also organises an annual wassail. This old English tradition – connected to Twelth Night – is to celebrate and bless the trees with cider in the hopes of a good harvest in the coming year.

The event is from 1-2.30pm on Sunday 16th January. The Greenwich Morris Men will provide some lively dancing, there will be wassail songs from Morrigan and Halstow Community Choir and some cracking tunes from Penny Gunstone and the band Clanjamfry.

Plus cider and a range of food and drink from the Pleasaunce Cafe. You are encouraged to bring drums, instruments, pots and pans!

See more at the Pip! Wassail Facebook page.


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Wassail away next weekend: Morris, music, cider and more in East Greenwich Pleasaunce

Thanks to RICH SYLVESTER for getting in touch about a community event taking place next weekend.

Welcome the New Year with a “Wassail” in East Greenwich Pleasaunce on Sunday 12 January 1.00-3.00pm. This is our 6th (or maybe 7th) Annual Celebration of the Fruit Trees and Community Orchard – with Music, Dance and Cider. Meet at Pistachios Cafe

Line up: Greenwich Morris Men – Morrigan (4 part harmonies) – and Halstow Community Choir

Plus – D.I.Y. Tent: ‘Make some Wassail Bling’

Plus: Local Cider – Get a little mulled!

You can find a Facebook event here.

Contact organiser Richstories123 [at] gmail.com – if you want a spot to perform/spoken word, sing or dance in a ‘Wassail’- style.

Address: East Greenwich Pleasaunce, Chevening Rd, London SE10.


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Wassail away in East Greenwich Pleasaunce this Sunday

East Greenwich Pleasaunce Wassailing poster

Local storyteller RICH SYLVESTER brings us news of East Greenwich Pleasaunce’s annual Wassailing event:

Dear friends and neighbours – I hope you can join us to welcome the New Year with a Wassail In the Pleasaunce. It’s on Sunday 13th Jan, 1-3pm, and we would be really grateful if you can spread the word!

This is the fifth year the local community have come together for this traditional “New Year” celebration – with music dance and song. Wassailing also involves pouring an offering of cider on the trees of the community orchard. Cider and apple juice from London, and Kent apples will be on sale.

Wassail 2019 will feature:

A flavour of previous Wassails:

Alongside the café and playground of this well-used local park, amidst the roots of the old trees there are memorial stones and a mass grave dating from 1857 when the bodies of 3000 sailors from Greenwich Hospital were re-buried. The Wassail will naturally take a moment to remember them.

Meet at Pistachios Café, East Greeenwich Pleasaunce, Chevening Road, London SE10 0LA.

To find out more contact Rich Sylvester on 07833 538143.


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