Monday 30 January 2017

Jealott's Hill Walk 'n' Wassail

Another good day at the Land Share with the Morris men.

I have scanned the sheet provided on the day - It got a bit crumpled and wet, but I think you can get the gist of the proceedings.

Some dancing outside the barn and then a procession over to the apple orchard to ensure that the trees remain fertile.

The Wren and Robin are symbols of the end of winter and the start of a new season.
A Morris man in a ragged jacket held up the Robin for all to see him still alive.

The Robin having been dispatched, a Queen is chosen. A cake with a hidden bean is distributed.
The lady discovering the bean becomes the Queen of the Bean.

Amazing! Bracknell's Deputy Mayor Tina McKensie-Boyle found the bean, and was lead out to receive the crown and select the King.

The King received his adornments too.

A devil is added, just to even things up.

All now proceeded to the tree where the King and Queen buried the robin and a refrain was sung.

A few links to information and news from the land share.