Come gather in the orchard, raise a cup to apples …
Those are the opening words of the Edinburgh Wassail, written by members of the TES singing group, and that’s what we’ll be doing on the afternoon of Saturday 18th January 2014 at the Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens. The Apple Wassail is an ancient tradition from the apple growing areas of England, introduced into Edinburgh in recent years, in which people gather together to celebrate the apple trees and drink to their health and fruitfulness in the coming year.
We’ll meet from 3pm to build a bonfire and enjoy some mulled apple juice, and then as it gets dark we’ll have a lantern procession with singing amongst the trees – finishing about 5pm.
The gardens and orchard are in the grounds of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, with access from Myreside Road (south of the Watsonian rugby ground) or through the hospital grounds from Morningside – see this map (with Myreside Road on the left) for details.
If you’d like to join the singing group to practise wassail songs beforehand, we’ll be meeting at the Eric Liddell Centre at Holy Corner on Thursday evenings (6:30-8:30), starting on the 9th of January – details at www.ocsg.org.