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Stroud Wassail Donates £1500 to local charities

Stroud Wassail, the midwinter festival, has donated £1000 to the Stroud Foodbank and £500 to OpenHouse.

This year’s Stroud Wassail once again saw the streets of Stroud transformed into a riot of music, dance and colour as hundreds of performers arrived in the town.   This year saw many new acts including Indian classical dancing, classical guitar and musical saw.

Says Stroud Wassail Chair, Robin Burton: “I think that we have managed to bring a bit of cheer at one of the most depressing times of year.  Certainly, there seemed to be a lot of smiling faces on Saturday.   I would like to thank everyone who has freely donated their time, their talent and their money to this event.   It shows what a great community we have here in Stroud.”

The origins of wassailing are over 1000 years old, as a toast to wish your companions good health.  Wassailing today is the tradition of visiting your neighbours around 12th night with a wassail bowl and a song, to wish them a healthy and a prosperous new year.

The Stroud Wassail in particular, is a winter festival to wish you a healthy and prosperous new year. In one of the darkest days of the year, the town will be brought to life with wassail songs, colourful costumes, music, Morris dancing, wassail bowls, hobby horses and The Broad.  The Stroud Wassail is based upon documents found in the Stroud Museum and upon the recorded reminiscences of people in a Stroud pub back in the 1970s.   It is thought that, previously, wassailing was carried out in Stroud up until the 1920s.

To find out more about the Stroud Wassail visit:  http://stroudwassail.com/

The Stroud area has a rich tradition of wassail songs.  Many of these can be seen on the Gloucestershire Traditions website: www.glostrad.com.

Stroud Wassail is sponsored by Renishaw and Stroud Town Council.   For more information and photographs, please contact Robin Burton on 07843 241371 or send an email to robin@robinburton.co.uk