Your Wassail Needs You!

 

Stroud Wassail 2020 is recruiting – we need an assortment of mummers, musicians, elves, basically anyone who is willing to roll their sleeves up, get stuck in, have a laugh and benefit our wonderful town and its wonderful people. We need the following:

  • Actors and singers for the Stroud Wassail Mummers Play – no experience necessary, just a willingness to commit for a few weeks over the winter, laugh a lot and make a total idiot of yourself in public

  • Beast carriers – the Wassail has a collection of strange mystical creatures including giant sheep, minotaurs, monkeys, horses and other critters that defy description. We need people to manage these during the daytime procession and/or at the evening Revels
  • Marshals for the Procession on Saturday 11th – you get to wear a cool high vis vest and order morris dancers around (what’s not to like?!)
  • Bucket rattlers – Stroud Wassail is funded by the generous Stroudie public, so we need people to help collect funds on the day and count up the pennies afterwards
  • Elves to sell raffle tickets, distribute cake and keep order at the evening Revels – elf kit is available
  • People who are just prepared to muck in and help out as necessary on Wassail day and the weeks leading up to it

The Wassail has grown incredibly over the years, and we really need help to keep it going. If you want to get involved, contact us

Stroud Wassail Saturday 11th January 2020

An Overview of the Day in Pictures

The Stroud Wassail Mummers led the procession. (Photo: Vintage Mary)

Stroud Wassail 2019 was a wonderful day, with the streets of our town filled with music, dance, laughter and colour. So may smiling faces all round town. Here are a few memories of the day. Thanks to the photographers who let us use their work.

Some Footage from the Day

As always, the fantastic Stroud Community TV has come up with a some wonderful coverage of the day. Thank you to Kate Rendell and Angela Rendell for their superb work.

Why We Do What We Do

Following the 2018 Wassail, with  what we raised from the Wassail Mummers tour, the street collection on the day, and various donations from the generous and compassionate people of Stroud, we were able to give £500 each to OPENhouse and Stroud District Foodbank. Here we are presenting the symbolic “big fat cheque” outside the Subscription Rooms at the 2019 Wassail. Waes hael! Photo gallery from the day to follow.

Meanwhile in the George Room…

And while all the mayhem is happening around town, you can enjoy some quality ale and quality food in the George Room in the Subs, while watching some brilliant performances from the following acts:

The Swing Rioters will be the first act on at the George Room sessions

1.45 Swing Rioters

2.10 Rod Penlington

2.35 The Bailey Sisters

3.00 Brad McEwen

3.25 Shepherd’s Crook

3.50 Severn Wonders

4.15 The Gloucester Diamonds

4.40 Blondes with Beards

It’s All Happening on Saturday!

Here’s our daytime performance timetable for next Saturday. We’re lucky to have two new venues for 2019 – St Laurence Church and Merrywalks. And don’t forget that we also have the Wassail at the Museum in the Park at 3pm with Dartmoor Border Morris and the Stroud Wassail Mummers, and then music, comedy, storytelling and dance in the evening at the Revels.

Look What We’ve Got!

12 January is shaping up to be an amazing day. There’ll be dancing, music and mummers in the street between 10.30 and 12.30, and again in the afternoon. There’s a whole-day programme of events in St Laurence church, a Wassail song workshop in the Sub Rooms, a procession round the town, music sessions at various pubs around the town, and of course the Wassail ceremonies outside the Subscription Rooms and at the Museum in the Park. So much to see! Head over to our list of street performers to see who’ll be out and about in the streets of Stroud.

Brand New Badge!

We’re ringing the changes for 2019 with a brand new badge! Still featuring that lovable rogue, the Wassail Broad, the new badge will be on sale during the Wassail Mummers tour at the end of December and beginning of January and on the day itself.

Mum’s the Word?

The Stroud Wassail Mummers were hard at work today with their last official rehearsal for the Five Valleys Tour prior to the Big Day. Coming to a pub near you over the Christmas/New Year period.