With some 34 morris sides and mummers plays, rumour has it that Stroud Wassail has become the largest Wassail in the UK. We can’t verify that, but we were pretty impressed by the number of sides that came from places as diverse as Devon, Suffolk, Leicester, Birmingham and Cardiff to join in. We had a fantastic day, with members of the public joining in, making it a true community event. It’s hard to choose from so many photographs, but we’ll be putting together a gallery over the next few days.
We’ve got a brand new Stroud Mummers Play; we’ve got a beautiful new Five Valleys Wassail song, written especially for us by Johnny Coppin; we’ve got a very badly-behaved inebriated horse who will steal your heart and your cider; and we’ve got a bunch of wassailers who are happy to turn out on a mid-winters night to entertain YOU! Come and say hello to us on our fantabulous Stroud Wassailers tour – coming to a pub near you.
Strange goings on in the Ale House tonight – blokes in top hats, blokes in curly wigs, an unruly horse…. the first rehearsal of the brand new Stroud Wassail Mummers Play, coming to a pub near you this winter. A tale of love, dark deeds and dodgy doctors, but ***SPOILER ALERT*** it all turns out ok in the end.
This weekend the streets of Stroud were filled with morris dancers, musicians and, er, minotaurs, for the Stroud Folk Weekend. We took the opportunity to present Stroud Food Bank with a cheque for £500, which we raised from the proceeds of the 2017 Wassail. We hope to better it for the 2018 Wassail. Here we have from left to right Robin (Wassailer), Robin (Wassail Chairman – confusing, eh?), Sue Beattie from Stroud Food Bank, Gary Kelly (Wassail Committee member), Christine Lee (Wassail Secretary) and Alex Merry (Wassail Committee member and part-time minotaur). Gary, Chris and Alex are all morris performers, which explains the strange garb.
Invitations to morris sides and mummers to perform at Stroud Wassail 2018 are currently being sent out, but we’re also encouraging any kind of street performer to join in. First to sign up are the Stroud-based strolling minstrels the Masqueing Band. If you have an act to show off, then please get in touch.
We’ve been sent this cutting from the Stroud Journal of 1880 reporting on the drunken shenanigans of some Wassailers in Minchinhampton – shocking behaviour!! Of course, today’s Stroud Wassailers drink nothing but tea and orange squash and are all tucked up in bed by 10pm…..
Ok, so maybe a unicorn on a unicycle is stretching it a bit. BUT… we’ve just had another planning session, and we can promise you that there will be all sorts of exciting things happening in and around Stroud on Saturday 13 January 2018 and the week before. Watch this space…..
Any morris sides, street performers, bands, musicians, etc., wanting to get involved, just contact us!
Stroud Wassail 2018 will be on Saturday 13 January, and plans are afoot to make it bigger, brighter and more colourful than ever before. There will no doubt be many a pint of ale consumed at planning HQ, Stroud’s Little George micropub, before the day, but already the ideas are coming thick and fast. Keep checking back for updates.