The 27th Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail will take place on Saturday 19 January 2019. A magical evening of 'Cider, Culture & Cheer' organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS), the Annual Wassail has become a very popular event and helps raise funds to enrich the lives of local children in school and community. Apple Wassailing is an ancient tradition performed in many villages on 'Old Twelfth Night' to bless the cider apples and orchards and encourage a good crop in the coming year. The lantern procession led by the Wassail King and Queen, Rufus Yates and Scarlett Yunnie and the apple blessing Wassail Ceremony take place around 6pm within the village community orchard with wassail songs led by Rosa Rebecka. There will be other events in the village centre from 4pm into the evening, including the Bovey Tracey Mummers Play, Morris Dancing with Black Bess Border Morris, The Wassail Singers, entertainment from Elfic the Juggler & Jester, Gypsy Jazz from Skedaddle, Storytelling with Paul Sharman, folk music; local food and drinks and licensed bar. See: Facebook.
Rosa Rebecka and the Wassail Singers can be heard live on Radio Devon on the Michael Chequer programme between 8 and 9pm on Thursday 17 January 2019.