The 11th Barlaston Wassail – 31st december

WassNEW THIS YEAR in the Village hall, 5.30pm 31st December,             Free (refreshments available)

The Children’s Wassail, a short panto-cum-Horrible History play telling the history of Barlaston, in which will be crowned our first Wassail Queen (a role shared by Neive Sherratt, aged 9 (see picture), and Penny Morris, aged 11) and the eponymous Beornwulf (who gives his name to the village) comes alive from his stone coffin for one evening. The Queen will ride in procession at 11.30pm.

It is hoped this Wassail will be the most successful yet. This year we are funded by a grant from The Local Community Fund of Staffordshire County Council, kindly provided by Cllr Parry. In turn, we give excess funds to The North Staffordshire Branch of The Riding for The Disabled at Fairoak, Eccleshall.

The night-walk through the streets of the village meets at Orchard Place, 9.30pm (- come slightly earlier for tickets – £3, £1 for children), please bring a torch and fluorescent jacket. There are refreshments again at the Village Hall, about 10.30pm. There’s a parade from the Duke of York, 11.30pm, and a finale at the village tree at midnight. Contact Tim 372067 for raffle tickets to win the ‘famous’ tankard – £1 per strip.