Over 30 of us gathered at the Beechwood Hall Hotel for our December Sing. David led the singing and we practised our wassailing songs for the Slindon Wassail on Saturday 14th January. We sang the four wassailing songs that we know, namely: The Gloucester Wassail, The Sugar Wassail, Here we come a-wassailing and The Apple Tree Wassailing Song. Then David introduced two more songs in this genre: The Jacobstowe Wassail and The Gower (or Somerset) Wassail, which we agreed might be fun to learn for another year.
We’re hoping that the words for all six wassail songs will soon be added to our lyrics page on the website.
We then sang a post-Christmas version of the Coppers Christmas Song – the last verse will now go: Now Christmas is gone and our song is almost done, for we now have seen the turn of the year...
After an interval we invited individuals or tables to suggest or perform a song of their choice, which resulted in a jolly selection of seasonal songs from Dark December and The Old Woman from Ryde to Jennifer’s Rabbit and a Carol from New Zealand! We finished the evening singing the Falmer Carol, Pentonville, Sweet Chiming Bells, the Sans Day Carol and Pity the Poor Gardeners. Finally we sang We Wish you a Merry Christmas, on which note we do indeed wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and hope to see you soon again in 2017!