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Wassail!

posted 3 Jan 2018, 13:03 by Liz Jennings

It's nearly here, our annual Wassail to awaken the trees and scare off those evil spirits!
We invite you to join us on Saturday 6th January at 7:00pm starting from The Rocklands Social Club.
We then process along Birchfield Road to the orchard where the fun, frolics and mayhem begin. 
This year we will once again be joined by members of Arrow Valley Brass to enhance the singing, before our new Wassail Queen Ivy, will bless the trees. There will be mulled cider, produced from our own Headless Cross Orchard Group cider as well as mulled apple juice for a non-alcoholic treat.
After the orchard antics, you are invited to The White Hart function room, just over the road from the orchard, to enjoy an evening of comedy and song  from the awesome Ash Mandrake, who has travelled the length and breadth of England, bringing his unique mix of folk rock comedy to the people. 
There is no entrance fee as this event is being sponsored by Headless Cross Community Orchard.

The Great Get Together

posted 30 May 2017, 14:26 by Liz Jennings

On Saturday 17th June, we invite you to join us for The Great Get Together. It is an occasion to get together with our neighbours and celebrate all that we have in common.
The event is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16th June last year, in her words: 
"We are far more united and have far more in common  than that which divides us."
The event will run from 12:00 - 3:00pm. 
Bring a picnic and maybe food to share, we will provide some fun and games.
Go to https://www.greatgettogether.org/  for more information.

Midweek Work Party

posted 11 Apr 2017, 13:05 by Liz Jennings

We will be working on the Green on Thursday 13th April from 11:00am until 1:00pm. We will be mowing and weeding so come along if you would like to help.

Headless Cross Orchard AGM

posted 31 Mar 2017, 11:19 by Liz Jennings

The Headless Cross Community Orchard committee will be holding it's A.G.M. on Saturday 29th April at 15:00 on the Headless Cross Orchard Green. If the weather is unfavourable, we will assemble in The Rocklands Social Club off Birchfield Road.
All welcome to come along and have a say in the running of the orchard. Tea and refreshments provided, mad hats optional!


Wassail 2017

posted 5 Feb 2017, 07:36 by Liz Jennings

On Saturday 7th January hoards of noisy locals descended upon Headless Cross to partake in the annual wassail.
Our usual Town Crier, Bromsgrove's Kevin Ward was sadly unavailable, so orchard volunteer Liz Jennings stepped up to stand in as Orchard Crier.
The crowds gathered at The Rocklands Social Club before commencing upon a clamorous march to the Green and a cacophonous circumnavigation of the orchard banging drums (or saucepans), blowing whistles and ringing bells. Those bad spirits were well and truly frightened off!
The revellers were given a warm cup of mulled Headless Cross Cider to 'toast' the apple trees and the singing began, accompanied by members of Arrow Valley Brass.
Unfortunately as we were toasting the trees, two delinquents -Mayhem Havoc and Chaos Trouble, started a rumpus, dropping litter on the ground! Fortunately at that point, Brave Sir Doddin appeared in his day-glo stockings, to save the orchard from the litter dropping louts!
The wassail continued with the Wassail Queen Bara'a adorning the oldest apple tree with toast soaked in cider, to ensure a fruitful harvest, and then a final round of singing 'Juice-Alem'.
Many thanks go out to:
Arrow Valley Brass Band
Wassail Queen - Bara'a
The Delinquents - Steve & Bob
Brave Sir Doddin - Alistair, who also wrote the script
Wassail Crier - Liz
Orchard volunteers - Helena, Gabby, Lee, Simon, Neil, Ella, Paul.
Residents of Headless Cross and the surrounding areas, we appreciate your support! 

                                                    

 

Christmas Carols on the Green

posted 1 Feb 2017, 12:54 by Liz Jennings   [ updated 5 Feb 2017, 07:38 ]

An enormous crowd gathered on the Green to sing in celebration, accompanied by Arrow Valley Brass Band. 
The community spirit was alive and buzzing as hundreds of family and friends sang out a mixture of Christmas songs and carols. Tea lights in commemoration of loved ones were placed on the log benches and a collection was taken for the Primrose Hospice which raised a fantastic £457.12. A huge thank you for your generosity.

  

                    

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