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Here we come a-wassailing

On Tuesday 17 January, the Bryanston family went a-wassailing in the orchard.

Despite the mean weather, Pioneers, IB CAS pupils, staff, former staff, OBs and friends of Bryanston gathered together in the orchard to enjoy some welcome hot punch and delicious apple cake and participate in a traditional west country wassailing ceremony.

Organised by Bryanston’s Head of IB, Sophie Duncker, the ceremony was led by The Rev Canon Andrew Haviland.

The orchard was beautifully lit with lanterns and soft tendrils of smoke from a firepit, which helped the wassailers to ‘awaken’ the fruit trees that had been planted by the pupils as part of their heritage orchard project.   

Former Bryanston Head Gardener, John Pyle, volunteers with the project and will be teaching the pupils how to prune as well as general tree health maintenance.

The heritage orchard project is supported by the school’s Greatest Need Fund, which enables pupils to continue to develop their breadth of skills and passion, a founding tradition of Bryanston.