Borrow our kit!

SCOG has an apple press and other essential cider making equipment; we are happy to loan this out to groups for events. Click here

Join us!

There is a meeting at 7.30pm every third Wednesday of the month at The Crown Hotel. All welcome.

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SCOG is reviving the old English custom of Apple Orchard Wassailing. It is traditionally held on the old Twelfth Night (17 January) as a ritual to ask for a good apple harvest. The villagers form a circle around the largest apple tree, hang pieces of toast soaked in cider in the branches for the robins, who represent the ‘good spirits’ of the tree. Pots and pans are banged loudly to scare away evil spirits and the group sings. Wassail is a hot, mulled punch often associated with Yuletide drunk from a ‘wassailing bowl’. The drink is often mulled cider made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, topped with slices of toast as sops and drunk by all the wassailers from a large communal bowl.

 

Events

Sat 7th Jan 2017
Wassail
Sat 4th Feb 2017
Grafting & pruning workshops
Sat 7th October 2017
Apple Day

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Stamford Community Orchard Group 2016