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Keston Wassail 2017

posted 8 Jan 2017, 14:03 by Richard Cowley   [ updated 1 Feb 2017, 11:33 by Ravensbourne Morris ]

Keston Wassail 2017

The extraordinary Ravensbourne Mummers

Mummers Keston Wassail 2017
Pictured (left to right): David Hicks (Chief Wassailer), Aidan Hardy (King George), John Callaghan (Turkish Knight), Paul Burgess (Italian Doctor), The Ravensbourne Beast 'Dobbin' under strict direction by Kevin Bonner-Williams (The Incredible Farting Horse), Tony Saunders (Old Woman), Ian Campbell (Father Christmas), and Jan Mondrzejewski (Johnnie Jack).

The Ravensbourne Mummers performed a vigorous, traditional Winter Play as part of Ninth Annnual Keston Wassail. It was yet another triumph in front of an appreciative crowd. There were some changes to the cast: Beelzebub was missing because David Hicks was needed to dab the apple tree with cider-soaked-bread. Paul Burgess stepped in as the Italian Doctor.

In his invitation to the event, David Hicks wrote, "In 1797, Edward Hasted wrote in his History of Kent of his disdain for the rustic Keston and Wickham Wassailers. Sorry Ed, 220 years later and it’s still going on!" Thanks to David we can look forward to this important traditional local custom, distinctive to Keston, continuing for many years to come.

 Photographs

David Wassailing the Tree

David Wassails the Apple Tree at the Two Doves

David Hicks Wassailing Bowl

David passes the Wassailing Bowl around

Boxing Day 2016

posted 6 Jan 2017, 13:51 by Richard Cowley   [ updated 1 Feb 2017, 11:35 by Ravensbourne Morris ]

Boxing Day 2016 

The weather was cool and fresh with clear skies and bright sunshine as an estimated 700 people turned out to watch the Morris Dancing.

End of Ring O' Bells Litchfield

The future of Morris Dancing is safe in Keston

Participation rates were so high during the Shepherd’s Hey instructional that we had to form an inner and outer circle. There were as many children as adults and we can take a long term view of this: good memories make future Morris Dancers. As always, we had a number of incognito Morris Men join us for Bonnie Green Garters, the Morris farewell dance. The public demand for selfies with rich and famous celebrities was as high as ever and we obliged them by striking a few poses. No word from Vogue Magazine yet but we are working on it.

A generous audience

Many thanks to those who came to watch us and donated a remarkable £755.99, in aid of Demelza Hospice Care for Children.


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