THE CHARD Wassail event returned to the community orchard for its second edition last weekend.

The event presented by Chard Town Council and Chard Museum, took place on Sunday, January 14 at the community orchard near the museum.

The Wassail started at 5.30pm and also featured Chard’s Town Crier, guest musicians, and Morris dancing from the Enigma group.

The ceremony aims “to wake fruit trees from their winter slumber and scare away evil spirits, ensuring a good harvest”.

This was the second time the event was held at the community orchard.

A Chard Town Council spokesperson said around 130 people were in attendance. 

Presenting its first edition a spokesperson for Chard Town Council said: “There are lots of them [wassailing] happening in the West Country so it’s great to get a Wassail organised for Chard.

“You’re encouraged to bring pots, pans, or drums to make some noise and wake up the trees.

“It is recommended those that attend bring torches/lanterns to illuminate the orchard and add to the atmosphere.”