Who’s wassailing this winter?

In various corners of the borough the ancient tradition of wassailing is being carried out this winter.


The revelry can take a variety of forms but it is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our apple trees. Following the successful Apple Day in October, FOCM joined ChART and Chinbrook Community Orchard, to organise a Wassail in the community orchard, which is sited in the Chinbrook Meadows Allotments, Marvels Lane. We are indebted to the Orchard Project who have supported us and helped bring together the two neighbouring orchard volunteer groups to develop these shared events.

Fowlers Molly Dancers, the Grove Park Singers and local children helped make it a great event.  We started with hot soup to warm everyone on the chilly afternoon. The children made crowns (traditionally a Wassail king and queen would lead the revelers around the trees) and noise making instruments (used to “wake up” the trees). We processed with lots of noise to the apple trees and dipped robin-shaped toast in cider which we the hung on the trees while we listened to the Wassailing songs of the Grove Park Singers.

The community orchard has a wonderful collection of familiar and less well known varieties of apples and other fruit trees that were planted in 1991-2.  Look out for more orchard events to come, both in Chinbrook Meadows and the Chinbrook allotments.




Ready for Action

Mrs Rita Barnes, founder member of FOCM, cut the ribbon to launch our new outdoor gym and we were joined by Year 8 girls from Haberdasher’s Aske’s Knights Academy  to celebrate and try out the new equipment.

Students and adults soon got involved and found the equipment could be as challenging as you make it, everyone can work at their own pace.

Using cardio power to boost your phone charge gives extra incentive to put in more effort to your training







Big thanks to Tescos Bags of Help and London Marathon Charitable Trust for funding our new gym, we are delighted with it.


Chinbrook Outdoor Gym

The new outdoor gym in Chinbrook Meadows is coming VERY soon! Work starts on 13th November and, by the end of November you will be welcome to come and try out the equipment. There will be scope for complete beginners, and more advanced exercisers so there is no excuse not to give it a go. Funding for the gym came from Tescos Bags of Help and the London Marathon Trust. The equipment will be provided and installed by The Great Outdoor Gym Company TGOGC. There will be free training sessions in the future too, funded by ChART. More information to come.