Celebrating the apple harvest at Musbury

PUBLISHED: 11:59 25 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:10 15 November 2016

Musbury pupils at the apple press. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Musbury pupils at the apple press. Picture: CHRIS CARSON


Primary school pupils perform a special wassailing song to boost future crops

Pupils at Musbury Primary School celebrated the apple harvest last week.

They used presses to extract the juice and performed a special apple wassailing song to boost future crops.

Lead teacher Emma Johns said: “ It is really important for a small village school to be part of the community and take part in traditions.”

Musbury School, once threatened with closure because of falling numbers, is now thriving with 29 pupils.

Here is the Musbury Wassailing song the pupils performed:

A Roman came here with an apple,

And another one, he came with one too.

They were scrumptious to eat,

So juicy and sweet,

That everyone wanted a chew.

So the Romans sent word back to Italy,

And a Roman came here with a tree,

And that apple tree grew,

And we know that is true,

For now all around us you’ll see.


Devonshire apples in Devon,

Devonshire apples as fine as you please.

Large trees so tall,

Short trees so small.

Devon’s fine apples from

Devon’s fine trees.

Our apples are big, fat and juicy,

Cloaked in green, red and yellow and gold.

In fritters and pies,

A feast for your eyes,

They’re scrumptious to eat hot or cold.

At Musbury we’ve planted some apple trees,

Together we’ll grow strong and tall.

We’ll shout and we’ll sing,

Toast and apple juice bring,

For joy, health and hope to us all.


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