In January 2018 Ignite Somerset projected amazing stop frame animations at three Wassails in Somerset (at the Holman Clavel near Taunton, at Carhampton in West Somerset and Westbury sub Mendip).
Wassailing is a very ancient custom that is rarely done today. The word ‘wassail’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase ‘waes hael’, which means ‘good health’. Originally, the wassail was a drink made of mulled ale, curdled cream, roasted apples, eggs, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and sugar.
The stop frame animations were produced by over 120 fantastically creative children from four schools (Parkfield Primary School, Thurlbear C of E Primary School, Trull C of E VA Primary School and Churchstanton Primary School). The participants were asked to research this ancient tradition, create wassailing puppets from card and split pins and produce short stop frame animations. A group of talented artists from Mind in Minehead also added there inspiration and creativity to the process.