Our annual parish boundary walk continues a tradition going back to Anglo Saxon times where Beating the Bounds was conducted during Rogation tide and had a specific religious purpose. The practice originated the term Rogation, the accompanying clergy being supposed to beseech (rogare) the divine blessing upon the parish lands for the ensuing harvest. Later it was performed to reconfirm the boundaries of the parish although modern mapping and surveying of course made this unnecessary.
We just do it now because it's a fun way of keeping fit, meeting friends and seeing our town in a safe and organised group.
We start at Christ Church at 12.00 noon.
Bring a packed lunch to eat at St Mary's, Commonweal Road - 1-1.45pm
We then plan to cross the new footbridge over the M4 at Wichelstowe - for the first time in 5 years!
Check Inn 2.30-3.15pm Sun Inn 4.30-5.15pm
Total distance 11 miles, but several shorter options available.
Wear wellies or trainers, and bring waterproofs and warm clothing. Return to Christ Church at 6.15 pm, in time for Evensong. Contact Daniel Pitt (Tel 521732)
Can it be as wet as last year? Probably!