May 2012 @ 3.15pm BEATING THE BOUNDS
(assemble from 3.00pm in All Hallows
Beating the Bounds is
an ancient custom still observed in many English parishes. Its roots go back to
mediaeval times when parishes reaffirmed their boundaries by processing round
Rogationtide, stopping to beat each boundary mark with wands and to pray
for protection and blessings for the land. At All Hallows we beat the bounds of
our parish every year on Ascension Day.