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Saturday, 2 May 2009

Cerne Valley Beating of the Bounds Ceremony

A reminder that the Beating of the Bounds will take place on Rogation Sunday, May 17th 2009

Following a very successful walk last year, another huge turnout is anticipated and there will be two routes to choose from this year.

For all of those not in the know: The custom “Beating of the Bounds” is over 2,000 years old and used to determine and re-establish parish, farm or civic boundaries before maps came into use.

Young and old were involved in this custom, traditionally performed on Rogation Sunday.

Following the walk there will be a barbecue and performance by the Wessex Morris Men in The New Inn.

Barbecue tickets are £ 6 and are on sale in Cerne Abbas Stores now.

Walkers meet in front of St. Mary’s Church in Cerne and at the Smiths Arms in Godmanstone respectively.

There is no entry fee for the walk but collection boxes will be placed at Nether Cerne and at the barbecue in aid of the Redundant Churches Fund.

Please be aware that this walk is not suitable for very young children but dogs on leads are welcome.

Any further queries including details of the route can be directed at organiser Mike Clark (01300 341269) or visit the website at www.cerneabbashistory.org

Click map of route below to enlarge

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