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Beating the Bounds 28th May
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

May 16, 2007: For the past several centuries the town/village of Hatherliegh, every seven years, has been entering into this tradition to inform the future young people who will inherit the land where their boundaries are! The oldest son, of the land owner, was beaten (metaphorically) on the boundaries to make sure he knew where his future authority would end. Hence the origin of the title BEATING THE BOUNDS!.
Now! Keeping up the tradition we meet at Hole Court, near the public loos by the square, on the 28 th May, 10:00am, where a ladder is put in place to allow some of the participants to gain access to the churchyard and then they make their way over to the moor, where pasties and cider are available to the gallant walkers. When they are suitably refreshed, they move onto Bassets Cross via Hurlewood to Passaford foot bridge, where the children at this point instead of being beaten, gain 1d, nowadays it is 2p ,where they just throw them in the river with a wish that WILL come true. At this point the youngest child is bumped on the Millennium stone. In the riverThen it is onto Hand-In-Penn House where two walk in one door and out the other. Then back to Hole court, via a fording of the river by the brave, mad, while the rest use the bridge, 7 Miles later , where symbolically several of the participants are passed through the garage window. bumping the youngest

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