Council chairman leads Beating of the Bounds

WALKING THE BOUNDS: Several of the walking group at the first boundary stone at St. John's Church, Walton with parish council chairman, Cllr Martin Thacker (wearing insignia) on front row.
WALKING THE BOUNDS: Several of the walking group at the first boundary stone at St. John's Church, Walton with parish council chairman, Cllr Martin Thacker (wearing insignia) on front row.
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An ancient custom was enacted for the fourth year in succession when the chairman of Holymoorside and Walton Parish Council undertook to walk the boundary of the civic parish.

An ancient custom was enacted for the fourth year in succession when the chairman of Holymoorside and Walton Parish Council undertook to walk the boundary of the civic parish.

The age old tradition of ‘Beating the Parish Bounds’ was revived by the chairman, Cllr Martin Thacker in 2009 when he walked the boundary of the parish for charity (some 14 miles) visiting each of the boundary’s eight marker stones.

This summer a group representing a cross section of people from the community set off from Holymoorside Village Hall to walk a boundary route that included Walton Wood, Walton Lees, Harewood Moor, Loads Head, Westwick and Brookside.

The boundary walk’s link to religious traditions was underlined by Rev John Cooke, URC Minister for Holymoorside, who participated in the event, led everyone in prayer and shared readings from the Bible.

After approximately eight hours, the group arrived back at the Village Hall and the central stone thus completing the ‘Beating of the Parish Bounds’ of Holymoorside and Walton.

Cllr Martin Thacker said: “This year’s group included more people than ever before, testimony to how the boundary walk is capturing the imagination of the local community. It was a wonderful day in which we were all able to enjoy excellent company and the satisfaction of completing an ancient tradition.”

Pictured are some of the walking group at the first boundary stone at St John’s Church.