Significant year for beating bounds

The end of the beating the bounds route outside St Nicolas' Church
The end of the beating the bounds route outside St Nicolas' Church
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THE ancient custom of beating the bounds took on extra significance in Old Shoreham this year.

The parish has maintained the custom which was originally introduced in Saxon times to teach parishioners the boundaries of their parish.

Arthur the dog, which completed the whole circuit, with walkers beside the River Adur with St Nicolas' Church in background

Arthur the dog, which completed the whole circuit, with walkers beside the River Adur with St Nicolas' Church in background

Following the church reorganisation in March, this year’s journey was a little different to usual.

Church treasurer John Simpson explained: “It has taken on a new significance as the route covered the boundaries of the new combined benefice.”

The 13 mile circuit started at St Nicolas’ Church, continued via St Giles’ to St Julian’s, and finished at St Nicolas’. The route took in a large area of the Downs and a walk along the Adur valley.

People and dogs took part, with most tackling just a section. Judy Cheeseman, however, took on the full distance with her dog, Arthur.

Walkers outside St Julian's Church in Kingston Buci

Walkers outside St Julian's Church in Kingston Buci

She said: “It was lovely to be able to walk part of the route with church friends, and I certainly hope to take part again next year.”

St Nicolas’ and the two churches at Kingston Buci, St Julian’s and St Giles’, are looking forward to an exciting future and members of the congregations are already taking part in activities together.

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