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Starting from the library on Saturday afternoon a group of about 38 set out to ‘beat the bounds’ of Crewkerne Parish. Martin Holley from the Rotary club of Crewkerne District introduced himself and started the walk. He explained that Crewkerne has the benefit of many green lanes and footpaths and it is possible to use them to keep very close to and on the boundary line. The advantage of a Parish Boundary walk is that although in total it’s over 6 miles, there are points along it where people can cut back into town whenever they want or after 2 or 4 miles.
The weather was favorable and the first part up the valley behind the church was accomplished at a brisk pace. Meeting the boundary at Saunders Piece Lane the group paused for some information from Gail Coleshill about Beating the Bounds and the boundary along Cathole Bridge road before turning northeast along the boundary line to Shutteroaks bridge.
Walk leader Martin Holley said that “Sadly there was no evidence of the reputed boundary post there anymore but local residents were able to direct us back up the so-called ‘Devils Staircase’ footpath which certainly was a bit of a climb. The boundary was too difficult to follow at this point so we made for Crow Castle Lane.”
Following the footpath to Crow Castle the walkers had to clamber over a fallen tree. Town Councillor Rusty Jackson took the opportunity to say she would get on to the footpath officer later to get it cleared out of the way.
The boundary was rejoined at Longstrings Lane and then across the A30 to Easthams Lane but the party preferred the prettier route via Butts Quarry Lane ending with its fine views over the valley towards Station road. Many of the walkers were still in the group and following the line of the boundary on footpaths made it to the top of Lang road. It was decided that finishing the boundary by walking along Cathole Bridge road was not a good idea in view of the traffic and so it was back into town.
Martin Holley was impressed by the walkers stamina. He said that “It was ideal weather for our walk so most people made it at least half way round and I was impressed by how many made it right to the end. It was great to see such a lot of people joining us for the afternoon and they all said how much they enjoyed it and would join us next year too.
News Release: Crewkerne District Rotary, Crewkerne Town Council, Blackmore Vale Community Rail are in partnership organising a Boundary Walk of Crewkerne Parish
Although there is no record of ‘Beating the bounds’ in Crewkerne probably because the limits were still changing as late as 1934, the Civic society started some boundary walks in the 1990s and the Rotary Club has revived the custom more recently. This year the Town Council will be joining the members of Crewkerne District Rotary and the Community Rail Partnership to organise it as a community event.
The advantage of a Parish Boundary walk is that although in total it’s about 6 miles, there are points along it where people can cut back into town whenever they want or after 2 or 4 miles.
This year’s walk will meet at 13.30 for a 14.00 start, at the library. It will be led by Gail Coleshill (CRP) and Martin Holley (CDR) Contact Rusty Jackson (TC) 01460 75400 for more details or to let her know if you would like to come. Unfortunately, the nature of the walk means that pushchairs will not be able to be used.
The ceremony of ‘Beating the Bounds’ was started to instal the limits of a Parish into the memories of youngsters in the days before maps. The church led group would walk around the bounds and stop at intervals at a boundary post or stone.
Here the boys of the parish would take it in turns to be beaten – or have their heads bumped to help them remember where they were. Research has suggested that Crewkerne parish had boundary stones at Shutteroaks bridge, Cathole Bridge and Nan Bulls grave. The Maiden Beech was another and the mile stone on the boundary on the A30 was probably used as a marker.
Caroline Dredge of the Crewkerne District Rotary says;
“We promise we won’t be beating anyone on this walk but it wasn’t as cruel as it sounds because the boys would be rewarded with treats afterwards. In the old days the whole thing would be a bit of a party as food and drink would be brought along for the occasion.
This summer, between 5 and 28 August inclusive, fewer South West Trains services will run while work starts to extend platforms at London Waterloo. This will allow longer trains with more seats and more space for passengers.
Click the link below to download the temporary timetable for the Waterloo to Exeter line for August during the major Waterloo Works.
During August, the impact on your journey will vary depending on when and where you travel but as fewer trains will be running your journey might be changed in the following ways, even if you are not travelling into London:
- The majority of stations will have fewer train services
- Services and stations will be busier than usual, especially in the morning and evening peaks on weekdays
- Some journeys are likely to take longer
- There will be queuing systems outside some stations
- A small number of stations will be closed
- Other operators’ services will also be busier while passengers take alternative routes, including London Underground.
There will be changes to your journeys but we are doing everything we can to reduce inconvenience and make your journey as smooth as possible, including:
- Run longer trains throughout the day to provide more space and help you travel outside of the busiest times
- Temporarily open platforms 20-24 (the former Waterloo International Terminal) to reduce some of the impact of closing platforms 1-9
- Continue to provide information in advance to help you plan your journey
- Work round the clock to finish the works as quickly as possible