Beating the Bounds invitation

Residents of Sancton will be celebrating the tradition of Rogation or 'Beating the Bounds' on Sunday 6 May.
Residents of Sancton will be celebrating the tradition of Rogation or 'Beating the Bounds' on Sunday 6 May.

Residents of Sancton will be celebrating the tradition of Rogation or ‘Beating the Bounds’ on Sunday (6 May).

In the past the village vicar, the choir, and the congregation walked around the boundaries of the parish to beat the bounds – and on the way blessed the crops and livestock.

Residents and visitors are invited to re-enact the tradition by taking part in a series of different pre-planned walks.

There’s a six-mile walk and a two and a half mile version.

The morning walks (9.30am) are around the lower village centred on Lord Manton’s Houghton Hall Estate, through pine woods and the English parkland landscape.

In the afternoon (2pm) the focus is the dry valley of Sancton Dale rising up the Wolds landscape to Hessleskew.

The Neolithic migrants went this way in 5,000bc.

Food takes centre stage between noon and 2pm.

There will be tea and sandwiches in the village hall, the Burger Bonanza at The Star (1pm) and picnic tables for self caterers.

A spokesman for the event said: “Sancton has a remarkable history and Dr Peter Halkon has written a new guide especially for the day covering the Neolithic tumuli, cart burials and Anglo Saxon cemeteries found up the Dale.

“He will be in the village hall and give a talk (1.05pm)as well as being available for informal conversations throughout the midday break.

“The Beating the Bounds events provide a great day out for all the family.”