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Beating the bounds of your green or common

Parish and community councils, and other local groups, may like to beat the bounds of their local common or village green on Rogation Sunday. Beating the bounds is a centuries-old tradition, aimed at reminding everyone of boundaries that were important in their lives. During Rogationtide—the fifth week after Easter—villagers, with the rector and other local dignitaries, would walk the parish bounds. The children would carry willow wands to beat the boundary markers with, and in some ceremonies children had their heads bumped on boundary stones to imprint them firmly in the memory.

For further information, please download our information sheet Beating the bounds.