Cakes and Ale and beating the bounds

Sir Toby in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night calls out ‘Dost thou think because thou
art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?’

On Sunday a ‘virtuous’ bunch from St Chrysostom’s kept an ancient
tradition that streches far back past Shakespeare into English

The beating of the bounds is a walk around the Parish boundary made at
this time of year – called Rogationtide. We walked and chatted our way
around St Chrysostom’s rather eccentric parish boundary – the
squiggles and divets probably following the lines of long colveted

Although not a very long way, a pause for tea – or suitably traditional cake and ale – at the home of the Sisters CHN at the east end of the parish was a welcome break.
Our little party marked trees and posts along the boundary with chalk
in homage to Bernard Mizeki, a Zimbabwean Anglican Saint, an icon of whom is in Church.


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