Back row left to right: Peter Marshall, Reg Coole, Jim Marley, Les Cox (Town Crier). Front row left to right: Ralph Neeld (Lord of the Manor), Fred Freeth (High Bailiff)
Does anyone know where this might have been taken? The painting in the background is believed to be currently on display at Cricklade Museum. Where was it hung previously?
Around 30 people attended the traditional ‘Beating of the Bounds’ walk on Bank Holiday Sunday.
This ancient custom has been observed since Saxon times where a group of older and young members of the community would walk the boundaries of the parish in order to check borders thus protecting against encroachment by neighbours.
This year, the group was expertly led by Phil Brown who guided an enthusiastic crowd through four miles of wonderful countryside, taking in the River Thames, North Meadow and the remains of the old North Wilts Canal. Along the route there was commentary from Clive Smith and John Coole, prayers from Revd Phil Bradley plus the occasional beating of a boundary marker with willow rods.
With an age range spanning some six decades the pace was leisurely, although there was a distinct quickening of stride as thoughts turned to the promise of refreshments at the end of the walk. These were provided by Cricklade Museum and everyone agreed that the afternoon was great fun. It’s good to know that some traditions are worth upholding.
North Meadow is yellow with meadow buttercups this week. I visited to carry out the monthly transect for the Bumblebee Conservation bee walk project. Continue reading “Bee Walk on North Meadow”
The Fritillaries have almost finished for this year and soon the hay will grow and be full of wild flowers.
The Fritillaries are flowering
The fritillaries of North Meadow are now showing themselves and slowly over the last week the purple haze of flowers have started to bloom. Spring has definitely sprung. We now expect visitor numbers to rise and would ask you to please read right to the bottom of the page and familiarise yourself with how you can help protect the meadow. Please keep to the marked paths. Continue reading “Fritillary Watch”
Fritillary season is almost upon us
As more fritillaries are starting to appear and the weather warming up we have high hopes for a good display this year at North Meadow. Flowers are developing nicely but only a handful are showing any sign of wanting to open so we would suggest giving it a few more weeks before visiting. Continue reading “Fritillary Watch”