Church of England Diocese of Portsmouth South Hayling

"Beating the Bounds"

17 Jul 2019, midnight

On Saturday 1st June, the Hayling Anglican parishes “beat the bounds” by boat. This is an ancient tradition in which people pray round the boundaries of a parish. In the case of Hayling Island, the boundaries are water, so in the past the tradition was to beat the bounds by boat. This year saw the tradition revived for the first time in many years. Three boats took part – Nigel Roper’s boat “Patience” one sailing boat and the Langstone Cutters. On a beautifully sunny but still day, the cutters made great progress, but the sailing boat had to be towed by Patience round part of the island, and then had to be capsized and swum under the bridge! We were met by members of the church congregations at three points onshore for prayer and refreshments. We very much look forward to this becoming an annual event – watch out for publicity for Beating the Bounds 2020.