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Beating the bounds of Chawton

In former times when maps were rare, it was usual to make a formal tour of the parish boundaries. The priest of the parish with the churchwardens and the parochial officials, headed a crowd of boys who, armed with green boughs, usually birch or willow, beat the parish boundary markers with them. Sometimes the boys were themselves whipped, or even violently bumped on the boundary stones to make them remember. The object of taking boys is supposed to ensure that witnesses to the boundaries, should survive as long as possible.

The ceremony had an important practical purpose. Checking the boundaries was a way of preventing encroachment by neighbours; sometimes boundary markers would be moved, or lines obscured and a folk memory of the true extent of the parish, was necessary to maintain integrity of borders.

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Councillor Vacancy

ImageChawton parish council currently has a vacancy for a parish councillor.
We meet once a month and you can tailor the level of involvement to fit your circumstances.

To qualify you must live within the village. If you would like to apply, please contact the Parish Clerk who will provide more information.

 

New local web sites

A number of new local web sites have been built in the surrounding area and these are now linked from this site at their owners request, they are :

 

 

 

http://www.chawton.cc/ - a new address and new content

Worldham village web site - a new site

Bentworth village web site - a new site.

 

Chawton on CNN

CNN LogoChawton was featured today on CNN as part of their coverage of the current cold snap across England. You can see the video Here

 

The new look Chawton web site

Welcome to the new look Chawton village web site.

Two years after we launched this site, we have had to update to a new, faster server to cope with the increasing number of visitors we get each month. So, we took the opportunity to update to newer hosting software, which will allow for greater security and flexibility in the coming years.


You will find that the site looks a little different, but you should find that everything that you used before is still here and will work in a similar way. We have all the same news, events, advertising and historic information - in the same places.

A couple of parts of the site are a little different - for example the sliding photos on the right have been temporarily removed, but should be back soon, you may also find that the URL's for articles may have changed due to the new software. The search box in the top right corner will help you locate things quickly.

We think that everything is working properly, but if you find a problem or would like to suggest something extra for the site, then please let us know

 


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