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Beating the Bounds 2010

St Swithun the patron saint of rain was kind to us on Saturday, 2 October. The previous day the skies had opened and there was unrelenting rain; the day after the walk was not much better. Consequently we were extremely lucky to complete our walk, with only a few drops of rain near the end.

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Parish Plan - initial meeting

On October the 20th a meeting is being held in Chawton Village Hall to discuss the Parish Plan. 

So why should you be interested and why come along?

The parish plan is developed and driven by members of the parish, not the Parish Council, and is an important document which will guide the parish development.  It many ways it is a blue print for the future and covers things such as: 

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Save The Alton Museums

Support The Curtis Museum & Allen Gallery, now under threat !
 
TWO WEEKS AGO, on Tuesday, 6th September, the Curator of The Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery received by e-mail a draft report to Hampshire County Council on behalf of its Museum & Arts Service. It informed him that, not one or two, but all five posts attached to the Curtis Museum & Allen Gallery ( CMAG ) are to be deleted under the plan set out in the Report. The Report proposes engaging with the community during the next six months to discuss alternative ways of maintaining these two institutions; but with our whole professional team removed, there is a real fear that this spells the constructive closure of the Museum and the Gallery, the first of which is 150 years old this year, and both were created through the generosity of the Curtis family descended from the great 18th century botanist, William Curtis, a native of Alton.

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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.

 
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