Lavant residents enjoy a good ‘beating’

Locals take a look at t new planing initiatives around Lavant. 14LASEP6b-1 PPP-140709-105346006
Locals take a look at t new planing initiatives around Lavant. 14LASEP6b-1 PPP-140709-105346006

A TRADITIONAL ‘Beating of the Bounds’ took place in Lavant on Saturday and attracted a ‘fantastic number of villagers’.

The warm sunshine helped bring out 141 local people, including 21 children, who took part in a host of activities and had the chance to voice their opinions about potential development sites and the areas that need protecting in their village.

John Slipper from the Lavant Valley Allotment Association, ably aided by Claire Rose, organised an inventive children’s quiz.

Caroline Reynolds, from Lavant neighbourhood plan steering group, said: “One parent remarked that the quiz helped encourage his children around the route in order to discover the secret of the Lavant Stone, which is two 80,000,000-year-old shark’s teeth. Meanwhile, the walk up and down the pathways, byways and highways of Lavant took some villagers into previously uncharted but now more appreciated areas.

“For some, the discovery of all the different aspects of the village made the hard choices that need to be made about the village’s future all the more difficult. Not least because so many of us began to understand more about Lavant’s history.

“It was fascinating hearing from someone who had lived in the village since the 1950s. Not only was the walk and whole event busy and buzzy, but it was welcoming.”

There is still an opportunity for Lavant residents to voice their opinions throughout September with some escorted walks planned.

For more details, visit www.lavantpc.org.uk or phone 07503 637472.