Bounds beaten

A DEDICATED and energetic vicar has taken the idea of getting to know his flock quite literally - by walking around his entire parish.Reverend Gerard Moate, of St Mary the Virgin Church in Dedham, took on a challenge he believes has not been tackled for more than a century when he walked all the way around his ecclesiastical boundary.

A DEDICATED and energetic vicar has taken the idea of getting to know his flock quite literally - by walking around his entire parish.

Reverend Gerard Moate, of St Mary the Virgin Church in Dedham, took on a challenge he believes has not been tackled for more than a century when he walked all the way around his ecclesiastical boundary.

Wearing his traditional cassock, Mr Moate and volunteers carried the processional cross during the journey which was raising money for the church's gift day.

Mr Moate said: “The boundary is about 11-and-a-half miles in length, but following the nearest footpaths makes the walk about 13 miles.

“We gave out cards explaining what 'the silly vicar' was doing.

“And five hours later we got back just before the heavy rain set in.”

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He said he and his fellow walkers had prayed for people as they passed various sites along the way.

The church's gift day raised more than £3,000 in total and that money will now be put towards the cost of lighting in the chancel of the church.

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