The Boundary Walk was officially started by the Deputy Mayor of Maidenhead, Colin Rayner, and the High Sheriff of Berkshire along with Maidenhead Rotary President Anne Matkin and her husband David. It is based on the ancient custom of Beating the Bounds, a custom going back to mediaeval times when parishes reaffirmed their boundaries. Parishioners were required to process around the Parish Boundaries at Rogationtide, stopping to beat each boundary mark with sticks and praying for protection and blessings for the land.
Nowadays the Boundary Walk is a Rotary supported ready-made means of team-building and fundraising for local organisations and individuals. Many organisations such as local charities, clubs, churches, community groups or businesses take part. This year our walkers supported 66 separate charities. The biggest group comprised 53 walkers who walked on behalf of the Makindu Dental Project - a charity long supported by Maidenhead Rotary, and close to the heart of our Past President Gurdip. The largest groups and numbers involved were recorded as:
- Makindu Dental Project Team 53
- Maidenhead Warriors 49
- 1st Maidenhead Sea Scouts 49
- Braywick Court School Rocks 38
- In Memory of Ramesh Kapur 37
- The Tuneless Troop 27
- namdhari sikh sangat 17
- Over the Boyne Hill 17
- Girlguiding Maidenhead 14
- My Cancer My Choices 10
By walking the picturesque 13-mile route around the boundary of old Maidenhead, a current total of £13,313 has been raised for 66 charities. The sum is still provisional: many of the accounts are on-line and we have not yet collated all returns. We expect participating charities and groups to raise much more i.e. last year’s sum was over £20,000 (so we are hopeful that the final sum will be increased).
The event is becoming ever more popular (e.g. as a snap comparison, in 2012 the event had 427 walkers taking part, and it raised £14,918 for local organisations). The Chairman of the Maidenhead Community group and Lisa Hunter for Maidenhead Bridge would like to thank all the Rotarians who made the event possible and made it a great success.