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Church Clipping

Clipping is a word which has changed from the original (yclept) and has the meaning embraced. It is a custom where clergy and congregation hold hands and encicle the church. There is usually singing and dancing and the children have Garlands.

The best known example is probably at Painswick in Gloucestershire where it takes place on the first Sunday after September 19th and children also receive a bun and a silver coin.

The custom is also known at Edgmont in Shropshire , Wirksworth in Derbyshire (Sunday nearest 8th September) and was once quite widespread.