Bluebell Walk in Prior's Wood, Portbury

Peggy Styles:  Dissertation

Nigel Baines:  Stokeleigh Iron Age Camp










Prior's Wood Portbury - Bluebell Walk

We are lucky to be near Prior's Wood which has a spectacular display of bluebells in late April / Early May.  The woods are popular at this time of the year, so we recommend going late in the afternoon or early evening.  The following walk is just under 3 miles and is fairly easy going although there is a steep incline to start with and another shorter, steeper incline towards the end.  The path can become rutted and you may have to navigate fallen branches. 

The notes in the graphic above apply to a clock-wise walk from Portbury village. 

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Archdeacon and Churchwardens’ Statement

 Since the start of the Vacancy at the Parish of Wraxall with Failand with Fran Binding moving on in August 2020, there has been much discussion at Diocesan, Deanery and Parish level regarding the appointment of a new Rector and how resources are used and maximised.

 A neighbouring church in the area, Trendlewood, has a Vicar who is due to retire in Early 2022, Rev Steve Tilley. Following lengthy discussions by multiple parties involved, it has been agreed that a new post for a full time Rector to lead Wraxall & Failand together with Trendlewood will be established. Under this proposal the Parishes will retain their own identities.

 The new appointment will be will be made as soon as possible, we hope to advertise soon after Easter. The new Rector would initially be working with Wraxall & Failand, taking on the leadership of Trendlewood Church as well from February 2022.

 Both parish councils have discussed the proposal fully and believe this will be a positive way forward in terms of mission, to ensure we have a full time incumbent for the future.

We look forward to giving you more news regarding the appointment of a new Rector soon.

 Elize Jutsum

Church Administrator


Peggy Styles:  Dissertation

At our Annual Dinner in April 2018, our Chair, Dwara Jepson, congratulated Peggy Styles on the award of her PhD.  We are very honoured that Peggy is allowing us to publish her dissertation.  Peggy's dissertation provides a fascinating insight into her family's life before, during and after World War II.

Peggy's dissertation, entitled 

Old Wives Tales?

Changing my Perception of the World

can be found here.



Iron Age Camp in Leigh Woods by Nigel Baines

Anyone walking in Leigh Woods and coming across the Iron Age Camp should find Nigel's paper of interest:  Stokeleigh Iron Age Camp