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18 Sep 2023


Building on from the defib training which ran in August this year we are now running a Basic Life Support course in the village hall on the 25th of November from 2-5pm. We have booked a Saturday to hopefully make this more available & convenient to more villagers. This is a practical course where everyone will get to practice & also then need to demonstrate how to give chest compressions as well as how to use the defibrillator. This will give you an accredited BLS certificate, which will last 3 years. We are hoping those a who attend are happy to join the Priston Emergency WhatsApp Group.

There are limited places, so booking is essential. If it is a success and there is a desire for more, we can look into running the training again next year for those who might have missed out.

Also! If you are unable to attend or would like more information around CPR or how to use a defib then the British Heart Foundation have some really great online training for free on

If you would like to register your interest in joining the course please email Emma Morrad on

29 Apr 2023


As part of our Coronation festivities, there will be a Coronation Quiche Competition with entries being served up at the evening BBQ as the vegetarian option (although meat-eaters will also be invited to enjoy a slice too...).

Please bring your quiche to the Village Hall on the day, between 2 and 4pm or after 5pm. Entries will be judged - and prizes awarded - by a mystery gastronome at the start of the BBQ.

Good Luck!

Please head to for the official recipe.
23 Mar 2023

You can find initial information regarding the WESTlink on-demand bus service to be made available from 3 April 2023 on the WESTlink website.

  • Booking will be available via a mobile app, website or on the phone (0117 457 8561).
  • to obtain the mobile app, search for "WESTlink" on the iOS or Google Play app stores.
  • Journeys can be booked up to 24 hours in advance and passengers can also book on-demand on the day of travel.
  • There will be approximately 30 buses running across the region, which can take up to 16 passengers each. These will operate within 3 zones (see Zone Map): North, South, and Future Transport Zone.
  • Passengers can get on or off at existing bus stops (over 1,800) as well as at a number of virtual bus stops which will be created at easy to reach places, so that passengers can then link to major bus and rail services for their onward journey.
  • Only single fares will be available at £2 for adults and £1 for children. All concessionary and older person's bus passes will be accepted.
  • The service will run between 7am-7pm Monday-Saturday.
  • Maximum wait expected for an ‘on demand’ trip is 60 mins in the North and South zones, 15 minutes for the Future Transport Zone
  • The West of England Combined Authority website states that"Clever technology will use algorithms to best join up several people’s needs, combining them into one trip to get passengers to where they need to be as efficiently as possible."
See the WESTlink website for more information and updates.
29 Aug 2022


Grants are available towards the cost of books or equipment for those living in PRISTON who have left school and are starting university or vocational training. These are available for three years for each individual.

Please apply with details to:
Ruth Summers
Manor Cottage, Priston, Bath BA2 9EH
Tel: 07989 828503

26 May 2022


Hemlock is reappearing in the lanes and fields around Priston.

It is very poisonous, and there was a previous serious case of suspected hemlock poisoning where a villager was clearing hemlock with a scythe - fortunately no harm was done.

Hemlock looks similar to Cow Parsley, grows up to 5-8ft tall, and flowers from June to July. It can be distinguished by the brown/purplish speckles and streaks on its hairless green hollow stems.

Do take care if clearing hemlock. Wear protective clothing and do not burn the plant. Place them in a plastic bag and place in your bin.

Hemlock Water Dropwort

Hemlock Water Dropwort is distinct from Hemlock, and is regarded as the most poisonous native plant in the British Isles. It is dangerous to both humans and livestock.

It grows about 1.5m tall with white flowers from June to July arranged in white umbels, similar to Cow Parsley. Brown, rugby-shaped seeds follow the flowers. Its leaves resemble those of celery or parsley. The stems are shiny green, hairless, grooved and hollow. The highly poisonous roots when exposed are pale yellow-white tubers that strongly resemble parsnips. The whole of the plant is poisonous. The plant is common in or immediately next to streams and rivers.

Protective clothing should be worn when clearing the plant. It may be burnt. Livestock should be excluded from areas where it is being cleared.

See the photos of Hemlock on the Priston Web.

See the descriptions of Hemlock and Hemlock Water Dropwort from

27 Jul 2010


Paul Walker and Chris Wheeler of Trowbridge Metal Detecting Club recently found a rare medieval jeton in a Priston field.

The object is a 15th Century Medieval Jeton of France (reign of Charles VI 1380 – 1422 AD).

Jetons were used for early accountancy calculations, before the advent of arabic numerals and to cope with the complexity of multiple money types circulating  at any one time.  They were used on a board divided into rows and columns hence the expression "Exchequer" because of the resemblance to a chess board.
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(Thanks to Aylet Anderson for providing this information item.)