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Village residents and visitors gathered for breakfast at Stoodleigh Parish Hall at 9am on 2 March for a Spring Breakfast, Walk and Lunch.

Fifteen walkers enjoyed bacon baps and coffee and left Stoodleigh Parish Hall with four dogs for a circular walk of nearly seven miles which encompassed roads and tracks down to Trowbridge and across the Iron Mill Stream before climbing the steep ascent towards Oakford. At Oakford the group turned east before walking the public footpath down through Combe Water to Spurway Mill. There was then a short road section past Bellbrook Fishery before turning off to walk through Coleford Bottom. A final ascent up Rull Hill saw the group arrive back at the Parish Hall in time for a hearty lunch.




As the group taking on the longer route left, another group arrived for the second sitting of breakfast.

They set off taking an easterly route from the Parish Hall to Ash where they were welcomed by David and Louise Sheppard who introduced them to their herd of Alpacas.

 Following their interesting and informative visit the group separated and enjoyed walking various local routes back to the Hall in perfect time for lunch.


As both groups of walkers returned, other residents arrived to share in the community lunch. A hearty meal of chicken traybake was served followed by a magnificent array of home-made cup cakes.

The organisers would like to thank Tesco, Morrisons and Lloyd Maunder for their generous sponsorship.

Thank you to all those who joined in and also to the volunteers beforehand and on the day for their much appreciated contribution - see photo below of walkers and happy volunteers. This was another great community event and over £324 was raised towards the Hall Improvement fund for which the Parish Hall Management Committee is very grateful.

Phil Talbot


The walking group before they set off on the longer route together with volunteers

Ian Russell

Following a later breakfast, the second group had an interesting visit to the alpacas before setting off on local footpaths and bridleways

June Jones