This document includes the main textual parts of the website www.handswithenergy.co.uk and has been provided for easy offline reading. Please visit the website for pictures and the latest information. For treatments or training courses please visit the website or telephone 01761 472902. About Reiki Reiki is an ancient hands-on healing technique that was re-discovered in Japan in the 19th Century by Dr Mikao Usui. Although its origins are in the East, Reiki is now more popular in the West. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is the Japanese word for universal life-force energy - the energy that surrounds all living matter. It's made up of two parts - Rei (universal energy) and Ki (fundamental life-force). When we are well, this energy flows freely. But in times of trouble, blockages occur and the energy is not able to flow and we soon become unwell. A Reiki practitioner is able to channel this energy through their hands and also send it remotely to any person or any location or situation. The energy is able to restore the natural energy balance in the body. Reiki does not just work on medical problems - it can affect all aspects of our lives. The recipient’s body draws the energy through the practitioner. This allows it to clear patches of negative/blocked energy and to recover from injury and many common conditions. Reiki can also be used on animals, plants and even inanimate objects. The Reiki hand positions are centred on the body's energy centres - chakras. The diagram to the right shows the seven major chakras plus the direction they normally spin. Reiki is an holistic therapy and a full treatment is normally given, whatever the condition being treated. This is because the source of the problem might not be in the same location as the problem itself. For example, a problem with the knee might actually be something to do with the back. And back problems are sometimes resolved when the Practitioner’s hands are on the recipient's stomach! Reiki also allows built-up stress to be released. Stress is the cause of many medical complaints. The current fast pace of society is the reason for many of the medical complaints suffered in modern life. Normal sleep is only enough to clear the previous day’s fatigue and so additional help is needed to get rid of stress. A course of Reiki treatments should be enough for the body to rid itself of a great deal of stored up stress. But only a change in lifestyle will prevent the stress from returning. However, 'top-up' Reiki sessions should be enough to keep things under control. The recipient’s experience during Reiki varies from person to person. It's common to feel strong heat and/or vibrations from the practitioner’s hands. Some people experience a sensation of 'waves of energy' travelling down their body and some fall asleep almost immediately. Reiki often brings clarity and insight, with recipients having visions of things troubling them, places they’d like to be or solid colours. The meaning of images can often be determined from a book of symbols - something a Practitioner should have to hand. Colours represent a chakra opening up for extra energy. For example, the colour green might indicate the heart energy centre. Most people experience deep relaxation, with a sense of peace and well-being. Reiki always works for the recipient's highest good. If the recipient feels tired following the treatment, this is because they need to rest. A cold that has been lingering for weeks could suddenly become full-on following a Reiki treatment. Although the recipient may then feel lousy for a few days, they will feel much better once the body has got rid of the cold. During a Reiki session, some people experience very cold hands, feet or legs. There may also be numbness or a feeling of pins and needles. And this may change during the treatment. For example, a cold leg might be experienced early on, with a cold arm taking over later. It really is totally unpredictable. Whatever happens, the effects quickly die away after the treatment. And you can again be assured that the energy is working for your highest good. Reiki is a complimentary therapy. It works just as well alongside traditional medicine as it does with alternative therapies such as homeopathy. Reiki works best when you are a willing participant in your own healing process. It’s not possible to measure Reiki but its effects can be detected in the physical world. The aura is the energy field surrounding the body. A weak aura can be transformed into a vibrant one by means of a standard Reiki treatment. This change can be detected with the use of a Kirlian camera. Click the image to the left to see the energy field surrounding Matthew. Regular use of the energy means that his aura is always strong and active. A much simpler tool is a pendulum. This can be used to pick up energy from the chakras - to see if there is a difference following a Reiki treatment. A pendulum is normally made of crystal or metal, but anything suspended on a string will suffice - even a teabag or tennis ball! Reiki is a gift of the universe and is quite hard to explain in scientific terms - especially the ability for the energy to be sent remotely. But it's not so hard to comprehend when we realise that everything is made out of atoms and molecules. Everything is therefore comprised of energy. Some scientists believe in a universal grid that allows energy to pass between the mental, electromagnetic ether and material worlds. This might account of many of our coincidences - such as a thought popping into our head about someone we've not seen for a long time, just prior to us bumping into them around the next corner. And this may be linked to telepathy - perhaps a function as a race we've forgotten how to perform. But we don't need to delve into the operation of Reiki. It's just good enough to know that it works. About Matthew Hello, I’m Matthew Holbrook. This web page will tell you a lot about me. Half of my time is spent working with the Reiki energy for healing, as well as training others how to use it. The rest of my time is spent working with computers. I’ve worked extensively in the national media, contributing over five million words to a variety of magazines, as well as appearing on television, radio and working at exhibitions and other media events. For most of my life I’ve required a variety of prescription drugs for asthma, eczema, an almost all year round form of ‘hay fever’ and various other ailments. In a single month it would not be unusual for me to return from the chemist with 10 items - inhalers, bottles of eyedrops, pills and capsules. At various points in the past my asthma was serious enough for me to get through a 200-puff inhaler in a single day - not something to be recommended! And it was quite common for me to beg the chemist to give me an advance on the next prescription that was still in the post. By the late 1990s all of this was beginning to take its toll on me. I was generating large cysts in the roof of my mouth. These rotted away the roots of many teeth and at one point the roof of my mouth was wafer thin. Two operations and many hundreds of antibiotics were required to sort me out. By this point my immune system was wrecked and my asthma and allergies became much worse. I decided that a new approach was required and I started by quitting my day job of 15 years. I soon realised that we all have to take charge of our own healthcare - seeking out the services and advice that are appropriate for us. My first port of call was Bath-based homeopath Karen Leadbeater. She gradually weaned me off the drugs and I supplemented her treatment with meditation, Reiki and changes to my diet. Meanwhile, Stuart Clark at Widcombe Dental Solutions in Bath was doing amazing work to restore my teeth. I took my last puff on an asthma inhaler in February 2001 and all other medication had ceased by that time. The summer of 2001 was the first in my life that I did not experience serious eye discomfort. And the lack of drugs allowed me to sense what was happening to my body. The sneezing and mucus were not hayfever at all - they were caused by my liking for yoghurt! My deodorant and shower gel were also found to be a contribution to the problem. My previous use of a nasal spray was a great way of preventing all-day sneezing and the use of about 30 hankies. The side effect was that my asthma became significantly worse because I had no way of getting rid of the mucus - the main enemy of an asthmatic. This profound healing led me to train as a Reiki practitioner so I could help other people. I undertook First and Second Degree Reiki courses at Winford Manor Retreat with Reiki Master Teacher Lynne Whitwam. These courses included high quality attunements that allow me to channel a high level of energy for my clients. Some practitioners spend just a few hours doing the range of courses. Such training often includes poor attunements and therefore a significantly reduced experience for people being treated. Always ask your Reiki practitioner about their training and experience. I waited three months between the first two degrees and used the energy extensively. I then went on to train with Lynne as a Reiki Master Practitioner, again at Winford Manor Retreat. In advance of this I took a Reiki Special Tools course. This re-enforced how Reiki can be used to address all aspects of our lives. The last part of my main training was a Reiki Energy Mastership in Glastonbury with Simon Treselyan. Just about the best experience of my life, you can read about that amazing 10-day on the website. I successfully graduated from the course as a Reiki Master Teacher and I am now able to practice and teach all major disciplines of Reiki that are available in the UK. I also learnt the first two levels of the Egyptian Sekhem system during the course. I returned to Glastonbury later that year for Sekhem Advanced. In early 2003 I had the chance to attend a three-day conference with Phyllis Lei Furumoto, the lineage bearer and figurehead for the Usui system of Reiki. This was on the public practice of Reiki in the UK. I followed this with a course in Japanese Reiki techniques with Léonie Clark in Burbage, near Marlborough and I sat in on another Reiki Mastership course with Simon Treselyan in August 2003. November 2003 saw me attending a two-day workshop with Patrick Zeigler - my first experience of the SKHM energy. At around the same time I started to study Violet Flame Reiki® and received the system’s four attunements the following month from Loretta Healy in San Pedro, California. And in June 2004 I received a Lightarian Reiki attunement from Léonie Clark in the North East circle at Stanton Drew. September 2004 saw me spending three more days with Simon Treselyan at Stonehenge, Avebury, Glastonbury and Wells. And November 2004 saw me completing my Egyptian Sekhem training with Maggie Jamieson in Shepton Mallet. The following month I undertook guided meditations and attunements from Magi and her 28Kg citrine crystal skull Nut-H-Lam in Somerton. Magi's focus is on facilitating our connection with the divine, using sound in the process. In March 2005 Magi visited Silver Birches with the Nut-H-Lam skull. She undertook powerful attunements and meditations with the group. In the afternoon a traditional Reiki Share was held and Magi stayed on for that, completing a really enjoyable day. In April I found myself on the very first of Simon Treselyan’s Shemana courses. This Glastonbury event was well-attended and included Sekhem 1 and Adama Starfire attunements and hidden knowledge about humanity and the Earth. There was also a special initiation that led to me becoming an apprentice of the Temple of Soloman and Errant Knight of the Order of the Flaming Star. 26 May was Learning At Work Day, part of Adult Learners’ Week. As part of this I gave four Reiki talks to office workers in Bath.These included a slideshow and demonstrations of spot treatments and chakra balancing. It was a brilliant day and I hope to do it again next year. The following weekend I linked up with James D’Angelo for his Vibrational Healing course in Glastonbury. I have had tremendous success toning and chanting Reiki symbols in-person and on the telephone. I saw this as a chance to move beyond Reiki in terms of sound healing. The course was a powerful interactive experience and gave me many new techniques to work with on my clients. In July 2005 I had a one-to-one crystal bowl training session with Pat Reynolds at Spectrum Wellbeing in Devon. This was a truly magical day, taking me yet further forward in the world of healing. Crystal bowls are now used on most of the events at Silver Birches. In the September Magi returned for another special day with her crystal skull Nut-H-Lam as well as her blue obsidian skull Gaia Star. This was combined with a Reiki Share and was another day to remember. In November I revisited Maggie Jamieson for her Way of the Supreme Gift course. This was another transformational experience. Stony Littleton is used as the location for my Reiki 2 attunements. This is a long barrow near Wellow and is aligned to the Mid-Winter sunrise, just as New Grange is in Ireland. On December 21 I visited the site to watch the sunrise. This is a magical time and the original reason for celebration at this time of year. This inspired me to get more involved in the eight special days in the year that are linked to the position of the sun. On 1 February 2006 I attended the Imbolc celebrations in Glastonbury. This day is half way between Mid-Winter’s Day and the Spring Equinox. The celebrations were carried out at the White Spring, Chalice Well and St. Bride’s Mound. I wrote some poetry for the day and had the chance to read it out at the wellhead in Chalice Well. With my interest in the solar celebrations further kindled and a new connection with Glastonbury established, a major new interest was now with me. The Spring Equinox brought equal light and dark and was a low-key celebration in Chalice Well. I returned on 1 May for the early morning Beltane celebrations - half way between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. This was an amazing experience. I produced further poetry to be read to the masses at the wellhead and leaped the Beltane fire several times. Later that month I gave two Reiki talks as part of Learning At Work Day 2006. In June it was Companions’ Day at Chalice Well. This was a wonderful day and I had the chance to read my new Chalice Well poetry to the crowd in the afternoon. The Summer Solstice celebrations were also enjoyable around this time. And for the August full moon Caitlin & Sika visited Chalice Well and gave a magical performance near the yew trees. Also in August Chalice Well had its Healing Weekend. I was asked to run the opening circle at the wellhead and I guided the group through a meditation, a poem, peace quotes and mixed water being poured into the well with a blessing. I also did Reiki and sound healing in the summerhouse in the centre of the gardens. This was an excellent spot, with the sun shining in and the sound of water from Arthur’s Courtyard. All the sessions felt very powerful. Straight after this I started working with Nikita Moore, a local 11-year-old with terminal cancer. I started with a two hour full-on session comprising everything I’m able to do. She then returned twice a week for half-hour top--ups with me and generally two colleagues. She also came along to Reiki Shares, where she was treated by the whole group. We remained hopeful that Reiki would extend her life and improve her life-force and feeling of wellbeing. On 19 November a fundraising event was held for Nikita. This was called Mission Possible and involved abseiling down Cheltenham’s tallest building. This was a life-changing experience for me because I am petrified of heights - see how I got on here. The rest of the event is documented on this link. Simon Treselyan came over from Australia in November to help with Nikita and also to make the jump in Cheltenham. Sadly, Nikita finally lost her fight against the cancer at 16:15 on 24 December 2006. As 2007 started to move forward I returned to Glastonbury on 1 February for the Imbolc celebrations. Here I debuted the 2007 edition of my Imbolc poetry. I returned on 21 March for the Spring Equinox. And on 8 April I was at Chalice Well helping Natasha Wardle with the foot washing and anointing ceremony for Ostara. And on 1 May it was back for an early start for the Beltane celebrations. Later that month on the 24th it was time for Learning At Work Day 2007. And on 9 June 2007 it was back to Chalice Well for another excellent Companions Day. On 21 June it was back to Glastonbury for the Litha (the Summer Solstice) celebrations. A few short weeks later it was back again for three events to celebrate Lammas 2007 – the first fruits of the harvest. I visited the Goddess Temple, the Tor and Chalice Well. One of my photos and a short report was featured in the Western Daily Press. At the same time I joined the Wisdom Evoking Spirit group. I was interviewed on Glastonbury Radio on 24 August about my spiritual path (a 55MB podcast of this may still be available from this link) and this was immediately followed by the Chalice Well Healing Weekend. I then started working with Jana Runnalls in Glastonbury for voice coaching and drumming. The idea of this was to improve my performance at rituals as well as during healing sessions where sound is involved. In early September there was a late summer concert at Chalice Well, where the very popular Caitlin & Sika returned with their world music and ancient mantras for the appreciative audience. On 16 September I joined the Western Order Of Druids to formalise my attendance at their events and to fill a spiritual void. Pictures from their anniversary event held on the same day may be found here. On 19 September I visited The Summerlands in Glastonbury for a voice and sound healing concert with Milagros Phillips. This was followed with a packed Mabon 2007 (Autumn Equinox) day in Glastonbury on Sunday 23 September. I read seasonal poetry at three of the events and played Tibetan bowls at some of them as well. A few days later it was back to Glastonbury for ritual and poetry at the White Spring on the occasion of the 26 September full moon. One of my photos from Mabon 2007 was included in the Western Daily Press on 28 September. I undertake regular self-Reiki treatments and meditation sessions at home. Both enhance the effects of the other to provide effective healing and de-stressing. I also meditate at the Chalice Well Garden in Glastonbury each week. I try to lead a healthy lifestyle with no medication, regular exercise and a wholefood/organic diet. I also exchange energies with other Reiki practitioners on a regular basis. I use the Reiki energy in many varied situations, from treating myself, others and animals to manifesting goals and fixing wayward equipment. I am a Teacher Member of the UK Reiki Federation and I also belong to the (non-accredited) Reiki Association as well as the British Society of Dowsers. As well as this I am a member of the NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners. During treatments and courses we sometimes end up talking about matters far removed from Reiki. Some clients return to attend my occasional courses in ‘hidden knowledge’. I am a Master/Teacher for traditional Usui Reiki and Raku Kei, as well as Tibetan, Karuna®, Seichem, Seichim, Violet Flame® and Original Seven-Degree System Reiki. I am also an Egyptian Sekhem Master/Teacher. The Treatments Note: If you do not live in the Bath area then you may like a distant treatment by telephone. Matthew is able to test your body’s chakras remotely and the energy is transmitted through toning and chanting of sacred symbols. This healing method is an integral part of the Karuna® Reiki system and Matthew has built on this with his own techniques. His work on the telephone can be just as powerful as with an in-person treatment. Distant treatments must be booked and paid for in advance and time is required for Matthew to work out a unique treatment plan. - Introduction Reiki is an holistic therapy and so everyone gets the same basic treatment, regardless of the issues they are trying to address. However, the more I know about the issues, the more I’m able to customise the treatment. The basic treatment is carried out by means of 12 five-minute hand positions plus a few shorter supplementary positions. This means that it takes just over an hour to carry out the work. The energy flows to where it's needed, but clients may ask for the positions to be varied, depending on their particular condition. For example, people who have issues with their legs sometimes ask for extra hand positions in this area. Following an initial discussion clients are asked to hop up on to the examination couch - clothed, face up and with their hands flat on the couch by their side. Shoes, glasses and dangerous jewellery need to be removed beforehand; some clients prefer to remove all their jewellery. Candles burn to maintain positive energy within the room and one of a selection of pieces of music will play throughout the treatment. Silver Birches is situated in a quiet location and it's generally very peaceful during a treatment. Three photographs on this page show a Reiki treatment in progress. The recipient is being treated for a back problem, even though I’m spending two thirds of the time treating the client’s front. A larger version will appear if any of these images is clicked. - Treatment Details An important aspect of Reiki is the intent - the actions that the recipient would like the energy to perform. I discuss this with clients beforehand but they merely need to think the intent to themselves at the start of the treatment. The minimum intent should be ‘Best Health, Highest Good’, but clients are free to ask for anything they like - although the intent must not be open to interpretation. The Reiki energy stays with a recipient for around a day, but it may last longer - depending on the intent. Before the treatment gets underway I check some of the client’s chakras with a pendulum. This will allow me to see the difference that the treatment has made. The chakras should be spinning quickly in alternate directions. Clients with a chronic condition may require healing sounds to be toned into a particular part of the body. This helps to get the treatment off to a good start, building on the intent. A client will hear the sounds and feel the vibrations going in. Sometimes the ‘laser beam’ technique is also used at this stage - with energy emerging from three fingers held over a problem area. I wash my hands and issue a brief opening statement to welcome assistance from the universe. The hands-on treatment then begins. Some clients like to talk throughout the treatment, some just give me the occasional comment on what they’re feeling and others prefer to remain silent, helping them to experience deep relaxation. These are the steps in the treatment: Hand positions 1-4: Face/eyes, the temples, back of head, throat/jaw. Hand positions 5-8: Above heart, bottom of rib cage, the abdomen, the pelvic area. My hands are then briefly placed on the knees, ankles and toes to draw the energy down the body. The client is then asked to turn over. Hand positions 9-12: Shoulders, shoulder blades, lower back, the tail bone. My hands are then briefly placed on the backs of the knees, the ankles and the soles of the feet to ground the energy. My hands are then gradually moved up the spine, finishing with one hand on the top of the client’s head, again grounding the energy. I then use two brushing motions down the back to force any negative particles to drop out of the aura. I then say a closing statement to thank the universe for the energy used and I then leave the room to wash my hands. At this point I ask for the client to roll over on to their back. I’ll then use the pendulum again to see how the chakras tested earlier have changed. - Applying for a Treatment If you've decided that you would like to try Reiki, an application form and contact information are shown on the Get In Touch page. - Notes 1. As far as possible, I need to stay within a client’s aura during the treatment. This means that one hand remains in-place during a change of position. And when moving to another part of the body my hands move in stages. 2. Reiki has a detox effect on the body and it’s important to drink plenty of water. It’s recommended that clients drink a small amount of water before they leave home for the treatment. A pint of water is recommended when they return home. Headaches and nausea can occur if these toxins are not washed out. Clients that are not regular water drinkers should get used to drinking plenty of water in the days leading up to the treatment. 3. Caution must be exercised with diabetes, serious mental conditions, unset broken bones, pacemakers and transplant organs. In the case of diabetes and mental conditions it’s recommended that a client brings a chaperone. Universal life-force energy can cause unset broken bones to start healing in position, some older pacemakers can be affected by the energy and there have been cases where the energy has apparently caused the body to reject recently transplanted organs. 4. Neither client nor practitioner must be under the influence of alcohol during a Reiki treatment, as the channelled energy will be severely affected. Training If you're interested in learning Reiki and other natural / new age healing techniques then you've come to the right place. Matthew's courses are run in small groups in a quiet location near the city of Bath in England. This is within easy reach of ancient sites such as Stanton Drew and Stoney Littleton, which are sometimes utilised for the courses. It's also possible to cater for unusual requirements - such as two or more members of a family requiring a course and treatments on the same day. For example, a popular choice is for two or three people to do the Healing With Natural Energies course, each also having full Reiki treatments during the day. In addition, if you've already got Reiki then you may just be looking for an attunement for a standalone Reiki symbol such as Grace or Mer Ka Fa Ka Lish Ma. A set of user notes is supplied with each attunement. Antahkarana symbols can also be supplied on laminated paper or cloth. Whether you live locally or whether you're visiting the area on holiday, take this opportunity to attend a course. Those on holiday may also like to visit Bristol, Bath, Priston Mill, Cheddar, Wookey Hole and the Book Barn at Hallatrow - the UK's largest warehouse of second hand books. Please see the website for the latest information about training courses. Get In Touch Telephone: 01761 472902 Website: www.handswithenergy.co.uk/contact Travel Directions Please note that for those people coming from outside Timsbury, it's only really feasible to reach Silver Birches by car. We are about 15 minute's walk from the village newsagent in North Road. Additionally, a map might make you think that it would be a good idea to enter Priors Hill from the other end (Hayeswood Road). If you do this, you should note that the road is very narrow and that you may need to stop and reverse. A zoomable map can be found here. - From Bristol on the A37 Take the A37 out of Bristol and head out through Whitchurch, Pensford, Clutton and Temple Cloud. As you travel up the hill when leaving Temple Cloud, look out for a white house at the top and a junction on the left. Take this turning on to the A39 towards Bath. The A39 takes you through Hallatrow and High Littleton. As you travel up the hill and enter High Littleton, look out for a church on the right. Take the next turning on the right - there is a sign here for the 'The Batch', as well as signs for Timsbury. The road travels downhill for some way. You then meet a sharp bend to the left and the road travels upwards. You then meet another left bend and the road narrows. Look out for the next turning on the left - Priors Hill (PIC 1). The sign may be obscured by parked vehicles but this is the only left turning on this road before it travels uphill into the main village. After turning into Priors Hill, pull into the first set of wooden drive gates that you come across (PIC 3). There is a Silver Birches sign on the wall and plenty of space on the drive. Please walk right along the front of the house and enter through the side porch on the left, knocking on the internal door (callers by pre-booked appointment only). - From Bath or Keynsham on the A39 If you’re coming through Keynsham then get on to the B3116 Wellsway. Join the A39 at the T-junction at the end and turn right and travel on to Marksbury. From Bath join the A39 at the Newton-St-Loe roundabout on the A4 and travel on to Marksbury. As you leave the village of Marksbury, turn left at the traffic lights by the garage. You will still be on the A39.You will pass a pub on the left and the road starts to go downhill. Look for the blue-coloured 'bed and breakfast' building on the left and take the adjacent left turning. This is not marked with anything terribly useful. At this point you've left the A39 and you're now in Farmborough. You will pass the Butcher's Arms pub on the right. Keep on this road until you enter Timsbury and reach a crossroads. Travel straight across and you will come to a T-junction after about a third of a mile. The Guss and Crook pub will be on your left but turn right on this junction. You will soon pass some housing estates - Greenvale on the left and Southlands Drive on the right. The road will then start to go downhill. Carry on down here and fields will start to appear on the left-hand side. Take the next junction on the right. If no cars are parked in the junction, a 'Timsbury Bottom' sign should appear (PIC 2). This is actually Priors Hill, but you will only see the Priors Hill sign if you approach from the other way. Pull into the first set of wooden drive gates that you come across (PIC 3). There is a Silver Birches sign on the wall and plenty of space on the drive. Please walk right along the front of the house and enter through the side porch on the left, knocking on the internal door (callers by pre-booked appointment only). - From Bath on the A367 Take the A367 out of Odd Down, Bath and turn right on to the B3115. This is signposted for Timsbury and will take you right to the village. You will eventually head through Tunley and then down a hill. The Camerton Inn pub and a filling station will appear on the right. A short distance after the filling station, the road takes a 90-degree bend to the right. Follow the road around. You're now in Timsbury. Carry straight on and follow the road around the next left bend. You will then start to travel uphill and a bus shelter and junction will appear on the right. Signal left at this point and take the next turning on the left - a high wall means the junction cannot be seen until you get to it. This junction leads to South Road. Silver Birches is about a mile further on. Be careful on this road - there are often lots of parked cars. You will come across a telephone box on the left and the Guss and Crook pub appears on the right at around the halfway point. Carry on along the same road and you will pass some housing estates - Greenvale on the left and Southlands Drive on the right. The road will then start to go downhill. Carry on down here and fields will start to appear on the left-hand side. Take the next junction on the right. If no cars are parked in the junction, a 'Timsbury Bottom' sign should appear (PIC 2). This is actually Priors Hill, but you will only see the Priors Hill sign if you approach from the other way. Pull into the first set of wooden drive gates that you come across (PIC 3). There is a Silver Birches sign on the wall and plenty of space on the drive. Please walk right along the front of the house and enter through the side porch on the left, knocking on the internal door (callers by pre-booked appointment only). - From Radstock on the A367 Take the A367 out of Radstock and turn left on to the road marked 'Camerton'. Follow this downhill/uphill route until you eventually end up at a T-junction. Turn left and after a short distance, the road takes a 90-degree bend to the right. Follow the road around. You're now in Timsbury. Carry straight on and follow the road around the next left bend. You will then start to travel uphill and a bus shelter and junction will appear on the right. Signal left at this point and take the next turning on the left - a high wall means the junction cannot be seen until you get to it. This junction leads to South Road. Silver Birches is about a mile further on. Be careful on this road - there are often lots of parked cars. You will come across a telephone box on the left and the Guss and Crook pub appears on the right at around the halfway point. Carry on along the same road and you will pass some housing estates - Greenvale on the left and Southlands Drive on the right. The road will then start to go downhill. Carry on down here and fields will start to appear on the left-hand side. Take the next junction on the right. If no cars are parked in the junction, a 'Timsbury Bottom' sign should appear (PIC 2). This is actually Priors Hill, but you will only see the Priors Hill sign if you approach from the other way. Pull into the first set of wooden drive gates that you come across (PIC 3). There is a Silver Birches sign on the wall and plenty of space on the drive. Please walk right along the front of the house and enter through the side porch on the left, knocking on the internal door (callers by pre-booked appointment only). Note that there is an alternative route from Radstock - you can travel through Clandown and Radford to arrive at the telephone box in South Road. - From Chilcompton/Midsomer Norton on the B3355 Head to Paulton on the B3355 and travel straight through the village, taking the right exit at the mini roundabout at the other end of the village. You will pass a bread shop and flower shop on the right. As you pass these shops and a small housing estate on the left, take the next turning on the left (Bristol Road). Be careful of oncoming cars for the rest of the journey as the road is narrow and of a poor quality. There’s a sharp left-bend in this road, leading to a narrow bridge. As you leave the bridge, take the next turning on the right (Broom Hill Lane). This hill ends at a T-junction. Turn right, bearing in mind that a driver could be zooming up the hill. The road travels downhill and you then meet a sharp bend to the left and the road travels upwards. You then meet another left bend and the road narrows. Look out for the next turning on the left - Priors Hill (PIC 1). The sign may be obscured by parked vehicles but this is the only left turning on this road before it travels uphill into the main village. After turning into Priors Hill, pull into the first set of wooden drive gates that you come across (PIC 3). There is a Silver Birches sign on the wall and plenty of space on the drive. Please walk right along the front of the house and enter through the side porch on the left, knocking on the internal door (callers by pre-booked appointment only).
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