Welcome to Winsford - a small Somerset village in the heart of Exmoor National Park.

This website is designed to give visitors a glimpse of its history, its lovely unspoilt character and the many things to do and see in and around Winsford. It also provides visitors and locals alike with a single source of information about village life: its attractions, its local services, events, sports and voluntary activities and, through the Winsford blog an insight into the life of one of the prettiest villages on Exmoor.    Read our introduction to Winsford.
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Sun 1 May 2016 9:30 amBCP Communion, St Mary Magdalene Winsford
Wed 4 May 2016 6:00 pmFood from Around the World – Ireland, The Royal Oak Winsford
Thu 5 May 2016 7:00 amElection of Police & Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset, Winsford Village Hall
Mon 9 May 2016 2:00 pmCraft Club, Winsford Village Hall
Wed 11 May 2016 7:30 pmQuiz Night, The Royal Oak Winsford
Wed 11 May 2016 11:00 amThe Winn Club Marwood Hill Gardens Barnstaple, Winsford Car Park
Sat 14 May 2016 2:30 pmWinsford Cricket Team Home Game v Wiveliscombe 11, Winsford Cricket Ground
Sun 15 May 2016 6:00 pmChoral Evensong, St Mary Magdalene Winsford
Sat 21 May 2016 10:30 amChristian Aid Week Coffee Morning and Bring & Buy, Winsford Village Hall
Sat 28 May 2016 2:30 pmWinsford Cricket Team Home Game v Bridgewater Pointers, Winsford Cricket Ground
April 23, 2016

The Queens 90th Birthday Beacon

It may not have been quite the sunny evening anticipated, but that didn’t stop the many people who arrived, on a very windy and somewhat damp Winsford Hill, coming to watch Ann LeBas, Winsford’s longest serving female resident, lighting the 20 foot high bonfire.Anne & Johnny Queens Beacon

The idea to have this beacon, which was one of 200 lit across the country, was the brainchild of Christopher Thomas-Everard – past High Sheriff of Somerset and Johnny Bray, a long standing friend of Christopher and resident of Winsford.

 

Beacon Building Christopher Thomas Everard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work started earlier in the week with the preparation of the site, collecting the materials and finally building the bonfire, all under the watchful eye of the BBC’s One Show Production team who were there to film the whole event.

Stalwarts at the Beacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The eagerly anticipated ceremony arrived and by 7pm the car park was full, the stalwarts had enjoyed their picnic in the rain and, with drink in hand, were ready to join in the celebrations.

 

The One Show televised The Queen lighting the first beacon at 7.12pm at Windsor Castle which was then followed at 7.20pm by the lighting of our very own Winsford beacon. The cameras started rolling and Anne stepped forward with the torch and set the beacon alight. The wind was strong and fortunately in the right westerly direction and within moments it was a fiery furnace.

 

Anne With TVCrew About to Light Beaco

Anne with Bonfire just lit

The crowd, warmed by the fire, cheered and then sang Happy Birthday.

So another very happy and successful event clearly enjoyed by all of those who attended and once again putting Winsford, Exmoor on the map!!

Beacon Crowd 2

 

Beacon crowd 4

 

Beacon Crowd 3

Many thanks to Christopher Thomas-Everard and Johnny Bray for having this great idea and for giving their time and efforts to make it such memorable occasion.

 

The Beacon in full flame

Beacon Team

 

 

Lastly, and most importantly, we would like to wish Her Majesty a very Happy 90th Birthday. May she have many more as our longest serving Monarch.

Making The Most of Your Visit

Whether your here for walking, riding, shooting, mountain biking or simply relaxing - Winsford has something to offer. You can find useful information for visitors below.

Information for Residents
The Weather in Winsford, Somerset
12°
light rain
humidity: 68%
wind: 7m/s SSW
H 14 • L 11
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Mon
11°
Tue
14°
Wed
17°
Thu
14°
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