Thank You from the Winsford Churchwardens and In Memorium

Thank You from the Winsford Churchwardens

We would like to say a ‘Big Thank you’ to everyone who supported our fundraising events during 2018.

Our most recent during November and December raised over £1000.

Christmas card sales and deliveries £422.

Christmas Bingo £661

We would especially like to thank Sue Hayes and her helpers who organised and ran the bingo – it is always

a fun night and we are grateful to Sue for donating the proceeds of her Christmas Bingo to the church.

Thanks also to:

  • Teresa and Roy at Bridge Cottage Tea Rooms for having our cards to sell.
  • Caroline Pickhaver and Jan Faulkner who helped PCC members Jean Bunn, Jill Urry and Tracey Staples with Christmas Card deliveries and again to Sue who was not only the collection point but also got very wet in the rain!
  • John Titcombe, Brenda Staples, Jean Bunn & Sue who helped Tracey with the Christmas Card Coffee morning.

In Memorium

Sylvia Manley, of Knaplock Farm, died suddenly recently, a few months after her 80th birthday. Sylvia came to Exmoor when she was young as a nanny to a family at Edbrooke House. She met and married Derek Manley of Knaplock Farm, where she lived for the rest of her life. They had four children and many grandchildren. To improve their income, Sylvia opened a riding stable and provided group rides for young and old for many years. It was often the first port of call when people came on holiday to Winsford and gave much pleasure to many children. After Derek’s death she took up art and bridge and many people will miss her.

Sadly there has been another death in Winsford, Fred Cass, our oldest inhabitant, has just died aged 97. Fred was a distinguished engineer, and was one of the first employees of the Plessey Company and rose through the company as it grew, becoming Managing Director of the Aero Group.

He was very proud of the fact that during the war he produced the first wiring looms for the Rolls Royce Merlin engine for the Spitfire, which enable the engines to be completed much quicker and without skilled labour. He and Irene spent their retirement of many years in Winsford. He was a very keen fisherman and was generous in distributing presents of his catches.