Parish News – Winsford

Paul Lawson

News has reached us of the death of Paul Lawson who with Jenny ran our shop for some years before its sad closure. They later moved to Nottinghamshire, and have been much missed. We send our love and condolences to Jenny.


Bingo & Easter Sale – Thank You

Sue Hayes writes “A big thank you to everyone who came to and gave prizes for our Bingo on 30th March. It was very successful and enjoyable evening which raised £680 for Exmoor Young Farmers.

Another big thank you to all who helped, brought and bought at our Easter Sale and Coffee Morning on 6th April. On a fine and sunny we raised £635.50 for the Seahorse Centre in Minehead where my daughter Rebecca goes every day. Thanks for all the support.


The Easter Vestry and Annual Meeting

The Easter Vestry and Annual Meeting of the Church took place on 9th April. Richmond Harding and Dvid Godsal were re-elected as Church wardens and the Officers and PCC were re-elected en bloc. At the end of the meeting Lilian Harding provided refreshments for all present to celebrate Richmond having served for 60 years as a member of the PCC and recently as Churchwarden. Members congratulated and thanked him for his service to St Mary Magdalene Church Winsford.

There was a christening on 14th April of Erin Baker, great grand daughter of Barbara Pears, and we look forward to welcoming her into the Church.


Edbrooke Road Quarry

Guy Thomas Everard has requested that the quarry on Edbrooke Road is not to be used for fly tipping of any kind, including garden waste.


Halse Lane

Halse Lane will be closed for three days from 22nd May for BT replace telegraph poles. The closure will be from Townsend Cottages to the cattle grid.


Parish Council

Winsford Parish Council’s last meeting was 25th March. The next meeting is the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council on 8th May and the Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council is on the 20th May. Draft minutes of all meetings are available on the website and on the Parish Noticeboard, where the agenda is posted in advance of each meeting. Contact the Clerk Nic Kemp on 01643 841703 or email with any queries.

The 9th April was the Annual Assembly, which saw a very interesting presentation for Somerset Waste Partnership on recycling now and into the future, as well as updates on the Affordable Housing Working Group, the George Joyce Trust, and the Henry Leigh Trust, before Colin Wilkins gave the Chairman’s report of the past year. The evening was well attended, and with tea, coffee and biscuits, was enjoyed by all. The members of the Parish Council thank the 40 parishioners who attended the Annual Assembly and hope they found it informative.

The Henry Leigh Trust offers small grants to young people under 25 in the local parishes of Withypool & Hawkridge, Exford, Exmoor and Winsford.

Full details are on their website and anyone who is interested or in need of support is encouraged to apply.

While the Parish Council elections were uncontested this year, the District Council seat is up for election, so do please remember to use your vote on 2nd May. Also, Winsford Parish Council will be looking to co-opt an additional member on to the Council as there will be a vacant seat following Steve Hunt retiring from the council.