Winsford 100 Club and Impromptu Skittles on the Green-What a Hit!

Winsford 100 Club


It’s that time of year again when members of the Recreation Association will be calling for your annual subscription, which still remains at £12 and which will ensure that your membership of the Winsford Recreation Association continues for another year.

Your membership not only entitles you to be entered into the monthly 100 Club draws, but it enables you and your families to use and contribute towards the upkeep of the tennis courts, cricket pavilion and recreation field.

Please use these wonderful facilities, they are there for the enjoyment of everyone!

In the last year we have paid out almost £1000 in prizes whilst enabling us, to still maintain the tennis courts and recreation field to the best possible level.

Someone will be calling soon to collect your subscription, but if you have any questions or suggestions please call me on 01643 851762

(Cheques should be made payable to Winsford Recreation Association)

Many thanks for your continued support.

Beverley Flanagan

Winsford Recreation Association

Impromptu Skittles on the Green – What a Hit!


The village green had not seen anything like it for many months, teams of Ladies and Gents competing extremely enthusiastically over a game of skittles but….. everyone having, in the words of Miranda’s Mum, such fun! Fuelled by a small army of wine bottles and the odd beer and G&T, the tension mounted as the teams fought their way through four rounds, eleven per side.
The Gents’ team led by two points after the first round and there was many a miss but some full houses as all 9 skittles were bowled over.
The Gents won the second round by only one point and they then unknowingly led in the third. However all wanted to play again, thus it was all to play for in the fourth and final round!
Humorous comments peppered the final round as some stepped up to the plate and others failed miserably, (The Winn Brook seeing a great deal of activity).  In the end? Yes ,the Ladies’ team won the final round by 3 points and therefore earned an honourable draw.
A really successful social event which we will sustain throughout the Summer. Well played everyone!
Winsford Parish Council – Extraordinary Meeting

Notice of the Extraordinary Meeting of Winsford Parish Council on Friday

26 April 2019 at 11.00am in Winsford Village Hall

Dear Councillors,

You are hereby summoned to attend the next meeting of Winsford Parish Council to be held on Friday 26th April 2019 at 11.00am at Winsford Village Hall, for the purpose of transacting the following business.

All meetings are open to the public and Press.  The meeting will begin after members of the Parish electorate are given the opportunity to speak.  This will be restricted to 15 minutes or at the Chairman’s discretion.

Nic Kemp, Clerk to Winsford Parish Council

18 April 2019



  1. Apologies for non-attendance
  2. Declaration of Interests
  3. To discuss the Pre-Consultation – Proposed Emergency Services Telecommunications Base Station Installation at EAS0201K – Land at Halse Farm, Winsford TA24 7JL

Colin Wilkins, Chairman of Winsford Parish Council

18 April 2019

Members are reminded that the Council has a general duty to consider the following matters in the exercise of any of its functions: Equal Opportunities, Crime and Disorder, Health and Safety, Bullying and Harassment, and Human Rights

Winsford Annual Litter Pick Up


SUNDAY 14th April 2019




Please contact Sue Hayes on 01643 851372 for information or to register your help

The Oak Shop Winsford
The Oak Shop is now a true community shop, staffed by volunteers and can only remain open if enough helpers are available.  New volunteers are always welcome and training is given.
The slightly altered opening hours are between 9am and 12 noon, Monday to Saturday.  The Post Office hours remain the same as before, between 10am and 12 noon, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Carol Cottle is overseeing the general running of the shop and would be pleased to hear your views regarding items stocked.
As well as food, household goods, newspapers and Post Office, the shop is a collection point for prescriptions from Dulverton surgery, has a well used notice board advertising events in and around  Winsford, a collection box for the West Somerset Food Cupboard, a focal point for any concerns regarding village residents who might need a visit/helping hand and a band of volunteers who are often called upon to give directions to weary travellers and lost delivery vans!
Many thanks are due to Mark and Sally Bradley, without whose generous support the shop would not exist.  Please do join them by supporting and using the shop which is such an asset to Winsford village.
Beatle Mania knocks Winsford for six!!

Beatle Mania knocks Winsford for six!

Saturday 1st March will be the date that many Insurers will see on claims for damaged hearing aids as The Beatles for Sale tribute band stormed through 1hr.45mins. of ageless Beatle songs.

” I Feel Fine” soon turned to “Help!” as the band rocked the very foundations of the Winsford Village Hall where most of the sold-out audience remembered the original band the first time around!

No matter, after a few introductory numbers like “She Loves You”, the dance floor was full to overflowing and people were interpreting their version of the Twist and the Shake in their own unique way!

The authenticity of the band was staggering, from the amplifiers  (AC30’s), to the guitars like Lennon’s Rickenbacker to Paul McCartney’s Hofner violin bass, to the mannerisms and accents brilliantly portrayed. Vinny, Simon x 2 and Chris were also really nice guys and excellent musicians.

The bar did great business and the Raffle at the interval allowed the band to change in to another costume for the second half.

The Fancy Dress competition was won by Orla Jones, but there were some fantastic outfits, so thanks to everyone who entered into the spirit of the occasion!

Three encores after “Hey Jude”(naturally..) and the final number “Rock ‘n Roll Music” sent everyone away happy and humming in a variety of different modes….!

The event was organised with the aim to bring an evening of entertainment to Winsford but the output allowed us also to contribute £701 to our favoured charity “Love Musgrove”!

A big thank you to everyone involved with helping, donating prizes and for just being there supporting the event!

Further events are planned so…watch this space!

The Beatles FOR SALE!!! SOLD OUT!

The Beatles FOR SALE!!!       SOLD OUT!



Many thanks to everyone who is supporting this event, the tickets sold out within the first week of being on sale!

It’s going to be a great evening of singing, dancing and fun!

Please feel free to dress for the occasion, there will be a prize for best 60’s outfit!

Also this is a fundraiser so all profits from the bar and raffle will go towards Love Musgrove.

Anyone wishing to donate a prize for the raffle please contact either Gerry or Beverley Flanagan on 01643 851762.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all!

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.




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