Macmillan Coffee Morning & Winsford Parish Council – Clerk Vacancy



Bridge Cottage Tearoom at Winsford

will be holding a coffee morning on

Friday 21st September from 10.00am to 12 noon.
In addition to the cakes, tea & coffee we will be also selling bacon sandwiches whilst stocks last!
We are now starting to collect prizes for the raffle (biscuits, chocolates and wine).

Any contributions will be gratefully received and all proceeds will go to Macmillan.

Further details can be obtained from the Tearoom.

We look forward to seeing you on the day,
Teresa & Roy


Invites applications for the post of

Relevant experience desirable but assistance and training available. Must be computer literate and have access to the Internet.
156 hours per annum plus agreed expenses.
Application, including CV, to be submitted by Friday 21st September 2018 to:-
Mrs Caroline Moore, Higher Crosses, Armoor Lane, Exton, Dulverton, Somerset. TA22 9LD
Tel:- 01643 851694, e-mail:- from whom further information may be obtained.


Winsford Fete


‘Rain, rain go away and come again another day’ but sadly it didn’t and this years fete was not for the faint hearted as the drizzle continued turning to rain throughout the afternoon.

However the residents of Winsford were not to be put off, they manned their stalls and the afternoon kicked off on time to the sounds of some 40’s swing, which lifted the spirits and encouraged everyone to enjoy the afternoon.

As always the Flower, Produce and Craft Show was well supported. A steady stream of competitors had made their way to the tent during the morning laden with flowers, vegetables and of course cake! Even though the growing season this year had been challenging this did not affect the quality of the entries

The photography section was particularly well supported this year with great photos of bridges, feet and the colour blue!

Many thanks to those who entered, especially if it was your first time and even if you didn’t win a class this year please have a go next year.
Also thanks to those of you who stayed for the auction to make it such a success. Edward Harding did a fantastic job selling the various lots including the 1st Prize winning chocolate cake made by David Weir.

Outside whilst the rain continued to get ever stronger the Dog Show got under way and there was not shortage of entrants. Our experienced Judge Karen Draper had a wide variety of breeds for all classes and a happy atmosphere prevailed
All class winners gallantly came back for the Best in Show class, for which we thank you, which was won by Leanna Coles lovely Working Springer Bitch “Leila” showing her lovely movement and ring presence. Reserve was a delightful and beautifully marked Whippet dog “Jink” owned by Elizabeth Johnston. All dogs and owners were very well behaved and an entertaining afternoon was had by all!
Those who were extra brave had a go at the Dog Agility and well done to Karen and Suzy for the braving the elements without shelter for the whole afternoon.

There was no shortage of opportunities to have some fun and spend some money as always the Tombola had a steady stream of participants, the coconut shy was a smash! and the bric-a-brac, books and clothes tents and the plants and toy stalls did some steady trade and of course the sheep racing followed by the duck race which added to the entertainment.

So money spent how better to round off the afternoon with a cuppa and some home made cake, or maybe even a burger followed by an ice cream, whilst checking to see if you were a winner in the Grand Draw.
There were some wonderful prizes so a big thank you to Sara and all her helpers for making it such a success.

All in all a great afternoon, raising a total of £3,690.54. So well done everybody!

Winsford Fete – Help Needed


Saturday 11th August at 1pm

Family Dog Show 1.15pm

Children’s Fancy Dress 1.30pm and Races 2.45pm

Sheep Racing (1st Race 2pm)

Show of Auction Produce starts at 4pm

Maypole Dancing, Plant Stall, Traditional Fete Stalls, Tombola,
Produce, Cakes, Clothes, Bric-a-brac and Books

Grand Draw

Things we need for the fete are prizes for the raffle and tumble, old chipped china for the china throwing stall, clothes, shoes, hats and jewellery for the clothes tent, teddy bears, soft toys, household items for the “white elephant’, toys and puzzles, produce and preserves, books and cakes.
Also old quilts to be made into dog beds.
Please bring any of these items to Sue Hayes at The Close, Winsford or call me on 01643 851372 to pick them up.


Winsford church invites you to enter your homegrown produce, home cooking, crafts, photographs etc into


Produce and home cooking to be auctioned in aid of the Church

Entry form with details available from the following places in Winsford:
The Oak Shop, Bridge Cottage Tea Rooms and Winsford Garage
OR Download form the village website:
Or for an email copy contact Jo:

Strawberry Cream Tea


Strawberry Cream Tea

Sunday 1st July at 2.30pm
The Close, Winsford

Free entry, everyone welcome.
Raffle & Garden Quiz and a relaxing afternoon
Donations to the Winn Club, Contact Sue Hayes 851372

Winsford Tennis Courts


The tennis courts have now re-opened after some much needed tlc!

The courts, the nets and the benches have all been professionally cleaned and are ready to be used by everyone. So all we need now is some more great weather!

There is no formal booking system, so just play and enjoy!

Winsford Village Maintenance Day


Winsford Village Maintenance Day


Saturday 14th April


Winsford Village Green

Please come along and help with the annual village tidy up.

Help needed with weeding, litter collection and re-painting of the bus shelter

and general tidying.

Please contact Mel Mileham on 01643 851224

for more information and offers of help.





Winsford’s Annual Litter Pick Up 2018







Coffee and hot chocolate will be served at the Royal Oak after the event courtesy of Sally & Mark Bradley

Please contact Beverley Flanagan on 01643 851762 for information or to register your help

Buddy Brilliant!

Never before has the village hall seen such a mass of dancing, waving and singing as Buddy Holly, aka Spencer Jordan, rock ‘n rolled us through Friday evening on the 2nd February!

A packed hall of nearly 100 locals enjoyed their drinks and snacks whilst being entertained by songs that most of them remember the first time round! Talk about “Rave On”…it was manic!

Spencer had West End theatre experience and tours with The Be-Bop-a-Lula rock ‘n roll show nationwide but he had one residing ambition….which he realised on Friday evening!

Fun finally returned to Winsford on a cold February evening and we raised nearly £1000 on behalf of two excellent causes, Love Musgrove, which is currently attempting to raise £1mm. for the purchase of a third MRI scanner and The Minehead Cancer Support Club.

We travelled back to the late fifties with such classics as Oh boy!,That’ll be the day,Heartbeat and many many others that Buddy Holly made famous.There was a 20 minute interval whilst the raffle was drawn and we were then treated to a host of well-known rock ‘n roll music songs authentically delivered by Spencer.

The event was organised by Bernadette Hunt & Jenny Williams and supported by a team of helpers so a big thanks to all of them.

It was such a success that people we’re asking when the next one is! Watch this space!



It’s that time of year again – Six Nations 2018




It’s that time of year, as February approaches, when the sports-minded start to review the 6 Nations rugby championship, and this year it appears that it could be significantly more competitive than previous years due to the resurgence of Scotland,the unpredictability of France,the flair of Wales, the tenacity of Italy and the ever powerful England.

The 5 Nations became the 6 Nations in year 2000 when Italy joined the fold, and England head the cumulative 2000-2017 table with 64 wins out of a total of 90 games played.Ireland are next with 58 wins and France close behind with 57.Wales come next on 49, Scotland with 24 and Italy on a lowly 12.

England won the 2017 championship from Ireland and France and, interestingly, Stuart Hogg of Scotland was voted Player of the Tournament in both 2016 & 2017.England have had only one winner of the PooT,Mike Brown in 2014.Ronan O’Gara of Ireland holds both the appearance (63) and overall points scoring (557) records.

England are the 5/6 favourites for this year’s tournament but are suffering, like a lot of the other nations, many injuries.Particularly disappointing is Billy Vunipola’s absence due to a broken arm having just returned form 3 month’s injury but they also have 12 further squad members who are currently incapacitated including Nathan Hughes who would have replaced Billy Vunipola at No.8.

Wales are going to be without both their first choice choice fly-halves in Dan Biggar and Rhys Priestland along with the mazy runner Liam Williams and one of their best back-row forwards Dan Lydiate.Scotland have 7 front row forwards missing and Ireland have the excellent Sean O’Brien and the upcoming Gary Ringrose missing.

Saturday 3rd February

Wales v Scotland – Wales have home advantage but despite their injury issues,Scotland are on a high after their win over Australia in the Autumn.Forecast….very close!

France v Ireland – France will set off at 100 mph but Ireland will finish at top speed and have two of the top teams in Europe in Leinster and Munster.Forecast – Ireland should take this.


Sunday 4th February

Italy v England – Italy may well win the first half but England’ strength in depth,and Owen Farrell kicking the many penalties Italy will give away, should ensure a victory, but it could be very close as England are traditionally slow starters.


Players to watch??

England – the dependable professionals Owen Farrell & Maro Itoje but watch out for the dynamic Sam Simmons from Exeter who may start as the replacement No.8 and we hope to get a sighting of the 18 year old Harlequin Marcus Smith at No.10 who has been very impressive this season.

Ireland – British Lion Ian Henderson and the dynamic South African CJ Stander in the forwards and the British Isles’ best half-backs Connor Murray & Johnny Sexton .

Wales – the ever dependable Alun Wyn Jones in the forwards and look out for a return to top form from wing George North just recovered from injury.

Scotland – if they win enough ball then the elusive full back Stuart Hogg and the conductor Finn Russell at No.10.

France – 19 year old fly-half Mathieu Jalibert and loose-head Dany Priso in an exciting new-look squad selected by France’s new Head Coach Jacques Brunel ex.of Bordeaux.

Italy – the inevitable force that is No.8 Sergio Parisse and Jake Polledri the Gloucester flanker who has been putting in some barn-storming performances for them this year.

The local 6 Nations competition which we started in 2012 with 4 contestants gathers pace and we have already 18 participants based around the Friday Evening Club in The Royal Oak.If you want to participate then come and have a drink this Friday or next but….no later as it all starts on 3rd February!! £5 to enter,half to the winner and the rest to the Air Ambulance.

February weekends light up as we anticipate these games but…. who will be crowned Champion..??! Ireland look poised…..but a very tasty set of games!


2018 Predictions

Casting an eye over the bookies’ website the other day, I was attracted by the wide range of options open to punters fancying a bet on some of the high profile political, celebrity and sporting events in 2018.

Here are some of the most interesting and quirky offerings for this year….

1 President Trump to be impeached……..6/4!

2 Who has the bigger button?? – Trump 4/7 and Kim Jong-Un 5/4…

3 Kim Jong-Un to erect a statue of Donald Trump in N.Korea – (only…) 66-1

4 A UK General Election – 11/4

5 Labour to win the next General Election – 8/11 (oh dear…)

6 No Brexit deal to be reached before 1 April(mmm) 2019 – 2-1 (good bet?)

7 Boris Johnson cease to be Foreign Secretary – 4/9 (wow..)

8 The end of the world – 500-1 (mean..)

9 Meghan Markle to appear in person on an episode of Eastenders – 20-1 ( really?)

10 England to win the Six Nations – 5/6 (watch out for Ireland at 2-1)

11 England to win the Football WC – 16-1

12 UK to win the Eurovision Song Contest – 40-1

And many more! Take your pick! 

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