Surrounded by a ring of lanterns and glimmering candles more than 50 people attended the annual Carol service on Winsford Village Green. With the tree sparkling and the pub glittering with Christmas lights it really only lacked a little seasonal snow!
All the usual suspects were there (in terms of carols..) and the choir overseen by Brenda Staples led some hearty singing, even if the key was not perfect for everyone!
Afterwards many repaired to The Royal Oak for a seasonal glass of mulled wine and hot snacks and it was good to see so many original faces again populating what is the best pub on Exmoor!
Thanks must go to everyone involved donating ,erecting and decorating a fine tree as well as the choir without whom we’d be all over the place pitch-wise!
A great start to the celebrations and long may it continue.
JOIN THE WINSFORD WAITES
IN SINGING CAROLS AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
WEDNESDAY 20TH DECEMBER
GATHER ON THE VILLAGE GREEN AT 6.30PM
CAROL SHEETS WILL BE PROVIDED, JUST BRING A TORCH AND WRAP UP WELL!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE!
Donations to Children’s Hospice South West
COMPLIMENTARY MINCE PIES & MULLED WINE WILL BE SERVED IN THE ROYAL OAK AFTER THE EVENT.
MANY THANKS TO MARK & SALLY BRADLEY
A Compulsory Thanks to All Volunteers!
The privilege of living in a beautiful village has many facets, not only the location situated in a tranquil valley on Exmoor with the artery of the River Exe flowing through its heart, but the personality characterised by the local villagers who support the ongoing maintenance and upkeep.
In a world defined sometimes as selfish, critical and defensive, we are very fortunate to be served by a hard core of volunteers who give their personal time to ensure the village is kept in great condition both administratively and physically.
We are fortunate to have a diverse and capable Parish Council who manage the ongoing business of the village effectively and as Councillors move on to other things in their lives, we need to ensure continuity by identifying suitable and committed replacements.
The Village Hall Committee, The Recreation Association all give their time to support the leisure and social aspects of the village. We must also make mention of the Church, Choir and Bell Ringers, volunteers in the Oak Shop and the Villagers who do excellent work in maintaining and improving a key feature of the village, the Green, clearing the weeds, planting new shrubs and ensuring the Winn flows smoothly.
It’s important to recognise the work done by unpaid volunteers which so often goes relatively unrecognised. We must maintain the flow of willing villagers to participate and offer support for what is probably the most beautiful village on Exmoor!
Building and maintaining community spirit is essential to keeping it this way and the only effective process is to participate and work together!
If you’d like to become more involved and offer help, in any capacity please contact the Winsford website. Thank you.
Friday 29th September, saw The Bridge Cottage Tea Rooms, full to overflowing with local residents, eager to taste some of Roy and Theresa’s wonderful cakes and at the same time having the opportunity to support this very worthwhile national campaign.
The day was great fun with lots of chat and laughter and was such a success that the fantastic sum of £609.51p was raised.
So Roy and Theresa would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their support and for putting aside their dietary constraints !! Also, a special thank you to the volunteers, Sue Hayes, Jean Bunn, Tracey Staples, Nikki Amies, Tessa Church and Steph Catermole.
The next event, gently jogging on the Recreation Field maybe?!!
Winsford Fete 2017 – Jam and Cake, Dogs and Sheep….A Fine Old Tradition!
At last….the sun shone, the marquees flapped in the breeze, the sheep looked nervous and the stalls were all set with their wares!
Yes, the annual village fete was under starter’s orders! They’re off….. bang on 13.00.
Aaah…the tables and chairs ready for the tea-drinkers and cake-eaters, right in front in front of the Pavilion overlooking the marquees, full to the brim with various vegetables, cakes, bric-a-brac and books.
Would the second-hand clothes have anything to offer
such a well-dressed crowd..?
There may be some way to go to match The Chelsea Flower Show but there was a host of healthy plants on sale and for those traditional teas, homemade cake and jams!
The Raffle stall was doing good business but not quite like the whirlwind Tombola stall which had queues of at least 5 people from time to time! Sold out in just over the hour.
Now what’s going on over there? There seem to be a lot of dogs(mmm…), tails wagging like mad and enough barking to muffle the PA system playing old classics like “Trouble over Bridgwater” and Cliff’s “The Young Ones”. Many classes throughout the afternoon but of course, everyone’s favourite,the dog that looks most like its owner.
Oh for an owner with a Shar Pei or a Boxer!
Onward to the stall favoured by those wishing to take their stress out on inanimate china, the crashing and tinkling of breaking crockery to be heard across the recreation ground. 3 balls for 50p has resisted the onset of inflation and the devaluation of sterling for some time now and has to be the best value anywhere! Close by the coconut shy which actually needs a certain degree of accuracy and also…a liking for coconut.
As the first hour whittled away, the PA kept us up to date with the countdown to the star attraction of the whole fete, yes…you guessed it….the Sheep Racing, concerning 6 finely tuned woolly athletes each distinguished by a different colour ribbon. Unless you know a finely turned hoof or had been lurking in nearby fields, colour was really the only form guide.
So the tension mounted for the first race and the sheep shuffled around nervously warming up… “Yellow is looking a bit anxious, Red has done a ewe-turn and oh dear! Green stop that!…” but the Starter can’t wait…They’re off!… and a frantic trudge to the finishing line cheered on by an enthusiastic but slightly bewildered crowd. Forget the colour of the first race winner but he was absolutely magnanimous in his tributes to his flock who had supported him through thick and thin!
The big race was the Royal Oak Handicap sponsored by the local pub and like the sheep that won has a really nice baaaaaar! More races and more excitement, the Tote was doing great business.
Meanwhile the children’s running and sack races were taking place on the cricket square.
The Raffle was drawn, the dog show and dog agility, were over, all the crockery was smashed and the sheep went back to have a rest and rest on their laurels. The dulcet sounds of the Four Tops with “The Same Old Song” rang in our ears as we headed for the Auction of the produce and the bakery goods. Healthy bidding for the Victoria sponges, brownies & stunning array of vegetables took place before everyone either went off home or retired to the local village green to continue festivities gasping now for a few beers or a glass of wine.
A very good day and no doubt .. the same again to look forward to next year!
The last few weeks have seen work continuing on the village green, mainly related to the repair of the wall to the Wynn Brook.
Firstly many thanks to Jenny and Sheila who did a great job weeding by the war memorial. Not a favourite job, but one which needs constant and on-going attention.
Over the years continued heavy rain and high water has eroded the wall by the Old Forge, distributing the stones along the brook. So work began to collect as many of the original stones as possible, to begin the repair!
Help was at hand with Steve Blackmore (the professional) and Dave Mileham doing the re-building with the usual suspects – Gerry, Mel and Beverley, helping with the heavy work of collecting the stones.
The result, a beautiful sturdy new wall which will stand up to whatever the weather chooses to throw at it!
Sadly the tree which stood above the crumbling wall had to be removed and it is hoped that funds can be raised to replace it and to add a few more plants! Any donations will be greatly received, just contact Mel or Beverley, through the website.