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.




Winsford 100 Christmas Draw

 Winsford 100 Christmas Draw



                      1st Prize      £100          Antony Coates (32)

                      2nd Prize     £ 50           James How (89)

                      3rd Prize      £ 30           Julia Green (126)

                      4th Prize      £20            Gerry Flanagan (69)

                      5th Prize      £10           Jeremy Brown (102)


Christmas Services, Carols on the Green, Christmas Card Delivery

Christmas Services

Christmas Carols on the Green

Wednesday 19th December

Meet at 6.30pm

Winsford Village Green

and afterwards in

The Royal Oak

All Welcome

Collection for

Children’s Hospice South West

For more details contact Brenda Staples

01643 851396

Please wrap up well and don’t forget to bring a torch!

Christmas Card Delivery

BBC River Walks featuring Winsford

Father and daughter Stanley and Rachel Johnson, who both grew up in the Exe valley, walk the first 12 miles of this beautiful river. They start their journey from the headwaters high on Exmoor and finish in the picture-postcard village of Winsford.

This programme will be aired at 19.30pm on BBC West


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