Winsford and the Coronavirus – COVID -19


Update Thursday 26th March

The Winsford Support Group

Information on the Corona Virus outbreak

The aim of this document is to ensure that you have the latest information about the COVID-19 (or Corona) Virus and current guidance on how to keep yourself and others safe and well.

We hope that by providing this information, you not only have practical information but can also be comforted by knowing that, as a community, we are all pulling together through these challenging times.

The health guidance is the official information communicated through the NHS/UK Govt. and is not a personal view of The Winsford Support Group.

Disclaimer – The local information is the current best practice advice we have, but we may/will have to update regularly. However it remains as accurate as possible but is not necessarily definitive and The Winsford Support Group cannot take responsibility for individual actions taken as a result.

1. What is it?

COVID-19 is a new virus which causes an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus

2. What are the symptoms and how should I behave?

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.Stay at home if you have the above coronavirus symptoms.You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home and testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home

How can I protect myself?

• washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds,
• wiping down objects and surfaces,
• using a tissue when sneezing or coughing and throw it away – ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ – or without a tissue, using the crook of your arm rather than your hand.
• avoiding touching your face (particularly your nose, eyes and mouth)

3. How long should I stay at home?

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

4. Use the 111 Helpline if….

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 coronavirus service

– Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

For more detail and advice…

5. Exmoor Medical Centre advice

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Exmoor Medical Centre will now operate a full telephone triage service. Please don’t come into the surgery (apart from Dispensary) unless you have spoken to a member of staff on the phone first. Thank you.


6. How do I get my shopping?

Here locally right on your doorstep:

  the village shop (851611) is currently staying open and should be the first port of call

in  addition to the normal fare, the shop can place orders with John May the butcher

– the  shop now has a card machine, and wherever possible, payments should be made using that process.

They can take debit card payments with no minimum spend and no transaction fees, and they will do cash withrawals provided you have a debit card from one of the major banks.

They have to charge a 1% transaction fee on cash withdrawals with a minimum fee of £1 to cover our bank charges

This is available to Winsford residents only.

– the Royal Oak kitchen is also remaining open and will be offering takeaway meals 7 days a week between the hours of 17.00-19.30; (please check their website for details of the menu)…

– customers can pick up from the pub’s back door after telephoning 851455 to place their order

– If you are unable to get out then the WSG will deliver to your door

– the Post office will not be open until further notice

There are a number of local delivery options…

GreengrocerR&N Fruit & Veg in Dulverton has agreed to do a delivery on Tuesday (picked up by a WSG member) and Thursday (delivered by Richard the grocer himself). The order should be called through on 07483 277090 and paid for to Dulverton the day before. A price list is being prepared.

Fishmonger – mobile van Frank Houlding (07929420236) will be in the village between 4pm and 4.30pm on Thursday and can deliver to the house. Please ring the day before if you would like a home delivery.

Butcher  John May, please order through the village shop as mentioned

On the Internet:

– shop on-line, but the lead-time is 2-4 weeks currently and the supermarkets are starting to introduce their own measures in trying to respond to the scale of on-line demand. For example, in order to ensure that everyone is served, there are now restrictions to prevent bulk buying which has caused out of stock situations in many essential items

– Wiltshire Farm Foods will only accept orders from existing customers until at least 27th March. If this changes we will update


– various supermarkets are designating specific opening times for older people. This is typically early to mid-morning, but please check online per supermarket

Please DO NOT worry if you cannot get out to shop and haven’t got the means to use on-line shopping – just contact a member of The Winsford Support Group and we will help you!

We can currently…

– collect items from the village shop on your behalf and deliver them to your door

  discuss any other shopping /requirements/food sharing with you

  help you with replenishing supplies for your fire

We are all being urged to support each other by acting as a team and shopping responsibly: so please limit your requirements to what you actually need. Your volunteer with sort out details of how shopping bills should be paid

7. Prescriptions

– prescriptions will continue to be delivered as normal to the village shop or to your home as requested. Please let the surgery know if your circumstances change and you now need a home delivery

8. What changes should I make to my regular routine?

The latest advice on how to behave during this current phase of the Corona virus can be accessed by copying and pasting this link in to your browser…

However, this doesn’t mean we can’t have any contact with each other. J Please do get in touch with any one of the volunteers specified on your copy of our leaflet and let us know how we can help prevent anyone from feeling isolated, lonely or anxious about something. We shall be discussing fun things to do using current technology in due course.

9. Vulnerable children/adults

if you have a safeguarding concern or require adult social care about a vulnerable adult then see or phone Somerset Direct on 0300 123 2224

10. The Village Agent

How can a Village Agent help you?

  • do you live alone, have a problem and not know who to turn to?
  • are you struggling as a young person, an older person or as a family and need advice and support?
  • do you have a problem that can be fixed by accessing the right people, services or agencies, but are unsure of where to begin?
  • are you caring for someone and need a little help and support? Click here
  • does your community have a collective problem that needs a kick start to solve?

Our Village Agent is Jane Lillis

Phone:07958 415270

District:West Somerset


11. Delivery healthcare protocol

  • the parcel/goods will be left on your doorstep
  • payment preference is by Debit card; if cash, please leave it in an envelope/similar
  • the deliverer and recipient should keep to 2m.(6’) distancing
  • the deliverer will clean their hands or replace their gloves as soon as practical
  • the recipient is advised to sanitise the products before storage and then wash their hands

NB Sadly, it is evident that some of us may be vulnerable to a virus of another form: the scammers. Please do take care to safe-guard yourself. In a world that seems so full of change, there are regrettably some things that do not change.If you have any concerns about someone who may have contacted you, please call one of The Winsford Support Group volunteers.

AND REMEMBER…never, ever give your bank account and any other personal details to anyone over the phone

Stay calm and let’s get Corona done!

Please note that with immediate effect on advice from the Government, the Village Green, Tennis Courts and Recreation Field will be closed. We are sorry to have to take this action but we have no choice in the matter.

The Village Hall is now closed.

Many events in the village have been postponed,  new dates will be published as and when they become available

28/3     Easter Sale & Coffee Morning

7/4       Moor Movies – Official Secrets

25/4     Elvis

St Mary Magdalene is closed for services.

You will all have received ‘An Important Message’ flyer giving you details of who to contact if you need help, information on the virus and how to best keep yourselves safe.

In addition there are details on the Takeaway Menu being offered by the Royal Oak, please make use of this great service.

As the situation is everchanging the flyer will updated for next week but in the meantime any important changes can be found here.

On a lighter note the Moor Movies have 90 DVD’s of films they have shown in the Village Hall and these can be hired via the Oak Shop for a small donation of £2.50

Also Gareth Malone the Choir Master that bought fame to the Military Wives has set up an on line choir where you can sing along with thousands of others that are isolated at home. The choir meets at 5.30pm every day. You will need to register, Google Gareth Malone Choir registration and there is a video to follow. Happy Singing.

Finally, the Parish Council have a page giving all the latest Government and local authority advice and updates which can be accessed at http:/


Friday 27th March









Winsford Helps the Injured Animals of Australia.

Several weeks ago, at the height of the fires in Australia, a small group of residents decided that they could no longer sit back and watch the terrible scenes of devastation to the wildlife population, constantly shown on the TV.
So a plan was hatched to have a fun afternoon of sewing to make as many pouches as possible for the injured Joey’s and Koalas.
When the designated afternoon arrived, the Village Hall was a hive of activity with volunteers and sewing machines at the ready and the operation was faultless!
Sue Hayes had made the patterns in advance so the groups of cutters were off to a quick start, the cutout pouches were passed to the Ironers, then finally to the bank of sewing machines, which whirred into action, all helped along as is tradition, by tea and cake! Very quickly the piles of finished pouches were mounting up and thanks to everyone’s material donations we could safely say the waiting Koalas and Joey’s would have the most fashionable pouches available!








In all 160 pouches were produced, a great effort for a few hours of work and enjoyment, these were duly posted off and have now finally reached their destination.

So many thanks to everyone who contributed their help to this very worthwhile project, it is very much appreciated.


Thank you!

Press Release: Murder Investigation


You will all by now have seen the coverage in the TV news and press relating to the incident that occurred in Winsford over the weekend. The following is the press release from Avon and Somerset Police


From: Avon and Somerset Police
Sent: 25 February 2020 09:28

Subject: Alert: 25/02/20 9788 AW050/51 Press Release: Murder investigation launched after woman is shot in West Somerset.


We have launched a murder investigation after a woman was shot in a property near Minehead.

We were called to reports of what appeared to be the noise of a gunshot at a property in Winsford at about 2.30pm on Saturday.

A woman was seriously injured by a gunshot wound. Despite receiving treatment at the scene, she sadly died shortly afterwards.

A man is in police custody. He was also injured, suffering life threatening injuries and was airlifted to hospital. He remains in a critical but stable condition.

The area remains cordoned off by police officers, who are providing reassurance and support to people in the area.

Crime scene investigators are carrying out a detailed examination of the scene.

Enquiries into the incident – which is believed to be self-contained – are continuing as officers’ piece together exactly what happened.

If you can help, please call 101and give the call handler the reference number 5220043924

The All New Fun Quiz Night
The All New Fun Quiz Night
We’d been a bit short of Quizes recently in Winsford but that gap was more than adequately filled by The Fun Charity Quiz created and run by Steve Pickard and Jane Orchiston on Friday 7th February in the fabulous, and pretty warm, surrounds of the Village Hall.
16 teams, and over 70 guests, participated in a 80 question and picture round quiz ,over the course of the evening with a superb Beef Goulash and Pasta a Veggie Shepherd’s Pie/Garlic bread supper served like lightening during the interval.The buzz was deafening as Steve announced we were on the starting line, and this turned to a whispering hush as teams desperately tried to conceal their answers! We, of course, all knew most of the answers but just couldn’t remember them!
“Yes, I’m only here for the fun” was the cry of those lagging and the concentration was palpable in those teams who were really there to compete and win!
Each 20 questions were marked and the countdown from 16th started….heck, we’re 11th!The winners were All for One from Bridgetown, who scored a remarkable 111 (?) points.
After the quiz was over and the Raffle drawn , we participated in a final Heads and Tails round followed by a lot of clearing up etc…completed in about 30 mins and testimony to the Winsford Activities Team’s excellent organisation and drills
So a big thank you to everyone who helped, participated and donated prizes for the raffle.
The evening raised near;ly £750 for the Exmoor Pony Centre, a sure fire winner! 
Next event is an Elvis Tribute NIght on 25th April with JD King, who is recognised as not only the best Elvis tribute act but possibly the best tribute act in the world! Watch out for the posters.
Miss Ann Le Bas

Miss Ann Le Bas

1923- 2020


Ann’s family came to this country originally in the 17th century as refugees from France and the persecution of the Protestants there. She was very proud of her Huguenot heritage and there was seldom a Sunday Service when she was not seen in her pew in Church. She was churchwarden for 25 years, up to 1985.

Ann was born in Camberley, but while she was still small the family went to India, where her father was sent to serve in the Army. They were back in England by the time she was six and from then on she was brought up by her father and grandparents in the house in Winsford which they had had built.

Of her 97 years she had spent 90 in that house, and only left it a few days before she died. Ann had a real Exmoor upbringing: riding and dancing and outdoor activities. She went to West Heath, a girls boarding school in Kent, followed by various art colleges in London after which she became a respected artist and printmaker. She belonged to several societies in her career; as an engraver and etcher she served on the Council of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and exhibited her paintings and prints with the New English Art Club in London. Her skills and commitment to her work as an artist gained much respect and admiration. She often exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and many people on Exmoor have one or more of her works on their walls.

Following the death of her father, Ann shared the house with a friend of his, Peta Graham, but she sadly died of cancer, since when Ann has lived alone, always busy painting and printing in her lovely studio in Winsford. She gave land for the Cricket Club and the tennis courts and was President of the Cricket Club for many years, always attending the Annual Dinner and presenting the prizes. People with a problem would often consult Ann and she was a fund of information about Exmoor, always ready to help when she could, contributing generously to the happiness of others. We shall probably never know how many people she helped in one way or another, but she was respected and admired by all and her passing will leave a gap which can never be filled.

Other village have a squire, Sir or Lady someone, perhaps. We have had “Miss Anne”. May she rest in peace.

Bridget Ryle

The Twelve Days of Christmas! Something to chase away the January blues!


A little late but put it down to some technical Christmas Gremlins!



A big thank you to Julia and David Green for organising this fun event and to everyone who took part and for overcoming any nerves they might have had, to make this memorable video. Winsford does have talent!

Carols on the Green ***** NEW DATE*****


(In the Village Hall if heavy raining heavily)


Collection in aid of Children’s Hospice, South West

Absolutely Brilliant Band Act!


Abba Gold, one of the top Abba tribute bands in the UK, flabbaghasted a sell-out audience in the beautifully decorated Winsford Village Hall on Friday 25th October with their pitch-perfect renditions of 20 of Abba’s best known songs.
Right from the first chords of their opening number Dancing Queen, all four Abba Gold members showed off their musical and singing talents and the audience reciprocated as they got up off their chairs and danced the night away, in their own particular way, mimicking all the lyrics as if it was yesterday. We lost count of the number of costume changes but Karen & Jenny who were the two “A”‘s, must have had at least half a dozen during two sets of 50 minutes each.
The atmosphere was electric, fuelled by the fabbalous music as well as the well-stocked bar! It really was the way to get the village rocking again as the vast majority of the attendees were from Winsford enjoying the fantastic facility which is the Winsford Village Hall. Congratulations to the many who came in fancy dress….whatever the costume!
Like the start of the concert, Abba Gold finished their second set with Dancing Queen and after a few words of thank-you were back on the road, having taken 8 hours to get to the village and 7 hours back! They must have been abbasolutely knocked out!
Thanks to all of those who helped decorate, serve and clean up afterwards, namely the “A” Team of Steve & Bernadette Hunt, Beverley Flanagan, Martin & Orla Jones,David & Jayne Luscott and Dave Williams, and a special mention to John French for the lighting.They all did a great job.
The evening raised £703 which will be split between The Exmoor Youth Project and The South West Children’s Hospice.
The problem with such an enjoyable evening is that it’s far too soon over and by 11 pm we were clearing up and having the last dregs of wine in the kitchen.
It is not an understatement to report that the post gig feedback has been excellent, and everyone is clamouring for more…well…the next act is already booked for end of first quarter 2020 so watch out for the posters in the New Year. The act is described roundly as “the best tribute act of its kind in the world”!

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