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.
PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED DUE TO PREDICTED HEAVY SNOW FALL
WINSFORD’S ANNUAL LITTER PICK UP
SUNDAY 18TH MARCH
WINSFORD VILLAGE CAR PARK
PLEASE COME ALONG AND HELP TO KEEP OUR VILLAGE BEAUTIFUL
LITTER PICKERS AND BAGS WILL BE PROVIDED
PLEASE BRING HEAVY DUTY GLOVES AND
WEAR PRACTICAL BRIGHT CLOTHING or
A HIGH VIZ IF YOU HAVE ONE
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
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, 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!
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!
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