Winsford Litter Pick Up 2017

Fearless, flexible and fantastic, the Dirty Dozen usual suspects tuned up on a wet and windy day in Winsford to do the annual litter pick. Someone’s gotta do it and some of the excuses others gave were really original..!

Wrapped up like a bag of Blue Circle, they tirelessly trudged around the roads and lanes of the village to find a range of objects ranging from Red Bull cans (still No.1!), sandwich, sweet and biscuit wrappers, baccy pouches, toys, a Gary Barlow CD and the odd sign….one found up Ash Lane was a solid plastic sign advertising Conservation services….how ironic!

 

 

Unlike previous encounters with the litter louts, there was remarkably less to pick up as we now have a number of villagers who do it on an ongoing basis. We don’t need to wait a year to exfoliate the village surrounds and if we could persuade those that pollute the environment to actually put it in a bin or take it home, we wouldn’t have to write any more blogs!

 

Thanks to the dedicated Dirty Dozen and also to Mark & Sally for again offering to refresh those parts that the wet and cold hadn’t reached!

Let’s now think before we sling and Keep Winsford Tidy!

 

Winsford Annual Litter Pick Up & Nick Ayliffe Memoral Handicap Hurdle

WINSFORD’S ANNUAL LITTER PICK UP

SUNDAY 5TH MARCH
10.30AM
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 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

The Winsford Recreation Association invites you to……………….

Yet Another… Day at The Races!
6th April at Taunton including
The Nick Ayliffe Memorial Handicap Hurdle

We will offer three packages again to suit everyone’s requirements and pocket……Lunch/Raceday and Standard.

The coach transport is kindly sponsored by

The Royal Oak

Meet in Winsford centre at 12.00 midday
Arrive racecourse 13.00
First Race 14.10
Last Race 17.35
Arrive back in Winsford 19.00 approx.

Tickets ( incl. a small contribution to the WRA)

Lunch Package (8 av.) – Coach return/Entrance/Race card/3 Course Lunch/Afternoon Tea/table all afternoon – £62 pp
Raceday Package – Coach return/Entrance/Racecard/Snack & Drink/£6 Tote Voucher – £30 pp
Standard Package – Coach Return/Entrance/Race card – £18 pp

Closing dates for tickets & payment – 24th March

Contact: Gerry or Beverley Flanagan
Phone: 01643 851762
email: gerryflan@hotmail.com or bevflan57@gmail.com for more information and tickets

Six Nations Fever in Winsford!

January…..sick and tired of you hanging on me!

Post Christmas and New Year blues, cold,wet and foggy weather, what on earth is there to look forward to? Well, here comes the Six Nations in February with the fascinating prospect of some potentially unexpected results!

England are the current favourites at 10/11 with Ireland at 5/2,Wales at 9/1, France surprisingly 14/1 and the outsiders(as per usual) Italy at 28/1.

The first games are to be played on Saturday 4th February with Scotland and Ireland meeting in Murrayfield. This is a real poser as Ireland, fresh back from beating The All Blacks in the States and then edging Australia in Dublin by three points, are playing the dark blue horses of Scotland who have been quietly getting their form back and will be confident after Glasgow’s dynamic performances in the European Champions Cup particularly after annihilating a Leicester team last week. A physical game which will potentially go down to how the two 10’s play in guiding their packs as well as always….who kicks their goals. Players to watch? Finn Russell (10) of Scotland and CJ Stander(6/8) of Ireland.

The second game later in the afternoon is England v France and typically this would be a banker for England but they need to start faster and harder than they did against Australia in the Autumn as the one thing the French thrive on is confidence and if you give them anything they will make hay.They are not the side of old and have lost their inherent identity of an attacking running side but they have more Rosbeef than almost anyone even in the backs.
England actually have not played yet to their potential and have a number of players from Aviva Premiership teams(Northampton/Bath/Leicester) who have not been performing to their normal level so confidence could be at issue here, although the likes of Dan Cole, Jonathan Joseph, George Ford and Tom Wood are all class acts in their positions.

Difficult to see England being beaten, in fact it’s probably more by how many they will win by, but the question will more about the performance than the result. Players to watch? Battle of the No.8’s Nathan Hughes of England and Louis Picamoles of France.

The final game is played on the Sunday featuring Italy v Wales where you will find the Italians typically sprinting out of the blocks for the first 30 minutes but probably forgetting that they have to do it for 80 minutes! Individually Wales have some excellent players but can Coach Robert Howley inject the psychological edge they will need, not just for this game, but for the the whole Championship? He is under pressure in Wales where expectations are always high. Alun Wynn Jones will lead by example but will they be allowed to show their running flair by an Italian team now properly coached by former Harlequins Director of Rugby Connor O’Shea. Players to watch? Sam Warburton, now relieved of the captaincy on the Welsh side and the peerless Sergio Parisse, captain of Italy and No.8, but …….look out for

Exeter Chief’s Michele Campagnaro who has been looking very sharp in recent games.

We started a 6 Nations competition in 2012 in the village and have expanded it now to include all games,originally just England, and there are currently 11 participants. £5 to enter and half the winnings go to the Somerset & Devon Air Ambulance with the balance to the winner.

If you are interested then call Gerry Flanagan on 01643 851762 or Stephen Hunt on 01643 851804, before Friday 3rd February.

Can’t wait!!

AVIAN FLU – UPDATE -IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR KEEPERS OF POULTRY AND CAPTIVE BIRDS

The Animal Plant and Health Agency have declared prevention zones covering the whole of England, Scotland and Wales in response to a recent high risk of Avian Influenza.
All keepers of poultry and other captive birds are required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. This order will be in place for 30 days initially and kept under review.

UPDATE

‘If you keep poultry – whether on a commercial scale or simply a small backyard flock – you are now required by law to keep them “housed” (under cover and kept separate from wild birds). This requirement (the Prevention Zone) will now be extended until 28 February 2017.”
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-winter-2016-to-2017

Christmas is here!!

Church Christmas Carols

 

Christmas services began for Winsford on Sunday 11th December, when the Somerset Young Farmers held their Carol Service in St Mary Magdalene, where the church was full to capacity.

There was a very moving rendition of In the Bleak Midwinter, by several of the Young Farmers, which had a few of the congregation in tears!

However after the service the fun and humour returned, no doubt      fuelled by the odd glass of mulled wine and the mince pies which were happily consumed!

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Then moving on to Wednesday, Winsford had it’s first Carol singing event on The Green.

After much discussion on Christmas trees, its location, erection and decoration,  who provides the mince pies and mulled wine, the annual village carol singing moved successfully to its new venue.

 

 

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The village green looked charming, glowing with a team of tee-light candles on the border and the tree festively bedecked with baubles, parcels and twinkling lights.

 

 

 

 

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More than 80 villagers attended the hour long sing-song hosted by The (Brenda) Staples Singers , otherwise known as the Winsford Waites, who provided vocal guidance as well as some impressive descants. The weather was kind so no rain and the temperature was perfect for carrying the sounds far and wide in to the village for those that could not attend.

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The majority then moved on to The Royal Oak for mince pies, sausage rolls and mulled wine where we again sang for our supper, such to the amusement and enjoyment of their evenings guests!

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Many thanks to everyone who contributed and were involved in the organisation of this event, their ideas, time and skills were much needed and appreciated.

Finally thanks to everyone who attended and came along in good voice, with good cheer and for all your generous contributions to The Childrens Hospice South West.

We hope you enjoyed the evening and look forward to continuing this new tradition which proved to be a real success!

 

Wishing You All

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IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR KEEPERS OF POULTRY AND CAPTIVE BIRDS

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Animal Plant and Health Agency have declared prevention zones covering the whole of England, Scotland and Wales in response to a recent high risk of Avian Influenza.
All keepers of poultry and other captive birds are required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. This order will be in place for 30 days initially and kept under review.
Further details can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-to-protect-poultry-against-avian-flu

UPDATE

‘If you keep poultry – whether on a commercial scale or simply a small backyard flock – you are now required by law to keep them “housed” (under cover and kept separate from wild birds). This requirement (the Prevention Zone) will now be extended until 28 February 2017.”
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-winter-2016-to-2017

Nick Ayliffe – 40 Years in Racing


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Nick Ayliffe – 40 years in racing

January 31st 2016 saw Nick Ayliffe hang up his saddles after 40 years as a National Hunt trainer based in our beautiful village of Winsford.

Nick is a Cornishman, born in Bude in 1934 who, as a teenager got his first taste of racing in Point to Points following in the footsteps of his father who was a jockey but was sadly killed in battle in Algeria during the Second World War.

However he had to leave any aspirations of riding in more Point to Points behind by leaving school at 15 to work in the stables of the celebrated Gerald Balding in Bishops Cannings,Wilts., Gerald was the father of the famous Ian Balding (Mill Reef) who trained in Kingsclere, and the grandfather of Andrew,who now runs the stable, and Clare Balding,one of our foremost female broadcasters.

 

2016-11-22 14.10.57Nick was there for a year and during this year the famous three time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Cottage Rake was temporarily stabled at Bishops Cannings before one of his successful victories in the premier NH race.Also stabled there was the favourite for the 1951 Grand National, Arctic Gold, who went off 8-1 favourite but fell at the first fence!

Nick went on to work with Gerald Winzer and the Devon & Somerset Staghounds in Exford before moving on to be Head Lad for the legendary Leslie Scott at Selworthy and after 2 years there joined the Army with the Household Cavalry. During his time Nick met his wife Eileen and married in 1957. While there he looked after a famous eventer, Starlight,who won Badminton and represented GB in the 1952 Olympic Games.

On leaving the Army Nick re-joined Permit Holder Leslie Scott staying with him for 8 years before again re-joining the Devon & Somerset Staghounds as Head Stud Groom again for another 8 year stint.

Nick set up on his own as permit Holder in 1974 for 2 years before taking out a full licence in 1976 and saddled his first winner Joint Account at Devon & Exeter who was bought for a mere £600 and then went on to run a creditable 4th in the NH Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

 

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Nick hit the headlines with one of his first horses Waltzer who won races at Taunton and Newton Abbot both times ridden by Nick’s son Martin.Button Boy, Tudor Waltz and Routing were also winners in the early days for Nick and Button Boy provided Brendan Powell Snr. with his first winner.

Nick had 6 winners in 1992 which is good going for a stable of 8 boxes not all of which were always filled.

Famous gambles were pulled off by Midsummer Walk backed in at Hereford from 66-1 to 25- and most recently Nick’s last ever winner Dalrymple at Huntingdon priced at 33-1 on 23rd   November 2013.

 

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Sara-Lane at Ludlow ridden by Martin Ayliffe

Nick has never had the luxury of expensive horses or many owners but he has managed to train over 50 winners in his career on a shoestring budget, mainly doing all the work around the yard himself with the help of a number of local stable lads and lasses.In the early days it was a real family affair with son Martin riding the majority of the horses. Martin is now Senior Lad at David Pipe’s yard in Wellington.

For his forty years in racing Newton Abbot dedicated a race to him in October where he was interviewed live on At the Races, a worthy tribute to our Winsford legend!

River Exe – Red Alert Flood Warning

The Environment Agency has issued a Red Alert Flood Warning for

River Exe (Upper) from Exford to Exebridge, including Winsford and Bridgetown

 

Warning no longer in force
Warnings have been removed in the last 24 hours.

River Exe (Upper) from Exford to Exebridge, including Winsford and Bridgetown
Last updated 07:23 on 22 Nov 2016

River levels on Tuesday morning are falling, now that the heavy rain has moved away. Occasional showers may move through the area today, which could affect smaller watercourses. Levels in the larger rivers will gradually fall and the outlook is improving. There may still be water on low-lying floodplain. Flood Alerts will remain in force until the risk has passed. Environment Agency staff have been working through the night again and will continue to watch river levels and where necessary maintain defences.

 

Latest Information
River levels will remain high and sensitive to any further rainfall overnight and into Tuesday. The persistent rainfall experienced throughout today has cleared the area but further isolated heavy showers are possible overnight and throughout Tuesday. The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation and issue further updates as necessary.
20:50 on 21 Nov 2016

 

Latest Information:
River levels have reached their highest levels and are slowly falling. River levels will remain high and sensitive to any further rainfall. The persistent rainfall experienced throughout Monday has cleared the area but further isolated heavy showers are possible overnight and throughout Tuesday. The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation and issue further updates as necessary.
19:40 on 21 Nov 2016

 

Last updated 14:43 on 21 Nov 2016

Further rainfall is forecast for today (Monday) and rivers are expected to respond to this rainfall. Many areas will see 35mm of rain in 12 hours, with some localised areas experiencing up to 70mm in total. Flooding is possible for riverside properties at: Exford, Winsford, Bridgetown and Chilly Bridge. The A322 will also be affected Additionally, strong south-easterly winds may gust to 30 to 40mph at times, which may increase leaf fall and the potential for blocked drains. The Environment Agency will continue to monitor the situation and issue further updates as necessary.

 

Go to :

https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/target-area/113FWF2G3A

for immediate information

 

 

 

 

IMPORTANT NEWS Broadband – Connecting Devon & Somerset Voucher Scheme Update

IMPORTANT NEWS

CONNECTING DEVON & SOMERSET

BROADBAND

Voucher Scheme Update

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) Programme has been running a voucher scheme as part of its commitment to ensuring all premises have access to at least 2 Mbps. The scheme was launched in March 2016 and it offers anyone with a broadband speed of less than 2Mbps a voucher worth up to £500 towards the cost of a new broadband connection.

The scheme will close to applications on the 30th of November 2016, though voucher holders can still use their vouchers up until March 2017. Anybody who applies before this date will have the voucher processed and will be part of the system. We are receiving a large volume of applications at present and we expect this to only increase towards the end of the month; it may take us a few weeks to process all the vouchers after the 30th deadline.

Working with 18 registered suppliers voucher holders can choose between a range of solutions such as fixed wireless, mobile 4G and satellite as well as some fibre operators. These solutions will offer at least 10Mbps though some can deliver superfast speeds of 30 – 80Mbps.

How the scheme works

Residents and businesses who have slower speeds can apply through the Connecting Devon and Somerset website. Those with speeds that are confirmed as below the 2Mbps threshold and have no access to faster networks will be issued with a voucher. In some cases where there is a programme underway to connect an area the applicant will be informed that they may be able to access improved broadband through another scheme. If residents do not have sufficient internet access to apply online, paper copies of the application form can be sent. Alternatively arrangements can be made to take applications over the phone.

Once issued with a voucher code, residents and businesses are able to choose from the range of 18 suppliers registered on the scheme; in some areas, where suppliers can identify sufficient demand a whole community solution can be delivered. CDS are not able to arbitrate or be involved in any of the decisions taken by the voucher holders in their choice of supplier or engagement in a community scheme. CDS will honour the invoiced value of an individual installation up to the value of £500 and this is supplied by the providers on a monthly basis.

All applications must be completed by 30th November 2016. This will allow installations to be carried out and invoices returned and approved before the end of the financial year in March 2017.

How to access the scheme

Further details can be found on the CDS website at: www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk/cds-broadband-voucher-scheme

Residents may also email broadbandvoucher-mailbox@devon.gov.uk for information.

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