A Evening on the Green!

The sun was shining, the wind had dropped, so what better way to spend an evening with friends, playing skittles on the Village Green.

The alley on the Green has seen better days with many ruts and bumps, but that just added to the fun. Even the professionals would find it difficult to bowl a straight ball down this alley!

That didn’t matter and after several visits to the Wynn Brook to retrieve the errant ball, the friendly competition came to an end with the ladies showing the men the way, winning by a mere 15 points, the leading lady being Mel Mileham. However who knows what might happen next time, the competition is on!!






It was such a great evening that we hope to do it again 6pm on Friday 30th June, weather permitting, so come along and join the fun!!


What Just Happened?

What just happened?

Another General Election and all the fall-out from Labour’s unexpected surge in winning 262 seats, The Tories mis-management of their Campaign and Manifesto, Theresa May’s paradoxical “Strong and Stable” message and then not showing up to defend her policies in the TV debates, the new reliance on the DUP to win a majority in the Commons and what will become the longest running soap opera since Coronation St., you guessed it…Brexit! Talk about snatching a defeat out of the jaws of victory!Juncker must be falling about!

Quite a lot to absorb and the more you hear about the potential outcomes, the more confused you get!

An exciting but challenging theatre on the political stage with a cast featuring the doughty pacifist Jeremy, the dismayed Theresa and her new Cabinet including the exiled and smug Michael with the nodding Boris still apparently onside with her views, and you’re tempted to ask, where were her key Ministers during this election campaign? Apparently requested to lie low just in case…..but they needn’t have worried, Theresa did a sterling job on their behalf (yes it dropped 2 cents) and Jeremy ought to have followed suit with some of his Shadow Cabinet. He must have learned a little from Mr Chump about serving up a lip-smacking buffet of policies which all age-groups could consume…..but put them in to practice? Donald could also assist in advising him that it’s far easier to be a spectator than a player!

And all this down to our decision to leave the EU…..no sign of Dodgy Dave now, he’s well out of it! Inflation rising at 2.9% and the stock market hitting record highs, both according to our sources, in the main, down to the devaluation of sterling. Mrs May and her team will have their work cut out in Brussels as the EU team will surely want to show that we cannot have our cake and eat it. It will be interesting to review the before and after. Here we go!

And then,when you need an antidote to politics, yes…..turn on the sport. Wow!

The Lions beat Canterbury, England rugby union team beat Argentina in the most exhilarating game, our cricket team slaughtered the Aussies, Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian GP and our under-20’s football team won their World Cup! Not a bad weekend and cause for some recovered pride in our nation.

But what of local news….ummmm…down in the village, nothing stirred, just the odd whirr of a mower, a melodic peal of bells on Sunday and locals and visitors enjoying the tranquillity of the village green and its surrounds. Oh….and the odd soft or hard breakfast!


Far from the madding crowd, thank goodness!




7.00AM TO 10.00PM


Winsford Parish Council – Vacancy




To apply please send a copy of your
CV to the above address.

Closing Date for applications:
Monday 19th June

What a day for Winsford!

What a day for Winsford!

Beautiful weather welcomed 35 eager racegoers as they boarded the coach in the centre of the village for a Day at the Races at Taunton. Amongst them Eileen, Francis and Nicky Ayliffe who were representing the family Ayliffe, as Taunton had granted them a race dedicated to the memory of Nick, our legendary local NH trainer who sadly passed away a few months ago.



To pass the time on the journey we had a little competition to predict the winning time of this race with a clue that over 3 miles a horse runs at about an average 30mph! Kay Tillyer won this with exactly the correct time of 5m.46 secs!

Once at Taunton the various parties went off in differing directions, some for lunch and others to the bars and some just to enjoy the racing and the sunshine.

The Taunton management kindly asked us to pick the “Best turned out” in Nick’s race and Nicky Tillyer, who knows a thing or two about horses, selected Milord who had had his mane plaited and had been well polished!


Muthabir at 9-2 won the race and Milord was fifth with Daklondike from David Pipe’s yard, where Martin Ayliffe works as Senior Head Lad, a disappointing fourth. We had such high hopes and it would have been the perfect finale but……that’s racing!



However Eileen, family and friends still had the enjoyment of presenting the trophy to the winning owner!


Seven races later we boarded the coach back to Winsford and it appeared that although there were not many winners on the day everyone enjoyed themselves and are all set to do it again at Newton Abbot during the Summer.
The big winner on the day was the feel good community spirit it generated!


The Winsford Recreation Association will be coming up with other events over the balance of this year as we need more…… fun!

Cleverly Everly Show

All of those who attended the Cleverly Everly Show in Winsford Village Hall in February had a memorable night.

Somerset brothers Stan and Clinton Rogers together with Uta and their side kick and manager John McGinn took us back in time with classic songs from the 60’s, made us laugh and even had us dancing in the aisle!

Delicious canapés were provided by Roy and Theresa from the Bridge Cottage Tea Rooms, who organised the event.

They send a huge thank you to all those who helped in making the night a success, all who donated prizes for the raffle (over 40) and for all the cash donations received from those who could not attend. The event was a sell out and £1652.24 was raised for Cancer Research.

 Bridget Ryle

Winsford Annual Assembly




7.00 FOR 7.30PM

tea and coffee will be provided


All are very welcome and encouraged to come and hear about

what your Parish Councillors have achieved, on your behalf,

during the past year, and the plans for the year ahead.


Flooding and Water Related Issues

Guest speaker: Rob Wilson-North

(Conservation Manager, Exmoor National Park)


The Winsford Resilience Plan in the Event of Emergencies


The Community Challenge of Maintaining Winsford

As the “Prettiest Village on Exmoor” 

Updates on The Winsford Archive and Broadband

And also the Chairman’s Annual Report

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






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!!

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