Winsford’s Notice Board

Winsford 100 Club Winners – January 2020
January 16, 2020

Winsford 100 Club Winners – January 2020


1st       Anne Wilcock (90)         £30

2nd      Shavonne Rice (172)     £20

3rd      Bob Green (44)             £10

4th      Michael Brunton (146)   £10

Rector’s Letter
December 4, 2019

Rector’s Letter

A thought for Christmas. What Christmas means to us in 21st century West Somerset, is a complex mixture of ancient origins and our more recent experiences. Our experience of life shapes how we understand things, how we respond to things, what our priorities are. Our experience of life is different for each one of us. This means that we all have something unique and beautiful to bring to the world, to share with others in our family and wider community. Each of us has something unique to say and each of us is worthy of being listened to, by a generous and attentive audience, willing to take time to her what is being said.

At the heart of the Christmas story is the birth of a new baby, who will grow into a new person, who will have a unique perspective, new ideas, new ways of seeing the world. And the message of the Christmas story is that there is nothing more important than properly valuing this new life which has been born into the world and by implication of the poetry of the story, of every new life that is born into the world. Insofar therefore as there is a ‘real meaning of Christmas’ it is the unalienable value and dignity of each person

What this means in terms of how each of us will vote at the General Election, for example, is also a complex mixture of things and a matter for each of us to reflect on and come to our own decision. The churches and the meaning of Christmas do not offer us simple answers to complex questions. What they do offer us is a reminder of the value of each person, a reminder to value others and ourselves, to treat ourselves and others with compassion, dignity and love.

What the churches certainly offer at Christmas, is an opportunity to hear again the story of the birth of Jesus, within the beautiful and evocative surroundings of our ancient buildings, steeped in in history and prayer, a space to pause for thought, for peace, for quiet, an opportunity to sit with others in a generous environment of mutual encouragement and think about what is important, to listen to our own hearts; to feel a range of emotions and to allow ourselves to be inspired.

There is a full and varied program of services and events for Christmas across the eight parishes of the Exmoor Benefice, to which everyone is welcome.

I wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas

All the best, David


Winn Club Meeting
December 4, 2019


Wednesday 15th January, 2.30 – 4.30pm

The Beekeeping Year

Revd Caroline Ralph

Secretary of the Exmoor Division of

The Somerset Beekeepers Association

Please ring Sue Hayes on 01643 851372

to book your place.

Cost is £5 for a talk and a lovely tea!

Look forward to seeing you.

Winn Club Christmas Lunch
December 4, 2019


Wednesday 11th December

The Winn Club Christmas lunch is at

Bridge Cottage Tea Room.

You do not have to be a member to attend.

Please ring Sue Hayes on 01643 851372 it you would like to come along.

Winsford 100 Club – November Winners
November 14, 2019

Winsford 100 Club – November Winners


1st    Lyn Davey                  £30

2nd   Carol Vellacott            £20

3rd    Theresa Thompson     £10

4th    Frank Line                  £10

Church Flower Arrangers for Winsford.
November 11, 2019

‘Come and join the Winsford church flower arranging

team to keep our church beautiful and welcoming!”

Contact Mel – or 851224

Christmas Sale & Coffee Morning
November 3, 2019


Saturday 30th November at 10.30am

Winsford Village Hall

Cake Stall – Christmas Stall – Books – Raffle -Clothes – Bric-a-Brac

Lots of Bargains

In aid of Exmoor Community Youth Club

Contact Sue Hayes on 01643 851372

Winn Club Meeting
November 3, 2019


Wednesday 20th November

2.30-4.30pm at Winsford Village Hall

The speaker is Nigel Penfold from North Devon Hawk Walks.

He will be bringing with him two hawks and an owl.

The meeting is open to all – non-members welcome.

Cost is £5 for a talk and a lovely tea.

We look forward to seeing you.

To book your place please ring Sue Hayes on 01643 851372

Snowdrop Valley Photography Competition
November 3, 2019

Are you an amateur photographer with an eye for capturing our beautiful Exmoor Wildlife?


This is your opportunity to enter the first ever Snowdrop Valley Wildlife Photography Competition. Photography is one of the many ways you can embrace the wilderness and with categories covering Flora, Fauna, Landscape and Juniors, there is no better reason to get out and connect with nature.

Images will be judged upon technical skill, diversity, originality and creativity. Prizes will be awarded for each category winner and an overall prize for the the ‘People’s Choice’ will be given to the photograph that generates the most amount of votes from visitors to the Snowdrop Valley event*.

All suitable entries will be displayed in The Moorland Hall when the Snowdrop Cafe is open- details on the website nearer the time.

Entries open 1st January 2020 and close 7th February 2020.

For more details visit the Snowdrop Valley Website:

Updates will be published in Across Exmoor.

*terms and conditions apply

Rector’s Letter – November
November 2, 2019

During September and October, we celebrated Harvest in the eight churches of the benefice. Each Harvest Festival was different, different village, different people, different themes, different symbols. What is common to all of them is an opportunity to pause for thought and reflection on the things which sustain us: our food and the farmers who produce it; the importance of sharing and including everyone: our family, friends and neighbours who encourage us and with whom we share our life: the work, activities and interests which provide the things we need and the motivation to be creative: the inspiration to make the most of this amazing gift of life.

It has been great to hear ideas, readings and poems expressing what Harvest means to lots of different people across the benefice. In preparation for the Exford School Harvest I spent some time painting with them, discussing the ways colour expresses things in abstract art, mixing colours to include our own favourite colours and other people’s seeing the result in the beautiful multi coloured paintings that are produced. We then took the same approach to writing a Harvest poem, starting with the things we felt about Harvest and then thinking about what it means to think of other people and their ideas. So I would like to share with you the poem we wrote so that you can hear a few more Harvest voices, expressing their ideas about Harvest and also to give you a glimpse of the wonderful creativity and talent there is in our young people.

The theme of our Harvest this year is that the world is a more beautiful place if we include everyone’s ideas.

All the best



In this poem, we painted what we felt not just what we saw.

At Harvest time we thank you for the world we live in,

We think of the other people we share the world with,

Kids from the city eat food from the countryside’s farms,

We think of people who are allergic to cow’s milk, who need goat’s milk instead.

We think about potatoes and Brussel sprouts and pineapple.

The Fergusons need fixing because they will start to rust.

We think about the colours that make the world more fun.

We tried to paint and then, and write our poem, with the colours we feel,

not just the colours we see.

Light green, dark green, lime, aqua, baby blue.

Dark blue, red, orange, purple, lime green.

Apple red, fluffy white, great orange, light pink, jolly yellow, bright green.

Aqua blue, coral blue, baby blue, light blue, dark blue, different ways of seeing

makes life more fun.

My favourite colours are gold and silver.

Orange leaves fall to the ground,

Everything is orange.

Golden Dandelions spread their seeds,

And heather dims Dunkery,

Is no longer in purple.

Stags are roaring, Adders are hissing

Harvest time.

It’s time for harvest

It feeds us all.

We need the farmer in the field.

Pineapple is my favourite fruit

because it is yummy.

Countryside farm,

Cows, sheep, pigs, chickens.

Running round in baby blue rain.

Harvest is coming time to get ploughing.

Animals roaring on the moor.

A New Year is coming.

Winsford Harvest Supper
October 31, 2019

Winsford 100 Club – October Winners
October 14, 2019

Winsford 100 Club – October Winners

1st     Luke Saunders     £30

2nd    Evelyn Connell     £20

3rd     Melanie Andrews  £10

4th     Dave Williams      £10

Macmillan Big Coffee Morning – Bridge Cottage Tea Room
October 1, 2019


MACMILLAN- Bridge Cottage Tea room

A big ‘thank you’ to all who contributed and supported the MACMILLAN event on 27th September,

we are delighted to say that a total of £675.56 was raised.

Special thanks to Sue, Tracey, Jean, Tess and Steph for giving up their time to help with the day,

we could not have done it without their help.

Thanks again,

Teresa & Roy

Small Grants Available for Those In Need
September 27, 2019

Small Grants Available For Those In Need

Winsford United Charities fund was set up to assist those in financial need within

the Parish and is able to give small grants (usually £100 to £200) to support those in

genuine need. Grants may be given for a wide variety of needs including assisting

towards winter heating costs, hospital/medical appointment transport cost,

educational needs for children and essential home safety improvements.

If you live within the parish of Winsford and are struggling and need additional

support, please contact me, Jane Lillis for more information and to have a chat

about your needs.

Jane Lillis, Village Agent, 07958 415270

If I’m not available ( I am often in areas of limited telephone reception)

please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as I can.


September 27, 2019


As you will be aware, keeping our beautiful old church building and churchyard

in good repair takes a considerable amount of money and we would like to

thank everyone who has given to our Harvest Appeal so far this year.

We are always looking for ways to raise funds and one way in which everyone

can help us, at no cost to themselves, is to support us through TheGivingMachine

when you are shopping online.

All you need to do is sign up, log in and visit the site you wish to purchase from

via TheGivingMachine.

More information is available from their website

Our cause number is 265752

For step by step instructions or more details email Tracy at

Thank you.

Christmas Card Sale & Coffee Morning
September 27, 2019

Christmas Card Sale & Coffee Morning

Friday 8th November

10am – 12 noon

Winsford Village Hall

Free entry     Raffle

In aid of St Mary’s Winsford.

If you would like to donate a raffle prize please give to

Brenda or Tracy Staples.

Thank you.

September 27, 2019


Sunday 3rd November from 2-5pm


Tables of Crafts – Cake Stall – Refreshments

In aid of Winsford Craft Club

If you would like to book a table please contact

Sue Hayes 01543 851372

(£5 per table)

September 27, 2019


Saturday 19th October


Doors open 7.30pm, 8pm start

Excellent Prizes

Refreshments and Raffle

Contact Sue Hayes 01643 851372

Winn Club Outing to Clarkes Village, Street
September 27, 2019


Wednesday 16th October

Christmas Shopping Trip to Clarks Village, Street

Over 90 designer and high street shops, paved walkways, indoor

and outdoor dining options.

Meet at Winsford Car Park 9.30am

Leave 3.30pm home by 5.00pm

To book your place please ring Sue Hayes on 01643 851372



Macmillan Coffee Morning
September 21, 2019




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10.30 TO 12.30






Contact Roy and Theresa for more information on

01643 851362

Moor Movies 2019
September 10, 2019

Moor Movies 2019


Tuesday 24th September 


After The Globe Theatre burns down in 1613, William Shakespeare returns to Stratford Upon Avon with Anne Hathaway.  Starring Kenneth Branagh and Judy Dench.

Tuesday 8th October 


Collette ghost writes for her husband and fights to make her own talents known, challenging gender norms of her time.  Starring Keira Knightley.

Tuesday 29th October 


Sea shanty singing fishermen from Port Isaac in Cornwall sign a recording deal and have a Top 10 hit.  A true story!

Tuesday 19th November 


The intriguing story of Joan Stanley, the KGB’s longest serving British spy.  Starring Judy Dench.

Tuesday 10th December 


When a musician finds himself the only person who remembers The Beatles he becomes famous for writing and performing their songs. Comedy directed by Danny Boyle

All performances

Winsford Village Hall 7.30 

Winsford Harvest Festival Produce Sale
September 9, 2019

Winsford Harvest Supper
September 9, 2019

Winsford Harvest Supper

Saturday 12th October

6.30 for 7.00pm

Winsford Village Hall




Tickets: Please ring John Titcombe on 01543 851275

or visit The Oak Shop at The Royal Oak Inn

Adults £10.00, Children 10 years and under £5.00

Everybody Welcome!

Please bring your own drink, we will provide the glasses

Draw prizes or donations will be gratefully received

Winn Club Visit to Powderham Castle
September 9, 2019

WINN CLUB Outing to Powderham Castle

Wednesday 18th September

Meet at Winsford Car Park 9.30am

Powderham Castle enjoys a unique, picturesque setting within an ancient deer

park beside the Exe estuary, just south of Exeter. Over 600 years of history

can be discovered within the walls of one of Devon’s oldest family homes.

Cost: Adult £12.95, Senior £11.95

To book your place please ring Sue Hayes on 01643 851372

Rector’s Letter – September
September 9, 2019

Rector’s Letter – September

This week there were two days on which good weather would have made a difference to me: the Wednesday of the Exford Show and the Friday of the Dunster Show. Unfortunately, while the days in-between those two days were bright sunny days, Wednesday and Friday were grey, wet days.

I occasionally read the prayers for Rain and for Fair Weather in the Book of Common Prayer but I have to say that I do not experience any direct connection between my reading of those prayers and the weather itself. There is an often misquoted line from Ecclesiastes “the sun shines on the righteous” which might make me feel uncomfortable about this, but I am happy to confirm that the full quotation is “the sun shines on the righteous and the unrighteous equally, it makes not distinction!” so righteous or not, the weather we experience is not a moral judgment on us.

I feel fortunate to have grown up in a village with a forward looking, open minded and inclusive church. Prayer was very much thought of as contemplation, a pause for thought, open to a sense of connection with the widest possible perspective, generosity and love for creation, the wider world in all its rich cultural diversity and the people around you in the local community. That sense of prayer as connection and openness have stayed with me throughout my life and been there for me at difficult times.

The important thing, perhaps the only thing, is giving ourselves the time and space to keep a still centre, a loving heart, whatever happens; allowing others to help us when that is beyond our own resources to achieve.

I have very much enjoyed attending the family fun lunches organised by Laura Tasker on three Wednesdays this summer. They have been well attended and have been a great opportunity for families to meet during the long holiday and share time together.

September marks the beginning of our benefice Harvest Festivals, opportunities to celebrate and give thanks for our rural life and all it means to us. In addition, this September, on Friday 20th at 6.30pm St Luke’s Church, Simonsbath is hosting an evensong for the local festival of St Hubert, patron Saint of rural life and hunting, with relevant readings and music. Revd Neil Patterson is joining us to say a few words and the gathering will include refreshments. Everyone is welcome to all our Harvest and St Hubert events.


All the best



Basic Obedience & Gun Dog Training
September 8, 2019

Basic Obedience & Gun Dog Training

One to One Lessons by Arrangement

Group Classes every other Sunday Morning 10.30- 12.30

Meadow by the River Exe, Winsford

All Levels catered for Puppy, Novice and Advanced.

Please contact Debbie Zurick for details on 01643 831427


Gun Dog Training

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Winsford Dog School
September 5, 2019

The Winsford Dog School

Winsford Village Hall

Training for that perfect companion!

Classes on Mondays:

Puppies at 5.30pm

Adults at 6.30pm and 7.30pm

 Courses run for 6 weeks

All are welcome from pup to geriatrics

To book a place please contact:

Suzy on 01643 851281

One to One is always available for behavioural issues

or training to get ahead!

Winsford 100 Club – August Winners
August 18, 2019

Winsford 100 Club – August Winners


1st     Debbie Debney(180)     £30

2nd    Brian Smart (58)           £20

3rd    Ueli Zellweger(62)         £10

4th    David Luscott(202)        £10

Rector’s Letter – July
July 12, 2019

Rector’s Letter – July


Luxborough Church hosted the now annual End of Lambing Service and Supper this year on Thursday 6th June. The evening started with a gathering in the Church, to share poems, songs and reflections on lambing, Exmoor, and the wider rural, agricultural life. This year the subject matter extended to gardening – to seedlings and the potting shed in particular, so to the beginnings of gardening rather than the end!

Contributors choose their own readings, poems, etc., and one or two contributors again read a piece they had written themselves from their own first-hand experience. It is always interesting to hear what people have chosen or written and it creates an experience which is as diverse and creative as the people who have gathered. In the past the church has been associated with trying to conform to an ideal of life, impossible to achieve in reality, leading to a sense of failure and judgement. The gathering for the End of Lambing and other gatherings held in Luxborough Church offer something different. There is no pressure to conform and every encouragement to bring something of personal significance to share in a generous and encouraging context.

Churches often fail to communicate their essential mission of love and encouragement to find fulfilment in life successfully, in a way that is relevant to current local cultures in a diverse and changing world. My experience of the gatherings in Luxborough suggest to me that the Church today can be a place which offers resources to a diverse group of contemporary people on their spiritual journey, gathered around the mystery, looking for a coherent thread in among the fragments. listening for echoes of the still, small voice in the plurality of authentic readings and voices.

The gatherings offer a space for individuals of all faiths and none to come as they are, to help build an experience of mutual encouragement, to reflect on meaning and purpose of life. The gatherings require more work, however they allow us to shape things in a more flexible way than traditional formal services. They allow us to listen to each other and share in this moment in which we find ourselves. In the church season of Trinity, which runs throughout the summer and into the autumn, we have the inspiration that at the heart of our faith is the image of God as three in one, as essentially plural yet also unified, speaking of love and also listening and sharing, drawing us into love in all that we are and bring.

St Irenaeus said that the glory of God is a human being fully alive. This could be the motto of our Exmoor churches and our hope and prayer for each other.

All the best, David Weir

Winn Club Outing to the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth
July 6, 2019

Winn Club Outing

to the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth

then by kind invitation of Rosie & George Strickland we will visit their

new house where they will provide a cream tea.

Wednesday 17th July

Meet at Winsford Car Park at 9.30am

Home by 5pm

The Donkey Sanctuary has grown from a charity rescuing UK donkeys from neglect and

abuse to an international animal welfare organisation transforming the lives of millions of

donkeys and mules, and the people who depend on them for their livelihood.

Today, they have 10 sanctuaries around the UK and Europe, giving lifelong care to over

6,000 donkeys and mules, and reach approximately 1.8 million donkeys and mules

through their work in 35 countries worldwide.

To book your place please ring Sue Hayes on 01643 851372