Winsford’s Notice Board

Winsford 100 Club – September Winners
September 16, 2017

Winsford 100 Club – September Winners

Jenny How           £30

Simon Meade       £20

Brenda Coates     £10

Jackie Mohan      £10

Virtual Tour of Winsford
September 15, 2017

Macmillan Coffee Morning -The Bridge Cottage Tea Rooms
September 14, 2017



TA 24 7JE

10.00 TO MID DAY




August 25, 2017



Welcome to our 2017/18 Season

19th September

Their Finest (12A)

10th October

The Sense of an Ending (15)

31st October

Going in Style (12A)

21st November

Viceroy’s House (12A)

12th December

Hampstead (12A)

Winsford Village Hall – Tuesdays 7.30pm

Annual Membership £7.50 per person

Entrance fee: £2.50 Members – £4.50 non-Members

Flu & Pneumonia Vaccinations
August 25, 2017

Flu & Pneumonia Vaccinations


Monday 25th September    10am to 4pm

Monday 9th October           10am to 2pm


Monday 16th October         2.30pm to 4pm


Wednesday 4th October     2.30pm to 4pm


Thursday 28th September 2.30pm to 4pm


Thursday 12th October      2.30pm to 4pm

Over 65, Carer, Kidney Problems, Asthmatic, Diabetic, 

Liver Disease, Heart Disease, Low Immunity?


You must be a registered patient with TheExmoor Medical Centre to qualify for an injection



Winsford Harvest Supper
August 25, 2017

Winsford Harvest Supper

Saturday 14th October

6.30 for 7.00pm

Winsford Village Hall

Tickets: Please ring John Titcombe on 01643 851275

Adults £10.00, Children 10 years and under £5.00

Please bring your own drink, we will provide the glasses

Draw prizes or donations will be gratefully received

Rector’s Letter – September 2107
August 25, 2017

Rector’s Letter – September 2017


At the time of writing this letter in mid-August, I have just finished baking shortbread for the Winsford Fete. I tried an ambitious design: the word “Winsford” in shortbread. I was advised against it because of the technical difficulty and indeed, as I was cutting out the letters, they began to crumble and split. However badly my efforts turn out, the main thing for me is that each year I am given a deadline and an encouragement to paint, to cook something I have not tried before and this year, for the first time, I entered some photographs.

Each year I prepare a short sermon or thought for the day. I enjoy the process and the discipline because like the annual show deadlines these weekly deadlines make me create something. It makes me sit and think, read and reflect and then produce something, which parishioners are kind enough to listen to. I am always making links between the scenery, the seasons, poetry, philosophy, culture, art music (what at school is called day-dreaming) and every week I know that at some point I will stand in the pulpit which spurs me on to write something concrete from all the contemplation. I once heard a bishop describe the clergy of the church as those people God could not reach any other way than engineering that they had to be in church each week. Often as I am in church on Sunday morning I am grateful for all that the regular discipline if being there brings me.

Driving across the moor to Porlock this week I was struck again by the beauty of the heather and the gorse, the gold yellow of the gorse emphasised by the range of purples surrounding it. It is a distinctive aspect of life on Exmoor that this beauty surrounds us. It does not make everything all right, it does not mean that we do not have worries and sadness – and in the autumn and winter, the moor can be very bleak.

The discipline of spending time thinking about beauty, creativity, the people we love and the things we enjoy is not always easy when things feel bleak. Making time for that is a basic practice of the Christian life and has variously been called prayer, meditation, contemplation, mindfulness. All that we do in church is in order to create the most helpful context, and give a weekly reminder to make them and space for the stillness to be mindful, to contemplate, to pray.

All the best, David

Basic Obedience & Gun Dog Training
August 24, 2017

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
August 24, 2017

Last year saw the start of the Winsford Dog School which ran training courses from pups to geriatrics!

Training was not the only aim, as by having a film show, a talk from a local vet and a group walk the school

raised £130 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Classes are now about to restart on Monday:       3pm & 6pm

                                                    Wednesday:  6pm & 7pm

The courses run for six weeks at a time and all are welcome.

To book a place please contact:

Suzy on 01643 851281

One to One is always available for behavioural issues

or training to get ahead!

Yoga Breathwork Meditation
August 20, 2017
Winsford 100 Club – July Winners
July 28, 2017

Winsford 100 Club – July Winners


Mike Lawther      £30

Mike Winzer        £20

Rosie Strickland   £10

James Winzer     £10

Winsford Rainfall – June
July 28, 2017

Winsford Rainfall Statistics

June          Total               76.5mm          3.01 inches

Wettest Day           5th          23.8 mm



Rector’s Letter – August 2017
July 28, 2017

Rector’s Letter

I would like to thank everyone who helped with my garden party on the 8th July. It was a lovely day for a garden party and I very much enjoyed welcoming people from across the benefice to this now regular, annual event. It is a special time in the year for me, when the Rectory garden is full of tables, chairs, gazebos and the Exmoor Community Youth Club marque and lots of people through the course of the day from amy different parts of the benefice. I particularly enjoyed welcoming one visitor whose last visit, sixty years ago, was to see Mr Warren, Rector of Exford, for confirmation classes. During the garden party the rectory feels like the rectory for the whole benefice.

I would like particularly to thank the people who made a significant individual contribution in preparation for the event on the day. It would not happen without Laura, Bernard and Louis and their key role in organising the event, preparing the Rectory (and the Rector) for the day, for which I am very grateful; I am also very grateful to Sue Hayes who kindly lends us the tables chairs and gazebos and ensures we have a good bookstall by providing books from her store for use at various events. Lots of additional books kindly donated by parishioners and neighbours ensures that at the end of the day we return a replenished stock, and some new titles to Sue, ready for other events during the summer such as the Exton Fete and the Hawkridge Revel.

The raffle is expertly run by Sybil Williams with Audrey Delve; the supply of tea and cake is overseen by Edna Hayes, supported by Linda Hayes, Gwen Bawden, Nikki Gibbons and this year a fantastic effort from Maddy and Rebecca Brinkley. Stalls with cakes, books, gifts, plants were run by Tracey Staples, Maddy Harrison-Hall, David and (the Reverend) Nicola Butt, the gifts stall organised by Bev, Amanda, Bryce and James from Exton and the barbecue was run by Bernard assisted by John Davis. All vital ingredients; all greatly appreciated. Jane Erith and Joan Biddy kindly donated a lovely collection of plants, which gave a great boost to the quality of the plant stall, and a stark contrast to the country-hedgerow-theme that prevails in the Rectory garden, even after Louis’s outstanding efforts with the strimmer.

It is great to live in a community where there are so many opportunities to gather and encourage each other and I am looking forward to meeting friends and neighbours at the many events which take place in August on Exmoor.

All the best, David


July 27, 2017

Saturday 12th August at 1.00pm

Dog Show – Judging begins at 1.30pm

Sheep Racing  – 1st Race 2.00pm

Children’s Fancy Dress – 1.30pm and Races 2.45pm

Show Auction of Produce starts at 4.00pm

Maypole Dancing, Stall, Traditional Fete Stalls, Bric-a-Brac and Books

Delicious Teas, Barbeque and Ice Creams!

So Come and Enjoy the Fun

Things we need for the fete are prizes for the raffle and tumbola, old chipped china

for the china throwing stall, clothes, hats and jewellery for the clothes tent,

teddy bears, soft toys, household items for the “white elephant”, toys and puzzles,

produce and preserves, books, cakes. Also old quilts to be made into dog beds.

Please bring any of these items to Sue Hayes at The Close, Winsford or

call on 01543 851372 to pick them up.


Winsford Church invites you to enter your homegrown produce, home cooking,

crafts, photographs etc into the

Winsford Fete Show Tent

Produce and home cooking to be auctioned in aid of the church.

Entry form with all details available from the following places in Winsford:

The Oak Shop, Bridge Cottage Tea Rooms, Winsford Garage, St Mary’s Church

or by email from Tracey on

Winsford Flower, Produce and Craft Show Entry Form 2017


Benefice Sea Sunday Service
July 21, 2017


Benefice Sea Sunday Service

Sunday 30th July


St Mary Magdalene, Winsford

Refreshments will be served after the service.

Collection for Minehead Lifeboats


Brenda Staples Tel: 851396

The College Farm Presents – An Evening with David Kennard
July 18, 2017

The College Farm is delighted to present..

An Evening With- David Kennard

Friday 21st July, 7pm @ The College Farm- Minehead

 World Famous Sheepdogs Starring in the series ‘Mist – Sheepdog Tales’

 David’s talk takes you on a journey of farming and diversification with the sheepdogs. David’s respect and admiration for his dogs is absolute. His talk is about the highs and lows of livestock farming, the unlikely mix of    farming and filmmaking, and is interspersed with the humour that is a must for anyone who spends a life with animals.

To book tickets please email Alyson or Sophie /

Alyson Claydon-Mills

Business Development Officer

West Somerset College

Bircham Road


Somerset, TA24 6AY

Mob: 07903 435822

Tel: 01643 706061

Exmoor Policing News
June 28, 2017

Exmoor Policing News

As we head into Summer the Exmoor Policing Team are keen to encourage people to take some simple but effective steps to spruce up their security.

Don’t leave keys in the ignition of your Landcover, quad bike or car. If more than one person needs to use it, please use a combination lock box. Make sure doors and windows are locked when you go out at night. One quarter of all burglaries are due to insecure home and opportunist thieves. For more crime prevention advice visit

We are also encouraging people to join their local Farm, Horse and Neighbourhood Watch schemes – you can find more information on our website www.avonand

We are trying to combat poaching and rural crime across Exmoor. You can help us by being our eyes and ears and using your local knowledge. Please report any suspicious people or vehicles by calling us on 999, if you think a crime is in progress or using the 101 number or the website if you have information about a suspected crime in your area.

Finally you can help us and your community by looking out for vulnerable relatives, neighbours and friends. Distraction burglars and con-artists particularly target the elderly, who can be vulnerable to cons and fraud, doorstep crime and online/telephone scams.

Unscrupulous criminals exploit their reluctance to appear rude to unsolicited callers or their lack of confidence with technology. We can all make a difference by just saying hello and keeping an eye on people in our community. Not only will it reduce loneliness but it can reduce the likelihood of people becoming victims of crime. If older people, particularly those who live alone, have someone nearby they can trust they might be more likely to question something, perhaps saving themselves from becoming a victim.

The Exmoor Pony Centre Birthday Bash Activity Day
June 28, 2017

The Exmoor Pony Centre

Birthday Bash Activity Day

Sunday 30th July

11am to 3pm

Pony Rides


Grooming Refreshments

Fun and Games

Tel: 01398 323093 for more details

Rainfall for May
June 28, 2017

Rainfall for May            98mm     3.86 inches

Wettest Day May 16th   11.6mm 0.46 inches 

The spectacular thunderstorm on May 25th only produced 6.5mm   0.25 inches


Rector’s Letter – July 2017
June 27, 2017

Rector’s Letter


As many of you will know, Tim and Wendy Marriott recently moved from their beloved home on Exmoor. Over the years they were here, they made a significant contribution to the life of the village and the churches of the benefice; and we miss them; and we are regularly reminded of how much we miss them as we attend the lona service, which Tim inspired, and at other services and events at which previously Tim and Wendy would have provided the music, much appreciated by everyone.

They are missed above all by me as I write this letter for their outstanding work on the benefice magazine, which I am editing this month before a new magazine editor takes over hopefully for the next edition. I regularly received lots of positive comments from people across the benefice about the interest and entertainment they received from reading the Tim’s editions.

His work for the magazine was such that it has not been possible to replace him with one other person. After extensive consultation, a steering group for the magazine has been formed from people who expressed an interest and the practicalities of editing the magazine mean that it will in future be edited by someone who will be paid a modest amount for that work. The annual cost of producing a copy of the magazine is about £5 for twelve editions. We have a dynamic advertising person on the steering group and so, hopefully, moving forward, able to rely on an efficient administration the unit costs may be reduced in the future depending on advertising revenue.

It was always clear to me that Tim gave beyond the call but as I have been through the process of re-establishing the organisation of the magazine, I have detailed experience of just how much Tim did for us and how very well. Tim resisted membership committees, preferring to get on with things: including clearing the church gutters, rather than talk about them, which only added to my admiration and respect for him.

Being modest both Tim and Wendy have slipped away without giving us the opportunity to express our thanks to them – however they have some plans to return to the benefice for a couple of things, so I have not given up hope completely that there might be an opportunity to find an appropriate moment to do so.

Thank you Time and Wendy from the Exmoor Benefice.

Everyone is welcome to the Garden Party at the Rectory from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 8th July. Tea, cakes, burgers, hot dogs, books, plants, raffle: proceeds to be shared between Exmoor Community Youth Club and the Exmoor Benefice.

All the best.                                                                                                                                                                                   David Weir


A Walk Around Winsford
June 14, 2017

A Walk Around Winsford

Exmoor National Park and the Winsford Archive

are arranging a visit for the Tiverton Archaeological Group

on 15th  June

to which local people are invited to join.

Numbers are limited so please contact Mel Mileham(01643 851224) if you are interested in coming along.

Programme: 7-8pm walk around the village 8-9pm a digital viewing of some of the archive in the village hall meeting room.

Winsford 100 Club – June Winners
June 9, 2017

Winsford 100 Club – June Winners


Jan Lawther          £30

Evelyn Connell      £20

Karen Cooper        £10

Malcolm Bull         £10

Stella Farrell Cycle Race
May 31, 2017

Minehead Cycling Club, in partnership with British Cycling,

is promoting it’s 50 mile road race

Named in honour of our former President and multiple national champion, Stella Farrell,

The race this will start at 9.30 at Wheddon Cross,

 complete 4 anticlockwise laps of the 12.5 mile circuit passing through

Luckwell Bridge, down the valley from Stone Cross and through Winford village to rejoin the A396 and return to Wheddon Cross.

The race finishes at the Moorland Hall, which will act as event HQ for the morning.

Competitors and spectators will park at the Livestock Market.

May 20, 2017

One current phone scam that we’ve heard about reportedly involves an automated message that starts: “This is Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. We have been trying to reach you to let you know we are filing a law suit against you.”

The message is then said to provide a list of options, such as: “To speak to your case officer, press one”.

Action Fraud says hundreds of these types of calls have been made in recent weeks, so it’s important to be on your guard and ensure you take steps to stop scammers in their tracks.

Check out our Stop cold callers guide for more on how to stop nuisance calls and mail.

Action Fraud.

Winsford Cricket Club – Fixture List 2017
May 15, 2017


Sat 6        Cannington               Home (L)

Sat 13      Cutcombe                 Away (L)

Sat 20      Brompton Ralph I      Home (L)

Sat 27      North Curry               Away (L)



Sat 3        Timberscombe          Away (L)

Sat 10      Carhampton              Home (L)

Sat 17      Hemyock                  Away (L)

Sat 24      Crowcombe II           Home (L)



Sat 1        Stoke St Mary I        Away (L)

Sat 8        Cannington              Away (L)

Sat 15      Cutcombe                Home (L)

Sat 22      Brompton Ralph I     Away (L)

Sat 29      North Curry              Home (L)



Sat 5       Timberscombe           Home (L)

Sat 12      Carhampton 2pm      Away (L)

Sat 19      Hemyock 2pm           Home (L)

Sat 26      Crowcombe II 2pm    Away (L)



Sat 2       Stoke St Mary I 2pm   Home (L)


All matches start at 2.30pm unless otherwise stated



Winsford Parish Council – Vacancy
May 10, 2017




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

Closing Date for applications:
Monday 19th June

The Rector’s Letter – May 2017
May 7, 2017

Many thanks to everyone who helped decorate the churches of the Benefice for Holy Week and Easter.

They looked great, as always. Thanks also to everyone who helped organise the extra activities and services during this special time in the Christian year. This is also a good time to express appreciation to all the people who work throughout the year to keep our churches in good shape and welcoming, peaceful places as people often write in the visitor’s books.

In the Church calendar, each Spring, as the daffodils glow orange, yellow, white and gold in the sunshine and bob gently in the breeze, (f they are not covered in snow, or rendered horizontal by the rain, wind and hail) there is an annual focus on the story of Jesus. The story told by those who lived with him or experienced his ministry, of his extraordinary charisma, wisdom, humility, gentle strength and commitment to others. A story which culminated in his death on Good Friday, faithful and sustained by love, and his Resurrection on Easter day demonstrating God’s faithfulness and love for all of us, in all life’s challenges and complexity, joys and sorrows. Implicit in the story and its retelling at Easter, is a renewed invitation to join in or return to the adventure of following Jesus in his way of love, generosity, kindness, encouragement and peace.

The poet Gerard Manley Hopkins described the return, revisiting the connection to the sacred as “aftering,” “seconding,” ‘over-and-overing”. Hopkins felt times of alienation from God recorded in poems such as a sonnet, “I wake and feel the fell of dark.” His sense of return was often prompted by beauty in creation, beauty which surrounds us on Exmoor.

Whether the sense of absence from God is as stark as Hopkins experienced or a more gently unnoticed drift away, the invitation to return, to revisit the sacred is always there. There is a special focus at Easter but the purpose of the churches is to offer a year round reminder of the invitation to return and the welcome we will receive. Returning we will be different and our retrieved connection will be informed by extra life experience and by new understanding. The book of the prophet Isaiah contains the wonderful words:

In returning and rest we shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be our strength

The Lord waits to be gracious to us; happy are those who wait with him.


The Benefice Quiz is at the Sportsman’s Inn, Sandyway as usual this year on Friday 12th May, 7 for 7.30pm. I hope to see you there or out and about across Exmoor.

With best wishes and prayers.                                                                                                                                                          David Weir


The Winn Club – Dartington Glass and Rosemoor Gardens
May 7, 2017

The Winn Club

Wednesday 17th May

9.30am Winsford Car Park

A wonderful double bill is coming up with a visit to

Dartington Glass

where you can buy not only glass but many other things.

A new gift gallery has opened and you can

have a coffee at the Pavillion Cafe

and then on to

Rosemoor Gardens

which are lovely for walking round and which also has

an excellent restaurant.

Winsford 100 Club – April Winners
April 11, 2017

Winsford 100 Club April Winners

Trish Clatworthy  £30
Basil Webber      £20
Lucy Bellamy      £10
John Richardson £10

Christian Aid Coffee Morning
April 6, 2017

 Christian Aid Coffee Morning

Saturday 20th May
at Winsford Village Hall 10.30am – 12 noon.
Entrance 50p to include coffee and biscuits.
Bring and buy.
Items for the sale may be left at Moonrakers Cottage, Winsford.
Enquiries – 01643 851396.