Winsford’s Notice Board

Winsford 100 Club – March Winners
March 12, 2019

Winsford 100 Club – March Winners


1st       Andrew Brown (173)       £30

2nd      Mike Hillier ( 119)           £20

3rd       Stanley Johnson(45)       £10

4th      Julia Brown (114)            £10

Basic Obedience & Gun Dog Training
March 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
March 8, 2019

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:       6.30pm & 7.30pm

                                                    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!

Parish Council News
February 5, 2019

Parish Council News

The carol singing collection for the The Children’s Hospice South West raised £220.07.

Many thanks to all who contributed.

The shooting season will finish on 31st January, and as informed at the Annual Assembly 2018, Milton and Withcombe shoots will collect any pheasants left in gardens.

Email contacts are chrisjones.withycombe@btinternet,com and

Winn Club Meetings 2019
January 8, 2019

Winn Club

Wednesday 16th January

Winsford Village Hall

2.30pm to 4.30pm

The speaker is Mr Brian Duke form Simonsbath. He is going to talk about

his life in farming. Brian does a very interesting talk.

Wednesday 13th February

Winsford Village Hall

2.30pm to 4.30pm

The speaker is from Minehead Lifeboats.

It will be an interesting talk about how the

lifeboat is run and supported.

We will be finalising our trips for the summer

For each meeting the cost is £5 which includes a lovely tea.

To book your place for any of the above meetings please ring

Jean Bunn on 01643 851403

We look forward to seeing you

Winsford 100 Club Winners – January 2019
January 8, 2019

Winsford 100 Club – January 2019


1st     Tamsin Godsal (51)         £30

2nd    Simon Meade (19)          £20

3rd     Mike Hayes (106)           £10

4th     Sue Hayes (110)            £10

Winsford 100 Christmas Draw
December 24, 2018

 Winsford 100 Christmas Draw



                      1st Prize      £100          Antony Coates (32)

                      2nd Prize     £ 50           James How (89)

                      3rd Prize      £ 30           Julia Green (126)

                      4th Prize      £20            Gerry Flanagan (69)

                      5th Prize      £10           Jeremy Brown (102)


British Legion Concert
November 29, 2018

A concert to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War was held at the end of October, organised by Brenda Staples and April Golding. It was a memorable evening, with music, poetry and readings by the Benefice Choir and April’s Choir. Celebration is probably not the right word, for this event, more a memorial, which showed not only the death and suffering during the war, but the shattering of dreams afterwards as well – a very moving experience, but ending with everyone joining in the old songs. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Brenda and April, the choirs and may other people who provided lighting, food, etc.

The excellent sum of £342.50 was raised for the British Legion.

Bridget Ryle

Rector’s Letter – December
November 29, 2018

Rector’s Letter – December/January


As I write this letter for the December January Across Exmoor  I feel I ought to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Though both may still seem some way off we will be nearly a full month into the New Year when the next magazine comes out.

What do we mean by happy? Perhaps we mean content, fulfilled, loved, at peace with the world? Or perhaps, we think of happiness as a rather weak idea, a frivolous luxury after all the ‘real’ stuff has been struggled through. Human happiness is the goal of the Christian life. You might not realise this from some of the ways Christianity has been presented to you. Many presentations of Christianity seem quite the reverse focussing on ways people are judged to have failed. This is unnecessary and wrong. At the heart of Christianity is the idea that human beings are made in the image of God, reflecting God’s love in diverse ways expressing the full extent of God’s creativity.

On Advent Sunday our services look back to signs of the advent the coming, of Jesus in the Old Testament. The Advent Carol Service, at 6pm on 2nd December at Exford, will as usual feature the traditional carols and anthems specific to Advent. This year however, in addition to the traditional resonances of Advent in the music, I have chosen readings which highlight some aspects of God’s character which are then evident in the person of Jesus, when people met him. We will hear for example how God clothed Adam and Eve in the creation myth, echoed by Jesus whose encounter with the Gerasene Demoniac left him clothed and in his right mind; how Sarah laughed with God in Genesis, echoed in the way that Jesus joked with his disciples on the road to Emmaus; we will hear about Enoch, who breaks the pattern of the genealogy from Adam to Noah, with an extraordinary moment of intimacy and mystery characteristic of the New Testament.

The language we use about ourselves and others is important. It is in language that we give shape to our ideas, our sense of the world and our place in it and make space for others. Is the language we use really the best we can come up with as to express the love at the heart of the Christian faith? What do we really want to say to people who are important to us, especially at Christmas? The beautiful, familiar words printed in a Christmas card are nice but it is always the words that people themselves write in the card that mean more. This is the question to keep in mind, especially when we meet new and different people and ideas which can seem strange to us. These churches of Exmoor are for everyone, people of all faiths and none, people with enquiring, open minds; people who are seeking; not necessarily seeking answers but resources in their explorations and thinking. I am interested to hear your questions and thoughts as I prepare church services and gatherings and try to shape them with those questions and thoughts in mind. We have the beautiful and familiar words of the Christian tradition: what do we want to write in the card?


All the best, David



Winsford 100 Club – November Winners
November 9, 2018

Winsford 100 Club – November Winners


1st           Dave  Williams (162)          £30

2nd          James Winzer (115)           £20

3rd           Becky Hayes (59)              £10

4th           Elizabeth Zellweger(63)      £10

Christmas Card Sale & Remembrance on Exmoor
November 7, 2018




Harvest Supper – another very enjoyable evening!
November 4, 2018

Harvest Supper

Another enjoyable harvest supper took place on Saturday, 13th October. There are, of course, many people to thank, whose hard work ensured a successful evening.



First of all, thank you to John Titcombe, who was in charge of the tickets and manned the reception desk. He also made a really good job of selling the raffle tickets and organising the draw.

Once again, Trish Clatworthy’s table decorations were stunning. Thank you Trish for what must have been hours and hours of dedicated work.  Thank you also to Lilian Harding, who contributed a wide range of delicious desserts and to everybody else who provided salad or pudding dishes. Your contributions were very much appreciate.



After the meal the flower arrangements were auctioned off. We are very grateful for the generous bidding which took place. Richmond Harding, was determined that everyone should dig deep into their pockets to support church funds. He managed to get a top price of £20 for one of the flower arrangements. Thank you to Freddie Hayes for his winning bid and for all the other generous under-bidders.


Last but not least we must thank our team of washer-uppers without whom the harvest supper could not have taken place. At the end of the evening when all the proceeds were added up, we were delighted to find that we had made a total of £650. This was over and above the sum of £30 spent on food items for the Alcombe Larder.

Well done everybody. We look forward to seeing you again in 2019.

Tish Brown, Jo Johnson and Jane Pearn

Family Christmas Bingo
October 29, 2018

Family Christmas Bingo

Saturday 8th December at 8pm

Winsford Village Hall

Excellent Prizes



In aid of Winsford Church

Contact Sue Hayes on 01643 851372

for more details.

Christmas Sale & Coffee Morning
October 29, 2018

Christmas Sale & Coffee Morning

Saturday 24th November

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 0164 851372

Winn Club
October 29, 2018

Winn Club

Our winter programme starts on Wednesday 21st November at 2.30pm at

Winsford Village Hall.

We have a small bring and buy table.

The speakers are Orla and Martin Jones who will talk about their jobs

in the Police Force in London.

Please ring Jean Bunn on 01643 851403 to book your place. Non-members also welcome.

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

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Winn Club Christmas Lunch is on Wednesday 21st December

at the Bridge Cottage Tea Room.

You do not have to be a member to come.

Please ring Jean Bunn on 01643 851403 if you would like to attend.

Winsford Church Needs You!
October 29, 2018

Winsford Church Needs You!

As you will be aware, keeping our beautiful old church building and churchyard in good repair take a considerable amount of money and we would like to thank everyone who has given to our Harvest Appeal.

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 ‘The Giving Machine’ when you are shopping on-line. 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 https:/ Our cause number is 265752. For step by step instructions or more details email Tracy at

We also have two fundraising events coming up. If you would like to donate a raffle prize please give to Richmond Harding, David Godsal, Jo Johnson or Tracy Staples.

Thank you.

Parish Council Update
October 29, 2018

30 mph Petition

A petition is being organised to move the 30mph notice further our of the village to take in Darby’s Knap and Edbrooke Cottages.

Salt Bins

An audit has been carried out on salt bins. Access to these will be improved and each bin will contain a shovel.


The ash tree on the car park has been cut down due to disease and the also the ash tree on the village green has been cut back over the swings to comply with Health and Safety.


Somerset Waste Partnership have announced that they will now accept aerosols for recycling.

Somerset CC

Somerset County Council have completed their hedge and verge cutting for this year, and it is now the responsibility of the landowners for the upkeep of their hedges.


Rector’s Letter – November 2018
October 29, 2018

Rector’s Letter – November 2018


November this year is particularly significant as it is the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. There are number of special activities to mark this anniversary in the benefice. Acts of Remembrance in Church and at War Memorials, Bell ringing, beacon lighting and informal services and gatherings, all giving us an opportunity to reflect on this significant event in our national story.

We start in the benefice with a Gathering to Reflect at Luxborough Church at 6.30pm on Thursday 8th November. This will be in the style of other Luxborough Gatherings and include readings, poems, music and songs chosen by local people expressing their thoughts about Remembrance.

On Friday 9th November, the schools in Cutcombe and Exford will join local people at their War Memorial so that the children have an opportunity to be involved in an Act of Remembrance on the nearest previous school day. There will be appropriate readings, exaltations and prayers and the two minutes silence, which the children in both schools observe each year so respectfully; a great credit to their schools, their families and an encouragement to all present.

On Sunday 11th there will be Remembrance Services in Withypool and Winsford Churches at 10.45am. These are traditional services with all the readings, prayers, hymns and pageantry you would expect, and the silence at 11am, with the Last Post and Reveille, which this year will be so poignant. They are very special occasions observed with proper reverence in our community.

Following these services a number of people are planning to gather at their village War Memorial at 12noon. Please check locally to see what your village is doing. At 12.30pm across the country people are invited to ring the bells as they would have been rung in celebration of the Armistice. A number of towers in the Exmoor Benefice will be ringing at 12.30pm. Please check details with local tower captain.

At 5pm in Exford Church there will be an informal service of Holy Communion which will give an opportunity to join in that important aspect of church life, the celebration of hope in dark times offered in the life and death of Jesus and the mysterious yet irreducible light of life in the Resurrection, given physical form in the bread and wine of communion, the signs of the new relationship with God made possible by Jesus. Here will be a chance also to reflect quietly on the significant themes of the day and our response to them.

At 6.30pm are invited to gather on Winsford Hill at Wambarrows for the lighting of a beacon at 6.55pm. There will be some readings and the Last Post and Reveille and an opportunity to think about how our predecessors one hundred years ago would have felt at seeing the beacons which heralded the news that the War was over: the long awaited glimpse of light in the darkness of those days.

In the week before the 11th all churches have been asked to keep a light on in the church as a reminder in each village of this important anniversary approaching. It would be great if some of the benefice churches could take part in this expression of Remembrance too.

Together these events and services offer us all a chance to fully enter into this special Remembrance Year as individuals and as a community. Everyone is welcome.

All the best, David




Winsford 100 Club – October Winners
October 29, 2018

Winsford 100 Club – October Winners


1st     Charlie Steven (3)           £30

2nd    Sarah  Millear (168)        £20

3rd     Walter Godsal (55)         £10

4th     Anthony Pickhaver (197) £10

Moor Movies – Autumn Season 2018/19
September 20, 2018

Moor Movies
2018/19 Season

Tuesday 18th September
A writer forms a bond with residents of Guernsey when writing a book about their wartime experiences

Tuesday 9th October
Oscar winning Gary Oldman stars as Winston Churchill deciding on the fate of Western Europe in May 1940

Tuesday 30th October
Drama based on an Ian McEwan novel. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson and Anne-Marie Duff

Tuesday 20th November
Starring Rupert Everett, the story of the last days of Oscar Wilde when he leaves England for Europe

Tuesday 11th December
In 1959 a bookshop opens in an East Anglian coastal town and is met with opposition for the books it stocks.
Starring Bill Nighy


Winsford Village Hall – 7.30pm

Details can be checked on the website

Winn Club Christmas Trip to Exeter
September 20, 2018

Wednesday October 17th Christmas shopping trip to Exeter
By popular request, Exeter is flat and compact with many well-known stores in easy reach of the traffic free city centre.

John Lewis, M & S, Boots, Lakeland, White Stuff, House of Fraser, Apple, etc etc

More details to follow

Winsford Parish Council
September 11, 2018

On 30th July the Council had their bi-monthly meeting and elected a new Chair to replace David Godsal after 8 years of service. The new Chair is Colin Wilkins who will be ably assisted by Kevin Connell as Vice Chair. The council also welcomes two new members, Patrick Watts-abbott and Sarah Little who together with Stephen Hunt, Mel Mileham and John Bray and Caroline Moore as Clerk, make up the new look Council. We wish them all well in their new roles and also pass on a big thank you to Beverley Flanagan for her last five years of service and to David for his work for the Council and village during his time as Chairman.

Rector’s Letter – |September 2018
September 11, 2018

Rector’s Letter – September 2018

The Hymns and Pimms at Exton Church on Sunday 12th August was great, offering a pause for thought and prayer, a range of popular hymns, old and new, with some description of their original context and evolution. Many thanks to the Exton Churchwardens Mary LeCoyte and Pauline Aubrey for putting this service on and to all who helped in the evening.

Many thanks also to the Churchwarden of Luxborough Jennifer Duke for talking to Exton PCC earlier in the year, sharing positive experiences of trying new things in Luxborough, both the challenges involved and the rewards of seeing new possibilities for the churches today. This was a great encouragement to Exton PCC as they planned some innovative events for the year ahead.

In the past the challenge for Rector and Wardens was to faithfully follow the well worn tracks laid by previous generations. Today we must find new paths as the social, cultural landscape around us has changed beyond recognition, even on Exmoor.

One result of the changing social and cultural landscape is that the number of people regularly attending churches across the country continues to decline. This means the burden of the costs of maintaining the fabric and work of the church falls in greater proportion on those who remain committed to keeping them open and in good condition; contributing to the life of the Diocese, with a Rector and Curate on standby for the times they are wanted, for baptisms, weddings and funerals, Harvest Festivals, Acts of Remembrance, Christmas Carol Services. If you value the local church in your village please consider what contribution you can make to keeping them open as the local Wardens and PCCs work hard to ensure that they do.

Saying that, of course the point of having churches in each village is to be a reminder to us to keep in mind a wider perspective than the immediate challenge of celebration in which we are caught up; a reminder to pause for thought and prayer, as Jesus, our founder paused and went off to a quiet place to pray, even in the midst of; indeed often in the midst of the most demanding 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. The churches, their costs and their upkeep must never become another burden and challenge to that very thing which they are trying to achieve for us all.

On Monday 13th August I helped Laura Tasker, who leads the Exmoor Community Youth Club, host a family activity day organised by Somerset County Council’s GetSet Team and other agencies including Sure Start. The aim of the GetSet Team is to help give children, young people and their families the best possible start in life.

Around 65 people attended the day, many regulars from the Youth Club and it was enjoyed by all. It was also a useful opportunity for families with children and young people to see some of the help which is available to them. It was great to be part of the very practical modern way of ensuring the values of mutual encouragement and support for everyone in our community find a contemporary expression in our changing society.

If you or your family are facing difficulties there are ways of receiving support which the local church or village agent can help put you in touch with. These include a referral to the West Somerset Food Cupboard in Alcombe which exists precisely to offer immediate help if you find you are in difficulty. I hope that some of our Harvest offerings across the benefice can go to support the vial work of the Food Cupboard.

All the best David.


Macmillan Coffee Morning & Winsford Parish Council – Clerk Vacancy
September 3, 2018



Bridge Cottage Tearoom at Winsford

will be holding a coffee morning on

Friday 21st September from 10.00am to 12 noon.
In addition to the cakes, tea & coffee we will be also selling bacon sandwiches whilst stocks last!
We are now starting to collect prizes for the raffle (biscuits, chocolates and wine).

Any contributions will be gratefully received and all proceeds will go to Macmillan.

Further details can be obtained from the Tearoom.

We look forward to seeing you on the day,
Teresa & Roy


Invites applications for the post of

Relevant experience desirable but assistance and training available. Must be computer literate and have access to the Internet.
156 hours per annum plus agreed expenses.
Application, including CV, to be submitted by Friday 21st September 2018 to:-
Mrs Caroline Moore, Higher Crosses, Armoor Lane, Exton, Dulverton, Somerset. TA22 9LD
Tel:- 01643 851694, e-mail:- from whom further information may be obtained.


Harvest Festival
August 30, 2018

Winsford Harvest Supper
August 19, 2018

Winsford Harvest Supper Saturday

13th October

6:30 for 7pm

Winsford Village Hall

Contact John Titcombe for tickets 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


Winsford 100 Club – August Winners
August 7, 2018

Winsford 100 Club – August Winners


1st      John & Carol Cottle (136)     £30

2nd     Stuart Sweetland    (153)     £20

3rd     Adrian Hewlett        (129)     £10

4th     Jill Heley                 (16)      £10

Community Support – The Henry Leigh Withypool Educational Trust
August 3, 2018

The Henry Leigh Withypool Educational Trust

Grants available towards the cost of a very wide ranges of activities and

items to promote the education of young people (under 25 years) in the area.

Next closing date for applications: 31st August 2018

Visit the website for more information and an application form.

or contact

Mrs Lyn Fisher, Red Deep, Simonsbath, Somerset, TA24 7JY

Tel: 01643 831321 E-mail:

Exmoor Society Guided Walks
August 3, 2018

Exmoor Society Guided Walks

Wednesday 8th August

10.30am to 2.30pm

Around the Mid-Exe Valley

Join this walk for fine views of the Exe Valley and surrounding hills between

Winsford and Bridgetown, including Exton.

Some steep sections and potentially muddy.

Bring a picnic

4hrs/6-7 miles

Meet 10.30am Winsford village car park, TA24 7JE

(SS 90633 34936)

No Dogs.

Parish News
August 3, 2018

We have to report the death of Robin Hayes, eldest of the Hayes family of Nurcott Farm. He was born in Winsford and farmed with his brothers before marrying Linda and moving to Horscombe Farm in 1983. He was a great judge of sheep, especially Exmoor Horn. The large numbers at his funeral show what high regard he was held by the farming community. We send our sympathy to Linda, Chris andVicky and all the family.

We have recently heard of the death of Pam King who lived in Winsford for many years with her mother, until she moved to Wheddon Cross. She will be missed by her many friends.

We welcome to the village Robin and Val Keeble, who are renting the Trap House of at least a year. They have moved from Scotland where they were running holiday accommodation, to be nearer their grandchildren. Before that Rob spent 25 years as a computer programmer and Val has had various computing roles. We hope they will be very happy in Winsford.

We have to thank Sue Hayes for a lovely Pimms and Strawberry Cream Tea on Sunday 1st July at which we had a very challenging garden quiz (thanks to Jan Faulkner for arranging this) which kept us busy for a long time. It was a happy occasion, in spite of the only rain for about a month and raised the magnificent sum of £538.oo for the Winn Club. Sue would like to thank all who helped, including here family who are always there for her.

The Royal Oak

Many congratulations to Mark and Sally from the Royal Oak who have recently been announced as runners up in the Best Community Pub competition. This is a national competition, so they are due many congratulations. We who live here are also very grateful for what they do in the village.

The Winn Club

The Winn Club had an outing to an old favourite, Forde Abbey, enjoying the house and gardens as much as ever. There are no outings in July of August, but on 19th September they will be visiting Knightshayes near Tiverton, taking there own cars, sharing them as much as possible, leaving the car park at 11.30. Further details will be available shortly. Keep the date the gardens are lovely!

Bridget Ryle