Winsford’s Notice Board

Winsford Fete Flower Produce and Craft Show Entry Form
July 17, 2018

Auction of Produce approx. 4pm

  •   ENTRY FEE 50p per entry – children’s classes free.
  •   Exhibitors must provide own vases and plates.
  •   Entries in all classes must be exhibitor’s own work
  •   One exhibit per class.
  •   All entries to be taken to the Produce Tent between 9am and 10.15am on the morning of the show. Entries received after that time will not be judged but may be left to be auctioned.

 Entry forms, with fees, to the Oak Shop by Wednesday 8th
August if possible, the last moment being 11am on Friday 10th August.

Will all exhibitors please collect entries that are not to be auctioned by 3.30pm.

The Show Committee cannot be responsible for any that are left.

Winners of cups – PLEASE return them to The Oak Shop, Winsford by 1st August. Thank you

Any enquiries: 851655 or

SECTION A – Flowers

1. Gladioli, 1 vase, 3 blooms, any variety
2. Dahlias, 1 vase, 3 blooms, any variety
3. Roses, any kind, 1 vase, 3 blooms, any variety 4. Sweet peas, 1 vase, 3 blooms, any variety
5. Annuals, 1 vase, 3 blooms, any variety
6. Perennials, 1 vase, 3 blooms, any variety

SECTION B – Decorative

7. Arrangement to commemorate the end of WWI

8.Arrangement in a wine glass or whisky tumbler

SECTION C – Kitchen Garden

Everything to be auctioned for the church.

9. Potatoes(3)

10. Carrots (3)
11. Runnerbeans(6)
12. Longestrunnerbean 13. Broad beans (6)
14. Peas (6)
15. Onions (2)
16. Largest onion
17. Cabbage, any variety (1) 18. Beetroot (3)
19. Tomatoes (3)
20. Lettuce (1)

SECTION D – Domestic

Everything to be auctioned for the church.
21. Approximately 1 lb. pot of jam
22. Approximately 1 lb. pot of marmalade

23. Approximately 1 lb. pot of chutney

24. Approximately 1 lb. of jelly preserve

25. Supper dish for 4
26. 2 Cornish Pasties
27. Fruit pie
28. Fruit crumble
29. Fruit cake

  1. Victoria sponge cake
  2. Plain Scones (6)
  3. Millionaire shortbread

SECTION E – Hobbies/Handicrafts Adults only (16 and over)
All items to have been created by the exhibitor during the last twelve months

  1. Cushion cover—Poppy theme, any size and medium
  2. Patchworkarticle
  3. A mobile
  4. Decorated draught excluder
  5. Christmas decoration
  6. Portrait—any medium excluding photography
  7. Handmadearticlefromwood

SECTION F – Adults Photography(16 and over) photographs any size

40. Any Bridge – wood, metal, stone 41. Something Blue
42. Feet

Photography Junior Section (15 and under) photographs any size

43. Any Bridge – wood, metal, stone 44. Something Blue
45. Feet

SECTION G – Children’s Hobbies & Handicrafts Children aged 11 to 15

  1. Paintingofmyfavouritething
  2. Soldier made from fruit and/or vegetables
  3. 6 decorated cup cakes
  4. Item of jewellery or wood work

Children aged 10 and under

  1. Painting of an animal
  2. Soldier made from fruit and/or vegetables
  3. 6 Biscuits
  4. Birthday card


54. Chocolate cake—decorated

ENTRY FORM—Please return with fee to The Oak Shop by Wednesday 8th August

Adult Section (50p per entry) Name………………………………………………………………….. Classes………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………….. ………………………………………………………………………….. ………………………………………………………………………….. ………………………………………………………………………….. Entry Fees ……………………………………………………………………

Children’s Section (free entry)



Entry Fees………………………………………………………………………….


July 3, 2018



  • To David Godsal, who has been appointed Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset.
  • To Margaret Quarme (Casely-Hayford) who has been awarded the CBE for charitable services around the world.
  • To Mark & Sally at the Royal Oak who have got to the top three nominations in the National Enterprise 1 competition for the best community pub. The prize will be announced next month at a very smart dinner party in Warwickshire, so watch this space. Our fingers are all crossed that their hard work will be rewarded.
Rector’s Letter – July 2018
July 3, 2018

Rector’s Letter – July 2018

As the July magazine is delivered we will be a matter of a few days away from Reverend Nicola Butt’s ordination as priest in Exford Church on Saturday 30th June at 6pm. This is very unusual and special to have an ordination in our local church. There are some obvious issues due to the size of the church but these do not in any way diminish the amazing privilege of hosting this event in the middle of Exmoor. I am grateful to the Bishop of Bath and Wells and the Bishop of Taunton for agreeing to this arrangement and to the Bishop of Taunton for coming to take the service. I am sure that we will rise to the challenges and celebrate this occasion well.

I have booked the Cricket Pavilion just behind Exford Church and I am grateful to Will Lock and the Cricket Club for their help in organising this extra seating for the Ordination Service. There will be a large screen and audio link to the Pavilion which means we can include another 70 or 80 people for this very special occasion. For some people the Cricket Pavilion with its access and facilities might well in fact be the first choice.

There will be a small number of reserved seats in Exford Church for immediate family and friends of Nicola and Anne who are being ordained. There will then be a designated number of seats for people from Exford on one side of the church and Porlock on the other. Once these are filled, on a first come first served basis, there are some undesignated seats in the church and seats in the pavilion.

Following the service there will be refreshments in the village hall and the opportunity to as the newly ordained priests for their ‘first blessing’.

For a number of reasons the pattern of communion series in July will be different again from the revised pattern beginning in full in August. This is so that we can respond to a number of opportunities arising from Nicola’s ordination and a request far a family baptism in the communion service at Cutcombe on 15th July.

I am always grateful for your comments and suggestions about church activities and try to respond where possible within the limitations of an eight church benefice. I have recently responded to some requests for the monthly 8am service to continue at Cutcombe from people across the benefice who enjoy that quiet, traditional early morning service. So, the 8am BCP Communion Service on the third Sunday of the month will continue, in the lighter Summer time mornings until October and then restart after Easter in May 2019.

On 7th July I am hosting my annual garden party to raise money for the Benefice Churches and the Exmoor Community Youth Club. There will be the usual stalls of books and plants, tea, cake, hotdogs, burgers etc., and a raffle. I would be grateful for cakes, books, plants for the talks and prizes for the raffle would be greatly appreciated.

We benefit a lot from the ministry of retired clergy who support our pattern of services and I have invited them to come to my garden party on July 7th so that we have an opportunity to thank them. I look forward to welcoming them on the 7th. Everyone is welcome to the garden party and all benefice services and events and I look forward to seeing you.

All the best, David

Community Support
July 3, 2018

Would you like to be involved in creating an alternative to single use plastic bags?

As we all know, we need to stop using plastic bags which are killing wildlife such as birds, turtles, fish and whales especially in the oceans where they are mistaken for food.

Are you part of a local sewing group or any group who cares about our environment or perhaps someone who enjoys sewing?
Then help us to reduce/stop the overuse of plastic bags by making reusable fabric bags from recycled material.
There is only one person in West Somerset making and distributing these bags; she has made 5,000 over the last 4 years and needs help.
We would like to gather more people/groups to regularly provide free fabric bags to village shops and other retail outlets.
Here’s how
Look online:

Morsebags are part of a national environmental campaign to provide an alternative to plastic bags that now cost 5p each.
They provide information and support on how to get started or you could speak to Clare on
01984 641669.
If sewings not your bag (!) perhaps you have some material to donate?
Phone Clare if you do and help SAY NO TO PLASTIC.

Summer Garden Party
July 3, 2018

Summer Garden Party

at Exford Rectory

Saturday 7th July from

11am to 3pm

Tea, cakes sandwiches

barbecue hot-dogs, burgers, bacon rolls.

Plants, books, raffle, craft stall, garden games.

Donations to surpport the Exmoor Community Youth Club

and the word of the Exmoor Benefice Churches.

For further details or to offer help contact

David Weir 01643 831330

Sea Sunday Service
July 3, 2018

The Exmoor Benefice


Sunday 29th July, 3pm, Winsford Village Hall

followed by refreshments

All Welcome

Collection for


The mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.5 million crewmen and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat.

We work in over 200 ports caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs.

Through our global network of Chaplains, Staff and Volunteers we offer practical emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship-visits, Flying Angel Seafarers’ centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services.                                                                   Registered Charity Number 1123613

Winsford 100 Club – June Winners
June 12, 2018

Winsford 100 Club – June Winners

1st           Julia Green (126)           £30

2nd          Ian Brookes (48)            £20

3rd           Sara Cox (72)               £10

4th           Kathy Nicholls (118)      £10

Basic Obedience & Gun Dog Training
June 11, 2018

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
June 11, 2018

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!

Coffee Morning and Sale
May 29, 2018


Saturday 2nd June at 10.30am

Winsford Village Hall

Plants, Cakes, Bric-a-brac, Clothes, Raffle.

In aid of the Winn Club

Contact Sue Hayes 851372

Exmoor Village Agent
May 29, 2018

Exmoor Village Agent


My name is Kirsty Hirons and I am your local Village Agent.

You can contact me on: 07931 017889 or via email:

The Village Agents scheme is in response to the fact that many people living in rural communities have difficulty in accessing key service and support agencies that help maintain well being. We can help with the following:

  • Home Safety
  • Social Care
  • Health Issues
  • Pensions & Benefits
  • Housing
  • Transport
  • Advocacy
  • Employment
Exmoor Community Car Service
May 29, 2018


For the area covered by Across Exmoor


Doctors, Dentist, Hospital and Patient visiting appointments.

For transport please ring.

01643 831500

Calling all businesses!
May 29, 2018

Calling all businesses in Cutcombe, Timberscombe, Exford, Winsford, Exton, Luxborough, Luccombe and Wooton Courtenay


We recently carried out a  housing need survey in these parishes to get an understanding of what sort of housing is needed in here and what level of demand there is.

We would like to hear your views as a local employer and explore whether the supply of local housing may be affecting your business and its ability to function optimally. For example you may have employees who you think would like to live locally but can’t afford to do so.

If you would like to discuss housing and what it means for your business please contact Jane Birch from the Community Council for Somerset on 01823 331222.

You can also complete the business survey on line at

Strawberry Cream Tea
May 29, 2018

Strawberry Cream Tea

Sunday 1st July at 2.30pm

The Close, Winsford

Free entry, everyone welcome.

Raffle & Garden Quiz and a relaxing afternoon

Donations to the Winn Club

Contact Sue Hayes 851372

The Winn Club outing to Forde Abbey, Chard
May 29, 2018

The Winn Club

Outing on Wednesday 20th June

We will go to Forde Abbey, Chard.

A former Cistercian monastery dating from 1141, a private home since 1649,

with 30 acres of award-winning gardens.

Lunches and teas served in the medieval undercroft, gift shop and award winning

plant centre.

Leaving Winsford Car Park at 9.30am. Entry cost £13.

Non-member most welcome.

Ring Jean Bunn 01643 851403 to book your seat

(preferably at least a week before the trip).

Rector’s Letter – June 2018
May 29, 2018

Rector’s Letter – June 2018


I am writing this letter on one of the warmest, sunniest May bank holidays I can remember; the weather giving us all another twist in the story of this year’s extraordinary Spring which has been so disruptive for so many, especially farmers who were lambing.

Life itself is often unpredictable, beyond our control, like the weather. Unfortunately, participation in the life of the church does not offer us any greater control over these things. What it can offer is an opportunity and space to reflect on life, the meaning we find in life and the meaning of life to which our reflections point us.

These reflections form a core in us which can withstand some jostling by events and circumstances. In the church we can find a community ready to nurture this core, through shared resonances of meaning, and ready to support us when reliance on our own strength alone might be a test too far.

This is the aim of the church, to provide uplifting, therapeutic space for nurture of the inner person and support in all aspects of life. Everything which supports this aim has a place in the church and everyone seeking inner peace for themselves and their neighbours is welcome in this shared work.

This summer on 30th June Reverend Nicola Butt, now a deacon of the Church, will be ordained priest in Exford Church at 6pm. This is a very significant event for the church on Exmoor and for Nicola  and her family and friends. It is a big event to hold in a smallish parish church like Exford but we will make it work well for us all in the way in which we do that for other significant events we regularly host successfully.

As usual we will be making use of the Cricket Pavilion as additional seating with a big screen and speakers connecting us to the church. Though not in the Cathedral it will be the Bishop’s service nevertheless. There will inevitably be some compromises, there will be some ticketed areas for family and friends of the candidates, some of us will be sitting in the Pavilion (though I don’t think I will get away with that) but nothing in my opinion to outweigh the privilege of hosting an ordination in our benefice.

Following Nicola’s ordination I have made some changes to the service pattern to make the most of opportunities Nicola’s ordination offers us. There will be a traditional form of service at 9.30am each Sunday morning (except the 5th Sundays) somewhere in the benefice. These services will be from, or reflect, the Book of Common Prayer and will include service of Holy Communion and Matins. I will lead all the Holy Communion services.

At 11am there will then be two services of Holy Communion somewhere in the benefice not too close together  geographically so that no-one has to travel the length of the benefice unless they want to. These will sit alongside the other services led by lay-people, such as Matins at Withypool, Hawkridge and Exford very ably let by Kathryn Tucker, Steven Pugsley and Brian Duke and Reader Mary LeCoyte.

In addition to this, Nicola is working on occasional children’s services at Cutcombe and Exford churches, building on her work in the schools, to be fitted in on a day at a time when best suits those involved. Flexibility in this area is  very helpful in making sure that the people we are working to include are available to come along. Occasionally therefore there might be a change to the pattern to fit these in at Cutcombe and Exford.

I am grateful to so many people in our community who help in all respects of the work of nuture and mutual support in life and faith.

All the best, David


Co-op – Your Local Candidate for the Board – Margaret Casely Hayford
May 16, 2018
To remind all members of the Co-op that their voting packs will have arrived by now; and it contains details of the candidates for the Board.
I’ve been on the Co-op Board for the past 2 years and am up for re-election this year.  It’s been such a privileged to serve as a voice for the South West and for members generally on the Board; and I’d be thrilled and honoured if they felt they could vote for me again.
Thank you.
Winsford 100 Club – May Winners
May 15, 2018

Winsford 100 Club – May Winners


1st  Nigel Neal (160)                £30

2nd Bernard Webber (67)         £20

3rd Colin Prole (140)                £10

4th John French (193)              £10

Winsford Tennis Courts
April 24, 2018


The tennis courts have now re-opened after some much needed tlc!

The courts, the nets and the benches have all been professionally cleaned and are ready to be used by everyone. So all we need now is some more great weather!

There is no formal booking system, so just play and enjoy!

Winn Club Daytrip to Hartland Abbey & Coast
April 10, 2018

Winn Club Daytrip
on Wed April 18th 9.30am prompt
Village Car Park opposite Garage
Winner of Best House/Garden in N. Devon. Beautiful gardens and parkland owned by the same family for generations. Interior has stunning architecture, important pictures and furniture. Frequently used for film locations notably the BBC’s “Sense and Sensibility”, “Antiques Roadshow” and “The Night Manager”. Tearoom/lunches.
Entry 12.50, coach 8.00 members, 10.00 non-members.
All always welcome!!

Winsford Village Maintenance Day
April 4, 2018


Winsford Village Maintenance Day


Saturday 14th April


Winsford Village Green

Please come along and help with the annual village tidy up.

Help needed with weeding, litter collection and re-painting of the bus shelter

and general tidying.

Please contact Mel Mileham on 01643 851224

for more information and offers of help.





Tennis Courts – Maintenance
April 4, 2018



The tennis courts are currently closed as they have become unsafe due to the very bad weather, which has caused the surface to become very slippery. However the courts and nets are due to be professionally cleaned next week if the weather allows, and it is hoped that all being well they will be re-opened for Saturday 7th April.

Notification of Rights of Way
April 2, 2018

Exmoor National Park has advised that we have until 2026 to notify any rights of way that are not already identified on Ordinance Survey Maps. Whilst this might be some time away a lot of work is required to confirm whether suggested rights of way are actual so. If you are aware of any such changed and these might be diversions due to wet ground etc please contact the Park in the first instance.

Rector’s Letter – April 2018
April 2, 2018

Traditionally the week before Easter is called Holy Week beginning this year on 25th March, with a Palm Sunday procession in Cutcombe, during which we hand out Palm crosses. This begins at 10.30am at the Triangle Field and continues in the Parish Church usually around 11am. In a change to the usual procession this year, we will collect Stations of the Cross along our route to church. Stations of the Cross are fourteen scenes from the life of Jesus as he was led to the Cross and we have a new set of these beautifully painted for us by Micaela Beckett.

On Wednesday 28th March, Exford Church host the Barle Singers with a performance of Durufle’s Requiem beginning at 7.30pm. The Maundy Thursday service will be on Thursday 29th March at 7.30pm at Exford. The Communion is followed by the removal of all portable decoration from the church such as embroidered altar frontal, called the ‘stripping of the altar’. The symbolism is an invitation to us to strip away what is unnecessary in our life and focus on what is essential, what givea us a sense of meaning and purpose. After the removal of decoration from the church, there is a silent vigil in the chancel until 9pm when we say Compline, a short service of ancient prayers and psalms.

On Good Friday we are back at Cutcombe church for children’s activities in the church at 10am followed by an Easter egg hunt organised with the Friends of Cutcombe school. This is an opportunity for children to hear the Easter story. That afternoon at 3pm in Winsford is a time of solemn reflection on the story of Jesus journey with the Cross, through silence, words and music. The tradition is to arrive and leave in silence.

On Saturday evening we have the first Holy Communions of Easter. This year enjoying again our new tradition of an Easter Communion service at Simonsbath church at 6pm. There is also the Easter Communion at Hawkridge at 10pm for those people who are lambing and might find this a convenient time. On Easter Day there are services across the Benefice at 9.30am and 11am.

Everyone is welcome to all of these services and if you would like more information please get in touch.

All the Best, David Weir.

WARNING: Car Break-ins on the Moor
March 13, 2018

There have been several instances in the last week of cars on the moor being broken into. Please do not leave valuable items in your car if you go walking.

The Police are aware of these instances, which have been around the Tarr Steps area.

Winsford 100 Club – March Winners
March 9, 2018

Winsford 100 Club – March Winners


1st     Phillip Ayliffe          £30

2nd    Robin Allen            £20

3rd     Nicky Tillier           £10

4th     Lyn Davey             £10

Winsford’s Annual Litter Pick Up 2018
February 28, 2018







Coffee and hot chocolate 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

Lazy Sunday Lunch and Walk Around Exford
February 24, 2018

Lazy Sunday Lunch and Walk around Exford
Sunday 25th February

The Exe at Southcot
Above the clouds

Join us at 1.00pm for a hearty walk around Exford, building up an appetite for a gloriously late Sunday lunch at our traditional Exmoor farmhouse.
Celebrate the best of Exmoor produce with roast lamb from our farm and a choice of homemade desserts with Exmoor ice cream.

Please bring good waterproofs, warm hats and gloves and stout footwear
Booking essential on 01643 831 759
Meet at Exford carpark at 1pm,
The event will run to about 4.30pm
£25 per head with complimentary drinks
Half price for children, min age 10 years (unless by prior arrangement)

We look forward to seeing you!

Rector’s Letter – March 2018
February 23, 2018

Rector’s Letter – March 2018


I am very happy to say that the full magazine will return with the April edition. All of the methods of sending articles and information in to the relaunched magazine remain as they were. Please therefore use those original channels and send in your information and articles by the 9th of March. The earlier deadline is in order to have the magazine ready to distribute on Friday 23rd of March, the Friday before the last Sunday of the month so it is with people as the new month begins. It is also important for the new editors, to whom we are all really impossibly fast turn-around to get the copy to the printers. While the magazine has not been published many people have told me how much they value it especially the local news from villages so please find out who your village coordinator is and send in lots of interesting information. The great thing for me about the new arrangement is that it is more than ever a team effort. I want you to think of the team in the widest possible way – you are part of the team, please be proactive in sending in articles, comments and suggestions. Please do not be put off if your suggestions are not taken up directly but please keep thinking of the magazine as an Exmoor Community effort: from Across Exmoor to Across Exmoor.

All the best

David Weir

Tennis Courts – Closure
February 4, 2018

Please note that due to the continuous rainfall. the tennis courts will remain closed for the foreseeable future

for safety, maintenance and repairs.