Winsford’s Notice Board

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

Moor Movies
2018/19 Season

Tuesday 18th September
THE GUERNSEY LITERARY & POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY (12A)
A writer forms a bond with residents of Guernsey when writing a book about their wartime experiences

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

Tuesday 30th October
ON CHESIL BEACH (15)
Drama based on an Ian McEwan novel. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson and Anne-Marie Duff

Tuesday 20th November
THE HAPPY PRINCE (15)
Starring Rupert Everett, the story of the last days of Oscar Wilde when he leaves England for Europe

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

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Winsford Village Hall – 7.30pm

Details can be checked on the website
www.winsfordexmoor.org.uk

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

 

WINSFORD PARISH COUNCIL
Invites applications for the post of
PARISH CLERK AND RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER

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:- winsfordparishcouncil@gmail.com 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.

www.henryleightrust.btck.co.uk

or contact

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

Tel: 01643 831321 E-mail: lynandbob@aol.com

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

Rector’s Letter – August 2018
August 3, 2018

Rector’s Letter – August 2018

 

I would like to thank everyone who helped with my garden party on the 7th July. It was a lovely day for a garden party and I very much enjoyed welcoming people from across the benefice to the Rectory. It is great seeing the Rectory garden full of people, cake, tea burgers, tables, chairs, gazebos, books, plants, bric-a-brac and the Exmoor Community Youth Club marquee. I would like particularly to thank Edna Hayes, Gwen Bawden, Sybil Williams, Audrey Delve, Sue Hayes, Nikki and Howard Gibbons, Dan Harris, Maddy Harrison-Hall, Maureen Johnson, Jenny Williams, Luke Fox, Jane Erith, Joan Biddy, the three Youth Club representative helpers who did a great job and my co-organisers Bernard and Laura.

This came close on the heels of the Ordination in Exford Church of Nicola Butt Curate of Exmoor and Ann Gibbs of Porlock. This was itself a wonderful event and one which often passes the local community by as ordinations most often take place in Wells.

Lots of people have told me how much they enjoyed the service and the deep meaning to them of experiencing it in the familiar setting of a local church. ‘It seemed somehow more real because it was here’ someone form Porlock told me.

I have passed all these thoughts and comments on to the Bishop of Taunton and of Bath and Wells with our many thanks to them for agreeing to have the ordinations here. When the idea was initially raised I felt no hesitation in pressing for it to be here knowing that this community of Exmoor would make it work and make it a joy to be part of.

The last few weeks have been difficult for many members of the community who have lost family and friends. Our memories of them will be with us as we gather for the things they would have been involved in and hopefully encourage us to keep up support for the activities and traditions they valued so much and would want us to continue to enjoy.

I am now looking forward to the summer events on Exmoor, the shows and fetes which punctuate the month of August. 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.

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

WINSFORD FLOWER, PRODUCE AND CRAFT SHOW Saturday 11th August, 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 halselane02@gmail.com

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

SECTION H – Men

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)

Name…………………………………………………………………..

Classes…………………………………………………………………

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

 

Congratulations
July 3, 2018

 

Congratulations

  • 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?

SAY NO TO 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.

CAN YOU HELP?
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: www.morsbags.com

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

SEA SUNDAY SERVICE

Sunday 29th July, 3pm, Winsford Village Hall

followed by refreshments

All Welcome

Collection for

THE MISSION TO SEAFARERS

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.

www.missiontoseafarers.org                                                                   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

email debbiezurick@gmail.com

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

www.suzyandcanines.co.uk

dilly7a@yahoo.com

One to One is always available for behavioural issues

or training to get ahead!

Coffee Morning and Sale
May 29, 2018

COFFEE MORNING AND SALE

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: kirsty@somersetrcc.org.uk

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

EXMOOR COMMUNITY CAR SERVICE

For the area covered by Across Exmoor

EXFORD, WINSFORD, SIMONSBATH, HAWKRIDGE, WITHYPOOL, CUTCOMBE, EXTON, LUXBOROUGH.

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

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ExmoorHNS-Business

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.
https://www.co-operative.co-op/profiles/agm.2018-margaret-casely-hayford
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