Winsford’s Notice Board

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

Basic Obedience & Gun Dog Training
July 4, 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


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Winsford Dog School
July 4, 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!

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


June 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


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.

Minehead Male Voice Choir
April 6, 2017

The welcome return of the

Minehead Male Voice Choir

Saturday 6th May
at Winsford Village Hall 7.30pm.
Retiring collection for The Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Refreshments and Raffle.
Enquiries – 01643 851396.

Devon & Somerset Fire Brigade – Tumble Dryer Warning
April 3, 2017

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Devon & Somerset Fire Brigade have asked that a warning go out regarding safety of tumble dryers and a copy of their document is attached for your information.



Winn Club Summer Programme
March 29, 2017

Wednesday April 12th    09.30    Otter Nurseries

Wednesday May 17th    09.30    Darlington Glass and Rosemoor RS Gardens

Saturday June 10th      10.30     Coffee Morning at Winsford Village Hall

Thursday June 15th      11.30     Lunch at The White Horse Inn, Washford and on at 2pm to

Orchard Wyndham, Williton.

Limited numbers so must book to go by car.

Wednesday July 19th     09.30    Donkey Sanctuary and Sidmouth

Wednesday Sept 20th    09.30   Topsham and Dart Farm Exeter

Wednesday Oct 18th     09.30    Christmas Shopping at Clark’s Village

Moor Movies
March 29, 2017

Moor Movies

Winsford Village Hall


Tuesday 11th April


Romantic period drama where an Australian lighthouse keeper

and his wife raise a baby they find drifting at sea.

Starring Michael Fassbender

Tuesday 35th April


This inspiring film is based on the true-life romance and the

international stir it caused in the late 1940’s, when Prince

Seretse Khama of Botswana marries a white woman from London.

Starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo.

Rector’s Letter – April 2017
March 29, 2017

Rector’s Letter


Traditionally the week before Easter is called Holy Week in the church calendar. There are lots of traditions associated with Holy Week and we keep some of those in the Exmoor Benefice.

We begin the week on 9th April, 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 at a time depending on the speed of the donkey, usually around 11am.

On Wednesday 12th April Exford Church hosts the Barle Singers with a performance of Faure’s Requiem beginning at 7pm.

The Maundy Thursday service will be on Thursday 13th April 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 meant to remind us of the suffering of Christ in his last hours as he courageously stayed faithful to the love of God and his vocation as God’s son in the face of his arrest, trial and death.

For those familiar with the story of Jesus and Holy Week traditions the stark empty church can be a powerful reminder of a special part of the story. For those unfamiliar, the story and the traditions of course will not mean very much.

Recent research has identified that 92% of the population of this country does not have a sense of connection with Jesus Christ in the context of church traditions, so it is not possible or helpful to assume prior knowledge.

This can be a sadness for some who love the traditions and have known them as a constant companion through the challenges and celebrations of their life; but it can also be an opportunity to think about what is essential in our traditions, in our living and telling the story of Jesus.

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. In the afternoon at 3pm 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 for the first time there is a new Easter Communion service at Simonsbath church at 6pm. This replaces the early morning Easter vigil at Simonsbath this year. 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.

With best wishes and prayers.                                                                                                      David Weir

Avon & Somerset Constabulary – New Contact Number
March 29, 2017

Live in a rural area? Save 07492 888109 in your phone!

We launched a new text service to help us prevent and detect rural crime in January. The service was aimed at encouraging rural communities and businesses to help us by providing information and intelligence about suspected crime in their area. The number allows the public to text information directly to the Rural Crime Team, who assess and action the intelligence quickly and efficiently.

The service is going to continue following its three month trial but the number is changing. The 81819 number is being discontinued and the new Rural Crime number is now 07492 888109 and will working in exactly the same way.

Inspector Joanna Mines, from the Rural Crime Team in Somerset, said: “We trialled the number for three months and have decided to carry on with the service. We want to hear from anyone who has information about any suspicious or potentially criminal activity in their area, for example – details of people/vehicles seen behaving suspiciously, potentially stolen goods or livestock being offered for sale either to the public or at markets, sightings of stolen vehicles we might put out an alert for.

“No matter how small or insignificant people may think information is, it may be a vital piece of a jigsaw that helps us fill in the gaps and either prevent a crime or bring offenders to justice.”

Cleverly Everly’s
March 22, 2017

All those who attended the Cleverly Everly Show in Winsford Village Hall had a memorable night when Somerset brothers Stan & Clinton Rogers together with Uta and their side kick and manager John McGinn took us back in time with classic songs from the 60’s, made us laugh and even had us dancing in the aisle!

A huge ‘thank you’ to all those who helped in making the night a success, to all those who donated gifts for the raffle (over 40 ) and for all the cash donations received from those who could not attend.

Total raised for cancer research was £1651.24.

Winsford 100 Club – March Winners
March 9, 2017

The draw took place at the Royal Oak Winsford on Wednesday 9th March and the winners are:


1st      John Titcombe (26)          £30

2nd     Mark Andrews  (31)          £20

3rd      Glenna Waterhouse (22)   £10

4th      Grant Kelly (192)              £5

Exmoor Park – Field Services Apprenticeship Vacancy
March 3, 2017
Exmoor Society Walks
February 25, 2017

Exmoor Society Walks 2017
With a walks programme from 5th April to 26th October 2017, the 33 walks this year cover a wide variety of landscapes and subjects across Exmoor which include:
Discovering prehistoric sites on ‘A Walk Through Two Iron Ages’, ‘From Withypool to Tarr Steps’, ‘A Step Back in Time’ and ‘Dulverton Woodland Walk’
Stunning Exmoor Landscapes on’The Hidden Landscape of Culbone Wood’, ‘Avill Valley Vistas’,’Two Exmoor Rivers and Villages’ ‘Horner Woods and Water’ and ‘To the Source of the Rover Tone’.
Hearing about figures from Literature and the Arts and seeing the landscapes that inspired them on ‘In the Footsteps of Rachel Reckitt, Sculpture, Engraver and Welder’, ‘To Culbone, in Coleridge’s Footsteps’ and ‘Lorna Doone – A Shorter Walk’.
Exploring historic Exmoor settlements such as ‘Discovering Dunster’s Hidden History’ and ‘Lynton and Valley of Rocks – An Historic Tour’.
Learning about Exmoor wildflowers, insects and kitchens on’Wildlife of the Doone Valley and Moorland’, ‘Discovering the Flowers of the Barle Valley’ and ‘Wildflowers of Watersmeet Woodlands’.
Spotting wildlife (hopefully, but no guarantee!) on ‘Ilkeston Ridge and the first Cuckoo’, ‘Ponies on Winsford Hill’ and ‘Autumn Sights and Sounds around Dunkery’.
Also new for 2017, is ‘In Search of John Knight’s Lost Mansion’ led by Rob Wilson-North, ENPA Conservation Manager. This walk links with his talk on this subject at the Simonsbath Festival 2017. The Headwaters of the River Exe Project will lead a walk “upstream Thinking’ around Wimbleball Lake focusing on their work in improving the water quality on Exmoor.
There is no charge for the walks but a small donation is welcomed from non-members.Some walks end with an optional pub lunch or afternoon tea – welcome post-walk refreshments!
For full details visit or 34 High Street, Dulverton. For any queries, contact or 01398 323335.
The Society looks forward very much to welcoming you alone.

Easter Sale and Coffee Morning
February 25, 2017

Easter Sale and Coffee Morning

Saturday 8th April

Winsford Village Hall

10.30am start

Cake Stall, Easter Stall, Books,

Draw,Clothes, Bric-a-Brac

Lots of Bargains

In Aid of The Seahorse Centre, Minehead

If you have any goods to give us

please phone Sue Hayes on 01643 851372