Winsford’s Notice Board

Winsford 100 Club – November Winners
November 6, 2017

November Winners

 

1st           Tim Debney          £30

2nd          Ueli Zellweger       £20

3rd          Veronica Bown       £10

4th          Andy Williams        £5

The Cruel Sea – A talk on the Battle of the Atlantic 1939-45
November 2, 2017

The Cruel Sea

A talk on the Battle of the Atlantic 1939–45 exploring how the Allied Convoys defeated Hitler’s U-boats?

Given on behalf of Minehead Museum, the Talk is by Naomi Waters, granddaughter of D W Waters, Naval Historian and former Deputy Director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Naomi has also studied the subject in some depth and will share her and her grandfather’s thoughts with us Thursday 30th November @ 7.00pm @ the Beach Hotel, The Avenue Minehead

Tickets, to include refreshment, are £3; entry is free to Friends of Minehead Museum.

For further information do please contact

The Cruel Sea, a talk on the Battle of the Atlantic 1939–45 exploring how the Allied Convoys defeated Hitler’s U-boats?

Given on behalf of Minehead Museum, the Talk is by Naomi Waters, granddaughter of D W Waters, Naval Historian and former Deputy Director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Naomi has also studied the subject in some depth and will share her and her grandfather’s thoughts with us Thursday 30th November @ 7.00pm @ the Beach Hotel, The Avenue Minehead

Tickets, to include refreshment, are £3; entry is free to Friends of Minehead Museum.

For further information do please contact Janet Styles on 01643 822097/janetstyles@btinternet.com

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2017
October 26, 2017

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2017

Only the Royal British Legion provides a lifetime of care for our brave Armed Forces and their patriotic families.

The official date for the start of this year’s collection is Saturday 28th October. I hope that you will welcome our volunteer door-to-door collectors when they call on you,or support our shops and hotels who will also have poppies available.

This year there will be a service at Exford Memorial Hall on Friday 10th November at 10.50am and at St Mary Magdalene at Exford on Sunday 12th November at 10.45am.

Everybody is welcome and we hope you will support such a worthy cause.

 

Volunteer Drivers
October 26, 2017

Volunteer Drivers

 

Drivers are urgently required for the hospital car service. If you live in Hawkridge, Withypool, Simonsbath, Exford, Winsford or Cutcombe and can spare a little time to drive patients to Doctors, Dentist or hospital appointments.

We need you.

You are paid £0.45 per mile, for every mile driven.

Please spare a little time for this worthwhile cause, without counter drivers it will be impossible to continue this sought after service.

For more information please call: 01643 831500

 

Winsford Rainfall Statistics for September
October 26, 2017

Winsford Rainfall Statistics for September

Total               118.6mm          4.67 inches

Wettest Day     10th                15.8mm

Craft Fair
October 26, 2017

Craft Fair

Sunday 5th November

2-5pm

Winsford Village Hall

Tables of Crafts

Cake Stall & Refreshments

Money goes to our Craft Club

The Benefice Choir Concert – Thank you
October 26, 2017

Brenda would like to thank everyone who supported this event on 22nd September. For various reasons the choir was down to eleven singers, but the audience enjoyed the varied programme, and £165 was raised for the Exmoor Community Youth Club. The raffle raised extra money for new music.

Thanks also to April Goulding who accompanied us, helped by John and to our guest performers, the Rev. David Weir and Barbara Pears.

Choir practice has resumed – Thursdays at Winsford Church, 7.30pm and new members would be very welcome, ring 851396. No audition!

And the rest of us say a huge thank you to you Brenda, without whom we would have no choir.

Christmas Card Sale
October 23, 2017

Winsford 100 Club – October Winners
October 19, 2017

Winsford 100 Club – October Winners

 

131      Jo Johnson          £30

141      Gill Urry              £20

132      Nicky Hawkins     £10

69        Gerry Flanagan   £10

Virtual Tour of Winsford
October 18, 2017

Somerset Opera Presents – ‘Oh Mr Porter’
October 18, 2017

Basic Obedience & Gun Dog Training
October 18, 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

email debbiezurick@gmail.com

Gun Dog Training

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Winsford Dog School
October 18, 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

www.suzyandcanines.co.uk

dilly7a@yahoo.com

One to One is always available for behavioural issues

or training to get ahead!

Dark Skies Festival Launch
October 4, 2017

 

Dark Skies Festival Launch

7pm

Friday 20th October

Winsford Village Hall

Astronomer Will Gater will be talking about

Exmoor’s Dark Skies & The Aurora

Tickets £5

Book on line at http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/darkskiesfestival

or on the door

Booking on line recommended

 

 

 

 

ONLY TWO WEEKS UNTIL THE OLD POUND COIN GOES OUT OF CIRCULATION
October 3, 2017

Britons are being urged to fish out any old £1 coins from piggy banks and car gloveboxes as the deadline for using the old pound coins fast approaches.

There are just two weeks until the old £1 coins cease to be legal tender and businesses are no longer obliged to accept them.

But with more than £420m worth of old coins rattling around in coin jars, piggy banks and cars, according to Go Compare Money, consumers are being encouraged to find them and either use, exchange, or bank them before the October 15 deadline, after which only the new 12-sided £1 coins can be spent.

Any unspent £1 coins after 11:59 on October 15 can be traded in at banks, but this is only a temporary option – so it is a good idea to spend or exchange the coins now to avoid not being able to in future.

Avon & Somerset Police – Fraud Alert
October 3, 2017

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Police have had a number of reports of fraud where people have been duped out of cash or coerced into purchasing items from fraudsters posing as police officers.

The latest scam involves people being contacted by a man posing as a police officer who is investigating a fraud at their bank. The victim is then persuaded to take part in an undercover investigation by obtaining cash from their account or by purchasing high value items including Rolex watches.

Arrangements are made for the victims to attend a meeting to hand over the cash or goods – the meeting point is sometimes a railway station.

A police officer, or any other official, will never ask for money or bank details over the phone or on the door-step or ask you to arrange to take them to a pre-arranged location. If you are unsure if the person is who they say they are, ask for identification such as their collar number and call 101 to check the name and the authenticity of the caller.

If you want to report being a victim of this type of fraud call 101, quoting reference 5217219020

Winsford Rainfall Statistics for August
October 2, 2017

Winsford Rainfall Statistics for August

Total                                            85.3mm     3.36 inches

Wettest Day (thunderstorm)           20th           12.3mm

 

Rector’s Letter – October 2017
October 2, 2017

In October in the Exmoor Benefice we are in the middle of our celebration of Harvest Festival. Harvest Festival is a wonderful mixture of traditions and has many roots. How we celebrate Harvest Festival today, as with all that we do, requires that we select from our traditions as we attempt to share and promote the ideas we value. Faith today is about having the confidence to believe that our selection points beyond matters of taste and preference to the source of all being, and is in tune with the fabric of creation. This requires of us that we are open to learn from all we meet, from the experience of others with different stories and traditions, different tastes and preferences, so that, together we can build the widest possible perspective, the most loving acceptance, a deeper and deeper sense of the sacred world and in our neighbour. Nothing less that this radical openness to learn cuts it when it comes to speaking about God.

The pre-Christian roots of Harvest Festival are associated with the Harvest Moon, the full moon closest to the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox occurs the moment the sun crosses the Celestial Equator, an imaginary line in the sky above the earth’s equator, from north to south. This happens on either September 22nd, 23rd or 24th each year. So in this respect, Cutcombe and Hawkridge are closest to the origins of that aspect of the traditions this year, celebrating their harvests on the 24th September. In Tudor times the festival was held at the beginning of the harvest in early August. By the Victorian era, when Anglican clergy started to make it a church event it had moved to the end of Harvest in September or October. I have been doing some reading and have lots more to tell you at our Harvest events this year.

Harvest is another opportunity to spend time in the beautiful and ancient surroundings of our churches, thinking about beauty, creativity, the people we love and the things which give value and meaning to our lives, As I have written previously, making time for that is a basic practice of the Christian life and has variously been called prayer, meditation, contemplation, mindfulness. Our Harvest events are intended to create the most helpful context, and give a yearly reminder to make time and space for the stillness to be mindful, to contemplate, to pray.

All the best, David

MOOR MOVIES
October 1, 2017

MOOR MOVIES

WINSFORD

Welcome to our 2017/18 Season

19th September

Their Finest (12A)

10th October

The Sense of an Ending (15)

31st October

Going in Style (12A)

21st November

Viceroy’s House (12A)

12th December

Hampstead (12A)

Winsford Village Hall – Tuesdays 7.30pm

Annual Membership £7.50 per person

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

Flu & Pneumonia Vaccinations
October 1, 2017

Flu & Pneumonia Vaccinations

DULVERTON TOWN HALL

Monday 25th September    10am to 4pm

Monday 9th October           10am to 2pm

WHEDDON CROSS VILLAGE HALL

Monday 16th October         2.30pm to 4pm

EXFORD VILLAGE HALL

Wednesday 4th October     2.30pm to 4pm

WINSFORD VILLAGE HALL

Thursday 28th September 2.30pm to 4pm

BROMPTON REGIS VILLAGE HALL

Thursday 12th October      2.30pm to 4pm

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

Liver Disease, Heart Disease, Low Immunity?

JUST TURN UP….

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

 

 

Winsford 100 Club – September Winners
September 16, 2017

Winsford 100 Club – September Winners

Jenny How           £30

Simon Meade       £20

Brenda Coates     £10

Jackie Mohan      £10

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

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 BRIDGE COTTAGE TEAROOM

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10.00 TO MID DAY

PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT THIS WORTHWHILE CAUSE.

THERE WILL BE A RAFFLE ON THE DAY,

DONATIONS TOWARDS THIS WILL BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED

Winsford Harvest Supper
August 25, 2017

Winsford Harvest Supper

Saturday 14th October

6.30 for 7.00pm

Winsford Village Hall

Tickets: Please ring John Titcombe on 01643 851275

Adults £10.00, Children 10 years and under £5.00

Please bring your own drink, we will provide the glasses

Draw prizes or donations will be gratefully received

Rector’s Letter – September 2107
August 25, 2017

Rector’s Letter – September 2017

 

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

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

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

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

All the best, David

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

Winsford 100 Club – July Winners

 

Mike Lawther      £30

Mike Winzer        £20

Rosie Strickland   £10

James Winzer     £10

Winsford Rainfall – June
July 28, 2017

Winsford Rainfall Statistics

June          Total               76.5mm          3.01 inches

Wettest Day           5th          23.8 mm

 

 

Rector’s Letter – August 2017
July 28, 2017

Rector’s Letter

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

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

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

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

All the best, David

 

WINSFORD FETE, PRODUCE SHOW WITH FAMILY DOG AND AGILITY SHOW
July 27, 2017

Saturday 12th August at 1.00pm

Dog Show – Judging begins at 1.30pm

Sheep Racing  – 1st Race 2.00pm

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

Show Auction of Produce starts at 4.00pm

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

Delicious Teas, Barbeque and Ice Creams!

So Come and Enjoy the Fun

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

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

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

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

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

call on 01543 851372 to pick them up.

WANTED!

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 exmoorbenefice@gmail.com

Winsford Flower, Produce and Craft Show Entry Form 2017

 

Benefice Sea Sunday Service
July 21, 2017

 

Benefice Sea Sunday Service

Sunday 30th July

3pm

St Mary Magdalene, Winsford

Refreshments will be served after the service.

Collection for Minehead Lifeboats

Enquiries

Brenda Staples Tel: 851396