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Winsford Helps the Injured Animals of Australia.
March 4, 2020

Several weeks ago, at the height of the fires in Australia, a small group of residents decided that they could no longer sit back and watch the terrible scenes of devastation to the wildlife population, constantly shown on the TV.
So a plan was hatched to have a fun afternoon of sewing to make as many pouches as possible for the injured Joey’s and Koalas.
When the designated afternoon arrived, the Village Hall was a hive of activity with volunteers and sewing machines at the ready and the operation was faultless!
Sue Hayes had made the patterns in advance so the groups of cutters were off to a quick start, the cutout pouches were passed to the Ironers, then finally to the bank of sewing machines, which whirred into action, all helped along as is tradition, by tea and cake! Very quickly the piles of finished pouches were mounting up and thanks to everyone’s material donations we could safely say the waiting Koalas and Joey’s would have the most fashionable pouches available!








In all 160 pouches were produced, a great effort for a few hours of work and enjoyment, these were duly posted off and have now finally reached their destination.

So many thanks to everyone who contributed their help to this very worthwhile project, it is very much appreciated.


Thank you!

Easter Sale and Coffee Morning
March 3, 2020

Easter Sale and Coffee Morning

Saturday 28th March, 10.30am at Winsford Village Hall

Cake Stall * Easter Sale * Books * Bric a brac * Clothes 8* Raffle

Teas & Coffees * Lots of Bargains

In aid of the Recreation Association

If you have any goods for us to sell

please ring Sue Hayes 01643 851372

Thank you for your support.

Winn Club
March 3, 2020

Winn Club

Wednesday 18th March 2.30 – 4.30pm

at Winsford Village Hall

Lovely Tea and Bring and Buy Table.

We need your ideas for our trips this year. Do come along and join us.

Cost £5 for tea and £5 to be a member of the Winn Club.

Ring Sue Hayes 01643 851372 to book.

Press Release: Murder Investigation
February 25, 2020


You will all by now have seen the coverage in the TV news and press relating to the incident that occurred in Winsford over the weekend. The following is the press release from Avon and Somerset Police


From: Avon and Somerset Police
Sent: 25 February 2020 09:28

Subject: Alert: 25/02/20 9788 AW050/51 Press Release: Murder investigation launched after woman is shot in West Somerset.


We have launched a murder investigation after a woman was shot in a property near Minehead.

We were called to reports of what appeared to be the noise of a gunshot at a property in Winsford at about 2.30pm on Saturday.

A woman was seriously injured by a gunshot wound. Despite receiving treatment at the scene, she sadly died shortly afterwards.

A man is in police custody. He was also injured, suffering life threatening injuries and was airlifted to hospital. He remains in a critical but stable condition.

The area remains cordoned off by police officers, who are providing reassurance and support to people in the area.

Crime scene investigators are carrying out a detailed examination of the scene.

Enquiries into the incident – which is believed to be self-contained – are continuing as officers’ piece together exactly what happened.

If you can help, please call 101and give the call handler the reference number 5220043924

Winsford 100 Club – February Winners
February 10, 2020

Winsford 100 Club – February Winners


1st      Jenny Williams     £30

2nd     Mike Hillier     £20

3rd     Jenny How     £10

4th     Sara Millier     £10

The All New Fun Quiz Night
February 9, 2020
The All New Fun Quiz Night
We’d been a bit short of Quizes recently in Winsford but that gap was more than adequately filled by The Fun Charity Quiz created and run by Steve Pickard and Jane Orchiston on Friday 7th February in the fabulous, and pretty warm, surrounds of the Village Hall.
16 teams, and over 70 guests, participated in a 80 question and picture round quiz ,over the course of the evening with a superb Beef Goulash and Pasta a Veggie Shepherd’s Pie/Garlic bread supper served like lightening during the interval.The buzz was deafening as Steve announced we were on the starting line, and this turned to a whispering hush as teams desperately tried to conceal their answers! We, of course, all knew most of the answers but just couldn’t remember them!
“Yes, I’m only here for the fun” was the cry of those lagging and the concentration was palpable in those teams who were really there to compete and win!
Each 20 questions were marked and the countdown from 16th started….heck, we’re 11th!The winners were All for One from Bridgetown, who scored a remarkable 111 (?) points.
After the quiz was over and the Raffle drawn , we participated in a final Heads and Tails round followed by a lot of clearing up etc…completed in about 30 mins and testimony to the Winsford Activities Team’s excellent organisation and drills
So a big thank you to everyone who helped, participated and donated prizes for the raffle.
The evening raised near;ly £750 for the Exmoor Pony Centre, a sure fire winner! 
Next event is an Elvis Tribute NIght on 25th April with JD King, who is recognised as not only the best Elvis tribute act but possibly the best tribute act in the world! Watch out for the posters.
“From Gurkhas to Lions-An Officer’s Tale of Soldiering Around the World”
January 27, 2020

“From Gurkhas to Lions – An Officer’s Tale of Soldiering Around the World”

A presentation by Brigadier Frazer Lawrence OBE,

(a still serving Winsford resident)

Winsford Village Hall Saturday 14th March 6.00pm

The presentation will be followed by a finger buffet and drinks.

£5 a head, from David Godsal, Edbrooke House, Winsford, TA24 7AE

01643 851239 or



Easter Sale – Donations Needed
January 27, 2020

EASTER SALE – Saturday 28th March in Winsford

Please could we have goods to sell for the sale.

If you have any old quilts that could be made into dog beds

Please contact Sue Hayes on 851372

Valentine Bingo
January 27, 2020


Saturday 15th February 8pm start

Winsford Village Hall

In aid of Medicine Car, Exmoor Medical Practice

Raffle & Refreshments * Excellent Prizes

Look forward to seeing you

Contact Sue Hayes 01643 851372


Winn Club – Presentation of behalf of Guide Dogs for the Blind
January 27, 2020


Wednesday 19th February 2.30pm at Winsford Village Hall

Talk & Presentation by David Botsford

of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Followed by Afternoon Tea served by The Royal Oak

Guide Dogs exist to provide life-changing services to the 360,000 people who are registered blind or partially sighted, and the two million people in the UK living with sight loss.

Please ring Sue Hayes on 01643 851372 to book your place.

Cost is £5 for a talk and a lovely tea!

Sponsored by the Royal Oak.

Moor Movies
January 25, 2020



in Winsford 2020

Tuesday 7th January 

JUDY (12A)

Judy Garland arrives in London in 1968 to perform sell out concerts at the end of her legendary career.  Starring Renee Zellweger.

Tuesday 28th January 


Historical drama of the fierce competition between Edison, Westinghouse and Tesla over the electricity that would power the USA.

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Tuesday 18th February 


The Crawleys and staff prepare for a royal visit that through romance and scandal jeopardises the future of Downton.

Starring Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and all the usual cast!

Tuesday 10th March


Funny and taxing Whodunnit with a modern edge.

Detective Blanc (Daniel Craig) sifts through a web of red herrings and lies to uncover the truth behind an untimely death.

Tuesday 7th April


Gripping true story of British Intelligence memos being leaked to the press to stop the world rushing into an illegal war in Iraq.

Starring Keira Knightly as Katherine Gun.


Miss Ann Le Bas
January 25, 2020

Miss Ann Le Bas

1923- 2020


Ann’s family came to this country originally in the 17th century as refugees from France and the persecution of the Protestants there. She was very proud of her Huguenot heritage and there was seldom a Sunday Service when she was not seen in her pew in Church. She was churchwarden for 25 years, up to 1985.

Ann was born in Camberley, but while she was still small the family went to India, where her father was sent to serve in the Army. They were back in England by the time she was six and from then on she was brought up by her father and grandparents in the house in Winsford which they had had built.

Of her 97 years she had spent 90 in that house, and only left it a few days before she died. Ann had a real Exmoor upbringing: riding and dancing and outdoor activities. She went to West Heath, a girls boarding school in Kent, followed by various art colleges in London after which she became a respected artist and printmaker. She belonged to several societies in her career; as an engraver and etcher she served on the Council of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and exhibited her paintings and prints with the New English Art Club in London. Her skills and commitment to her work as an artist gained much respect and admiration. She often exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and many people on Exmoor have one or more of her works on their walls.

Following the death of her father, Ann shared the house with a friend of his, Peta Graham, but she sadly died of cancer, since when Ann has lived alone, always busy painting and printing in her lovely studio in Winsford. She gave land for the Cricket Club and the tennis courts and was President of the Cricket Club for many years, always attending the Annual Dinner and presenting the prizes. People with a problem would often consult Ann and she was a fund of information about Exmoor, always ready to help when she could, contributing generously to the happiness of others. We shall probably never know how many people she helped in one way or another, but she was respected and admired by all and her passing will leave a gap which can never be filled.

Other village have a squire, Sir or Lady someone, perhaps. We have had “Miss Anne”. May she rest in peace.

Bridget Ryle

Winsford 100 Club Winners – January 2020
January 16, 2020

Winsford 100 Club Winners – January 2020


1st       Anne Wilcock (90)         £30

2nd      Shavonne Rice (172)     £20

3rd      Bob Green (44)             £10

4th      Michael Brunton (146)   £10

Rector’s Letter
December 4, 2019

Rector’s Letter

A thought for Christmas. What Christmas means to us in 21st century West Somerset, is a complex mixture of ancient origins and our more recent experiences. Our experience of life shapes how we understand things, how we respond to things, what our priorities are. Our experience of life is different for each one of us. This means that we all have something unique and beautiful to bring to the world, to share with others in our family and wider community. Each of us has something unique to say and each of us is worthy of being listened to, by a generous and attentive audience, willing to take time to her what is being said.

At the heart of the Christmas story is the birth of a new baby, who will grow into a new person, who will have a unique perspective, new ideas, new ways of seeing the world. And the message of the Christmas story is that there is nothing more important than properly valuing this new life which has been born into the world and by implication of the poetry of the story, of every new life that is born into the world. Insofar therefore as there is a ‘real meaning of Christmas’ it is the unalienable value and dignity of each person

What this means in terms of how each of us will vote at the General Election, for example, is also a complex mixture of things and a matter for each of us to reflect on and come to our own decision. The churches and the meaning of Christmas do not offer us simple answers to complex questions. What they do offer us is a reminder of the value of each person, a reminder to value others and ourselves, to treat ourselves and others with compassion, dignity and love.

What the churches certainly offer at Christmas, is an opportunity to hear again the story of the birth of Jesus, within the beautiful and evocative surroundings of our ancient buildings, steeped in in history and prayer, a space to pause for thought, for peace, for quiet, an opportunity to sit with others in a generous environment of mutual encouragement and think about what is important, to listen to our own hearts; to feel a range of emotions and to allow ourselves to be inspired.

There is a full and varied program of services and events for Christmas across the eight parishes of the Exmoor Benefice, to which everyone is welcome.

I wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas

All the best, David


Winn Club Meeting
December 4, 2019


Wednesday 15th January, 2.30 – 4.30pm

The Beekeeping Year

Revd Caroline Ralph

Secretary of the Exmoor Division of

The Somerset Beekeepers Association

Please ring Sue Hayes on 01643 851372

to book your place.

Cost is £5 for a talk and a lovely tea!

Look forward to seeing you.

Winn Club Christmas Lunch
December 4, 2019


Wednesday 11th December

The Winn Club Christmas lunch is at

Bridge Cottage Tea Room.

You do not have to be a member to attend.

Please ring Sue Hayes on 01643 851372 it you would like to come along.

Winsford 100 Club – November Winners
November 14, 2019

Winsford 100 Club – November Winners


1st    Lyn Davey                  £30

2nd   Carol Vellacott            £20

3rd    Theresa Thompson     £10

4th    Frank Line                  £10

Church Flower Arrangers for Winsford.
November 11, 2019

‘Come and join the Winsford church flower arranging

team to keep our church beautiful and welcoming!”

Contact Mel – or 851224

Christmas Sale & Coffee Morning
November 3, 2019


Saturday 30th November at 10.30am

Winsford Village Hall

Cake Stall – Christmas Stall – Books – Raffle -Clothes – Bric-a-Brac

Lots of Bargains

In aid of Exmoor Community Youth Club

Contact Sue Hayes on 01643 851372

Winn Club Meeting
November 3, 2019


Wednesday 20th November

2.30-4.30pm at Winsford Village Hall

The speaker is Nigel Penfold from North Devon Hawk Walks.

He will be bringing with him two hawks and an owl.

The meeting is open to all – non-members welcome.

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

We look forward to seeing you.

To book your place please ring Sue Hayes on 01643 851372

Snowdrop Valley Photography Competition
November 3, 2019

Are you an amateur photographer with an eye for capturing our beautiful Exmoor Wildlife?


This is your opportunity to enter the first ever Snowdrop Valley Wildlife Photography Competition. Photography is one of the many ways you can embrace the wilderness and with categories covering Flora, Fauna, Landscape and Juniors, there is no better reason to get out and connect with nature.

Images will be judged upon technical skill, diversity, originality and creativity. Prizes will be awarded for each category winner and an overall prize for the the ‘People’s Choice’ will be given to the photograph that generates the most amount of votes from visitors to the Snowdrop Valley event*.

All suitable entries will be displayed in The Moorland Hall when the Snowdrop Cafe is open- details on the website nearer the time.

Entries open 1st January 2020 and close 7th February 2020.

For more details visit the Snowdrop Valley Website:

Updates will be published in Across Exmoor.

*terms and conditions apply

Rector’s Letter – November
November 2, 2019

During September and October, we celebrated Harvest in the eight churches of the benefice. Each Harvest Festival was different, different village, different people, different themes, different symbols. What is common to all of them is an opportunity to pause for thought and reflection on the things which sustain us: our food and the farmers who produce it; the importance of sharing and including everyone: our family, friends and neighbours who encourage us and with whom we share our life: the work, activities and interests which provide the things we need and the motivation to be creative: the inspiration to make the most of this amazing gift of life.

It has been great to hear ideas, readings and poems expressing what Harvest means to lots of different people across the benefice. In preparation for the Exford School Harvest I spent some time painting with them, discussing the ways colour expresses things in abstract art, mixing colours to include our own favourite colours and other people’s seeing the result in the beautiful multi coloured paintings that are produced. We then took the same approach to writing a Harvest poem, starting with the things we felt about Harvest and then thinking about what it means to think of other people and their ideas. So I would like to share with you the poem we wrote so that you can hear a few more Harvest voices, expressing their ideas about Harvest and also to give you a glimpse of the wonderful creativity and talent there is in our young people.

The theme of our Harvest this year is that the world is a more beautiful place if we include everyone’s ideas.

All the best



In this poem, we painted what we felt not just what we saw.

At Harvest time we thank you for the world we live in,

We think of the other people we share the world with,

Kids from the city eat food from the countryside’s farms,

We think of people who are allergic to cow’s milk, who need goat’s milk instead.

We think about potatoes and Brussel sprouts and pineapple.

The Fergusons need fixing because they will start to rust.

We think about the colours that make the world more fun.

We tried to paint and then, and write our poem, with the colours we feel,

not just the colours we see.

Light green, dark green, lime, aqua, baby blue.

Dark blue, red, orange, purple, lime green.

Apple red, fluffy white, great orange, light pink, jolly yellow, bright green.

Aqua blue, coral blue, baby blue, light blue, dark blue, different ways of seeing

makes life more fun.

My favourite colours are gold and silver.

Orange leaves fall to the ground,

Everything is orange.

Golden Dandelions spread their seeds,

And heather dims Dunkery,

Is no longer in purple.

Stags are roaring, Adders are hissing

Harvest time.

It’s time for harvest

It feeds us all.

We need the farmer in the field.

Pineapple is my favourite fruit

because it is yummy.

Countryside farm,

Cows, sheep, pigs, chickens.

Running round in baby blue rain.

Harvest is coming time to get ploughing.

Animals roaring on the moor.

A New Year is coming.

Winsford Harvest Supper
October 31, 2019

Winsford 100 Club – October Winners
October 14, 2019

Winsford 100 Club – October Winners

1st     Luke Saunders     £30

2nd    Evelyn Connell     £20

3rd     Melanie Andrews  £10

4th     Dave Williams      £10

Macmillan Big Coffee Morning – Bridge Cottage Tea Room
October 1, 2019


MACMILLAN- Bridge Cottage Tea room

A big ‘thank you’ to all who contributed and supported the MACMILLAN event on 27th September,

we are delighted to say that a total of £675.56 was raised.

Special thanks to Sue, Tracey, Jean, Tess and Steph for giving up their time to help with the day,

we could not have done it without their help.

Thanks again,

Teresa & Roy

Small Grants Available for Those In Need
September 27, 2019

Small Grants Available For Those In Need

Winsford United Charities fund was set up to assist those in financial need within

the Parish and is able to give small grants (usually £100 to £200) to support those in

genuine need. Grants may be given for a wide variety of needs including assisting

towards winter heating costs, hospital/medical appointment transport cost,

educational needs for children and essential home safety improvements.

If you live within the parish of Winsford and are struggling and need additional

support, please contact me, Jane Lillis for more information and to have a chat

about your needs.

Jane Lillis, Village Agent, 07958 415270

If I’m not available ( I am often in areas of limited telephone reception)

please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as I can.


September 27, 2019


As you will be aware, keeping our beautiful old church building and churchyard

in good repair takes a considerable amount of money and we would like to

thank everyone who has given to our Harvest Appeal so far this year.

We are always looking for ways to raise funds and one way in which everyone

can help us, at no cost to themselves, is to support us through TheGivingMachine

when you are shopping online.

All you need to do is sign up, log in and visit the site you wish to purchase from

via TheGivingMachine.

More information is available from their website

Our cause number is 265752

For step by step instructions or more details email Tracy at

Thank you.

Christmas Card Sale & Coffee Morning
September 27, 2019

Christmas Card Sale & Coffee Morning

Friday 8th November

10am – 12 noon

Winsford Village Hall

Free entry     Raffle

In aid of St Mary’s Winsford.

If you would like to donate a raffle prize please give to

Brenda or Tracy Staples.

Thank you.

September 27, 2019


Sunday 3rd November from 2-5pm


Tables of Crafts – Cake Stall – Refreshments

In aid of Winsford Craft Club

If you would like to book a table please contact

Sue Hayes 01543 851372

(£5 per table)

September 27, 2019


Saturday 19th October


Doors open 7.30pm, 8pm start

Excellent Prizes

Refreshments and Raffle

Contact Sue Hayes 01643 851372