Winsford’s Notice Board

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.

Basic Obedience & Gun Dog Training
April 11, 2017

Basic Obedience & Gun Dog Training

One to One Lessons by Arrangement

Group Classes every other Sunday Morning 10.30- 12.30

Classes starting 17th July

Meadow by the River Exe, Winsford

All Levels catered for Puppy, Novice and Advanced.

Please contact Debbie Zurick for details on 01643 831427


Gun Dog Training

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Winsford Dog School
April 11, 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!

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

Family Easter Bingo
February 25, 2017

Family Easter Bingo

Saturday 25th March

Winsford Village Hall

8pm start

Refreshment and Draw In Aid of Winsford Archive

Contact Sue Hayes on 01643 851372

Moor Movies
February 25, 2017

Moor Movies

Winsford Village Hall


Tuesday 14th March


Action drama film about an Intelligence Officer

when his relationship with a French Resistance

fighter is put under extreme pressure from the war.

Starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.

Tuesday 28th March


A feel-good true story of the unlikely but heartwarming

relationship between a homeless man and his cat.


Winsford Rainfall Statistics
February 25, 2017

Total rain for January          105.1mm        4.4 inches

Wettest Day – 29th               14.2mm         0.56 inches

Winsford Annual Assembly 2017
February 25, 2017

Winsford Annual Assembly

Winsford Village Hall

Wednesday 29th March 2017

7.00 for 7.30 pm

tea and coffee will be provided

All are very welcome and encouraged to come and hear about

what your Parish Councillors have achieved, on your behalf,

during the past year, and the plans for the year ahead.

Flooding and Water Related Issues

Guest speaker: Rob Wilson-North

(Conservation Manager, Exmoor National Park)

The Winsford Resilience Plan in the event of Emergencies

The Community Challenge of Maintaining Winsford

As the “Prettiest Village on Exmoor”

Updates on The Winsford Archive and Broadband

And also the Chairman’s Annual Report

Rector’s Letter – March
February 25, 2017

I am writing this letter the day after the service of thanksgiving for the life of John Edwards.

It was a moving occasion as we gathered to recall John’s life and all that he meant to his family and this community. Many people experienced and recalled the difference he made to this community over many years, though his commitment and tireless work. He was instrumental in many positive developments in community life on Exmoor, from which we continue to benefit. John is an example of someone who made a difference in a very public and notable way and it is inspiring to think of his life, energy and commitment.

It is good to remember that at the heart of Christianity is a person who made a difference through his love and commitment to others. Whatever the challenges of connecting with Jesus through changing time and culture, we can identify with what it means to meet someone who makes a difference: who encourages us to a more full and rewarding life; who give us hope. Thinking of John Edwards and other people whose love and care for us have made a difference, change substance to our sense of hope and remind us that we too can make a difference.

Everything that the church does should be an encouragement, support and help. This is a useful and important test for the church. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus is a story of hope though the darkest times. The church believes that Jesus is with us now, through the Holy Spirit, in our hearts, encouraging us in that hope; and we can be a reminder of that hope to those around us when it seems distant and remote, as it sometimes can.

The West Somerset Food Cupboard continues to be a very direct way for any of us to offer support and encouragement to people in our community going through difficult times. There are collection boxes in some of the churches and I am always happy to receive donations of non-perishable food items on Sunday mornings as I travel round the churches.

The details for the Lent lunches can be found on the diary page; everyone is welcome and I look forward to seeing you.

With best wishes and prayers.                                                                       David Weir

Bank Holiday Collection Dates
February 24, 2017
West Somerset Landlord and Housing Fair
February 21, 2017

West Somerset Landlord and Housing Fair on

March 30th from 4.00pm-8.00pm at the Beach Hotel Minehead.

Hinkley Point C was given the green light in September 2016. With a predicted workforce of 5600 workers on site at peak construction and anticipated to be living in a 90 minute travel time radius to the site, additional accommodation will be required in Somerset causing additional pressure on the housing market.

To help mitigate the impacts, EDF has provided funding to the 3 District Councils for a range of housing initiatives. To find out more about these exciting schemes we would like to invite representatives from the Parish Council to come along to the West Somerset Landlords and Housing Fair.

The event will provide free information, advice and support a range of initiatives including:

· Empty homes grant of up to £15,000 (subject to terms/conditions and funding)*
· Local Authority subsidised loans
· Home improvement grants for landlords (subject to terms/conditions and funding)*
· Lodging scheme
· Free online advertising for properties to let
· First time buyers loans
· Help to find accommodation in the private rented sector

Informative talks including legal advice, tenancy law, making the most of an empty home and smart meters.

For more details please go to the West Somerset Council website or get in touch using the contact details below.

Kind regards

Beccy Brown

Housing Initiatives Officer – HPC

of Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council

01984 635314 Ext 5314

Nottingham Knockers
February 16, 2017

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Some parts of the force area have seen an increase in door to door callers, often trying to sell cleaning and kitchen equipment. We are taking this opportunity to remind you all that you should not have dealings with callers at the door. Likewise don’t respond to letters or Emails from unknown sources or have dealings with cold callers on the phone.

If you are looking for someone to provide goods or services then please make local enquiries with companies that you know and trust. Your local Trading Standards office can often help with details of reputable tradesmen.

Please remember it’s your door step, it’s your decision. All suspicious callers should be reported to the police using either the 101 or 999 numbers.

Winsford 100 Club February Winners
February 11, 2017


The draw took place at the Royal Oak on Friday 10th February and the winners are:

1st   Ian Whybrow       £30

2nd  Bill Stourmont      £20

3rd Andrew Millear       £10

4th Rosie Strickland      £5


Winsford Annual Litter Pick Up & Nick Ayliffe Memoral Handicap Hurdle
February 10, 2017






Coffee will be served at the Royal Oak after the event courtesy of Sally & Mark Bradley

Please contact Beverley Flanagan on 01643 851762 for information or to register your help

The Winsford Recreation Association invites you to……………….

Yet Another… Day at The Races!
6th April at Taunton including
The Nick Ayliffe Memorial Handicap Hurdle

We will offer three packages again to suit everyone’s requirements and pocket……Lunch/Raceday and Standard.

The coach transport is kindly sponsored by

The Royal Oak

Meet in Winsford centre at 12.00 midday
Arrive racecourse 13.00
First Race 14.10
Last Race 17.35
Arrive back in Winsford 19.00 approx.

Tickets ( incl. a small contribution to the WRA)

Lunch Package (8 av.) – Coach return/Entrance/Race card/3 Course Lunch/Afternoon Tea/table all afternoon – £62 pp
Raceday Package – Coach return/Entrance/Racecard/Snack & Drink/£6 Tote Voucher – £30 pp
Standard Package – Coach Return/Entrance/Race card – £18 pp

Closing dates for tickets & payment – 24th March

Contact: Gerry or Beverley Flanagan
Phone: 01643 851762
email: or for more information and tickets