LATEST Information
Friday July 30th 2021
If you need help please refer to the Health & Support page 
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Somerset Waste Partnership have suspended green bin collections for up to six weeks as a result of the shortage of drivers and staff self-isolating. They expect to restart services by September 13th.

To read the full statement or to access their contact form,  click here

 

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There will be an art exhibition over the weekend at the Old Village Hall (next to the ford).  Place. An Exhibition of Landscapes by Nigel Jones will be open from 2:00-5:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free.

 

 

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The electric car charging point at Exmoor House car park, Dulverton has now gone live, together with new points at Minehead and Taunton.

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In Saturday's cricket, Winsford will travel to play Stoodleigh on the back of three successive wins.

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In Monday's parish council meeting, the council decided to reject the offer of a website merge with this one.  On a more positive note it reversed a previous decision and its site can now carry links to this one.

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All recycling was eventually cleared from the village on Tuesday, some households having had to wait two weeks between collections, for reasons listed previously in this note

 

A reminder that SWP have a webpage for reporting missed collections (which they do appear to take notice of) here. This link can also be found by selecting Residents on the menu bar above, then Bin Collections.

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The SW Coast 2 Coast challenge which came through the village on Saturday (see Village Events page) raised over £500,000 on behalf of charities

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Winsford's cinema club Moor Movies has formed a new committee, and films will recommence from September 14th.  A full schedule and this year's pricing will shortly be published.

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A brilliant result for Winsford's cricket team who played Over Stowey I on Saturday. The visitors are a strong team, currently second in the division, and inflicted quite a heavy defeat on Winsford in the reverse fixture.

Over Stowey batted first and were restricted to 143-5 with Winsford's best bowler Tom Wyatt taking 3-34.  Our batters set to the task against a strong attack, and won by 5 wickets with a couple of overs to spare.  Top scorers were R Dean 49, Andrew Blackmore 39 and K Atkins 25*.

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This week

Sat 31st -Sun Aug 1st​

  • 2.00-5.30pm Art exhibition - Place. An exhibition of Landscapes, Old Village Hall. 2 days

Next week: Mon 2nd 10am. Communion, St Mary Magdalene's; Sat 7th Wheddon Cross family fun day, 2:00 Cricket, home v Timberscombe.

 

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An announcement from Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Local government, declared that going forward Somerset will be under one unitary local authority  replacing the existing five  – that is the County Council and four district councils. 

 

An alternative proposed by the district councils for an East and West split was rejected.

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A stay of execution for one Ash tree expecting to be felled in the car park. Instead it, with others, just received a pruning.  There was one infected tree that didn't make it though, being identified as dangerous.

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Somerset Waste partnership has announced that due to an "unprecedented situation" with many crews having to self-isolate, several waste and recycling pickups are being missed.  They advise that people missing recycling pick-ups may have to wait for up to two weeks, although black waste and gardening bins* should be emptied within two days.

If you wish to complain about a missed collection, there is a webpage here

*Note garden waste collections has now been suspended until Sept 13th.

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Amongst the sweltering heat, some were working hard to replace rotten fencing by the cricket field and tennis courts, organised by the Recreation committee.  Thanks are due to Martin Jones, Paul Sams and Beverley Flannagan.

 

Photos of this and the tennis court clean-up can be seen on the Village Events page

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Bridge Cottage Tea Room's page here has been updated with their latest menu and opening times

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Royal Oak, Winsford has suspended its takeaway service until further notice due to staff shortages.

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Exmoor Medical Centre records a 90% overall satisfaction rate from patients in a survey commissioned by the NHS. Details can be seen here

 

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There will be a family fun day at Wheddon Cross on Saturday August 7th at 12:00. T-shirt competition, cricket, rounders, obstacle and a range of baking, gardening and art competitions.  Full details can be seen on their Facebook page here

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The draft minutes for June's parish council meeting have been published here

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100 Club Winners for July's draw can be found on the Recreation Association page.

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Dowry Cottage added to Village Accommodation page

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A local farm has helped with a Defra-funded trial to investigate ways of delivering public goods to individual farms in a National Park, in order to help identify key areas for investment.

 

The intention is to help identify ways to better support farmers in protected landscapes ahead of the transition to the Government’s new flagship scheme for Environmental Land Management (ELM), and a new pilot due to take place later this year.

 

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Exmoor National Park have announced summer volunteer initiatives, including Crayfish control (link here) and walks to identify plants and eliminate invasives such as Himalayan Balsam (link here). There is now a link to these and other opportunities under "Things To Do" on our top menu bar

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Following the government announcement, the following will apply after July 19th:

  • No limits on how many people can meet, indoors or out.

  • 1m-plus rule removed in most places

  • Face coverings no longer required by law

  • Mask usage is recommended, but not compulsory

  • Pubs and restaurants no longer restricted to table service only

  • No limits on attendees at weddings, funerals, concerts or events

  • No restrictions on communal worship, including singing

  • Adults fully vaccinated and under 18s will no longer have to quarantine after returning from amber list countries apart from France

  • Limits on visitors to care homes will be removed

For the complete government list click here

 

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The parish council have announced a replacement clerk, Jennifer Yates, who will take over from August. Welcome to her, and many thanks to the outgoing clerk, Nic Kemp.

 

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BT has been handed fines totalling £117,000 for various offences including those regarding roadworks around Winsford in July and August 2020. The prosecution was brought by Somerset County Council who claimed that BT and its contractors deliberately ignored directions given to them by the street authority.

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A change of days for the restarted post office services at the Oak Shop. Hours will now be 10-12 on Wednesday and Friday.  

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Membership applications of this site (necessary for posting in the forum) now require approval after the appearance of some spam.  If you would like to sign up follow the link on this page.

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There is a charity organ challenge at St Mary Magdalene's Church on August 14th, when Brenda Staples will attempt to play a verse from each of the 829 hymns. Starting at 9:00, it is expected to go on for 8 hours.  Refreshments will be available and money raised will go to church funds.

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Church services for July/August added to the What's On calendar

 

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The NHS are inviting people who have not had their second vaccination to apply online via this link , together with any over 18s who have not yet had their first.

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As part of the latest Recreation Association meeting, the rules for dog access to the recreation field have been modified.

 

From April-September they will only be allowed on the field during structured events, e.g. during cricket matches. This rule will be relaxed during the winter, but even so, at all times, dogs must be kept on a lead, and any mess must be picked up.  There are also plans to install a dog waste bin.

For full minutes see the Recreation Association page click here

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The National Park has started a "Woods and Trees" appeal as part of its Caremoor for Exmoor projectwith the aim of planting 13,000 trees on the outskirts of Winsford at Bye Hill .  Only the best environmentally-friendly practices will be used.

If you would like to find out more, or contribute to this very worthy cause, visit the appeal page hereExmoor Charitable Trust has pledged to match any funding raised.

An article in Devon Live regarding the new wood can be read here

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A link to the 1888-1913 Ordinance Survey map of Winsford has been added to the Photos and History section.  Also added a 1724 Herman Moll map of Somerset Shire including "Winesford".

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Current boundary commission proposals would see Winsford leave the Bridgwater parliamentary constituency and be included in a new one covering Tiverton and Minehead. For a plan of the proposed changes click here

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Pictures from the successful plant sale organised by Sue Hayes, which raised £223 and the evening fun of Skittles on the Green, are now on the Village Events page

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Please click here to see a statement from Exmoor Medical Centre regarding returning to normal practice, specifically 

  • Access to the practice for patients with appointments

  • Restarting of patient annual reviews on their birth month for those both on the chronic disease register and others.

  • Scheduling of restart of other services such as ear irrigation

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It has been announced that due to anticipated social restrictions, this year's Village Fete has sadly been postponed. 

 

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Map of the site of the proposed new telecoms mast off Furzehill Lane can be seen here

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Free Covid test are available from the Government. Rapid lateral flow tests are suitable for people not exhibiting Covid symptoms, while PCR tests are for those that are. You can apply for either online, free of charge, by visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Also  available in the Dulverton high street pharmacy

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The Winsford Dog school aka Suzy with Canines has reopened with all approved Covid restrictions in place.

To book call 01643 851281 or email dilly7a@yahoo.com

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Parish Council has set up of a working party to investigate options for replacing broken swings on village green.  If you have any input please contact Patrick Watts-Mabbott or Sarah Little.

 

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The parish council website has issued a statement about the need for a rise in the council tax precept, you can read it here

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Co-op in Dulverton are now offering a click and collect service.  Link is here Use the shop's postcode of TA229EX.  This information has been added to our Village Suppliers page

 

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Annual Litter Pickup. As it will not be possible this year (as last) to do the annual clean up of the village, Sue Hayes is organising individuals armed with her "litter pickers" to pick up in specified areas.  It you would like to be involved please call Sue on 851372.

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Website updates:

 

  • Contacts page added to top menu

  • New Village Green page created under Amenities menu here

  • Suppliers of food moved to their own page here.

  • Local trades and services remain here

  • Defibrillator information added to Emergency Services page

  • Village archive page moved under Photos & History menu.

  • "Winsford Remembers" article moved to The Fallen page

  • External links to Winsford Planning applications added to Residents Info pages

  • Churchyard memorials added to Church page and History menu

  • Local Trades and Services page updated.  If you offer a local service to the village and would like a free advert please get in contact via the button at the bottom of the page

  • Wessex Water phone number added to Emergency Services page

  • Walkers page updated with link to National Park Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions
     

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Our default email address has changed to  support@winsfordvillage.info

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CONGRATULATIONS to Sue Hayes for getting the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, for "services to the Community in Winsford, Somerset”. For full list of local winners see here

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Winsford has been named first in a list of Somerset's nine prettiest towns and villages by Somerset Live.  See their website for details

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Exmoor Benefice Zoom Service. St Mary Magdalene is part of the Exmoor Benefice which has started offering a virtual service using Zoom videoconferencing. If you are interested in future events please call  David W on 831330 or Nicola and David B on 841713 or email Nicola Butt at rev.nicola@icloud.com

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