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LATEST Information
Friday December 1st
Fuel Poverty Awareness Day
Today in the Village/Area
Dunster by Candlelight Day 1

If you have any news or other contributions you think the village would be interested in please let me know via email or the Contact Us button at the bottom of this page.


Don't forget the Family Christmas Bingo tomorrow, Saturday 2nd December at Winsford Village Hall.  Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start.  Excellent Prizes, Refreshments and Raffle.  In aid of Winsford and Exton Churches.  Contact Sue Hayes on (01643) 851372 for more information.


The Edbrooke Road between Winsford and Coppleham Cross reopened today after the works conducted this week were completed.




Dunster by Candlelight starts today from 5pm - 9pm.  The A396 going into Dunster will be closed between 4.30pm - 10pm for the event.  See more information below.


Got lots of local Christmas cards to deliver and wonder how best to get them out?  Why - pass them to Sue Hayes who, for a donation to church funds, will do all the legwork for you.

If you want to take advantage of this excellent service, give your filled in card to Sue, or drop off at The Close along with your donation before December 13th.

Please make sure the surname and first line of the address is on the envelope.



Tuesday's Moor Movies film is the brilliant Local Hero, starring Burt Lancaster and Peter Capaldi.

See the Moor Movies page for a review and preview


Royal Oak Chess Championship

Fancy a game of chess?


It’s almost time to launch the second year (2024) of the Annual Winsford Royal Oak Chess Championship. The draw will take place before Christmas.


Those that entered last year will recall that it is a knockout competition running over several weeks, played in a friendly and laid-back manner at a pace to suit those involved.


It’s FREE TO ENTER and open to players of all abilities.


Names will be drawn out of a hat, and the winner will have their name engraved on the trophy proudly displayed in the Winsford Royal Oak PH throughout the year.


The idea is that the matches are held face to face at a place that is convenient to both players, the Royal Oak pub being an ideal venue, but if you choose to play elsewhere that’s fine too.


If you'd like to give it a go or have any questions / suggestions then please reply to me by email, if possible (or failing that tel. 01643 851881). I will email participants with further details nearer the start date. Closing date for entries is Sunday 17th December 2023.


Please spread the word, everyone welcome.


Best wishes,


Martin Jones.



Father Christmas

is to make a special visit to Winsford
Thursday 21st December from 2pm
Winsford Village Hall

Santa so enjoyed his previous visits to meet the children of Winsford
& surrounding areas, that he has once again agreed to
come back
on Thursday 21st December

His elves will be supporting him & helping give out presents to the
children. Santa’s grotto will again be inside the Village Hall
If you or your friends are aged 11 or under, and would like to come
along and meet Santa, then visit Walter the Elf’s booking page at

Please note there are limited spaces so early booking is advised

Kindly supported by Winsford Recreation Association




This Week's Diary​



Edbrook Rd closed Monday-Friday between ​​8:00am and 5:00pm for road patching work.

Friday, Saturday A396 closed at Dunster during the Dunster by Candlelight event. Dulverton centre closed from 10am on Sunday 3rd.

​​Mon 27th​​

  • 9:00am Circuit training *CANCELLED*

  • 7:00pm Parish Council meeting, Village Hall

Tues 28th

  • 2:30pm Bowls, Village Hall. All welcome

  • 6:00pm Pilates, Village Hall

Wed 29th

  • 10:30am Coffee Morning, Village Hall

  • 6:30pm Thai Curry night, Royal Oak

  • 7:30pm Public meeting to discuss Exford-Wheddon road 4 month closure, Moorland Hall, Wheddon Cross (see story below)

Thurs 30th

  • 9:00am Core Strength exercises, Village Hall

Fri Dec 1st

  • 4:30pm Dunster by Candlelight Day 1

Sat 2nd

  • 11:30am Bell ringing practice

  • 3:30pm Dunster by Candlelight Day 2

  • 7:30pm Christmas Family Bingo, Village Hall

Sun 3rd

  • 2:00pm Dulverton by Starlight

  • 4:00pm Table Tennis, Village Hall

  • 6:00pm Benefice Advent Carol Service​​


Avon & Somerset police publish a weekly list of where their traffic enforcement cameras will be.  It can be viewed here.



The full schedule of the Royal Oak's Christmas festivities together with opening times can be found on their page under the Amenities menu above, or on their website


Three sets of roadworks may affect you this week.

Firstly, the Edbrook Road closure gets underway, shut for 5 days between 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, for road patching work.

Dunster by Candlelight takes place on Friday from 4:30pm-10:00pm, and on Saturday from 3:30pm-10:00pm meaning the A396 will be closed  going into Dunster during these times.  A £5 bus service will run from Wheddon Cross New Cattle Market to Dunster every half hour.

Not to be outdone, and less of a fire hazard, Dulverton by Starlight is on Sunday Dec 3rd from 2pm-7pm and Fore St (by the Co-op) will be closed from 10am


Tarr Farm Inn is offering a Wreath Making workshop on December 4th at 6:30pm, for £38"All materials are provided and includes Wine & Cheese. A lovely relaxed, fun evening to share with friends just before Christmas. Limited spaces available so hurry and book! Call us on 01643 851507."


The Parish Council report on a sort of progress on the communications mast. Apparently more planning is needed to extend the height of the mast by 2.4 meters so it would be possible to operate as a mobile phone mast.  You do wonder why the planners didn't think of that before.

As far as timescale is concerned, commissioning for emergency service running has again been moved back, now to July 2024.  There are still no dates for the mast to work as a mobile phone signal transmitter


Apologies for bringing up the "C" word, but John May Butchers have published their Christmas list, which you can use to pre-order your turkeys and pigs-in-blankets from the Oak Shop for delivery on December 22nd.

The list can be downloaded from our Oak Shop page, or found in the shop itself. Last date for orders is December 13th.


As the home cricket season has finished, dog walkers are now allowed back on the Recreation Field as long as their dogs are under control and, importantly their owners show consideration by cleaning up after them as the field is still used by others 


We are proud to introduce's latest contributor.  While very young, they have a superhuman knowledge base and can construct sentences and dialogue far better than you are used to here.

Yes, ChatGPT, the new and widely used Artificial Intelligence program has consented to write a couple of articles for this website, and pretty good they are to.

ChatGPT was asked to write short articles on "Rural Life on Exmoor" and "Living in Winsford, Exmoor".  Apart from the odd misleading claim ("fertile land"?) it has come up with impressive results.

It was also asked to come up with a couple of April Fools stories, neither of which was used on the day.


You can read these articles on our ChatGPT's view page, which can be found under About Winsford on the menu above.  


Many photos and stories featured on this page get transferred to the Village Events page where they can be viewed for posterity.


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