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Saturday February 24th

International Sword Swallowers Day 

This weekend in the Village
Sunday: Pre Lambing Breakfast, Communion, Table Tennis
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The funeral for John Maunder will be held at St Mary Magdalene's on Friday March 15th, followed by a gathering at the Royal Oak.


Be ready to see a selection of muddy vintage cars around and about today, as the Vintage Sports-Car Club holds its annual Exmoor Trial.  Most stages are on private land and there are no official spectator points, but there will be a certain amount of travel between the stages. The meeting starts at Exford's White Horse.



The agenda has been published for next Monday's Parish Council meeting.

Amongst matters to be discussed are:

  • Update on Somerset Council's financial emergency

  • Village Car Park

  • The unoccupied building in Ash Lane

  • Winsford Trust/Village Green bridge and legal work

The full agenda can be read here




Winsford's bell ringers are part of a larger group  - the Exmoor Benefice Ringers.  They meet up once a week to practice at local churches and of course provide the necessary peals for weddings and other services.

They are currently on the look out for further ringers to join, so if you are interested in learning this traditional craft (not as easy as you may think) contact Colin Wilkins on 851741 or Sue Atkins on 841408.


St Mary Magdalene's church has been treated to a shiny new pennant representing the Diocese of Bath and Wells.



The residents of Dunster are planning on replacing Dunster by Candlelight with a Winter Festival . The castle and other venues will still be open to the public, and entertainment including craft workshops, storytelling, and other activities, to be announced, are planned, with lanterns providing ‘atmospheric lighting’.



Tree trunks have been placed across the layby on the Edbrook Rd to deter fly-tippers.



This Week's Diary​

Road Works:

  • The Exford-Wheddon Cross Rd will be closed until May 10th.  The main diversion is routed via Winsford

Sun 18th

Mon 19th

Tues 20th​​​​

Wed 21st

  • 10:30am Coffee Morning, Village Hall

  • 6:30pm Curry Night, Royal Oak

Thurs 22nd

Fri 23rd

  • 12:00 Lent Lunch, Village Hall

Sat 24th

  • Exmoor Vintage Car Trial

Sun 25th

  • 9:00am Pre Lambing Breakfast, Village Hall

  • 9:30am Communion, St Mary Magdalene's

  • 4:00pm Table Tennis, Village Hall

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


The draw has been made for this month's 100 Club.  A list of the lucky winners can be seen here



The Recreation Association have decided to postpone the Race Night scheduled for March 2nd. They will be in contact with sponsors and tickets holders in due course.


The evening is now expected to be run late Spring or early Summer.



The annual Exmoor Food Fest is now up and running until the end of the month.  Several local establishments are participating, including the White Horse in Exford, the Royal Oak in Withypool and Tarr Farm Inn.  You may be best advised to call ahead to check availability.

For further details of the Food Fest and the full list of venues, visit their website


There is a public meeting in Dulverton Town Hall on February 27th at 6:45 to discuss the possible closure of Dulverton Recycling Centre by Somerset Council as part of their cost cutting measures.  All are invited to come and give their views.  If you are unable to attend you can email your thoughts to and they will be read out on the night



Winsford Pilates Class needs new blood!


Jane Penfold’s Pilates class runs on Tuesdays from 6-7pm in the Village Hall (5.30pm on film nights). Jane is looking for some new takers if the class is to continue to be viable.

This is a multi-level low-impact class with plenty of stretching – but really effective for your core. Jane is a Level 3 qualified Pilates instructor with over 15 years of experience teaching a variety of clients.


If you are interested in joining the class please contact Jane on or 01598 740114(as soon as possible, as the plan is to restart the class in late February!)


The Royal Oak Chess Championship rolls on into round 2.  Unfortunately a couple of participants, including last year's winner Neil Blackmoor, have had to withdraw due to other commitments, but there are still plenty of good players left.

The Quarter final draw is:

Ian Brooks v Andrew Ambler

Ueli Zellweger v Mark Caunter

Chris Beighton v Mark Andrews

Steve Hunt v Paul Morris

Matches must be played by the end of the month



Frazer Lawrence, chair of the Recreation Association, addresses concerns regarding a request from the Royal Oak and the Parish Council to allow helicopters to occasionally land on the recreation field

I understand that there has been some concern in the village about a perceived proposal to build a Helicopter Landing Site or a Helipad in the village.   


Firstly, let me reassure you that there is absolutely no proposal to do this. 


What has been asked of the Winsford Recreation Association (WRA) is whether it would be possible for a very limited number of customers from the Royal Oak Pub, during the shooting season, to land a helicopter on the Recreation Field. 


Having confirmed with the Civil Aviation Authority and the National Park that there are no restrictions to this occasional use, and provided the Village Council are supportive of the Royal Oak's request, the intent would be to conduct a trial year.  This would see helicopter use being restricted to: the shooting season only; for guests of the Royal Oak Pub; use between 0800 and 1700 only; and while in aviation regulation terms, the field could be used in this capacity for up to 28 days a year, the reality is it would be used in this way for no more than a few times per year. 


If, having read this update, people are still concerned, the WRA could consider putting in place their own aviation use limit of no more than 10 days per year (excluding any use by the emergency services).   The Winsford Recreation Association would receive a landing and a take-off fee that would assist with upkeep of the (enhanced) recreation facilities and it is hoped that it would also increase the client base for the Royal Oak.     


At this stage, I have yet to receive an update on the Village Council Meeting that considered the Royal Oak's request.  I hope this helps to reassure.


Yours Sincerely


Frazer Lawrence

Chairman WRA


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