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Saturday January 22nd

If you need help please refer to the Health & Support page 
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St Mary Magdalene's will be having a BCP Evensong service this Sunday at 6pm.

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Beverley Flanagan is hanging up her quill and retiring from  being Winsford's Across Exmoor correspondent.  If you think you would like to find out more about volunteering for some light writing please contact Beverley on  01643 851762.  Our thanks go to Beverley for her contributions on our behalf.

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There will be Parish Council elections held on May 5th. While the last elections (which were uncontested in Winsford) were only held in 2019, the 5 year period is being brought into line with Somerset's new unitary authority. Nomination forms will be available from the clerk from March 21st.

The parish council has published its agenda for next Monday, together with an agenda for a Winsford Trust meeting which is scheduled to start at 9:30, although the crowded main agenda suggests this may be optimistic.

Both agendas can be found on the council page here.

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Mobile library: The mobile library that comes to the village every four weeks (see this page) now visits at a new time. From now on it will be in Winsford from 12:40-1:10.

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The Royal Oak Withypool has announced its participation in Exmoor food fest with a special menu throughout February, as well as evening events including Burns Night (Jan 25th), Valentines Weekend (Feb 11th-14th) and a Greek Night (Mar 3rd)

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Roadworks: In addition to the current roadworks closing the road into Dulverton, the A396 is subject to closure north of Dulverton for the remainder of the month to allow for Ash tree cutback.

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This week

Mon 17th

  • Jury Hill into Dulverton closed all month

Tues 18th

Sun 23rd

  • 6:00pm Evensong, St Mary Magdalene's

Avon & Somerset constabulary publish a weekly map of where mobile speeds cameras will be, in a bid to improve road safety. The map can be seen here

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A slew of minutes from the parish council regarding meetings that were held last year.  There is an extraordinary meeting and  a Winsford Trust meeting from Nov 22nd, and a full council meeting from Nov 29th.  Not published are minutes from an extraordinary meeting which was held behind closed doors, regarding a complaint against the council.

There was one entertaining suggestion in the Winsford Trust meeting, that a booking system should be introduced to use the village green.  Fortunately it doesn't seem to have been adopted.

 

The minutes can be viewed on the parish council page here

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The Christmas card coffee morning and subsequent card delivery managed to raise a fantastic £564 for church funds. Congratulations must go to Brenda and Tracey Staples, Bernie, John Titcombe, Sue Hayes, Beverley Rule, Jill Urry, as well as Sue Hayes and helpers for the card delivery

 

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A letter arrives from the North Pole describing the extraordinary events that happened in Winsford back on December 22nd.  Click here to read it and see the photos

 

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Recreation Committee:  Beverley and Gerry Flanagan will shortly be retiring from their positions as Chair and Treasurer of the Recreation Committee, after dedicating a combined 15 years to it, and for which the village owes them a debt of gratitude.

 

The Recreation committee maintains our cricket field and tennis courts, raises money through the 100 club and other means, as well as organising events around the village. It has also been gifted additional land (via WPC) in the will of Ann Le Bas.

The committee remains seven strong, and if you are interested in finding out more about how you can help, either in an official or any other capacity, please contact Beverley on 01643 851762. 

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Queens Platinum Jubilee:  There will be a meeting in the Village Hall on Feb 10th at 7:00pm to discuss plans for the Jubilee weekend in early June. 

 

This meeting is the same one that was first mooted by the parish council to be held last July in order not to miss out on booking opportunities.

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Distressing news of local vandalism, where building materials including many breeze blocks were flung from their roadside storage into the Winn Brook and on the Village Green.

In the absence of local gangs, it can only be assumed that the person who perpetrated this sad act of mindless property vandalism, including damage to the wall, as well as water pollution and causing localised flooding, must have issues.

If you have any information you would like to give anonymously or otherwise, please message this website via the button below  and the information will be passed on to the relevant authorities. 

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Just added: a Home Help advertisement on the Local Trades and Services page.

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100 club: List of January's draw winners are now on the Recreation Association's page 

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Citizens Advice West Somerset is distributing the government funded Household Support Fund across our district.  This fund is designed to provide short-term financial support to vulnerable households which are struggling to afford household essentials this winter. These households will need help with the cost of food, energy, water bills and other essentials.

 

To be eligible:

  •  You must live in the county of Somerset

  •  You will be over the age of 16 and living independently of parents or carers

  •  You are struggling to pay for essentials because you don’t have enough money to pay for them

  • You can provide the required proof of your identity, Somerset residency and proof of your income (the most recent, last month’s, bank statement)

  • All applications must be processed before the end of March 2022.

 

For information or to apply visit https://hsf.citizensadvicesomerset.org.uk/

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Exmoor Pony Centre is looking for volunteers to help with stable jobs. Contact Kirsty Urion, Tel:01398 323093 or
email info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk

 

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Farmers have until the end of the month to apply for a Farming in Protected Landscapes grant from Defra. The grant is for one off projects that fulfil certain criteria.  See the National Park website for further details.

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Exmoor National Park have launched a short film outlining a vision for the local rural economy.  The film is a result of a two year consultation with local businesses and communities.  Further information can be found on the National Park's website.

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Charitable Trusts: Winsford parish is covered by 5 charitable trusts, some of which fulfil a practical purpose and some which are there to provide assistance to parishioners.  These are:  The George Joyce Bequest; The Henry Leigh Withypool Education Trust; Winsford Village Hall; Winsford Recreation Association and Exmoor Community Youth Club

 

More details can be found on our Charitable Trusts page, under the About Winsford menu.

 

Note that the trust administering the Village Green, sometimes known as the "Winsford Charitable Trust", is not a registered charity.

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After the recent snow flurry, a reminder of where official salt bins are situated around the village:

  • Furzehill Lane

    • At the bottom of the lane

  • Upcott Lane

    • ​outside entrance to "Upcott Farm vehicles only"

    • halfway between bottom of lane and Upcott Farm entrance

  • Halse Lane​

    • Outside Townsend cottages

    • By wood

    • Opposite BT post BT/8L/04/31

    • By BT post BT/9M/04/31

    • Opposite Halse Farm

  • Ash Lane​

    • By ford​

  • School Lane (The Steep)​

    • ​Opposite Linden Terrace by footpath to footbridge

This information will be kept on the Emergency Services page, under the Residents menu.

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Two small changes to the site. Firstly the Forum page has been retired. While there was a small group of enthusiastic posters, we feel the community is better served by concentrating urgent local messages, such as lost animals, on the Winsford Residents Facebook group, which has a larger audience.

Secondly, there is now a parish council page including all published minutes. This can be found under the "About Winsford" menu.

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Dulverton: Jury Hill, the main road from the A396, is scheduled to be closed this month to allow for some scaffolding work.

The affected part of the road is before it reaches the residential area of Dulverton, including the Medical Centre.

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Looking to regain some fitness in the New Year?  Jane Penfold's classes have returned to the Village Hall and she currently has some spaces left for Friday sessions. To book or for further information contact Jane on 01598 740114 or email janepenfold@aol.com

 

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As we welcome 2022, have you been thinking back over the past year, wondering where it went, or indeed what happened?  Why not have a review of our Village Events page, accessible under the "News & Views" menu. Plant Sales, cricket, skittles, organ challenges, Halloween, Santa - its got them all!

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Enhancements to this site:

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Protection for the Exmoor and other feral ponies will be added to the Highway Code. The advise will read  “Feral or semi feral ponies which are found in areas such as the New Forest, Exmoor or Dartmoor require the same consideration as ridden horses when approaching or passing.”

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Exmoor Rural Health Hub is offering free checkups to farmers and farmworkers.  For links to full details see the Health and Support page

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The NHS online vaccination appointment booking system is now open and updated so that:

  • You can book online a first dose for anyone aged 12 years or older.

  • Second doses can be booked for anyone aged 16 years or older.

  • Boosters can be booked for those aged 18 or over, those at risk, and health workers. 

Date restrictions apply on those previously infected, or with a recent vaccination.

See the NHS site for full details.

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Recycling: The Recycle More scheme being adopted by the Somerset Waste Partnership will reach West Somerset from Feb 28th. The scheme allows more items to be recycled and will move  black bin collections to once every three weeks. For more details click here.

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Work on the Halse Lane telecoms mast is expected to be completed in the early part of 2022.  It is hoped that a mobile signal will be available around the village sometime after completion.

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Beverley Flanagan, chair of Winsford's Recreation committee reports that sadly the large tree in the far corner of the Recreation Field will have to be felled due to damage in the recent storm.  

An area surrounding the tree has been cordoned off for safety reasons. 

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The parish council report that they are commissioning a memorial bench for Ann Le Bas from some of the proceeds of the sale of her art. The bespoke metal bench is likely to be placed next to the bus shelter in about 6 months.

 

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Countryfile featured Winsford Hill and specifically the Gathering of the Exmoor ponies. 

 

The episode can be found on the BBC iPlayer 29 minutes in at this link

 

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Covid booster:  Availability for vaccinations and boosters are expanding all the time.  Currently: First dose can be booked by anyone aged 12 or over, Second dose aged 16 or over, and the Booster for  those over 40 years old.

Availability for all is extended to those at risk, and timing restrictions apply.  For full details visit the NHS site here.

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Free PCR test - available to those who have symptoms, or live with someone who has ; or have been in contact with someone who has proved positive, or have been asked to get a test by health professional.

 

Pre-booked PCR tests can be taken at nearby centres or they can be sent to your home address.

To book a PCR test follow this link.

These tests are not suitable for foreign travel requirements.

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Farming:  Any tenant or owner-occupied farm currently in receipt of the Basic Payment Scheme is eligible to join the Farm for the Future program offered by The Prince’s Countryside Fund. This provides free  support so that farmers are better placed to deal with the changes in policy, such as the removal of BPS and the introduction of Environmental Land Management schemes. Farm for the Future will highlight future opportunities that may practically and financially benefit farms on Exmoor and across the South West. For further details contact Katherine Williams of the Exmoor Hill Farming Network katherine@ehfn.org.uk or visit the website here.

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Queens Jubilee: The parish council report that the village meeting to discuss plans for next year's Platinum Jubilee will now not take place until 2022.

The meeting was originally mooted in June to take place in July. A previous attempt to hold the meeting a month ago was postponed because the council appointed chair was recovering from an operation.

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History: A link to a 1930 travelogue featuring Winsford is available to view via the "Photos and History" menu on this site, or by clicking this link. Thanks to Aubrey Vellacott for finding and sharing this information.

 

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The rollout of Somerset's Recycle More scheme is starting in Taunton Deane. This scheme enables many more items such as plastic pots, cartons, batteries and even small electrical items to be included in the weekly recycle.

The scheme is expected to become available in West Somerset early next year.

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There are new pages on this site covering the various charitable trusts which operate around Winsford. They can be found under the Residents tab on the above menu.

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The chairman of the George Joyce Charitable Trust, Richmond Harding has stood down after twenty years service. Roger Webber has been voted in as the new chairman.  Richmond will stay on as a trustee.

The George Joyce Charitable Trust, initiated by the bequest of a 17th Century local farmer, manages profits from 140 acres of farmland and buildings on behalf of  Winsford, Timberscombe, and Wootton Courtney parishes. For further information view its page here

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There has been a rejig of the Clubs and Society's page and others on this site, moving each club's page directly  under "Things to do" or "Residents" menu items above.

Things to Do

  • Whats On; Food & Drink; Moor Movies; Tennis; Cricket; Bowls; Walkers & Cyclists; Youth Club; Whats nearby; National Park; Volunteering; Stargazing

Residents

  • Health & Support; Village Hall; Recreation Assoc; Bellringing; Winn Club; Parish Council; Local Trades;  Bin Collections; Report a pothole; Planning permission; Village suppliers; Emergency services; Transport.

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Another historical map added to this site. This time, the original Ordnance Survey from 1809. It can be seen with other maps under the "Photos & History" menu section.

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Somerset Council are responsible for the maintenance of our roads, and if you see any pothole that needs repairing you can report it directly to them via their website here.

They try to repair the damage within three days.

This link is permanently under our Residents menu

 

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Planning permission for the proposed mobile mast at the top of Halse Lane has been granted, and it is anticipated that the application for a mast at the Furzehill Lane will be withdrawn.  The mast will provide vital emergency service cover as well as mobile phone coverage for the village.

A link to current planning permissions for the village can be seen from the "Residents" menu.

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The Office for National Statistics has named our local area of Dunster, Dulverton and Exmoor as one of only 14 from 7,201 in the country not to record a death attributed to Covid-19 between March 2020 and April 2021.

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

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