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Saturday June 10th

Today in the village: Cricket (see below)

If you have any news or other contributions you think the village would be interested in please let me know via email


Today, Saturday, is National Rosé Day! With this glorious weather, not many people need an excuse to open a fresh bottle of rosé wine, a couple of examples would be when viewing the sights on a trip to Paris, or watching a game of cricket whilst sipping a glass or two from a well chilled bottle.


And talking of cricket, Winsford welcomes Holford cricket club today.  The visitors are currently in 7th place in West Somerset League 1 with two wins and two losses, having finished last year in third position. The match is at 2pm on the Recreation field and all are welcome to come along, support, & enjoy the day.


Exmoor National Park are seeking local views about making car parks at Exford and Haddon Hill chargeable from late summer. To read the proposal in full for Exford, follow this link.



There will be traffic signal controlled roadworks on the A396 in between Dulverton and Exbridge turn next week.


The following two weeks, from June 19th to the end of the month, will see overnight closures from 7:00pm to 6:00am further north in between Stag's Head and the Dulverton turn, for Openreach works.



Somerset Wildlife is conducting its Big Count from June 16th-25th, where members of the public -  whether individuals, families, schools or businesses, are invited to help track numbers of a few specific species.  If you would like to receive a free pack, or to find out more, go to their website



Jane Penfold has confirmed that her Pilates classes will start from next Tuesday.  there are still one or two places left so if you are interested contact Jane on 01598 740114 or email



Details of a local house and pet sitting service have been added to the Local Trades and Services page, which can be found under the Residents menu.



This Week's Diary

Mon 5th

  • 9:00am Circuit training, Village Hall

  • 7:30pm Parish Council meeting, Village Hall

Tues 6th​​​​​

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

Wed 7th​​​​

  • 7:00am-3:30pm Northmoor Rd, Dulverton shut

  • 10:30am Coffee Morning, Village Hall.

Thurs 8th

  • 9:00am Core Strength exercises, Village Hall

Sat 10th

  • 2pm Cricket, home v Holford, Recreation field

Sun 11th

  • 6pm Evensong, St Mary Magdalene's


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




Fancy a paddle in the sunshine? Some beaches may be more inviting than others.  In the last (May-Sept 2022) Environment Agency report on swimming  water purity, nearby beaches were ranked thus:

*** Excellent - Porlock Weir and Lynmouth

** Good - Minehead Terminus

* Sufficient - Blue Anchor

No star Poor (Bathing not advised) - Dunster 

For the more thorough Blue Flag award relating to the surrounding beach as well as the water, you have to skip over the border to Exmouth, Dawlish Warren, Sidmouth, Croyde or Westward Ho!(!)


Winsford's Annual Summer Fete will be on August 12th



For those looking for alternative things to do in the area, the Simonsbath Festival is in full swing. 

The festival celebrates "Music, Art, Talks & Walks on Exmoor from May Day to Midsummer"

For a full list of events and to book tickets, visit their website


Xmoor-Rox, our local one day festival has confirmed its line-up for July 8th - see the poster above. Tickets can be bought from the Exe Valley campsite in Bridgetown, or via


Sad news regarding The Oak Shop's twice weekly Post Office service.  The company who have taken over the management of the Watchet franchise that runs the outreach service to Winsford and other villages has decided they do not want to maintain it, so with immediate effect we will not be getting Post Office services in the village.

The nearest alternatives are Withypool, Wheddon Cross and Dulverton.


Details of the local Wheddon Cross Oil Buying syndicate have been added to the Local Trades and Services page, found under the Residents menu item above.


The Best of Exmoor blog has listed Winsford's Royal Oak as one of its top 12 pubs on Exmoor, along with other locals Royal Oak Withypool and Tarr Farm.

This gorgeous, thatched roof village pub looks like something right out of a storybook.  It really is a beautiful spot, with the river flowing right past it, under the old stone bridge and with pretty pastel painted neighbouring houses, so definitely worth stopping by for a drink if only to take in the surroundings.  They also do food and as well as sourcing local ingredients they are proud to make everything they can in house – including bread, sauces & ice cream!  They also regularly do pizza nights and occasional pub quizzes too.

For the full article click here


The cricket club have asked to remind folks that dog walking on the recreation field is not allowed between April and the end of season, apart from during public events, such as match days. 


We are proud to introduce's latest contributor.  While very young (only six months old), 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.  


On days when the International Space Station can be viewed (clouds permitting) we will show its image on the top of the page. Clicking the image will send you to a page with times and relevant compass points.


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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