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Tuesday October 19th 2021
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Happy Exmoor Day!

Exmoor Day celebrates the anniversary of the area's designation as a National Park in 1954.

 

The National Park is offering 10% off  purchases in their National Park Centres or in their online store during Exmoor Day using promo code EXMOORDAY10 on checkout. Valid for October 19th only.  Access the shop here

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Walkers: The public footpath off Ash Lane that runs behind Withies Head and Coombe Cottage down to Withycombe Farm has now reopened.

 

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Roadworks: Progress on the A39 flood relief scheme at Carhampton means that the closure schedule has been changed to the evening , between the hours of 6:30pm and 11:30pm. Works are expected to continue until October 28th.

 

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This week

Dulverton Co-op remains shut until Thursday for refurbishment. A pop-up stall next door that  supplies essentials will also be closed on Wednesday.

The A39 remains shut at Carhampton between 6:30pm-11:30pm

Tues 19th

  • Exmoor Day.

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

Wed 20th

  • 7:00pm Tarr Farm Inn Curry Night.

  • Co-op pop-up shop shut.

 

Thurs 21st

  • Dulverton Co-op re-opens.

 

Fri 22nd

  • Exmoor Dark Skies festival runs until Nov 7th. Details here

For a list of this week's speed camera positions see the Avon & Somerset police website

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

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Dark Skies: Exmoor's 5th Dark Skies Festival starts on October 22nd and runs through to November 7th.  With over 50 events spread right across the National Park, it is a unique opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the exceptional night time sky available to us on the moor.

The festival opens with a free online Introduction to Exmoor's Dark Skies by the National Park's Ben Totterdell and astronomer Jo Richardson.   There are also regular events run from Exford by Wild About Exmoor.

For more details and links about the Festival, together with details of an opportunity to win a Celestron telescope visit our Stargazing page.

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Tim Gill: Very sad news has been released about the death of Tim Gill, aged 27, in a recent car accident.  Tim was much loved in the community and was a mainstay of Winsford's cricket team.  Our deepest sympathy go to his family and many friends.

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Garden Waste: Despite the appearance of a green bin collection this Monday, our pickup dates remain every other Wednesday

 

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Ann Le Bas: There will be a display of 27 unsold pictures from the Ann Le Bas sale at the Village Hall on Nov 13th, before they are sent to auction.  The original sale raised about £2,600 which will go towards a memorial for "Miss Ann".

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Good food:  The Masons Arms at Knowstone maintains its Michelin star.  Also in the guide nearby are Woods at Dulverton as well as both Spelt and The Swan at Bampton.

 

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Jubilee: The Public Meeting  to discuss the Queen's Platinum Jubilee has been postponed until later in the month.  

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Charlie Stevens: We are sad to report that Charlie Stevens has passed away. Charlie and his wife Sheila were very successful and popular landlords at the Royal Oak, and subsequently ran a local taxi service.

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Flu jab: Although Exmoor Medical Centre has been sending out invitations to those eligible for flu jabs, they currently have no availability to book.  The Centre suggests that those invited check their  website for inoculation sessions as they become available. They can also be called on 01398 323333.

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Church: October's church services at St Mary Magdalene's published on the Whats On calendar

 

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Halloween: After last year's outstanding success, Winsford Recreation Association will again be holding a Halloween Pumpkin Carving Competition on Saturday 30th October between 4 - 5pm on the Village Green.  There will be two categories, children up to 16, plus an adult group, with prizes for both categories.  Dress for the occasion and have fun.  See 'Across Exmoor" for more details.  

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An update on Brenda's Organ Challenge gives the total raised as over £4,400

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The village bids farewell and good luck to Colin and Joy Phippin who are moving to Minehead after living in Bevans House for 25 years.

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The NHS have set up a webpage for those over 50 to manage the booking of their coronavirus booster.  Current advice is to wait until you are contacted by your GP.  The page is here.

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The parish council have published the minutes from the extra-ordinary meeting on Sept 9th here 

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Sadly this year's Harvest Festival lunch has had to be cancelled due to venue restrictions

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The Times reports the death of Sir Antony Acland KG GCMG GCVO , who lived at Stratton Farm.  Sir Antony was a career diplomat who was at the centre of the Foreign Office during the Falklands conflict and had several tussles with the then prime minister, rgaret Thatcher although he later became one of her favourites. He went on to be British Ambassador to the United States from 1986-91. He was also President of the Exmoor Society.

 

Our condolences to his widow Jennifer, and children Simon, Nicholas, and Katherine.

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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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Congratulation to Sue Hayes for receiving her British Empire Medal at the Bath & West Country show.  The medal was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Annie Maw.

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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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A message from Brenda Staples after her marathon organ challenge:

 

The challenge, which was to play one verse of every hymn in the new hymn book (829 plus a few extra to make 850), took place on Saturday 14th August at the church of St. Mary Magdalene, Winsford.

I started playing at 9am, had a half-hour lunch break, a five minute break (for cake!) late afternoon and finished playing at 6.15pm.  I was completely overwhelmed by the incredible support from everyone who came to listen, sing and generally enjoy the day.  A team of ladies served refreshments all day and the bell-ringers rang during my lunch break. Tracey had made posters marking each session of 50 hymns, a poster saying ‘DO NOT FEED THE ORGANIST’ (!)  and there was a display of little green knitted frogs around the organ. (I was given the box of frogs by a choir member who shall remain anonymous!)

 

My very grateful thanks to Tracey and her team of helpers, to those who made cakes, to the bell-ringers , the flower arrangers and to all who so generously donated by the various means available to the church funds.  The amount raised is just over £3,000 – a totally unexpected amount – THANK YOU!

The greatest pleasure for me was hearing people laughing and chatting together and singing at the tops of their voices, almost drowning out the organ, even with the trumpet stop out!  Their rendition of ‘Jerusalem’ was amazing – worthy of the Albert Hall!  The whole day was truly a team effort.

Winsford is very fortunate in having such a beautiful organ, a Grade One listed instrument which is an absolute joy to play.

ALLELUIA!  PRAISE THE LORD! 

 

With love from Brenda.

Photos from Brenda's fantastic achievement are now on the Village Events page.

If you have any photos that you would like including from this or any other village event, please drop me a line at support@winsfordvillage.info or via the Contact button at the bottom of this and every page.

 

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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  National Park authority is often looking for volunteers to help protect and enhance Exmoor while gaining greater knowledge of our beautiful local environment.

It is offering access to a webinar discussing recent observations around the country's National Parks.

There is a regular hunt for the invasive Himalayan Balsam around Tarr Steps and other areas.

For further information contact Patrick Watts-Mabbutt  pwatts-mabbott@exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk

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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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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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