LATEST Information

Tuesday June 15th 2021

If you need help please refer to the Health & Support page 

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The agenda for next Monday's parish council meeting in the Village Hall has been published here

Also published are the draft minutes for the Annual Assembly, which can be read here, and May's council meeting, which can be read here.

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Wessex Water have warned that the current Steep roadworks will entail a loss of water for some houses from 10:00am on Thursday for about 3 hours.  Bottled water can be supplied free of charge to those households cut off.

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The NHS are now inviting people 23 and over to apply for Covid vaccinations  - as well as those in the clinically vulnerable group, frontline social or health care workers, and main carers for someone at high risk from coronavirus.  Bookings can be made  online via this link  or by calling 119. 

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This weeks evening menu for Bridge Cottage Tearoom can be found on their page here.

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Royal Oak Winsford's takeaways are on Thursday and Friday evening this week

 

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This week

Roadworks on Steep to replace a water main. Expected to last 4 weeks with closure of the road, as well as occasional closures on the Steep's junctions with Exford Rd and Ash Lane.

Tues 15th.

  • 10:00 am Village Green tidy-up, see below. Bring your own gardening equipment

  • 6:00pm Pilates class, Village Hall

Wed 16th.

  • 7:00pm Tarr Farm steak night. Click here for details.

Thurs 17th.

  • 10:00 Water turned off for some residents around the Steep. Expected to last for three hours

Sun 20th.

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

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There will be a Village Green tidy-up on Tuesday, 10:00 to which all are invited.  Please bring your own gardening equipment, and the Winsford Trust would be grateful for any perennial plants donated

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In last weekend's cricket match Winsford were comprehensively beaten by a strong Stoke St Marys side.  Stoke scored an impressive 207-6, helped by several dropped catches although the bowlers' efforts should not go unmentioned.  Winsford never got going in the reply, finishing all out for 69. 

 

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Not strictly Winsford related, but for those in a grip of Euro fever, Aston Villa player Tyrone Mings, born in Bath, is the first player from Somerset to represent his country 

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Roadworks on the Edbrooke Rd are expected to last until Tuesday.

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The parish council clerk, Nic Kemp, will be leaving her post at the end of July.  Nic has done an excellent job and will be a hard act to follow - but if you think you can, details of how to apply can be found here on the council site.

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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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Church services for June/July added to What's On calendar

 

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A welcome reopening of the village hall with the return of Realistic Pilates with Jane Penfold. Click here for details

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Pictures from the successful plant sale organised by Sue Hayes, which raised £223 and the evening fun of Skittles on the Green, are now on the Village Events page

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Somerset West and Taunton council have announced that work is about to start installing rapid charge points for electric cars at the Exmoor House Car Park in Dulverton, as well as Minehead and Taunton.

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Police have confirmed the reporting of a break-in in Winsford recently during the day, reaffirming the importance of maintaining good security. As far as we know the intruder did not make off with anything.

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Please click here to see a statement from Exmoor Medical Centre regarding returning to normal practice, specifically 

  • Access to the practice for patients with appointments

  • Restarting of patient annual reviews on their birth month for those both on the chronic disease register and others.

  • Scheduling of restart of other services such as ear irrigation

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Royal Oak, Winsford is reopening as a hotel with evening dining for now. It continues to do takeaways on selected evenings.

 

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It has been announced that due to anticipated social restrictions, this year's Village Fete has sadly been postponed. 

 

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Thanks are due to Dave and Mel Mileham, and Paul Sams for the Village Green tidy-up.  

 

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

 

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In the Police and Crime Commissioner election, the Conservative candidate Mark Shelford beat his Labour rival 161,319 to 146,293 on the second ballot.

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With the new cricket season underway, fixtures can be seen on the Cricket Club page.  

Photos and match report of the opening game can be found on the Village Events page.

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Map of the site of the proposed new telecoms mast off Furzehill Lane can be seen here

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Free Covid test are available from the Government. Rapid lateral flow tests are suitable for people not exhibiting Covid symptoms, while PCR tests are for those that are. You can apply for either online, free of charge, by visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Also  available in the Dulverton high street pharmacy

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Royal Oak Withypool is recruiting for staff - see their Facebook page

Bridge Cottage Tearoom is also advertising for staff, call Roy & Teresa on 01643 851362

Royal Oak Winsford also recruiting.  Click here for details

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Welcome back to operations for Halse Farm Campsite, albeit with some restrictions still in place.

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The largely online auction of Ann Le Bas paintings appears to have been very successful, with many items exceeding their estimates by a significant margin.

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The parish council website notes that planting has started on the eight trees gifted to the village and discussed in the last parish council meeting.  Three have been planted on the east side of the Exe behind the Exford Rd, and two on the road itself. The remaining three are likely to replace felled trees on the Green and the car park.

 

All this is very good news for both the village appearance and the environment, especially considering the 12,000 saplings due to be planted by the National Park on Bye Hill (see story below

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Notice from the Recreation Association that the Recreation Field (that is the field surrounding the cricket square) is now CLOSED for dog walking due to necessary maintenance work in preparation for the cricket season.  They apologise for any four legged inconvenience.

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News of a project on the National Park that will mean 12,000  trees planted creating a new woodland on Bye Hill, North West of Winsford, thanks to a Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant and funding from Somerset West and Taunton Council. Details of this and other similar projects including  a new tree nursery, a wild garden restoration and  peatland restoration near Exton can be found here

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The Winsford Dog school aka Suzy with Canines has reopened with all approved Covid restrictions in place.

To book call 01643 851281 or email dilly7a@yahoo.com

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Parish Council has set up of a working party to investigate options for replacing broken swings on village green.  If you have any input please contact Patrick Watts-Mabbott or Sarah Little.

 

 

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The parish council website has issued a statement about the need for a rise in the council tax precept, you can read it here

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Co-op in Dulverton are now offering a click and collect service.  Link is here Use the shop's postcode of TA229EX.  This information has been added to our Village Suppliers page

 

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Annual Litter Pickup. As it will not be possible this year (as last) to do the annual clean up of the village, Sue Hayes is organising individuals armed with her "litter pickers" to pick up in specified areas.  It you would like to be involved please call Sue on 851372.

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Would you like to contribute to village life by helping out with the Recreation Association?  Click here for details

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We have updated the Health page with the latest message from Exmoor Medical Centre regarding Covid vaccinations. For the definitive current state of play regarding Covid-19 vaccinations in Somerset follow this link.

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Website updates:

 

  • Contacts page added to top menu

  • New Village Green page created under Amenities menu here

  • Suppliers of food moved to their own page here.

  • Local trades and services remain here

  • Defibrillator information added to Emergency Services page

  • Village archive page moved under Photos & History menu.

  • "Winsford Remembers" article moved to The Fallen page

  • External links to Winsford Planning applications added to Residents Info pages

  • Churchyard memorials added to Church page and History menu

  • Local Trades and Services page updated.  If you offer a local service to the village and would like a free advert please get in contact via the button at the bottom of the page

  • Wessex Water phone number added to Emergency Services page

  • Walkers page updated with link to National Park Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions
     

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“The GP surgeries in West Somerset are working hard to vaccinate as many of our population as vaccine supply allows. 

To facilitate this a new system is being introduced to enable patients to book into the Minehead Hospital site via a text message invitation. 

The text message will take you to a link to book your appointment at Minehead Hospital site. 

It will require confirmation of your date of birth but will never ask for bank details. 

To assure you the message is genuine, it will state your GP surgery and the link when clicked on looks like the screen shot shown below.

Please share so that friends and family know this is a genuine invitation from your GP surgery. 

We will continue to telephone patients without a mobile number registered so please do not call your surgery.

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

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CONGRATULATIONS to Sue Hayes for getting the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, for "services to the Community in Winsford, Somerset”. For full list of local winners see here

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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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Keep safe by remembering to keep social distancing. Those on the government extremely vulnerable register should be able to get supermarket delivery slots from the main suppliers. To register with the government go to:https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable