LATEST Information
April 19th 2021

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

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The parish council has announced plans for Winsford's Annual Assembly on Wednesday April 28th at 7:00pm.

The Annual Assembly is a legal requirement, separate from the parish council, and must be held once per year (although there wasn't one in 2020). It is open to all electors who have the right not only to attend but also to speak on any matter of local interest. It is normally organised and chaired by the parish council. 

Restrictions mean that it will have to be held online via Zoom, or telephone for those without computers.

Questions can be emailed in advance to the clerk at winsfordparishcouncil@gmail.com or by calling 078852 813983

The agenda can be downloaded here. The draft minutes from 2019 can be downloaded here

The link for the Zoom meeting itself on the night will be 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88141301957.

 

Those who need to connect via telephone can do so via 0330 088 5830 and quoting Meeting ID 881 4130 1957

The parish council has also published its agenda for an extra-ordinary meeting on April 28th following the Assembly, to finish off business from the previous meeting (see here). Agenda and joining instructions can be found here

 

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Free in the Forum, some Red Cornus plants. 

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Halse Lane may be closed all week for drainage work.

 

Notice has also arrived of closure of the Dunster-Timberscombe stretch of the A396 from Monday 26th for five days.  The official diversion to Minehead goes via Raleigh's Cross and Washford.

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

Royal Oak Winsford also recruiting in anticipation of its re-opening for accommodation and meals only on May 25th.  Click here for details

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Website update: Contacts page added to top menu here.

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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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We believe that Post Office services may be starting up again in the shop

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The NHS are now inviting people 45 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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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.

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

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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

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For full diary see What's On page
 

For the Governments current roadmap out of  lockdown click here

 

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Annoyed at receiving a large Wessex Water bill even though you've been without water several times in the past few months?  One person from the Steep who complained with dates of 5 outages since August 2020 has received a £50 refund.  The dates quoted were 22/3/21, 2/2/21, 16/1/21, 11/9/20 and 22/8/20. Email operational.enquiries@wessexwater.co.uk

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You may have received a leaflet through your door discussing proposed local government changes, initiated by the government - the intention is to replace district and county councils with one "unitary" council.

 

In our case the choice is largely between a District Council proposal of  two authorities - East and West Somerset, and a County Council proposal for one Somerset authority.

The arguments are too involved to discuss here, but if you would like to understand more, or react to the governments request for feedback by April 19th, then you can visit the websites of the two rival camps here - District proposal (known as Stronger Somerset) and the  County proposal (One Somerset).

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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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Free sofas on offer in the Forum

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The Winsford Dog school aka Suzy with Canines is reopening this Easter weekend with all approved Covid restrictions in place.

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

For more details see page 47 of the April edition of 'Across Exmoor' magazine.

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Interesting if overlong parish council meeting took place on March 29th.  Amongst the topics discussed were:

 

  • Setting 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.

 

  • Report from District council that they are starting to get very strict chasing up council and business tax arrears. If you are worried about your circumstances, free confidential independent advice is available from organisations such as the Citizens Advice.
     

  • District council also reported that the deferral decision for the Halse Lane phone mast is under appeal and that an alternative site may have been identified. In any event it is certain that a mast will be available in the area, although no one knows when.

 

  • Fixing a date for the Annual Assembly.  This will by necessity be online via Zoom, or a telephone call, and will be held on April 28th at 7:00pm. Joining instructions will be published here when available

 

  • The date of the separate annual parish council meeting, which will be May 5th.

 

  • Planned siting of ten trees gifted to the village by the county council
     

  • After some discussion and a split vote the council decided not to publish on its website any external links to other sites, excepting government and related ones.  

    An amendment excluding this website from the ban on the grounds that it compliments the council site by supporting Winsford's parishioners and local businesses was sadly defeated on the chairman's casting vote.  

    For a graphic of the main differences between the two sites click here

The logic of this decision is hard to understand, but this website will not be playing tit-for-tat and will continue to link to the council website.  
 

The chairman closed the meeting before it could consider the full agenda as it had run out of time.

The official minutes are expected in the next couple of weeks.

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Polling cards have been received for the Police commissioner elections on May 6th. Polling will be in the Village Hall, voters are asked to bring their own pens.

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Bridge Cottage tearooms will be open for business with restrictions in place from May 20th. 

Royal Oak Winsford is re-opening for accommodation and dining only from May 25th

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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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All being well, there will be a plant sale on May 29th outside the village hall. Residents are invited to bring along their own spare plants.  For further details contact Sue Hayes on 851372

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Here comes Summer(!).  The Winsford Cricket team, newly promoted to the West Somerset District League Div 2, have had their fixtures published, starting May 1st at home to Churchinford.  Full fixture list on the Cricket Club page here

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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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A posting regarding this years Simonsbath festival has been made in the Forum

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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:

 

  • 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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Further to the item on Covid scamming, this from Minehead and West Somerset Neighbourhood Policing:

We have had an isolated report of two males calling at homes in Dulverton offering private Covid vaccines.

This is clearly a scam as there are no such schemes in place currently.

Vaccines are not available for private purchase and the only way to get one is via the NHS.

 

Please keep on your guard and report any suspicious activities like this to the police.

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As people wait to be called up to receive the vaccine, it is important to be particularly aware of fraudsters. 

 

The latest scam is referred to as a "courier scam" in which victims are  called by someone impersonating a police officer. The suspect gives his name and his badge number, in order to appear trustworthy to victims. They then ask the victim to move money to a “secure bank account” until they are sent a new national insurance number. In reality, their money is being transferred into an account under the criminal’s control.

According to Action Fraud 

"Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”

- The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.

- The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.

- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.

- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.  

Our Parish Council website is publicising general advise from Action Fraud here

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Claire's Kitchen has started doing regular Thursday deliveries of meals to the village as well as their Sunday lunch service. Look at their Facebook page for details

Royal Oak continues to do takeaways Thurs-Sat evenings. See its website for details

Another take-away service delivering to Winsford - Nartnapa, Thai restaurant from Lynton, will deliver on a Friday, order by Thursday 3pm.  Their menu and contact details can be found here, and they and other external suppliers are also listed on the Village Suppliers page 

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There will be no Post Office operating from the shop for the time being.  The nearest ones are at Withypool and Wheddon Cross

 

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Bird Flu.  From Dec 14th all poultry and other captive birds needed to have been kept indoors under tightened rules aimed at curbing the spread of bird flu following a series of outbreaks. Click here for details from the Government website. It states the risk to humans is very low and should not affect poultry consumption.

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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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Following a risk assessment, the Village Hall remains closed for the foreseeable future due to Covid-19 restrictions

 

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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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Village Green Following the government guidelines, the village green is now fully open.

Closed: The village hall, film and most other clubs 

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