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Sunday May 16th 2021

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Tonight's evensong, 6:00pm at St Mary Magdalen's Church is to commemorate 100 years of the Royal British Legion.


Saturday's cricket match was called off due to the rain. Winsford has no match scheduled for next weekend.


Thanks are due to Dave and Mel Mileham, and Paul Sams for the Village Green tidy-up on Friday.  Weather permitting there may be another opportunity to join in on Thursday.



The NHS are now inviting people 38 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. 



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



This week and next 

Sunday 16th

  • 6:00pm Evensong to mark 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion, St Mary Magdalene's Church

Roadworks continue on the A396 Timberscombe-Dunster section.  It remains closed due to drainage work.  Diversions to Minehead anticipated for the rest of the month.

Mon 17th.

  • Gov roadmap step 3, including

    • Groups of 6 or two households allowed to meet indoors

    • Pubs and restaurants allowed to serve customers indoors

    • Hotels, B&Bs etc allowed to reopen

    • Indoor exercise classes allowed

    • Groups of 30 allowed for outside gatherings and weddings

    • Any restrictions on funeral attendance to depend on venue

    • Inside entertainment venues open.

    • For full details see here

  • 4:00 Annual Parochial Church meeting.

Tues 18th. 

  • Jury Rd, main road into Dulverton from the A396 closed, 2 days.

Wed 19th

  • Green bin collection resumes. To continue now on Wednesdays


Thurs 20th.

  • Bridge Cottage Tearoom open with new times to include Friday and Saturday evenings, weather permitting.

Sun 23rd.

  • Evensong, St Mary Magdalenes.

For full diary see What's On page

For the Governments current roadmap out of  lockdown click here 



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.



May/June church service dates added to What's On page



The parish council meeting on May 5th was probably  the last held on Zoom, as it is hoped that the next one, now delayed until June 21st, will be held in the Village Hall.

During the meeting the following points were amongst those discussed

  • Chair Colin Wilkins and Vice-chair Kevin Connell were unanimously re-elected

  • A request that the running costs of this website be considered by the council at their next meeting

  • Approval, with some flooding and drainage related caveats, of the proposed telecoms tower off Furzehill Lane, and improvements to an existing tower at Luckyard Farm, Exton

  • Possible Ann Le Bas memorials and the leasing of gifted land to the Recreation Association

  • Rescheduling of the next council meeting to June 21st

The link for this meeting's minutes will be published here when they come out.


Parish council report that their notice board has been taken away for repair and that for the time being official notices will be posted in the bus shelter



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.



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


The Annual Assembly had quite a good turnout considering the fact that it was held online. I counted about 18 visible attendees, more including those out of camera-shot,  down from 35 in 2019 when it was held in the village hall.

After the 2019 minutes were approved, the chair gave his recollection of the past two years, followed by some discussions, mainly concerning the websites.  At the assembly's conclusion, the remainder of March's parish council agenda was discussed by the councillors present.

Links to minutes for both gatherings will appear here when they are published

March's parish council meeting draft minutes have been published here


Households should have received  a leaflet from the Recreation association requesting the 100 Club annual subscription. Contributing includes you in the monthly cash draws, as well as free access to the tennis courts.  It also goes towards the upkeep of the courts, the cricket pitch and recreation ground.


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

Also  available in the Dulverton high street pharmacy


Post Office services have resumed in the Oak Shop


Free in the Forum, some Red Cornus plants. 


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

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

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


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


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.


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


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.


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



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


Free sofas on offer in the Forum


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

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


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.




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


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


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



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



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.


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


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


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.


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


“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.


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 


Our default email address has changed to


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


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




Winsford has been named first in a list of Somerset's nine prettiest towns and villages by Somerset Live.  See their website for details


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


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: