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Sunday December 10th
International Animal Rights Day
Today in the Village/Area
Christmas Lunch/Table Tennis/Christmas Tractor Run

If you have any news or other contributions you think the village would be interested in please let me know via email or the Contact Us button at the bottom of this page.


This Week's Diary​



No reports for this week.

​​Mon 4th​​

  • 9:00am Circuit training Village Hall

  • 6.30pm Christmas Wreath making workshop, Tarr Farm Inn

Tues 5th

Wed 6th

  • 10:30am Coffee Morning, Village Hall

Thurs 7th

Fri 8th

Sat 9th

  • 7:30pm Voices of Exmoor - Christmas.... at last. Concert in Dulverton Town Hall. Click here for poster & details

Sun 10th

  • 12:30pm Village Christmas Lunch, Royal Oak​​​

  • 4:00pm Table Tennis, Village Hall (last one this year, see below)

  • Anstey YFC's Christmas Tractor Run - Through Winsford approx 4.40pm


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



Bookings to see Father Christmas in Winsford this year have been very popular, so to avoid having disappointed children we asked if he could stay a little longer.  Of course, even though he is very very busy at this time of year, he happily agreed, and we have been able to add some extra booking slots for his visit.  If you would like to see Santa in Winsford, click next to his picture at the top of this page.




The Voices of Exmoor Christmas.... at last Concert in Dulverton Town Hall last night entertained and was well enjoyed by many.


On the sporting front, with Christmas fast approaching and with everyone's commitments over the next few weeks, it has been decided to cancel the last 3 Table Tennis sessions in December.  The last session before Christmas will be Sunday 10th December.  The 17th, 24th and 31st are cancelled and will restart on Sunday 7th January at 4.00.  Any queries please contact Beccy at
Looking forward to plenty more games in 2024!


For cricket fans, the third of 3 mens one day internationals between West Indies and England yesterday at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados was badly delayed and interrupted by rain.  When the game eventually started it was a reduced over match. West Indies won by 4 wickets (DLS method), taking the series 2 - 1.  The tour continues with 5 Twenty20 matches, starting in Barbados on Tuesday.  Looks like a good place to be if the weather behaves!


Sue Hayes sends a thank you to everyone who came to the Christmas Family Bingo on Saturday the 2nd. It was a very successful evening which raised £652 to be shared between Exton and Winsford Churches.


Got lots of local Christmas cards to deliver and wonder how best to get them out?  Why - pass them to Sue Hayes who, for a donation to church funds, will do all the legwork for you.

If you want to take advantage of this excellent service, give your filled in card to Sue, or drop off at The Close along with your donation before December 13th.

Please make sure the surname and first line of the address is on the envelope.


Royal Oak Chess Championship

Fancy a game of chess?


It’s almost time to launch the second year (2024) of the Annual Winsford Royal Oak Chess Championship. The draw will take place before Christmas.


Those that entered last year will recall that it is a knockout competition running over several weeks, played in a friendly and laid-back manner at a pace to suit those involved.


It’s FREE TO ENTER and open to players of all abilities.


Names will be drawn out of a hat, and the winner will have their name engraved on the trophy proudly displayed in the Winsford Royal Oak PH throughout the year.


The idea is that the matches are held face to face at a place that is convenient to both players, the Royal Oak pub being an ideal venue, but if you choose to play elsewhere that’s fine too.


If you'd like to give it a go or have any questions / suggestions then please reply to me by email, if possible (or failing that tel. 01643 851881). I will email participants with further details nearer the start date. Closing date for entries is Sunday 17th December 2023.


Please spread the word, everyone welcome.


Best wishes,


Martin Jones.



Father Christmas

is to make a special visit to Winsford
Thursday 21st December from 2pm
Winsford Village Hall

Santa so enjoyed his previous visits to meet the children of Winsford
& surrounding areas, that he has once again agreed to
come back
on Thursday 21st December

His elves will be supporting him & helping give out presents to the
children. Santa’s grotto will again be inside the Village Hall
If you or your friends are aged 11 or under, and would like to come
along and meet Santa, then visit Walter the Elf’s booking page at

Please note there are limited spaces so early booking is advised

Kindly supported by Winsford Recreation Association



The full schedule of the Royal Oak's Christmas festivities together with opening times can be found on their page under the Amenities menu above, or on their website


The Parish Council report on a sort of progress on the communications mast. Apparently more planning is needed to extend the height of the mast by 2.4 meters so it would be possible to operate as a mobile phone mast.  You do wonder why the planners didn't think of that before.

As far as timescale is concerned, commissioning for emergency service running has again been moved back, now to July 2024.  There are still no dates for the mast to work as a mobile phone signal transmitter


Apologies for bringing up the "C" word, but John May Butchers have published their Christmas list, which you can use to pre-order your turkeys and pigs-in-blankets from the Oak Shop for delivery on December 22nd.

The list can be downloaded from our Oak Shop page, or found in the shop itself. Last date for orders is December 13th.


As the home cricket season has finished, dog walkers are now allowed back on the Recreation Field as long as their dogs are under control and, importantly their owners show consideration by cleaning up after them as the field is still used by others 


We are proud to introduce's latest contributor.  While very young, 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.  


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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