Events Around the Village
The necessary Covid restrictions meant there was little happening in the village life throughout early 2021.
Very welcome relief came at the end of March when the tennis courts opened during a gloriously sunny week.
About the village in April: Daffodils still blooming, lambs appearing, and the Ash tree on the Green being felled
May saw the return of cricket to the village. Our cricket correspondent reports:
It was a real joy to see the newly promoted Winsford Cricket Club open its account on Saturday against Churchinford, recently two divisions ahead. On a difficult wicket Winsford made 84, by all accounts 20 runs short of what was needed. The defence of a such a low score was always going to be tricky, but Winsford gave it a real good go. A flurry of wickets falling at the end meant the visitors were very worried. As it was they scraped home with 2 wickets to spare.
The sun was out and a lovely afternoon was had by all, especially the players after such a long lay-off.
May was pretty wet throughout, but went out in a blaze of glory.
Saturday 29th saw three events happen in the village sun.
A Plant Sale organised by Sue Hayes that raised £223 for the Recreation Association
Winsford Cricket team got its first victory of the season, a comprehensive 8 wicket victory against Stoodleigh
and finally, the return of Skittles on the Green. The Men's team overturned their recent run of poor form by beating the Ladies 108-91 .
Some even celebrated the summer weather by paddling in the Winn under the pretext of looking for a lost ball.
A combination of Exmoor rain and some bright sun saw an explosion of vegetation around the Wynn brook and the Green in June. Leading the fightback were Dave Mileham and Paul Sams
More rain persisted early July, but that then gave way to a heatwave. These members of the Recreation Committee took full advantage to weed, strim and clean the tennis courts
and in sweltering heat, even managed to replace a rotten fence around the car park
A huge amount of gratitude for all that work is due to Tom and Ros Dearing, Beverley and Gerry Flanagan, Mike and Sue Hayes, Martin Jones, David Luscott, Paul Sams and Jane Orchiston.
A damp day near the end of July saw hundreds of walkers pass through the village as part of the Coast 2 Coast challenge, a sponsored effort on behalf of various charities. The whole walk was 102k (63 miles) from Minehead to Dawlish in Devon. Altogether over £500,000 was raised for charities.
In August, Brenda Staples set herself the monumental task of playing a verse from all 829 hymns in the book, and as if that wasn't enough she played some more to bring to total up to a round 850. The marathon lasted from 9:00 to 6:15. Brenda was ably assisted by daughter Tracey, and there was a lovely selection of donated cakes available.
By the end a magnificent total of over £4,400 had been raised for church funds.
At the end of August, Sue Hayes received her British Empire Medal
at the Bath & West Country, presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Annie Maw.
BEM medals being presented by the Lord Lieutenant
Winsford's cricketers finished off a fine second half of the season by thrashing Wiviliscombe by 109 runs, with a century by Tom Wyatt. The result meant Winsford finished 7th in their first season in Division2.
September saw the return after nearly two years of Winsford's own cinema club.
The first film shown was Oscar winner Nomadland, and was well attended. The cakes baked by Evelyn Connell, Lynne Davey and Orla Jones were very well received as well.
After a gap of more than three years, a wedding came to St Mary Magdalene's, the groom being the grandson of resident Keith Lindop.
The following week saw the wedding of Amy Winzer and Alex Cavill