LATEST Information
March 5th 2021

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



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


New church services announced starting Palm Sunday March 28th  - see the Whats On page for all dates.



The Ash Tree felling on the Village Green is scheduled for Thursday March 11th, and the Parish Council advise that it is important that no cars are parked around the War Memorial from the night before.


The resulting wood will be available for collection by villagers, with a voluntary contribution being asked to help cover felling costs. 




Carers as well as the over 60s have been added to the list of those who are being given priority for Covid vaccination, see below


As the vaccination program kicks on, the NHS are now saying if you are over 60, in the vulnerable group, a frontline social or health care worker, or you are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus, and have not yet had your vaccination, please book one with the NHS vaccination service online via this link  or by calling 119. Those without internet access can contact  Exmoor Medical Centre directly on 01398 323333


The Steep is now open for traffic again after the recent roadworks.  Parish Council report that the week long work needed to repair the water main properly is scheduled to start June 7th.




Dulverton dentists are hoping to starting to see patients for routine examinations from April. They are unable to take bookings for these at present though. Up to date information can be found on their Facebook page



The Parish Council reports that some Ash trees in the car park are victims of dieback disease and one will be felled next month


Another green shoot announcement, Tarr Farm Inn hoping to open for outside catering from April 12th.



All being well, the Tennis Courts will be open for play from March 29th


With the distant clunk of restrictive chains being removed, our local amenities are planning their re-opening.  First off is the Royal Oak Withypool which will be open for outside service (current restrictions permitting) from April 12th


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.


Congratulations to the Royal Oak's Stephen Harding and his wife Georgia on the birth of their second daughter Ellara Cove


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


Latest Parish Council minutes posted here on their site here. Winsford Charitable Trust minutes can be found here. Date for felling the tree on the green has been set for March 8th. 


Website update: new Village Green page created under Amenities menu here



“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.



Attached is the latest briefing from Somerset Waste Partnership, with details of the new 6am early start for all waste collections - recycling, rubbish and garden waste - from Monday 1 February for at least one month.  Click on this document for details SWP Briefing Jan 21


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.


Royal Oak Withypool is looking for "energetic, friendly, hardworking weekend kitchen assistants to help with washing up, cleaning down & generally helping in within kitchen. Must be able to work as part of the team. Weekend work during term times and shifts available over the school holidays. Must be 14+ & able to get to us as no public transport.

To enquire, please email or send us a message on here"


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 


​​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


Claires 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


Website updates:

  • 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



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



A reminder of the current rules:

Leaving home

  • You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary.

  • You may leave the home to:

    • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person

    • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home

    • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

    • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one

    • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)

    • attend education or childcare - for those eligible

  • If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local - unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work. Stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.

  • If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work


Meeting others

  • You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

  • You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

  • You cannot meet other people you do not live with, or have not formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.

  • Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.



  • Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term.

  • Early years settings remain open.

  • Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.

For full details see the site



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. 


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


After much debate the Parks authority deferred the application for a mobile mast at Halse Lane due to landscape considerations until alternative sites can be identified. The planners and Home Office have been asked to identify alternate sites as soon as possible.  See also discussion in the Forum



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



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


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


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


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: