Winsford Support Group (WSG) was formed in March to support everyone in the Parish during the pandemic, and they continue to help where they can when requested.

If you need help:
Just Call, That’s All!


If you live in or around:

Ash Lane/The Steep – call 851539 or 851881
Halse Lane – call 851281 or 851357
Exford Road/Furzehill Lane – call 851762, 851674 or 851444
Edbrooke Road or Howetown – call 851586 or 851400

Alternatively email

LATEST Information
As things start to reopen we will be updating the relevant part of website with information, such as on the Food and Drink  page.
July 2nd

Halse Farm Caravanning and Camping to re-open from July 4th.  


100 Club Click here for the latest list of lucky winners!


Church update: This coming Sunday, 5 July there will be a said Matins (no singing!) at 11.15 and as a result the church will not be open on the following day (closure for 72 hours means special deep cleaning is not required!). For the rest of the month our openings, for curated private prayer, will continue to be on Mondays and Thursdays. Bell ringing will be returning soon! DHG 



Would you like to see bunting around the village for VJ Day after the enforced muting of the VE Day commemoration?  HAVE YOUR SAY. You can post your thoughts on the Forum thread​


Bridge Cottage Tearooms is back open for business from July 4th. Hours will be Wed to Sun 10:00-4:00 (later if good weather). Close Mon-Tues EXCEPT Bank Holidays. Click here for the latest details


Dulverton Dental Practise is now open for emergencies.  See the Health page for further details. 

The Royal Oak has stated that it will not be opening through July, but is hoping to open for Hotel Bookings from Friday 7th August.  Keep an eye on their website for updates.


Recycling centres are now back to normal summer times. This means Dulverton is open Sat and Sun 9am-4pm, currently free of charge, and Minehead's hours are Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri  9am - 6pm and Sat & Sun  9 am-4pm

Winsford Recreation Association A big thank you to everyone who has paid their membership for this year, so promptly, it is much appreciated. Some of you may not yet done so and have your money ready and waiting, don’t worry a collector will be with you shortly!

For those of you who love their cricket, there is an outside chance that local
games may start again in August, but this is still to be confirmed. In the event it
does, please come along and support Winsford, they have moved up to Division 2
this year and so have all to play for in the short time left before the end of the

Due, I suspect to the wonderful weather we are enjoying, the tennis courts are
constantly busy from early morning to late in the evening. Even though they still
require a little tlc, they are playing well, so please take advantage and make the
most of this enviable facility!

Finally for the young or the young at heart amongst us there will soon be some
new football goals on the recreation field. At the moment only family members
or 2 friends may play together, but that said, there is still the opportunity for a
friendly kick around!

In the future when the social distancing bans are removed it’s hoped there may
be the opportunity for some walking football, so polish up those boots and be
ready for the call!!

AskmyGP service launched at end of April - online support from your GP.  See Health and Support page for further 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 email Nicola Butt at and she will add you to the contact list. 

Village Green Following the government guidelines, the village green is now fully open with the exception of the swings as the guidelines advise that the play area should remain closed.

Oak Shop and Garage
Please see below for change in both opening hours

Current list of village suppliers


Oak Shop remains open. New opening hours from Monday 18th May are Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9am - 12 noon, & Saturday 9am - 10.30am. Closed Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (except for newspapers). If you are self-isolating and unable to get to the shop, call during opening hours on 851611, and we will arrange delivery by Winsford Support Group (WSG). Shop has card machine, payment can be made by debit card in shop, or over the phone. 

Prescriptions - Can be collected from Oak Shop if you request this from the surgery, or if needed, ask the surgery for home delivery.

Butcher - John May (South Molton). Order through Oak Shop by 11am Monday morning & collect from Oak Shop Friday, or if you can’t get out, WSG will deliver. Check John May website for products.

Greengrocer - R & N Fruit & Veg, (email: Dulverton. Place your order by email by 6pm on Tuesdays with ‘Winsford Collection - Your Name & Phone number’ in subject line.  Copy your order email to so we can make sure order is collected & contact you if necessary. WSG will deliver to you on Thursday afternoon.

Fishmonger - Frank Houlding (phone 07929 420236) visits Winsford around 4pm on Thursdays and will call at your door. Ring him the day before to organise a visit.

Garage - Winsford Garage is open for breakdowns and emergencies. Also now taking bookings for Tuesday to Thursdays. Phone 851261 or email

Dulverton and Minehead Recycling Centres are now open. Please see their website for details

Mason Kings - will deliver to Mel Mileham, Little Ham, Exford Road on Tuesdays. If you need anything – animal food, gardening equipment, seeds etc, order & pay by phone direct to Mason Kings, provide name & phone number & ask to be added to this Winsford delivery. You will need to collect from Little Ham. If total order is over £25, there will be no delivery charge.

Church is partially opened see it's page. The Exmoor Benefice has been offering virtual services using Zoom. If you are interested please email Nicola Butt at .

Supermarkets. Most will deliver to the village, however while availability of home delivery slots is improving, they can still  be hard to obtain. Many operate systems to prioritise the very vunerable.






Closed: Post Office services at Oak shop (alternatives at Withypool, Weddon Cross and Dulverton), as well as  the village hall, film and most other clubs (although the shop has DVDs for hire).

Please remember the Winsford Support Group (WSG) is working hard to support everyone in the Parish. Keep safe by remembering to keep social distancing. Those on the government extremely vulnerable register should beable to get supermarket delivery slots from the main suppliers. To register with the government go to:


June 5th



From Monday March 23rd 2020 The Winsford Support Group offered a takeaway service run out of the Royal Oak’s kitchen, which Mark & Sally kindly handed over for village use.  The service is now run by the pub itself, and staffed by volunteering chefs.

Orders should be placed on the pub’s phone 851455, between the hours of 5:00pm and 7:30 pm. Card payment can be made at the same time. Food can be collected via the Royal Oak’s back door entrance off their car park.

If you are unable to get to the Royal Oak to pick up your own food, the Support Group can deliver it. Please mention this request when ordering. 

The menu will change from time to time, reflecting demand and availability of ingredients.


For the latest please check  the Royal Oak website

As of 5/6 the menu is:

Take Away Menu


Wednesdays to Saturdays

​   (Scroll down for Sunday Lunch)


Collection times from 5:30pm - Latest Collection 7:30pm


For a timed collection please call first on 01643 851 455 or email us


Menu - all £8



Open Ciabatta Italian Pizza Bread with Fries

Mozzarella, Tomato, Salami OR

Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil Pesto (V)

Steak & Ale Pie with Chips OR Mash & Veg

Beef Madras Curry, Rice, Poppadom, Mint Sauce


Chickpea and Root Vegetable Pie with Chips OR Mash & Veg (Vg)


Spicy Veggie Burger with Fries and Mint Yoghurt (V)


Individual Quiche (Cheese, Tomato, Pancetta), Jacket Potato, Fine Beans


Smoked Haddock & Cod Fish Pie with Vegetables (GF)


Vegetable Curry with Rice and Poppadom (Vg)


Beer Battered Cod and Chips, Peas, Tartar Sauce


Battered Combo - Cod Fillet, Sausage, Onion Rings, Chips


Half Pounder - 8oz Steak Burger with Cheese, Fries, Relish


Sunday 7th June - Take Away Sunday Roast, Ready to Eat

With Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes

Fresh Vegetables and Gravy

Collections from 4:30 to 5:30

Roast Exmoor Lamb    £10


Baked Cod, Parsley Sauce    £10


Without Meat or Fish          £8