Winsham Village Organisations
Winsham has a long history of  clubs and groups to cater for a wide range of interests. It is fortunate in having The Jubilee Hall and the Sports and Social Club to provide facilities to meet most needs, at very reasonable cost, and this helps development of our community by encouraging shared interests.
Information about new groups being formed can usually be found in the Parish Magazine, the E-Letter , and the Notice Board section of this web site. It may also appear on the parish's community Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Details of established organisations can be found in a variety of ways within this web site.
The basic  information below is supplemented by links grouping separately Arts orientated activities and Sports and physical activities. These links can be found on the Home Page and the Notice board. These links tend to be used for distribution of current information and news. 

 

 

Winsham United Football Club. 

 The club dates back to the late 19th Century, although the earlies documentation is the photograph  1908-1909 team. The Club uses the facilities of the Upper Recreation Ground and the Winsham Sports and Social Club to play its home games. It plays in Divisions 2 & 4 of the Perry Street & District League on Saturday afternoon during the football season. Training night is on Wednesday at 6.30 p.m.  Ladies Team. Training: Tuesday, 6.30 p.m. Plays in Somerset Women’s League. New members are welcome. Contact: Louise White 30743

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Winsham Sports & Social Club. The Pavilion on the Upper Recreation Ground is the location of the Winsham Sports & Social Club. Formed in the early 1970s, it has , over the years provided facilities for the Winsham United Football Club, the Winsham Cricket Club and the Short mat Bowling Club. Sadly the latter two no longer exist. It has a licensed bar, and is a popular venue for young families. It host a variety of events during the year including the Halloween Party which is greatly enjoyed by children and adults alike. Its safe location on the upper recreation ground makes ideal for children and  parents with children, and for this reason it also hosts other children's events. It organises many events throughout the year. Contact: Mary Haggard (30182) .

Visit the Sports and Social Club Web Page by clicking HERE
 

 

Winsham Ki Aikido Club.  
In the Japanese art of Ki Aikido there is no aggression, tension or competition. Classes are suitable for all levels of fitness and may be practised equally by men and women. The purpose of the practice is to learn to co-ordinate our mind and body through enjoyable exercise, which
will enhance the quality of our lives. The benefits of practising Ki Aikido include: exercise; health; stress relief; dynamic movement; meditation; and confidence building. It
provides enjoyment for any age, size or ability.
The Club meets in the Jubilee Hall on Mon, 6.30-8.30 pm, and Thurs,7.30-9.30 pm. Contact: Sensei Eileen Honeybun (6th Dan).
01297 34255.
For further information about Ki Aikido, visit the Ki Federation of Great Britain web site at: www.kifederationofgreatbritain.co.uk
Winsham Walkers. An informal group, established over twenty years ago, usually meet on the first Thursday of the month at 10.30 am outside ‘The Bell’ for an easy two-hour circular walk. Exceptions and variations to this are posted on the Winsham E-Letter, the notice board in the shop and on the Parish Web Site. Contact: Peter or Mary Pye (30751).

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Winsham Art Club. Winsham Art Group was founded in 1960 by John Thirtle FRSA who offered free tuition for a year. He quickly surrounded himself with a dozen or so enthusiastic amateur painters. Interest grew rapidly, and in1966 Winsham Art Club was formed, led by Tim Spilsbury.

From then on the Art Club established itself as a teaching club and has been an important factor in the development of many talented amateur artists.

Each year the club holds an exhibition of its members work, the first being held in 1962.

The club now holds regular workshops in most of the popular media, during its Autumn and Winter Terms. Outdoor painting sessions are held in the Summer.

Contact: Barbara White (30835).

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New members of all levels of ability are welcome. Indoor sessions are held in the Jubilee Hall on Monday afternoons.

 

Winsham Horticultural Society. No one is too sure when the Winsham Horticultural Society was formed. It seems likely that it had its genesis between the two World Wars.  It's purpose is to encourages interest in all aspects of horticulture. It does this by organising an annual exhibition of flowers, vegetables grown  by local people. In recent years this has expanded to include conserves and all manner of home-produced food. It also has a small area given over to photographs, paintings and crafts.


The Society also organises trips to local Gardens, and organises talks and presentations by experts on a wide range of horticultural subjects.   Contact: Chloe Besley - Secretary (30032)

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Winsham Street Fair Committee

The current Committee are custodians of the rights granted  by Henry III in 1262, which allows Winsham "a weekly Market and an Annual Street Fair on the eve, day and morrow of St Peter and St Paul" (28th, 29th and 30th June).Interesting as this may be, the committee are more concerned with the organisation the biennial event, which in its present form has been running  since the mid-1980s.

The whole village participates in the Street Fair, with all its resources cooperating to ensure that the many visitors from all over the area have a good time.


In 2018, the idea of  'Street Fair Scarecrows'  was enthusiastically supported and many  appeared all over the village. The idea went further, when it became the theme of the fund raising calendar for 2019.

One of the many crafts on exhibition during the 2018 Street Fair

Although each Street Fair is different, and each has a different theme, the core activities remain broadly the same. Craft, plant and food stalls compete with each other for trade. Village resources such the Jubilee Hall, St. Stephen's ,the Sports and Social Club and the School Field open their facilities, and the recreation grounds also provide space for fun events and parking. Village organisations such as the Art Club also arrange displays. Pupils from Winsham School also participate.  Music, Morris Dancing and Majorettes provide entertainment. 'The Bell' and Winsham Shop are open during the entire event. Church Street is closed for traffic between 10am and 4 pm (except for the occasional bus).It is all rounded off with a Fancy Dress Parade along Church Street. These are just some of the activities that make this event so popular-there are many others.

Planning for the next Street Fair starts immediately after the Street Fair just passed,  and it is headed-up by the Street Fair Committee, helped during the run-up to the event by a much needed army of volunteers. The Committee also needs to raise modest amounts of money to pay for expenses incurred in its preparation, and runs a series of fun events over the intervening two years for this purpose.

 If you are interested in taking part please contact any of the Committee:
Allison Llewellyn (Chair),John Llewellyn (Vice Chair),Sally Lines (Secretary), Dominic Douglass (Treasurer), Martin Leigh, Rachel Leigh, Sarah McEvansoneya, James Bell.

Contact can be made via E-Mail:winshamstreetfair@gmail.com or Twitter:@FairWinsham

More information and pictures relating to Winsham Street Fair can be found by clicking HERE.

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More information and pictures of productions featuring  'Winsham Players ' by clicking HERE  Winsham Players.  This group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm for Play Reading. Occasionally it organises  community plays in the Jubilee Hall and sometimes outdoors. These productions are not regular events, although there have been some twenty productions over the last thirty years or so. If you are interested in participating, look out for the ‘Recruiting Posters’ around the village, the Joint Parish Magazine, or on the weekly e-letter, if you wish to take part. For more information contact the Chairman, Peter Saunders (Tel:01460 432991) or

E-Mail:petersaundersuk10@gmail.com

 

Winsham Poetry Reading Group. Meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 10-30 am. For further information please see notices in the shop, the weekly e-letter, or on the Parish Web Site Notice board or 'phone Brian Turner 432060 or email: bjturner40@hotmail.co.uk

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Music Group This group meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 10-30 am to listen to music, mainly classical but also Jazz etc. For further information please see notices in the shop, the weekly e-letter, or on the Parish Web Site Notice board or 'phone Brian Turner 432060 or email: bjturner40@hotmail.co.uk

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Women’s Royal British Legion. Meetings are held in Jean Spurdle's home,9, Bakersfield, Winsham. Contact Margaret Long(Secretary) for details of times and dates (30457).

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Winsham Web Museum

The principle role of the Winsham Web Museum is to present the history of the parish for the education, interest and entertainment of the people of Winsham, using the Internet as its main platform. Helpers are needed for involvement in local history projects as well as the recording of current events for posterity. Galleries contain hundreds of photographs and other illustrations, and many thousands of words of text recording the history of many aspects of life in Winsham over a thousand years.  Launched in May 2002, re-presented by a 'Second Edition' in 2009, and by a Diamond Jubilee  Edition in June 2012, and again in 2016,it is believed to be the first village Web Museum in the U.K. It is a British Library Archived site. Contact: John Sullivan (30026). john.sullivan22@btinternet.com 

 

 

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