Andrew Simkins confirms his acceptance as the new Chairman of Winsham Parish Council, following the resignation of Jason Stevens from the office.

Winsham Parish Council Meeting-Wednesday, 6th June. 7.00pm Main Hall, Jubilee Hall, Winsham
The meeting was preceded by a Public Forum that was attended by about seventy members of the public who expressed their views on the proposed Planning applications relating to the Shop's wish to relocate to 'The George' in nearby Back Street. Other matters were also raised. The Parish Council subsequently gave their unanimous approval in supporting the applications.
The Parish Council also elected , in his absence, Andrew Simkins as their new Chairman. His acceptance is needed before this matter can be concluded. Following the meeting Jason Stevens announced his resignation from the parish council for personal reasons. There are now three unfilled vacancies on the Parish Council.


How Safe Is Your Water Supply?

Having a private water supply can be a real boon. Cheaper than mains water, control over chemical additives and often with better pressure, a private supply is also not subject to imposed drought restrictions. Many farms, businesses and homes rely on a private supply either through preference or practicality. Indeed, the South West has around one third of all the private supplies in England. Cool, fresh and delicious - spring water on tap can be one of the perks of rural living.

The quality of private water supplies, however, can be extremely variable. Itís vital to ensure the safety of your supply for yourself, your guests, livestock or customers. In fact, itís a legal requirement if you run a commercial activity where you supply water to your customers, such as a campsite, B&B or rental property. Owners can help safeguard their supplies by protecting from contamination by livestock and other hazards, installing treatment apparatus, and making sure the water is stored and distributed safely before use.

Private water supplies often pose a health risk because they are not managed or tested in the same way as public supplies. Common problems include bacteria, heavy metals such as iron, manganese, aluminium, lead and arsenic, as well as nitrates, nitrites, ammonia and other minerals. Sometimes the contamination may affect the appearance, taste or smell of the water but it is often not obvious. The best way to be sure your supply is fit for use is to have regular testing carried out.

Professional testing should include metals such as iron, zinc, lead, nickel and copper that may result from deteriorating pipework or other sources. It should also report on chemical levels from disinfection products. The key benefit of engaging a reputable professional laboratory is that they can provide microbiological testing which will identify health hazards such as E.coli. Not all labs offer this service, so always check what is included when choosing a company. It is highly recommended that a laboratory accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is used rather than internet testing kits which are very unreliable and often give misleading results.

Somerset Scientific Services, part of Somerset County Council, have been supplying impartial advice and testing for over 50 years. Contact them for information or a quote for a comprehensive UKAS accredited testing package.  - 01823 355906 -

Temporary Road Closure-Five days from 23rd July, 2018
Chard Road, Crewkerne
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Marj Fowler's  lifetime of support to our community was recognised by, among other things, a plaque
recognising her efforts. Now in her nineties, she still regularly contributes to the Parish Magazine, and remains an active member of the Jubilee Hall Management Committee, attending every meeting, with her brother, Norman Good. In making the award Rita Miller, Parish Councillor, gave a summary of her involvements and achievements over the years. They represent a deep commitment to Winsham for which we should all be grateful. The plaque will be permanently displayed in the Jubilee Hall sometime in the future.

The Annual Parish Meeting, which is a statutory requirement, was well attended, and excellent presentations were made by the main village organisations.

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Friday, 27th July, 2018,at the Jubilee Hall


FORTON  ROAD- B3162-temporary Closure-8 weeks starting 7th May
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Somerset Waste Partnership
See the latest Briefing for June, 2018

A really great innovation- See the Twitter frame on the Home Page of the Parish Council Web Site-a really rapid way to keep track of the items of news that relate to how local authority, etc. issues relate to Winsham and our surrounding area. Click HERE


2018-Recycling and Refuse Collections
Bank Holiday Changes


The official Winsham Parish Council  Web Site carries a great deal of information that is relevant to its day-to-day operation, and can be accessed on www.winshamparishcouncil.  Access  to the various sections of the site can be reached by left clicking on the relevant buttons below.

Quick links to sections of the Parish Council Web Site
COMMUNITY Notices and announcements, including information about grant sources and courses, local initiatives and projects bb1
MAKE IT BETTER Practical advice about being a better neighbour and reconciling conflict. Information links relating to parking, noise, pets, etc. bb2
YOUR PARISH COUNCIL DOES FOR YOU What your Parish Council does for you. Contact links to other levels of government, including your County and District Councillors and Member of Parliament bb3
WINSHAM CEMETERY Details of cemetery regulations, charges and cemetery plots map. bb4
PARISH COUNCILLORS Details of Winsham Parish Council bb5
ACCOUNTS Details of Accounts bb6
ASSETS Assets register bb7
DOCUMENTS Details of Statutory Documents available for on-line inspection bb8
MEETINGS Copies of Agenda and Minutes of Meetings bb9
CONTACT INFORMATION How to contact the Parish Council bb10
PARISH SURVEY 2013 A major survey on many aspects of parish life-all households-60%response bb11
PARISH PLAN 2014 The Parish Plan evolved from the 2013 Parish Survey and is now a major factor in parish council decisions bb12



WINSHAM PARISH COUNCIL was formed in 1894. It's meetings have been held in the Jubilee Hall since that time. If you are interested in the Council's history, including the records of every meeting since it started , together with lots of other information, click on the button below.

Winsham Parish Council has nine members, all of whom live within the parish
or within 3miles of the boundary. Membership is by election or co-option.
A new Parish Council is formed every four years.

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