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Parson Jack Russell’s Doctor

Mr Thomas Linnington Ash LRCP (Edinburgh) MRCS (England) Thomas Linnington Ash was the Winsford Hospital’s first attending medical officer and a Justice of the Peace for Devon since 1890. Of interest to many will be that fact that he was also the doctor attending the Reverend Jack Russell – he who bred the eponymous terrier. … click to read more

Plymouth University

Visit from the University of Plymouth Educational Links One of the Trust’s objectives is to build close links with West Country universities, colleges and schools in order to establish a role for the former Winsford Cottage Hospital as a valuable educational resource. On 29 February we were pleased to welcome a party of postgraduate students … click to read more

The Arts And Crafts Movement

The Winsford’s architect and designer, Charles Francis Annesley Voysey, is celebrated as an important figure of the Arts and Crafts movement. Not just an architect, Voysey also designed fabrics, wallpaper, tiles, ceramics, furniture and metalwork. His style combined simplicity with sophistication. Origins of the Movement But what was the Arts and Craft movement? Why and … click to read more

Halwill Open Gardens

On Sunday 17th June the annual 4th Halwill Open Gardens will take place between 2.00 – 6.00pm. As usual the Winsford Centre will be the hub of the event; where tickets can be purchased and maps of the participating gardens can be collected. Refreshments – delicious cream teas, will be available from the Winsford Centre … click to read more

Jubilee Quiz

On Saturday the 2nd June 2012 the Winsford Trust will be hosting a ‘Jubilee Quiz’ to mark 60 years of the Queens reign. Doors open from 7.00pm, eye’s down at 7.30. We have 10 rounds of questions including a round on the Jubilee/Royalty. It’s £6.50 per person including a ‘Coronation’ supper! Tables of six please. … click to read more

Country & Western With The Texans

Saturday 21 April was dance night at the village hall in Halwill. A popular local duo, known as the ‘Texans’, were invited to perform at a music/dance evening in support of the Winsford Trust. The Texans, John and Brian, are well known for their range of popular music and over 80 people took to the … click to read more

RIBA South West

On the 7 March 2012 between 5 – 7.30pm at The Winsford Centre (designed by CFA Voysey), Beaworthy, Devon Heart of South West Local Enterprise Partnership: An Opportunity for Architects Cost: Free Booking: Strictly through RIBA Michelle Taylor 0844 800 2767 Localism will present both challenges and opportunities for all professions involved in the built … click to read more

Bernard Partridge – Winsford Trust’s Very Own Mr Punch

The Winsford archive contains the Visitor Book, started when the hospital was opened in 1900. It is clear that during the early days a number of the visitors were house guests of Molly Webb-Medley. One that stands out is Bernard Partridge (1861- 1945) who, with his wife, visited the hospital in August 1910. Punch Magazine … click to read more

Winsford Cottage Hospital – My Little Grey Home In The West

Many have commented on this little watercolour that has hung in the main corridor of the Winsford Cottage Hospital for as long as any can remember. It was painted in December 1915 by John Gilmour, a convalescent soldier. The paintings title “My Little Grey Home in the West” shows a fondness he must have had … click to read more

Art Nouveau – The Reseau Art Nouveau Network

The Réseau Art Nouveau Network is a European coordination network, which brings together today many European cities around their magnificent Art nouveau heritage, in order to pursue an ambitious programme of study, protection and enhancer of Art nouveau. Enterprising and committed, the Network defends a scientific approach and aims in the same time to inform … click to read more