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20th of August 2013 10:11 AM by DOG WALKERS
We had always presumed that the Winterton Coastwatch received yearly donations from our community taxes as do the flower people and the cricket club. Is this really not so and, if so, why on earth not?
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20th of August 2013 10:03 AM by TT
Annual Gift Day
Holy Trinity & All Saints Winterton-on-Sea
Saturday 24
August 8.00am-1.00pm
Location: Market Place, outside Mace Store.
We will be hand delivering a letter to every home in Winterton over the next few weeks, asking for donations
to help support the village Church. We wish to thank everyone who has been involved in helping to maintain
the Church over the last year by volunteering help, supporting events or with financial assistance.
Sandra Laws & Phyllis Smith (Church Wardens)
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20th of August 2013 08:44 AM by christine website:
It is a sad day, when it takes visitors to appreciate the work of the Coastwatch volunteer watchkeepers who man the coastal station every day of the year. I now understand that Coastwatch, has been providing the service, to the village, for fifteen years, during which time, it has never received any recognition nor contribution from the parish council;,
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18th of August 2013 06:22 PM by Happy Visitor
We have just arrived home after a week in your friendly village. We had conversations with quite a few local people and found it interesting that most of you have London or Essex accents . We sampled your Fish & Chips - they are second to none. We had meals at the Hermanus and at your Public House. All were first class. The Post office stores was a step back in time and a pleasure to shop in. We are a family of five are were shown around the Coast Watch centre by a friendly and enthusiastic Scottish gentleman (a long way from home we thought). We were impressed with the work that these guys do; and all volunteers we understand. It is sad that the powers that be seem not to appreciate their work and that they receive absolutely no financial contribution from the local council.
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18th of August 2013 01:37 PM by Local
My children often suffer from selective hearing, when it suits them, selective comments in Black & white not so.
If you chose to read as i stated, Restaurant reviews on Trip adviser & not Hotel Reviews.
You will note the comments dated 1st August & 13th August 2013. A Group of customers were apparently spoken too in a very rude & egotistical manner.
Oh & they state they were called liars, not something any of us wants to go through & one final word, it￿s pronounced & spelt Southend-on-sea.
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17th of August 2013 09:35 PM by Another local
In response to local's comment regarding the Trip Advisor review concerning the Fisherman's Return. I have looked at Trip Advisor and assume that the review you speak of is the one almost 2 months old now....
The reviewer mentions the way they were spoken to on the telephone - not something any of us want to go through - but this is a review from one visitor, a visitor who expected to ring up and change their booking 6 hours before they were due to arrive!?! So our pub misses out on valuable business because someone has misheard something?
And as for them complaining that there is nothing to do here-if they had researched the village beforehand they would know what to expect and maybe saved a trip and gone to Sarffend where it is busy busy, something Winterton will never be, phew!
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15th of August 2013 02:56 PM by Local
Worth a read.........check-out the latest Restaurant Reviews on Tripadvisor for the Fishermans Return.

Looks like our Landlord has been showing his True colours again.
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7th of August 2013 09:09 AM by TT website: http://WOS
Due to some confusion over the purpose of our village website I have re-titled the Guest Book lead in page:

- for the use of villagers and visitors alike.

The agreed intent when the site was set up originally that it was to be primarily for the people of Winterton-on-Sea. That being so comments are welcome, however please understand that the Guest Book is not intended as a direct contact to the Parish Council. They have their own email address's as listed in the PARISH COUNCIL section of this site.

Visitors are, of course, most welcome and encouraged to use the COMMENT & GUEST BOOK
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4th of August 2013 04:54 PM by TT
We visit the Flower Show at the Church today and have to say that the the many displays were fantastic - the best every. We had coffee & homemade cake and, oh, I had a sausage roll. Very well done to the flower arrangers and the cake bakers. Such a lot of great work by all concerned.
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24th of July 2013 07:19 PM by TT website: http://WOS
It is THIS SUNDAY the 28th July - the annual village GARAGE SALE
Starts at 9am thru to 4pm

The Sale Map will be available on the day at the Village Hall for just �1.
Light refreshments will also be available

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20th of July 2013 09:50 AM by TT website: http://WOS

Your message is a little confusing. Were are you wishing to stay? We have holiday rents and B&B's in the village, the pub has rooms as does the Hermanus holiday centre. That being said, we are a not-for-profit village website and do not hold or provide prices for any of the above; best if you make direct contact with your choice of venue.
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18th of July 2013 12:32 PM by Jo
I just wanted to say a big thank you to the new staff at the highwayman in Hermanus for putting on a wonderful spread for my friends recently deceased husband . The staff were all very respectful and fantastic to the guests and the food was wonderful - Thank you again - I would def recommend. x
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17th of July 2013 12:21 PM by stephen moses website:
would you be able to give me an idea of your prices per night please,iam looking at doing a mid week break in the next two weeks,also a mid week break first week of september,a monday to wednesday three nights on both occaissions maybe more,it would be for one person,thankyou,mr s.g moses
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17th of July 2013 12:04 PM by Parish Council
There is a report and comments about Duffles Pond in the August newsletter
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16th of July 2013 11:43 AM by ALL OF US
ref posts 568 & 569
PLEASE Parish Council why do you not respond to the concerns of your villagers on this website? Could you at least leave us concerned Wintonians a message promising to fully (that's fully) answer our concerns in the next Village Newsletter concerning Duffles Pond as follows:
- who owns Duffles?
- a path has been cut so as to enable us to walk round the pond and, more recently, more nettles cut down BUT what is the end plan for the area? Is there more you intend to organise?
- why was the pond dredged?
- when will the school children use the dipping platform?
- why was Duffles taken out of the hands of Winterton In Bloom?
- what has the total cost been of the venture to date; and how much of this was by various grants and how much by the Parish Council.
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12th of July 2013 06:09 PM by Working party volunteer
A working party has been arranged for next Saturday 13th July to tidy up the area. will you volunteer to help ( see posters and newsletter) If we don't get the volunteers there is not much that can be done

I would be happy to help out. Could you tell me what is on the list of tasks for the working party please.
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10th of July 2013 05:02 PM by all of us
DUFFLES POND thank you Parish Council for your response. However this is fudging around the matter. Could we have information on the following specific concerns:

- as at of 11th February you state this is not a Parish Council matter but volunteers from the village. Does this mean that this project was not instigated by the Parish Council?
- What was/is the vision for the area? Is it purely intended for wildlife or is it intended as an area for people too?
- What will it look like when it is finished?
- Wildlife groups who have been consulted think it should be left to develop - what does this mean exactly? Is it to be left entirely to overgrow? And, if so, why was the hedge destroyed?
- What has the total cost been to date?
- Why was Duffles taken out of the In Bloom remit?
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8th of July 2013 01:08 PM by Parish Council
Duffles Pond is a wildlife area to attract butterfies, insects,birds , etc. We have consulted various wild life groups who think it should be left to develop. A working party has been arranged for next Saturday 13th July to tidy up the area. will you volunteer to help ( see posters and newsletter) If we don't get the volunteers there is not much that can be done
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8th of July 2013 11:35 AM by Jo
Hi Rate payer, I am not connected to the council I am just another ratepayer, like your good self.x
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3rd of July 2013 06:59 PM by another rate paying villager
COME ON Parish Council communicate with us villagers regarding the Pond at the Allotments
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3rd of July 2013 06:53 PM by RATE PAYER
Hi Jo - thank you for your advise re Dufflels Pond and the helpers request. Are you a part of the Parish Council?
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2nd of July 2013 02:22 PM by Jo
The next step re. Duffles pond is written in this months news letter. I hope this is helpful?
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28th of June 2013 07:18 PM by aside ngeRDHow
To Baffled Resident re Duffels Pond

Doesn't look like you are going to get a reply from out good old Parish Council I fear.
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25th of June 2013 04:08 PM by Jolene
Hi - I currently live in Winterton and absolutely love it . My friend is now also looking to move to Winterton and I wondered if anyone knew of any accomodation to rent at present or coming up . She doesnt smoke but does have two cats and is more than willing to pay 6 months rent up front. As always cant go too high on the rent. If anyone is able to help please contact me at - Thank you
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21st of June 2013 06:53 PM by BAFFLED RESIDENT
I see that someone has cut a path through the nettles at Duffles and made it possible to walk around the pond again. Great. Could we now be updated as to what further developments are in the master plan please Parish Council? I and many other concerned villagers would like to know please.
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8th of June 2013 07:17 PM by Music Lover
And even louder from the seal hospital last night. I bet it kept the seals awake . . . . . .
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8th of June 2013 07:13 PM by Central Villager
Saturday 8th June - where on earth was the dreadful 'boom booming' music (??) coming from in the village this afternoon??????????????????
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12th of May 2013 01:52 PM by Ian Johnson
Rather a pity we cannot park out motorhome on the car park. I cannot see any reason why we should not be able to. `Not very welcoming is it.
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30th of April 2013 11:58 AM by Bev website:
There will be an open meeting for Volunteers for the Winterton Lifeboat Restoration Group in the Church Room on Monday 20th May at 7.30pm. All are welcome to come along. You don't have to be a current Volunteer (though we hope you just might be by the time you leave!) and you'll find out all the latest news on the restoration and the Group's future plans. Hope to see you there.
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27th of April 2013 10:30 AM by TT website: http://WOS
Thank you for your interest in the Parish Council Minutes. They are now available for you to peruse.

1} I have just returned from two weeks holiday, hence their late posting.
2} Due to the regulations of all Parish Councils, Minutes have to be signed off at the following meeting, hence they will always be 4/5 weeks after the event.
3} It would be appreciated if all people leaving a 'post' would include their full and genuine names.
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26th of April 2013 09:45 PM by carol
If it's true that you can only walk dogs on the lead how will this stop irresponsible dog owners picking up the mess? Also the playing fields are surely for all villagers to use or is it to be used only by the cricket club for maybe 20-40 days a year!
It may be a better idea to close the car park so that people from outside the village can't drive in and let their dogs out of the car to mess on the playing field.
Dog mess that is left along the allotments is often local people walking dogs - take some responsibility and we wouldn't be having these problems.
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26th of April 2013 09:33 PM by Interested
When will the March Parish council minutes be uploaded?
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26th of April 2013 09:29 PM by Sarah
I've recently been told that the parish council and Great Yarmouth council are going to be introducing that dogs are kept on leads on the recreation ground. This really frustrates me as I regularly walk my dog there. I keep my dog on a lead if people are there, cricket is on or there are other dogs off their leads. Not because my dog is violent but because I have manners. I clean up after my dog which I know is not true of many! When I let my dog off the lead and throw a ball I keep to the right of the recreation ground (alongside the alloments) so that my dog doesn't run on the cricket field. After all this effort to ensure I don't bother anyone I will still lose out (well my dog will).
Yes we have the dunes but I don't like going there due to the amount of mess left there! Sigh
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25th of April 2013 05:58 PM by Sue Harris
In the Book 'Winterton Remembered' by David Higgins I found a photo of Charlie Moll (page 25). I have in my family tree a Charles William Moll born 1892 in Wintereton, son of Charles Robert Moll (born 1868) and Elsie Lydia (nee Haylett) and believe it is very likely that the photo is 'my' Charles Moll.
Does anyone know anything about Charles Moll and if so are you willing to correspond concerning Charlie.
My email address is
Thank you
Sue Harris
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3rd of April 2013 09:19 AM by Jo website:
Just seen a pair of Mallards swimming happily on Duffles Pond, and plenty of birds in the trees there.
It looks like the hard work is paying off, well done!
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20th of March 2013 01:32 PM by TT website: http://WOS.Net

The Winterton on Sea Lifeboat Restoration Group are holding a meeting on Weds 20th March in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm to mark the first anniversary of the rescue and return of the Edward Birkbeck from Conwy back to Winterton. If you've been wondering what's happened since we got her back - then please come along and find out! We'll tell you how the restoration work is going so far, what we still have to do and our long-terms plans for the future. All welcome, tea/coffee and cake will be served - we hope to see lots of you there. Take a look at our page on this village website.
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12th of March 2013 04:49 PM by Bev website:
The Winterton on Sea Lifeboat Restoration Group are holding a meeting on Weds 20th March in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm to mark the first anniversary of the rescue and return of the Edward Birkbeck from Conwy back to Winterton. If you've been wondering what's happened since we got her back - then please come along and find out! We'll tell you how the restoration work is going so far, what we still have to do and our long-terms plans for the future. All welcome, tea/coffee and cake will be served - we hope to see lots of you there. Take a look at our page on this village website.
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7th of March 2013 08:43 AM by Michael website:
Duffles Pond is an ongoing project which should be finished by the end of March. It is not being done by the Parish Council but by volunteers from the village (See latest newsletter due out this week). More volunteers are required to complete the work. When finished it will be an area which attracts a lot of wildlife and birds.
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6th of March 2013 09:27 PM by Regular visitor
Come on Parish Council, your tax payers are upset by the state of the pond. Can you not respond to the couple of previous comments on your own website.
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25th of February 2013 09:25 PM by grant
Why haven't the powers that be answered the previous message regarding the Duffels works?
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17th of February 2013 10:22 AM by George hardwick
On Saturday February 16th I watched an interesting BBC 2 programme called Mapman . It may have been on TV before but it was about Sexton who made maps of English counties in the 1570s. This programme was about Norfolk and Nicholas Crane was up the top of Winterton Church,as well as visiting Horsey and Sea Palling. You can view it on BBC iplayer if you haven't seen it before.
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11th of February 2013 05:09 PM by TT website: http://WOS
DUFFELS POND - whilst I am sure Duffels Pound will look good in a few months time, it looks like a building site right now, being largely covered in mud from the dredging of the actual pond. May we villagers be given a report on what is happening, what the planned outcome will be and the projected timescale for this? Also, are the indigenous wildlife expected to increase or decrease when all has settled down?

Currently it is locked up, however entrance is possible from the fence next to the allotments which has been removed. The dredged out pond is dangerously deep now and is a danger to anyone who ventures into Duffels.

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10th of February 2013 10:12 PM by Bev Kay website:
Please take a look at the new page on the Village website for the Edward Birkbeck - Winterton on Sea Lifeboat Restoration Group where you can find out all about our project and see the links to our own website and our Facebook page. If you'd like to help in any way - we always welcome volunteers and, of course, donations - then please get in touch.
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30th of January 2013 05:06 PM by TT website: http://WOS.Net
TO Geof -

If you would like to submit your comment again and include your full name and email address your posting will be validated.
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30th of January 2013 05:03 PM by TT website: http://WOS.Net
Hi : george hardwick
I am pleased to tell you that the NEWSLETTERS section of our village website is now up to date. As are the Parish Council Minutes
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29th of January 2013 11:37 PM by george hardwick
Yes it's a shame the website isn't up-to-date? What did happen to the website for a few weeks? I've read the October Parish minutes quite a few times now and the November newsletter! It's nearly February!
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20th of January 2013 03:46 PM by Jo
Glad to see this website back. what happened?
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22nd of December 2012 05:42 PM by King St Residents
A muntjac deer is currently spending some time around Pratts Buildings/Coastguards Cottages areas. Please drive carefully around the village (as always) and be aware. We want to make sure that this animal does not get injured on the road.
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6th of December 2012 12:00 PM by Alan Winterton coastwatch website:
During the course of the year, we are able to reunite many lost mobile phones with their owners, using call lists or 'Mum' on the phone book. We have a blackberry which is 'password protected' which we can by pass but also a pin number which if we bypass will delete all the data. if you, or anyone you know has lost one, please contact us.

Alan Winterton Coastwatch
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4th of December 2012 01:17 PM by margaret marchant
Saddens me to read the comments some have made about holiday lets. We've been coming to Winterton for over 15 years and absolutely love it, and wouldn't go anywhere else. We've stayed in various holiday cottages and also Hermanus. We are responsible dog owners and clean up, and also park carefully. It's a shame that a few irresponsible people give us all a bad name. The newer homes built aren't exactly in keeping with some in the village, but they certainly aren't eye sores. Winterton is still a beautiful village - I hope locals and visitors continue to enjoy it.