Category Archives: OPRA

Firework Display Postponed

The Firework Display due to be held this evening (Sunday) has been postponed because of the severe weather forecast. It will now be held at 6pm Sunday 17th November. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

OPRA Committee


Horse RacingRace Night at the Anchor. Fancy a night at the Races then this is your opportunity for a good night out.

7.30 pm

Saturday 5th October

Race Cards £2.50 (including ploughman’s) from the Anchor, Post Office and committee members

OPRA Walk to Steart this Sunday 19th May

A walk along the river bank to Steart has been organised for this Sunday starting from the Anchor Inn Combwich at 10am. As you will know the River Parrett will be breached later in the summer to form the new wetland habitat and it will no longer be possible to walk the whole of this route (an alternative route will be open soon.)

Our walk on Sunday may be the last organised walk to Steart but will afford the opportunity to view the developments as we go, including the site of the 200meter breach in the river bank.
This is an easy flat walk, suitable for all the family of about three miles out to Steart village and three miles back by road. For those not wanting to walk both ways it may be possible to arrange for cars to be parked in Steart village car park for the return journey. If you need assistance with these arrangements please ring 652399.
As always walking boots and a waterproof jacket together with a drink are recommended.

Tom Jacobs delights his audience

The 2013 season of OPRA Talks got off to a fine start when local artist Tom Jacobs delighted his audience in the village with his wit and artistic talent. Tom who styled himself as the accidental artist described how he started and developed his talent. He gave practical demonstrations of watercolour painting techniques interlaced with his self-deprecating descriptions of humorous incidents in his artistic career.


Senior Citizen’s Christmas Dinner

The social highlight of the year” was how many attendees at the Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner in the village hall described the event this year. An annual three course Christmas Dinner with coffee and mints to follow and supplemented by copious amounts of wine was organised by the OPRA Committee and assisted by many volunteers.

Our thanks to Matt at the Anchor who cooked the turkey and roast potatoes; the vegetables were cooked by members of the committee and the home made soup and bread rolls prepared by Jacki Sparks. All brought together by “Chef” Ray Bollen.

Entertainment was provided by the Combwich Choir with renditions of popular music led by Nicole Wigley and earlier in the evening we heard from guitarist David Gardener. A raffle raised £154.

This event was one of many organised by the OPRA team throughout year the with the help of willing volunteers to whom we are very grateful.

Take a look at some more photographs from the evening.

Combwich Christmas Tree

Start the Christmas festivities by joining us for the grand switch on of the Christmas tree lights in Combwich by none other than Helen Jowett. Helen is renowned for the tremendous amount of work she does for people and organisations in the parish and we are delighted she has agreed to do this for us.

The switching on of the lights will be immediately after the 4pm Christingle Service at St Peters Church at around 5pm this Sunday 2nd December. We look forward to seeing you.


It’s that time of year again, dark nights, hopefully clear skies and the anticipation of the annual Firework Display.

This year’s event will be held on Sunday 4th November.

Come along and enjoy Burgers and Hotdogs available from 5:30pm.

The lighting of the Beacon, by our very own Helen Rees, at 6pm followed by a dazzling firework display at 6:30pm.

OPRA Walk 9.30am Sunday 14th October

Please join us for one of our regular Sunday walks. The next one will be on Sunday 14th October.  We will meet at the Anchor in Combwich at 9.30am to share cars and travel to Williton where this 6 – 7 mile circular walk will begin. We will walk to Watchet then to Washford before returning to Williton. This should be an attractive walk through lovely countryside and with good company. One slight word of warning – shorts are not recommended as we will be passing through a couple of stingy nettle patches. As always boots and a waterproof jacket are recommended.
All welcome
For more information ring Barry on 652399

Forthcoming OPRA Events…….

……………watch this space for details of the next OPRA Sunday Walk in October, the dazzling Firework Display on Sunday 4th November and not least of all the first of the regular winter OPRA Talks on Tuesday 20th November.