rural parish in North Devon, England
including Brayford village, High Bray
a part of Exmoor National Park
From the February 2003
A Thank You
The PC hope that everyone enjoyed the
carol service at the Nook and are sure you will agree that it looked very
festive. They would like to extend their thanks to Bill Ludgate and Andy
Wright for the donation of the tree and electricity.
New trees are currently being planted by the PC in the parish. They hope
you will agree they will enhance the landscape.
Shop Hill Junction/A399
The PC would like to express their thanks to Councillor Geen for his
recent support for Brayford’s representation to NDDC and the Devon
Highways Committee regarding improvements at Shop Hill Junction. His
help has provided proof for Brayford’s case, resulting in the County
Council’s Highways Department being asked to act on recommendations made
and begin work as soon as possible. The PC will be following this up and
seeking urgent action.
Freedom of Information
From 2005 each local authority has to conform to the Government’s ‘Freedom
of Information’ Act. The PC confirm that they will be in a position to
comply with the Act.
The Parish Council has approved in principle the creation of a website
for Brayford. The primary aims are to provide a general source of
information about the parish - its history, geography, scenery, amenities,
clubs, societies and groups; and to provide frequently updated information
about forthcoming events, club and society activities, and other current
The website is currently at an early stage of development, and is in no way
intended to replace the printed newsletter, which will continue to be the
main method of communicating information around the parish.
The Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators all receive regular information
from the police, keeping them informed of any important incidents likely to
affect the community. In the last couple of days the messages have related
to car crime and the manner in which cars are so easily broken into, with
contents stolen or indeed vehicles themselves being taken.
The problem for each co-ordinator is in disseminating this information and
making it available to people in the parish. If you have any thoughts on how
this may be achieved or are able to assist the flow of information in any
way, contact your nearest co-ordinator.
Although there have been no incidents in Brayford Parish since the last
newsletter, there have been recent break-ins at East and West Buckland so
please be vigilant. Tell your co-ordinators immediately you are aware of
something untoward so this information can be shared as well as avoiding
The Boomerangs Committee would like to thank everyone who helped and
supported their Christmas Fayre. The event was hugely successful and raised
over £600 for pre-school funds. Bridget Golightly won their competition
with John and Margaret Thorne and Angela King receiving joint 2nd
The Boomerangs are pleased to welcome Jackie Wildig as their new play leader
and Dawn Jemmison as the new assistant. They are always pleased to welcome
new children so if you want any information, please contact Tracey Thorne or
Everyone associated with the school wishes you a happy new year and
thanks everyone who attended their carol service which raised £72 for the
Barnstaple Poverty Action Group.
Their play this year is ‘Sir Spence and a Dragon Called Horace’ and will
be held on Thursday 20th February at 2pm and Friday 21st
February at 7pm.
On 4th March at 2pm, the school will be having ‘pancake races’
which will take place in the school grounds. They would like to invite all
pre-school children and adults to take part so please go along and join the
Brayford Football Club
Many people in Brayford will probably not be aware that in the 1950s
Brayford had its very own football club. The club closed in the 1960s
because of dwindling interest but on the 19th January last, 70
members, their wives and other people associated with the club met for a
nostalgic night out at the Fortescue Hotel in Barnstaple. Some ex-players
had not seen each other for 50 years.
The club still had over £400 in the bank and they decide to split this
between Brayford Primary School and the Children’s Hospice SW. A
photograph and write-up appeared in the 23rd January edition of
the ND Journal.
Mothering Sunday service will be held on 30th March at
11.15am. Ruth would like children to come at 10.45am to make posies. Members
of the church welcome you to this all of their services.
Work on tidying up the churchyard is well under way. A dehumidifier has
recently been purchased by the church to deal with the internal damp
problem. As with all their services, you are most welcome to attend their
Mothering Sunday service at 6.30pm on the 30th March.
A reminder that the Parent and Toddlers Group meets on a Tuesday morning
from 10am to 12 noon in the Methodist Chapel schoolroom. If your children
would like to attend, a warm welcome awaits you from Sarah Stone.
The WI meeting on the 12th February will feature a speaker
from Exmoor Zoological Centre who will be talking about rare animals. On the
12th March, David Ryall will give us a talk on ‘local family
history’. Both meetings are in the Village Hall and start at 7.15pm. Don’t
forget that non-members, including men, can attend.
On Tuesday 18th February at 7.30pm the Mothers Union will be
meeting at North Molton Methodist Church where the speaker will be Jenny
Buckle. She will be talking about her work in Channingswood Prison. Men are
welcome to attend this event.
The Lady Day Holy Communion will be included in the 8.30am service at High
Bray on the 6th April.
If you use any of the designated footpaths in Brayford, would you please
ensure that all gates are properly closed and fastened so that animals don’t
The residents of Beech House, South Molton would like to say a public
thank you to members of Brayford Gardening Club who gave up a day last year
to take some of them to Rosemoor.
On the 19th February the club will be meeting at Mike and Norma
Thorne’s to view a gardening video. Dr Gavin Haig will be the guest
speaker at the meeting on 19th March and he will tell you about
‘healing with plants’. The club need a good audience for this meeting so
why not go along, even if you are not a member. Both events start at 7.30pm.
Any early warning for participants in the Brayford Flower Show. The date of
the show this year will be Saturday 16th August, a little later
to fit in with the growing season in the area.
Supported by Brayford Parish Council