Parish Council News
The initial launch of the Brayford website is now planned for early April.
Contributions and suggestions will be welcomed by the site co-ordinator
David Swash. If anyone has any photographs of how Brayford Charles and
surrounding areas used to look, David would appreciate the opportunity to
build a website picture of Brayford, past, present and looking to the
Repairs and Maintenance
If you have any concerns regarding the upkeep of the village and in
particular drains, gutters and potholes in roads, contact Councillor Norman
Barrow. Norman is in regular contact with staff of the County Council
regarding the work of the highway lengths men.
Have you noticed?
What have Welcombe Cross Road, Charles, Bray Cross, Grasspark, Mill Lane and
Cross Gate (Lydcott) got in common? New Trees! The PC have been busy
planting Crab Apple, Silver Birch, Hawthorn, Romanos Rose and Common Ash in
all these areas which in time will enhance the views and surrounding
environment. The PC would like to express their thanks to Councillor Barry
Lowe for his efforts in organising planting on behalf of everyone in the
If anyone in the village has a Union Jack flag that the PC could use to
hoist up the millennium area flag pole, could they please contact any Parish
Love it or loath it, everyone has to pay it and the increase in the council
tax this year shows that living in a parish like Brayford has become
expensive. Whether it be an increase at District or County Council level,
the increased tax is hitting local people very hard. The changes in
property bandings are implemented next year. Have your say now to prevent
future increases becoming unbearable.
As part of the PC commitment to restore key landmarks in the parish, they
are asking anyone who may have any stones or blocks that could be used to
rebuild the Pound walls at High Bray to contact Councillor Jane Jeyes. Your
help would be appreciated.
Retirement of District Councillor Herbert Geen
You may have read in the North Devon Journal the debate about potential
candidates at the next District Council elections on behalf of the BNP and
the Liberal Democrats. Unfortunately this has overshadowed the fact that
after 25 years loyal service to the North Molton Ward (which includes
Brayford), Herbert Geen is stepping down from his role as Independent
Those who know him and have worked with him on Council business during that
time, will know how dedicated and committed he has been towards achieving a
better place for everyone to live on all aspects of rural life. Most
recently he has campaigned and supported the PC in gaining commitment from
the District Council and Highways Authority to upgrade Shop Hill Junction.
On behalf of all who worked with him, past and present, the PC would like to
express their sincere thanks to Herbert for all he has done for the parish
and wish him well in the future and hope that he enjoys his retirement from
Parish Council Elections
If you would like to seek nomination to become a Parish Councillor for
Brayford, nomination papers can be obtained from the Civic Centre, Room 308
between 9am and 4pm, and completed papers must be returned by midday on
Tuesday 1st April 2003.
Annual Parish Meeting
The Parish Council would like to extend an invitation to everyone in the
parish to attend the Annual Parish Meeting for 2002/3, which will be held in
the village hall at 7.30pm on the 17th April. This is an ideal
opportunity for you to go along and discuss any parish issues that are of
concern to you. You may want to ask about items you have seen in the
newsletter or on notice-boards or those you wish the PC to consider over the
Remember that the Parish Council consists of local people working together
to make Brayford a special place in which to live. Please support them by
taking this opportunity to raise the things that are important to you, or
just go along and listen to what other people have to say.
A couple of months ago a large quantity of logs were stolen from a field
shed on the outskirts of Brayford. Although the owner told near neighbours,
neither the police nor the neighbourhood watch co-ordinators were informed.
The message again is not to be complacent, be vigilant and make sure you
report all crimes.
The next meeting of the Gardening Club will take place on Tuesday 15th
April when Ken Bishop will be talking on pelargoniums at the village hall.
On the 21st May there will a visit to David Hopkins nursery.
A reminder that the club meets normally on the 3rd Wednesday of
each month in the village hall and will include outings and speakers. More
and more people are enjoying the pleasures of gardening so why not increase
your knowledge on the subject by joining the club this year.
On Tuesday 15th April at 2.30pm at S. Lydcott, Kathleen Thimbly
will be talking about ‘psalm, prayer and praise’. Would members please
send their favourite psalms to Ruth before the meeting and would they please
bring a bible. There will be an opportunity to meet Chloe Brice, the
Diocesan President of Exeter at 10am on the 6th May. The venue is
the Duke Street Church Hall, South Molton.
In February Steve Eddy from Exmoor Zoo provided an entertaining evening of
his adventures whilst working with animals and the preservation of species.
In March David Ryall gave a fascinating talk on exploring family archives at
which he helped members with their own research.
At the meeting on 9th April they are looking forward to welcoming
local Homeopath Paul Nelson. A reminder that their meetings are held on the
2nd Wednesday of each month at 7.15pm.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, was born three hundred
years ago. Wesley actually preached on the bridge at North Molton after
staying the night at Mill House. The anniversary will be celebrated
internationally and Brayford Methodists have planned a celebratory weekend
for the 14th and 15th June.
Saturday 14th June will be a Strawberry Cream Tea in the
afternoon and on Sunday the 15th the 11am service will be taken
by Rev. John Carne, Chairman of the Plymouth and Exeter District
This will be a circuit service and they hope their Anglican friends will
join them. The service will be followed by a ‘bring and share’ lunch.
Throughout the weekend there will be a Festival of Flowers. Everyone is
invited to join in their festivities.
The Village Hall Committee wish to thank Jane on the super job of replanting
the village hall flower tubs.
Members of High Bray Church welcome you to their Easter services. The church
roof is in need of serious repairs and members of the church are looking for
ideas to raise funds. Do you have any thoughts, can you help in any way? If
so contact Ruby.
Does anyone have any gas mantles that would fit the lamps in Charles Church?
They also have an unwanted space heater, free to a good home. Contact Anna
Whinney regarding both these items.