rural parish in North Devon, England
including Brayford village, High Bray
a part of Exmoor National Park
From the August 2003
Roman Fun Day,
Saturday, 19th July
2003 (National Archaeology Day)
The local press has included features on the Roman Fun
Day so, to present a different angle on the day and because of the school
involvement, here are two impressions of the event from people associated
with the school.
A previous Headmistress, who attended the event, kindly provided the
"Pax Vobiscum" (Peace be with you)
It seemed the peace of Brayford was to be shattered when on 19th
July 2003, a Roman Army came marching through the village. Natives lined the
route and when the army arrived at the magnificent gate of the fort all was
well. Romans and Celts, face to face. All was then revealed. Not only "Pax"
but total integration. The crowds of Celts, Romans and visitors from other
regions were enthralled by the displays and activities in a convivial
Smelting for iron Ė probably not seen in Brayford since 400A.D. at latest,
could be seen in action, producing the first iron for 2000 years in this
Potters, Spinners, Weavers, and other craftsmen exhibited
their wares and techniques.
The special banquet prepared for the Roman soldiers and the samples of
relevant dishes on show - boarís head, oysters, mussels, duck, venison,
pies, breads, fruits and many more delicious goodies, making a
representative Roman Feast was a culinary epic. Hail to the Chef! A loyal
band of helpers also provided suitable refreshments to sustain Romans and
Brayford School, actively part of the project, entertained with an
interesting relevant performance. The School has been carrying out research
throughout the term and a "Romans in North Devon" Schoolís
Resource, prepared with the Museum of Barnstaple and Department for
Education and Skills will be made available to other North Devon Schools.
This day was the outcome of work and excavations being carried out in the
area since 1997. Exhibits from the Museum and Roman artefacts discovered in
Brayford were on display - many discovered by members of Brayford History
Society. The day closed with a capacity audience enjoying a presentation by
Dr. Gill Juleff on the excavations at Sherracombe and Brayford.
This was truly a memorable day for Brayford. The united effort made in the
organisation by so many in a great team, and with inspired leadership will
always be remembered by young and old alike.
May we anticipate further Village Spectaculars in the future? Deo Volente! (God
be with you)"
Matthew, a soldier in the school play, said:
"I thought the fort was amazing, the excavating was really interesting,
the soldiers were brilliant and I had a really great day!".
Thanks to them both. There are also reports in the N.D. Journal and
Gazette & Advertiser.
Pictures from the Romans Day
It is good to see people using the new Bridge area and utilising the new
outdoor furniture. If everyone respects the area it will serve the community
well for years to come. The P.C. would ask that anyone using the area during
the evening be respectful to neighbours regarding noise.
The people of Brayford are
making such good use of the Recycling Pavilion that South Molton Recycle
have arranged to empty it once a week instead of every ten days.
Unfortunately there are some items deposited there that cannot be collected.
Examples of such items are a large plastic toy, a printer, keyboard,
electrical equipment, crockery, cardboard, shoes and a sail board. The P.C.
have taken most of the items to South Molton Civic Amenity compound but the
sail board wouldnít go in the car. Surprisingly, they cannot recycle
plastic bags so please take these home.
The reasons why some items cannot be recycled are complex but to give an
example, any window glass deposited in a 30 ton load of clear bottle glass
will cause the entire load to be rejected. The District Council will provide
a list of all items that can be recycled in an effort to reduce the amount
of rubbish taken to landfill sites. It will be posted on the hut.
Remember that the District Council will make two collections annually for
bulky domestic products that are not suitable for normal weekly collection.
Also Civic Amenity sites at South Molton and Barnstaple are now open for
Shop Hill and Brayford Hill
Despite reassurances from
the District and County Councils that Shop Hill and Brayford Hill road
improvements would be actioned, it appears that the projects have put on
hold due to lack of funds. Be assured the P.C. will continue to press for
these danger spots to be remedied.
In order to reduce speeds
and ensure the safety of people using Brayfordís roads, the P.C. are
considering seeking the introduction of the following measures in the
Flashing speed lights
They would welcome comments on these
or any other safety measures you think would be helpful and at what places
in the village they could be used to best effect. Please contact any Parish
Councillor with your opinions.
Next Parish Council Meeting
Would everyone please note
that the next monthly P.C. Meeting will be held at 7.30pm on the 14th
August and not the 21st as planned. Remember, if you have a
view, opinion, idea or comment on anything that impacts on the parish, the
P.C. want to know about it. Read the minutes of each meeting posted on the
notice boards and if you agree or disagree with anything you see, donít be
afraid to mention it. Either attend the public participation part at
the beginning of each P.C. Meeting (see diary for dates) or if you canít
get to the meeting, tell your local Parish Councillor.
A Rocking Quiz Night
Prepare to be rocked with "attitude" at the School Governors
production in association with ĎDa Managementí.
The event, on Friday 29th August at 7.30pm for 8pm in the
Village Hall, will be a quiz night (teams of up to 6 people aged 8+) and
will feature one of North Devonís leading rock bands who will
play "some tunes old, some new, some borrowed and some rhythm and
Tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children under 16 (inc.
refreshments). Watch out for posters around the village. A bar and raffle
will be available. All proceeds to the Brayford School refurbishment
At their A.G.M. at the end of May the Boomerangs welcomed
some new members onto the Committee. They would like to thank Dawn and
Sarah for stepping in, as Play Leader and Assistant respectively, in the run
up to the end of term. They have both worked extremely hard for the group
and have provided continuity for the children in the safe and happy
environment on which the Boomerangs prides itself. They ended the term with
a party on the last day which was great fun and the Boomerangs regulars were
joined by the smaller ones, some of whom will be joining them in
September. Sadly, they waved 'farewell' to Barney, Maddie, Patrick,
Jessie, Edward and also Alex (who could not be there). These children
will be missed and they wish them all well at school.
The Autumn Term commences on Tuesday 2nd September and they are very
pleased to announce that Christine will be their new Play Leader. Dawn
will be working with her as Assistant and no doubt they will make a great
Children are now coming to the Boomerangs from South Molton and Goodleigh as
well as the immediate locality. This is mostly due to word of mouth although
they are actively promoting the Group in order to keep the all important
numbers up. With their highly competent staff and an enthusiastic Committee
they are now building upon the foundations which they have laid.
Don't forget, they open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for three and a
on Saturday 13th
September is a sponsored walk from
High Bray Church
meeting at High Bray at 10.15am. Tea
will be provided
at Fullacott but please
bring a packed lunch. Sponsor forms
can be obtained
from members of the
Church. Note that you donít have to
complete all of
For your information the two hundred
year old lead on the church roof is
leaking like a sieve and will cost
£10,000 to replace.
The weekend celebrating three hundred years since the birth
of John Wesley was a huge success. The Flower Festival was much admired and
was a great example of churches working together. Members of the Church wish
to thank everyone who contributed in any way.
Pictures from the Flower Festival
The Harvest Thanksgiving this year will be held on Sunday 5th October
at 11am with preacher Mr. Evert Vink (Dutch visitor for many years to
this area) and at 6.30pm with the new minister.
Sunday 3rd August is the National Garden Scheme open
day and Brayford Garden Club members are invited to visit Dr. Gavin Haigís
Garden which will be open between 3.00pm and 5.30pm. Teas will be available
and donations will be gratefully received. Members please make your own
The annual Flower Show was held on Saturday 16th August in the Village Hall.
Pictures from the Show
The Garden Club A.G.M. will be held on 17th September in the Village
Hall at 7.30pm. They welcome both existing and new members
Members of the Motherís Union wish to thank Joan Greenwood for again
providing a lovely summer lunch.
The M.U. Council meeting planned for September in Bideford in the Methodist
Church Hall has now been changed to the 9th October.
The meeting on Wed. 16th September will be holy communion in
Charles Church at 2.30pm. There is no meeting in August
The only way the Neighbourhood Watch process can cover the
Parish adequately and warn people of impending problems is to get people to
join the Community Messaging
system. Many more people are needed to join this initiative. It involves no
extra work for individuals but will keep you in touch with what is happening
For the second time, a large quantity of beech firewood in 8 foot lengths
has been stolen from a field near Five Cross Way, Brayford. This happened in
early July so if you have seen anyone loading timber in this area or have
any information regarding it, please contact your N.W. Co-ordinator.
you. Let any Co-ordinator or Parish Councillor know if you are willing
to help. They really need you!
At the June meeting, beautiful hanging baskets were prepared
under the direction of Mrs. Thorne from M. & M. Nurseries. In July they
received an informative and interesting talk on Practical Home First Aid
from the St. John Ambulance
At the meeting on 10th September, members will be able to ask any
legal questions of a solicitor from Exeter.
The formal closure of the Brayford Football Club left a small amount of money in the bank. This has been
divided equally between Brayford School and
the North Devon Hospice.
thanks to the Newsletter Editor for providing extracts from the
Supported by Brayford Parish Council