rural parish in North Devon, England
including Brayford village, High Bray
a part of Exmoor National Park
From the October 2003
to expand the history section and
more historical photographs for
the gallery would be most welcome. For example, can anyone provide
photos showing the shop and the Old Post Office in action? More early photos of
Brayford, High Bray, Charles, Lydcott and anywhere else in the Parish
would be greatly appreciated, as would those showing more recent changes.
If you have any contributions, comments or suggestions please send them to
- an early photo of the Baptist Chapel has
been added to the Gallery.
The P.C. again remind users of the very popular millennium area to enjoy
the facility but in the interest of community spirit, keep the noise to a
reasonable level, giving due consideration to neighbours nearby. The
P.C. also want to discourage any form of camping at the millennium area.
There are no facilities available to allow such activities. Your help
in this matter would be appreciated. They are sad to note that the
picnic table at the millennium area has been defaced. Whoever did it,
remember that your name will be prominent for some time to come.
Unfortunately items are still being left at the recycling shed that cannot
be collected by the normal means. The latest example was a television set.
Please remember to take such general household items to the civic amenity
tips at South Molton or Barnstaple.
Whilst it is important to let everyone know of forthcoming events, the
Parish Council ask people putting up signs to refrain from posting them on
the roadside railings at the junction of Shop Hill. Signs placed here can be
a distraction as well as obscuring visibility at this dangerous junction.
If anyone has moved into the parish recently and would like one or more of
the Brayford china jubilee celebration mugs, please contact a Parish
Councillor. These make excellent and unique mementoes of this very special
The P.C. invite parishioners to offer opinions on where they believe
affordable housing could be sited in the parish. Responses should be given
to any Parish Councillor within 7 days of receiving the newsletter.
Neighbourhood Beat Manager
Brayfordís new village P.C. is Mark Roberts who is stationed at South
Beware, if you are pulling or handling ragwort, protective gloves should be
used at all times.
Thanks from the P.C.
The P.C. wish to thank Jane Dymond for replacing the union jack flag that
was stolen from the flag pole.
Parish Council Meetings
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.
High Bray Church will be holding a concert, given by local
performers, on the 14th November at 7pm to raise funds for the
church roof repairs. Programmes are £3 (children free) including supper and
are available from members of the Church. Please support the event and enjoy
an evening of local participation.
There will be a community
Harvest Thanksgiving in the Village Hall on Friday 10th October at 7pm.
There will be a bring and share supper with a collection for the "Tear
Fund". Everyone is welcome.
Christmas cards and crackers will
again be produced this year to raise funds for Charles Church. Contact any
members of the Church to place your orders.
The Methodist Harvest Thanksgiving this year will be a truly international
event. The services on Sunday 5th October
will be at 11am with preacher Mr. Evert Vink (Dutch visitor for many years to
this area) and at 6.30pm with the new minister.
The service on Monday 6th October at 7.00pm will be followed
by supper and sale.
The Joint Methodist Guild Brayford/ North Molton will be held each fortnight
beginning on Tuesday 28th October at 7.30pm in North Molton.
The annual concert provided by the Newton St. Petrock Choir will be held on
Wednesday the 12th November starting at 7.30pm. All are
Members of the School want to thank
everyone who supported the Brayford Summer Fun Night which raised £480 for
the School. They hope that everyone had a good time. The attendance was
The annual Flower Show was a great success
with over two hundred entries including entries from people new to the
village. The judges said "a good high standard was achieved". The
vegetable judge was impressed with the cucumbers saying "you canít
buy better in Tesco".
Many thanks from the committee to everyone who helped make the day a great
success. The club are looking forward to next yearís show.
The next meeting of the Club will be on the 15th October at 7.30pm
in the Village Hall when they will receive a talk from Ashford Fruit Gardens
on Ďpruning fruití.
The November meeting will be the Clubís Christmas dinner. A date still has
to be decided.
You are invited to a Halloween Party
at the Village Hall on Friday 31st October from 7.30pm. Dress
up in the Halloween theme and enjoy each otherís company. Entertainment
will be provided as well as a finger buffet and soft drinks. Please bring
your own "liquid refreshments". Everyone is welcome, families and
friends. A collection on the evening will be for Children in Need.
Thanks to Christine, the new Play Leader,
and Dawn, her assistant, the Boomerangs new term got off to an excellent
start when they welcomed four new children into the Group. They would like
to thank the School for the use of their new play area which is great fun!
Plans are now underway for this year's Christmas Fayre, to be held at the
Village Hall on Saturday 6th December (10a.m. - 12.30 p.m.). Please
go along and enjoy a variety of stalls, such as handmade gifts and crafts,
plants, toys, cakes, etc. If you would like to book a table please contact
There will also be professional portrait photography, skittles, children's
competitions, raffle and, of course, a certain character in red with a white
beard! Why not enjoy the refreshments and a chance to meet and chat with
friends and family! More details of the event will be advertised locally
nearer the time.
If you would like to know more about the Pre-school, for children aged 3-5
years, please contact Carole.
On 9th October the M.U. Diocesan Council meeting will be held at
Bideford in the Methodist Church Hall.
At the meeting on Tuesday 21st October they will receive a talk on a
visit to Paitaize in France.
On Tuesday 19th November the subject of the meeting will be Ďrehabilitationí.
No crimes have been reported to the Co-ordinators since the last newsletter.
However, 12 people are now connected to the Community Messaging System. This
involves no extra work for recipients and keeps you informed of anything
suspicious in your area. If you are interested in joining ring any of the
The W.I. enjoyed their summer lunch in the
lovely gardens of Jim and Ruth Knights and were blessed with glorious
sunshine. Their trip to the Civil War event at Torrington on the 4th
September was most enjoyable and educational. At a recent meeting, Sarah
Harrison a Solicitor gave a very interesting talk on wills, probate and
inheritance tax laws.
The meeting on the 8th October will be a social evening at the
Poltimore Arms, meeting in the Village Hall car park at 7.15pm.
There will be an opportunity for everyone to buy cards/calendars/gifts/
cakes/plants, etc. from the W.I. stall at the Boomerangs Christmas Fayre in
the Village Hall on Saturday 6th December. Proceeds from this stall will go
to the Childrenís Hospice S.W.
On the 19th November the W.I. will be making a trip to Bath for some
thanks to the Newsletter Editor for providing extracts from the
Supported by Brayford Parish Council