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From the October 2003 Newsletter:


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 

New - an early photo of the Baptist Chapel has been added to the Gallery.

Parish Council News

Millennium Area
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.
Recycling Pavilion
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.
Advertising signs
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.
Jubilee Mugs
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 event.
Affordable Housing
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 Molton.
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

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.

Community Harvest

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.

Charles Church

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.

Methodist Church
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 welcome.

Brayford School

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 tremendous.

Garden Club

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.

Halloween Party

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 Carole.
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.

Mother's Union

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.

Neighbourhood Watch

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 Co-ordinators.

Women's Institute

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 Christmas shopping.

Special thanks to the Newsletter Editor for providing extracts from the Newsletter.

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