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From the April 2004 Newsletter:

Parish Council News

Brayford Parish Council invited all residents to the Annual Parish Meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday 15th April in the Village Hall.  This was a chance to find out what the Parish Council has been doing over the past year and to raise any issues of concern.

Annual Parish Meeting Agenda
  Parish Council Meeting Agenda
Notes from the meetings
The Pound
The Pound project is now moving forward and it is hoped restoration work will commence soon.
Village Play Area
The Parish Council are currently in negotiations with DCC for a piece of land that will hopefully accommodate a new play area for the village. Once the land is secured it is hoped to apply for funds to develop the project.
Barnstaple Hill
The Council are in discussion with County Councillor Jeremy Yabsley regarding the timetable for providing passing places on Barnstaple Hill.
Village Lengthsman
If anyone is aware of any places in the Parish that need attention by the Lengthsman on his next visit, please contact Norman Barrow on 710569.
Parish Councillor required
A vacancy exists for a co-opted Parish Councillor.  If you are interested, write to The Clerk, Brayford Parish Council, Little Bray House, Brayford, EX32 7QG by the 12th April, 2004 describing how you could contribute to the community life of Brayford

Parish Council Meetings

If you have a view, opinion, idea or comment on anything that impacts on the parish, the PC 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, don’t be afraid to mention it. Either attend the public participation part at the beginning of each PC Meeting (see diary for dates) or if you can’t get to the meeting, tell your local Parish Councillor.

Gardening Club

On the 19th May the Club will visit M. & M. Plants at Chittlehamholt (courtesy of Mr & Mrs Thorne) with particular interest in hanging baskets.  The time is 7.30pm at the venue, but please try to meet in the Village Hall car park at 7pm and share cars.
Don't forget to bring a basket or tub to plant up during the visit!

Although the annual Flower Show will not take place until August, a copy of the schedule of entries has been enclosed with the printed newsletter to allow you time to plant or prepare your entries.  Make sure you support this event to ensure its continued success.

Fiona Byrne's  Information Sheet  gives lots of useful information about herbs and their uses.

Membership of the club is free but admission is £1 for normal meetings at the Village Hall.

Brayford School
The PTFA would like to thank everyone who helped make the Fashion Show such a brilliant success. It raised £817. A special thanks to Sarah who put it all together.


The Boomerangs are in the process of arranging a ‘Bounce-a-Thon’ fund-raising day on 8th May.  More details will be available in the next few weeks - look out for the posters around the parish.

Methodist Church
A reminder that services each Sunday are at 11am and 6.30pm.
Lent meetings are shared with North Molton every Wednesday for 30 mins beginning at 6.30pm.
Easter services will be Good Friday at 11.00am with Rev. Clay Andrew and Easter Sunday at 11.00am with Rev. Tony Cox followed by Communion and at 6.30pm with Mr. A. Needs.
On Thursday 6th May, the Rev. Neil G. Richardson, the President of the Methodist Conference will pay a visit to Duke Street, South Molton.

Mother's Union
At the March meeting of the M.U. at Barum, the speaker was the Rev. Clay Andrew (Methodist Minister).
The M.U. will be taking part in a ‘Wave of Prayer’ on Saturday 10th April between 11.30am and 12.00. This is part of the Exeter Diocesan four day event which will pray for everyone across the world.
The meeting on Wednesday 21st April at 2.30pm will be held at South Lydcott when Isobel Thomas will talk about her trip to S. Africa.
On Wednesday 19th May
Bob Shadbolt will talk about ‘walking for the Children’s Society in Peru’. This will be held at Purbrook Cottage starting at 2.30pm.

Women's Institute
On the 14th April the W.I. are being shown around the North Devon Athenaeum at 7pm. They will be meeting in the village hall car park at 6.30pm.
Thursday the 22nd April will be the W.I.’s Spring Council meeting at Exeter University and on the
28th April, the Spring Group Meeting will be held at Landkey Village Hall at 7.15pm.
They will hold their ‘Resolutions Meeting’ on the 12th May at 7.15pm in the village hall.

Baby & Toddler Group
The Parent, Baby and Toddler Group are due to meet for the first time on Thursday 22nd April at 1.45pm in the Methodist Hall. New-borns up to school age are all welcome. Parents please bring a small bag of toys to help get them started.

Blue Peter Appeal

Kelly and friends would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped and supported the recent Blue Peter Coffee Morning appeal which raised £156.50.

Brayford Craft Club

The Brayford Craft Club next meet at 1 Broomhill on Monday 5th April from 7.30pm onwards.
You are invited to join them - you may get "hooked" or perhaps "stitched-up"?

High Bray Church
Members of the Church thank Ruth for the simnel cake and posies for the Mothering Sunday service.
The A.G.M. of High Bray Church will be held on the 22nd April at 1 Broomhill starting at 7.30pm.

Neighbourhood Watch
There is nothing to report on the neighbourhood watch front since the last newsletter.  However, don’t get complacent - be safe and keep your eyes open for anything or anyone suspicious near you. And don’t forget to let your co-ordinator know about it.

Village Hall Duck Race
The annual Village Hall Duck Race will be held at Brayford Bridge on Bank Holiday Monday 31st May 2004 at 2.30pm. The normal stalls and attractions will be available to make
this a good opportunity to meet other people from the parish and enjoy a pleasant afternoon.

Make sure you go along and buy a duck.

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

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