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From the June 2004 Newsletter:

Parish Council News

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, donít 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 canít get to the meeting, tell your local Parish Councillor.  Next meeting 22 July 2004 - Agenda 

At the Annual Parish Council meeting on the 20th May, Brian Symons was re-elected as Chairman and Norman Barrow as Vice-Chairman for another term. The Council were pleased to welcome Patricia Folkes of The Old Forge, Brayford to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Michael Thorne.

The Pound
Work on restoring the Pound is now due to start in September this year.
Village Lengthsman
The village lengthsman is due back in the parish in June so if you know of any problem areas with gutters or drains, speak to a Parish Councillor.

Barnstaple Hill Passing Places
Despite reassurances, the proposed passing places on Barnstaple Hill have, for the time being, been shelved by Devon Highways due to lack of funds. The P.C. will continue to make representations regarding this.

Annual Financial Report
The P.C. will post the audited Statement of Accounts for the Council for 2003/04 on the notice-boards in the parish. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact a Parish Councillor.

Wind Farm Application

The Parish Council have received a communication from Devon Wind Power Ltd, inviting P.C. members to an exhibition in early June on wind power. This follows the planning application to build a wind farm at Fullabrook Down, south east of Ilfracombe. You may have already received a leaflet from the applicants. 

Wind power is a controversial issue and will have a significant impact on the environment from a number of aspects.  If you have any thoughts on the matter, either for or against, please contact your nearest parish councillor and ensure that your views are made known.

Nice Weather For Ducks
The annual Village Hall Duck Race on Bank Holiday Monday was a soggy affair, but very well attended nevertheless. The normal stalls and attractions were moved to the Village Hall and surroundings because of the weather, but most people braved the elements to watch the finish of the race at least.
Pictures from the afternoon

Gardening Club

Members of the Gardening Club attended an interesting evening on the 19th May at M & M Plants at Chittlehamholt which proved very rewarding.
On the 16th June the visit to Torrington 1646 includes not only a guided tour around the mediaeval Herb Garden, but also supper. Meet at the Village Hall at 6.00pm.
On the 21st July there is an outing to Silverdale Nursery at Combe Martin, where there is the National collection of fuschias to view and buy.  Meet at the Village Hall, this time at 7.00pm.

Don't forget the Brayford Flower Show this year, which will be held on the 21st August at the Village Hall commencing 3.30pm.
Flower Show Schedule

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 meetings at the Village Hall, normally held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Line Dancing
Interest is growing in Line Dancing so a 'taster' session will take place on Thursday the 3rd June between 7.30pm and 9.30pm in the Village Hall.  The price is £2.50 which includes coffee/tea and biscuits.  It promises to be an enjoyable evening and if there is plenty of interest, regular weekly sessions will follow.

Macmillan Cancer Care
Brayford is hosting an overnight stop of the Macmillan Cancer Relief sponsored walk on the 2nd August.
A social evening at the Village Hall is planned and posters providing details will appear nearer the time.
Please give your support to the evening, which will raise money for this very worthwhile cause.

Brayford School
Members of the school would like to thank those who supported their coffee morning and hope that everyone enjoyed themselves.

The annual School Fete will be held at the school on the 18th June starting at 6.30pm. Make sure you go along and enjoy the usual fun as well as making it an opportunity to meet other parents and friends.

The school will be holding their annual school play, PETER PAN, 
at the Village Hall on 12th July starting 2.00pm and on the 13th July at 7.00pm.

Methodist Church
A reminder that services each Sunday are at 11am and 6.30pm.

A Strawberry Cream Tea will be held in the Methodist School room on Saturday the 19th June starting at 3.00pm.

High Bray Church
You are invited to join members of the High Bray Church for coffee at High Bray at 10.45am on Sunday the 13th June and Sunday 11th July prior to the 11.15am services.

The Church is still receiving Smartie tubes full of 20ps. Members would like to thank contributors for their continued support.

Early Years First Aid Course
The Early Years First Aid Course has been put on hold for the time being, and will be arranged for a later date.

Parent, Baby and Toddler Group
The Parent, Baby and Toddler Group is up and running and currently well supported.

The Bounce-A-Thon on the 8th May was a great success, with funds raised for Happy Days Children's Charity, Brayford Primary School and the Boomerangs. The weather was kind and everyone had a good time. The organisers would like to thank all those who helped and supported the event and would also like to thank the School for the use of the playing field.
Thanks also to Bouncyland Leisure Hire for the kind donation of the bouncy castle for the afternoon.
The Boomerangs have recently secured a substantial grant from North Devon District Council towards the cost of a climbing frame, which will be purchased in the near future. This will add even more variety to the equipment they provide for the children.
In May, the Boomerangs received an inspection by OFSTED. I have been informed that the report will be out by the end of June and a details of its findings will be included in the next newsletter.

Brayford Television Association

The Brayford Television Association A.G.M. will be held in Brayford Methodist Schoolroom on Thursday 24th June starting at 7.30pm. Please go and have your say - they will discuss a number of issues and in particular the future charge to satellite viewers.

Mother's Union
As part of "Year of the Families", the Mother's Union will meet at the Village Hall at 11.30am for a picnic lunch at 12 noon on Saturday the 26th June. Please bring your own food - drinks will be provided. Afterwards, there will be a walk in Molland Wood with competitions. This will be held in the Village Hall if wet.

The M.U. wish to thank everyone who sent in vouchers for the "away from it all" initiative. The Exeter area has been able to send 57 families away for short breaks.

The Exeter Diocesan has a caravan at Dawlish which is used to provide holidays for needy families. It is getting old and any donations towards the cost of its replacement would be most welcome. Please send them to Ruth Edwards.

Challacombe Church will be staging a flower festival on the 25th/26th June. Coffee and tea will be available at the Chapel if you are interested.

On Wednesday the 21st July, the M.U. will be hearing about an individuals work with the Hospice. The meeting will be held at South Lydcott starting at 2.30pm.

Women's Institute
The summer months for the W.I. are packed with interesting outings. On the 9th June they are visiting, for the first time, the Pound Barn Wildfowl Garden in West Buckland, meeting at 7.00pm at Pound Barn.

On the 14th July, Jenny Wilkinson will demonstrate hand weaving, using wool from her own sheep. This will be held in the Village Hall starting at 7.15pm. 

W.I. Ladies, past and present, will be holding their summer lunch at Holewater, in August, the month when there is no meeting.

Newcomers to the parish are very welcome to the evening meetings, even if they do not wish to join the W.I. It is an easy and pleasant way to get to know a few friendly people.


Neighbourhood Watch
Since the last newsletter horse feed, shavings and medicines have been stolen from a farm in the Charles area.  Please keep your eyes and ears open for anything or anyone suspicious near you, and donít forget to let your co-ordinator know about it.

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


Broadband internet access is already available in many parts of the country but not yet in Brayford.  Broadband is very much faster than even a good dial-up connection, and many of those who use the internet in Brayford will know that a good connection is rarely achieved here. Broadband also allows simultaneous internet and telephone use on the same line.

BT have now abandoned their broadband trigger levels and registration system, and have stated that all remaining exchanges will be enabled for ADSL by summer 2005.
Details of the rollout programme including the date when broadband will be available from the Brayford exchange are on    

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