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Brayford Flower Show - 21 August 2004

A day without rain arrived for Brayford Flower Show this year and the event was well attended. Visitors enjoyed cream teas and ice cream while viewing the exhibits, and the afternoon culminated in the presentation of the various cups and other trophies. The judges thought that the standard of entries was particularly high this year, and especially encouraging was the considerable increase in the number of children's entries. Thanks are due to all those involved with the organisation of the show, the judges, everyone who entered, and everyone who came along on the day.
Pictures from the Show

From the August 2004 Newsletter:

Parish Council News

A retirement presentation to Mike Thorne was held in the Millennium Garden on 8th July with Parish Councillors old and new present. It was much enjoyed by all. Mike was presented with a lovely painting of Tarr Steps by Ken Hildrew. The planting of a silver birch tree, which Mike has chosen, will be in the autumn.
Community Speed Awareness Project
Devon County Council has undertaken three observation visits to the village recently. Five motorists were found to be exceeding the speed limit and they have all been written to by the Police. It was noted that on each occasion pedestrians were in the vicinity, proving that it is an area where vulnerable road users are affected by motorists exceeding the speed limit, thus justifying the project. The Council will be using their Interactive Speeding Signs to help promote the speed awareness message.
Affordable Housing
Justin Roxburgh of Falcon Rural Housing gave a presentation to the Parish Council and members of the public on 22nd July. Falcon is a Registered Social Landlord with the Housing Corporation and receives grant funding from the government, usually 40-50% of the total cost of development. They only develop housing in villages where there is a proven need. They work closely with the Parish Council to ensure that houses provided will be made available to people with an established local connection. They do not have a standard design, preferring to match the development to the existing properties in the village or convert unused property if available. Properties can be rented or bought on a shared ownership basis of 50%.
The Parish Council is hoping to invite another company to give a presentation at the next meeting.
Devon In Touch Roadshow
The vehicle (apparently affectionately known as Doris) will be coming to Brayford Village Hall on Wednesday, 3rd November. You can use one of the computers on board and explore the internet. In the afternoon, Radio Devon will be there doing interviews. Itís all free!
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.
Agenda for the meeting on 26th August 

Gardening Club

The Gardening Club was formed to encourage gardeners to meet up and share their experiences and to enjoy outings and evening talks, but primarily, to continue the tradition of an Annual Flower Show.
The A.G.M. will be held on 15th September at 7.30 p.m. at the Village Hall, and anyone with ideas for either the Gardening Club or the Flower Show is very welcome to attend.


Travel Club
The Sidmouth/Seaton trip was enjoyed by all.  The next adventure will be to Worcester, and will include a conducted tour of the Royal Worcester China Factory, Cathedral and lovely shops (all optional).  The date for this is Wednesday, 1st September leaving the Village Hall at 9.15 a.m. and returning about 7.30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome.

The Chairman of the Barnstaple Branch of The Royal National Lifeboat Institution thanks everyone who contributed to the recent house to house collection, which raised £95.50 for this worthy cause which relies entirely on voluntary contributions for its invaluable work of saving lives at sea.

The Chairman of the Barnstaple Branch of The Royal National Lifeboat Institution thanks everyone who contributed to the recent house to house collection, which raised £95.50 for this worthy cause which relies entirely on voluntary contributions for its invaluable work of saving lives at sea.

Macmillan Cancer Care
A reminder that the Macmillan Walkers overnight stay in Brayford is on 2nd August.
Everyone is invited to a social evening at the Village Hall at 7.30 pm. Music will be provided by Ray Hobbs, plus a quiz and prize draw. There will be a bring and share supper at 9.00 pm and a bar. Entry is free.
Cream Tea
Everyone is invited to Higher Barn Park, Charles on Saturday, 7th August from 2.30 p.m. onwards for a cream tea, plus raffle, in aid of the North Devon Hospice. This charity provides invaluable support in the community so please come along to this event.

High Bray Church
A Harvest Celebration will be held at 11 a.m. on 10th October. Bishop Michael will be coming and there will be a lunch in the Village Hall after the
service to meet him

High Bray Church would like to thank our past Newsletter Editor, Brian Down, not only for producing the Newsletter, but for all the other ways he has helped the Parish.

Methodist Church
The monies collected in memory of Angela Hopkins totalled £1,388.90 and were shared between The Chemotherapy Fund and the North Devon Hospice. The family wish to thank everyone who contributed to this wonderful total and also for their support through a very difficult time.

Everyone is welcome to join in worship with us at any of our Meetings.
Services Ė Sunday 11am and 6.30pm
Bible Study Ė each Tuesday at 7.30pm
Sunday Club Ė each Sunday for children
Family Service Ė short service followed by coffee on the 1st Sunday of the month.

Devon Historic Churches
A sponsored walk has been organised by Charles Church on 11th September, meeting at 11 am at High Bray Church and walking to North
Molton, from where transport will be arranged for the return journey. If you donít want to raise any money, just come for fun.
Community Harvest Celebration
This yearís Community Harvest Celebration will be held at Brayford Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. on 5th October. It is a Bring and Share Supper, followed by a musical talent event. If you have a hidden musical talent, now is the time to share it.
The Boomerangs would like to thank the Parish Council for their recent grant, which will go towards equipment.
The Ofsted report came back as good, which is an excellent result for all concerned.  It has given them some guidelines so they can continue to offer a high quality pre-school.
The AGM will be held on 15th September at 8.00 p.m. in the Village Hall.  At this time, the Committee will need to be finalised for the next 12 months.  Any contribution, in whatever capacity, is always gratefully received.
Finally, they would like to say a big thank you to everybody who has supported them over the last 12 months and, due to this, they continue to grow and improve.
Toddlers and Summer Club
It has been decided to keep Toddlers running through the summer holidays and, along with this, there will be activities for the under 10s. All children are welcome and there will be lots happening, including making magnets, design your own t-shirt and a picnic by the river.
There is a small charge to cover the cost of materials, and the children have to come with a responsible adult. It will be held every Thursday through the holidays from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm in the Methodist Schoolroom.

Brayford Television Association

Our apologies for the postponement of the advertised AGM recently, but you can blame the England Football Team! The new date for our AGM is Thursday, 26th August, at 7.30 p.m., in the Methodist Schoolroom.
Please come and have your say. We hope Wayland Rogers will be present to answer any queries. We will be updating everyone with our finances and considering charges for next year. In particular, do we charge those with satellite receivers?

Mother's Union
Thank you to Joan for her hospitality in providing the summer lunch. In June, we went to Lee Abbey which, although very windy, was an enjoyable outing. The July meeting was held at Nora's when Bridget told us about her work with the Hospice. The International Year of the Family celebration will now take place on 4th September, at 11.30 am at the Village Hall. Bring a picnic (drinks will be provided).

Women's Institute
The June visit to Pound Barn Wildfowl Garden in West Buckland was great fun and was followed by a delicious tea at Patís house. In July, Jenny from Griffins Yard in South Molton came to give us a demonstration of hand weaving. Jenny farms Shetland sheep in Charles and uses the fleece from them in many ways. She also brought some finished items to show what can be achieved.
W.I. members old and new always enjoy the summer lunch hosted by Ruth and Jim in August. In September Pat is giving a talk on Jewellery Making. New members/visitors are welcome.

Line Dancing
The taster session took place on 3rd June and was well attended by 30 "would be" line dancers. This number reduced to 10 at the next lesson which was too few for effective line dancing (and also to cover costs of hall rental, etc.). The third and final lesson attracted only marginally more and the
decision was made to cancel any further classes.
However, teacher Patricia Hancock suggested that anyone who wished to continue would be very welcome at her beginnersí classes at the British
Legion Hall, St Georgeís Road, Barnstaple on Thursdays at 7.45 p.m. At the time of writing several people have attended and enjoyed the evening, so arrangements have been made to continue these classes.
Selina would like to thank everyone who helped and encouraged her to try to organise village classes.

Neighbourhood Watch
There have been a few minor crimes in and around the village in recent weeks, involving damage and removal of "B&B" signs, removal of an estate agentís "For Sale" board and theft of a car stereo unit and radio from a summerhouse.
Pat Folkes, who is now our Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, would like to remind everyone to remain vigilant and ensure that sheds, garages and cars are securely locked when not in use. Please report any crimes or anything suspicious to Pat.

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

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