rural parish in North Devon, England
including Brayford village, High Bray
a part of Exmoor National Park
From the February 2005
New Parish Councillor
Mr Jonathan Collier has been co-opted
as a new Parish Councillor from 1st January. There is still one
vacancy to fill on the Parish Council. Anyone wishing to become a Councillor
should write to the Chairman, Brian Symons, by 10th February
so that a decision can be made at the next meeting.
Refuse and Recycling (Greensweep)
The new arrangements are still causing problems for some people. If you
have any difficulties with any aspect of Greensweep telephone them on 01271
374776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
They have a small team of wardens who can either discuss problems on the
telephone or carry out a home visit to discuss your concerns and help find
The Parish Council has received a letter to say that once the new
arrangements are totally in place they will not be able to empty the
Recycling Pavilion. If you would like the Parish to keep the Pavilion for
recycling, please notify one of your Parish Councillors so that they can make
representation to District Council.
The Head Teacherís position will be advertised on Friday, 28th
Hastoe Housing Association is now managing the project and any comments
or questions regarding affordable housing in the village should be referred
Anybody interested in renting or buying must have his or her name on the
North Devon District Council Civic Centre Housing List. It is suggested that
a copy of any correspondence be sent to Hastoe Housing Association, Fleur de
Lis, Middlemarsh Street, Poundbury, Dorset, DT1 3GX (01305 250103).
Carols at the Nook
This was a very enjoyable evening and raised £121 for the North Devon
Hospice. Thank you to everybody who helped make this such a successful
John White (710805) is now our Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, so
please let him know of anything relating to crime or vandalism. John has
spent some time with PC Robarts (our Community Officer) and reports that
although crime is very low in our area, we still need to be vigilant and
keep property securely locked. Recently a car was stolen and two broken into
in Brayford village and a fuel line on a Land Rover parked in Charles was
cut and the petrol stolen in a separate incident. Please report anything
suspicious to one of our co-ordinators or to PC Robarts.
Temporary Traffic Order
Devon County Council intend to make
an order to restrict the speed of traffic to 40mph on the A399 from 310
metres south of Newtown Bridge southwards for 75 metres. There is single way
working controlled by traffic signals to allow safe reconstruction of a
collapsed retaining wall and the restriction will be in operation only when
appropriate signs are displayed.
Public Participation at Parish Meetings
The Parish Council welcome and like to see parishioners at our monthly
meetings. It is your opportunity to have your say and express any or all
concerns you have relating to our Parish. However, in accordance with
meeting guidelines as laid down by the DAPC, we are only able to allocate
within a meeting agenda fifteen minutes for public participation. Outside of
this time, we are unable to open the meeting up further to public comment or
contribution. We realise this can be frustrating and bureaucratic, but it is
how we have to run the meeting. Please do not allow this to deter you from
following up afterwards with an appointed councillor or attending the next
meeting to pass comment. We value your opinions, views, concerns or
issues. We are there to serve you, so do not feel that we are not open to
A Gentle Introduction to Computers
South Molton Adult and Community
Learning in partnership with South Molton Community College (Technology
Status) would like to offer a free course in Brayford: A
Gentle Introduction to Computers.
This course is intended for complete beginners or those with little
experience Ė see the flier enclosed with the newsletter for details and
expression of interest. Please complete and return to the Adult and
Community Learning office (details on flier) by 11th February.
On Wednesday, 16th February Tony Wood will be talking
on Ponds and Water Features. This should be a very interesting evening, so
do come if you possibly can. On Wednesday, 16th March,
our local Flower Show Assistant, Gill Brown, is going to talk about Roses.
Although it is said that roses do not flourish in Brayford, there are
certain types that love it here, including some old-fashioned shrub roses.
Our meetings are held in the Village Hall, starting at 7.30 pm and there is
a modest charge of £1 per person.
Full 2005 Programme
Dance The Night Away
Dance or listen to super band "COVERíD" on Friday, 4th
February in the Village Hall from 9 pm to 1am. Tickets are £6,
including buffet, and promises of draw prizes or puddings will be gratefully
accepted. Please support this event in aid of North Devon Hospice.
High Bray & Charles Church
We enjoyed "standing room only" at the
Carol Service; it was wonderful to see the Church so full. School
children had worked very hard with teachers and helpers to put on a lovely
It is with mixed feelings that we hear Reverend Mark Ward is to move on
at Easter. Whilst we wish him joy in his new parish, we feel very sad that
he is leaving as we have found great comfort and friendship from Mark and
Carolyn. We would like to say a huge THANK YOU for bringing us forward in
faith and community spirit.
The concert given by the Harmony Choir on 6th January raised
£740.50 in aid of the Tsunami Appeal. Thank you to everybody who gave so
There will be a service on Good Friday, 25th March at 11 am
and normal services at 11 am and 6.30 pm every Sunday.
On Sunday 6th March, at 11 am, there will be a United
Mothering Sunday Service at the Methodist Church for everyone to join in.
Please come and enjoy time together.
Please come and have coffee and a chat (NOT
FUNDRAISING) from 10.30am to 12 noon on Wednesday, 2nd February
in the Methodist Schoolroom: just a get together and enjoying each otherís
company Ė children welcome.
We welcomed three new children after Christmas; Alisha, Ryan and
Joseph. Janet left the group as assistant at the end of the Christmas
term and we were very sorry to see her go. She has been with the group for
twelve months and has given a lot to us. We will miss her very much but she
assures us she will be back. Kerry has been appointed as the new assistant
and started on 6th January. Kerry has two children
attending the pre-school and is so far enjoying her new job.
We would like to thank all of you who purchased a Brayford calendar; we have
raised £145 for the pre-school and are looking to repeat this next year
During the final week of term, the pre-school children will be out exploring
around the village (counting things, measuring, matching, finding, drawing,
etc.). They will be sponsored for the number of activities achieved and all
the money that they collect will go towards purchasing much needed equipment
for them to use, so please give them your support. A more advanced explorers
activity sheet will be available for the older children if they wish to
We are hoping to hold a Murder Mystery evening in March. We will let
everybody know when a date has been decided. This should be a really good
evening and something different. The Valentines Ball has now been
postponed and we are looking at holding it in the summer and having it as a
Midsummerís Ball. Again, we will let everyone know of date and
time. This will be a formal dress event, and as with all fundraising
events, all proceeds go back into the pre-school to carry on our good work.
Parent and Toddler Group
The toddlers continue to meet; however, for the time being, this will
take place on Friday mornings at our homes instead of the Methodist
Chapel room. Activities and sometimes outings will be arranged.
New little faces and, of course, familiar ones will always be welcome to
join in the fun and itís also a good chance for parents to meet for a chat
too. We would like to thank all concerned for the kind use of the room
at the Methodist Chapel.
We enjoyed a coffee morning at Ruth's in January and watched videos on
"Literacy and Development" and "Mission Unlimited". Our
next meeting will be at 2.30 pm on 16th February at South
Lydcott with a talk by Rosemary Tull on "Uncorking the
Wine". On 21st March at 2.30 pm, we will meet
at the Old School, North Molton when Rev. Mark Ward will be with us.
On Wednesday, 9th February, Anne Finch will be giving
a workshop on Japanese Gift Bag Making, and The North Devon Hospice will
give a talk on Wednesday, 9th March.
Meetings are held in the Village Hall at 7.15 pm and visitors are welcome at
a cost of £2.50 per head, which includes supper.
There is an aerobics class in the
Village Hall on Monday mornings from 9.30am to 10.30am.
Come and join in and have fun keeping fit.
Brayford Residents Chrissy's
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