rural parish in North Devon, England
including Brayford village, High Bray
a part of Exmoor National Park
From the April 2005
May Parish Council Meeting
The May Parish Council Meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday
19th May 2005, following on from the Annual General Meeting. Agenda
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday
21st April 2005 at 7.30pm. This will be followed by the normal Parish
Council Meeting. Agenda
Following the resignation of Pat
Folkes and there being no names for an election, the Parish Council has
co-opted Louise Jones of Broomhill Villas to the Parish Council.
Louise has always lived in Brayford and indeed works here too and offered to
serve on the Parish Council.
Congratulations to Christine Bearman, who has been appointed the new
Head Teacher of the School with effect from 1st April, 2005.
There will be some vacancies for Parent and Community School Governors on
the new governing body in June. Notices will be posted in the village in
April, after Easter school holidays. School returns on Monday, 11th
If anyone is collecting the "Active Kids" tokens from Sainsburys,
the School would welcome them.
A meeting has been held at The Pound to discuss how to tidy the area now
that The Pound has been rebuilt.
A beech hedge has been planted on the land at the bridge and it is hoped
that the area will be finished this year.
The LEA is prepared to rent a corner of the field behind the Recycling
Pavilion on a ten year lease at no cost provided that the school has use of
the area. However, it seems that legal and surveyors’ costs to draw up the
lease could amount to £900.
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
Brayford Web Site
The Web Site was launched 2 years ago on 8 April 2003. There are
some new photographs in Gallery 2 taken on
Easter Saturday, including a couple of the rebuilt Pound.
At a meeting of the Village Hall
Committee on 15th February, it was decided that, owing to the
rising cost of the upkeep of the Village Hall, fees for hiring the Hall
would have to go up for the first time in ten years. As from 1st
April the new charges will be:
Skittlers £ 7.00
W.I. £ 7.50
Gardening Club £ 7.50
Parish Council £ 7.50
Whist Drives £20.00
Christmas Drives £20.00
Main Hall £20 per
Skittle Alley £15 per session
Max Hire £70 per session
Profit Making £50 per session
Non Profit £40 per session
On Wednesday, 20th April, we are much looking forward
to welcoming Derek Burdett from Fairhaven Nursery to Brayford again, this
time to talk on Landscape Gardening. With spring almost here, thoughts turn
to garden visits, and our first outing, on Wednesday, 18th May,
is to Brenda and Bill Davison’s lovely garden at Waytown Barnstaple.
Gardening Club is informal and interesting, all are welcome.
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
Many people have noticed that the
noise from the quarry has considerably increased in the last couple of
On enquiring of Andy Allen, Hanson’s Quarry Manager, this is due to a
stone crusher operating up on the new quarry face, rather than using the
usual ground level one. This saves carting the spoil back up the
quarry after crushing. They can build a bund to help screen the unit,
but it is likely to be in excess of a year before enough space has been
cleared to do this. Andy Bowman, of Devon County Council, has spoke to
Hansons with regard to measurements of noise.
Any comments should be addressed to Mr A Bowman, Planning Control Group,
Environment, DCC, Lucombe House, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QW.
High Bray & Charles Church
much loved and respected Vicar, Mark Ward, has now moved to Newton
Poppleford and his new Parish. We shall miss his ministry amongst us. If you
have need of a Vicar, please contact Tony or Ray, who will be able to point
you in the right direction. Well done!! To Bridget, Pauline and Madeline
whose kneelers have arrived in Church. Please come and join us, even just
for a chat on the first Monday in the month.
Church - Sunday arrangements for youngsters
1st Sunday: Family Service (approx. 45 mins followed by
2nd and 3rd Sundays: "Sunday Club"
activities in schoolroom, parents welcome.
4th Sunday: Normal worship.
Services at 11 am and 6.30 pm every Sunday
Minister: Rev. Clay Andrew Tel: 740253
These are held on the first Wednesday in the month
between 10.30 and 12 noon in the Methodist Schoolroom, and are well supported
and enjoyed by those who attend.
Please come and join us on Wednesday 6th April. These mornings are
non profit making and just for friendship.
We have always made the church
accessible and refrained from locking the entrance to the schoolroom. The
Minister and stewards wish to continue down this road but really are being
tested. We have tolerated many behaviours, but are really concerned now that
this has escalated to the smoking of cannabis in the porch. We do ask for
your co-operation in helping us to avoid taking more drastic action. The
Police have been informed.
Explorers’ Activity Sheets
There is still time to take part in
our Easter explorers’ activity competition. Activity sheets cost £1 and
they are aimed at primary school age children. There is lots to do and the
chance of winning a prize day out for the whole family at Killarney Springs.
This will be awarded to the most impressive presentation at the end of
Easter school holidays
This will be held at the Village Hall on 16th April at
7 pm for 7.30 pm start. Teams can be up to six people at £5 per person.
There will be a bar, nibbles and all the usual fun. No need to pre-book,
just turn up on the night.
Provisional arrangements have been made for the Summer Ball to take
place on Saturday, 25th June at the Village Hall. This
promises to be a fantastic night out with live music, great food, bar,
raffle, and, of course, a chance for everyone to dress up in their very best
black tie and ball gowns. Tickets will be available shortly at £10
per person, to include a welcome drink to start the evening off. As
with all our fund raising events, all the proceeds go directly to the
playgroup providing our young children with the equipment and support they
need. Thank you for continuing to support us.
The African Evening at the school on Friday 18th March was very
enjoyable. "Well done" children for showing us traditional
skills and dancing – hopefully we learned about those in need as well.
North Devon Hospice
The North Devon Hospice is hosting a public weekend on Saturday 21st
and 22nd May from 10 am to 4 pm at Deer Park Newport. They
will be putting on a number of entertainments as well as showing people
around the new building. They would be delighted to see everyone and it
would be a good chance to see how the money raised in the village is being
Over 100 sports and classic cars will
set out from Clovelly and Appledore on the morning of Sunday, 5th
June for a 70 mile run ending up at West Buckland School in the
afternoon to join in an extravaganza in aid of the North Devon Hospice.
There will be helicopter rides, bushtucker trials and activities for all
ages as well as a chance to look at the cars.
If you are interested in taking part in the car run, your Editor has entry
forms. Look out for posters nearer the time giving full details of times and
events and support this worthy local cause as well as having a lot of fun.
The final figure raised for the
Hospice from the dance arranged by Hilary and Ruby in February was £578.50.
Thank you for all your support, especially to Norman Barrow – without his
tractor generator, we would have had a very "silent night".
On 8th April, there will be a "Wave of
Prayer" from 12-12.30 pm.
On 29th April, the Cathedral Prayer is being organised
this year by South Molton Deanery. There will be a coach leaving South
Molton for Exeter at 9.30 am and the return trip will leave Exeter at 3.30
pm. The cost for the coach is £5 per person and all are welcome for the
trip, even if you do not wish to go to the Cathedral.
On 10th May at 10 am, Jenny Gray will be coming to speak
to us about the new caravan at Dawlish Warren. This will be in South Molton.
25th May is our "Quiet Day" and Rev. Wendy
Jackson will be coming to the Old School in North Molton at 10.30 am.
There are two meetings in April, firstly on 13th April,
Dr. Simon Harrison will be talking on Diversity in Devon. Secondly, on
Friday, 29th April, Sid Masters will give his very popular
talk on Driving Carriages at Arlington Court.
At our Resolutions Meeting on 11th May, Ruth Edwards is
demonstrating cake icing. There will also be a produce stall at this
Visitors are welcome to all meetings which are held in the Village Hall
commencing at 7.15 pm.
Brayford Conservative Branch held a
very successful social evening at the Village Hall during January. Many
thanks go to the helpers and the big crowd that attended. The Secretary
would be very grateful to anybody in Charles who would like to volunteer a
little help with deliveries, etc. during the next few weeks.
We would like to thank Geoff Mitchell
for his sterling work on restoring the television signal on Budget Day. The
weather on that day was wet and windy – not a good day for working on a
Special thanks to the Newsletter Editor for providing extracts from the
Supported by Brayford Parish Council