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From the October 2005 Newsletter:

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Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council Meeting is on Thursday 17th November at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.   Agenda


Please remember to report any road drains that need clearing to Jonathan Collier. Several problem areas have been reported to NDDC already and, hopefully, they will be cleared shortly.
Memorial Bench
The Parish Council has accepted Mike Thorne’s kind offer of a bench to be placed on the land by the Bridge, in memory of his mother, Mrs Meta Thorne, and his aunt, Mrs Muriel Bowen.
Neighbourhood Watch
Following a burglary a couple of months ago, police were able to obtain forensic evidence to identify the burglar, who has been arrested in North Wales. It’s nice to know this one won’t get away!

A lot of work was carried out at the school over the summer holidays, including painting, new flooring and the drive and playground have new tarmac.
The school is collecting the new Tesco sports vouchers and also Nestle box tops for books. Please donate these vouchers to the school if you can.
Barnstaple Carnival
Well done and a big thank you to all those who took part in this year’s Carnival. We won second prize in our class with our entry "Under The Sea". We haven’t yet been notified how much money we raised, but our bucket was full to the top. We will keep you informed.
Bonfire Party
We are planning a Bonfire Party on Friday, 4th November to include bonfire, disco, fancy dress, barbecue, best dressed guy and lots more games. Look out for more information nearer the time.
There will be a Community Harvest Thanksgiving at the Village Hall on Tuesday, 4th October at 7.00 pm.
We will have a Bring and Share Supper and any Harvest gifts will be sold for Christian Aid.


Please take a stroll up to the Church. We have finished decorating and it looks very lovely. We welcome you anytime, perhaps at Harvest Festival on Sunday, 9th October at 11.15 am, when we will also be celebrating Mike and Ruth Edwards Ruby Wedding.
The barbecue hosted by Donald and Hilda Bawden raised £900 for Church Funds.
Christmas Cards and labels will be on sale shortly in aid of Charles Church Fund – more details from Sarah Burnett.
The annual sponsored walk in aid of Devon Historic Churches in the Dart Valley was lovely, and following a damp morning the sun shone on us in the afternoon.
Rev. Mollie McGee has recently joined us from America and takes over from Rev. Clay Andrew who has now returned to the States. Mollie has already received a warm welcome to our Circuit and as the Parish of Brayford, we extend a further welcome. Mollie is a well qualified lady, having spent twelve years as a Television News Producer, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. In addition, she has obtained a Master of Divinity. Mollie is now a trained Minister and we are fortunate to have her services.
Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held on Sunday, 2nd October at 11 am Preacher Rev. Mollie McGee, and at 6.30 p.m. Preacher Rev. Bob Kitching. This is a Circuit Service. Bob is our new Superintendent Minister recently appointed from Leeds and taking over from Rev. Tony Cox. Bob, we see, has managed to earn himself an M.A. in Ecclesiastical History.

Calvert Trust is a registered charity, situated at Wistlandpound close to Blackmoor Gate, providing adventurous activities for people of all ages with physical, sensory or learning disabilities. They are holding two Christmas lunches, on Wednesday, 7th and Thursday, 8th December, at 12.30 pm for a drinks reception with lunch for 1 pm. The price is £16.95 per person. There will be minibus pick up and drop off points available at an additional charge. Please come and support your local charity.

Would you support a get-together in the Village Hall for a Halloween party on Saturday, 29th October, perhaps raising money for "Children in Need". Please get in touch with Ruby on if you are interested.
Brayford Flower Show was a great success. We had 287 entries, with most of them turning up on the day.
Many thanks to all who helped on the day, and to everyone who took part. Next year we will be celebrating 85 years of holding the Flower Show, so please let us know if you have any ideas for this special show.
Most Points in Show - Bill Maddox
Runner Up - Brian Stirland
Ladies Most Points - Ruth Knights
Gents Most Points - Bill Maddox
Best Exhibit in Show - David Swash
Children 8-14 Winner - Ben Thorne
Runner Up 8-14 - William Osborne
Children Under 8 Winner - Barney Thorne
Runner Up Under 8 - Megan Pierson
Vegetable Most Points - Bill Maddox
Best Collection Veg - Brian Stirland
Potato Cup - Tony Bawden
Craft Cup - David Swash
Flower Cup - Mick Smith
Flower Arr Cup - Fiona Byrne/Ruth Knights
Sweet Pea Cup - Gill Brown
Cookery Cup - Amanda Smith
David Passey will be telling us how to grow wonderful sweet peas on Wednesday, 19th October, and Roy Hutchison will be giving a talk about Bonsai on Wednesday, 16th November.  Both meetings start at 7.30 pm.
Join us for Coffee & Mince Pies from 10.30 am -12.30 pm on Saturday, 10th December in the Village Hall.
There will be stalls, raffle and Father Christmas.
Tables can be hired for £5 if you wish to sell goods or there will be a 50/50 table if you only have a few things. Proceeds will be split between Playgroup and Flower Show Funds and admission will be £1. Please come and support us. More details from Dawn Jemmison.
Our next meeting will be on 19th October at 2.30 pm at Joan’s in North Molton when Greta Bray will be joining us, and on 16th November at 2.30 pm Peter Edwards will be speaking to us about clocks. This meeting will be at Purbrook Cottage.
The Brayford Travel Group set off for Rome and Capri on 6th September and returned from their travels in time to enjoy a lovely, interesting talk on the history of Charles in the 19th Century given by Sarah Burnett. This was a well attended and lively meeting. At the meeting on Wednesday, 12th October, the now famous David Kennard from Croyde will bring his dog and talk about A Shepherd’s Life. This is an Open Meeting and guests will be most welcome. The meeting on 9th November is the AGM. Meetings start at 7.15 pm in the Village Hall.
Any unwanted, not now used, old padlock keys wanted please for a fundraising idea. Contact Dawn Jemmison.
Grandparents, parents and children have had many happy hours this summer down by the river. How lucky we are to have such a lovely spot. Thank you to Joyce Prideaux on one side of the river and Brayford PC on the other for allowing us such pleasure summer and winter, and to Tony Bawden for keeping it so tidy for us all.
This has not been mentioned for a long time, so please, please clear up any mess your dog makes in the village.
Several people have mentioned recently that this is not happening. It is an offence not to do so, with a considerable fine.

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

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